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Monday, April 17, 2017

Horrors of Tzeentch and Chariot Painting WIP Oh, the Horror! Day 4

Steve here, I hope that you have had a great holiday weekend if you celebrate. Tonight I wanted to show you a set of WIP for Oh, the Horror! week as I build a detailed painting guide for my Herald of Tzeentch on a Burning Chariot and more Pink Horror models.

Let's get started with progress on the Burning Chariot.

Herald of Tzeentch on a Burning Chariot - Magical Energy

 I have many sub-assemblies for this model, as the paint schemes vary greatly from piece to piece. I started with the magical energy as the February White Dwarf describes it. My painting steps will use it's three step guide for Tzaangor Skyfires as a baseline.

Primed: white

My first step after the priming was to wash the whole model in Coelia Greenshade.

I then drybrushed Ulthuan Grey quite heavily on the model.

The blue tendrils are going to be attached to two Screamers of Tzeentch. I blended Kantor Blue down the tendril gradually adding more and more water onto the brush and blending it into the green the further down the tendril I got. The picture does not do justice to how pleased I was with this technique.

Next steps:

There are little flames within this part of the model. I plan on painting these in a reverse highlight of the different colors used on the Screamers to tie these pieces of the model together.

I also need to blend in the highlight colors for the Screamers on the tendrils to the left.

Herald of Tzeentch on a Burning Chariot - Disc of Tzeentch

Notice the feet where the Pink Horror Herald will be added.

I am really happy with the color scheme here, though I was not as accurate as I would like with the painting. This scheme follows the same guide for the Skyfires in February's White Dwarf magazine.

Primed: Black, with a spray coat of Leadbelcher over it.


First, I washed the top of the disc with Druchii Violet. I did this on the design parts of the spikes protruding from the disc as well. I did not touch the bottom of this piece. I touched up the spikes and silver metal designs around the outside of the disc with Leadbelcher when the wash dried.

Next, I painted most of the design and raised pieces in Retributor Armor. I washed this color with Reikland Fleshshade. The raised objects on the sides of the spikes were also painted in this way.

Next Steps:

I need to highlight the gold and silver portions here, as well as start painting the tomes. I am nervous about painting the text on these books.

Herald of Tzeentch on a Burning Chariot - Screamers of Tzeentch

I am using this guide by GMP Miniatures to paint my Screamers, though without an airbrush. So far, I have only basecoated the models in Kantor Blue.

Next Steps:

I will be drawing up the highlights of the model and paint the lighter underside. Very early in this portion of the model.

Pink Horrors of Tzeentch - Skin Tones

My paint scheme for Pink Horrors was found here. I loosely followed this painting guide and will write about my process here. There are a few interesting guides here and I want to paint these Horrors a few different ways and figure out what works best for me. My wet palette above shows the colors used (except for the wash) for the skin. I will be mixing these colors of Pink Horror -> Emperor's Children -> Screaming Skull to gradually draw up the colors of these Horrors. Below I will show the process, or at least the start of it.

Pink Horror based over a prime of white

Primed: white


I started tonight with a basecoat of Pink Horror over the white prime coat. I am currently watching the Carroburg Crimson wash (not pictured) dry on the models.

Next Steps:

I will mix some of the Pink Horror and Emperor's Children together and drybrush that mix on the model. I will then drybrush just Emperor's Children, and so on - gradually going zenithal with my highlights and mixing in the Screaming Skull. Not too bad!

I hope that this update can help you get started on some Tzeentch models or some Horrors if that is where you are in your hobby. What do you think?


  1. Heh. I made the mistake of gluing my Herald on there before painting. Trying to get all that detail with it in place is a nightmare. You definitely made the right call working in sub-assemblies here.

    1. Thanks. I glued everything last night except for the Herald. Look forward to posting about it tonight. Quite a beautiful model.