Friday, February 25, 2011

Painting my Plaguebearers

It is almost the end of February and I just realized a couple of days ago while recovering from a pretty nasty illness that has made its way through my workplace that I have yet to pick a Painting Challenge project for this month. I have been sick for the last week and I am still recovering, so I need something quick and easy to paint. I looked through my stuff and found that I still had my last 15 Plaguebearers to paint for my Nurgle Daemon army. My painting scheme for these is pretty simple and fast, so I should be able to whip these out pretty quick. I really only need to finish five models for the challenge, but I think I can get all 15 done. That way, I will be that much closer to finishing off this army.

When playing my Nurgle Daemon army, I am frequently told that my Daemons look fantastic and I am asked how I achieve such an effect on them. So, while painting these for the challenge, I thought I would do a painting tutorial for them as I go. This is the same painting scheme I use on all my Nurgle Daemons, from Beasts to Blight Drones to Daemon Princes.

Starting with a black primed models, base coat them with Bubonic Brown. The base coat does not have to be perfect and cover the model evenly. In fact, it works best if it doesn't.

After the base coat is dry, thoroughly wash the entire model with a thinned down green wash. I vary the thinness of the wash on each model to try and give them unique looks, but I try to leave it a little on the thick side. Let dry thoroughly before continuing.

Once the green wash is dry, overbrush the model with Bubonic Brown. Be sure to leave some of the green wash in the recesses of the model.

Then, thoroughly wash with a thinned down red wash. Again, vary the thinness of the wash from model to model while leaving it on the slightly thick side.

Once the red wash is dry, overbrush once again with more Bubonic Brown.

Finally, give them a heavy drybrushing/light overbrushing with Rotting Flesh.

That is it, all that is left to do is paint the details. Unfortunately, pictures do not do this painting scheme justice. When you look closely at the models, the green and red washes under all the overbrushings come through in some really interesting ways and gives the models a really sickly, grotesque look.

Here are some other examples of models I have painted this way.


Mike Howell said...

Great tutorial, and good technique. Oddly, between the second to last and last pictures they appear to have gotten darker, which I wouldn't have thought a drybrush of rotting flesh would do. Looking at the newspaper in the background I suspect the photography is the culprit.

And I don't know what that smaller model is in the pic called "Mamon_Herald_001.jpg" but I absolutely love it.

slipwing said...

Thanks Mike. That last picture is darker because the flash did not go off. I have replaced it with a brighter picture.

The model you are referring to is the Forge World Nurgle Herald that comes as part of the Nurgle Daemon Prince and Herald set. It is a great model.

Anonymous said...

Nice work mate - simple to follow with lots of reference shots - really good tutorial.

I reckon if I ever need to paint some daemons I would stop at the second to last step - they look more moist than the last ones which look a bit dried out as if they are crustifying.

How are you going to do the rest of the mini - will that be shown in a future post?

slipwing said...

Thanks Rogue Pom. I will be following up with more posts and pictures as I go.

I often refer to this paint scheme as a 'Death-Husk' scheme because they look drier than most PBs, but it is how I make my army unique looking.