I've had a few people ask me how I got my blue on the thousand sons Terminator Lord, So here it is, with Thousand sons Marines.
This tutorial will only be for the blue sections, and I will add a post for the gold areas later on.
What You'll Need:
Assembled Thousand Sons Marines
Fine detail Brush
a little cup of water to wash your brushes
[You'll be using a 50/50 mix of regal and enchanted blue in this tutorial. You can mix it in a spare pot like I did, or mix it on the go, the choice is yours]
Asurmen Blue Wash
I'm using Citadel Colors paints and brushes for this tutorial, if you know of their equivalents in other brands feel free to use them instead.
Now that you've got your supplies ready to go, let's get painting! Be sure to clean your brush before moving to the next step, and in between each of the steps as well. This will prevent cross contaminating your lighter colored paint pots.
Here We Go!
Starting with Regal Blue
, apply your base-coat using the standard sized brush. If you keep your paints a little on the watery side it prevents brush marks and clumping.
With your base-coat now in place, you'll need to create a 50/50 mixture
of Regal Blue
and Enchanted Blue
, either on a palette or in a spare paint pot as mentioned earlier. Again using your standard brush, apply the second layer in such a way that you leave a little of the base coat showing at the edges .
It should look something (even if a little neater) like this:
On to the 3rd color/layer! This one's straight Enchanted Blue
. Paint this coat on in a similar fashion as the last one. Leave a little bit or the other 2 shades showing near the edges. Remember that adding a little bit of water to your paints helps the sit a little flatter and prevents brush marks and clumping.
Once it's all done it should look a little something like so:
Here's the fastest art of the model so far; The Wash. We'll be using the "Asurmen Blue
" wash that was recently released by games workshop. The trick is to try to apply it evenly across the model. If you brush towards the cracks and crevasses it helps to get the wash to sit in them nicely. I wash fairly heavily, but it may take a little experimenting to get the effect you want. The heavier you wash, the more your highlights will stand out.
It will look like this when it's dried:
Hooray! The Final Step! This the last stop, so break out that detail brush and let's get started!
Using the fine detail pick out any sharp edges or lines with Enchanted Blue
. I didn't add any other colors to it, it's straight out of the pot. If you didn't wash very heavily, the highlight might be a little weak, or too subtle. You can try adding a little ice blue or skull white to it for added definition.
Once you've done all that it should have turned out something like this:
Your lines are probably a little neater than mine, so it might even look better than this. If so, you've done a great job and should give yourself a at on the back. All told, this process took me about 2 hours. you might be faster, since i paint at a snail's pace, so don't be discouraged if it's taking a long time.
You may also have noticed, I left the details off the shoulder pads, but that's just personal preference and I didn't want to draw any extra attention to them. You can paint the highlight on them if you like. And, of course, this may vary slightly depending on how you assemble your thousand sons marines.
Here's a pic of some of my Marines I've yet to finish. They were all painted using this very same technique
Enjoy your newly painted Thousand Sons!