Sons of Sorrow

Sons of Sorrow

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    24 May 2022
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    02 Jun 2022
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The Sons of Sorrow is a warband or vectorium of the Death Guard Traitor Legion's 7th Plague Company. The infamous Plague Surgeon Nauseous Rotbone was once a member of the Sons of Sorrow vectorium before he was elevated to command rank by the Daemon Primarch Mortarion.

Disclaimer: In fact, the color scheme of this warband is unknown and this leaves place for fantasy. This is my version and recipe. Enjoy!


Usually I lay down all the base colours to the entire miniature, then do all the shading, and then I work out the details of each element separately. The last step I add the smallest details and prettiness.


  1. Prime with Chaos Black or Death Guard Green

Base colors

  1. Base armor panels with Nocturne Green , will need few thin coats of it. This is because this model has a lot of spikes, so the paint will lie better. Don't need to be very accurate at this step.
  2. And rear view.
  3. Basecoat armor trim with Balthasar Gold .
  4. Rear view.
  5. Basecoat bones, teeth and horns with Skeleton Bone or Ushabti Bone .
  6. Base with cloak and cloth Screamer Pink . The color wheel shows that is a pretty match with color of the armor :)
  7. And behind.
  8. Base internal organs and mutations with Bugman's Glow .
  9. Base boltgun's body, any tubes and hoses with Abaddon Black , metal parts (gun muzzle, saw, and cartridges) with Leadbelcher .
  10. Base plague knife's blade with Leadbelcher .
  11. Start leather details with Rhinox Hide .


  1. Shade all over armor panels with Nuln Oil .
  2. Shade over the armor trim, any bronze details and leather with Agrax Earthshade .
  3. Shade bone's color parts with Agrax Earthshade or use Skeleton Horde .
  4. Shade all over cloth and focus in the recesses with Druchii Violet .
  5. Shade tentacles with Carroburg Crimson .
  6. Shade metal parts with Nuln Oil .

Armor Panels

  1. Recover, correct faults and lighten up panels that should be lighter by Nocturne Green , few thin coats.
  2. And more lighter with Loren Forest .
  3. Keep brightening up and highlights with Death Guard Green .
  4. Extra highlight fine points and sharp edges with Zandri Dust
  5. Wash slightly with Drakenhof Nightshade , focusing into shadows. Feel free to tint hightlights, it makes mini more grimdark.
  6. Make weathering, thin lines with Ushabti Bone .

Armor Trim

  1. Highlight trims with Sycorax Bronze .
  2. Add some Typhus Corrosion spots.
  3. For rust effect add a little Ryza Rust spots.
  4. Use Stormhost Silver to make some extra highlights and scratches.
  5. Add Nihilakh Oxide for accent and effects.

Cloth and Cloak

  1. Highlight the edges with Pink Horror .
  2. Highlight sharp edges and fine points with Cadian Fleshtone .

Bones and Horns

  1. Highlight with Ushabti Bone .
  2. Add a finer highlight with Screaming Skull .

Internal Organs and Mutations

  1. Drybrush the area sparingly with Cadian Fleshtone .
  2. Highlight fine points and edges with Rakarth Flesh .


  1. Highlight with Dark Reaper .
  2. Highlight fine points and edges with Dawnstone .
  3. Extra highlight dots with Ulthuan Grey .

Plague Knife

  1. Add Skrag Brown for rust and plague effects.
  2. Highlight it with Tau Light Ochre .
  3. Highlight fine points and edges with Fire Dragon Bright .
  4. Add some Typhus Corrosion spots.
  5. For rust effect add a little Ryza Rust spots.
  6. Use Stormhost Silver to make some extra highlights and scratches.

Tubes and Hoses

  1. Highlight with Dark Reaper .
  2. Highlight fine points and edges with Dawnstone .


  1. Roughly highlight with Skrag Brown .
  2. Add a finer highlight and scratches with Tau Light Ochre .

Extra Details and Effects

  1. I want to make some green glow effect on horns. So start with Corax White .
  2. Cover over it with Warp Lightning .
  3. Highlight with Moot Green .
  4. Highlight fine points with Moot Green mixed 1:1 with White Scar .



Citadel Painting System 38
Base 11
  • Abaddon Black
  • Balthasar Gold
  • Bugman's Glow
  • Corax White
  • Death Guard Green
  • Leadbelcher
  • Nocturne Green
  • Rakarth Flesh
  • Rhinox Hide
  • Screamer Pink
  • Zandri Dust
Shade 5
  • Agrax Earthshade
  • Carroburg Crimson
  • Drakenhof Nightshade
  • Druchii Violet
  • Nuln Oil
Layer 15
  • Cadian Fleshtone
  • Dark Reaper
  • Dawnstone
  • Fire Dragon Bright
  • Loren Forest
  • Moot Green
  • Pink Horror
  • Screaming Skull
  • Skrag Brown
  • Stormhost Silver
  • Sycorax Bronze
  • Tau Light Ochre
  • Ulthuan Grey
  • Ushabti Bone
  • White Scar
Dry 1
  • Ryza Rust
Technical 2
  • Nihilakh Oxide
  • Typhus Corrosion
Spray 2
  • Chaos Black
  • Death Guard Green
Contrast 2
  • Skeleton Horde
  • Warp Lightning
The Army Painter Warpaints
Acrylic 1
  • Skeleton Bone
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