Helbrute Painting Showcase

Helbrute (Hellscream) Painting Showcase

I feel like I’ve been working on this model for a year but really it’s been six weeks. Six weeks is far longer than I normally spend on a single model. I went into painting this model knowing it would be slow and using it as a platform to learn some new techniques and to just become a better painter.

You’d think after so long working on a model that it would be a work of art; it’s not.

Rarely is it that the first time you try new techniques that you nail it. However, I did learn a lot in working on the Helbrute, and regardless of the end result, that’s important for me.

So, while this is no masterpiece, it was a great learning experience, and ultimately that’s what I enjoy the most, learning.

A quick note on these shots. You’ll notice some glare, that’s the sealer – mostly noticeable on the last shot. Long story short, it’s not as dull as usual – my fault.

I spent a few days debating whether or not to hit it up with Testor’s Dullcote, it was sealed with Krylon, but ultimately decided to let it go for fear of making matters worse.

One of the hardest things to learn sometimes is when to accept something for what it is and move on and when to tinker. I put a lot of time and effort into this model and it’s just time to move on and accept the flaws.

I do think going forward though that I’m going to use Testor’s Dullcote exclusively and not just as a fix for mistakes, as I use it now.

Helbrute Gallery


Painting Thoughts

All things considered, I’m happy with this model. I have mistakes in there, and things I could have done better, but I learned a lot. I think next time I want to learn some new techniques that I should choose a smaller model to do it and one that’s simpler in appearance.

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Very nice!
Since he took you six weeks to paint, you could name him Hexakis, Sextant of Twilight. Hexakis is just a Greek prefix for multiples of six, and Sextant is obviously a navigation and measuring device (named such because it is 1/6th of a full circle). Perhaps the Marine inside was once a leader or mystic who scryed the Warp to determine the direction of the warband and its actions.


It looks Great Thor, but everybody knows that a model isn’t finished until you name it ;-)


Looks great Thor. I like the purple spot colour on the tentacles especially. Really draws the eye. I have enjoyed watching this model progress, and the end result is very cool.

I use testors dullcoat exclusively now. I used to matt varnish by hand, but I got so many varied results (some shiny, some very flat) that I migrated over to testors, and have not looked back since. I always gloss by hand and then go over with the dullcoat.


Truely a showcase piece. I love the colors. The horns really draw the eye in, and just pop brilliantly because of the blue/black directly behind them. Really well done Thor!

Joe Baird

The colors are fantastic! I Really like the contrast with the red skin and the bones. Well done.


Great job, Thor! The color choices are good and I really like how the metallics came out. Another nice addition to your army!


I have to admit, I didn’t care for the red flesh choice with your black and blue color scheme at first. But it turned out fantastic!


How do you do your horns. They don’t look hyper-complex but still look good and believable and my guys are friggin bristling with horns and spikes. Gah.

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