How to Paint Gold

How to Paint Gold Easily in 7 Simple Steps (Tutorial)

In this article I will be discussing my style for how to paint gold, and my tips in painting my style of gold.

Obviously, this being my first “tutorial”, I would appreciate any feedback on the layout and general appearance of this tutorial. I want to make these tutorials very easy to follow, with simple visual guides, so hopefully I hit the nail on the head!

Without further ado – how to paint gold!

Tutorial on How to Paint Gold

Step 1

Over a primer surface (in this case white) my first layer is Warplock Bronze applied using a Warcolours Size 1 Sable brush.

In my opinion this colour gives great coverage and adds a really great deep metallic feel to any metal you paint over it. I also occasionally start off with a layer of Rhinox hide under this layer, but I have realised that this doesn’t add much effect to the end product.

Step 2

Over the basecoat we completely cover the Warplock Bronze with 2 thin layers of Gehenna’s Gold. This is a very liberal application and is meant to cover the Warplock Bronze, however if a small piece is missed, no harm done, just call it a “shadow” ;)


Step 3

A liberal wash of Agrax Earthshade is applied all over the gold to add a first layer of shadows and add some depth to the gold.

Step 4

Now the next step to add a an even deeper tone to the shadows is Druchii violet. Purple being the complimentary colour to yellow (Gold) will give a rich deep shadow to the gold and is placed in only the deepest areas of where you want a shadow.

Step 5

After allowing the Druchii violet to dry, Gehenna’s gold is relayed over the areas which are not in shadow. Ideally this should be many relatively thin layers, and complete coverage is not needed.

Step 6

Now to add a layer of bright gold in the form of Auric Armour Gold to give some life to this metal. This paint is quite thin so its easy to create a smooth transition from the previous layer.

Step 7

Final highlights include an edge highlight of Runefang steel and sharp points and corners to give the appearance of a really shiny metal.



Finished Product

So now, this is how the gold appears with the backing of other colours and its look on a finished model.


I really enjoyed painting these warlocks as it gives me a chance to vary a bit of colours throughout my army whilst still keeping in the theme of the overall army.

Some of you may have realized that his is on a marble base, and I hope to be doing a tutorial for this in the near future. Meanwhile, Thor did do a tutorial on his marble technique.

I do hope you liked my tutorial on how to paint gold!

If you’re looking for stuff you should have for painting, the must-have items as a newer painter, then check out this article.

If you have any questions on how to paint gold, comments, or suggestions, please let me know.

Hope this helps!

The Sable Warlock

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