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Today I present you my take on painting the iconic green armour of the Sons of Nocturne, in an easy to follow step-by-step tutorial, painted with the budget-friendly Warpaints range from The Army Painter we reviewed recently. Check out the detailed instructions after the jump.

1. The model was primed with Greenskin Colour Primer from The Army Painter, a great way to speed up painting power armour as it combines primer and main colour in one. Any areas which the spray didn’t reach were basecoated with the matching Greenskin Warpaint version. While I was at it, I applied a thin coat of Greenskin on the rest of the armour for an even finish.

2. I like to paint all the messy, drybrushing-involving parts first, so I don’t hit any areas I already painted with stray pigments. Once complete, I created some definition by shading the armour by applying slightly thinned Warpaints Angel Green directly into the recesses. When thinning down paint for controlled shading, I like to add washes instead of water, in this case, Warpaints Dark Tone Ink. The medium of the wash will help to improve the flow of the paint. Once done, any areas where I spilt over were then tidied up with Greenskin.

3. I applied a slightly chunky edge highlight with Warpaints Mouldy Clothes.

4. To complete the armour I added a thin edge highlight of Warpaints Scaly Hide, concentrating on the uppermost edges.

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Here we have the finished model. Check out these super high-res pictures that reveal every brush stroke 😉

Here are the paint recipes I used for painting all the other details:

Dark metal:

Basecoat oWarpaints Gun Metal, all over wash with Warpaints Dark Tone Ink (thinned with a little bit of Warpaints Quickshade Mixing Medium), drybrush with Warpaints Shining Silver.

Bright metal:

Basecoat Warpaints Plate Mail Metal, recess wash of Dark Tone Ink, edge highlight with Shining Silver.


Basecoat of Warpaints Matt Black, chunky edge highlight with Warpaints Necromancer Cloak, thin edge highlight with Warpaints Dungeon Grey.


Basecoat of Warpaints Bright Gold, all over wash with Warpaints Flesh Wash, another recess wash of Flesh Wash where needed, highlight with Shining Silver.


Basecoat of Warpaints Dark Stone with a little bit of Matt Black, all over wash with Dark Tone Ink, pain eyes with Warpaints Pure Red, a dot of Warpaints Lava Orange, a layer with the original Dark Stone/Black mix for the skin, highlight with pure Dark Stone, two more highlights by adding successive amounts of Warpaints Kobold Skin to Dark Stone.

Flame freehands:

Establishing the basic shape with Warpaints Dragon Red, then layers of with Warpaints Pure Red, Mythical Orange and Daemonic Yellow.

How do you like my take on painting Salamanders? Tell me in the comments below. Also check out Garfy’s take on painting the Sons of Nocturne.

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