Quick Black Templars with Dry Brushing

Quick Black Templars with Dry Brushing

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    01 Jan 2020
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    06 Jan 2020
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This recipe explains how I get some quick Black Templars for a small kill team I'm assembling with scraps from my bits box and the Warhammer Conquest issues. The main idea came from this YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75g05-w_WBs Accounting for drying times it takes about an hour per space marine. The main bottleneck is the many layers required for the shoulder pads.

Prime the models with a black primer. I use Chaos Black .

Black shadowed parts

  1. Dry brush the power armour with The Fang .
  2. Add some highlights with Russ Grey . I dry brush them but can do an edge highlight if you fancy.
  3. Paint the metal areas with Leadbelcher and the leather areas with Burnt Umber .
  4. Give the whole model a wash of Nuln Oil and wait for it to dry.

Brown shadowed parts

  1. Paint the red details such as the eye lenses, the wax seals and other red details (like the red knee in my case) with Flat Red .
  2. Paint the shoulder pads, the chest eagle and the parchments with Bone White . This paint covers really poorly (maybe is my bottle tho). I'm looking for a way to improve the efficiency of this step so it doesn't takes to long to get a nice and even coat.
  3. Paint the gold details with Retributor Armour and give a wash to the cream, red and gold areas with Agrax Earthshade . The minis in the preview were washed with Sepia Wash , but I prefer the former because the result is less dirty.

Further steps

From this point you can highlight further any area you want to improve. For the rank and file miniatures I don't bother. After the miniature is done and based apply a light coat of Acrylic Satin Varnish to give the power armour a slight satin finish.


I make this recipes for the foldr that lives far in the future. He is a very forgetful person.

Citadel Painting System 7
Base 3
  • Leadbelcher
  • Retributor Armour
  • The Fang
Shade 2
  • Agrax Earthshade
  • Nuln Oil
Layer 1
  • Russ Grey
Spray 1
  • Chaos Black
Vallejo Auxiliaries
Base 1
  • 28.532 Acrylic Satin Varnish
Vallejo Game Color 2
Base 1
  • 72.034 Bone White
Wash 1
  • 72.200 Sepia Wash
Vallejo Model Color
Base 2
  • 70.941 Burnt Umber
  • 70.957 Flat Red
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