Hello everyone !!!
Following my post about the Mortek Guard models, I wanted to share a simple painting process for the Ossiarch.
Models are painted without the shield, it's 10 times easier and doesn't take much more time. So I glue the body (it's easy, it's only 2 parts) then the head and the weapon arm. Next, I glue it on a base and place it on a GW handle. lastly I glue the shield to paper clip inserted into a wine/champagne cap.
I use an airbrush but you can do it with a brush or a spray can, but it's easier with an AB (you can use a very cheap one from amazon if you only want to do zenithal)
-Start by priming the whole model with light grey (i mix stynylrez grey and white 35/65)
-Do a Zenithal from the top and side with pure white.
-Then spray a thin coat of Gloss varnish, this step is optional but the Contrast paint flows a lot better with it, staining a lot less flat surface. So maybe you can avoid it on small skeletons like Ossiarch Mortek guards but if you plan to paint Space Marines with this method, always do a thin coat of gloss varnish to help the paint flow!
At the end you should have something close to this !
To be honest the previous step is 50% of the work all that left is applying contrast and then do some highlight.
Start with bones
-One coat of Squelleton Hordes contrast paint. Be neat plz and use a small brush on details and zone limit. I use a size 1 or 2 for the large area but I don't hesitate to bring a 2/0 for all the small zone like the hands, blade guard, top of the shield, helmet ...Contrast paints are super fast to use but you are going to lose a lot of time if you have to correct a lot of blunders.
ps: To correct a mistake with contrast, wait for the paint to dry then apply white and use contrast on it.
-Highlight the bones with an Off white, any off white is fine I used Mojave white from Scale 75 this time but Ushapti bones(gw) Jack bones from P3 would work too.
End result :
Armor and sword
-One coat of Space Wolves Grey from the contrast line, again use a small brush to avoid or at least limit mistakes ^^ (i used a 2/0 here).
-Highlight with pure white by doing a lining or some thin glazes.
-Pre Highlight with white on the part you want the most light red.
-Paint one thick coat of Contrast Blood Angels Red.
-Then Highlight the zone with white again
-Paint one thin coat of red (not contrast). Any intense red would work. But if you have some GW blood angel red it's even better.
If you want to spend a little more time you can add some shadow/highlight to increase the contrast a bit more (the light shadow value not the paint ^^).
-Add shadow with a dark blue/green, I use scale Abyssal blue, but Iron Coal from P3 is good too.
-Add highlight with a sky blue + white this time I used Bering blue by scale 75
It's not a big difference in the image but it makes the job IRL.
(obviously, i did it on the left Hecatos and not on the right Trooper)
Really easy and fast way to get decent models on the table. I prefer to go for stark highlight as it looks better on the battlefield.
Better to paint a small batch of models instead of one by one. Don't go crazy of the batch size as it can transform painting in a Chore :/ On the other hand, I usually do the priming in one big go as it's easy and relaxing to do.
Options : You can swap Space Wolves grey with basillicanum grey, red with green, purple or blue. You could even do the bones with another colour completely.
Hope you like it !
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