Saturday, March 28, 2015

Heresy Era Imperial Fists - Assault squad painting begins!

So I'm going to try something a little out of the ordinary for me - rather than build everything in a giant orgy of resin shavings, superglue and swearing, I'm going to try and only build and paint one or two units at a time. I find having a huge pile of primered models it a little daunting, and keeping things focused might help me bang out the army in time for an upcoming event in late May. So here goes - time to load 20 assault marines into the batch painting hopper and let 'er rip!

Started off with a black primer followed by a basecoat of Vallejo's Scrofulous Brown.

The models were then given a heavy drybrush of GW Averland Sunset, leaving the brown mostly in the recesses and undersides.

Then a lighter drybrush of Vallejo Golden Yellow, mostly concentrating on the upper surfaces where overhead light would hit.

The penultimate step is a very light drybrush with GW Flash Gits yellow, just hitting the extreme edges and upper surfaces.

Last but not least, the whole model is given a wash of GW Seraphim Sepia, which helps bring it down to a nice mustard-y yellow and helps to blend all the layers together. Once that's done, it's important to let them dry for a good hour or so. So far so good! Next up will be going back in to black in all the various areas that will end up either metallic or black - more pics to follow soon!


  1. +1 great method. I would find painting Yellow over a black undercoat very daunting, especially on an army wide scale but those look ace!

  2. Echoing the other lads - you've hit on a great yellow mix.

    Are you going to throw some reds in there at all? Red in small doses and black in higher doses are sitting in my mind as good complimentary colours. Or green?

    What are your plans?

  3. You are the batch-painting king!

  4. Fast and looks awesome. Loving it!

  5. @TJ Atwell: Cheers man!

    @Phil Morris: Thanks! The Scrofulous Brown has a good amount of opacity so it covers over the black primer pretty well.

    @Frothing Muppet: I appreciate it! Going to be going blue as the main spot color, with some red on the sergeants and perhaps some decorative markings here and there.

    @Zab: Thanks man!

    @Davetaylor: Hah! I feel weird painting less than 20 miniatures at a time. :)

    @Greg Hess: Thanks bud!

    @Zzzzzz: Cheers! With as many infantry that I have on deck, it's batch painting ahoy!

    Cheers everyone!

  6. Great start. Can't say much more that hasn't already been mentioned.