View Full Version : Painting Power Weapons

04-11-2009, 04:49 PM
Has anyone got a quick and easy method for painting a decent looking power weapon?
I've never painted one before so I was wondering are there any faux pa colours for one?

04-11-2009, 04:51 PM
It's your paint scheme, so you can do whatever you like with it. Personally, I like undercoat of black, and various layers of boltgun metal with mithril silver and a (very light) bluish wash effect.

04-11-2009, 04:54 PM
First pick the color you want it to be. I typically go with blue 'cause it looks good :D Here's how I do mine:

1) Basecoat with dark blue. I custom mix this with black and regal blue, typically a 50/50 mix.
2) Draw the lines/patterns with Regal Blue or a slightly brighter version. Make these lines fairly wide.
3) Work your way up to an extreme color, painting on these patterns but leaving some of the previous layer as a border. As you get to a light blue and extremely bright blue, don't paint long sections; apply these colors to places where the pattern has a joint.

You can see something similar but with green with this Terminator painted by Arkaedin (http://www.astronomican.com/forums/showthread.php?t=8151&page=32):

A blue one done up by me:

04-11-2009, 05:06 PM
That, ladies and gents, is what we call being shown up in true style :D

04-11-2009, 05:15 PM
If you're not feeling up to painting a ton of lightning covered weapons though (like for my grey knights, I wanted every single one to have a weapon that 'glowed') you can just go with Honsuo's basic idea. Just start with a dark colour and work your way up to a light one. Alternatively, using a bright base coat and a series of washes will give you a similar effect.

04-11-2009, 11:54 PM
I picked up several colours of luminous paint from a guy on eBay. Haven't had a chance to use them yet. Must have a go and report. Has interesting potential. The pots certainly glow nicely if you leave them out.

05-11-2009, 12:16 AM
for power weapons i have a tendency to paint a green flame effect on the weapon before varnishing it. not got any pics of 40k models i can show you with this but heres a grave guard

05-11-2009, 01:12 AM
or you could use hawk turquoise blended with white near the edges and then a wash of half turquoise half blue ink abit like this...

05-11-2009, 04:26 AM
Loving that sword, Luther. Did you paint it?

05-11-2009, 07:57 AM
Loving that sword, Luther. Did you paint it?

Yep that's a nice sworrrd indeed!

08-11-2009, 05:41 PM

16-11-2009, 03:49 AM
Agreed, that is a very nice looking paint job on that sword Luther. Excellent blending.

24-11-2009, 08:39 PM
I first paint it with Chainmail, then with a drybrush of metallic blue Vallejo paint , and then wash it with Asurmen blue ink. I believe I may have a photo around here somewhere...


There. That's basically what the end result looks like. I used it on the swords for my Easterlings as well, and it looks pretty nice in the end. Not as crazy sickawesome as having glowy lightning bolts all over the place, but hey, it works!

01-12-2009, 12:21 PM
Looks pretty good that...