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Tutorial: Painting Warhammer 40,000 Crimson Fists part one Blue Armor

Welcome to Painting Warhammer 40,000 Crimson Fists tutorial. Here I will present to you a Step-by-step of an easy and fast painting process for Games Workshop Crimson Fists Primaris Marines armor as can be seen in Gallery: Crimson Fists.

Before we start, some notes:

  • This tutorial require airbrush.
  • You can use any paints, not just the ones I recommend. You can use this chart to compare paints between popular brands.
  • Please note pictures present a huge miniature under strong light that might result in a feel of messy and clumsy paint job.
  • As usual, please take note that what works for me might not necessarily work for you.

Step one: Undercoat

I started with a thorough layer of Games Workshop Chaos Black spray. This is a standard procedure for me. Chaos Black spray is my go to choice when it comes to undercoat.

Step two: Base Color

For the initial layer I chose Vallejo Model Air – French Blue (71.088). The color is a somewhere medium tone blue, with much vibrancy that got a bit toned down by black undercoat beneath. I applied a thin, dry layer of French Blue by airbrushing it on top and around the miniature. I took extra care not to make the layer too strong.

Step three: Highlight

Next I applied a mix of Vallejo Game Air – Ultramarine Blue (72.722) proportioned 5:2 with Vallejo Model Air – Light Sea Blue (71.089). This layer was also airbrushed, but this time I applied it zenithally and on the most exposed areas of the armor. Once again I took extra care to keep the layer dry and soft.

Step four: Shading

I then applied Vallejo Wash for Dark Vehicles (76.518) by airbrushing it from the bottom of the miniature (reverse zenithal) and onto low parts of large areas, including lower shoulder guards, sides of leg armor and lower part of the backpack. This particular paint is very thin, forcing me to apply it by multiple tiny, mist-like “puffs”, that dried out almost instantly. It significantly toned down all the armor and blended any dry specks leftovers from previous layers.

Step five: First Highlight

Next I switched to manual brush and applied an edge highlight of Citadel Layer – Hoeth Blue. I picked only the most exposed edges, skipping all places that were too difficult to reach or hidden from sight.

Step Six: Second Highlight

Finally I applied an edge highlight with Vallejo Game Color – Glacier Blue (72.095). Contrary to previous layer, I kept this one concentrated on top areas and corners, adding extra focus and depth to the exposed armor detail.


That wraps up the armor. Only five layers of paint for an eye catching effect of dark blue armor, that stands out on the gaming board. Now with this solid base out of the way, we can start building character of the miniatures, by adding more colors and enriching the overall feel of the miniatures – but that is a topic for another day. Stay tuned for part two of the tutorial. 

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Colour Recipes: Warhammer 40,000 Crimson Fists

Here are some Colour Recipes for Warhammer 40,000 Crimson Fists from Gallery: Crimson Fists. Please take note that this is a simple colour scheme, not covering multiple overlapping layers and blends in between, that lead to the final product. It is supposed to be used as guideline not a step-by-step.

BLUE armor:

Black undercoat,

French Blue (val a), * around

Mix Ultramarine Blue (val a) 5:2 Light Sea Blue (Val a), * from top, points focused

Black Wash for Vehicles (val), * from bottom, points focused

Hoeth Blue (gw), l&p

Glacier Blue (val), p


RED armor:

Hull Red (val),

Burnt Red (val)

Flat Red (val), l&p, highlight flbr (x3)

Lugganath Orange (gw), l&p

Vehicles: Flat Red (val), stpl (large areas)

DARK mesh:

Panzer Dark Grey (val a),

Fenrisian Grey (gw), l&p

Dark Tone Ink (ap),

Glacier Blue (val), l&p / Ghost Grey for vehicles)


METAL:

Warplock Bronze (gw),

True Copper (ap) / Gun Metal (ap), flbr

Shining Metal (ap), l&p

Strong Tone Ink (ap),

Shining Metal (ap), l&p


BROWN detail:

Burnt Umber (val a),

Karak Stone (gw) l, detail filling,

Off White (val), l&p

Dark Olive Drab (val a), bl

Flayed One Flesh (gw), l&p

Mix: Strong Tone Ink (ap) 1:1:1 Soft Tone Ink (ap), Flesh Tone Ink (ap),

Flayed One Flesh (gw), l&p

SKULLS & PAPER:

Karak Stone (gw),

Flayed One Flesh (gw), flbr

Mix: Off White (val) 1:2 Skeleton Bone (ap), flbr

Strong Tone Ink

Off White (val), l&p


ORANGE OSL:

White (val a), *

Hot Orange (val a), *

Off White (val), l&p

Hot Orange (val a), bl


EYES:

Flat Red (val),

Lugganath Orange (gw), dots

Hot Orange (val a), glaze

l&p – lines and points,

p – points,

dl – deep lining,

bl – blend,

gl – glaze,

drbr – drybrush,

flbr – flatbrush,

lobr – loaded brush,

stpl – stippling,

*Airbrushed (with multiple layers and mixes)

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