Friday, 7 September 2012


This tutorial details how I created the chipped white armour of my Deathwing Terminators. Future installments will detail how I will paint the rest of the miniature (metallics, gun plating, basing etc). 

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Paints used in this tutorial


  • Reaper Master Series (RMS) Bloodless Skin
  • Reaper Master Series (RMS) Aged Bone
  • Vallejo Model Colour (VMC) Ivory
  • Vallejo Model Colour (VMC) Dark Blue Grey
  • Vallejo Model Colour (VMC) Black Grey
  • Vallejo Game Colour (VGC) Black Game Ink
  • Vallejo Air (VA) Rust (metallics) - not pictured
  • Pro Pigment Raw Sienna - Not pictured



Step one

  • Base coat miniature with grey primer
  • Airbrush model (20 - 30 psi) with VA Rust mixed with Pro Pigment Raw Sienna (90:10). We are looking for a nice even coating which may take two or three passes to ensure this. 
  • Spray miniature with two coats of Hair Spray



Step two

  • Airbrush model (20 - 30 psi) with RMS Aged Bone and VMC Dark Blue Grey (70:30). Ensure an even, consistent coat, covering all the white armour plates and recesses completely. 


Step three


  • Add a little more RMS aged bone to the previous mix. We want to add a little more warmth to the armour and start building a gradual change in the gradient from shadow to highlight. 
  • Aiming the airbrush at a 20 degree angle, spray the miniature with the new mix. You may not see much a difference in the tone now, but you will in later stages.   


Step four

  •  Empty the airbrush of the previous mix. Now mix RMS Aged Bone and RMS Bloodless Skin (60:40) and airbrush at a 45 degree angle. This will help build the impression of natural light hitting the model. Concentrate on airbrushing raised armour plates and area's where light would naturally fall. 


Step five
  • Add more RMS Bloodless Skin to previous mix and aim the airbrush at a higher angle from previous sprayings. 
  • Concentrate you highlights on the end of previously highlighted armour plates. Pay attention to the face, shoulder pads and top carapace. 




Step six


  • Add VMC Ivory to previous mixture until you are running pure VMC ivory through your airbrush. Concentrate on the very highlights points of your highlights. 


Step seven
  • This is where the fun begins. Using warm water and a suitable applicator (I used the edge of a broken knife for ultra fine detail and a cue tip cut in half) to 'scratch' battle damage into the armour. 
  • Unlike other chipping techniques where you are fooling the eye with dark and light colour, this technique actually chips the paint. It is a very realistic technique and quite easy to achieve with a little fore-thought. 



Optional Extra Step, Graphite lining. 
  • Using pencil lead, line hard lines of the miniature (in this case, I used a technical pencil). The graphite has a natural metallic sheen that helps armour plates stand apart, as well as adding an additional layer of texture to the weathering. 




And that's how you create a weathered Deathwing Terminator. In the next article I'll run through how to paint the metallic details of the miniatures as well as any other details I manage to compile. 

Thank you for reading. 

LilLoser




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