Iron Warriors: 40K

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    06 Nov 2023
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    06 Nov 2023
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General scheme for Iron Warriors, updated to be brighter and read better from a distance (no more formless blobs of dark metal)


  1. Prime with Leadbelcher
  2. Base model with Leadbelcher in any parts missed
  3. Base armor joints, gun casings, and shoulderpad flats in Black Legion
  4. Base trim in Retributor Armour
  5. Base cloth and "real" horns in Steel Legion Drab
  6. Base soft daemon parts and tassels in Daemonette Hide
  7. Base hard daemon parts in Stegadon Scale Green
  8. Base fur in Mechanicus Standard Grey
  9. Base leather belts and holsters with Dryad Bark
  10. Base skulls with Zandri Dust


  1. Shade armor in Targor Rageshade and deepest recesses with Nuln Oil
  2. Shade bones, "real horns", cloth, leather belts/holsters, and fur with Agrax Earthshade
  3. Shade metal weapon bits with Agrax Earthshade
  4. Shade daemon flesh with Druchii Violet
  5. Shade tassels with Luxion Purple


  1. Layer cloth and "real horns" with Steel Legion Drab leaving deepest recesses
  2. Layer areas to be done in hazard stripes with Averland Sunset then layer stripes with Abaddon Black
  3. Layer skulls, bones, and small cloth strips with Ushabti Bone
  4. Layer hard daemon parts with Sotek Green then 50/50 Sotek Green and Temple Guard Blue then straight Temple Guard Blue
  5. Layer eye lenses in Temple Guard Blue


  1. Highlight soft daemon parts with Warpfiend Grey and then Slaanesh Grey
  2. Highlight hard daemon parts with Baharroth Blue
  3. Highlight fur with Stormvermin Fur and then Administratum Grey
  4. Highlight tassels with Genestealer Purple
  5. Highlight metal parts with Leadbelcher then Stormhost Silver
  6. Highlight gold trim with Liberator Gold
  7. Highlight cloth with Baneblade Brown
  8. Highlight skulls and bones with Screaming Skull
  9. Highlight "real horns" with Baneblade Brown then Screaming Skull
  10. Highlight hazard stripes with Ushabti Bone on yellow and Thunderhawk Blue on black
  11. Highlight gun casing with Thunderhawk Blue
  12. Highlight leather and holsters with Gorthor Brown
  13. Pick out little details like eyes in parts in either Averland Sunset and Abaddon Black for pupil, or else pure Temple Guard Blue


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Citadel Painting System 32
Base 10
  • Abaddon Black
  • Averland Sunset
  • Daemonette Hide
  • Dryad Bark
  • Leadbelcher
  • Mechanicus Standard Grey
  • Retributor Armour
  • Steel Legion Drab
  • Stegadon Scale Green
  • Zandri Dust
Shade 4
  • Agrax Earthshade
  • Druchii Violet
  • Nuln Oil
  • Targor Rageshade
Layer 15
  • Administratum Grey
  • Baharroth Blue
  • Baneblade Brown
  • Genestealer Purple
  • Gorthor Brown
  • Liberator Gold
  • Screaming Skull
  • Slaanesh Grey
  • Sotek Green
  • Stormhost Silver
  • Stormvermin Fur
  • Temple Guard Blue
  • Thunderhawk Blue
  • Ushabti Bone
  • Warpfiend Grey
Spray 1
  • Leadbelcher
Contrast 2
  • Black Legion
  • Luxion Purple
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