How to Paint Chaos Iron Warriors

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Chaos Iron Warriors come from the popular strategy game Warhammer 40,000. The game involves the use of miniature figures which you can build and paint yourself. The process of building these pieces is an art, and for some, it's a serious hobby. Basic knowledge of model painting is needed to paint an Iron Warrior's colour scheme correctly. With some simple understanding, painting Warhammer figures can become a fun pastime for nearly any age group.

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Things you need

  • Black paint primer
  • Model paints
  • Model paintbrushes
  • Black ink
  • Brown ink

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  1. 1

    Cover your Chaos Iron Warrior with black paint primer. Make sure the entire figure is fully coated, then allow the figure to completely dry.

  2. 2

    Dry brush a layer of light grey metallic paint on your Iron Warrior. Use a slightly worn brush to apply this layer. Do not use watered down paint. Work slowly and lightly over your entire figure. Allow the figure to dry once you finish painting.

  3. 3

    Apply a layer of metallic silver paint over the entire figure. Dry brush on this layer slowly and lightly. Allow the layer to completely dry once finished.

  4. 4

    Add a wash coat using black ink. Focus on filling in the crevices and hard to reach spots of your figure. Do not overapply the ink. Use thin layers and work slowly. Let the figure dry and add a second wash with brown ink.

  5. 5

    Paint the gold trim of your Iron Warrior using metallic gold paint. Add any extra details and correct any mistakes to complete your figure.

Tips and warnings

  • Study different painting techniques from other Warhammer enthusiasts to get ideas for designing your Chaos Iron Warriors.
  • Practice and try other colour schemes to create a more unique look for your Iron Warriors.
  • Every person will have a different approach to painting their figures. Don't box yourself into using only one technique. Keep creating figures and see what styles work best for you.
  • Use a reference picture when beginning. Creating the Iron Warrior Paint scheme from memory can be difficult at first.
  • Use small amounts of paint when dry brushing. This will make your figure look more realistic.
  • There are many different brands and colours of modelling paints. Go to your local hobby store to find which paints you prefer.
  • Brushing paint on too thickly will cause your figure to lose its surface detail and sleek appearance.

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