Hallowed Knights Made Easy
With Nurgle on the rise in the Mortal Realms and darkness gathering, there’s never been a better time to rally your Stormhost and prepare to bring the fight to the enemies of the God-King. Of course, Stormcast Eternals wouldn’t be Stormcast Eternals without some splendour worthy of Sigmar – we caught up with hobby expert Tyler Mengel to find out how he paints his Hallowed Knights:
Tyler: I have always liked the original three Stormhosts of the Stormcast Eternals, the Hammers of Sigmar, Celestial Vindicators, and the Hallowed Knights. I have already painted some of the Hammers of Sigmar, and after reading Plague Garden I was inspired to paint up one of Gardus’ warriors.
All of the armour was base coated with Leadbelcher to provide a nice base to work off of for the next step.
I then went over everything I painted in step one except for the weapons with Runefang Steel. This took two thin coats, or even three in a few spots.
All of this was then shaded with a wash of a 1:1 mix of Drakenhof Nightshade and Lahmian Medium. I just slathered it all over the metal but made sure to watch out for it drying in weird pools. If it looked like it was pooling in a spot I didn’t want it, I just moved it around with my brush. Once this was dry, I went back with the shade again in a few spots to further accentuate them if I felt like they weren’t picked out enough from the first pass. For the most part, though, the first hit of Nightshade did the job.
The weapons were shaded with Nuln Oil.
The weapons were re-layered with Leadbelcher, leaving the shade in the recesses. Finally, all of the silver armour and weapons were then line highlighted with Stormhost Silver, picking out all of the edges and other prominent areas.
All of the areas that were going to be gold were base coated with Retributor Armour. This took two thin coats.
The gold was then shaded with a heavy wash of Reikland Fleshshade.
Liberator Gold was then layered on top, making sure to leave the wash showing in the recesses and also a bit of the Retributor Armour. Some areas were basically line highlighted, while others were layered, like the shoulder pad trim. You’ll just have to do what feels right for the look you’re going for.
I finished it off with an edge highlight of Stormhost Silver.
All of the black areas were base coated with Abaddon Black. On the Liberator that included the soft joints of his armour, his scabbard, and any straps and belts.
All of the black was then edge highlighted with Dawnstone Grey.
All of the areas that were going to be blue were base coated with Macragge Blue, including the shield. I missed the tabard in this step, but you’ll see I went back and got it in the next step.
This was then given a wash of Nuln Oil.
On some of the areas, such as the shoulder pads and shield, I re-layered on some Macragge Blue to even out the colour in places. You can judge for yourself where you think this needs to happen. For me, those areas were too flat and I could see where the wash had pooled, plus I wanted to lighten it up a bit. All of the blue areas were edge highlighted with Calgar Blue.
I finished it off with a selective edge highlight of Blue Horror to make it pop. I mostly just picked out corners.
The pteruges (the leather straps hanging from his waist) were base coated with Khorne Red.
These were then washed with Nuln Oil.
I edge highlighted these by mixing in a little bit of Screaming Skull into the Khorne Red. I did a final spot highlight on the corners by just mixing in a tiny bit more Screaming Skull.
The grip on the hammer and his blade were base coated with Screamer Pink.
These were both washed with Nuln Oil.
I then edge highlighted it by mixing in a little Screaming Skull into the Screamer Pink. Just pick out the edges of each leather wrapping.
I finished them off by doing a final highlight by mixing in even more Screaming Skull. I also went back with Screamer Pink and tidied up in a few areas, this helps brighten up the colour overall.
I painted the lightning bolts on his shoulder with White Scar. I also painted the runes on his scroll with White Scar. For this part, I just watered it down a bunch so it flowed easily from my brush and kind of used it as a “wash”, but just painted it into the runes. This way it more easily flows into the recessed rune and fills up all of the nooks. It takes two thin coats to do this and you need to be careful, but you can fix any mistakes with Macragge Blue. I also painted the hammer on his shoulder in the same way as his armour and picked out the metal studs on his pteruges with Stormhost Silver.
I painted the shield at the same time as the rest of the model, I just left it off so I could easily paint certain areas. In the future, to speed things up, I’ll probably spray all of the shields with Macragge Blue. On certain models, I could even spray the shoulder pads separately the same way before glueing them on.
You can also spray the rest of your model with Leadbelcher to cut out some of the time on the very first step. I painted my base to match my Kharadron Overlords so that I can play all of my Order armies together if I want. The sand was base coated with Balor Brown, then dry brushed with Screaming Skull. This was then all given a wash of Seraphim Sepia to shift the hue slightly. The rocks were then painted Mournfang Brown and washed with Agrax Earthshade before getting a dry brush of a Mournfang Brown/Screaming Skull mix. The whole base, sand and rocks, was then dry brushed one last time with Screaming Skull.
To make it easier, here is a complete list of the colours I used on this model, including the base:
- Runefang Steel
- Drakenhof Nightshade
- Lahmian Medium
- Nuln Oil
- Stormhost Silver
- Retributor Armour
- Reikland Fleshshade
- Liberator Gold
- Abaddon Black
- Dawnstone Grey
- Macragge Blue
- Calgar Blue
- Blue Horror
- Khorne Red
- Screaming Skull
- Screamer Pink
- White Scar
- Balor Brown
- Mournfang Brown
- Seraphim Sepia
- Agrax Earthshade
Thanks Tyler! Why not start collecting some Hallowed Knights of your own today? Tyler’s painting is based on the Citadel Paint System, using Base, Layer and Shade paints to build up effective colour schemes quickly and easily. If you’re looking for your own pocket guide to the Citadel Paint System, the Citadel Paint app is out this weekend – and we’re giving away loads of free paint to celebrate!