In this post, I’ll show you how to quickly paint the Necron terrain pieces from Pariah Nexus in just 7 steps. You’ll learn how to thin washes, use Dry Compound paints and more. Find out how in this tutorial.


This tutorial assumes you have a good understanding of how to paint Warhammer miniatures. With each picture is the corresponding instruction. Each step shows the Citadel paint(s) I used. You’ll find a list of all the paints used in this tutorial at the end of the post.

Undercoat the model with Black.

Basecoat the pieces with Brass Scorpion. I used an Airbrush to speed things up. You can easily use one of the GW Aerosol Sprays like Retributor Armour or Runelord Brass for this.

Using a large brush with a decent point paint a a couple of thinned coats of Iron Breaker on some of the raised details. I thinned with Lahmian Medium but water is fine too.

Mix equal parts of Nuln Oil with Contrast Medium and using a large brush wash over the entire area of the terrain piece. Be wary of heavy pooling. The Contrast medium should help limit pooling a little.


Dry paints are literally that. It’s like a dry clump of pigment with very little liquid to it. Taking a large drybrush rub it onto the contents of the pot. Then brush it onto a tissue to take some of the excess pigment away. Then light dry brush the terrain pieces.

Pick out the lights with Temple Guard Blue. You can drybrush Temple Guard Blue around the light to create a glow effect.

Highlight the edges of the lights or the centre of the circle lights with Ulthuan Grey.


Paints you will need for this tutorial:

  • Chaos Black Spray
  • Brass Scorpion (layer)
  • Ironbreaker (layer)
  • Lahmian Medium (technical)
  • Nuln Oil (shade)
  • Contrast Medium (technical)
  • Necron Compound (dry)
  • Temple Guard Blue (layer)
  • Ulthuan Grey (layer)

If you need to expand your paint collection to follow the tutorial, check out our partner stores Wayland Games and Element Games, which offer an amazing range of paints at a discount.

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial. If so, leave a comment or reaction below, and if you got any questions, leave them here so I can answer them for you.

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