In my previous blog post I talked about how to do the basecoat for Horus Heresy era Iron Hands Space Marines, which you can find here.

I’m back today with the next step, which is how to paint the silver or metal parts to blend in with the metallic armour. This is quite a simple method, but it looks really good with the burnished, oily armour.

The first thing I did was to paint all the areas that I wanted to be silver with Citadel Leadbelcher. This is a base, so it covers up this areas nicely. (I also did the brass on the Praetor with Citadel Runelord Brass at the same time – this took a couple of coats as it’s a layer paint)

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The next thing I do with any silver I’m painting (with only a few exceptions) is to wash/shade it with Citadel Nuln Oil. This helps darken the metal and given it more of that gunmetal appearance. With the Iron Hands, it helps to blend it in with the black armour. Have a look below:

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Don’t worry if some of the Nuln Oil gets onto the armour plating, as when you mat varnish this it will blend into the blackened armour and look just fine.

What I would normally do on other models is layer again with Leadbelcher, and highlight with Citadel Runefang Steel.

However, with these guys, I want them to still keep that dirty metal look. So, I didn’t layer the metal, only highlighted it with Citadel Ironbreaker:

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This just gives a bit of definition to the metal, but still keeps it looked quite beaten and dirty. It also helps tie in with the weathering that we’re going to do later (which will also use Ironbreaker)

So that’s how to do the silver. As I said at the beginning, it’s nice and quick. If you’re like me and hate painting metallics then this is a good way to go about it.

All that’s left to do is the Legion symbols, decals and weathering. So look out for future posts on these!

Thanks for reading.