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In today’s post, I share a tutorial on how to paint the Raptoryx from the Warcry boxed game pictured above. More after the jump!

This tutorial assumes you have a basic understanding of how to paint. For the beginners, I will explain the techniques as I go along. Each picture below shows four chronological steps. Underneath each picture are the corresponding instructions. Each step shows the paint I used during that step.

Paints you will need for this tutorial:

Black Undercoat

Dark Reaper (layer)

Stormvermin Fur (layer)

Contrast Medium (technical)

Nuln Oil (shade)

Zandri Dust (base)

Seraphim Sepia (shade)

Karak Stone (layer)

Screaming Skull (layer)

Corax White (base)

Wraithbone (base)

Skeleton Horde (contrast)

Gore-Grunta Fur (contrast)

Volupus Pink (contrast)

Mephiston Red (base)

Evil Sunz Scarlet (layer)

Fire Dragon Bright (layer)

Teclis Blue (layer)

Temple Guard Blue (layer)

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Iron Breaker (layer)

Steel Legion Drab (base)

1. Undercoat the model black. I used Vallejo Surface Primer through my airbrush. 

2. Take some Dark Reaper from the pot with a large brush and wipe it onto a tissue so there is barely any paint left on the bristles. Then ‘drybrush’ the whole model to highlight it.

3. Repeat the previous drybrush step but use Stormvermin Fur this time. 

4. Mix one part Nuln Oil with one part Contrast Medium and paint one thick coat all over the model. 

5. Mix a touch of water with Zandri Dust on your paint palette and apply a thin, smooth coat to the underbelly of the creature. Repeat this with a second coat to make the coat more solid.

6. Mix one part Seraphim Sepia with one part Contrast Medium and paint one thick coat all over the underbelly

7. Mix four parts Lahmian Medium with one part Karak Stone to create a glaze. Using this thin translucent glaze, pick out all the area highlights on the underbelly. Keep repeating this process to build up the intensity. This will create softer blends then layering straight from the pot. 

8. Repeat the previous process but this time create a glaze of Screaming Skull and highlight within the previous step. 

9. Mix some Corax White with water on your paint palette and then pick out the details such as claws, bony spikes, eyes, wraps on the legs and the tongue. This paint can be a little lumpy, so open the lid and use a toothpick or small stick to stir the paint thoroughly.

10. Pick out the claws and boney spikes again but this time use Wraithbone. A touch of water will thin this and make it easier to apply. 

11. Apply a thick coat of Skeleton Horde to the claws and boney spikes. Try to paint the contrast on with as few brush strokes as possible. If it does start to pool in one area, use a spare brush to wick some excess paint away. 

12. Highlight the edges of the claws and boney spikes with thin lines of screaming skull

13. Paint a thick coat of Gore-Grunta Fur on the wraps around the Raptoryx’s legs.

14. Paint a thick coat of Volupus Pink on the tongue of the Raptoryx. You can also paint the eyes with this colour.

15. Paint the neck frills, wing feather and belly feather tips with Mephispton Red. Thin this paint on your palette with a touch of water.

16. Use Evil Sunz Scarlet to area highlight the previous step. Leave a little Mephiston Red showing around the edges.

17. Edge highlight the frills and feather tips with Fire Dragon Bright. Nice thin lines. Thin your paint so it flows from the bristles easier. It makes painting edges much easier.

18. Highlight the edges of the face and the quills of the frill with Teclis Blue. A medium-thick line is good as you’re going to be painting a thinner line within this line.

19. Paint a thinner line of Temple Guard Blue over the previous step to further highlight the face and quills.

20. Paint the skin piercings with Ironbreaker.

21. Paint the raised parts of the feet with Steel Legion Drab. Leave the black showing through in the recesses to show definition. 

To finish your model, paint the base. I painted my base with Agrax Earthshade, then Ork Flesh Contrast and dry brushed with Celestra Grey. The base rim is painted with Stormvermin fur.

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