If you haven’t checked it out yet, part 1 of the Death Guard painting techniques can be found here and contains more techniques in for painting up your Death Guard miniatures.

1, Brass trim, bells, etc

The brass on these miniatures is really easy to get looking good, and I’ve used this on each of my Death Guard miniatures.

  • Undercoat Black or White
  • Base coat with Vallejo Model Air Rust
  • Wash with Citadel Agrax Earthshade shade
  • Pick out some edges and areas with the Model Air Rust
  • Add a few extreme highlights with Citadel Retributor Armour
  • Add Citadel technical paint Nihilakh Oxide to add some oxidation to the trim.

2, Creamy armour and corrosion

The corrosion I use on the armour is just a matter of using a few different shades one on top of the other, to give an overall grubby look.

  • Undercoat white
  • Wash with Seraphim Sepia shade
  • Roughly paint the base coat with a mix of white and Citadel Ushabti Bone
  • Apply Seraphim Sepia so that it is running from the top of armour plates and from any dents or damage.
  • Apply Citadel Agrax Earthshade shade into the deeper recesses and in thin trickles from the damage and top of the plates.
  • Finally, use Citadel Nuln Oil similarly to Agrax Earthshade, but to a lesser extent.

3, Skin and infections and wounds

  • Undercoat white
  • Basecoat skin – in this case, Vallejo Medium Fleshtone
  • Wash with Reikland Fleshshade shade
  • Reapply Medium Fleshtone
  • Highlight with mix of the flesh colour and a spot of white
  • A mix of Citadel Averland Sunset, Citadel Yriel Yellow and white is used on the pustules/blisters/boils
  • Use Citadel Carroburg Crimson shade around each of the blisters/pustules
  • Highlight pustules using the same mix as earlier, with additional white added.

4, Corpse Heads

  • Undercoat white
  • Basecoat of Citadel Rakarth Flesh
  • Wash of Reikland Fleshshade/Seraphim Sepia shade.
  • Reapply Rakarth Flesh
  • Add Citadel Mephiston Red to all wounds
  • A mix of Citadel Averland Sunset, Citadel Yriel Yellow and white is used on the pustules/blisters/boils
  • Highlight flesh with a White/Rakarth Flesh mix
  • Here I painted the chord sealing the head’s eyes and mouth. I originally did them with Vallejo Beige Brown, but you can see in later pictures I changed it to Citadel Abaddon Black.
  • Apply Carroburg Crimson shade around the boils/pustules and inside each of the wounds. Citadel Druchii Violet shade
  • Highlight pustules using the same mix as earlier, with additional white added. 

     

5, Tentacles

Tentacles grow on Death Guard plague marines like leaves grow on trees, and to give them more colour, I paint them similar to the Purple Ruptures featured in the first part of this series.

  • Undercoat White
  • Basecoat Citadel Xereus Purple
  • Mix a little Xereus Purple with the flesh tone that the tentacle joins on to and apply to the join area, then, adding more and more purple over three to four mixes, blend in the purple of the tentacle to the flesh tone.
  • Highlight the Xereus Purple using Citadel Genestealer Purple
  • Highlight the Genestealer Purple with Citadel Emperor’s Children
  • A mix of Citadel Averland Sunset, Citadel Yriel Yellow and white is used on the pustules/blisters/boils
  • Apply Carroburg Crimson shade around the boils/pustules.

6, Smoke

When painting the smoke from the Death Guard miniatures I have an incredibly simple method.

  • Undercoat white
  • Wash with the chosen colour of shade (in this case, Citadel Biel Tan Green)
  • Use watered down white to apply layers to the raised areas, leaving the shade dark in the recesses. – The final shot is just to show the smoke with a bit of colour around it. It’s not perfect, but I find it’s great for the tabletop.


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