Sunday, 31 January 2010

Breviccus Flavus

  OK, that was a really poor attempt at Latin – Breviccus is a poor Latin bastardization of Brevik and Flavus is Latin for Yellow.
No prizes for guessing what this is about, Dverning said he’d be interested in a stage-by-stage thingy on how I painted the Yellow for the Lamenter sergeant I did recently, so here goes…

It’s all yellow…
This is not the bright yellow you’ll see in White Dwarf, it’s a softer tone.  I’ve also highlighted differently – I’ve never liked the way they highlight Space Marine shoulder pads at GW, so I tend to highlight as if there is a light directly above the miniature.  I can’t stress how important it is to water down your paints, especially for the highlighting stages – go for more thin coats than one thick one

 1.  Basecoat – Thinned Tausept Ochre was applied in a series of coats to create a solid block of colour.  It might be worth trying a lighter primer than black here, as it did take a lot of thin coats to get to this point.

2. Shading Wash – One wash of pure Gryphonne Sepia – try not to use too much, as it will darken the overall colour.

3. First Highlight – Thinned Tausept Ochre is applied to the whole rim apart the bottom right corner (as you look at the picture) as this is effectively “in shadow” from a top-down perspective.  It’s also applied to the top 2/3 of the inner shoulder pad.

4. Second and Third Highlights – The second highlight is a thinned 50:50 mix of Tausept Ochre and Iyanden Darksun, the third highlight is just tinned Iyanden Darksun.  Hopefully the picture shows that these highlights are graduated towards the top of the inner pad and towards the top edges of the rim.

5. Final Highlight – A thinned 50:50 mix of Iyanden Darksun and Dheneb Stone is applied to the very top edges of the rim and the top 20% or so of the inner pad.

The End.
At some point I’ll do something similar about the battle damage on the sergeant.
As always, comments and criticism always welcome.


  1. That's my favorite "how to paint yellow" tutorial, probably of all time. Kudos. Also, You did a killer job on that Lamenter sergent!

  2. Hrm. Looks like I'll have to pick up some Gryphonne Sepia and do some experimenting. The end result is excellent. Much appreciated!
    Looking forward to seeing how you did that great battle damage too. Cheers!

  3. Nice work! I really like your Imperial minis especially, the Vostroyan and Spase marines are really my cup of tea and this one is super nice, keep it up :) Thanks for checking my blog too!


  4. Love it, love it, love it!

    I've been looking for a yellow that would go with my Blood Angel paint style, and I think I just found it! Cheers – look forward to seeing more.

  5. Thanks for the comments guys, and I'm really glad people have found it useful, that's made my day, it really has.

    Ferran, no worries mate, your stuff looks fantastic. :)

    Hopefully I'll get the battle damage one done at the end of the week, I'm trying desperately hard to get some structure an organisation into what I paint, as I'm just doing bits and bobs at the moment, rather than working towards an army.

    Again, thanks for the feedback guys - but please don't hesitate to be critical where it needs it.