Painting The Legion of the Dammed.

The new GW Legion of the Dammed figures are really nice! Some nice details and some good poses too!

Legion of the Dammed

Legion of the Dammed

Owner: Uncle Phil


Here is how I went about painting mine.

Black
The LOTD marines were basecoated in black and I decided to use a variation the technique I had recently used in painting the Alienids. Figures were drybrushed with Tamiya Nato Black, GW Codex Grey and Mithril Silver. This makes all the other detail on the figure easier to see and paint.
Once you are satisfied areas that you consider too light can be painted with black and the lighter areas coated with a dark dilution of black ink.

Flames
Fire features heavily in the iconography of the Legion of the Dammed so make sure you don’t paint it upside down! Even on GW’s official pictures the artist often gets it wrong. Fire is hottest and brightest near the source of fuel, cooler and redder away from it.

For the flame emblems on the armour I first painted them with GW Foundation Iyanden Darksun. I then applied some WGF Orange in the middle part of the flame. The tips were touched up with GW Blood Red and the bases of the flames were painted with MP Canary Yellow and WGF Lemon.
To keep the flame areas striking these parts were not given a black ink wash.

The Flamer marines have braziers on their packs with “Real Flame”. This was undercoated in MP White Primer and painted with MP Canary Yellow. It was then painted with oranges and reds.

legion of the dammed marines

legion of the dammed marines

Owner: Uncle Phil

Bones
For the bone parts I used one of the methods detailed on my skeleton painting page
Step 1. Over the black undercoat, paint the part in GW Bestial Brown.
Step 2. Once the Bestial Brown layer is dry, paint over it with GW Snakebite Leather, leaving the Bestial Brown showing in the deepest recesses or parts that would be in shadow.
Step 3. Next, paint over the Snakebite with GW Bronzed Flesh. Use a fairly thin layer and leave a little Snakebite showing through at the edges.
Step 4. Repeat Step 3 using GW Bleached Bone. Again, use a thin layer and mainly add it to the raised areas.
Step 5. A little bit of highlighting was done with MP Pale Flesh.
Step 6. The bone regions will need a wash of diluted black ink to add shadow.

Finishing
Paint the areas you think are too light with Black Ink and leave to dry. Legion of the Dammed Marines are supposed to have a larger than life, supernatural look with “an eerie glow and halo of ghostly fire”.
I chose to represent this by being very sparing with the final black ink wash, avoiding the flame emblems, and by giving the figures a gloss finish.
Figures were sprayed with GW ‘Ardcote and Humbrol enamel gloss varnish brushed onto missed areas. The ground beneath the Marines should look normal, as should any skulls etc at their feet, so these parts were Dullcoted to remove the gloss finish.

legion of the dammed marines

legion of the dammed marines

Owner: Uncle Phil

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