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About me - I'm a Christian (Pentecostal), Married to Wendy, two step children Thomas and Natalie, dog and rose-crested cockateel(Beauty). I've been a miniature hobbyist for over twenty years; I occasionally wargame at my local club or at home with friends. I set up my commission painting service in 2014, so I spend a lot of time painting!

Saturday, 1 February 2014

Step by Step Guide - Epic - Farsight Enclaves - Hammerhead

As previously promised here is a step by step guide to painting a epic Tau Hammerhead for the Farsight Enclaves. Prior to starting this work, the bases have already been completed (a guide to this can be found here), these will be attached later. Prior to airbrushing, the minis are glued to wire which is anchored in a cork painting stand. Throughout this guide I will be using Vallejo(V) and Citadel(C) paints, from various ranges.
Here are couple of pics of the finished minis, before we get started on the guide.

1. Airbrush a black undercoat consisting of a 1:1 mix of Black Surface Primer(V):Airbrush Thinner(V). I choose black because the initial colour tones will be dark/muted/flat.

2. Airbrush the first of two basecoats (airbrushed) to the whole mini with a 1:2:3 mix of Black(V):Gory Red(V):Airbrush Thinner(V).
3. Airbrush the second basecoat (airbrushed), this time to the upper surfaces of the mini. I do this by spraying at angles no lower then level with the mini. I also apple twice as much paint to the top as I do to the sides. This is completed with a 1:4:5 mix of Hexed Lichen (V):Gory Red(V):Airbrush Thinner(V)
4. Here's were the brushwork begins. Using thinned black paint, I paint all the deepest recesses and joints between panels. This better defines these details and will help to accentuate the later highlights.
5. Using thinned Khorne Red(C), I build up the topcoat with several thin coats. By applying more coats to the uppermost and outermost surfaces (leaving shading towards the recesses), this helps to highlight the shapes of the vehicle.
6. Once completed I repeat step 4 were needed, Then airbrush a layer of gloss varnish(V). This preserves the work so far and provides a smoother surface for the following highlights to be applied on. At this stage I also attach the mini to its completed base.
7. The grey areas are painted (basecoat) and the black areas highlighted with thinned German Grey(V)
8. The grey areas are painted, leaving the the darker grey in the recesses and the black areas are further highlighted with slightly thinned Cold Grey(V)
9. The grey areas are edge highlighted and the extreme corners of the black areas are dotted with slightly thinned Stonewall Grey(V)
10. The red areas are edge highlighted with slightly thinned Evil Sunz Scarlet(C)
11. The extreme corners and mid hard edges of the red areas are highlighted and dotted with a 1:1 mix of Fiery Orange(C):White. This is my favourite stage, as it really makes the colour scheme 'pop'.
12. The extreme corners and mid hard edges of the grey areas are highlighted with white. I also added markings to the hull with Stonewall Grey (this should have been done at stage 9).
13. Paint all the view ports and lenses with a thinned coat of Magic Blue(V). Thin this further and apply around the deeper blue to suggest it's shining.
14. Highlight the blue areas with a slightly thinned coat of Electric Blue(V).
15. To further indicate light hitting the lenses, dot them with white paint.
16. All the black areas including the recesses, base and stand are all cleaned up with a coat of black paint. Once dry the whole mini is airbrushed with matt varnish. 
As always if you would like a closer look at any pictures above, click on them. If you have any comments or would like to ask me questions or provide feedback, please fill in the comments box below (this will be moderated before being published on this blog).

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