Tuesday 12 July 2016

Legion Praetor Tribune - Making him Yours part II

So for those of you that saw part one of the journey you'll remember this guy. For those of you who haven't go check out my post of how to make a Tribune yours. 

Now  I've been using a tip that Mark Bedford put me on to which if I'm honest I would not have done but it works. 

Stage one Black undercoat. 

Followed by the white one. 

So here we have the pieces prepped to go. Now at this point the legs were not glued onto the base as that would be painted seperate. But I did check it for fit ensuring the pinned legs were still sitting right. 

The next stage was a base coat of Averland Sunset. 

Here you can see I've gone over the model with Agrax in the areas that with either be detailed later or turned into gold trim for the armour. 

I then went in a blocked out the black areas and then detailed the White. I also painted the head. 

As you can see by this point he was really coming on. 

I then began detailing the model and blocking out any additional areas with a mix of Averland Sunset and Flash Gitz yellow. 

Here you can see the detailing on the shield I added that has the Phalanx Warden detail on the right shoulder pad. 

Base painted and legs glued in place. Next was the full build. 

And here he is in all his glory. 

Now I've purposely missed out 2 steps here of my normal process for finishing this model. As some of you will have seen from previous posts I have yet to add any transfers. This is a personal thing that I'm working on. Until I have it right with all the varnishes etc in place I'm waiting out on this step. 

Also with this particular model I haven't given him a glaze of Lamenters Yellow. 
The reason being is I'm undecided whether he actually 'needs' it. I plan to paint my remaining Tacticals and then go from there seeing how the paint scheme stands next to those. 

I hope you've enjoyed following this. Due to factors outside of my control I wasn't able to post this last week but it was worth the wait. 

As usually feel free to ask any questions and comment below. 

Until next time. The Emperor Protects. 

- Tylar :D


  1. Looks great, a nice yellow. Though what is the reason for priming black and then white?

    1. That was my thought. But it actually works. The second coat of white if done carefully will leave the dark areas...wel dark lol. It makes shading easier. It was what Mark Bedford recommended at the HH weekender and I've been doing it ever since.

    2. Ahh, so it's basically a poor-man's pre-shading?

    3. I wouldn't say that. I'd say it's a quick and easy way for people to paint better and more efficiently. I would have just painted them white normally then base coated and then shaded. I think it adds an extra depth and makes shading easier. But it down to what works for the individual. :)

  2. Looking great. Yeah the step to varnishing and transfers is a worrying one.

  3. Hmmm, Averland Sunset is a very good basecoat, but I've never been able to properly highlight it with anything else without clumps and patches showing up here and there. Do you always use an airbrush for the highlights ? The texture of the finished model is very smooth. Cheers.

    1. Actually I base coat using Averland Sunset with the airbrush and then spray the lighter colour with he airbrush too. Then I go in with the Agrax to shade where I need to. Then black stuff out. It's at this pint depending on the model I'll then block out other colours. Than way I can go back in with Averland Sunset if I have a brush malfunction and go over some detail by accident or the black out process has gone a bit awry. That way I can block out again with the lighter colour mix. I use Tamiya X-20A Thinner. I haven't used he FW/GW produced one but the other Bunnies have so its a solid product choice either way.
      Hope that helps :)

    2. Thanks. It hadn't crossed my mind to thin the original colour and to do selective washing. I've been using whole-model washing up to the moment and it seems that this technique is not really suited for yellow, but it has worked pretty good for me with almost all the other armies I've painted in various reds, blues and greens.

  4. I really like that and consider my version of that little feller is going to be the same colours it is food for thought. Couple of questions if you could:

    Where is that head from?

    How do you make sure pins line up when pinning things? I've never done it before but was thinking about it for this model.

    1. The head is from the Vet Sgt of the Phalanx Wardens upgrade kit. Feel free to go and have a look at my previous post:
      As for pinning I usually pin resin legs to plastic bases as it's the easy way to ensure they stay attached. I normally drill and pin the feet. I then drill the first hole wher I want the right foot roughly. And then I place the foot in pinned and then use the pin from the he left foot to score a small arc on the base like you would with a set of compasses. That way I know exactly wher to drill the second hole on the base and I can make sure the model sits central.
      As for pinning bodies and arms I just go for center of mass most of the time. It just takes practice.
      The tribune is only pinned at the feet and the waist. The waist was easy I just drilled a hole in he center of the small square and then the same in the square peg on the torso.
      Again I hope this helps :)

  5. Great job! He is looking really nice! :D