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'Stripey white' plague marine tutorial


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Thought I would post this in here and see what you REAL nurgle fans think :HQ:


Here is a step by step guide to how I paint my plague marines. It's pretty simple and i use the same technique on tanks, dreadnoughts etc.


First up spray white and touch up with skull white paint, then (using the foundation paint set, which I water down a little to help the paint flow) paint all the metal areas orange, armour trim green and bolters red. With the red and orange I'm not very neat because I use such heavy washes that it covers up any wavey paint lines or missed bits etc. Finally paint the eyes shining gold:

the first pic didnt upload fully (dunno why) but you can see all you need to:




Now we come to the washes all of which are pretty heavy and straight from the pot. First up wash with black aiming for the deepest, darkest parts of the model AND all the coloured areas:



Then brown covering the whole model:



Then green only covering the armour and trim:




Next we start on the stripey white. I have a pot of skull white that has a lot of water added to it. You want it to be thin enough that it flows easily (without pooling into drops like water does) and you can see the colour coming through the paint after one coat. Then it is simply painting little lines on the armour. I find that going section by section works best, going over the armour with one, two or three passes to get the effect I want. Basically it's up to you and gets pretty obvious as you go. A good tip is to leave little 'drip' marks under things like studs by simply painting white around the 'drip'. It looks cool. Here are two half way shots:



and two finished:




Next up go over the green armour trim with the foundation green to cover up any mistakes with the stripey white :) and then catachan green in the corners or peaks as a highlight colour. I like this as its subtle and I want them looking dirty rather than shiney...so a 'dull' highlight works best I think.


Now using the foundation orange again I go over the metal (washed orange) parts but this time i use a crappy brush and 'stipple' bright orange radomly. This looks pretty good, it's fast and adds extra depth to the rust effect. On hoses etc be careful not to over do it. Then you can (i dont always, again because I'm after dull and dirty) use the foundation red to highlight the bolter:




Once thats done the last thing is to paint on (NOT drybrush) some boltgun metal over the orange. This tip was given to me by Mabs and is a fab, fab tip. Think about what bits of the metal will be used the most and therefore have the rust worn off showing the bare metal underneath....like knife blades and where your marine will be holding his bolter..etc etc and then add some in random places so you dont have too uniform a look.

The finished guy:





All he needs now is his back pack which is painted the same way and he is done.


Oh the base i paint randomly in tin bitz and camo green. Then paint pva over the base, leaving some parts bare, and use the little slate basing material from GW. When thats dry mix water effects (from GW) with green wash and dollop it on in the pools you have made by leaving bits of the base bare and then over the slate where ever you feel like. You will need two coats of this to get the effect you want. Once thats done paint the base trim foundation green.

(Note, this guy has only had one coat of the water effects, the second makes all the difference-see below)

Once the whole model is completed (backpack added etc) I spray it in mat puity seal and then go over the water effects with a gloss hard coat.


Here he is fully finished:






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I like the elements of how you did the armor. May have to use some of your concepts to work on mine. I would also suggest going a tad lighter on the white perhaps mix in some of the battle grey in or something to dull down the white some. I am not a huge fan of mixing paint but IMO this may be the way to go!
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@ Brother Nihm; thanks :huh:


@ styx; I did think about that but pre heresy death guard had unpainted white armour with only a painted green trim. I wanted an 'only just turned' look.....so white armour left to rot etc. Hence the white. But i see your point and it is as good a choice as mine

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I must thank you nurglephill, I read this guide when you posted it (on Dakka), and decided to get back into 40k from it, with Death Guard. Never would have done so otherwise, as I didn't like the all green Plaguemarines.


I finally had them arrive today, and painted one up using your excellent guide, and the end result, whilst not as good as yours, I still quite enjoy. :lol:




My first 500 points await painting, 2 squads of Death Guard and a Prince, off I go!

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This is a prime example why it is totally acceptable to necro threads - this is awesome, and I didn't see it the first time around.


I love seeing techniques that use white primer; it's a wonderful way to paint certain palettes.


Thanks for a great tutorial! I will make a squad using this scheme and using the gold banding to match the rest of my army, they will look great!!!

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I'm thinking of using this technique but using either blue or purple in place of green. Do you think that will work?


Should do :blink:, the good thing about this technique is its simplicity. So give it a go and post your results ;)


that is awesome. im gonna try that for some diverse units.


Thanks man :cuss


This is a prime example why it is totally acceptable to necro threads - this is awesome, and I didn't see it the first time around.


I love seeing techniques that use white primer; it's a wonderful way to paint certain palettes.


Thanks for a great tutorial! I will make a squad using this scheme and using the gold banding to match the rest of my army, they will look great!!!


Thanks to you too :)

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I am very impressed by the simplicity of your tecknique. Unfortunatly I dont have a Death Gaurd army. Now I wonder if this would work with my SW, hmm
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I'm thinking of using this technique but using either blue or purple in place of green. Do you think that will work?




I never understand how people can not imagine or conceive of painting a certain way. I'm pro tester fig, it isn't that you can't paint a model a certain way, it becomes can you paint a model a certain way in a timely fashion. For some people a timely fashion is a whole squad in two hours for other people a timely fashion is a single model completed in two hours for other it is a single model completed in under 2 weeks or 20 hours. A few years back I was talking to one of the Chest of Colors crew and I told him I didn't want to learn to paint better, I wanted to learn to paint more efficiently.


Someday I'll have to do another model to my 'best' ability, maybe even enter him in some contest. I actually have 100s of models painted and I don't think any of them, wait one Ork for the B&C vs The Waaaggh 5th edition contest was painted for a contest, and even then that wasn't my best work, just the best I could manage in the time I had available.


The Internet is such a huge resource for kids today, in my time you had to travel a long way to buy GW models or paints or magazines or whatever and most of the time they didn't have what you wanted in stock so you made due with the blisters they had and converted or came up with a different army list. There wasn't even models for everything they had rules for, something GW + all the 3rd party companies have made a mockery of. There is also so many different paints and they are designed to make painting easier...


People should concentrate on improving their basic techniques then they will be able to paint any model in any colour. A lot of the stripey technique is patience plus trial and error, but mainly you have to commit to painting, not just surf the net. Learn by doing. Find some model or even part of model like a spare arm and paint that. Try a grey basecoat that was a technique I was experimenting with when I was last able to paint. Over the grey base coat do some simple highlights with a lighter grey. Then tint or shade with a thin wash or glaze. Then you can use a decent brush and using grey or grey mixed with a little of some other color put a few stripey lines where you can. This technique will work with blue, green, or purple, the cool colours. I've put way too many lines on way too many models and I've layered them with multiple different greens or purples. Blue over grey works damn well. I paint the exposed flesh of my Nurgle models many different colors but after years and years pale blue looks best.


I developed a technique using individual Nurglings and Plaguebearers and many bare heads for painting pale blue skin. It uses grey, a lighter grey, then just the right ink/wash/glaze. Lastly you can paint a few quick highlights with the lightest grey, I rarely go to white. I've done all sorts of more elaborate techniques but for Nurgle and for a lot of things, tinting/shading grey can do well. You then do your metallics metallic and bright colors are easier to paint over a flat grey than black.


Here are some inprogress shots of various Nurgle models in various colours. These were painted over black though. Here are some more models which show different ways to achieve Nurglyness. Again a lot of these models were done building up from black, but if you want a paler look, build up from grey. You can always black line or even drown your models in magic wash if you must.


If anyone wonders why I posted in this thread again, it is because people are still following the previous links I posted in this thread, there are a lot of Nurgle appropriate painting tips on my Diseased Sons website. For warm colours red, orange, or yellow layering works best, but choosing the right midtone or basecoat is also important. I worked hard to develop a good dark red recipe a few years back. Yellow is considered the hardest color to paint, but luckily it is the color of urine and cowards so why would you want to paint your warriors yellow?

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