By ( Opticon )
This article has been published here with the express permission of Opticon.
How to paint a Deathwing Terminator - Initial concepts and Thought Process:
I found this description of painting a Deathwing Terminator while roaming the warp. The site that this was originally present is no longer active. Luckily I had managed to contact one of the web masters before it's demise and get permission to display it here. This is Opticon's step-by-step guide to quickly and accurately painting up a Deathwing terminator.
Step 1 - undercoat: Black. This is what I've been doing lately; it's almost become my routine. At any rate, poof, here's a black primed Deathwing. As always remember not to over prime.
Step 2 - Lighten the undercoat: Well, everyone knows light colors don't go on black worth a damn, so I drybrushed the whole miniature in Skull White. I did it pretty heavily since I know I'm going for a bone-whitish look in the end.
Step 3 - First base coat : This can be tricky. You need to put a layer of Bleached Bone on thick enough to not have too much black showing, but thin enough to still have shading. What I did was to brush it on, not quite drybrushing, but with a fairly light touch.
Step 4 - Lighten the base coat: Well, the Bleached Bone alone looks a little bit yellow, and it's still got some deep black pits showing, so I went through and once again drybrushed Skull White over the whole miniature.
Step 5 - Add colours: Now that my Deathwing looks like I want it too, I'm going to start throwing the first layers of colors on it. IThe things I did at this point were basically the reds and greens on it, and a bestial brown coat on the Crux Terminatus.
Step 6 - ..and more colours: Here I drybrushed some Bleached Bone onto the Crux Terminatus, and did Chaos Black on the areas where I'd be putting metal (like the Storm Bolter). I also did the purity seals in a quick coat of Bleached Bone.
Step 7 - First details: Well, here I did the metal work, and painted the feathers lightly with white.
Step 8 - Finishing up: Basically now I did the final details that I might have missed, including the sword and putting brown ink on all the purity seals, touched up any areas that overran, and did the feathers with red and green. I also chose to base this one in the desert scheme that my future table is going to have. This consists of basically just Snakebite Leather on the edge, letting
that dry, then another coat of Snakebite Leather on the base top itself, and dipping it in sand while still wet (if your minis get banged around a lot, I'd recomend gluing the sand on, then painting over it in leather, as it holds almost infinitely, while my way tends to flake off after some use).
There you have it: the half-hour Deathwing Terminator that looks good. If you want to go further, you can highlight some of the edges with Skull White (you'll notice it on top the bleach bone/white mix) and apply a decal to the right leg and shoulder. Personally, I hate decals (that and I don't have any) but they do look good if you can actually put the damn things on right.