Tutorial: Painting a Space Wolf

Step-by-Step: Painting a Space Wolf
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urther small details are finished. The Space Wolf is predominately blue-grey and tan-gold, but since the base would be grey and snow-covered, I wanted additional colours to ensure he would stand out from his drab environment.
There are a lot of colours used -- blue for the liquid tubes, green marble for the mace handle, yellow for power cables, and red for some of the wolf skulls and gun casing. Normally, a wide array of colours should be avoided on miniatures because it'll give it an unfocused look, but I've kept the use of colours only to very small areas of the figure as relief.
Stages of the weaponry.
Details of the NMM (non-metallic metal) work. No metallic paints are used for this effect.

The gold begins with GW Scorched Brown, then is mostly layers of GW Snakebite Leather with a progressive addition of white. A very thin wash of VMC #920 German Uniform mixed with GW Ice Blue is applied to the recesses to get a subtle patina.

The steel begins with GW Codex Grey which is washed with a thin mix of black and green. Codex Grey is built back up, again with the progressive addition of white. Finally, a wash of black is added in appropriate areas for reflective-like shading.
The finished marine.
Before this stage, I've gone back and touched up highlights and shading, sometimes going so far as to add a tiny glaze of white to the hottest spots or a wash of black or brown into deep areas. In addition, I've closely scrutinized the figure from every angle, making sure I haven't missed areas. It's easy to get in a rush to clearcoat a figure, but you'd be surprised how much setting the figure down and walking away helps -- you need to clear your head, then come back later and review your work.

And there we have the finished Space Wolf. Huzzah!


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