How to paint Iron Warriors (with Nurgle‚Äôs Blessing)

In today’s post, I’m going to share my colour scheme for painting Iron Warriors with a mix of Nurgle influence. I’ll be splitting the colour guide into separate sections for simplicity and finding sections you might want to experiment with your own collections.

I managed to get over a week worth of painting done for all the models seen above, however, it might be less for you as I took time trying to decide what colours I was going to use! The aim of the project was staying true to the Iron Warriors recognisable silver, black and gold armour colours, but also making sure the Nurgle corruption wasn’t too cartoony (colour) and looked (u)natural in mutation.

I was Inspired by the art of Warhammer 40k/30k seen in GW publications and White Dwarf magazines. I used the Visions of Heresy art book as my guideline for getting the general idea of the image of the IV legion. Audio wise I’ve listened to two BL stories about the Iron Warriors, Primarch series: Perturabo by Guy Haley and Iron and Stone by Robbie Mcniven. These two fulled my inspiration to work harder at painting, which is exactly what Perturabo expects.

Paints

Before I share my painting processes, I’ve listed all the paints I’ve used for the project. Paints with ‘MC’ stands for Model Color paints, which I’ve shorten for simplicity.

  • Kantor Blue
  • Khorne Red
  • Hellion Green
  • Warboss Green
  • (MC) Refractive Green
  • Abaddon Black
  • Lahiman Medium
  • Reikland Fleshade
  • Averland Sunset
  • Leadbelcher
  • Retributor Gold
  • Nililkh Oxide
  • Typhus Corrosion
  • Kabalite Green
  • Sybarite Green
  • Nurgles Rot
  • Screamer Pink
  • Pink Horror
  • Emperors Children
  • (MC) Flat Red
  • (MC) Flat Brown
  • (MC) Foundation White
  • Zandria Dust
  • Ushabti Bone
  • Martian Desert

Painting Plague marine

Silver Armour

  1. Basecoat Abaddon Black
  2. Drybrush Leadbelcher
  3. Shade mix Abaddon Black and Lahiman Medium
  4. Drybrush Leadbelcher

Gold Trim

  1. Basecoat Retributor Gold
  2. Shade Reikland Fleshade
  3. Drybrush Leadbelcher
  4. Add Nililakh Oxide and Typhus Corrosion for added rust effect

Warped Skin

  1. Basecoat Kabalite Green
  2. Shade Reikland Fleshade
  3. Drybrush Sybarite Green
  4. Lightly drybrush Hellion Green
  5. Apply watered down Nurgle’s Rot

Pink bio-tubes

  1. Basecoat Screamer Pink
  2. Shade Reikland Fleshade
  3. Drybrush Pink Horror
  4. Drybrush Emperors Children
  5. Apply watered down Nurgle’s Rot

Red Cape

  1. Basecoat Khorne Red/ or MC Flat Brown
  1. Shade mix Abaddon Black and Lahiman Medium
  2. Drybrush Khorne Red
  3. Drybrush MC Flat Red

Eye Lenses

  1. Basecoat MC Foundation White
  2. Shade mix Khorne Red and Lahiman Medium
  3. Make small white dots at the corner of the lenses

Plague Swords

  1. Basecoat Abaddon Black
  2. Drybrush Warboss Green
  3. Lightly drybrush Hellion Green

Bone/ Teeth

  1. Basecoat Zandria Dust
  2. Shade Reikland Fleshade
  3. Drybrush Ushabti Bone

Desert Base

  1. Basecoat MC Refractive Green
  2. Apply loads of Martian Desert on the base
  3. Drybrush Zandria Dust
  4. Apply patches of PVA glue and add green flock to the base for added environment effect.

Chevron

  1. Basecoat Averland Sunset
  2. Apply Shade of Reikland Fleshade
  3. Carefully apply Abaddon Black lines on the area in parallel lines
  4. Mix Averland Sunset and MC Foundation White
  5. Mix Abaddon Black and Lahiman Medium at the edges of the area

Rust

  1. Apply Typhus Corrosion on the desired area
  2. Drybrush Ryza Rust

Blue Plague Smoke

  1. Basecoat Zandria Dust
  2. Drybrush MC Foundation White
  3. Mix Kantor Blue and Lahiman Medium as a shade
  4. Drybrush MC Foundation White

Poxwalkers

For Poxwalkers, they have similar colour schemes as the Plague marines, however, they have a different colour scheme for skin.

Poxwalkers skin

  1. Basecoat Abaddon Black
  2. Drybrush MC Refractive Green
  3. Drybrush Warboss Green
  4. Lightly Drybrush Hellion Green

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I hope this guide will be useful for your painting of Iron Warrior models, or even an entirely different painting project. If you have any questions or suggestions, post a comment below and I’ll reply back as soon as I can.

Until next time!

-Bjorn

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