Hi everyone, here’s another Brushstroke tutorial. This time we’re looking at how to paint Imperial Fists for a unique way of painting yellow armour.
How to paint Imperial Fists Armour – Paints & Tools
- Winsor & Newton Series 7 (not the Series 7 ‘Miniature’ Brushes)
- Ushabti Bone
- Khorne Red
- Mephiston Red
- Eshin Grey
- Mournfang Brown
- White Scar
- Evil Sunz Scarlet
- Wild Rider Red
- Celestra Grey
- Ulthuan Grey
- Kantor Blue
- Blue Horror
- Wazdakka Red
- Skrag Brown
- Rhinox Hide
How to paint Imperial Fists Armour – Tutorial
Intro to Glazing
Before jumping into how I painted the Imperial Fists armour, I think it is important to explain how the paint should be applied. When painting yellow, one of the biggest struggles is to achieve a clean, smooth finish.
The best way I’ve found is to layer the paint on as a series of glazes rather than standard paint. All this means really, is thinning the colours right down, until they have the consistency of milk.
When you paint them onto the model you are just looking to wet the surface with them, effectively tinting it. Over repeated applications of the glaze, you build up the colour you want. Unlike washes, where you want them to flow into all the creases and recesses, with glazes you need to be more controlled and not let the paint run.
Instead, just look to apply very thin layers at a time.
To help with the process I recommend using a wet palette.
Step 1 – Apply Primer
As the paints being used are very thinned down it makes them transparent. Because of this, it makes the choice of primer colour very important, as it can actually be used to our advantage and save a lot of the work for us.
So, in this case, prime the mini white. This will enable a bright finish from fewer layers.
Do take your time when priming to get a smooth finish, as it makes all the difference to the end result.
Step 2 – Paint Base Colours
Paint the complete mini in Ushabti Bone. Remember to apply as a glaze, in very thin layers. Because you primed the mini white it should be simple to get solid coverage in just a couple of coats. It is very important to keep this stage as smooth and clean as possible. So, take your time.
Base all leather areas in Mournfang Brown.
Step 3 – Apply Shading
Apply thinned Agrax Earthshade (50:50 Agrax Earthshade : Lahmian Medium) as a recess shade. This means you just want to run the shade into the grooves and edges of the armour and not all over the model. If you make a mistake, simply let it dry and tidy up with some Ushabti Bone.
For darker shadows, in the deeper grooves, apply two coats of shade.
Shade all the silver joint areas of the armour with NuIn Oil. Take care to keep it off the Ushabti Bone coloured armour. Again, if you make a mistake, just let it dry fully and tidy up with some Ushabti Bone.
Step 4 – Paint Highlights
Keep your paint thinned so it flows smoothly from the brush.
As with earlier stages, if you make a mistake, just correct it with some Ushabti Bone.
Step 5 – Glaze The Armour
This is by far the most fun stage of painting the armour.
As mentioned in the intro, the aim of glazing is to simply tint the surface and not let it pool in the recesses like a wash.
To get a strong and even colour you will need to apply two coats of the thinned Sigismund Yellow.
I recommend allowing the first coat to dry, then edge highlighting the armour again with white before adding the second coat of Sigismund as it gives a more pronounced edge.
Step 6 – Paint the Details
Leather – shade with Agrax and highlight with Skrag Brown.
Step 7 – Base & Weathering
At this point, the marine is finished and you can base it however you like.
You can, however, decide to go on and add some battle damage to your mini by following these steps:
Using a small piece of sponge dab on Rhinox Hide to form a pattern of random dots over the armour panels. Similar to drybrushing, you want to remove almost all the paint from the sponge before dabbing on the mini.
You can add as much or little damage as you like.
How to paint Imperial Fists Armour – Complete
I hope you find this guide useful.
If you do have any questions or suggestions on how to improve it for others, then please do let me know.
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