How to: Paint Grand Master Voldus

When the Triumvirate of the Primarch was released several months back, Mike and I painted up Ultramarine Primarch Roboute Guilliman as our April Hobby Challenge. Once done, the rest of the stuff was put away in a draw and forgotten about, until now.

I have a small, but points expensive Grey Knights force, and wanted to so a How to on them, but they’re all painted to some extent, with the exception of Guilliman’s mate, Grand Master Voldus. Finding him in my storage, I decided to paint him up.

Because of the way his robes cover the parts behind them, I decided to partially paint him on the sprue. It meant I could get each part painted so that once assembled, there wouldn’t be bare plastic, or badly splatted paint in the hard to reach areas. I’ve done it before, and I’ll probably do it again, but I like the Voldus miniature.

He was undercoated using Halfords Matt Black primer.


The base coats are:
Robes: Citadel Mephiston Red, Citadel Ushabti Bone
Golds: Citadel Retributor Armour
Silvers: Vallejo Model Air Chrome
Face: Vallejo Flesh Base

All other details were painted with these colours, so the staff and seals were Mephiston Red, parchments were Ushabti Bone, and binding on the books was Retributor Armour.

Next came the shades.
Reds: Citadel Druchii Violet
Silvers: Citadel Nuln Oil
Golds: Citadel Agrax Earthshade
Face and Beige’s: Citadel Seraphim Sepia

Next I used watered down paint to build up the layers from the shading on the cloak and parchments to try and get them looking smooth.
Cloak: Mephiston Red and Ushabti Bone
Parchments/Seals: Ushabti Bone/Mephiston Red
Face: Flesh Base

Following Mike’s great post about Basing for the best effect (here), I decided to try my hand at following that, and chose a dark brown base to make his silver armour stand out.

Undercoat: Halfords Matt Black primer
Base coat: Vallejo Flat Brown, Citadel Rakarth Flesh (skulls)
Shade: Citadel Agrax Earthshade, Citadel Seraphim Sepia (skulls)
Highlights x 2: Vallejo White mixed with Flat Brown, then more White added for the second highlight. Citadel Ushabti Bone (skulls).

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With the base finished, I put him together and  touched up the areas where he had been joined to the sprue. This is the stage that 90% of my Grey Knights are at, so with no hanging round, Voldus was ahead of the game.

I highlighted the gold areas with Retributor Armour – such a nice colour to work with, you can see how it catches the light in the pictures below and picked out the white sections, including his eyes.

Using Citadel Liberator Gold I added a final highlight to the gold, and added a Vallejo Pale Grey Shade/Vallejo Deep Seagreen mix to shade the white sections. For the blue tubing, I used Swooping Hawk Turquoise, highlighting it with a White/Hawk Turquoise mix. On his right shoulder I added the Mephiston Red/White to the shield, ready for the detail to be added. Seals were highlighted with Mephiston Red/White highlight – not too much white or it will be too bright. Parchments and some skulls were highlighted with a little more Ushabti Bone.

Next I went around the mini and tried to find all the skulls and other bits I may have missed initially and got them up to the same point as the rest of the mini. I say that, I kept finding details that I’d missed right up until the last part.

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I highlighted the rock under his foot with the same colours as the base highlights, and added a further, lighter, highlight to the tubing, and a White/Ushabti Bone mix to highlight the outside of the cloak. The cloak’s red areas were highlighted using a Mephiston Red/Citadel Fire Dragon Bright mix.

The white areas were highlighted with White again, and I painted a tiny black spot in each eye. Finally, I added the details to the parchments and shield on his shoulder.

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Now I’m not too bad a freehand, but when I’m in a bit of a rush, or if I’m not too worried about the parchments and scrolls looking 100%, I used the pen below to apply the details to them. The skull on the shoulder shield and all the writing on the purity seals was done with the pen below.

Thanks for reading, and I hope you’ve enjoyed the Voldus tutorial.

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