A note from the Editor: It is with great pleasure that I present to you a labor of love and wonderful tutorial from one of our new contributors, Andy! This complete tutorial features his fantastically painted Blood Angel’s Stormraven which he slaved over in the beginning of 2011. The original tutorial, which can be found on Andy’s blog, was delivered over nine parts. Andy has been gracious enough to recreate that tutorial here, slightly condensed, for you, the Turn 8 audience (also, it gives some better exposure to his work … win/win!). Please enjoy and feel free to leave our man a comment or two.
In this installment, I’m gonna go over the icons I used for extra decoration. First off, the Stormraven comes with plastic relief icons of the basic Blood Angels “winged blood droplet”. I used one of these on the front right of the vehicle, but I also had some left over Blood Angels icons from the Baal Predator kit. You can also buy these icons separately at a bits store or eBay.
The first icon I’ll go over is the angel dropping blood from a chalice on the left wing. For all the icons I used a white base coat to make the colors really pop and the fact that the colors were mostly whites and light colors. I painted the scrolled portion and the angel’s garment Bleached Bone. I kept the wings white and used Blood Red for the actual blood droplet. I used Dwarf Flesh as a base for the face and highlighted with Elf Flesh. For the gold crown I used Shining Gold and then a Burnished Gold Highlight. After all the base colors were painted, I washed the wings with Azurman Blue Wash and then highlighted with Bone White. For the scroll portion and garments and used a Devlan Mud wash and then Highlighted again with Bleached Bone. I highlighted the blood droplet with Blazing Orange and then Skull White for the specular reflection. I then used Chaos Black and a very fine brush to put in the text.
For the Skull/Chalice icon on the right wing, I based the gold parts with Shining gold and then used a Ogryn Flesh wash in the groves. Then I highlighted with Burnished Gold and then Mithril Silver. For the skull portion I used a Gryphonne Sepia wash and then highlighted with Bone White. The blood droplet and scroll portions were the same as the left wing icon.
For the Blood Angels symbol on the gold star burst located on the front left, I painted the wings similar to above but made the Azurman wash 1:1 with water. The outer ring behind the wings is a Chainmail base with Mithril Silver highlights. For the scroll portion, I used a Gryphonne Sepia wash instead of Devlan Mud and it had a warmer look to it.
For the main Blood Angels symbol located on the front right, I painted it very similar to the last icon. After I was finished with all the symbols I went back and put Devlan Mud into the crevices surround the icon where it touches the hull. This helps the icon punch forward and stand out.
Now for applying decals, I found a great tutorial at Dakka Dakka from user, winterdyne. It is a little more focused towards self printed decals but the parts about applying the transfers is all we need. Check the link out here.
I’m gonna sort of abbreviate those instructions for my purposes here though. First off, to apply decals you’ll need a few things:
- Microscale Industries Micro Set and Micro Sol Solutions (view here)
- A pair of tweezers
- A sharp X-Acto type knife and cutting board
- A small sponge (the ones that GW sometimes puts into blisters work PERFECT) and something to put the sponge and some water in (maybe a small plate?)
- Gloss Varnish (from GW or wherever)
OK first, cut the decal out of the decal sheet. If you angle the sheet right you can see where the edges of each decal is and you’ll know how you need to cut it out. Cutting just outside of that decal’s edge is probably best so you don’t damage the decal itself.
Next, put water into a small plate or something else to hold the sponge and make a wet palette.
Now, paint Glossy Varnish onto the area you want to apply the decal. Apparently you get less bubbles/folds etc if the surface is smooth and not porous. Let the varnish dry.
Next put your little decal onto the wet sponge. You’ll see it soak it up pretty much instantly.
While that soaks a little bit, brush some Micro Set (make sure it is SET and not SOL, BLUE BOTTLE!).
Once you cover the area you want to apply it to with Micro Set solution, use your tweezers to get your decal from the sponge. You can use one of the tweezers to edge the actual decal off the paper backing by now. You should be able to just grab the decal with your tweezers and slide it off once its part way off.
Place your decal and set it how you want it to be, because of the Micro Set solution you’ll still be able to move it around and adjust it until its perfect.
Once your happy with the placement, use a dry brush (meaning not wet) to dab the decal and surrounding area to remove excess Micro Set solution.
Once its set and a dry, dab small amounts of the Micro Sol solution (RED BOTTLE). Don’t go too crazy with this stuff, just a little bit will do. Put it on the actual decal and around the edges. Again, use a dry brush to remove excess Micro Sol solution. Let this dry. You may see some “wrinkling” this is normal. After the fluid dries it will flatten a bit, if you got the excess fluid removed.
After this is dry, put on another coat of Glossy Varnish to protect your decal. This step also helps remove the decal edges and smooths things out.
If you like you can Varnish with a Matte Varnish after this step.
I tried this process first on a Tau Crisis Suit I did for a tournament. I put a bonding knife icon on its chest and then a normal Tau symbol on his Jet pack.
After I was confident with the process, I put on the 4th Company symbol of the Knights of Baal on the tail of the Stormraven. These are the only decals I plan on using since used so much iconography bits on the rest of the ship.
Here are the final picts. Basically all I did since I put the decals on was varnish the entire model. I used GW’s Purity Seal for everything except the base and the cockpit area. For those areas I used Vallejo’s Matte Varnish which matches GW’s Purity Seal pretty much exactly. Here are a few photos:
We hope you’ve learned a lot from Andy’s fantastic tutorial on how to build and paint a Blood Angels Stormraven. If you’ve enjoyed this series, please let us know in the comments section below, and/or like us on our Facebook page and let us know there. We’d love to hear your feedback and maybe we can get Andy to do a few more of these in the future. Thanks for reading!