Brushstroke here – Below is my how to paint Storm Reapers Armour tutorial. This is a quick and easy way to paint white Space Marines.
How to paint Storm Reapers – Paints & Tools
- Winsor & Newton Series 7 (not the Series 7 ‘Miniature’ Brushes)
- Ulthuan Grey
- Eshin Grey
- Celestra Grey
- Abaddon Black
- White Scar
- Khorne Red
- Ushabti Bone
- Wazdakka Red
How to paint Storm Reapers – Tutorial
Introduction to Glazing
Before jumping into how I painted the white armour, as I think it is important to explain how the paint should be applied.
When painting white, 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 paints. 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 etc, 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 do a lot of the work for us.
So, in this case, prime the mini white.
Do take your time when priming to get a smooth finish, unlike me… Who (as you can see from the pic), layered it on much too thick in my haste to get started.
Step 2 – Apply Base Colours
Paint the complete mini in Ulthuan Grey. Remember to apply as a glaze in very thin layers. This will be the final colour of the mini, so it is very important to get this step as smooth and clean as possible.
Paint all the areas that you want to be black in the end with Eshin Grey (leg joints, chest crest, deep vents etc) Again, apply as a glaze so you get a nice shaded effect on all the textured areas. The white primer helps by showing through the semi-transparent glaze.
Step 3 – Apply Shading
This is the only time I used a shade for this armour.
This will give a strong definition to the texture and give a nice highlighted black without any effort … WIN!
Take care when applying the shade to keep it off the armour plates etc, especially when running it into the vents.
As before, any mistakes can be corrected with Ulthuan Grey.
Step 4 – Paint the Details
Chest crest – highlight with Dawnstone.
Knee – the knee detail was freehanded in Abaddon Black.
Step 5 – Paint Highlights
After assembly and basing the last step is to apply a final edge highlight of White Scar to the armour.
I concentrated on sharpest edges and areas of focus… such as the helmet, shoulder pads, hands etc.
The finishing touch of weathering is up to you…
You can decide to keep it clean and perfect or go on to add dirt and battle damage.
I decided to simply add some dirt to the boots and leave it at that.
How to paint Storm Reapers – 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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