How To: Paint Dark Angels Tactical Squad (Gold Symbols)

Hello and welcome to the continuation of my posts on how to paint Warhammer 40,000 Dark Angels. If you haven’t been keeping up, you can read the first post here.

Today I’m going to demonstrate something that can often be quite difficult to get right, gold. This is a really quick method for getting good looking gold symbols. However, I wouldn’t use it for overall gold (body armour, etc.). I will be posting a good method for this soon, or you can see one of Rob’s posts on painting Stormcast Eternals here.

The first stage is to give a good basecoat of Citadel Retributor Armour. You may think that you cannot thin metallics, but you can treat this as you would any other paint, so give it two thinned coats to make sure that it is nice and consistent all over the gold:

Dark Angels Gold
1. Citadel Retributor Gold

The next stage, as often, is to give this a shade. There are a few different options when shading gold. You can use browns, or even purples, but for this method I suggest Citadel Reikland Fleshshade, as it gives it a nice chestnut shading (much like old Chestnut Wash), which isn’t too dark for the gold:

Dark Angels Gold
2. Citadel Reikland Fleshshade

Next, go other the raised surfaces of the gold with a layer of Citadel Auric Armour Gold. I’ve had a few issues with this paint, so make sure that you shake the pot well before using. This is a layer, should only leave the shade in the recesses:

Dark Angels Gold
3. Citadel Auric Armour Gold

Finally, give the gold an edge highlight. That is, paint a thin line on the edges or tops of the gold surfaces. For this use Citadel Liberator Gold. I love this colour for gold as it has a bit of silver mixed in with it, and this really represents the light catching the gold:

Dark Angels Gold
4. Citadel Liberator Gold

As mentioned, this is only one way to paint gold, but you can use it on any space marine model you wish. Keep an eye out for future posts on gold, and have a look through our other posts to see some others.

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