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25 April 2004 @ 01:10 am
Painting Chaos Warriors  
In an effort to show people that once upon a time I too used to paint my models I'm bringing back this article I wrote many moons ago. Despite what I've said of my talents in numerous threads on the forum, the method I describe in this article works and creates painted models that look decent enough.

I’ve been a devout Space Marines general for close to a year when I started getting those primeval urges to turn from the wonderful 41st Millennium to an earlier time. I mulled over the thought of abandoning my wonderful marines with their power armor and becoming engaged in the world of Warhammer and after many weeks of sleepless nights, I decided to take the plunge. With this under my belt, I now needed to pick an army and for me one of my greatest concerns in what army to play is not if it has cool special characters, good war machines, or special powers, but how easy it is to paint. I chose Space Marines for that reason and I narrowed my choices to an Undead army and a Chaos army. I liked some of the other armies available in Warhammer such as the Bretonnians (I absolutely love their knights) and of course the incredible Wood Elves with their famous archers, but those would require more effort on my part to paint than I’m capable of giving. I’m not as good a painter as I’d like to be and become easily frustrated when I have painting problems so I realized that although very easy, skeletons could be a pain to paint and I settled on Chaos. Part of me tried to stop myself; after all, my Space Marines valiantly fought Chaos on numerous occasions, but I just couldn’t prevent the evil gods of Chaos from corrupting me.
In order to make the painting even easier for me, I chose to field an army of only Chaos Warriors. It really doesn’t come much easier than that. The warriors are pretty straightforward when it comes how to paint them and they look great in dark colors with a tarnished metallic look. One day I picked up three regiment boxes of the wonderful new models and when I got home I went straight to work. Warriors are a good core choice and I was able to get a regiment painted pretty quickly, following a few simple steps.
I clipped and cleaned up all the bits from the sprues and laid them out so that I could find the pieces quickly. I glued the bodies onto the bases and glued the arms and weapons onto the miniature. I feel that gluing the body onto the base gives me something stable to hold onto while I paint so it is always the first thing I do. Before I went any further I had to decide what colors I wanted to use on my troops. I decided that I would use Chaos Black, Chainmail, Red Gore, Blood Red, Snot Green, Skull White, Bleached Bone, and Elf Flesh.
Get a bunch of your guys together and prime them with Chaos Black. You can use spray paint to get this done really quick, but I grab my Citadel tank brush and do each one by hand because I try to avoid getting black onto the bases. Put them aside so they can dry and take some more of your guys and prime them until the entire regiment is primed.
Once you are finished priming your troops black you can start on the next step. Take Chainmail and lightly dry brush the entire figure. Most of the figures are encased in a full suit of armor so you can get away with this whereas with other troop types you can’t. If some of your troops have heads that are not in helmets do not dry brush the head with Chainmail! I use a paper towel to wipe the excess paint off because I find that it is durable enough to take the paint off and if you need a little more on your brush you can take it from the towel without going back into the paint jar.
Since dry brushing doesn’t put a lot of paint on the models they dry in next to no time at all. By the time I finished dry brushing my second warrior the first one was already dry. Once all of the models are dry brushed I decide if I want to paint any areas of their armor such as shoulder-pads or their weapons in Chainmail. I pick out a few guys and do this to make the regiment unique so that all the guys look like individuals.
At this point I start picking out some more detail on the models. After they are dry brushed you could just paint their bases and play with them but I like the look that I get with adding some more color. I put some Red Gore on my brush and dry brush some areas of armor and tips of their weapons. I like the look that this gives because it makes the troops appear as if they’ve been in countless battles and still have the blood of enemies worn into their armor and weapons. I also paint a shoulder pad and a gloved fist with Red Gore as a unifying color for the regiment to show that these guys are all from the same unit.
Now I take Blood Red and paint the shields, chest plates, and occasional groin of the figures to add a little more color. I tone this down with a light dry brush of Skull White. At the same time I paint the horns on the helmets Skull White. I let the first coat dry and then put a second coat on because the horns have been primed with Chaos Black. Then I put two coats of Bleached Bone on the horns. To add a bit of variety you can leave some of the horns with just the two coats of Skull White.
By now we’re almost done and if you’re like me you paint late at night so your hands may be getting tired and your eyes might be confusing Elf Flesh with Dwarf Flesh. Don’t worry, we’re almost done and soon you will have a fully painted regiment of deadly Chaos Warriors.
Now, paint models with visible faces using Elf Flesh. Put on a few coats, I find that between two and three works best, on the faces of the models. You can paint the eyes or add more expression to the face but since we’re trying to paint these quickly I skip over that. I’m also extremely bad at painting faces and my models look terrible when I attempt to paint their faces with any sort of detail.
At the same time that the faces are drying you can do the final step. Well, not really the final step because when painting miniatures the job is never completed. Take Snot Green and paint all the bases of the models. I had to put more than one coat and patch up some areas on some models because I got a little sloppy with the Chainmail and Chaos Black. Let the paint dry and you have 12 completed warriors.
To paint a full regiment it took me between 30 and 45 minutes but I’m still somewhat of a beginner at this and it takes me a little longer to paint my miniatures. For some of you it will take less time and others slightly longer. Don’t worry if you make mistakes while painting the miniatures because you can always go back and patch up a spot or dab a little off with a paper towel if the paint is still wet. If you have the time you can always go back and spruce up some of the models by adding more detail to the faces or putting an extra touch to the legs. You can also flock the bases, add static grass and of course pay more attention to your champion, musician, and standard-bearer, as they are a focal point of the regiment.
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