Monday, June 13, 2016

My Alpha Legion's color scheme: step-by-step


Knight of Infinite Resignation asked a little ways back for a step-by-step/how to on how I paint my Alpha Legionnaires. That struck as a novel idea as I've never done such a thing for a blog post before (nor have I been asked). So without further ado, here are the steps I use for painting my 30k marines:

Step One: Base coat the mini with Model Master's Medium Green. Its a matte paint that works just as well as any primer. All of my minis are 'primed' in one shade or another of Model Master's matte paints.

Next up, base coat with GW's Sotek Green. After taking this photo, I realized how badly I covered this mini, and gave it a 2nd coat.

Then a fairly heavy dry-brushing of GW's long out-of-production Glistening Green (which is still available via Coat d'arms as Enchanted Green). My apologies for the unfocused pic of the mini.

That's followed by an equally heavy dry-brushing with Coat D'arms' Enchanted Blue. Following this, I paint in all of the details, and just use the Enchanted blue for any touch ups on the armor rather than go back thru the various layers again.

Then I slather the whole mini with Army Painter's Strong Tone, and leave it alone for a few hours to dry. I don't worry too much about it going on too heavy in some places. The resulting appearance of Scorched armor (due to the heavy application of the ink) is all too common as one moves through the burning cities of their victims...

After its dry, I just go over the whole mini with a very light dry-brushed coat of GW's Bleached Bone to 'dirty' the mini up a bit.

Finally, after flocking the mini and letting it dry, I clear coat it with Model Master's Lusterless Flat, and once that's dried I then go over the eye lenses, lights, etc., with GW's Gloss Varnish.

Aaaaaand, that's it! Another marine ready for the tabletop.


neverness said...

Cool. I need to start glossing the eyes onnmy marines as well.

Greg Hess said... This is a really well done paint scheme! I love it! Thanks for sharing your recipe!

Da Masta Cheef said...

Thanks guys!

Knight of Infinite Resignation said...

Wow,thanks for this post! I'll definitely give this recipe a try.

Zzzzzz said...

Great lookin' marine for what looks an achievable number of stages. Nice.

Da Masta Cheef said...

@Knight: Thank you sir, I was hoping that this was what you were looking for!

@Zzzzzz: Thank you as well! Yeah I only aim for 'table top quality' and don't go crazy with blending, highlights etc., if I can't do it with a few layers of dry-brushing and a wash, then its outta my league.