Forge World kitbashed Death Company

A few bits need touching up (the green bits mainly) but here are the “finished” reinforcements for my Death Company…

A few people have asked me about how I painted the black. It was pretty simple really; I primed them black (obviously) then gave them a spray from above with my airbrush using Vallejo Model Air German Grey, then US Grey (just shoulders and helmets). Then (and this is how the matte finish is achieved) a liberal wash of Nuln Oil. Then it was just some edge highlights of Vallejo Model Color Basalt Grey followed by London Grey. Finally a touch of Medium Sea Grey highlights on the helmet edges.

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  1. I really love how these came out! I’ve been following your page a while, and was curious when the next update was coming :). I love your red colour (I paint everything red myself!) and think it came out smashing. Are you planning on adding anymore units to this squad to increase it above 5?

  2. I’ve just stumbled over your site in my random lurkings.. good lord sir you’ve hit the nail on the head with that black. I think I’m going to have to go back and paint the black on my death company/anything again now using your method. It’s more or less exactly the effect I’ve been trying to get for god only knows how long. Well done man! Awesome work!

  3. I am currently working on my Ravenwing and blacks- being new(ish- a few months) to the hobby sometimes you just don’t know how to work with colours- I am tempted to go back and redo the Bikers with your method- I simply basecoated in vallejo black then highlighted with Citadel Eshin Grey and it looks quite flat- this is my answer. Thanks your Death Company are looking superb!

  4. Awesome job!!
    Just few questiones:
    1) how do you play the chainsxes? I mean like power axes, because there are no chainaxe for DC in the codex

    2) I am very interested in your pre-shading tutorial, are you planning to write the last part with the “final touch”? Did you use the same technic (black-white-yellow-final colour) to paint vehicles with a satisfying result?
    Thanks in advance for your reply.

    • Hi Dam,

      Thanks for the comments!
      In answer to you questions…
      1) I used them for ‘rule of cool’ more than anything else, but I count them either as just chainswords – or they could count as power axes.
      2) The last part will be coming soon. I am working on a commission at the moment so that has delayed me getting back to it but it won’t be long! And yes I use the same principle on vehicles – although I don’t use the black ink wash. I find you can get good enough shading with just the airbrush as you have more space to work with, and I then use AK Interactive weathering products. I’ll probably do a tutorial on that too at some point…

  5. Hi Luther,
    I really love these Death Company and you/they have actually inspired me to do a small DC force. Could you post the Vallejo paint numbers for the paints you used as I’m having trouble finding the right ones by name ?
    I bought them by name but when they turned up they were totally different names on the pots.
    Thanks in advance.
    Nick

  6. Hi Nick,

    Thanks for the comments, glad you like them! I have heard that Vallejo have switched up some of the paint names and numbers in recent years, which is a bit annoying. Had the same query over some blue colours I referenced. I’ve taken a pic so you can see the ones I used – here.

    Hope that helps!

    Luther

  7. Cheers dude, looks like I have the right ones. Really pleased with how mine have come out. Not as good as yours but I think as good as my skill level will allow

    • Hey Nick, glad the paints worked out for you. As for not being as good – keep practicing! Are there any particular aspects you’re not happy with that I might help with?

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