How to Paint Black Legion Obliterators, part 2

As well as this post about Obliterators, there is also another guide to painting them, and a start to finish video tutorial.

The Obliterators have a lot of details that make them stand out, some of which can be easily overlooked on such a large and intimidating miniature, however, wit some of the smaller details picked out it can really make a difference to how it appears.


The toenails aren’t really something you think about when painting them up, they’re part of the feet, which are a means to an end, but adding a bit of details to them can really make the miniature stand out, and also make them look a little more disgusting.

The toes were base coated in Vallejo Medium Fleshtone, then shaded using Citadel Reikland Fleshshade. Citadel Rakarth Flesh was added to the toenails, with Vallejo Red Wash carefully applied to the foot end of the toenail, leaving Rakarth Flesh showing at the end. Rakarth Flesh was then applied lengthways on the toe, to give it a look of the ridges/discolourations that nails have. Citadel Ushabti Bone was applied in the same way to highlight the Rakarth Flesh. Finally, Citadel Carroburg Crimson was added around the edge of the toenail to make it look painful and infected.


This Obliterator’s chain-gun is a dominant feature of the miniature, and despite it’s simple painting method, I thought it warranted its own section.

It was initially painted with Citadel Leadbelcher and Washed with Citadel Nuln Oil to bring out the details and dull down the shine. Next it was touched up using Leadbelcher (not shown), bringing the shine back to the barrels and the flash eliminator/air vents at the front end. The final touches were to wash the air vents with Citadel Agrax Earthshade, and finally another layer of Nuln Oil to add some carbon build up to the front of the weapon.

Promethium Tank

What colour is promethium? This guy’s tank is filled with  green promethium regardless as it contrasts nicely with the reds and flame effects the rest of the Black Legion display. 

I started off dividing the tank with Vallejo German Cam Bright Green (GCBG) and Vallejo Black. Unless you’re going for a ‘sloshing’ tank, I’d always paint the liquid in the tank horizontal. Next up, I added Vallejo White to the GCBG and highlighted the liquid with. I added more white to the previous mix and added a further highlight, and some bubbles to the liquid. Finally, I used pure White to add highlights to the tank to make it look like glass. Once varnished, I painted with ‘Ardcoat Gloss Varnish from Citadel.

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