Friday, 20 November 2015

Sons of Horus Justaerin Painting Guide Part 1

Hello all!

I am making good progress with my Sons of Horus, as you may have seen in the weekly progress report I have assembled my Xiphon and now the painting has begun!! The first model to go under the brush was a Justaerin terminator and I wanted to create a painting guide to help out anyone else looking to complete there own First Company! The guide is picture heavy and will be split into 2 parts. The weathering, which I will do once all of them are painted up to the standard below, will be done in a third post! I wanted the colours to be quite muted like in the Forgeworld art and to have a shine to the black, as Forgeworld achieved with there Abaddon paint job.

First up the completed model so you can see what we are heading towards.

Step 1: Base coat the model! I used Vallejo black surface primer applied with an airbrush but any method of under coating will work, as long as its black! 

Step 2: Base coat the reds with Mephiston Red. This includes the left hand shoulder pad, hair, axe grip and all cloth/leather areas. Plus the Eye of Horus on the belt. 

Step 3: Base coat the silvers with Leadblelcher. I picked out all the rivets and spikes, as well as cables, gun barrels, axe and joins between the armour plates. At this stage I also applied a very light dry brush to the edges of the armour panels. This was done to add some definition to the panels. I also highlighted the mouth grills and just above the eyes with thin lines. 

Step 4: Dry brush the Combi-bolter with Leadbelcher, again lightly to catch the edges to add a worn look to it. I picked out a few details on the gun as well to break up the black. 

Step 5: Base coat the 'Gold' with Runelord Brass. I did 2 coats to get a good coverage.

Step 6: I painted the eyes at this point as they were annoying me being a lifeless red!! On the bottom of the eye I used Evil Suns Scarlett, this was applied just below the middle and all the way across. Then I added a White Scar dot to the top back corner of the eye. To finish the eyes off I added a thin line of Troll Slayer Orange to the very bottom of the eye.

Step 7: I washed the reds, silvers and golds with Agrax Earthshade. I choose to do them all with Agrax as I wanted to 'dirty' everything up a bit. This also added a lot of depth to up of these area. 

Keep your eyes peeled for part 2 next week! 



  1. Looks good. Keep it up you traitor.

  2. Nice work so far Darien. Looking forward to seeing the completed article. Can't wait to see these on a table.

    1. Thanks Drake! I am really looking forward to getting them all done and on the table!

  3. These look really good, I've always found black armour hard to paint since it can often lok like there's no detail but you've done a great job so far!

    I've just stumbled across your World Eaters tutorial but noticed that the images are no longer available. Do you still have them? Because the finished product looks just like what I'm looking for in my world eaters.

    1. Thanks ver much! The World Eaters painting guide wasn't completed be me, but I have asked the other bunnies and we are sending out the servitors to try and fix the issue!

  4. Nice work. I might do some black armoured terminators myself next!

  5. Looking with interest, I'm building Dark Angels atm...