Metallic Purple Armour
It's been quite a while since I posted a 'step-by-step' tutorial, but I've been getting so many questions about the metallic purple of my Emperor's Children that I thought it was about time to make another.
I originally posted the tutorial on my Instagram page @raptorimperialis
As with all of my models I started off by priming the model black. I used Chaos Black spray from GW. I left the head, power pack, and power sword unassembled for ease of painting.
The first colour that I used was Steel from the Vallejo Metallics range of paints. I thinned the paint 1/1 with Tamiya acrylic thinner. I applied a several coats using my airbrush until I had achieved complete coverage.
Next I applied Chrome, also from the Vallejo Metallics range, thinned in the same way, and applied with the airbrush. I applied the paint on an angle from the front left of the model (right side of the picture) and the back right. I made sure to leave plenty of the Steel stage showing to create some contrast. Creating strong contrast at this stage is essential for a 'pre-shaded' colour scheme.
I then put down the airbrush and used a regular paint brush to add a further level of definition to the pre-shade. I used Abaddon Black in the recesses and the cuts and chips and Vallejo Air Silver to add some edge highlights and fine scratches to the armour. I add these additional details because it is very difficult to highlight a metallic pre-shade colour scheme after the colour has been added. You are essentially painting a silver model, highlights and all, and then adding a colour over the top. Because the colours used are either inks or clear colours such as Eidolon Purple or Angron Red, the highlights and details added at this stage will still show through and be visible.
Now back to the airbrush and time for some colour. For the royal purple of my Emperor's Children I've chosen to use Eidolon Purple. It was originally sold by Forge World, but after being unavailable for sometime it has returned as part of the Citadel range sold at all GWs. The Eidolon Purple was thinned with Tamiya thinner at a ratio of about 1/1. Although the Eidolon Purple is already a very thin colour I added some thinner just to increase the control even more. I was very keen to avoid any spattering or pooling of colour on the armour panels. I applied the purple in several very thin coats. It takes quite a few coats to build up the colour, but because I was using an airbrush the coats were so thin that they dried very quickly.
To finish off the armour I added a little bit of Inktensity Violet to the Eidolon Purple. The Inktensity Violet is and extremely rich colour and has a lot more blue in it than the Eidolon does, so I used it to add a bit more character to the darker areas of the model. You can see the violet on the lower sections of the shoulder and knee plates in particular.
And there you have it! Metallic purple armour. The same techniques could easily be used for a wide range of different metallic armour colours such as red for the Blood Angels, Thousand Sons, and Word Bearers, blue for the Alpha Legion, Night Lords, and Ultramarines, and green for the Salamanders and Sons of Horus. You just need to find a clear colour or artists ink that you think suits the Legion that you're painting.
I hope this tutorial gives some insight into the steps that are involved with my colour schemes and that people find it interesting and helpful.
I think you've outdone yourself, one of the best models I've seen, just excellent.
I'm pretty happy with how he turned out. Thanks very much for the kind words!
Words cannot describe it. Your talent is ever-soaring upwards, like the III themselves.
Thanks very much bro! Really glad you like him.
Now this is a hashtag trend I can get behind! I only have some helmets, myself, but I can really get behind this! Excellent job, my man!
As always, your EC are phenomenal. Really makes me want to get back on my Horus Heresy Word Bearers.
We can dream. It would be so great to see a plastic MkII kit. The Word Bearers will welcome you back when we get some plastic MkII.
Well, yet another awesomesauce Emperor's Children! Man, I think that if you send these pictures to FW promising to do more of them, you might convince them to bring back MkII 😄
About Palamedes, I might be misremembering now, but I think you mentioned some dread bits used on him? I was just curious to see what kind of dread bit would fit on an infantry-sized model.
Hahaha, I wish it was that easy (just sending them pictures)... The dreadnought bits are some of the press-moulded details, in particular the 'III' numeral on the left shoulder plate.
I... Wha... How... I can't even... It's... (sniff
) So Beautiful... 😭
Thanks a lot! Really glad you like him.
You have made Mk2 look more ornate and more sexy than that Mk4, to quote early Red vs Blue "That doesn't seem phyiscally possible!"
I really like the extra bits on his belt, such as the empty holster, krak grenade, ammo pouches and the dagger.
Thanks! Glad you like the extra detail that I've added. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.
You're a skilled painter. The Mk. II armor is beautifully done.
Thanks very much!
Thanks for looking