Monday, 24 February 2014

How to paint Pre-Heresy Iron Warriors

Forge Worlds' Pre-Heresy Iron Warrior Colour scheme. 

0: Trim and undercoat chaos Black. 

1: Airbrush the model with a 50/50 mix of Lead Belcher and Iron Breaker, thinned with Tamiya X-20A. 
Working on 52 at a time. 

2. Attach Back pack for natural shading before doing a Zenithal highlight with the airbrush (top down) with thinned Runefang steel. 

3. Spray the model with Purity seal. 

4. Wash with Agrax Earthshade mixed with Lahmian medium not water. Too thin and it will leave a chalky toothpaste residue as it is a glaze you can see this around the collar of one above (as you can see I learnt this the hard way!). Too thick and it looks crap. I also tried a pair of shoulder pads Gehenna gold. Not happy at this stage. 

5. Random spots of Burnt umber oil paint (windsor Newton I use) are applied to model in random places. 

7. Then wait for 10 mins before applying white spirits. This is done with lots of downward strokes so the oil paint almost totally runs off the mini. It will settle in the recesses.  

8. I wanted to try a new non citadel gold for this model so had a look around. 
Vallejo old gold is a stunning easy to use paint. The pigments are so fine it looks like melted gold (I shit you not!!). So easy to paint with directly onto the shoulder pads. I then glazed it with Agrax Earthshade for definition. 

9. The rear tubing was done with Warplock Bronze. And the backpack casing done in imperial primer. Red eyes and Boltgun metal chipping on the Bolter. 

Finished. . . For now. Chevrons to come when Book 3 arrives. I want to know why and where they do it first. My verdict is: Excellent and easy scheme which looks very effective. Now for the other 51!!

Drake Seta. 


  1. Dude,
    I really love your work. I wish I had the money for a full 50 Horus heresy troopers!
    I will keep on tuning in, keep it up! - James

    1. Cheers chief. It comes down to a lack of other interests and stockpiling minis! I cut back a lot of things to get them and have no regrets. Been fun adding to the Heresy community.
      When you get some Heresy / 30k done post on our Facebook page to share.

  2. Hi there, I'm hoping that you are still checking these threads, so here goes:
    I'm wondering how you got the effect with the purity seal, was it in a combination with something else, or just multiple layers? I'm currently attempting the technique, but it isn't appearing as I hoped it would.

    1. Hi. It might have been frosted the more I look at it. It may be that it can only be achieved with a cold can and a bit of moisture in the air. It didn't work for me the same the second time either.

    2. I found a few thinned layers of Nuln oil did dull it too.

  3. Hi, I was wondering if the agrax wash was "all over", or a recess wash?