Not sure I’m the guy to give tutorials on painting as there are way more people qualified for that. However, I would like to take a moment, in the interest of documenting my hobby abilities, to share my method of painting a standard 40K model. In this case it happens to be one of my Grey Knight Purgation squad with psycannon. Just an FYI, I use both Vallejo and GW paints so I apologize if my color names are not consistent.
First, I prime the model by spraying the whole sprue a flat black (typically I use GW’s Chaos Black spray paint). I like to get a good coat on in this phase as there is no hiding model plastic except with paint ad I don’t feel like going one rate model with more paint to cover those missed areas. After the black dries, I go over it with chain mail (Army Painter spray) and try to get most of it but don’t stress if there are some missed crevasses. Once all the spraying is done and dried for a full day, the model gets assembled.
Now it’s time to paint a bit. At this point I have selected the colors I want to use throughout the model and start applying them to all areas. For instance, Scab Red for the shell of the psycanon and right shoulder pad, Royal Blue for the eyes, Brass for the fancy GK details, Bleached Bone on skulls and purity seals, and a khaki on the book pages. So the base colors are laid down on the model… time to wash the whole thing in Badab Black… that’s right the whole thing. I used to wash different sections with different colored washed based on the foundation color, but who has time for that anymore.
The wash dries and now I move on to applying the first layer of paint. Basically, in this phase I cover the models again in their base colors and this time I avoid the crevasses by like a 32nd of a inch (maybe less). After the first layer is down, I begin to add the second layer, which usually consists of, Mithril Silver to highlight the armor, bolt gun, red orange for the psycannon and shoulder (I just like a happier red), a mix of white and bleach bone for all skulls and seals, a lighter blue for the eyes, Glorious Gold for the GK details and a mix of white and khaki for the pages. Backpacks go on after this phase.
I finish out painting by edge highlighting some areas like, a lighter shade of the red orange, white for the skulls, and a lighter blue to dot the eyes. Also, I paint the white graphic on the shoulder.
To complete the model, I coat the base in Elmer’s glue and dip it into your standard play sand with some medium coarse basing stone for texture. I give it a day to dry and apply a thinned down coat of glue very generously one the now stone base. This ensures that now sand or stones fall off. After another day of drying, I drop some spots of glue on the sandy bases and place a pinch of fake dead grass to the spots. To ensure that the grass is secure I take the back of an exacto-knife and press down all over the grass. Last, blow the base to remove any loose grass.
Overall I find that this is a pretty fast and easy way to paint. Doesn’t require a real steady hand as there is not a lot of edge highlighting. I think in total this one guy might have taken me 3 to 4 hours. Normally I paint multiple guys all so I can give pieces time to dry. In this case I charged ahead with the one model.
Stay tuned for the second part of my Grey Knight army. Purgation, Purifiers and Terminators, oh my!