How to Paint Natural Coloured Robes Tutorial

Today we’re bringing you a new miniature painting tutorial from expert painter Mark Hawkins, a step by step guide to painting great looking natural coloured robes on your miniatures, especially useful for Warhammer 40k Dark Angels Players. You can see some other great paint guides from Mark here: Paint Tutorials – Graven Games

Hey folks. Here’s a bit of a guide to one of my methods for painting cream/natural fabric colour robes. It seemed to me like a perfect opportunity to do a small tutorial.

While I have used Vallejo Paints for this model, I have kept tried to provide the names of the equivalent GW paints too or at least give you a good idea of how to get a similar effect with GW’s nearest colours.

Step 1: For starters I have given the robes a basecoat of Vallejo Cold Grey. I’ve used this particular colour because it gives brilliant coverage over pretty much anything. Including even the grey/green primer I’ve used for the model. The nearest GW equivalent to Cold Grey is Dawnstone.

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Step 2: Next up is a wash of Umber Shade. In consistency this is not unlike GW’s Agrax Earthshade. So that would work to very similar effect.

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Step 3: Highlighting time. When it comes to this part of the proceedings I tend to slightly thin the paint with a little water and also add a touch of drying retarder/flow improver or acrylic medium. Lahmian Medium if you are using GW paints. Using a mix of the Cold Grey and Vallejo Bonewhite (Ushtabi Bone) slightly thinned and with the added medium to help to help in flow, I gradually work the colour onto the raised areas and towards the edges.

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Step 4: More highlights.  This is very similar to the last stage but with just the bone colour and medium thinned and applied to the ridges of the robes and the edges. Take care to use the thinner consistency of the mix to blend it into the colour beneath.

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Step 5: The last stage is to highlight just the very highest points and edges smoothly with Vallejo Off-White mixed with the water and medium. Now I know there is no exact GW equivalent of this colour but you can get very close by mixing Ushtabi Bone and White Scar.

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Mark Hawkins is a UK based hobbyist and miniature painter. Old as the hills and just as craggy. He started painting models at a very early age and painted his first Citadel Miniature in 1982, An Orc Villager. His working life stretches from a stint at the GW studio, working as a graphic designer for several video games companies and finally settling down to family life and miniature painting in a small village on the Isle of Wight.

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