Paint it Black


Forgive the recent dearth of entries lately – the hobbying hasn’t slowed down at all, however, and has actually increased over the past couple of months. Been too busy to blog!

Forge World recently released their Blackshields decal sheets, and had a painted example of a Blackshield in their advertisement. I liked the paint scheme and decided to shoot Forge World an email to see if they were willing to divulge their secrets; they were more than happy to oblige. Below is their recipe:

  • undercoat black spray
  • basecoat armor Eshin Grey, metal parts Ironbreaker, and leather (holster and combat blade scabbard) Mournfang Brown
  • wash entire mini with Nuln Oil
  • light drybrush of Dawnstone, edge highlight sharpest edges (helmet/backpack ridges, wrists, tops of kneepads)

I added a second wash of Nuln Oil to further darken the armor and help blend the Dawnstone highlights into the rest of the mini. I’m absolutely in love with the results; it certainly looks more realistic than simply edge highlighting a black undercoat with grey. It’s also very quick, with the five marines above taking little more than an hour or so from start to finish to paint, and that was counting drying time for the washes. Assembling and painting an entire ten-man squad suddenly looks like it could be an evening project, instead of a week-long slog.

I’m so pleased with the results that perhaps a Blackshields army is in my near future…

7 thoughts on “Paint it Black

    1. Thanks for the comment and the kind words, greggles! I will admit that now that I can paint black, I’ve been thinking of starting a new black-armored marine army… Templars are tempting!

      Looking forward to seeing that Deff Dread on your blog finished up 🙂


      1. Thanks! Doing a 30k themed fist/templar force might be down your alley. Lots of black with yellow bits here and there!

        Thanks, been working on that almost daily, posting updates to twitter. Should have a slew of photos for thursday.


    1. Hey Brother Grimm,

      Thanks for your reply and for reading the blog! Washes on large flat areas like on vehicles can be difficult as they leave streaks and make brush strokes more apparent – however I seem to have solved the problem with the help of good ol’ Duncan of Warhammer TV. He suggested adding some Lahmian Medium to your ink (in this case, Nuln Oil) to allow it to cover flat areas better. I tried this with Carroburg Crimson when painting my Redemptor Dreadnought and it worked wonders! I started with 50/50 Lahmian to Carroburg, but you may want to experiment with different mixes.

      Thanks again for reading 🙂



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