Thursday, December 12, 2013

Tutorial: Speed Painting Daemons For Quality Part 3

TJ here to continue and finish this three part series on Speed Painitng for Quality. Part 1 debuted on Dec. 8, Part 2 on Dec. 10. I am currently at sea on a Naval vessel and scheduled this a lon ime ago, so I cannot link those right now, so if you are interested in them, dig them up. The intention is to help people who have some dusty, unpainted daemons on the shelf - get them painted. I painted 40 models in 8 hours to better than the average tabletop standard and this post is where that all comes together, so let's get to it:

So in the top photo, you can see that I am busting out the Warlock Purple (or whatever the equivilent is now) and Pink Horror. Basically, I apply the Warlock to 75% of the areas I previously painted purple, leaving the crevices dark purple. On the bruised flesh, I leave the outer ring deep puple and paint the warlock and the picnk horro inside.

This will leave you with a pretty sore looking bruised area and will leave the wounds and such also looking raw.

The tongues will follow the same principle as we followed on the Plague Bearers.

Now, we drybrush the maggots on the plague bearer bases. Don't worry, if you are drybrushing correctly, you won't hurt the paintjob on the plaguebearers.

Now, I drybrush the highlights onto the Horrors' bases. I use three colors to make them look realistic. First, I heavily drybrush the entire base in Dawnstone, leaving just the deepest recesses dark. I then drybrush the entire base lightly with Fortress Grey (or whatever the new one is) and finally, I lightly drybrush the ledges and uppermost rocks on the bases with bone.

The bases are done at this point (except for static grass), so it is time to use a big brush and paint the rims black!

Now we need to break out the Lamenters Yellow Glaze. We are going to hit any of the boils that we didn't paint purple and we are also going to add a yellow haze around the edges of each bruise. This isn't an exact science, but it should have a gross feel. Be easy with the glaze again, you want it to be controlled and not just running all over the model.

Here is a look at some of that bruised flesh and yellow boils.

And another view of the yellows. Also, if your swords came out dull (maybe you drybrushed them and they look a little hazy), a quick glaze of Lamenters Yellow will make them pop.

Now it is time to paint in our darkest blues. We will need to paint Regal Blue (or Kantor Blue) into the eyes of the Plague Bearers, then the eyes of the Horrors as well as the flames and jewels of the Horrors. By all means, switch to a smaller brush.

I used some pretty small brushes here, like a 0 and 00.

Next we step up from a Regal (or Kantor) Blue to a 50/50 mix of Kantor Blue and Bone. I happened to have an empty Bleached bone pot, so I put the mix in there (since I use a lot of this mix. You can use a pallet if you'd like though.

While you are at it, you will also want to have a 25% Kantor Blue/ 75% Bone mix on hand for the final highlights to the blues.

You will then apply these two highlight colors to the flames and gems and eyes with your finest brush, layering them in such a way that the lightest color is painted atop the next darkest color until you hit the Blue recesses (basically, the same way you painted the tongues).

Congrats by the way. You are done with the Plague Bearers. Check them out for any little mistakes and just clean it up.

Now we paint the feathers on the Horrors. Just give them a healthy coat of bone.

Now, to add color to the feathers, I just take the GW glazes and shades and lay down a couple of colors on the end of each feather.

So on some, you can see that about 33% of each feather was shaded in a light color (Yellow Shade or Waywatcher Green) and then the tip of each feather was touched with a darker color (like Bloodletter, Crimson, Beil-Tan ect).

I wanted to add some shade to the feathers, so I added a 50/50 mix of water and Reiksguard Flesh shade.

That's it. You are now done with the horrors and thus should have a reasonably good group of each daemon - or if you applied this method to Orks (using different colors) or whatever you wanted, then hopefully this helped and if you were watching the clock, I hope it also didn't take you too long.

I am very happy with how mine turned out and was excited to share the methods. I get asked how I paint things so quickly and really it all boils down to:

A): Biggest brushes you can work with.

B): Using every advantage you have - Make your Primer work for you, use washes correctly, Drybrushing is an ancient method of painting but not obsolete.

C): Smooth is fast, paint what feels right. If you have areas to wash and you are about to head to bed, just wash then, don't waste time. Work with what is comfortable.

All in all. I hope this helped and I hope it gave you a view of what goes through my head when I am painting.


  1. What a great tutorial. There are so many great tid-bits of knowledge in here that can help anyone improve their painting skills.
    Great stuff.

  2. Solid end to a great series. What kind of flock do you use for your grass on the bases?

  3. I love that eyeless horror ! It's awesome !