Thursday, April 14, 2011

Dark Eldar Archon-Bronze Step-by-Step

The title pretty much says it all.  I’m really pleased with how this model is coming along I may even end up mounting him on a plinth.  On to the tutorial…


Archon Bronze Stage1

Step 1.  The bronze details were first basecoated with a 1:1:1 mix of Tin Bitz, Dwarf Bronze, and Scortched Brown.

Archon Bronze Stage2

Step 2.  A second basecoat was applied using a 1:1 mix of Tin Bitz and Dwarf Bronze.

Archon Bronze Stage3

Step 3.  A 2:1 mix of Devlan Mud and Chaos Black was carefully applied into the recesses and joints of all the bronze details.

Archon Bronze Stage4

Step 4.  The raised areas, spikes and edges were highlighted with a 1:1:1 mix of Tin Bitz, Dwarf Bronze and Mithril Silver.

Archon Bronze Stage5

Step 5. A fine edge highlight of pure Mithril Silver was then applied to only the most prominent features and tips.  The bladed edge of the spikes then got a wash of the 1:1 mix Devlan Mud and Chaos Black and were finished off by taking the mix from step 4, thinning it heavily and glazing it over the washed edge.

Disclaimer: If you choose to apply this tutorial and/or the last one covering the gold details to your new Tomb Kings army… You will never finish painting your models.  ;)



  1. Yikes, what a bunch of steps. But... like most good things, they don't come quickly or without work.

    Very nice effect Sir.
    Ron, From the Warp

  2. Thanks Ron. It is a lot of steps, but I'm aiming for masterclass quality on this model. I may reach it, I may not, but I have to try. :)


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