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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12 Comments

  • 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?

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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…

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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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