View Full Version : Chaos Terminator Lord from basecoat to varnish in a day!

16-11-2007, 11:48
I have a fistful of Chaos models I'd like to get painted over the next few weeks. They include the Terminator Lord, a Plague marine unit, some Plague bearer daemons, some very old Bloodletters and possibly some Berzerkers.

I'm starting off with the Terminator Lord and my ambitious plan is to finish painting the model today. Yes, that's right - from undercoat to varnish in one day. I plan to blog regularly throughout the day both here on Warseer and also on my own site lone pilgrim (http://blog.lonepilgrim.co.uk/).

To start off I thought I'd show everyone my photography set up. Here it is.


I got the 'lightbox' from Maplins. It folds down so it's easy to store and only cost about 15 IIRC. I have three of the lamps you can see in the picture but I'll only be using one with my photos today. That's because the f!%@ing natural light bulbs I bought especially are both broken and I only have one working. A great start. Never mind, I'll soldier on.

Here's a pic of the 'raw materials' I'm starting with.


Even with just one light source the photo is acceptable I think. The model itself is the old metal one released around the time of the Medusa campaign. I put it together at the time with the intention of using the main weapon as a Kai Gun. Rather than pull the model apart I'll just count it as a plasma combi weapon. The Lightning Claw will still be tasty in close combat so there are no problems with that.

Without further ado I'm off to start the base.

16-11-2007, 13:00
Nice to have you on board plague man.

Here's the first real update; some pics of the base.


I overbrushed Calthan Brown over the black undercoat, then mixed in some Iyanden Darksun and overbrushed with that. Next I added a Bleached Bone drybrush.


I painted the rim Goblin Green. This will make it fit in with the rest of my Chaos army. I will add flock and static grass once the whole model is finished.

For the sake of completeness (it seems to be a requirement for all painting blogs these days) I have taken a photo of my painting area.


Next up are the metallics.

16-11-2007, 13:17
Looking good so far LonePilgrim.
Cant wait to see it finished. The claw does look quite meaty.
I bought one of the new plastic Chaos Termy Lords because I really liked the model, but I stuffed the paintjob up royally. I mean its probably about tabletop quality, but theres something not quite pleasing to the eye enough.

16-11-2007, 15:24
This a much more meaty post. I have painted all the metallics on the Lord. There is a lot, as I have discovered!


I began the gold bits with a Tin Bitz base, then overpainted that with Brazen Brass. Next I mixed in some Burnished Gold and then edged it with Mithril Silver. A wash of Chestnut Ink and Brown Ink warms the gold up and ties the layers together.


The silver bits are simply Boltgun Metal with a Black Ink wash over the top.


I also edged some of the armour with the Boltgun Metal. Although the armour is largely black, the metal represents battle damage around the exposed edges.

The next largest area of the model is the cloak. I'm going to go for a classic red.

16-11-2007, 15:44
I'm getting nothing but red x's here. Can anybody else see any pics?

No. (i cannot see any pictures - silly 10 character minimum :rolleyes:)

16-11-2007, 15:59
no probs with the pics here. and its looking good.

16-11-2007, 16:03
I'm not sure why some people are having problems - I can see the images fine when I surf the thread. Maybe there is some problem linking to Blogger hosted pics?

You could try my blog instead - lone pilgrim (http://blog.lonepilgrim.co.uk/). I'm posting this painting challenge on there too.

Anyway, here is my latest work; the red cloak.


The basecoat was Mechrite Red, one of the new foundation paints. If anyone hasn't used them yet I'd recommend giving them a try - they are invaluable for painting colours like red over a black undercoat.


I mixed some Chaos Black into the Mechrite red to darken the folds of the cloak. The highlights were Blood Red with some Blazing Orange added right at the end.


The last pic is probably where you can see the whole process at it's clearest. I washed the whole cloak in Magenta Ink to tie all the layers together. Given the ragged ends of the cloth I think a Snakebite Leather drybrush may be in order to dirty things up but I'll do that at the end.

I'll be tackling the skulls next, and they should add some 'pop' to the model. Let's see.

16-11-2007, 20:02
I can see only the pics in the first post.

16-11-2007, 21:33
I can see only the pics in the first post.


Maybe try a different upload site for hosting?

16-11-2007, 22:04
It must be something to do with how Blogger stores images. I've now tried linking to the thumbnails (which are much smaller) to see if that helps.

I've been toiling away over the past couple of hours and I've almost finished the Lord.


I've used a simple but strong colour scheme based around black, red and gold.


You can see the combi plasma gun well in this photo. I painted the coils green and the cables a variety of colours. They tricky to get to and I needed my finest brush.


The lightning claw looks a bit plain so I want to add some gore to it. I plan to use lots of ink washes to achieve a relatively subtle effect.


The red is mostly visible from the back. I'm not sure you can make it out in the pic but I drybrushed the cloak with Snakebite Leather to dirty it up a bit.

The last touches are going to be the lightning claw and some extra detail on the base.

16-11-2007, 22:10
Though I am in love with how you are painting the model... Please, for the love of all the Chaos Gods, do not paint your bases green.... I know you have done a whole army this way, but redo them dark brown... Trust me... It will make your model look better as a whole.

But hey, like I said, the model itself looks GREAT!

16-11-2007, 22:29
Thanks for the compliments. I know what you mean about the bases. I may repaint them but many of my other models have brown bases and besides, the Goblin Green is a nod to old school 40k. I'll think about it.

I've finished the Lord. I added ink washes to the claw to represent old, dried blood.


I used Red Ink, Purple Ink, Chestnut Ink and Black Ink. I also glued some static grass to the base.

Here is the finished model.


Not bad for a days work.

Sorry about the image problems. I'll know better for my next blog.

Thanks for reading.

16-11-2007, 22:35
All I can see are thumbnails...

16-11-2007, 22:53
Aha, pics work. Nice job!

floyd pinkerton
16-11-2007, 23:37
wow, you do more in a day then i've done ths year!

nicw stuff man;)

17-11-2007, 00:14
My chaos lord has been built for about a week and is still waiting to be undercoated. Nice work

18-11-2007, 15:38
Thanks for the comments.

I bought this model ages ago so if it inspires anyone to check in the back of their cupboard for those old, forgotten minis and slap some paint on them that's a good thing.

I'm going to paint up some Plague Marines next, then I may pop back with a new blog.