Beginning the Black Legion Paint Scheme

This time of year is a bit tough for me, as work gets really, really busy in a big buildup to one huge week-long event, and then three days after that finishes, I’m on the road to GenCon. So the posting has been slow, but I’ve been keeping busy during my not-posting time. Take a look at some work in progress Chaos Space Marines painted in a Black Legion scheme:

The first three Black Legion models - a work in progress (WIP)

This is still pretty early progress. At this point, the steps go roughly as follows: they were primed black and ‘dusted’ with grey primer (as mentioned previously) and then drybrushed in the raised areas with a grey paint only slightly lighter than the dark grey primer. Then they were washed with Badab Black wash all over except for tops of heads, tops of shoulder pads, tops of arms, etc. Next, Boltgun Metal wash added to the trim on the legs, feet, gloves and backpack exhaust ports, and Burnished Gold was added to the trim on the shoulder pads. Lastly, the entire model was washed in Delvan Mud (even the areas I missed with the Badab Black) and then highlights were picked out on the metal trim areas and painted with slightly thinned versions of their original metallic colors.

I’m mostly happy with the depth that the dark grey primer and drybrushing steps added to the main ‘black’ armor areas, and the layers of black and brown washes really helped make the ‘black’ areas seem less grey, yet not totally black and flat.

Before (primed black and then 'dusted' dark grey and drybrushed in the raised areas) and after (metallic details and black and brown washes)

Next, I need to work on the boltguns, which will be mostly dark silver with some scuffed black bits, and then I need to do the non-metallic details, which are mainly skulls and horns. Both will be painted nearly the same: a basecoat of a dark brown, then an off-white coat (probably Bleached Bone from Games Workshop), then some Delvan Mud or Gryphonne Sepia washes, and then some more drybrushed highlights with the off-white color again. Then I have to figure out how I want to handle the details on the backpacks, then a final run-through and it’ll be time to do the basing, which I already have figured out.

I’m really looking figured to having these first few guys done, because once you figure out a method to your paint ‘recipe’, it makes the painting go a lot quicker. And like most Warhammer 40,000 armies, I have a lot of guys to paint. As an experiment, I’m trying to paint in smaller groups now because staring at 10 nearly-identical figures that all need to be painted assembly-line style is pretty daunting, but smaller groups of three to five is much less so. I’ll let you know how it goes.

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The Statistics – 2013

Minis games played:
• WH40k (1850 pts):
   BT/GK vs Kevin (Eldar/DE) LOST
• WH40k (1500 pts):
   BT vs Jason (D.E.) LOST
• WH40k (1500 pts):
   BT vs Kevin (S.W.) LOST
Minis finished:
 none yet
Terrain finished:
 none yet
Cons attended:
 Fire & Ice
updated 28FEB2013

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