There were some requests for a tutorial on how I was painting my Legion. As is the Combo Smite way, the guide will be excessively long with way too many pretty pictures.
If you think I’m a shitty painter and don’t think I should be writing how-to guides that you are not alone. But some guy on the internet asked for it so that’s what I’m doing.
I start with my signature method for infantry models. I base the model with some sand and kitty litter, then prime it white and hit the whole thing with a wash of Badab Black to give it the “Greyscale” look. This brings out the details in the model so I can better plan out what I’m going to paint how and also provides a bit of pre-shading.
Next I give the base a quick paint job. It gets a full coat of Ironhull Grey on all of the sanded areas. This point I will usually go over it with a “Wet-brush” of Bootstrap Leather on the sand parts (avoiding the larger stones) then give the whole thing a dry-brush of Hammerfall Khaki. But this time I got antsy and moved on to the Red first. I also go over the base with some Thalmar Black just because I’m a bit OCD like that and I don’t like to have the base messy even when I’m still painting the mini.
All the cloth then get a light dry brush with Khador Red Base to bring out the highlights.
Next I do all of her armour with Pig Iron.
I wash all the trim and armour with Agrax Earthshade.
I do the leather bits under her armour with Panzer Grey from Vallejo Model Air.
I go over the feather trim with Sepia wash.
The magical effect around the Oraculii gets a wash of Turquoise Ink.
Finally I wash her skin with a 1:1 watered down mix of Army Painter Blue Ink.
At this point I touch up the base and add on the front arc markers.
I spray the model with a heavy coat of Krylon UV Resistant Matte Varnish. The difference is subtle but you can notice a darkening of the darks with the clear coat and it brings out the highlights just a bit.
For the finishing touches I use a few drops of watered down PVA glue and add Dead Grass static grass then do the same for the snow using baking soda. The model also gets a light coat of Matte Varnish between each of those.
And that is how it’s done. I hope you enjoyed the guide. Again I will say that my painting is firmly in the vicinity of “Tabletop Quality” but some beginning painter could very well get some use of it.
Thanks for reading.