How I Paint my Taghmata – Part 2

In the previous post of this series I painted the metallic parts of the Battle-Automatas, while this post will focus on the yellow areas. Once the rarest color to see on Warhammer 40,000 battlefields, in recent times more and more painters started using it, not just on some details of their models, but for entire armies. The reason, as pointed out in a comment to this post, is the new Averland Sunset color from Games Workshop. In the past, I remember that almost every recipe to paint a solid yellow involved at least five layers of thinned paint on a white undercoat. And now? Look at the following pictures: it only takes three layers of thinned paint (2:3 or even 1:2 color to water) to completely cover a BLACK undercoat. Pure sci-fi, until some years ago. Probably they put some magical ingredient in its formula, like the powder of a unicorn’s horn. Who knows?

Averland Sunset - first layerAverland Sunset - second layerAverland Sunset - third layer

On my Thallaxes, after these step, I decided to highlight with Yiriel Yellow, but the Castellax is quite different from, them. It is bigger, and it has wider surfaces, so using the same technique was not an option: in the end, it would have looked even more plain than its smaller brothers. I had to proceed gradually, layering different tones to get a smooth transition up to pure yellow. So I decided to go for a wash of undiluted Seraphim Sepia, giving an orange tone to the shadows in the recesses. I will another sepia wash at a later stage, but it will be watered down, to level out the colors more than to add shadows.

Seraphim Sepia wash

Then I applied again some watered down Averland Sunset, carefully avoiding the recesses of the model.

Averland Sunset - again

And after that I layered a 2:1 mix of Yiriel Yellow to Averland Sunset, making sure to leave some Pure Averland Sunset show near the shadows. When I am layering, I usually mix the colors with a 1:1 ratio to ensure a smooth transition, but only if they both come from the same range (eg. both are Base or Layer colors). When you are mixing a Base and a Layer color, however, you have to remember that the Base color has more pigment in it than a Layer color, so mixing them 1:1 will probably result in a tone that is too similar to the Base color. You might want such a result, especially if you are going for an even smoother transition than I am, but I think that this is enough. Even looking at the model with you own eyes it is difficult to discern where pure Averland Sunset ends and the mix begins.

2:1 Yiriel Yellow to Averland Sunset

Then I applied a couple of layers of thinned down Yiriel Yellow…

Pure Yiriel Yellow

…and washed the yellow areas with a 5:4 mix of Lamian Medium to Seraphim Sepia, to give them a slightly orange tint and to smooth the color transitions.

5:4 Lahmian Medium to Seraphim Sepia

Wow. I never thought painting a single Castellax would have taken so much time. That’s it for now. Next step: painting the black flames, finishing the base and adding the last touches.


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