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Excelsior Warpriest



One of the best looking models in the Silver Tower box is the Excelsior Warpriest. I really like the Games Workshop colour scheme so I decided to paint him this way. This is how I did it:

Step 1:
Brown primer applied with airbrush.

Step 2: Skin
First of all I gave the skin a wash with Druchii Voilet. Then I layered using a wet palette. These are the colours I used: Abaddon black, Vallejo Panzer Aces dark rust, Beasty brown, Vallejo Panzer Aces light rust.

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Step 3: White cloth
The white robe is actually a grey one. After my base layer of Celestra grey I gave it a wash using 3 parts Lahmian medium to 1 part Nuln oil. When this wash was dry I layered going from Celestra grey to Ulthuan Grey. I finished this of with some highlights of white.

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Step 4: Gold and silver

The gold was done with a base layer of Retributor armour, a wash of Reikland fleshshade, a focused layer of Retributor armour, a layer of Auric armour gold and finally a highlight of Runefang steel.  The silver was done with a base of Leadbelcher, a wash of Nuln oil, another layer of Leadbelcher and a highlight with Runefang steel.
After completing this step, change your water and clean your brushes. This is to avoid getting metallic flakes in your paint.

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Step 5: Red cape.
This was fun to paint! I started with a base coat of Mephiston Red followed by a wash of Agrax Earthshade. Then I layered going from Mephiston red to Evil Sunz scarlet using the wet palette. Finally I highlighted with some layers of very thinned down Wild Rider red. The result is very vibrant.

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Then I painted the lightning designs on the cape with Retributor armour and gave it 2 washes of Reikland fleshshade.

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Step 6: Ribbons and book
The ribbons were painted with a base of Zandri dust, a wash of Agrax earthshade and some layers of Vallejo Game Colour Bonewhite.

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The book was done in the same way as the ribbons, but after the layers of Bonewhite I gave it a wash of Seraphim sepia. When this was dry I gave multiple layers of extremely thinned down Vallejo Bonewhite.

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Step 7: Last details and retouching.
This is where your hard work pays off. I painted the last details of het miniature such as the shafts of the weapons, the text of the book end some medallions. The final step is giving the model a coat of varnish. I used a gloss varnish on the metallics, a matte varnish on the skin and a layer of anti-shine on his robes and cloak.

And here he is completed:

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