Painting the Silent Sisterhood cadre was an exercise in airbrushing metallics followed by light glazes to tint. The palette was very much inspired by Matt Kane's gorgeous Talon's of the Emperor army (Check it out here) and I really enjoyed doing these. As I suspected the Wolves really needed help standing out on the battlefield as their palette was in the main greyscale with bursts of gold and red. This was exactly what I wanted for the VIth as they are not a showy force compared with the likes of the World Eaters, Sons of Horus or Emperor's Children. All legions that have that visual impact from a distance. What the Sisters of Silence introduced was a much needed eye-drawing component due to the reflections in the armour. Their palette is the same greyscale, red and gold as the Wolves but the contrast comes from the armour. Whereas the Wolves greyscale is flat, the Sisters is reflective. Both sides of the army look cohesive even though they are painted completely differently. I also used purple shadows in both forces to help sell the effect. Creating extra or subtle layers of contrast this way is what really excites me about these armies and is something I'll be pushing even further when I expand on the daemons of the ruinstorm aspect of the Word Bearers legion. That however is for another day.
For those interested the metallics used on the Sisters cadre were Scale colours emerald and cobalt alchemy over a black metal base. These were refined by hand using chrome and inks. The shadows were boosted with druchii violet.