Recently I asked MiniWarGamer Alex if I could paint his Fiends of Slaanesh. Why? you may ask... Simple Really. I paint a TONNE of marines, for my army and for others and I was beginning to develope a malaise for painting power armour and straight lines. Remembering how much fun I had painting Orks not long ago, I decided I needed to paint some organic models to satiate my power armour woes.
The fiends were perfect, a great model, a good exercise and really fun to paint (nasty 12" assault range too!). In a recent White Dwarf, there is an article on painting the new Daemon Prince, for which I stole the idea for skin tone. Here's how I achieved the look:
Step 1 - Basecoat
Having Undercoated Black as usual, I started by mixing Denheb Stone and Ice Blue in a 2:1 ratio, adding a little water. For such a light colour, the paint really covers well - a nice touch from using the foundation paint! Had I used the similar Space Wolves grey, I would have no doubt had to paint multiple layers. All painting done with a Standard Brush.
Step 2 - Wash
A nice simple step. Wash Skin Areas with Leviathan Purple.
Step 3 - Re-Layer
Using the premixed paint from the first step, paint over the skin once more leaving the purple colour in the recesses to provide shadow. This step was painted using a Detail Brush. Note you don't have to be that careful around the hooves, head or other areas yet to be painted, as they will be painted later anyway!
Step 4 - Highlight!
The next step requires mixing a little more paint, but is well worth it in my opinion. Simply add white to the previous mix in a 2:1 ratio, watering down still further. The end colour is only slightly lighter than the first and more watery, but will improve the look of the skin no end. Paint this colour onto the raised areas of the skin, such as the top of the legs and arms to create a very slight highlight. Painted using a Detail brush.
Step 5 - Reds....
This step is really 3 mini parts, but very quick and easy to do. Basecoat the rest of the model except the spikes in Mechrite Red. Allow this to dry and wash with Badab Black. Now simply Drybrush Blood Red and Blazing Orange consecutively over the entire red area. Done! The whole process was done using a Basecoat brush!
Step 6 - Finish.
The Spikes were painting using the time old bone sequence of Tausept Ochre, Bleached Bone and Skull White. No special techniques, just leave a little of the previous colour showing as you paint the next. In this case, I then varnished the model with Gloss Varnish and based according the the rest of his army. Not bad I don't think...
Chaos Black Spray
Denheb Stone: Ice Blue 2:1
Skin Mix:Skull White 2:1