There has been a bit of discussion over the value of using dry-brushing marines. I’ve recently painted a small swarm of Crimson Fist marines and also produced a step by step guide for my local independent using dry-brushing as the main shading technique.
Here are some pictures of those models so you can judge for yourselves but there are a couple of things to remember-
- Dry-brushing marines works well on darker chapter colors; Crimson Fists, Dark Angels etc..
- Use a big brush/little paint approach.
- Always start with what you think is too little paint and too thin a wash. You can always go back if it is too thin but it’s harder if you’ve used too much paint!
So, here we are: Sprayed black…
Drybrushed with ‘Regal Blue’
Pick out details (joints, bolter etc) in black or other appropriate color.
Add silver, highlight details and add any other bits of colour required.
You can finish there or go back and keep highlighting or fixing up details but this technique is superb for rapid army production. You can also slot a wash in between stages 3 and 4 if the dry-brushing got too heavy (in some cases I did this after painting the glove red, to add some shading). A squad of 10 of these guys took 5 hours to paint (ok… not including bases) and that included two veteran models with a bundle of extra detail.
Edit: I’ve since discovered that the new purple wash works well over mechrite red to give a nice crimson!
Here’s a few more pics for you.