Last Updated on September 23, 2019 by FauxHammer
Welcome everyone, Brushstroke here – Below is my how to paint Alpha Legion tutorial. If you have been looking for a quick and easy way to paint this colour scheme. See the 5 simple stages below.
How to paint Alpha Legion Tutorial – Paints & Tools
- Winsor & Newton Series 7 (not the Series 7 ‘Miniature’ Brushes)
- DecoArt Metallic Teal
- Stormhost Silver
- Eshin Grey
- Dawnstone (Layer)
- Rakarth Flesh
- Pallid Wych Flesh
- Screaming Skull
- Khorne Red
- Wazdakka Red
- Retributor Armour
- Liberator Gold
- Caliban Green
- Warpstone Glow
- Moot Green
- NuIn Oil
- Agrax Earthshade
- Seraphim Sepia
- Troll Slayer Orange
How to paint Alpha Legion – Tutorial
Step 1 – Find the Correct Paint
I wanted to try and find a way to replicate the box-art Alpha Legion colour scheme with as little effort as possible.
After various experiments, with glazing and layering, I wondered if a paint existed which actually matched the turquoise colour.
Turns out there is!
It’s not marketed as a miniature paint but as it is an acrylic metallic craft paint, I figured~ why not? It can be thinned using just water and can be airbrushed or hand brushed without any problems.
It’s made by a US company called DecoArt and the paint is Dazzling Metallics – Teal. (careful when you buy, there is a non-metallic version).
This guide details how to use it to paint Alpha Legion armour and it couldn’t be simpler! :o)
Step 2 – Apply Base Colours
Over a black primer paint in the following base colours:
- Main armour – DecoArt Metallic Teal
- Armour Trim & Chainmail – Ironbreaker
- Armour joints & Gun casing – Eshin Grey
- Skulls and Bones – Rakarth Flesh
- Loin Cloth – Khorne Red
- Gold details – Retributor Armour
Step 3 – Apply Shading
Shade all the following colours with NuIn Oil:
Shade the following colours with Agrax Earthshade:
Step 4 – Highlight
The metallic teal is such a shiny colour, there is very little need to add many highlights to it. I did, however, choose to pick out a few details which had sharp edges. Specifically, the face and fingers.
Edge highlight as follows:
- Teal with 50:50 mix Teal : Stormhost Silver
- Ironbreaker with Ironbreaker. This just gives a highlight without being overpowering.
- Eshin Grey with Dawnstone
- Retributor Armour with Liberator Gold
- Rakarth Flesh with a drybrush of Pallid Wych Flesh
- Khorne Red with thinned Wazdakka Red
Step 5 – Apply Fine Details
The last few details to finish off are:
The skulls and bones I aged by doing a final wash of Seraphim Sepia.
The chainmail I rusted by lightly glazing with some thinned Troll Slayer Orange.
The tusks I base coated Rakarth Flesh, shaded the base with Seraphim Sepia, then painted stripes of Pallid Wych Flesh and White towards the tip. In hindsight, I would change the white to Screaming Skull, as they came out too stark.
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