Posted 29/09/2017

Witch Aelves Made Easy

Looking to paint some Witch Aelves? Tyler Mengel is back with another guide to getting awesome looking results with ease:


With the new Daughters of Khaine Blood Coven allies box, as well as their points reduction in the General’s Handbook 2017, there’s never been a better time to start up a force of the Mortal Realms’ most blood-crazed maidens. Since they are about 90% skin, they should be fairly easy to paint up too. I have heard the siren call of Khaine, and figured I would do up a test model to see how I would tackle this project.

Step 1

The model was primed with Corax White. This will allow us to use a bunch of washes to tint the model into the colours we want. I kept her hair separate while I painted, and pinned it to a paper clip so I had something to hold on to while painting it.

Step 2

All of the skin areas were washed with a 50/50 mix of Reikland Fleshshade and Lahmian Medium. The Medium dilutes the wash even more, ensuring that our Witch turns out fairly pale. This will tint the skin to be the proper colour, as well as provide all of our shading in one go. In the future, I would vary up the skin tones by using less Lahmiam Medium, mixing in Seraphim Sepia, or mixing in a darker brown colour.

Step 3

I then line highlighted all of the skin with Flayed One Flesh. You want to be really sparse with this, since much of the model is fairly flat or rounded. I mostly focused on the face, her arms, and a bit on her stomach, while her legs got barely any highlights.

Step 4

I finished this off with a final highlight of Pallid Wych Flesh on the most prominent areas.

Step 1

You may be wondering why I am painting the base now – it’s because I will be drybrushing it, and I know I will be painting her boots black later. This way, if I do the dry brushing now and get any on her feet, it will be covered up in a later step. The entire base was given a wash of Seraphim Sepia to give it the desert tones I want to fit in with the rest of my Order forces. I also decided to make this Witch blonde, so I washed her hair with a Seraphim Sepia/Lahmian Medium mix. Just like with the skin tones, I would do different hair colours, by either using different washes, or even priming the hair a different colour.

Step 2

On the base, I then washed the stone areas with Agrax Earthshade to darken them down more, and then drybrushed the whole thing with Ushabti Bone.

Step 3

The stone then got a second wash of Agrax Earthshade and the sand a second wash of Seraphim Sepia to darken down the colours a bit, and blend in the drybrushing. I also re-based the skulls on the base with Ulthuan Grey in preparation for the next step.

Step 4

The two skulls on the base were washed with Seraphim Sepia, and then all of the skulls were highlighted with White Scar.

Step 1

Up until this point, I was unsure what colour I would paint the cloth, since this would be the main colour of the army on things like a Cauldron of Blood. Originally I was thinking of doing white, but looking at the model I decided I needed some dark colours, so I basecoated everything with Screamer Pink.

Step 2

This was then washed with Nuln Oil. Be very careful in this step to not get anything on the skin.

Step 3

I then highlighted it with a Screamer Pink/Screaming Skull mix, probably about 50/50.

Step 4

I finished off the cloth with a second highlight of the same mix, but this time with more Screaming Skull mixed in.

Step 1

The boots, and any other straps on the model, were base coated with Abaddon Black.

Step 2

I then gave it a line highlight of Dawnstone Grey.

Step 3

Lastly, I did a more refined highlight of Ulthuan Grey.

Step 1

Before I moved onto the metallics, I decided to finish up her face. I didn’t want to make it look like she was wearing heavy makeup, since she is going to war. Instead, I washed her eyes, and the area above her eyes where you would normally see eyeshadow with Reikland Fleshshade again. This makes her look a little more exhausted or deranged, or could also be more of a nude colour makeup. The teeth and eyes were then picked out with White Scar, and her pupils dotted with Abaddon Black.

Step 1

The knives, and most of the armour plates besides her head crest, were basecoated with Leadbelcher.

Step 2

These areas then got a wash of Nuln Oil.

Step 3

All of the edging on the armour, the head crest, and the knife hilts were basecoated with Balthasar Gold. I considered going for a lighter gold, but again, I wanted to keep things a bit darker.

Step 4

These were then washed with Agrax Earthshade. Be sure to keep it neat at this point.

Step 5

Lastly, all of the metallics were edge highlighted with Stormhost Silver and I also glued her hair on.

Step 1

I then painted the rim of my base Abaddon Black. Once it was dry, I painted some Blood for the Blood God onto her knives, and a little spatter on her hands and forearms. I also painted a few spots of it onto her base. Worshipping Khaine is a messy business after all.

With that, your model is done! You can, of course, base your model however you like to fit your army. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, you could paint some tattoos on before adding the blood effect, but personally, I would leave that for character models and unit leaders to make them stand out more.


If you’re looking to add some Witch Aelves to your collection, the Daughters of Khaine Blood Coven is a great way to add allies to your existing Order army or begin a brand new force!

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