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Greetings Brothers,

I've put together a easy step by step tutorial on how to paint an Iron Hand

Chapter of Space Marines.

Paints used:
    • Chaos Black
    • BoltGun Metal
    • Metallic Gunmetal Gray (folk art paint 667)
    • Chainmail
    • Black Ink
    • Purple Ink
    • Brown and or Chestnut Ink
    • red Ink
1. Prime model like any other miniature (I used black spray primer)
2. Base coat with chaos black (this covers any spots the primer did not cover well)

3. Give model a good even coat of Metallic Gunmetal Gray (folk art paint 667) thinning it with 1:1 ratio of FFW (future floor wax or it equivalent for non-US members)

4. Drybrush with boltgun metal

4a. Now it's time to stretch, get up, have a rest room break, change laundry ;)
Now for the first wash
5. Mix up Black and purple ink mixed with FFW (1:1:2) ratio and apply to mini and not the weapon

Now if it look s bit purple it's okay we'll be fixing that later
5a. Wash#2: Repeat step 5 and now using brown or chestnut ink or a mix (1:1:2) wash the bolter or choice marine weapon.

6. Wash#3 Using Black ink (1:1) ratio if now dark enough repeat. (Can you straight black ink as well</i>)

7. Paint shoulder pad trim, chest eagle or skull, and hands Chainmail

8. Add highlights in chainmail

9. Paint lenses with fortress gray then with skull white(thin well as to not clump up)

10. Wash eye with red ink (let dry well before re-inking)

Base as you see fit :) congratulations you now have an Iron Hand Space Marine ready to fight in the Emperor's name

Porn King!!!
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Nice tutorial Faol. I would suggest a coat of Dullcote at the end to cut down on the shine as well. Unless of course the shine was wanted as well lol.

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The future floor wax helps ink washes settle in to cracks. Plain colored ink has different adhesion and surface tension properties that let it spread, but not get in where you want it.

I find that a 1:4 mixture of acrylic floor wax (I forget the brand name) and water is a good start. Add the ink of your choice, then give your fig a nice drippy coat. This will seriously change your shading technique (in my experience). Something about the surface tension in the wax sucks the ink down real tight into crevices, something harder to do with straight inks.

Start with a base color, then use this floor wax/ink wash mixture, highlight up with succesively lighter colors to your desired scheme. Works real nice, and is pretty fast.
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