Deathwatch Armour

Deathwatch Armour

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    30 May 2021
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    18 Sep 2021
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How I painted the key elements of my Deathwatch Kill Team members.

Black Armour

  1. Basecoat with Abaddon Black .
  2. Spray thinned Dark Reaper downwards as a zenethal highlight. Stick to around a 45 degree angle. This step is optional, but worth it in my opinion.
  3. Now recess shade any points hit by the zenethal highlight with Abaddon Black . This is to ensure the panels are still broken up nicely.
  4. Edge highlight everything with a thick line of Dark Reaper .
  5. Highlight everything again, this time with a thin line of Thunderhawk Blue .
  6. With Fenrisian Grey , selectively highlight upward facing edges, corners and prominent edges. Stick primarily to edges where the light would hit and always drag your brush towards the brightest point.
  7. Finally, edge add small highlights to the centre of the previous highlights with Blue Horror . Try to make them very small, dots if at all possible.

Battle Damage (Optional)

  1. For chipped and rusted looking patches, add in small clusters and lines of a dark brown like Mournfang Brown or Rhinox Hide .
  2. If you want the illusion of physical gouges on the edges of armour, paint a line of Abaddon Black over the previous highlights.
  3. Now underline your chipping and gouges with fine lines of Fenrisian Grey . I would recommend using both fluid lines and lines made up of a series of small dots, this is to maker it feel more natural. Feel free to also add in small scratches with a thin brush too.
  4. If you want to add further emphasis to this damage add in dots of Blue Horror to the lines of Fenrisian grey. I would recommend placing them near the centre or at the lowest point of rounded lines.

Blue Steel Armour

  1. Basecoat with Vallejo Metal Color Dark Aluminum .
  2. Spray Vallejo Metal Color Duraluminum down at a 45 degree angle, wherever light would hit.
  3. Spray Vallejo Metal Color White Aluminum almost entirely straight down from the top,, lightly and selectively. Only stray a few degrees as you turn the model.
  4. Wash all of the recesses and textured parts of the metal with Leviadon Blue and Contrast Medium , mixed 1:5. You can also glaze this into parts that you would like to be darker. Be sure to smooth out rough transitions with a damp brush before they dry.
  5. Pick out edges and detail that need brightening with pure White Aluminum . If you are struggling to get a fine highlight, try adding a small amount of Dead White to the mix to get a better consistency.

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Citadel Painting System 9
Base 3
  • Abaddon Black
  • Mournfang Brown
  • Rhinox Hide
Layer 4
  • Blue Horror
  • Dark Reaper
  • Fenrisian Grey
  • Thunderhawk Blue
Technical 1
  • Contrast Medium
Contrast 1
  • Leviadon Blue
Vallejo Game Color
Base 1
  • 72.001 Dead White
Vallejo Metal Color
Base 3
  • 77.702 Duraluminum
  • 77.703 Dark Aluminum
  • 77.706 White Aluminum
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