This week we’re covering another White model by showing how to paint Storm Trooper Armour. This time we will be using paints by The Army Painter.
How to paint Storm Trooper Armour – Paints & Tools
- Winsor & Newton Series 7 (not the Series 7 ‘Miniature’ Brushes)
How to paint Storm Trooper Armour – Techniques
Before jumping into how I painted the white armour, 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 apply the paint as a series of glazes rather than normal thicker coats. All this really means, is thinning the paints 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, with glazing you need to be more controlled and not let the paint run. The main trick here is not overloading your brush.
As the layers are so thin, you’ll find they actually dry very quickly.
How to paint Storm Trooper Armour – Tutorial
Step 1 – 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.
Take your time when priming, to get as smooth a finish as possible, as it will massively improve the end result.
Step 2 – Base Colours
Paint the complete mini in Spaceship Exterior. 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 Necromancer Cloak (leg joints, eye lenses, gloves 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 – 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 Spaceship Exterior.
Step 4 – Highlights
The last step to painting the armour is to apply a final edge highlights of Matt White.
I concentrated on sharpest edges and areas of focus… such as the helmet, shoulder pads, knees etc.
The blaster I added some Gun Metal highlights.
The gloves I highlighted with thinned Necromancer Cloak.
The mini is now ready to be based however you choose.
How to paint Storm Trooper 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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