How to paint Stormcast Eternals Celestar Ballista crew, Sacristan Engineers

When the battle lines form and the rows of Stormcast Eternals charge, the Celestar Ballista adds a dose of firepower to cut down the enemies of Sigmar. With the size of the barrels you could easily mistake it for a quad-barrelled heavy bolter with some fancy mounting, but the ballista is worth it’s weight in plastic. A start to finish tutorial for the ballista can be found on our Youtube Channel, while the other crewman will be up as a video tutorial on 2nd March 2020.

The first section I’ll be talking about is the quilting on the tabard, which looks like the kind found in smoking jackets and the old army jacket liner for cold weather. I decided to go with the red colours Games Workshop did on their Stormcast, because I do think the colour scheme works really well. I started with a smooth layer of Citadel Word Bearers Red, shaded with Citadel Carroburg Crimson before reapplying the Word Bearers Red. To highlight I used Citadel Mephiston Red to paint the top half of each diamond, then small amount of Citadel Wazdakka Red to paint the top two edges of the diamonds.

The blue shoulder pauldrons are one of the most distinctive parts of the Hammers of Sigmar and they stand out a lot amongst the gold around the top half of the miniature. To paint them I gave a smooth layer of Citadel Kantor Blue, washed it with Citadel Drakenhof Nightshade shade, then reapplied the Kantor Blue, leaving the shade around the edges of the blue, and in the dip next to the ridge nearest the miniature’s head. Next I added some Vallejo White to the Kantor Blue and and highlighted the lower portion (the side furthest from the head) and the top of the ridge (nearest the head). I then added more White to the previous mix and did one final highlight along the bottom edge of the lower portion, and across the top of the ridge. The shoulder symbol was painted using pure White.

You can see my method of painting the white shoulder symbol on the Celestar Ballista crew video around the 17 minute mark.

The armour is my standard and much loved (possibly by me alone) gold method, it’s simple and effective. Initially the miniature was sprayed with Citadel Retributor Armour, but the pot of Retributor Armour gives a nice smooth layer too, so either works. It’s then been washed with Citadel Agrax Earthshade before having Retrbutor Armour reapplied, leaving the Agrax Earthshade in the recesses. To highlight I used Citadel Liberator Gold on all the areas I think would be catching the light the most, then I did one more extreme highlight of Liberator Gold mixed with Vallejo Model Air Chrome.

For the silvery metallics I use Citadel Leadbelcher and Model Air Chrome. You can tell the two different shades, with the MAC being the lighter metallic. They were both then washed with Citadel Nuln Oil before having the Leadbelcher and MAC reapplied. Finally, MAC was used as an extreme highlight on the areas of Leadbelcher to make the corners and angles stand out.

Thanks for reading, and keep your eyes peeled for part 2 in the next couple of weeks. In the mean time there’s the full Ballista crew video linked at the top of this post to keep you going.

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