Paint Splatter: Orruk Brutes and Gore-gruntas
This Paint Splatter provides handy tips and a stage-by-stage painting guide for Orruk Brutes and Gore-gruntas in the colours of the Ironsunz, the flashiest of all Ironjawz warclans.
No two Ironjawz warclans wear the same colour armour. Otherwise, how would the enemy know who was killing them? Some of these colour schemes are born out of the orruks’ grim sense of humour; the Asheater Boyz, for example, paint their armour black using the ashes of their immolated foes. Most Ironjawz warclans, however, tend to paint their armour in the brightest colours possible, daubing them with flame motifs, checks and dags to make them look even more impressive. For an orruk, the brighter his armour, the more flashy he must surely be. Not all see it that way, but those differences of opinion are easily settled with violence. This issue, we focus on the Ironsunz, the flashiest and most brightly armoured of all the warclans. Yellow is often regarded as a tricky colour to paint on account of its low pigmentation making it difficult to paint over a Chaos Black undercoat. That’s why, for the orruks shown above, the Studio’s army painting team used a Corax White undercoat. Darker areas of the models, such as leather and the gruntas’ fur, may take a little longer to paint as you’ll have to establish a solid basecoat for each colour, but this minor inconvenience is far outweighed by how easy the yellow is to paint and how vibrant it will be when you’re done painting.
More expert advice
If you’re after more painting tips for your orruks, we highly recommend getting your boss klaws on a copy of How to Paint Citadel Miniatures: Ironjawz. Inside, you’ll find loads of handy painting advice for the Ironjawz, such as how to paint different coloured gruntas, a stage-by-stage guide for a red Maw-krusha (it flies faster than all the others) and useful tips on how to paint flame motifs, checks and dags.
When learning to paint, some techniques are much easier to pick up than others. Drybrushing, for example, is a simple technique that’s much easier to pick up than layering, which is why we’ve included guides for both drybrushing and layering Orruk Brutes. If you’re pretty confident with a small brush, then take the plunge and start layering. If not, drybrushing gives equally good results, with the added advantage that you’ll see those results even quicker. You can see finished models using both techniques at the bottom of the article.
Gnarly Green Skin
A top tip when painting your Orruk Brutes is to basecoat the yellow armour first. It is, after all, the largest part of the model. When you wash it with Seraphim Sepia, thin it down with Lahmian Medium and apply it into the recesses, that way the armour will retain its vibrant tone. When painting the skin, be careful not to get green on the armour as it will be hard to tidy up. If this does happen, a simple trick is to disguise that part of the model with a darker colour, such as a red dag or a bit of battle damage. The Brute below has a red kneepad for just that reason!
Wrappings & Teef
When painting the Gore-gruntas, it’s worth undercoating them with Corax White, just like the Brutes, to make painting the yellow armour easier. The first stage of the model is to paint the fur, which makes up the bulk of the grunta. As long as you drybrush it neatly, you shouldn’t have much tidying up to do, but if you need to, you can re-undercoat areas to be painted yellow with a layer of Ceramite White. We suggest doing any tidying up last, there’s no point painting over a mistake, only to make another one a few minutes later.
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