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29 May 2013

How to paint Fire Dragons (GW Style)

Nick speaking,

I know a lot of people are not fans of how GW paint their Fire Dragons, and yes, they are rather bright, but personally I like them that way and that is how I wanted mine to look. As usual I wanted to add in my IDIC twist of purple and white, with a touch of gold to give them a regal look. So, in this post I will run through how I painted them with the new Citadel orange paints.


First I primed them white...


Then I based the orange with Jokaero Orange...


With a layer of Troll Slayer Orange over the top of that...


At this stage I laid down the rest of the base coats in my IDIC colours and painted the helmets Iyanden Darksun, three layers of Yriel Yellow to give a nice smooth finish, and then a wash in the recesses only with Gryphone Sepia, as seen in the picture below...


 Next I went into the recesses only of the orange with Fuegan Orange...


Then I highlighted the orange armour with Fire Dragon Bright, dry blending on the larger areas...


Then I went in and highlighted it again with a mix of 1:1 Fire Dragon Bright and Yreil Yellow...


Now onto the helmets, this time I highlighted with a 1:1 mix of Yreil Yellow and Skull White. I blended them from the raised edges inwards, leaving the original colour and wash visible...


Then I went over that with a 1:2 mix of Yreil Yellow and Skull White...


Lastly, I hit the very edges with a mix of 1:3 Yreil Yellow and Skull White...


Next, I painted the eyes and gemstones, highlighted the purple and finished off the white sections. At this stage I also painted the Exarch base, doing this one as a piece of Blood Angels tank...


Then all I had to do was sand and paint the bases...


Finally I hit them with some satin varnish, which I like to use for my Eldar, and then added some static grass...



4 comments:

  1. Did you thin your paints? If so what did you use? Wet pallet? If not, straight from the pot. What did you mix your paints on?

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  2. Hi mate, yeah, I thin them with a touch of water, although I find the new Citadel paints don't need as much as the old ones did. For the blending stuff I used flow improver instead of water though. I have a little home made wet palette, cost me nothing to make and works pretty well :D

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  3. Absolutely fantastic work, man! I totally nicked your idea for the purple spot color for the unit I just finished - I love how your yellow turned out, definitely going to try that recipe in the future too. Thanks for sharing the how-to guide, some great tips in there!

    Cheers!

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  4. Thanks very much dude, glad you liked it and got something useful from it :D, Cheers, Nick

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