How to paint Iron Warriors (with Nurgle’s 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.


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.


  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


  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


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


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!



The Poxwalkers

The last unit to be painted from the Know No Fear starter Set is finally done, ten wretched Poxwalkers are now ready to spread the joy of Nurgle’s kindness to all!

It only took me about two days to paint this unit, using more simpler steps to get them done faster. Since I might want to add more Poxwalkers in the future, I needed an easy colour scheme for consistency.

I’ve now painted every unit from the Know No Fear set for the Deathguard models, a good achievement for getting it done in just over a week worth of painting! It seemed like a long time painting this project, especially the Plague marines as they had so many details to paint.

I’ll be taking a break from my Nurgle Iron Warriors to focus on my Primaris Crimson Fist Project. But I may add a few additional models to this collection to wrap things up. I’m going to be posting a full painting guide for this side project in an upcoming post, showing you how to paint everything from this side project so far.

That’s all from me for today! I hope you have enjoyed this side project so far, and if you have any questions or suggestions, post a comment below and I’ll reply back as soon as I can.

Until next time!


As true as Iron

As true as Iron

Today I have finally finished my painted Iron Warriors corrupted by Nurgle, painting all of the marines and flyer from the Know No Fear starter set. Every day I painted my models slowly to get best results for the outcome, rather than rushing it for a day or two of lazy painting. The results speak for themselves.

There’s still another unit left to go before I can say I’m done with this project for the time being. The Poxwalkers were either going to be in my existing Death Guard army or this one, eventually yesterday I decided to keep them with this project. They’ll be done pretty soon depending on what my colour scheme will be for them.

So I’ll be back in a few days to show my final painted unit for this batch load of models from Know No Fear set. Then after that it’s back to the Crimson Fists Primaris Space Marines!

Until next time!


The Rusted Iron, within and without

The latest update on my ongoing side project, whilst still WIP, I’m nearly done with these guys! All that’s left to do is wait for the base texture to dry, then drybrush them for raising the fissure details.

But until then, I thought I’d share what I did yesterday.

I’ve finally added some chevrons to my Iron Warriors! Difficult to attempt, but worth the effort. I’m pleased that I’ve done it as I think the models look extra special with chevron patterns on their armour.

That’s all from me for now. Tonight will (hopefully if things go to plan) will be my final post for what I’ve got so far for the project. I’ll be sure to show my best photography on the finished miniatures in detail.

Until next time!


The Blight-stuff

Last night I’ve been continuing my side project painting on my Nurgle-corrupted Iron Warriors. Now that I’m halfway through the project, the models are looking ever closer to the iconic look of the Iron Warriors.

I’ve completed my first model last night, the Foetid Blight drone.

I’m really impressed with the finished look of the model, a mix of decay, disease, Iron and fear that combines Iron Warriors with Nurgles blessing. The model shows the pain and suffering this a abomination has to go through, it’s sickness is clear to see with it’s decaying skin and red raw eye.

My Plague Marines are shaping up well through the progress of painting, still needs a few more details before I can finish them. Every day they’re looking closer to Iron Warriors with each layer of painting. I’m pleased that I’ve chosen to do the Iron Warrior theme, rather than just the generic green Deathguard livery.

Finally the leader of the collection, the Lord of Contagion.

There’s still work to be done for my HQ model, but even he’s looking better each day! I’m still unsure wether I should do the yellow and black chevron lines for the marines, it would look extra special to tie in the Iron Warrior theme.

That’s all for today. I’ll be doing more work tonight getting the Plague marine unit finished and getting the lord of Contagion done as well.

Until next time!


Current progress with my Iron Warriors mini project

There’s been a considerable amount of progress made today, with the marines and HQ slowly looking better with each layer of paint. Also, the Blightdrone is just about finished, with only a few touch ups to finish some effects.

I haven’t got much time to explain all of my painting processes today, but I thought I’d share at least three that you guys might like to try out.

Dark red cloak

  • Basecoat Model Colour Flat Brown
  • Shade mix Abbadon black and Lahiman Medium
  • Dry brush Bloodletter Red

Sickly eye

  • Basecoat Zandria dust
  • Layer a small circle of Deathguard Green
  • Shade mix Averland Sunset and Lahiman Medium
  • Layer a small circle of Macragg Blue
  • Make a smaller circle with Aliotic Blue
  • make a small dot of Kantor blue
  • Add two whit dots to the eye for shine effect.
  • Shade mix Lahiman Medium with Bloodletter Red around the edge of the eye.
  • Add lines of Bloodletter Red from the red edges.
  • Finally, apply Ardcoat on the eye for a glossy finish

Decaying bone

  • Basecoat Zandria Dust
  • Shade Reikland Fleshade
  • Drybrush Ushabti Bone

Primaris Crimson Fist: Part II, research

Like many hobby projects that you start either small or big, there had to be planning involved for the projects direction. So how did my project start, and how I planned it out? Well it started out very differently than what it is today.

You see originally I had no intention of building a Crimson Fist army back last year after Christmas, beforehand I intended to do a small centre piece project. This being a Primaris forged High Marshal Helbrecht of the Black Templars, using the recent Primaris Marneus Calgar kit as my chosen model to kitbash. I have a Black Templars Collection that’s still ongoing, and I thought if I added this model to my collection I might consider adding Primaris models. As I’m planning on my last army collection, doing a Primaris army would be a great way to end it, especially as an army that I can add to an existing one should I need to mix things up.

I already have a unit of Reivers, but I didn’t convince me enough to add Primaris models into my mini marine army. Maybe a Primaris Helbrecht will change things?

Plans changed after I brought Marneus Calgar as my kitbashing method didn’t go well, as I couldn’t find the right mix of Helbrecht and Primaris infusion.

Then the announcement of the new and improved White Dwarf magazine had been revealed, which featured an index Astartes look on the Crimson Fists. I realised that I had found my next project will be, another successor chapter of Rogal Dorn! So I painted my Marneus Calgar as Pedro Kantor with honour guard and was pleased enough to consider making it an army collection project.

I needed to be sure that the choice I was making was done wisely, as I don’t want to waste money on an unfinished project I didn’t like. So I went to my local hobby store and got myself a copy of Legacy of Dorn by Mile Lee, a Crimson Fist story that takes place during the events of the disaster of Rynn’s World. After reading quite a chunk of the book, I felt confident enough to try and go for the Crimson Fists.

When it came to researching the chapter and what my collection will be based on, I went and finished reading Legacy of Dorn first to get a good idea on who and what the Crimson Fists are. Then I had a look at 6th edition Codex: Space marines, which hardly had much lore which only had a two page spread of information. So I had to wait for the latest White Dwarf to come out to read the lore and the updated information on the Chapter.

Great news is they’re not going extinct!

Bad news is Rynn’s world got a second slice of damnation, this time by the Cicatrix Maladictum……..

My plans for the project

So after reading both the White Dwarf and Crimson Fist book, I had the knowledge now to start building my collection. I didn’t want to go too big with this project, so I started with the No Know Fear starter set which had a fairly good selection of units to start with.

I decided to base my collection on some of the characters from Legacy of Dorn book, as I really enjoyed reading their character progression through the story. The efforts they had to go through to ensure that they survive the Ork invasion and to save what’s left of their chapter.

Below is list of units and characters in my current collection, and why I’ve chosen them. To note Sandor Galleas and Oliver are not my own characters, as they are originally created by Mike Lee. I’m only using them as part of my model collection and in no way is my Primaris versions cannon.

Captain Sandor Galleas: one of the main protagonist from Legacy of Dorn, he was a Veteran sergeant (and was a member of the Deathwatch) who led the survivors throughout the war of Rynn’s World. True to his tactical skills and a strong swordsman, Galleas embodies the virtues of the Crimson Fists fortitude and combat efficiency against the odds.

I’ve chosen him as leader of my Crimson Fists as I can imagine he like many were more than willing to be upgraded to a Primaris Space Marine. He’s the right sort of Astarte to lead a company due to his tactical and strategic brilliance, as well as experience in war zones including Rynn’s World.

Lieutenant Titus Juno: As one of the two marines to survive with their leader Galleas during the invasion on Rynn’s World, I’d imagine Juno would have earned recognition for his efforts and bravery.

Upgraded to Primaris and surviving the process by an inch in his death state, Juno would serve as one of Galleas’s Lieutenants in his battle company. With this position and years of wisdom as a warrior on the front lines, Juno would certainly be a leader of great influence and respect by his fellow marines.

Hellblaster Sergeant Corvo: my own OC, a first generation Primaris born marine, Corvo has earned respect by his leaders for his skills as a marksmen in his Hellblaster squad. Having served in the Deathwatch for some time, the sergeant has learnt a considerable amount of knowledge on how to kill Orks efficiently.

  • Primaris Redemptor Dreadnought Oliver: Another character from your book Legacy of Dorn. Having served Galleas with the rag tag survivors on Rynn’s World disaster, Oliver would carry on in service to his chapter and the will of the Emperor. A devoted religious marine, he recites the Lectios Divinatus with passion as he goes to war for the god Emperor.
  • Unfortunately he was nearly killed by an Ork Mekboy named Sconbrakk, when he shredded Oliver with his energy weapon. Clinging to life on the edge, he was quickly recovered by his brothers and was encased in a dreadnought sarcophagus. Now reborn as a living tank of destruction, Oliver spreads the word of the God Emperor as he charges into war and inspired his brothers to kill the Xenos, mutant and heretic.
  • __________
  • There will be more added in the months to come, but I wanted to at least show three characters in my collection. I’m really excited to see how this collection evolves over time, and hopefully I stay on track with the planning!
  • I think that’ll do for today as I don’t like to cram too much info onto one blog post, so I’ll stop here for today. Thank you for reading this post, and hope to see you guys again for part III of Primaris Crimson Fists.
  • Until next time!
  • -Bjorn