Helbrute: PIP #1-1

Helbrute: The Painting Begins

As I continue to work with TMM and experiment with it, I’ve started to paint my Helbrute. I’ve really wanted to put a brush to this model for a long time and I figured I’d work on the skin while I work on the metallic techniques on test models.

The light has washed the tone out a bit. It’s a tad darker than you see here. The first shot captures the tone about right.

So, the skin is done…I think. This is a very different approach than I’m used to. Normally I base coat the entire model and then come in and shade and highlight it all at once. It makes it easier to fix mistakes when you slip with a brush – I think anyway. However, this model is like 75% skin and I really wanted to see it done so I went for it. Plus, I did kind of want to push myself outside my comfort zone and force myself to paint more carefully.

For anyone interested, the skin tone I did with Vallejo’s Dark Fleshtone for a basecoat and then mixed it with Tan (the label is rubbed off and I forget the exact name), for highlights and layering up. The rest is GW colors. I then washed it all with Reikland Fleshshade followed by Agrax Earthshade. Finally, I hit it with Bloodletter Glaze.

I’m pretty pleased with the result here. I just hope I don’t screw up working on the other parts and mess some of it up. Speaking of, the next part I’m going to work on are the assorted cables and wires embedded in the Helbrute’s flesh. If I’m going to slip and screw up the skin it will be doing that part!

Update: He’s done. See the painted Chaos Helbrute.

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Looks good so far. Painting that much skin in big wide spaces is tough!

I never realized this model had toenails.


Looks like you’re off to a good start!


Great job! Happy to see this guy getting paint. He’s a cool model, and looking forward to the metal work (especially since the skin looks so good!)