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Painting: How to paint Word Bearers "Kikkala-style"


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Howdy.
Many people have asked how I paint my bearers, so tutorial was needed.

How to paint tabletop-quality Word Bearers:
Stage 1
Prime it black.
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Stage 2
Give 50/50 Chaos Black / Scab Red coverage to red area, I used bigger than standard brush for this.
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Stage 3
Layer of pure Scab Red, leave some of the previous layer showing.
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Stage 4
Next layer of 50/50 Red Gore / Scab Red, remember to leave some of previous layer showing.
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Stage 5
Final layer of pure Red Gore.
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Stage 6
Lightly brush Red Ink to all red areas, I used bigger brush for this.
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Stage 7
All to metal areas I used lightly thinned Boltgun Metal (trick I learned recently).
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Stage 8
Wash him with lots of Badab Black!
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Stage 9
He should be looking like this after the wash is dried.
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Stage 10
Bone areas: Basecoat of Snakebite Leather, give several thinned coats for good coverage.
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Stage 11
Highlights with Desert Yellow covering most of the Snakebite Leather (note, my pot of Desert Yellow is many years old and is nearing total drying, so it looks like crap now).
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Stage 12
Final highlights with Rotting Flesh, highest areas only.
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Stage 13
Wash bone areas with Devlan Mud.
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Stage 14
Paint the lenses with Blazing Orange
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Stage 15
Little dots of Baad Moon Yellow to centers of lenses.
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And basing and weaponry, Vóila:
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Some might notice that red has 5 stages and other areas only 1-3 stages, and I have pretty good explantion for that :tu: . Red is the main colour of any Word Bearers, so it'll get attention firstly when look at the models. For Rank and File models I only give couple of layers highlights to metal and bone areas, but for character models or elite units I usually give more highlights for metal and bone.

I hope this tutorial helps all of you aspiring Dark Apostles :evil:

Edited by Kurgan the Lurker, 12 July 2009 - 04:10 PM.

“How many words could a Word Bearer bear, if a Word Bearer could bear words?" (A Chaos Space Marine Diary)

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How to paint Word Bearer "Kikkala-style"
How to sculpt your own candles "Kikkala-style"
How to model and paint Iron Hands "Kikkala-style"

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daismith906

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Awesome tut ill being using that technique for my DIY termie's that are still loyal up to the red ink part <_< cheers!!

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Well I know how I'm gonna paint my WBs when I get them(not that it's your faut I want them in the first place Kik...)

But what took you so long in writing it?
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Thanks for comments :tu:.

Bigger-than-Jesus, you asked why did it take so long to make the tutorial?

Simple, I have never been completely satisfied my paintin' standards, and recently I have achieved somewhat good standard for paintin'. I didn't want to make a tutorial until I've got the confidence and paintin' skills to do it. I hope that my answer pleases you. :tu:
“How many words could a Word Bearer bear, if a Word Bearer could bear words?" (A Chaos Space Marine Diary)

My Army Blogs
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Tutorials
How to paint Word Bearer "Kikkala-style"
How to sculpt your own candles "Kikkala-style"
How to model and paint Iron Hands "Kikkala-style"

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I may actually start chaos because of you........ dang it. Oh well, I can settle with painting my cousin's chaos. :)

Edited by Midas, 03 September 2008 - 11:27 PM.

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Great tutorial :P Can we enter this into the Librarium, kikkala?

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@Midas
Call of chaos is strong indeed. I hope that your cousins chaos will be painted as Word Bearers :tu: .

@Sigismund Himself
My tutorial to Librarium?? Of course! ;)

Edited by kikkala, 04 September 2008 - 02:00 PM.

“How many words could a Word Bearer bear, if a Word Bearer could bear words?" (A Chaos Space Marine Diary)

My Army Blogs
Iron Hands
Word Bearers
Angels Encarmine Sanguinary Guards
Tutorials
How to paint Word Bearer "Kikkala-style"
How to sculpt your own candles "Kikkala-style"
How to model and paint Iron Hands "Kikkala-style"

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this tutorial solves my problems on how to paint my night lords.

i will be replacing the Red with blue though.

horus dont smite me :sweat:

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It has been published. Linky. Many thanks, kikkala.

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That's fantastic :)

I have to say, when I saw the first stages I was thinking, "who on earth wants their figures to look like this!?!?!?!?"

By the end of it I'm thinking "I do :lol: Maybe I'll start a Word Bearers army!!!"

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wow thats really impressive and simple


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I'm thinking I may use a technique based off of this tutorial to do my DIY Choas Beakie Marines chapter. Replace Reds with Oranges, and Red Ink with Yellow Ink. See how it turns out.

Thanks for the inspiration, mate! ;)

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Just wondering since GW (at least mine) has pulled all of the inks and I don't have any red ink what should I use instead??
Amazing tutorial by the way!! You have lured me into Chaos but I don't see that as being a bad thing!

Edited by lilgrim13, 22 December 2008 - 06:26 PM.


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I LOVE! :D ;) :wub: The look of the red at stage 8 while the wash is still wet...any idea if you can get that look without it changing once the wash is dry??

Great tutorial and Love the look of your word bearers :)
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I prefer step 7 and 8 personally..

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@BOBMAKENZIE
So you're saying that you want it to be "wet" looking all the time? Sorry, I have no clue ;). But if you were talking about the colours shade, lesser wash should do the job.

Because GW has stopped manufacturing the inks, and lilgrim13 asked so kindly, I did a test without the ink:
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It's almost the same without the Red Ink.
“How many words could a Word Bearer bear, if a Word Bearer could bear words?" (A Chaos Space Marine Diary)

My Army Blogs
Iron Hands
Word Bearers
Angels Encarmine Sanguinary Guards
Tutorials
How to paint Word Bearer "Kikkala-style"
How to sculpt your own candles "Kikkala-style"
How to model and paint Iron Hands "Kikkala-style"

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@BOBMAKENZIE
So you're saying that you want it to be "wet" looking all the time? Sorry, I have no clue :lol:. But if you were talking about the colours shade, lesser wash should do the job.




Its the red man..it reminds me of like a really deep candy apple red on a Hot rod.
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QUOTE (Angels of Death pg.21)
"There is a mystical streak to many of the Blood Angels' doctrines and also a strong belief that things can be changed for the better. After all, the process of transforming a scavenger into a tall, proud and handsome warrior is living proof of this tenet."

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Because GW has stopped manufacturing the inks, and lilgrim13 asked so kindly, I did a test without the ink:

It's almost the same without the Red Ink.


Thank you SOOOO much. That makes my life so much easier not having to scour ebay looking for red ink!!

Again great tutorial and I am super excited to get my first box of chaos!! (although they wont look nearly this good!!)

Edited by lilgrim13, 28 January 2009 - 11:08 PM.


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Always liked your Word Bearers (well, since I first saw them ;) ), thanks for sharing the secret behind that sinister red :D

If anyone is looking for Red Ink, Vallejo Game Color has a Red Ink that is pretty comparable (well, when I ran out of GW Ink, it became the replacement).

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Yea where I live GW colours is basically my only option. I am hitting up a new modeling shop to see if they have any Vallejo so fingers crossed. Thanks for the advice!!

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Tried it with the new red GW wash instead of ink, works just as well without making the model all glossy.

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Ahhhh thats good news. I have lots of washes so I will try that!! Thank you for that and I will try out the red wash. I have no idea why I didn't even think of that!!

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when you layer the red gore do you layer the whole model to the color on the pot or do you start your highlights?

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i used chaos black paint strate away with out spray (i personaly think spray ruins it dont know y) then i use blood red on the shins and behind it there gloves and there sholder pads then the helmit back pack and wepons plus any decrative on the sholder pads with chain mail im gonna try yours i just fought you might like to try my idea