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Ok... I have been playing WH for a few years, but i have never had the time/money to develope my range of different paints, or actually become a good painter. I have recently made a Nurgle sorcerer and a Tzeentch BSB and i am wondering if you guys have certain way you like to paint these themes. If you do could you tell me your process and what paints you use? As I said, I have never realy had time to develope my painting skills, and this would be a big help to get me going. I will post pictures of these models as well.
Last edited by kelpbot2; March 27th, 2011 at 16:36.
To keep it nice and simple I would........
For Tzeentch, the armour I would start off with boltgun metal and do a very light blue wash. Then highlight this up with chainmail/mithril silver. This gives you a sort of 'enchanted' looking armour with the soft glow of blue tinted magic.
For Nurgle I'd probably do the armour Boltgun as a base and then do lots of washes of Brown, yellow and green washes to get that putrid look. You could also do a bestial brown/blazing orange mix wash over the silver bits to make it look rusted.
You could paint the armour Green if you wanted and do the same washes over the top. It all adds to the horridness.
Thanks Borak! How do you post photos?
You can either attach them to posts (click the paper clip button) or, if you have potatoebucket, post the direct link or IMG code.
I have, in the far off distant past, done a Tzeentch unit in metalic blues and purples. I just mixed Boltgun metal with Regal blue and Boltgun with Liche purple to get the metallics. Just add mithril silver to the mix for highlights. Pretty easy to do and looks rather nice.
Im painting a Tzeentch-themed army myself at the moment, and Im basing my warriors with Regal Blue, followed by a Enchanted Blue drybrush, which i then wash with Asurmen Blue and finally highlight with Enchanted Blue. As for blades and axes im using an old bluish metal colour (which I belive is out of production) called Polished Blue - but I recon you would get the same results washing Boltgun Metal with Asurmen Blue.
a friend of mine showed me something that worked really neat. Prime black and then when it's dry prime it white, but don't coat it evenly. the white will come on blotchy and uneven. From there you just use a mix of washes over the model for really inconsistant colors. This worked pretty nice for a nurgal hero he had, and i used it with blue to make a shadow mage.
For a more traditional way of painting tzeech I use enchanted blue and cover it with a purple wash, then highlight areas with enchanted blue/white/silver mixes. Gives a shiney blue/magic armour look.
An option for Tzeentch;
Paint the armor light blue, and then start drybrushing/highlighting it to white. But pretty rappidly.
Start on the blue, then 50/50 blue white, then a couple of white layers. You end up with a white armor with blue in the recesses.
When I think about it, Spraying 'em white washing with blue and drybrushing with white should get the same results.
Just a few general tips
1) I know it sounds dumb, but make sure that you're painting in a well lit area. I learned very quickly that a model painted in the dark doesn't look as awesome as you thought it did once you get it onto the table and into the light.
2) Something I've heard referred to as "the triangle." When painting a model, touch the base of you palms (the part where it meets your wrist) together, hold your paint brush in your dominant hand, and your model in the other. What this does is create sort of a resting spot for your painting hand so that it doesn't shake around much when you're painting. Works wonders if you're like me and have shaky hands because you're a caffeine junky.
3) When painting your model, start at the skin and work outward ( i.e. skin -> clothes -> armor). Nothing sucks worse then spending a ton of time trying to make some plate armor look cool, only to realize that you forgot some skin. Then you go back to touch up the skin and bam, you're fancy armory got a smudge of different color on it.
4) Probably the most important thing is to not be overly critical of your work. Learning to paint is a long and arduous process. No one paints their first model and ends up winning a Golden Demon with it
Hope this all helped
Thanks for the tips guys! Its not really my skill with the brush that hinders me, its more my knowledge of washes, etc...
Try them. I'm convinced one of the major ingredients is magic.