Cult of Paint is a painting tuition initiative formed in its inception by Henry Steele and Andy Wardle. Although a relatively new endeavour with 2018 their first full year event calendar, I previously had the pleasure of being taught tank and infantry painting techniques by Henry last year under the MKA Studio banner. For me last weekend’s two day vehicle painting course at Incom Gaming was a chance to refresh and cement techniques previously covered, in addition to a few new tricks. I’m frequently asked whether these courses are worth investing in. I’ll answer that with the images below, the first being an Alpha Legion Deimos painted by my friend who also attended. New to both airbrush painting and many of the techniques being taught this was also his first ever Games Workshop 30K/40K tank.

To go from a primed tank to this having never painted this style before I think answers the question how effective a good hands-on format can be. Of course many of the individual techniques shown are readily available online for free via many blogs and YouTube videos, but there is still benefit I think in sitting down and seeing it demonstrated first hand before trying it out yourself.

I’m hoping he’s really happy with the outcome, I’m certainly impressed with what he produced in two short but intensive days of airbrush and hairy-brush painting. There is also the social aspect too and having the chance to kick back with other cool heresy hobby dudes in a nice environment with a full bar is also not to be downplayed. All in all a fantastic weekend and I’m already looking forward to the next event in April. For a full list of courses Cult of Paint are running in the UK and abroad check out their Facebook page at the top.

As for me, I did a metallic scheme last time and a primary colour approach as a follow up with my Blood Angels so I chose a dark scheme Legion I have wanted to establish my palette with for a VERY long time. The Rout, or Vlka Fenryka.

There’s a lot of atmospheric weathering stages still to be applied before I consider this one done, but my main objective was to baseline my palette for the Wolves and I think I’ve achieved that. From here I can start tweaking it in the shadows and tones to bring in more stormy greys and blues as well as refine the gold. Overall I’m quite pleased as I’ve wanted to redo my Space Wolves since 1998 in a much ‘moodier’ scheme without them ending up bland flat grey and pulling purple into the palette for the grey, red and gold has added that intensity I was looking for. It’s a difficult colour to capture on camera but is pleasing to the (my) eye at least, which is half the battle!

Translating this scheme to the infantry should be a lot of fun as I think it will really challenge me to push the contrast further than I have ever done before whilst still maintaining smooth transitions. This is what courses like this are good for as they will take you out of your hobby comfort zone and force you to try new things. I often find I hit a painting ‘plateau’ from time to time where I become comfortable with a single approach and never really push my skills on. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that if that’s what you want from your hobby, but for me learning new techniques really refreshes and re-invigorates interest which in turn keeps my motivation high to paint.

That takes the number of Legions I’m currently painting up to five which is a bit alarming, but on the plus side they run the gamut of palette’s from saturated reds and blues through metallic, to greys, blacks and desaturated weathered ivory. Not sure I’ll be adding any further Legions to that list anytime soon (I hope!)

Until next time.