Tactical marine step by step

This tutorial start from after the base colouring and washing I did earlier in Paint and spray post.

Armour

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1: Apply a highlight of mordian blue on the base coated marine. Make sure to leave some of the base coat in the crevasses and darker areas (left picture).

2: Apply a second highlight of ultramarines blue, during this step I tried to do some feathering (right picture). Using two brushes in the same hand, one with the  colour and the other one damped with little water and after applying the colour I switched brush and then smeared out the edges of the painted area to even out the transition.

3: Paint all details that are not suppose to be blue with chaos black in preparation for the next step.

Lenses

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1: Paint the whole lense with mechrite red.

2: Paint the  lower inner side of the lens with blood red.

3: Hightlight the bottom of the blood red area with blazing orange.

4: Paint a small skull white dot on the outer upper side of the lens

5: Paint a thin line around the edges of the lens with baal red. This will create a bit of contrast to the armour.

Gold details

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1: Paint the shoulder frames and chest plate with shining gold (first picture).

2: Wash the gold details with devlan mud (second picture).

3: Highlight the gold with burnished gold (third picture)

4: Paint a touch of mithril silver over the out most part of the chest plate (fourth picture).

Purity seal and parchment

1: Paint the seal with mechrite red

2: Wash the seal with baal red

3: Highlight the raised areas with blood red

4: Highlight  the most raised areas with blazing orange

5: Paint the parchment with tausept ochre

6: Highlight the parchment with bleached bone

7: Wash the parchment with gyphonne sepia

8: Paint some thine line on the parchment with badab black

Metal details

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1: Paint all the metal details with boltgun metal.

2: Wash the boltgun metal with badab black.

3: Highlight the raised metal areas with chainmail silver.

Black areas (Gun casing)

1: Highlight the raised black areas with adeptus battlegrey.

2: Hightlight the most raised areas of the adeptus battlegrey with fortress grey

If you need to even out some of the highlight I find it very effective to use the badab black wash to tone them down.

Armour step 2

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1: Highlight the edges around the armour with a mix of ultramarines blue and skull white. This will give the character more contrast.

I didn’t measure this mix exactly but start with adding the ultramarines blue to a empty pot and then add white until you get a good light blue colour, then simply add water until it get the consistency of skimmed milk.

On my first tactical marine I used skull white for this step making it look a bit like a cartoon character. I have gone back and painted over the white with this mix.

Assembly

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1: Glue the backpack and the gun in place.

2: Secure the model firmly with pining it to the base and some plastic glue.

3: Done!!

    • Lukas
    • May 7th, 2011

    Very nice description with pictures!
    I’m starting to paint a new squad myself, I did paint some years ago but it was nothing special. Nice to find an easy step by step guide!

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