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Alpha Legion Metallic Blue and Green Highlights Test Model

Just a few pictures before the next post for the Complete Blood Angels Beginners Guide. Of all the Chaos Space Marine Legions, I'm most drawn to the Alpha Legion (with Sons of Horus being a close second), and I've tried a few times to do their colour scheme justice.

Two weeks ago I managed to find a local supplier of Tamia paints, and I picked up some Metallic Blue. The colour is nice, but the paint dried really quickly, and separated out on the pallet extremely quickly as well. I added some thinner, and it seemed to work better.

The highlights were done with Stormhost Silver, and then washed over with Waywatcher Green glaze. I also gave the model a pin wash of Drakenhoff Nightshade in the crevices of the armour.

I like the effect, but I think the blue metallic paint is a bit of a waste. You can get a similar effect with just washing Drakenhoff Nightshade over Stormhost Silver. You might be able to get a more vibrant blue with Guilliman Blue glaze, but I haven't experimented with that yet.

I also think a dry-brush of Stormhost Silver on the metallic Blue would work better than splodges of highlights. So a recommended paint plan would be:

  • Undercoat: Leadbelcher Spray
  • Layer: Stormhost silver on the entire model
  • Shade: Nuln Oil Gloss
  • Layer: Metallic blue on panels
  • Shade: Drakenhoff Nightshade on crevices of panels
  • Drybrush: Whole model drybrush of Stormhost Silver
  • Glaze: Glaze blue panels at the top with Waywatcher Green Glaze
Sounds long when I put it like that, but that should be relatively quick and straight-forward, with only small details of the model left.

I hope that one day I have the time to collect some Alpha Legion...

Until next time!

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