Hey folks. Today I want to show you something I’ve started working on. A Dark Angel Standard Bearer. The banner itself will be a freehand painted affair which I will be working on separately from the figure itself. I’ll be sure to share the banner with you when I start on it.

With the figure itself I have taken photos of each stage of one of my techniques for cream/natural fabric colour robes. It seemed to me like a perfect opportunity to do a small tutorial.

While I have used Vallejo Paints for this model, I have kept tried to provide the names of the equivalent GW paints too or at least give you a good idea of how to get a similar effect with GW’s nearest colours.


For starters I have given the robes a basecoat of Vallejo Cold Grey. I’ve used this particular colour because it gives brilliant coverage over pretty much anything. Including even the grey/green primer I’ve used for the model. The nearest GW equivalent to Cold Grey in Dawnstone.


Next up is a wash of Umber Shade. In consistency this is not unlike GW’s Agrax Earthshade. So that would work to very similar effect.


Highlighting time. When it comes to this part of the proceedings I tend to slightly thin the paint with a little water and also add a touch of drying retarder/flow improver or acrylic medium. Lahmian Medium if you are using GW paints. Using a mix of the Cold Grey and Vallejo Bonewhite (Ushtabi Bone) slightly thinned and with the added medium to help to help in flow, I gradually work the colour onto the raised areas and towards the edges.


More highlights.  This is very similar to the last stage but with just the bone colour and medium thinned and applied to the ridges of the robes and the edges. Take care to use the thinner consistency of the mix to blend it into the colour beneath.



The last stage is to highlight just the very highest points and edges smoothly with Vallejo Off-White mixed with the water and medium. Now I know there is no exact GW equivalent of this colour but you can get very close by mixing Ushtabi Bone and White Scar.

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