Several persons have asked me to explain how I painted my pre heresy death guard marines, so even if I’m not a great painter I will do my best to show you my way. I’m sure there are better or more efficient ways to do it but my way is the only way I know .-)

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After I base coat the mini with the Corax white primer from GW I paint the weapon and other details that isn’t part of the armour. I do this first since I’m a sloppy painter and there will be misses where I get black paint on the armour. Easier to cover it up before the wash, trust me πŸ™‚

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The weapon will be black with metal parts, the front part of the helmet is metal and will be covered in grime later. I keep the wires black as well so there aren’t that many details on the armour that isn’t white.

The shoulder pads comes next. Balthasar gold as a base for the trim with Runelord brass over it and then Caliban green as a base for the green part with Death world green over that.

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Now comes the fun messy part with the wash. I use Seraphim Sepia mixed with Lahmian medium. The mix is roughly 60/40 Medium/Sepia and then I just start giving the model a generous covering.

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After this stage is done I use Typhus corrosion on the metal part of the helmet and then Nuln oil for darkening the metal on the weapon as well as the metal on the shoulder pads.

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This leaves the weathering, which could be the most important part of the Death guard armour since they wore the battle markings and rust as a badge of honour.

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First I use Dryad bark together with a sponge plucked from a blister pack. Like a drybrush I dip the sponge in paint and the dab it on a piece of paper until most has come of. Too much and you will smear the paint all over.

I try to dab it at places where the armour would be worn, like in the kneepad and hands for example. I’d love to say I have a scientific way of doing it but I just go and try to stop myself before I have gone over board.

Then I switch to Leadbelcher and do the process all over again but this time less and on the dark areas to show where the bare metal has been exposed. I experimented with pigments on the first ones I showed but I have run out of it so I will have to do a follow up on that if you all want.

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There, a quick way of doing pre heresy death guard my way, hope you found this enlightening. When I watch painting tutorials I usally pick up one or two tricks I hadn’t thought of so hope you did to. Was this useful? Should I do more of these tutorials?

Would love some creative feedback since this is the first tutorial article I have written.

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