Deathwing: Terminator Chaplain With GW Washes.

Black is a boring colour, it’s flat, has no depth and is a pain to highlight and shade.
So that’s why with Chaplains I always start from Grey! And even when I want black, I rarely use it.

This guy isn’t finished, but the actual armour is what I want to talk about:

I always undercoat in Grey now, I use Hycote Grey Primer which can be picked up relatively cheap off the internet, it comes in the same size can as the GW primer and I find it works better. With Black Primer you get weird shades of grey when the temperature and humidity can screw around with the pressure in the can, I’ve never had that problem with Grey Primer, I’ve been priming models in the snow all week and they’ve all come out fine! Well.. apart from having to bring them in to dry!

The Best thing GW have ever released has to be the Citadel Washes, now I know other companies have had them first, but with only a GW around where I live, that’s what I tend to use. I love the washes, the way they flow, shade and stain, fabulous, gives me all the effects I like to use without making the model shiny like the inks used to do.

The armour in the above pictures was painted completely with washes. As I mentioned in yesterdays post I always give models one wash of Badab black over the Grey Primer to give them some depth (except my terminators, they get a coat of Iyanden Darksun, then a wash).
Each time you apply a wash it stains that area with the pigment in the wash, it’ll be darker in the recesses and lighter in the open areas, so gives brilliant shadows as well as colour.
The Chaplains armour was a 4 stage wash. The first stage was the initial black wash over the grey, next was a Devlan mud wash, this gives it a nice dark brown colour in the final stages, much more interesting than black.
The third and fourth stages are just badab black again. Drying time is the largest concern. I let the washes dry naturally/under a lamp, plus my room is usually pretty warm anyway from the PC. I try not to use things like hair-dryers as they’ll move the washes around.
So for 4 simple washes I have a dark brown almost black colour that’s automatically shaded and looks highlighted without the ugly grey edge highlight.

You can vary the effects and colours with different washes and the amount of washes used, and because they’re thin, they’ll never clog up detail!
I haven’t tried washes over white, I think they’d end up looking terrible, so I always use greys. The spikey halo on top of the Chaplains armour was painted Astronomican Grey, then had a wash of Gryphonne Sepia, then a highlight of white, the rivets were washed a little with badab black and then highlighted with white. So no fancy blending or effects, just mainly washes!

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  • Werner Fernando Oroxon

    nice chaplain armor colors I like them a lot.

  • Itkovian

    That is a great effect. I've been wondering how I was going to do the black on my standard iron hands – and was going to go with rev's chipped armour look… Now I'm thinking I might combine the two… Cheers for the inspiration!

  • nurglephill

    Hmmm, tell me Tiim. Do you deliberately paint on the washes (and by that i mean the black washes in the corners and the brown wash more in the middle of armour plates) or do you just slap it on?
    Also…washes striaght from the pot?

  • Dezartfox

    It's more of a generous wash, if it's only to go onto certain areas then
    it'll only go on those areas, but it'll still be an almost loaded brush,
    pool it so you don't get the brush strokes ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Dezartfox

    I have achipped armour tutorial to put up soon ๐Ÿ™‚ Using art masking
    fluid/Latex ๐Ÿ™‚


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  • nurglephill

    Ahhh pool it. Then it must take ages to dry :)…still….that does sound do-able even for me!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    thanks Tiim

  • Itkovian

    I'm all ears! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • ronsaikowski

    He looks great for just washes.

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  • Rich

    I love this! I think it will forever change the way I do black. Good call and thanks for sharring!

  • Anonymous

    What color is the spray primer closest to in terms of pot paints from GW

  • Dezartfox

    codex or fortress grey ๐Ÿ™‚ Though astro grey foundation or adeptus battlegrey might do it too!

  • Thomas H M Plancke

    Would nuln oil work aswell ? Is it different in anyway ?

  • Dezartfox

    I imagine it’d work the same. I’ll update with a New tutorial soon testing it out ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Izzy

    Hello, thank you for showing this method, I’ve used it on a chaplain of my own and it came out great (required a TON of badab black wash though hehe). My question is, any idea how this method might transfer over to a vehicle? Maybe start off with the smallest flat surfaces (a dreadnought), if all goes well, hopefully some tanks.


  • Brett

    If you miss your mark and get paint on the armor, how do you do touch up? I don’t see a way to do it by washing it again. Thoughts?