Hey there! This probably should have been finished at least three weeks ago, but I've been immensely busy so I'm just getting it up now. Don't hate me forever. Anyways, in this edition I'm going to be going over the details of painting Grey Knights such as the purity seals, gold trim, and shoulder pads. Keep in mind you can use different colors here and apply gold to less or more places, but this is simply where I do it.
What paints I'm going to use:
Mechrite Red (Foundation Paint)
Graveyard Earth, Calthan Brown, or Khemri Brown (Anyone of them, really)
Dheneb Stone or Bleached Bone
A "highlight" brush. (I used my Character brush for all of this except for the washes, which I used an old brush for)
First off, let's do the red paints. This includes the wax on the purity seals, the shoulder pad, and possibly the Storm Bolter. I leave that black but I'm considering painting mine all red at some point. Either way, the first paint to start out with is Mechrite Red. You are going to want to dab your highlight brush into the pot and cleanly apply it to the waxy areas of the purity seals. I personally leave some of the areas without a bit of paint if they are under folds and the such, but you'll probably just want to cover the entire seal. Get the edges on the outside, too, and watch out for hitting the power armor, you don't want that.
Here is how it should look:
Next you want to cover the shoulderpad with the same paint. You might want to use a larger paint brush, but I stuck with my character brush. Try not to get paint on the scroll area (which I did) but don't worry about it too much. Make sure you get the area between the scroll and the lower trim. It's always a tough spot to get paint onto. Cover it with a nice coat of Mechrite Red and it should look like this:
If you find the paint not moving as you want it to (probably from it drying too quickly) try using a bit of saliva or water. Yeah, a bit gross, but effective. I'm not sure how to describe it, but adding some water to the paint may allow it to blend better until you have a lot of water with metallics. With metallics watered down, the paint seems to dry instantly. I'm not why or how, but keep that in mind if you try to blend with metallics. Probably has to do with metallic flakes or... something. Anyways, after blending the shoulderpad (or just painting it pure Blood Red if you are more comfortable with that) you're going to want to highlight the wax on the purity seals. For me, I just paint around the circular edge of the wax and then put a dot in the middle.
Now, let's finish the purity seals by painting the scrolls. I didn't get pictures due to an unfortunate paint problem, but I'll hopefully be able to run down the steps pretty easily. You want to grab your highlight brush and put a nice coat of brown on. The Foundation paints (Calthan Brown and Khemri Brown) work really well here, but Graveyard Earth or even any other dark brown color works. Be sure to get it on the edges of these, they are three-dimensional and have some thickness. I'm terrible at that part myself, but do your best.
After you have them all painted, you can give them a wash of Devlan Mud. This part is optional but I do it myself. Either way, once it has dried, get your Devland Mud or Bleached Bone and paint it on as a highlight. You can cover the entire parchment or just parts, leaving bands of brown underneath. It looks great either way. You may want to paint bones the same way, leaving the darker paints where the bones indents a bit and lighter where it juts out into the light above.
Next up is gold trim. I personally just use Shining Gold and occasionally Devlan Mud, but some people prefer an undercoat of Tin Bitz or Dwarf Bronze. Honestly, the Tin Bitz/Dwarf Bronze really can't hurt too much, so it's better to have it than not. Anyways, I personally apply a nice coat of Shining Gold to anywhere that is going to be gold except for the tiny "runes" on the chest. You do NOT want to give those a thick coat. I personally get Shining Gold on my brush, wipe down most of it, and then almost drybrush the paint over the runes in order to preserve the detail. Then, if you want, wash the gold with Devlan Mud, let it dry, and apply another coat, but just highlights this time. There are several places you want to get gold, but of course you might have put silver here or painted the skulls in a bone color. Here is how mine looked after the gold.
Here is a close up picture after I painted the eyes. I think it gives a nice idea of how the rich red comes out compared to the gold.
All there is left to do is the blade and eyes, which I'll get to next time. I personally use Hawk Turquoise, Ice Blue, Skull White, and a tad bit of Enchanted Blue for that part, if you want to look into what paints you have. Also, for the eyes, I use a very fine brush to get the dots just right. If you don't have one, don't worry too much. You can always come back and paint the eyes much later when you have practiced a bit more and have time to pick up a fine detail brush.
Until next time, I hope you find the tutorial very helpful. As always, comment away or email me. I'll do my best to answer any and all questions or concerns.
Thanks for reading,