I always loved the Szarekhan Dynasty paint scheme for the rich brass armour, but I always thought that the paint guides from Warhammer TV and White Dwarf were overly complicated. For this tutorial, I came up with my own technique that is really fast and easy to replicate, relying on basic techniques such as drybrushing and washing. It’s also a great alternative way to paint your Necrons from Warhammer 40.000: Imperium, so check it out.


Tutorial: How to paint Necrons Szarekhan armour - featured image

This tutorial assumes you know the basic grips of painting Warhammer miniatures. Step-by-step I explain all the paints and techniques I used. You’ll find a list of all the paints used in this tutorial at the end of the post.

How to paint Necron Szarekhan Dynasty armour

Tutorial: How to paint Necrons Szarekhan armour - step 1

Basecoat the armour with two slightly thinned coats of Warplock Bronze.

Tutorial: How to paint Necrons Szarekhan armour - step 2

Overbrush the armour with Brass Scorpion. Overbrushing is similar to drybrushing, except you don’t wipe away as much paint.

Tutorial: How to paint Necrons Szarekhan armour - step 3

Drybrush the armour with Runelord Brass (this paint will be included in issue 2 of Warhammer 40.000: Imperium). I recommend using The Army Painter’s Masterclass brushes or a soft makeup brush with a rounded tip.

Tutorial: How to paint Necrons Szarekhan armour - step 4

Thin Cryptek Armourshade Gloss about 1:2 with Contrast Medium and apply an all-over wash over the armour. This will add more depth to the armour and bring out all the battle damage. If you notice too much wash pooling in one area, use a damp brush to soak up the excess wash.

Tutorial: How to paint Necrons Szarekhan armour - step 5

Finally, add an edge highlight of Canoptek Alloy to the most prominent features such as the facemask, chest, hands, and knees. This is an optional step, for your rank-and-file Warriors you could even skip it while spending more time and effort on your character models.


Paints you will need for this tutorial:

Citadel (Games Workshop)
Warplock Bronze
Brass Scorpion
Runelord Brass
Canoptek Alloy
Cryptek Armourshade Gloss
Contrast Medium

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.

Do you need some more inspiration for painting your Necrons? Check out Garfy’s tutorial for painting his unique Occiputek Dynasty paint scheme:

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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