In this extensive step-by-step tutorial I’m gonna explain how I painted the Death Company Blood Angel above, including useful techniques for painting black armour, red armour, gems, eyes, flesh and blonde hair.
This tutorial assumes you have a good understanding of how to paint. It involves paints from a lot of different brands, as well as mixing paints. Underneath each picture are the corresponding instructions. Each step shows the paint(s) I used during that step. If I use a non-GW or an OOP paint, I’ll try my best to give you suitable alternatives [in brackets].
Paints I used for this tutorial:
Vallejo Surface Primer Black
Vallejo Surface Primer Grey
Games Workshop Mephiston Red
GW Mechanicus Standard Grey
GW Longbeard Grey
GW Wild Rider Red
GW Bronzed Flesh (OOP)
GW Boltgun Metal (OOP)
GW Abaddon Black
GW Eshin Grey
GW Codex Grey (OOP)
GW Steel Legion Drab
GW Screamer Pink
GW Warlock Purple (OOP)
GW Emperors Children
GW Tanned Flesh (OOP)
GW Dwarf Flesh (OOP)
GW Elf Flesh (OOP)
GW Averland Sunset
GW Scorched Brown (OOP)
GW Bestial Brown (OOP)
VGC Brown Ink
VGC Squid Pink
VGC Glorious Gold
The Army Painter Warpaints Strong Tone Ink
Warpaints Dark Tone Ink
Warpaints Plate Mail Metal
Warpaints Shining Silver
Warpaints Matt White
Privateer Press Formula P3 Carnal Pink
P3 Menoth White Base
P3 Menoth White Highlight
P3 Hammerfall Khaki
Reaper Master Series Polished Bone
1. I’ve primed the model with black primer (Vallejo Surface Primer black via my airbrush, but canned spray primer works as well). The sand texture of the base was basecoated with Mechanicus Standard Grey, then heavily drybrushed with Longbeard Grey. Finally I’ve applied a generous wash of a 1:1 Warpaints Dark and Strong Tone Ink [Nuln Oil and Agrax Earthshade].
2. Once the wash has dried, I’ve basecoated with white emblems with Reaper Master Series Polished Bone (don’t wonder, it’s relabeled by German brand Pegasus) [Pallid Wych Flesh works perfectly as a replacement]. I do this now, because at this stage you can yet be rather messy and it will take a couple of coats for a decent coverage .
3. I’ve also painted all the metallic areas, that would be hard to reach later, with Boltgun Metal [Leadbelcher] and washed them with Warpaints Dark Tone Ink [Nuln Oil].
4. Finally I’ve cleaned up the black armour with Abaddon Black.
5. With a fine brush, I’ve applied an edge highlight of Eshin Grey to the black armour.
6. An even finer highlight of old Codex Grey [Dawnstone] was applied to the most pronounced edges.
7. I’ve basecoated the red armour panels with Mephiston Red.
8. Then I washed Warpaints Strong Tone Ink [Agrax Earthshade] in the recesses. Two coats might be needed for a deep shading. Then I cleaned up the red areas with Mephiston Red.
9. I’ve highlighted the red panels with Wild Rider Red.
10. An extremely thin highlight of this very old Bronzed Flesh paint was applied then [Ungor Flesh should work as replacement, or get VGC Bronze Fleshtone]. Keep it very thin, else it will overpower the red.
11. Finally, I’ve glazed the red panels with a thin coat of Bloodletter to tone down the highlights.
12. Now I’ve basecoated the golden emblems with Vallejo Game Colour Glorious Gold [Gehenna’s Gold, though the coverage of the Vallejo paint is much better].
13. I’ve washed the recesses of the gold with VGC Brown Ink [a mix of Agrax Earthshade and Reikland Fleshshade might work, though the Brown Ink has much stronger pigments]. Then I’ve cleaned up by layering VGC Glorious Gold.
14. I’ve finished the gold by highlighting with Warpaints Shining Silver [Runefang Silver].
15. In this step, I’ve basecoated the gems and ropes with Screamer Pink.
16. Now I’ve washed the ropes with Warpaints Dark Tone Ink [Nuln Oil]. For the gems, I’ve mixed a little bit of black into Screamer Pink and applied the mix in the upper left corners.
17. Then I’ve layered old Warlock Purple on the ropes, while highlighting the lower right corners of the gems with this paint as well [mix Screamer Pink with Emperor’s Children or get VGC Warlord Purple].
18. Now I’ve highlighted with ropes and the gems with Emperor’s Children.
19. Finally I’ve added highlights of VGC Squid Pink and Formula P3 Carnal Pink [mix Emperor’s Children with successive amounts of white], while concentrating more and more to the lower right corner with each step. I also added a small dot of Carnal Pink to the upper left corner.
20. Now I started working on the face. I’ve applied two dots of Warpaints Matt White [White Scar] to the corners of the eyea, then cleaned up the eye sockets with Abaddon Black. You can also paint the eyes white and then add a black line for the pupil if you prefer. I like to paint the eyes first, as this allows me to try as many times until I’m happy, without ruining the paint job of the flesh.
21. I’ve basecoated the flesh with old Tanned Flesh [mix Ratskin Flesh with Tuskgor Fur or get VGC Tan]. I’ve left a thin line of black around the eyes for more definition.
22. Now I’ve layered old Dwarf Flesh [Bestigor Flesh, though it might be slightly lighter] while leaving the Tanned Flesh showing in the recesses. Take care to apply multiple thin coats for a smooth result.
23. A first highlight was applied by mixing Dwarf Flesh with old Elf Flesh [Ungor Flesh].
24. Finally I’ve highlighted with pure Elf Flesh [Ungor Flesh]. By the way, check out this old tutorial of mine to learn more about painting faces, too.
25. I’ve basecoated the blonde hair with Averland Sunset.
26. Warpaints Soft Tone Ink [Seraphim Sepia] was washed into the recesses. Then I’ve cleaned up the hair with Averland Sunset again.
27. The first highlight for the hair was P3 Menoth White Base [Ushabti Bone].
28. A final highlight of P3 Menoth White Highlight was applied [mix Screaming Skull with white or get VGC Off White).
29. All metallic areas not yet painted were basecoated with Boltgun Metal [Leadbelcher].
30. The leather strap was painted with old Scorched Brown [Rhinox Hide].
31. I’ve washed the metallic areas with Warpaints Dark Tone Ink [Nuln Oil]. I’ve also applied some wash where the leather meets the metal.
32. Now I’ve highlighted the metal areas with Warpaints Plate Mail Metal [Ironbreaker]. Don’t forget to highlight the metallics from step 3 as well.
33. The leather was highlighted with old Bestial Brown [Mournfang Brown works as well, though it’s a bit darker].
34. Now over to the white emblems. I’ve applied P3 Hammerfall Khaki [Karak Stone] in the recesses.
35. Then I’ve cleaned up the white areas by layering RMS Polished Bone [Pallid Wych Flesh].
36. A mix of Polished Bone and Warpaints Matt White [White Scar] was applied as a highlight. I skipped this step for smaller emblems.
37. A final highlight of pure Matt White was applied to the emblems.
38. The trim of the base was painted with Steel Legion Drab. Finally I’ve added some small patches of my custom blend of light brown, dark brown and black static grass, which I’ve picked up separately from various ebay sellers.
Hope you like the result 🙂 Please tell me in the comments.
Note that this is a complimentary tutorial for the regular Blood Angels tutorial I posted some time ago. Both tutorials share the same techniques and paint recipes. Also check out Garfy’s Black Legion and Iron Hands tutorials for another spin at painting black armour.
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