I’m starting the year with a couple of test models for one of this year’s big hobby projects: the cosmic “Bond Villains” that are the Word Bearers. I’ve kinda fallen in love with how comically over-the-top evil they are, yet also comically inept.
This was just supposed to be a quick and small project using kits I had in my backlog, but it’s since grown arms and tentacles as it turned out I had passively acquired a lot of CSM kits over the years, and Christmas added a couple more… oh well!
The paint scheme itself is relatively simple, though given how much trim there is on Chaos Marines, I hesitate to say it’s “quick”:
- Spray the whole model silver
- Wash the trim with Gryph-Charger Grey Contrast paint
- Drybrush everything with Necron Compound
- Paint the armour panels with Flesh Tearers Red Contrast paint
- Apply Black Templar Contrast paint to the soft materials between joints and to gun casings
- Paint the tabard, horns, and pistol holsters with Ivory
- Wash the weapons and power pack with Nuln Oil Shade
- Anything golden is given a coat of Nazdreg Yellow Contrast paint over the silver. Bronze is Snakebite Leather over silver
- Belts and other leather details like the holsters are given a coat of Garaghak’s Sewer Contrast paint
- Shoulders are filled in with Black
- Bones and horns are given a coat of Skeleton Horde Contrast Paint, with some Snakebite Leather blended into the base of the area
- Tabards are painted with a mix of Black Templar and Dark Angel Green Contrast paint
- Eyes are painted with Tesseract Glow, straight over the silver. A little bit was added around the eye, to create a glow effect
- Any touch ups to the trim were made with Plate Mail Air by the Army Painter
And that’s it for now… I’m hoping to avoid edge highlighting by relying on Contrast paints doing their thing, and shading down, rather than going lighter. I might add an oil pin wash for more separation between areas, once I’ve done the transfers, but I’m not 100% decided on that.