Updated with better painted swords. When I saw the Nemesis Greatsword in the Grey Knights codex I was in awe. If you were like me you wanted the same effect on your power weapons.
|Here are several ways to paint power weapons.|
*Note: Stipple, Drybrush and painted versions will be redone. Frankly they are disappointing.
**Above power swords on left are redone and much better. I should do a blooper reel blog post someday.
As always giving credit where it is due. Les at Awesome Paint dot com has a video about using an airbrush on a 13th Company Space Wolves. Specifically how he painted the Power Sword. I've been drooling over that video for several weeks now.
I want to start this post off with an extremely useful piece of information. In fact I firmly believe if this tip is applied you'll reduce the stress of painting your power weapons by at least 90%.
When painting power weapons Do Not Glue them to the model. Only glue them to the model after you're done with the weapon. It will save you time, frustration and more importantly your sanity.
|As Mr Levinstein says "See, it's like, uh, practice for the big game." Had some free time on my hand and wanted to be familiar with how I would paint the Purifiers halberds blades.|
|Vallejo Model Air White.|
|Ok this was a huge mistake. Used Comart Violet Transparent airbrush paint. Too watery. Headed to The Source to pick up paints that were designed to work.|
|Vallejo Model Air Yellow.|
|Vallejo Model Air Scarlet Red.|
|Thinned Citadel Xereus Purple.|
|Thinned Citadel Abaddon Black.|
|Not too bad. I was a bit surprised when I pulled off the painters tape not seeing white. Then I remembered I put the tape on before painting white.|
|Ready for the last part.|
|Unpainted parts received Evil Sunz Scarlet and Lightning Blue respectively.|
Grey Knights Nemesis Greatsword and Power Swords.
|All blades ready to go.|
|These tapes can be placed on a painted surface without removing paint. Both tapes were purchased from Blick. Right tape, blue tape, can be purchase from any DIY, Do It Yourself, store i.e. Home Depot.|
|Half of blade covered in tape so painting doesn't affect other side.|
Nemesis Greatsword airbrushed.
|Airbrushed. Vallejo Model Air Metallic Artic Blue then thinned Abaddon Black for middle of blue.|
|Tap the brush to remove excess paint.|
|Two thirds of the blade Blazing Orange|
|Bottom third Evil Sunz Scarlet.|
|New pic. Much better.|
|Best thing about using painters tape is know where to paint the appropriate colour. Flip the tape around and you know where to stipple the red, orange and yellow.|
|Redone blade on left. Much cleaner and far better looking.|
|Rub the blade of the brush over the edges so the Mat white stands out.|
|Standard drybrushing. Move the brush in perpendicular directions. Redone blade left. This should also be cleaner.|
|When drybrushing you can use different colours to make the effect. Base Caliban Green and drybrushed Ice Blue.|
|Dipped brush in water then pulled Liche Purple. Building from the hilt up the sword.|
|Army Painter Mat Black again building up and down into the purple.|
|Cleaned up middle with Army Painters Mat White.|
|Done. Little cleaner, little better. I kind of like the right blade more than the left.|
|Collection of blades. Left power swords are redone blades.|