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Necrons Painting Guide

Now, this isn’t necessarily the best or the fast way. But it’s fairly quick and yields nice results. This was rushed a little so feel free to take more time if you want. My setup is pretty simple. A tile (or in this case, plate), some water, some tissue and some paints.

I’m using standard GW brushes and the following paints:
Blood Red, Scab Red, Bleached Bone, Codex Grey, Skull White, Chaos Black. I’m also using Gryphonne Sepia wash.

Brushes & Paint

Brushes & Paint


Necron with white basecoat

Step 1, White and Black

After a white undercoat, water down some Black and paint the whole base. Also paint the whole gun. Don’t worry about going over the rest of the model, we can cover it up with white after.

Step 1 White & Black

Step 1 White & Black

Step 2, Washes

Get your Gryphonne Sepia and wash the whole model with the brush straight from the pot. If you get some on the gun, it doesn’t matter. Make sure it flows into the cracks in the armour on the chest and neck. Wait for this to dry. Go make some tea.

Step 2 with wash

Step 2 with wash

Back? Now do it again, except this time try to focus only on the joints, spine, pelvis, chest symbol and neck. If you get some on the armour plates, don’t worry. Wait for this to dry completely.

2nd wash

2nd wash

Step 3, Armour Plates

Slightly thin some Bleached Bone and cover all the armour plates, including the back of hands and hips. I left the fingers brown. I decided to do the front of the head (the face) only, giving it a skull mask look.

If you were careful with the 2nd Wash, you should only need one coat – two at most.

Painting the armor plates

Painting the armor plates

Get the Skull White and mix a tiny amount of Bleached Bone. Paint this on the extreme edges of armour sparingly with thin lines. I did the collarbones, edges of the head and brow, edges of the shoulder plates and the top of the hips.





Step 4, Gun

I wanted to keep the paint job simple, so highlights were minimal. Use Codex Grey to highlight the sharp top edges of the main areas, shaft and head of the gun.

Painted the tube feed Scab Red. Wait for it to dry then paint over it with Blood Red.

The gun

The gun

Step 5, Finishing Touches

At this point I drybrushed the base twice. Once with Codex Grey, then with a very light drybrush of Skull White. Tidy up the base edge with black. The few pieces of slate rock or ruin were done the same. By using a dark and relatively simple base, it emphasises the colours of the model.

I used Water Effects here, but any Gloss would work. Pain the tube feed of the gun a few times then let dry to make it shine.

Almost finished

Almost finished

I then cut a section of rod out slightly longer than the green rods. Compare it to the gap in the gun and then file down the ends to get them smooth. Add a small bit of PVA on the ends and carefully slot it into the gun. Polycement (plastic glue) would work but PVA dries completely clear.

Job Done

Job Done

Job done! Hope that was clear and possibly helpful for anyone

Posted by on October 9 2008. Filed under Painting. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

94 Comments for “Necrons Painting Guide”

  1. i am getting 24 necron warriors, 3 destroyers and monolith and nightbringer and 3 scarab swarm bases, and im trying to decide what colour scheme i should go for, can anyone make suggestions? im thinking of goin 4 the hotrod red type in the codex (last section bottom row).

    by the wat raven great tutorial, im usin that technique on my other 40k armies.

  2. i am getting 24 necron warriors, 3 destroyers and monolith and nightbringer and 3 scarab swarm bases, and im trying to decide what colour scheme i should go for, can anyone make suggestions? im thinking of goin 4 the hotrod red type in the codex (last section bottom row).

    by the wat raven great tutorial, im usin that technique on my other 40k armies.

  3. Could you paint the long tube red as you did the feeder?

  4. on the monolith how could i make the portal?

  5. Весьма тонко подмечено. В чем-то даже себя узнал :)

  6. How long are the rods

  7. Awsome, quick and easy damn good teaching

  8. what size where the rods?

  9. Normal warrior sized rods are 2.4mm (3/32″) wide, and come 227mm long from the shop Ravendove linked to

  10. I was planing on doing somthing like this but do the shoulder pads red gore

  11. Hello Mr. Ravendove! Wow, I was thinking I wanted some really skeletal looking Necrons, and you have got an even better look than I had hoped for. It looks really easy, too, I hope mine come out as good as the one in your photos!

    — Emperor bless and cherish you!

  12. where did you buy the rods at? I need Light blue for a snow themed army.

  13. I'll have them on ebay (UK) in the next day or so… They'll be pre-cut and in packs of 10. I have Neon Red, Standard Yellow, Ice Blue and Fluorescent yellow. Just search 'necron rods' and you should find them. Contact me through ebay if you need larger quantities.


  14. [...] What I envision will be very similar to what is seen in this Painting Guide [...]

  15. awesome painting job erm do u think it will look good if i put codex grey instead of bleached bone or can i use this paint scheme

  16. I need to show this to my dad! He’d be so envious. Nice work.

  17. Excellence content, Thnks!

  18. Really great resources to use in our next project. Out of all the sites I have research, this one is one of the best. All of information is so well explained that an amateur such as I am, very much interested in the wonderful topic, can comprehend.

  19. This topic and replies are so helpful for my class and my next project. This one is one of the best resource.
    Thank you for all your information.

  20. Could you paint the long tube red as you did the feeder?

  21. Thanks for the great resources. My son and I have a little project going on and of all the sites we checked out, this is the best guide. I hope our figures look as pro as yours.

    Cheers, Andrew.

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