How I paint my Sautekh Warriors, as a text supplement to my video tutorial.
Start from a Leadbelcher base coat. I used the spray can for this, but the brush on paint works fine too.
Wash the whole mini with Nuln Oil , then again with Agrax Earthshade .
Drybrush the silver areas with Necron Compound . A brighter silver like Ironbreaker or Runefang Steel will work just as good if you don't have dry paints.
Add an edge highlight of Stormhost Silver , as well as coating any 'moving' parts - think balls joints and pistons.
Bring back Agrax Earthshade to dirty up the lower sections of each part of the skeleton. Build in with as many coats as desired, I like two or three for mine. Pull the paint towards the bottom most point to keep the gradient.
Base in the cartouche on the chest with Matt Black .
Glaze Caliban Green down from around the center of the cartouche to build the look of a real dark green.
Base the symbol on the cartouche with Warpstone Glow . Give this a couple coats to get a solid colour.
Paint the 'arms' of the symbol with Moot Green , leaving the center ring as Warpstone Glow.
Base any ribbed cables with Corax White .
Wash over completely with Gryph-charger Grey , then again with Black Templar . I'm using the nature of Contrast paints here to get a quick cold-black colour, without needing to individually highlight the ribs as many times as I would with layer paint.
Highlight the ribs with Thunderhawk Blue . If you wick off most of the paint and you're careful, you can run the side of the brush along the ribs to hit these quickly - Can't get paint in the recesses if the brush never gets in there, after all!
Add a second smaller highlight with Fenrisian Grey .
A last line of point highlights with Ulthuan Grey .
Carefully base in the smooth cables with Daemonette Hide .
Wash them back with Nuln Oil , pulling the shade towards either end of the cable to add a bit more shading.
Add a thick highlight with Warpfiend Grey .
Then one last smaller highlight with Slaanesh Grey .
For a bit of colour variance, I base the frayed wires around the Warriors with Runelord Brass .
Wash these details back with Agrax Earthshade .
Add a quick highlight with Canoptek Alloy .
For the casing on the gun I used Corvus Black as the basecoat.
All the hard edges were highlighted with Eshin Grey .
Any upper facing surfaces got one more thinner highlight of Dawnstone .
The silvers are already washed from painting the skeleton, so they just need a pass over with an Ironbreaker relayer.
Then a quick highlight with Stormhost Silver .
The glowing orbs on the weapons were given a basecoat with Corax White . I heavily watered this down to run it a couple times into the wells around the orbs.
I repeat the process with Moot Green .
And once more with Green Fluorescent .
The center of the orbs was highlighted with Gauss Blaster Green .
Bright green glow
Any cables I wanted to have the 'glowing' effect to them I based with Caliban Green .
I watered down Warpstone Glow to a glaze at this point and introduced a gradient onto the cables, pulling the brush from either end to the center. I did a few coats of this until I had a nice gradient on there. While I have a thin Warpstone Glow, I also ran this into the gaps in the ribcage and also wholly into the eye sockets.
Next I mix Moot Green and Lahmian Medium about 1:4, water it down to help it apply, then repeat the same process on the cables covering a smaller area than last time. Again, a few coats of this gives a convincing gradient. I also added this into the ribcage again, just dropping it next to the cartouche. I also fully layered the eyeballs with some unthinned Moot Green.
I finished the cables with a tiny touch of very thin Yriel Yellow , to make the 'hot spot' of the gradient.
Lastly, I dotted the eyes of the Warrior with Gauss Blaster Green .