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    13 Mar 2022
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How I paint my Drukhari


  1. Prime in Chaos Black , then Runelord Brass . You can also airbrush this.
  2. Fill in the none-metal sections with Abaddon Black or AK Black (or any black of your choice!)
  3. Paint the metal parts Leadbelcher or Two Thin Coats equivalent (I prefer the coverage of this). I leave part of the barrel Leadbelcher.


  1. Wash the Brass areas with a thinned Guilliman Flesh (2:1 Contrast Medium ), which you pull towards the recesses.
  2. Line shade the deepest recesses with Cryptek Armourshade Gloss . I also glaze some of this away from the recess part way up the previous shade.
  3. Cover the silver metal areas with Nuln Oil

Armour Highlights

  1. Glaze some of the Runelord Brass back on the panels.
  2. Edge highlight with Canoptek Alloy . I also do a small glaze of this, leaving a large amount of the Runelord Brass beneath.
  3. Dot highlight with Silver RLM01 Metallic . On vehicles, this would also be an appropriate sponge colour to stipple damage.
  4. On any shoulder pad/knee, base with Mephiston Red . Line shade recesses with Nuln Oil , then glaze Flesh Tearers Red around recesses. Tidy back with Mephiston Red .
  5. Edge highlight Evil Sunz Scarlet and final dots and scratches of Wild Rider Red . Glaze the whole lot with a thinned Baal Red to bump the red back up.

Gun casing

  1. I paint the gun casing Nuln Oil Gloss , then paint chips with Silver RLM01 Metallic .

Eyes, poison pipes, weapon poison etc

  1. Basecoat White Scar or AK White (my preference)
  2. Apply a couple of layers of Greenstuff World Fluoro Green, then recess with Hexwraith Flame . You could use any Fluoro green, or use Tesseract Glow

Cloth etc

  1. Chunky highlight of Incubi Darkness
  2. Thin highlight of Thunderhawk Blue
  3. Dot highlight of Russ Grey . Glaze with Terradon Turquoise thinned heavily with Contrast Medium . On characters, you can go as far as Fenrisian Grey and then Blue Horror on very highest/brightest points.


  1. Any bones, basecoat Grey Seer
  2. Shade with Basilicanum Grey or Apothecary White . Deep shade Nuln Oil .
  3. Highlight Grey Seer
  4. Highlight White Scar

Flesh tabard

  1. Base with Cadian Fleshtone , wash Guilliman Flesh , highlight glaze with Cadian Fleshtone , edge with Kislev Flesh then add dots of Ice Yellow or a bone colour. You can also highlight using Ionrach Skin then Deepkin Flesh to push a colder look, highlighting that further with white.



Warhammer Hobbyist. Mostly Black Legion, Thousand Sons, Chaos Daemons and Chaos Knights. Drukhari for 2023. Hope you find these recipes useful!

Citadel Painting System 32
Base 7
  • Abaddon Black
  • Grey Seer
  • Incubi Darkness
  • Ionrach Skin
  • Leadbelcher
  • Mephiston Red
  • Runelord Brass
Shade 3
  • Cryptek Armourshade Gloss
  • Nuln Oil
  • Nuln Oil Gloss
Layer 11
  • Blue Horror
  • Cadian Fleshtone
  • Canoptek Alloy
  • Deepkin Flesh
  • Evil Sunz Scarlet
  • Fenrisian Grey
  • Kislev Flesh
  • Russ Grey
  • Thunderhawk Blue
  • White Scar
  • Wild Rider Red
Technical 2
  • Contrast Medium
  • Tesseract Glow
Spray 2
  • Chaos Black
  • Runelord Brass
Contrast 7
  • Apothecary White
  • Baal Red
  • Basilicanum Grey
  • Flesh Tearers Red
  • Guilliman Flesh
  • Hexwraith Flame
  • Terradon Turquoise
Vallejo Model Air
Base 1
  • 71.063 Silver RLM01 Metallic
Vallejo Model Color
Base 1
  • 70.858 Ice Yellow
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