Painting the Magic Flames of Tzeentch


I’ve been sitting on a Heldrake since not long after the Chaos Space Marine codex was released earlier this year.  Regardless of the model’s rules I find it to be a very cool model.  However, the slightly overpowered nature of the rules kept me from painting it as I hate to be seen as a band-wagon jumper.  I’d rather be a post-hipster playing models that used to be cool but are not any longer…  😉

The various parts for this model sat in pieces staring at me for a few months before I decided to get to it.  Based upon my painting goals I decided to prime black and work up from there.  I was inspired by a tutorial on YouTube by BuyPainted.  I basically copied his technique, but changed out the colors.

1. Tape off any areas that would eventually get plastic cemented together before priming.  I used regular blue painters tape.
2. Prime black – I chose to use Vallejo Air Primer
3. Base coat with a mix of Chaos Black and Regal Blue (1:1).  For this model, all of my paints were diluted about 30% with Liquitex Airbrush medium.
4. I did not assemble all of the parts prior to painting.  There were a couple of pieces that I needed to modify.  I used greenstuff inside the body to “plug” the rear exhaust holes.  I also magnetized the head to allow for the gun to be swapped out.


5. Using the flower pedal shaped template I created the initial flame outline using Pale Grey Blue (VMA 71046).


6. Then I used White (VMA 71001) to highlight the tips of the flames.  This would make the glaze I applied next brighter and lighter in these areas.


7. I then sprayed Blue (VMA 71004) over the whole wing (or other part).  I did not try to cover everything evenly.  I focused on the flames, but allowed the paint to cover other areas as well.


8. Over the top of those flames I used the templates to apply another layer of flames using just White this time.
9. I repeated the glazing process using Light Sea Blue (VMA 71089), focusing on the flames, but not really worried about over spray.


10. I thought about a third set of flames, like was shown in the BuyPainted tutorial, but didn’t want the model to be any more busy than it already was, so instead I applied a mixture of Blue and Blue RLM65 (VMA 71008) (2:1) to the wings (and other parts) in such a way as to add color without coating the entire piece.  This added just enough depth to the color that I liked the result.
11. Next I tried some Citadel gold paint on the borders.  I found that I did not care for the ability of an acrylic paint to cover the model in a single application, so I decided to buy and try some Vallejo alcohol-based metallics (described in another post).


 12. You can see that the Vallejo Liquid Gold is much smoother in this next picture.



13. I also used a Vallejo Liquid for the copper cables below.


14. I learned a bit about magnetizing a multi-part model when tackling the head.  There is a bit of a gap at the peak of the head that aligning the magnets differently will solve on a future model.


15. Next up, to finish some details and the base.


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