On the occasion of Death Masque and the new Deathwatch release, I’m pleased to present to you, a full photo tutorial for Chaplain Ortan Cassius in Deathwatch armour. This tutorial is 53 steps and every single step is detailed after the jump.
I’ve designed this tutorial so established painters find it interesting but also so new comers to the hobby can learn some basic and advanced techniques. I will use terms such as glazing and washing, don’t worry if you don’t know what these mean because I will elaborate and explain during that step.
Paints you will need for this tutorial:
Eshin Grey (layer)
The Fang (base)
Russ Grey (layer)
Nuln Oil (shade)
Administratum Grey (layer)
Caledor Sky (base)
Macragge Blue (base
Hoeth Blue (layer)
Kantor Blue (base)
Fenrisian Grey (layer)
Guilliman Blue (glaze)
Runefang Steel (layer)
Warplock Bronze (base)
Hashut Copper (layer)
Seraphim Sepia (shade)
Runelord Brass (layer)
Iron Breaker (layer)
Khorne Red (base)
Wazdakka Red (layer)
Wild Rider Red (layer)
Screamer Pink (base)
Emperor’s Children (layers)
Druchii Violet (shade)
Ulthuan Grey (layer)
Warpstone Green (layer)
Warboss Green (layer)
Biel-Tan Green (shade)
Nurgling Green (layer)
Karak Stone (layer)
Rakarth Flesh (base)
Teclis Blue (layer)
Temple Guard Blue (layer)
Cadian Fleshtone (layer)
Bugman’s Glow (base)
Kislev Flesh (layer)
Doombull Brown (layer)
Screaming Skull (layer)
Abaddon Black (base)
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1. Undercoat the model black.
2. Create a glaze by mixing 50:50 Eshin Grey with Lahmian Medium and paint a thin layer on just the upper areas of the armour. Imagine an area highlight where natural sun would catch and light the armour panels. Repeat painting thin layers to increase the intensity of the colour. The multiple thin layers create smoother transitions.
3. Apply the technique listed above but use the fan this time and use it less so it blends into the Eshin Grey layer.
4. Use Russ Grey to paint an edge highlight on the edges where the light would catch and glint.
5. Cover all the black areas with a wash of Nuln Oil to help blend all the area together.
6. Paint the thinnest line possible of Administratum Grey on the edges to represent a glint of light.
7. Paint the blue areas with Caledor Sky.
9. Paint an edge highlight of Hoeth Blue on any raised edges of the blue areas.
10. Paint Kantor Blue to shade the areas that butt up against the blue.
11. One final edge highlight of Fenrisian Grey as thin as possible.
12. Create a 50:50 mix of Guilliman Blue and Runefang Steel and paint the Deathwatch Marine arm completely.
13. Wash over the recessed areas of the arm with Guilliman Blue.
14. Highlight the silver arm with Runefang Steel.
15. Paint any area that will be Gold or Metal (not the Deathwatch arm though) with Warplock Bronze.
16. Pick out the gold areas with Hashhut Copper. Be sure to leave Warplock Bronze showing through as shading.
17. Wash over the gold areas with Seraphim Sepia.
18. Pick out the edges of the gold with Runelord Brass.
19. Paint all the metallic areas such as chains and gun areas with Leadbelcher.
21. Highlight the previous stage with Ironbreaker. Nice thin edge highlights.
22. Paint the Crozius handle, gun casing, purity seals and book cover with Khorne Red.
23. Highlight the book cover and gun casing with Wazdazza Red.
24. Highlight the book cover and gun casing with thin edge highlights of Wild Rider Red.
26. Highlight the purity seals and Crozius handle with Screamer Pink
27. Highlight the purity seals and Crozius handle with a very thin edge highlight of Emperor’s Children.
28. Wash over the purity seals and Crozius handle with Druchi Violet.
29. Paint all the Ultramarine U symbols with Celestra Grey.
30. Highlight the Ultramarine U symbols with Ulthuan Grey.
31. Paint the laurel and grenades with Warpstone Glow.
32. Highlight the laurel and grenades with Warboss Green.
33. Wash the laurels and grenades with Biel-Tan Green.
34. Paint a thin edge highlight of Nurgling Green on the grenade edges and laurel leaf edges.
35. Paint the book pages, pouches and parchment with Karak Stone.
36. Highlight the previous step with Rakarth Flesh.
37. Wash the parchment, pouches and book pages with Agrax Earthshade.
38. Edge highlight the parchment, pouches and book pages with Ushabti Bone.
39. Heavily water down some Rhinox Hide and paint some thin lines onto the parchment to represent writing.
40. Paint all the skulls with Zamesi Desert.
41. Highlight the skulls with Ushabti Bone.
42. Water down some XV-88 and run some of the watery mix into the areas that require shading on the skulls.
43. Highlight the ribbing between the armour sections with Dawnstone.
44. Paint any gems/targetters with Teclis Blue.
45. Highlight the gems and targetters with Temple Guard Blue
46. Final bright highlights of Ulthuan Grey are added to the gems and tergetters.
47. Basecoat the skin with Cadian Fleshtone.
48. Create a glaze by mixing 50:50 Bugman’s Glow with Lahmian Medium and use it to shade the face areas.
49. Highlight the raised areas of the face with Kislev Flesh.
50. Water down Doombull Brown and carefully paint thin lines into the creases.
51. Paint thin edge highlights of Screaming Skull on to the raised areas of the face.
52. Paint the mouth and eyes with Abaddon Black.
53. Pick out the teeth and dot the eyes with Ulthuan Grey.
Finally, base the model in a way which fits in with your own army or gaming table. I’ve used Steel Legion Drab for the rim, Armageddon Dust for the base top and then drybrushed with Screaming Skull. Drybrushing is a way of picking out raised detail quickly usually with a lighter colour. To dry brush you need load up your brush with paint and then wipe it off the bristles on a tissue until virtually no paint remains on the brush. Then rapidly and repeatedly drag the side of the brush back and forth over the area to be painted.
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