Saturday, April 9, 2011

Dark Eldar Archon-Gold's

As promised I’m back with another step-by-step painting tutorial with photos.  This time around I’m doing the gold bits of the Archon.


Archon Gold Stage1

Step 1.  The gold bits were base coated with a 1:1 mix of Scorched Brown and Shining Gold.

Archon Gold Stage2

Step 2.  They were then layered with Shining Gold to bring up the color.

Archon Gold Stage3

Step 3.  Shading was done with a 2:1 mix of Ogryn Flesh and Leviathan Purple.  This mix was applied to the recesses and parts where shadows would form.

Archon Gold Stage4

Step 4.  To further shade the gold Devlan Mud was washed into the recesses.

Archon Gold Final

Step 5 & 6.  The edges were highlighted with a 1:1 mix of Burnished Gold and Shining Gold followed by an edge highlight of pure Mithril Silver.  These two steps are combined because sometimes it’s necessary to go back with the gold mix and ‘glaze’ it onto the extreme highlights to tone them down a bit.

Next up I’ll be tackling the brass details of the shoulder guards, knee pad and helm so stay tuned and as always, thanks for stopping by.  Cheers!


  1. Hey dude I always have trouble with getting Gold to go on nicely and stick, does mixing it with the brown help with this?

    The Archon is looking amazing!

  2. Yes, mixing it with the brown most certainly helps. The mix will apply better and makes a base coat that will add depth once the pure gold is painted on.


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