Well, one of the great joys of painting are the ever changing paint names, ranges and options, especially since I haven’t painted my Order of the Verdant Garden in years! I’m also looking at following various tutorials, which all use paints from different ranges. Now, I could just go out and buy those exact paints … except even that isn’t possible, as some of them don’t exist anymore!
What I need to do is either adapt to colours that are close enough, or use a tool to match the paints pretty exactly to ones that I actually can go out and buy!
I use a tool on my iPhone called ModelPaint42. Its great, with a really brilliant range of paints – including Army Painter, my base colour range of choice (I have their mega set, covering their current main range). However, it will only show direct matches – I might always end up mixing my own too.
We have several core colour areas:
- Green Robes
- White Armour
- Gold Trim
- Face – Flesh and Eyes
- Metal weaponry and gadgets
There will probably be a few other highlights here or there, but thats the core! We also need to prime the model, and identify shadows and highlights.
Priming and Preparing
- White Primer
- Army Painter Quickshade Blue Tone Ink
I’m going to spray the model white! No surprises there, with predominantly white armour! After the initial spray, I’m going to run a blue wash over the model to highlight details, and also act as a good starting point for the white armour.
Eyes and Face
- whites of eyes – 4:1 mix Army Painter Warpaint Matt White, Army Painter Painter Warpaint Skeleton Bone
- iris – Army Painter Warpaint Goblin Green
- pupil – Army Painter Warpaint Matt Black
- highlight – Army Painter Warpaint Matt White
- underline (and eyebrows?) – Army Painter Warpaint Oak Brown
- Flesh (base) – Army Painter Warpaint Barbarian Flesh
- Flesh (layer down) – Army Painter Warpaint Tanned Flesh
- Flesh (layer up) – 1:1 mix Army Painter Warpaint Barbarian Flesh, Army Painter Painter Warpaint Skeleton Bone
- Flesh (warmth) – I may experiment with a warmer colour on the cheeks by adding some Army Painter Warpaint Alien Purple into the flesh mix.
I’m going to start with the eyes, as that’s what I normally screw up when painting – so I might as well start while the model is pretty much a blank slate! I will have a go doing very detailed eyes with an iris, though I suspect this will be not good, and revert back to a simpler black on white pattern. I’m going to use a white/bone mix for an off white – the proportions may need varying here, and if it doesn’t look good in my test, I will go for a Reaper White Leather. I’ll be following the overall guide here.
The rest of the face will be tricky to do well. I was looking at some of the techniques here, as the results are fabulous – but possible too feminine (looking at Lyssele). That sounds silly, but the Adepta Sororitas are more business than make up focussed! I may experiment with the warmer effects on the cheeks though. There are surprisingly few guides that don’t focus on male faces, and I don’t think I need to add stubble here 🙂
- Army Painter Warpaint – Matt Black
- Army Painter Warpaint – Angel Green (base)
- Army Painter Warpaint – Greenskin (layer 1)
- Army Painter Warpaint – Goblin Green (layer 2)
- Army Painter Quickshade – Green Tone Ink or Strong Tone Ink
I’ll then paint the robes black, and begin to follow the painting tutorial here.
- Army Painter Warpaint Matt White
- Cold Grey Shade – 2:1:1 mix Army Painter Warpaint Matt White, Army Painter Painter Warpaint Electric Blue, Army Painter Painter Warpaint Uniform Grey
- Model Air Gloss Varnish
I plan to paint the armour following the guide here! After the model is matt varnished at the end, I plan to go over the white armour in a gloss varnish to make the white a little shinier, like metal. That may or may not work for photos though.
- Army Painter Warpaint Weapon Bronze
- Army Painter Warpaint Greedy Gold
Not a huge amount to say here! The trim will generally be gold, painted in bronze and highlighted up to gold – possibly with a shining silver top light here or there. I’ll be using this guide to metals where appropriate.
- Army Painter Warpaint Gun Metal
- Army Painter Warpaint Plate Mail
- Army Painter Warpaint Shining Silver
Again, the primary guide will be the guide to metallics here. There aren’t any power weapon effects necessary, so it’ll be just straight metals.
Well, I am tempted to try the technical paints a little – particularly the blood effect on the Narthecium.
In terms of bases, I am settling on the MDP ruined chapel bases. The chapel idea has a strong resonance with the sisters, and the slabs also match the GW battle board I play on extremely well too.
Project scope – creep incoming!
I need test models for much of this, so I am going to expand out to do the rest of a command squad at the same time. I need to do another three models to finish off a full squad, and that’ll let me experiment a bit with techniques before doing it for real. Hopefully this won’t slow me down too much!