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The Helbrute is the centrepiece model in the Dark Vengeance boxed game. It’s a dynamically posed possessed Dreadnought that is terrifying to behold. We were all stunned to discover no painting guide included in the boxed game or White Dwarf. I decided to take matters into my own hands and with a couple of days hard graft, I’m pleased to present to you a comprehensive painting guide for the Helbrute but can also be used for the Chaos Chosen and Chaos Lord. Click more after the jump and once you’ve read it, please share it with your friends and the hobby community. We deserve free painting guides!
The tutorial will be broken up into steps of four. It will show a picture split into four and numbered. Underneath that picture will be four written steps with corresponding numbers. Each picture segment will show you the paint you need for the step and the corresponding text will explain the step. Simple.
1. Undercoat the model black. I use Vallejo Surface Primer, for more information on this product check out this review.
2. Base coat the entire model with Screamer Pink. I used my airbrush to apply this coat. it’s a base paint so you can paint it on with just a couple of coats.
3. Mix Pink Horror and Screamer Pink together (50:50) and paint it onto all the fleshy parts of the model.
4. Paint over the fleshy parts with Pink Horror. Try to leave some of the previous layer showing through as shading.
5. Wash Carroburg Crimson into the recesses of the fleshy parts. Don’t cover the fleshy parts, just the recesses to add more depth to the shading.
6. Mix Ceramite White into Pink Horror and paint onto all the raised fleshy parts. Mix some more Ceramite white into the mix to bring the highlighting up a bit. Everytime you paint a successive layer onto top of the previous layer leave some of the previous layer showing through.
7. Shade the Armour panels with a watery mix of Rhinox Hide and Screamer Pink. Run it around the brasswork detailing.
8. Highlight the armour panels with a 50:50 mix of Wazdakka Red and Screamer Pink.
9. Paint the armour panels with pure Wazdakka Red. Make sure you leave plenty of the previous layers showing through because it creates a deep rich crimson colour.
10. Paint all the metal areas with Warplock Bronze. This includes, vents on fleshy tubes, gun muzzles, smoke stacks and all the edging on the armour.
11. Paint all the armour’s edging with Brass Scorpian.
12. To age the brass work, we want a verdigris effect. I’ve mixed together Teclis Blue and Warpstone Glow with a lot of water and run the mix around the brass work.
13. Highlight the brass work with Runelord Brass. Feel free to do a fine edge highlight of Runefang Steel to make the brass standout more.
14. Paint the remaining metal areas with Ironbreaker. You’ll notice i’ve left Warplock Bronze on the ends of the smoke stacks and gun barrels.
15. The next step is to black in all the detail with Abaddon Black. While you’re using black drybrush the ends of the smoke stacks and gun barrels. For the horns, try to paint Eshin Grey lines running down the length of the horns and spikes.
16. Using Dawnstone paint shorter lines on top of the Eshin Grey lines. Paint to the end of the tip.
17. Final highlight of Adminstratum Grey. Use a smaller brush for this final line on the horns. If you need to tidy up with Abaddon black by painting lines between the grey lines.
18. Cover the horns and areas painted with Ironbreaker with Nuln Oil. This will help tie together the blending on the horns and shade the silver metallics.
19. The model has several eyes. You could just paint these as part of the brass work or like me you could paint them as small daemonic eyes. I painted a base colour of Teclis Blue, then painted Temple Guard Blue in the centre of the eye. I washed it with a blue wash and then painted a black vertical pupil .
20. The tentacles are base coat Thunderhawk Blue, Highlight Russ Grey then Fenrisian Grey, cover in Asurman Blue Wash and final highlight of Ulthuan Grey.
20. This just leaves the face to paint. I base coated the flesh with Ungor Flesh, washed it with Carroburg Crimson then highlighted with Screaming Skull. I didn’t want the head of the pilot (prisoner?) to be the same colour skin of the daemon engine so I painted it a more human tone but the red wash helps tie it to the rest of the scheme and shows he’s not quite human (or maybe alive).
I haven’t detailed how to paint the base, because you will all want to paint your bases to match your own armies or gaming tables.
That’s it. My version of the Crimson Slaughter’s Helbrute. I like to think I’ve achieved a more Crimson coloured model then the bright red one that Eavy Metal painted. I also like the aged brass instead of the bright gold they did too. The garish daemonic skin colour wouldn’t look out of place on a Keeper of Secret’s dressing gown, but I prefer the skin to be skin rather then the same colour as the armour.
Here is a little bonus picture for you guys and girls… it’s the Assault on Black Reach Dreadnought Vs the Dark Vengeance Helbrute!
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LOL love the new watermark for your picture!
Not so much a watermark, more like a badge of honour lol.
- Henry South
DUDE! what an amazing tutorial! get in there mate. ill be using this. i stupidly glued my whole hellbrute before painting 🙁 so it might be a little hard to get to some bits.
Thanks for the tutorial, i shall definitely be attempting to use this when mine arrives 😀
Cheers for the guide, but makes mewonder why GW didn't do the same. Isn't this their flagship product?
Thanks Henry, i'm sure a man of your talents will have no problem painting the helbrute.
Oli, please send me a picture of your Helbrute when you've painted it. Would love to see it.
Albert, GW have produced painting guides for Dark Vengeance but you need an iPad and you have to spend a further £4.99.
it's abysmal how their digital products are available only on Apple products (lol, you can't even read them on a MAC – ?!?!?!?!?!). They are losing SOOOO many Android/Kindle customers.
And to not include tutorials in the latest WD is offending. At least, I think, they had some DA/World Eaters tutorials in the past issues, around when the paints came out and maybe they'll have some next month. Some of the screenshots of the digital product on the website also show some of the schemes.
I still miss the masterclasses…
Exactly, and the very reason why I didn't purchase the WD.
Wow.. so comprehensive.. as always from you guys here.. just wonderful! Will reference this also ( along with all the other ones you guys are doing ) when I get the boxset! Might even have to up my game on the painting to make them look like these!
Thanks again for doing this tutorial.. the painting/gaming community is better for it!
Lol I do like the "badge" very good idea.
And hats off to you for doing what a multi million pound company cannot do!
Lovely tutorial, I will need to see what scheme I am doing with the figures, maybe word bearers or something unique.
The lack of even basic painting guide leaflet in the box was a shock, the iPad painting guide is quite cool, but making a specific one just for this set at £5 is a bit cheeky, especially as its the intro box game.
Lovely work as always Garfy.
Wow very nice tutorial if i had Dark Vengeance i had started painting before i had read the hole tutorial 😉
This is extremely helpful. I've been trying to figure out a way to do some bronze/brass colors, and the crimson is perfect. Thanks!
Beautiful! And very interesting how you opted for exposed flesh on the back of the model. I'll definitely incorporate some of these techniques into my helbrute once I work up enough courage to try to paint him!
Very good tutorial, it will help me with the flesh bits on my Word Bearer Hellbrute.
- Michael Argyros
Hey garfy. I love this tutorial and thought you might like to see how mine turned out.
That is freaking awesome Michael! I'm posting a link to your pics on our facebook page right this minute.
- Goldmunds Welt
Awesome tutorial, very professional. A great contribution to all fans of the model.
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Great tutorial, very instructive! The flesh is a little too pink for my tastes, but it creates a very distinctive finish!
Would love to see your take on the Chosen figures.