Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Painting Space Wolves Space Marines Part 2

10:10 AM by Wolf Lord Noam ·
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Greetings my fellow wolf brothers!

In this part of the guide I will go through some rules and principals that will come handy when  painting a miniature.

Usually tutorials instruct the reader on which colors to use, on what ratios to mix them and things like that. Before doing that myself I decided that I want to give you a few important details and tips on tecnique: how to use brushes and paints. Let’s start from that. What brushes to use? Most of you already know that a variety of brushes is needed when painting miniatures. What I mostly use are the following:

1. Insane detail brush from Army Painter. This is the main brush I use. It is significantly smaller than the Citadel high detail brush ( which is the thinner brush of GW’s range) Its size is approximately 05 in case some of you are using brushes from other companies. I have found that this brush is ideal for painting space marine armor, freehands, highlights and insane details on a miniature. I use this on most parts of the model.

2. Detail brush from Army Painter. Similar to Citadel’s high detail brush this is a thicker brush that can hold more paint on it and therefore I use this to paint larger surfaces on a model, mostly pelts, and often to apply wash to small areas.

3. Small & Medium drybrushes by Citadel. These brushes are used for … drybrushing as their names indicate. Wolf pelts, highlight effects, bases, are some of the jobs I used for .

4. Finally the big wash brush by Citadel, this is the oldest brush that I own, I think it was in the same lot with the first brushes I ever bought when I got into this hobby. A most valuable tool, I use it to wash, basecoat and sometimes even drybrush large surfaces.

How to use paints? First of all paints need to be watered down in order to be used easier and to a better result. Also when using paints, you need to have small amounts on your brush because this way it is easier to control the amount you put on the surface you are painting. To achieve both these goals, professionals use palettes to dilute and mix the paint on. A palette simply needs to be a clean flat solid surface ( plastic, glass, metal ) You could also use the inside part of the cup from the bottle of paint you are using if you use a citadel color, but it is important to keep it clean before and after the use.

So let’s start. Take an amount of paint with your brush, and place it on the palette ( or the cap ) Then you start dipping the brush with any paint left on it inside the cup of water taking drops of water with it. Mix the water on the brush with the color you have left on the palette , and repeat two –three times until you see that it is watered down to your liking. The more watered the paint is, the easier it is to apply it on a surface, the smoother the result will be. I think it will need 2-3 drops (1-3 ratio) Be careful though. If you see small bubbles appearing on the diluted paint, this means that you overdid it. Keep in mind that if you are using a very watered paint on a surface, you may need to apply a second or third coat to achieve the finish you need on the miniature. This will guarantee a soft smooth look on the area you are painting.

Before putting any paint on the model, consider these; Important Rule; SMALL AMOUNTS OF PAINT ON THE BRUSH The smaller the amount of paint on the brush, the easier the application will be, and it will be harder to make a mistake and mess the miniature. Another important rule; HAVE A GOOD HOLD OF THE MODEL You must hold the model in your hand in a way that is comfortable to you , and helps you brush hand be steady. This may need a bit of practice. Try to keep the brush hand touching on the table, or even extend some of the fingers you are not using, to touch the hand that holds the mini. This will help the brush hand keep steady while painting the mini. Example

I use three fingers to hold the brush extending the last two to touch my other hand where I hold the mini, while my wrist rests on the table. Important Rule #3 USE A GOOD LIGHT The need for a good light is more important than the use of a magnifying lens. A rich light will help you see clear the details on the model and is strongly advised to have one. Don’t let it too close to disturb your eyes though, because it can make it harder for you to focus. It needs to be on an angle that lights the model, without creating shades by your hands, while avoiding going to your eyes. Now, it is time to put a bit of paint on the model. Following all the above tactics I will basecoat the skull trophy on the model. The paint I use to basecoat skull trophies is dheneb stone. Using a small amount of paint on my brush, I make small, steady moves applying the paint on the skull, avoiding the rest of the model.

These are the techniques I will be using on these tutorials. I hope this article has been helpful to all of you. I will be glad to answer any of your questions and add more details that I forgot on this one to the next parts of the guide.

Read Part 1 of the tutorial

Read Part 3 of the tutorial


Iroes said...
March 21, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Thanks alot! Part 1 and 2 have been great I'll will try this painting as i have never been a good painter...I look forward to see the rest of parts!

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Marshal Wilhelm said...
March 21, 2012 at 8:04 PM

Having brushes smaller than 000 - aka 'fine detail' in GW speak, is something I feel is essential.

If I am doing three levels of colour on something, such as edge highlighting, or painting lenses, then going to a smaller brush for the higher level of painting is a wonderful tool for neatness and finish.

I have a 00000 or 5/0, and a 20/0. It really helps deliver even 'runny' things, like washes and inks, to a particular spot and no-where else!

Good point to raise :)

vaultboy said...
March 22, 2012 at 5:00 PM


ok i have some questions!
First of them: i dont really know how to contact you?! I mean you said i should do when i have some questions so i hope this will reach you.
The second one is: I have problems painting areas like the yellow shoulder plate or even the skull which is part of your second tutorial. Unfortunatly you just wrote that you paint it white...but if i do so the color does not really cover the layer the only trick to paint these areas over and over again, i mean having the dry time in mind it will take hours ;)!
thank you very very much, hope youll read this comment and iam really glad that youre writing this tutorial so keep on :)!

Shocklanced said...
March 23, 2012 at 1:23 AM

wow, great advice! I wish I had found something like this when I started.

I have slowly picked up many of these techniques but something like this would really have helped a few years ago! :D

Pitfighter said...
March 23, 2012 at 8:06 AM

Vaultboy, the steps on painting Yellow are in the next part of the tutorial where I basecoat the whole model. When you are using bright colours, like yellow and white, you need to apply some sort of basecoat first, or multiple coats. The best way to achieve this is to use foundation colours. The skull on this model is painted with Dheneb stone which is a foundation colour, and Is commonly used as a basecoat for white, bone, light grey etc. This colour, like all the foundation colours differ from the other in that they have more paint pigment in them if I can say so. As a result they are thicker and they can cover black very easy. You have to dilute them of course because if you dont they tend to have a rough cement like finish. The skull on this part of the guide is basecoated with water down dheneb stone. Try and practise a little bit with this. Mix small drops of paint with water and test them on a flat surface. You will see how much easier it will be to apply paint this way. You can find me on Facebook.


Marshal Wilhelm said...
March 24, 2012 at 1:14 AM

Remember that GW is coming out with new paint, and has a 'foundation' for white in that range. This could be amazing for whites and yellows.

Iroes said...
March 27, 2012 at 6:27 AM

Hi again i have a quick question, im sure any1 who knows bout washes can help (maybe its going to be in the next part of your tutorial) but after washing the armor and it looks how yours does in the photo. Is there a way to like clean it up abit after ? i guess with highlights and stuff? or do we paint over again in the base color? sorry if its stupid question im new to painting and washes

Icereaver said...
March 30, 2012 at 10:32 AM

I paint with basecoat fenris grey, a mix of two washes, then i use shadow grey to cover all but where the shadows are and after that i highlight with a mix of shadow grey and space wolves grey. Sorry for not being updated on the new colour names. Cheers :)

vaultboy said...
April 4, 2012 at 2:37 PM

hey thanks alot for that very very detailed answer.
unfortunatly it seems that they changed the whole colours and its names :P! but i guess i know what you just meant!

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