Monday, 19 September 2011

Tutorial: Guide to painting Ultramarines

I've been working feverishly to get this combat squad done in time for todays post, and mission accomplished! You can see the fruits of my labour to the left.

As promised, I decided to take this oppurtunity to give everyone the recipe for painting my Ultras incase anyone is interested, or merely wants the recipe for a single colour. That's the beauty of the hobby, mixing and matching to get a style that ties together as your own. Remember to thin your paints to the consistancy of milk. Basecoats generally require 2 layers as well.

Blue Armour
  1. Basecoat 1:1 mix Regal Blue/Ultramarines Blue
  2. Apply Badab Black Wash in the recesses
  3. Highlight pure Ultramarines Blue
  4. Extreme Highlight 1:1 mix Ultramarines Blue/Space Wolves Grey
Gold Aquila/Shoulder Trims
  1. Bascoat Shining Gold
  2. Liberally wash with Badab Black
  3. Highlight 1:1 mix Shining Gold/Mithril Silver
  1. Basecoat Boltgun Metal
  2. Liberally wash with Badab Black
  3. Recoat with Chainmail, leaving the recesses (Note: To get a dirtier look, only apply this as a highlight)
  4. Highlight/Extreme Highlight Mithril Silver
Black Boltgun Casing/Joins
  1. Basecoat 1:4 mix Rotting Flesh/Chaos Black
  2. Apply Badab Black Wash in the recesses
  3. Highlight 1:2 mix Rotting Flesh/Chaos Black
  4. Extreme Highlight 3:4 Rotting Flesh/Chaos Black
  5. Liberally wash with Badab Black to tie in all the highlights
  1. Basecoat Deneb Stone
  2. Highlight 1:1 mix Deneb Stone/Skull White (Note: For small decals such as chapter symbols and squad symbols, I find it it looks better to recoat with this colour, starting with highlighting)
  3. Extreme Highlight Skull White
    Red (Armour)
    1. Basecoat Mechrite Red
    2. Apply Devlan Mud Wash in the recesses
    3. Highlight Blood Red
    4. Extreme Highlight Blazing Orange
    Purity Seals
    1. Basecoat the wax seal Mechrite Red
    2. Liberally wash with Devlan Mud
    3. Recoat with Blood Red, leaving the recesses
    4. Highlight/Extreme Highlight with 1:1 mix Blood Red/Bleached Bone
    5. Basecoat the cloth part of the seal 1:1 mix Vermin Brown/Bleached Bone
    6. Recoat with Bleached Bone, leaving the recessed
    7. Highlight Skull White
    8. Use watered down Chaos Black to add "writing" (or, as I like to call them, squiggly lines)
    Leather Pouches
    1. Basecoat Bestial Brown
    2. Recoat with 1:1 mix Vermin Brown/Bleached Bone (Note: This will look incredibly bright and non-leathery... have no fear, we shall fix that!)
    3. Wash liberally with roughly 3 coats of Badab Black (or as many as it takes to give it that tanned, leathery look)
    4. Highlight Vermin Brown

    There are a couple of other recipes I used, noteably for the eyes and the meltagun burn effect. The eyes are the same as in the "Painting Space Marines" book, which is pretty much the same as this tutorial, replacing Bad Moons Yellow with Blazing Orange.

    As for the Meltagun burn effect, I used the tutorial given over at another Blogspot... errr, blog, Blotguns, Bashers and Brushes, and can be found here.

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