Looking for a cool magical effect to add to your weapons? Check out my tutorial for painting molting metal Wight blades… but in turquoise!

Tutorial: How to paint "molten" turquoise blades

This tutorial assumes you know the basic grips of painting Warhammer miniatures. Step-by-step I explain all the paints and techniques I used. I have a rather eclectic paint collection, so when I use a paint that is not from Games Workshop (or out of production), I’ll try to provide you with suitable alternatives from the current Citadel paint range [in brackets]. However, if you want to achieve exactly the same result as shown, I recommend expanding your paint collection. You’ll find a list of all the paints used in this tutorial at the end of the post.

How to paint Grave Guard Wight Blades

Tutorial: How to paint "molten" turquoise blades - step 1

Basecoat the blade with Warpaints Toxic Mist [or a mix of Baharroth Blue and White Scar]. This will take a few thin coats for an even result.

Tutorial: How to paint "molten" turquoise blades - step 2

Thin Warpaints Royal Cloak [or Baharroth Blue] 1:1 with Lahmian Medium to a glaze-like consistency and apply a thin coat around the edges of the weapon.

Tutorial: How to paint "molten" turquoise blades - step 3

Repeat this process one or two more times to build up a gradient.

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Tutorial: How to paint "molten" turquoise blades - step 4

Use pure Royal Cloak [or Baharroth Blue], add a little bit of water and layer it around the edges to darken the gradient.

Tutorial: How to paint "molten" turquoise blades - step 5

Build up a texture by stippling the edges with the tip of your brush and applying an irregular pattern of Warpaints Hydra Turquoise [or Temple Guard Blue].

Tutorial: How to paint "molten" turquoise blades - step 6

Complete the molten effect by applying an irregularly shaped highlight of Incubi Darkness around the most prominent edges of the blade.

Tutorial: How to paint "molten" turquoise blades - step 7

To smooth the transition, I thinned down Toxic Mist [or your Baharrot Blue and White Scar mix] with water and applied a few thin coats at the centre where needed.


Here we have the finished Grave Guard. At an arms-length, the turquoise glow of the Wight blades looks very striking. If you want to know how I painted the rest of the models, you’ll find all the paint recipes here and a tutorial for the bone here.

Five Grave Guard with Great Wight Blades painted by Stahly

Paints you will need for this tutorial:

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.

Fancy a more traditional molten lava effect? Then check out Garfy’s tutorial for a slightly different approach:

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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