In this tutorial I show you how to paint the striking orange of the Trans-hyperion Alliance using the example of a Hearthkyn Warrior. Using Contrast paints and weathering techniques, this method helps you paint your Leagues of Votann effectively, striking a balance between quality and speed.
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 Trans-Hyperion Alliance
Prime the model with a few thin coats of White Scar spray or your favourite white primer.
Basecoat the texture of the base with Wraithbone.
Then, give the Hearthkyn Warrior’s base a wash of Agrax Earthshade.
Give the Trans-Hyperion Alliance armour a gentle drybrush of Lugganath Orange, concentratng on the edges of the exo-suit.
Dab a little piece of blister sponge into Rhinox Hide, wipe away the excess, and then carefully press it onto random edges of the armour to add some sponge weathering and texture.
The Contrast paint and orange drybrush should have done most of the highlighting work for you, but you can refine the armour with a few quick edge highlights of Fire Dragon Bright. I also like to highlight the lower bottom of the larger sponge weathered chips for a more 3D effect.
Basecoat the undersuit with Mechanicus Standard Grey.
Basecoat any black armoured details such as the gun, helmet, and feet with Black Legion. Apply a second coat on the flat areas to create a more even black, but don’t hit the edges with the second coat so you don’t knock down the highlights.
Highlight the fingers, knuckles, and creases and seams of the undersuit with Mechanicus Standard Grey.
Apply another highlight of Dawnstone, but concentrate on the fingers, knuckles, and sharpest creases only.
Wash the gaiters with a generous coat of Wyldwood.
Highlight the brown leather of the Hearthkyn Warrior’s gaiters with Knight-Questor Flesh.
Then, give the metal a wash of Nuln Oil.
Basecoat the visor of the exo-suit’s helmet and the bullet rounds in the clip with Hashut Copper.
Wash the copper details with Targor Rageshade.
Basecoat the visor and the keyboard on the arm with Wazdakka Red.
Finally, paint the trim of the base with Steel Legion Drab, and add some bleached static grass with a drop of PVA glue. I used Arid Grass from Gale Force 9, but Mordian Corpsegrass or any other bleached tufts are fine as well.
Finished Trans-hyperion Alliance Hearthkyn Warrior
And here are a few more pictures of the Trans-hyperion Hearthkyn Warrior for your reference. This model has a closed visor, but many Leagues of Votann models feature beautifully expressive faces. You can find tutorials for a variety of skin tones here on Tale of Painters:
Paints you will need for this tutorial:
Citadel (Games Workshop)
White Scar spray
Fire Dragon Bright
Pallid Wych Flesh
Steel Legion Drab
Mechanicus Standard Grey
Magmadroth Flame (Contrast)
Gryph-hound Orange (Contrast)
Volupus Pink (Contrast)
Basilicanum Grey (Contrast)
Black Legion (Contrast)
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