Speed Painting Space Hulk Terminators - Zenithal Priming

Here are my first few Games Workshop Space Hulk Terminators in progress. One has the zenithal priming completed, and the other shows what it looks like after only one wash of thinned red paint/ink.
The zenithal priming was done with a rattle-can of black and a rattle-can of white. I used Duplicolor Sandable Primer from the local auto parts shop. I've recently switched to Duplicolor from Armory primer and I've been pleased with the results.
The results speak for themselves even after only one coat of color. The gradients look so good. It would take me hours to achieve that sort of result if I were doing it with brushwork only. Look at the kneepad; you can really see it there. The spottiness that is evident at high magnification is not apparent when looking at the miniature with the naked eye. 

It will be fun to see how I do with Thomas David's techniques applied to these Terminators. More photos are coming soon!



  1. Hi what red paint or ink did you use? I can only get pinkish hues after one glaze and I lose the highlights when I wash with multiple glazes

  2. Hello Unknown! Thanks for the question. Here is the process for the first few washes:

    A. 2 drops Vallejo Game Color (VGC) 011 Gory Red + 1 drop VGC 010 Bloody Red + 1 drop GW Carrowsburg Crimson Wash + 5 drops water [this yields a nice red stain that washes into the recesses and tints the white parts nicely]

    B. 1 drop VGC 011 + 2 drops GW CC Wash +trace of VGC 017 Dark Blue + 6 drops of water [note here that unlike step A which had a 1:1 ratio of paint to water, this wash is 1 part paint to 2 parts water; it is a very runny wash]

    C. 1 drop VGC 011 + 2 drops GW CC Wash + 2 traces of VGC 017 + 9 drops water [again, note how thin this mix is; it should only be brushed into the crevasses]

    D. Time for highlights! 1 drop VGC 010 + 2 drops water [only on the upper areas; small highlights]

    E. 1 drop VGC 009 Hot Orange + 2 drops water

    F. 1 drop VGC 008 Orange Fire + 2 drops water [only dotted highlights here]

    So that's it. It sounds like a lot, but it goes very quickly. You could even add a spot of white to step F to really make the highlights pop.

    Feel free to ask more questions if you'd like.


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