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How To Prepare A Nurgle Daemon Prince Citadel Finecast Multipart Miniature For Painting

Updated on April 11, 2012

Building And Painting A Nurgle Daemon Prince

Citadel Finecast figures are the superior range of detailed models and figures from Games Workshop that you can build and paint for a hobby or paint them for your armies if you play Warhammer the board games. The Nurgle Daemon Prince is a large figure that comes in 12 separate parts all manufactured as a complete plastic resin model kit supplied unpainted and the figure itself looks amazing on the box as it shows you the example of it being fully painted.

The first thing we did after the unboxing in the video above was cutting the pieces of the figure off the plastic sprues and then gluing the full figure together and we made sure the figure looked solid by getting rid of any excess plastic from the moulds used to create each fine cast component.

To start, you will need:

  • Hobby scalpels or hobby knives For Cutting.
  • Emery board or small sanding blocks
  • Citadel Super Glue or Polystyrene Cement
  • Hobby Paint Brushes
  • Citadel Paints or Acrylic Paints
  • Jar Of Water
  • An Old Rag
  • White and Black Acrylic Spray Paint

Lets start the model undercoating, so you will need a can of white acrylic spray paint for this as it is easier to undercoat, watch the video below....

Undercoating Your Daemon Prince Figure

Painting The Base Coat

The base coat is just another term for flat color it's the colors that should be applied to each piece of your miniature and the choice is yours on what exact colors. Here I have painted a nice selection of colors using Citadel acrylic paints on various parts of the model figure including the armour and the weapon. See below for individual step by step photos of what I did.

Basecoat Painting

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Start by painting a light color for the head. A Bronzed flesh works quite well.Then try and paint the other obvious skin areas with the same paint.Paint the sword and chains with black acrylic paint.Hobgoblin orange is used to paint the ragged tunic.Paint the rotten horns with the same Orange paint.Red gore paint for the should pad and torso section of armor.Now look at other areas that you could paint...Yes! The belly needs a coat of Bronzed Flesh tooThe arms have armor on them so I decided to do a coat of Salamander Green.Give another coat of Green if it appears transluscent.Crack open Worm Purple or your purple acrylic paint.Starting to paint the leg armor now.Paint in the purple with an even coat.Nearly there now, just the front of the legs to cover.Once you've painted the legs with purple....You can take a step back and see what other colors you can add to the smaller items...Bilious green which is a lighter green for the rotting fly nurgle symbol on the arm.All painted with the green.Add some red gore for the back folds of armor...Cover all the white spaces.Then paint the knee armor pads in red gore too or acrylic paint.Now it's on to the color washes....
Start by painting a light color for the head. A Bronzed flesh works quite well.
Start by painting a light color for the head. A Bronzed flesh works quite well.
Then try and paint the other obvious skin areas with the same paint.
Then try and paint the other obvious skin areas with the same paint.
Paint the sword and chains with black acrylic paint.
Paint the sword and chains with black acrylic paint.
Hobgoblin orange is used to paint the ragged tunic.
Hobgoblin orange is used to paint the ragged tunic.
Paint the rotten horns with the same Orange paint.
Paint the rotten horns with the same Orange paint.
Red gore paint for the should pad and torso section of armor.
Red gore paint for the should pad and torso section of armor.
Now look at other areas that you could paint...
Now look at other areas that you could paint...
Yes! The belly needs a coat of Bronzed Flesh too
Yes! The belly needs a coat of Bronzed Flesh too
The arms have armor on them so I decided to do a coat of Salamander Green.
The arms have armor on them so I decided to do a coat of Salamander Green.
Give another coat of Green if it appears transluscent.
Give another coat of Green if it appears transluscent.
Crack open Worm Purple or your purple acrylic paint.
Crack open Worm Purple or your purple acrylic paint.
Starting to paint the leg armor now.
Starting to paint the leg armor now.
Paint in the purple with an even coat.
Paint in the purple with an even coat.
Nearly there now, just the front of the legs to cover.
Nearly there now, just the front of the legs to cover.
Once you've painted the legs with purple....
Once you've painted the legs with purple....
You can take a step back and see what other colors you can add to the smaller items...
You can take a step back and see what other colors you can add to the smaller items...
Bilious green which is a lighter green for the rotting fly nurgle symbol on the arm.
Bilious green which is a lighter green for the rotting fly nurgle symbol on the arm.
All painted with the green.
All painted with the green.
Add some red gore for the back folds of armor...
Add some red gore for the back folds of armor...
Cover all the white spaces.
Cover all the white spaces.
Then paint the knee armor pads in red gore too or acrylic paint.
Then paint the knee armor pads in red gore too or acrylic paint.
Now it's on to the color washes....
Now it's on to the color washes....

Painting Color Washes

Color washes are essential at this point to suggest shading on each base coat area. The trick is to select a color that has it's own dark equivalent or if it doesn't then you can mix one up with a couple of paints and then thin it down with water to create an inky substance which will flow into all the cracks and crevices of your detailed miniature. I used the old style Citadel inks which were great, but you could use the new range of color washes or simply thin down acrylic paint and apply as a wash.

Watch the video below to see the before and after of painting on some color washes for shadows....

Painting Color Washes For Shadow

What's Next?

The idea with anything you paint is to make your own model miniatures unique, if you are painting it like it is on the box then what's the point? It is certainly a great idea to paint your figure your own way so that you can say you did it all on your own and that's what I have done.

The second part of this painting tutorial will cover:

  • Deep shadow washes
  • Highlighting
  • Drybrush technique
  • How to paint small details
  • Varnishing

Look out for the second half of this painting tutorial and you'll be able to see how it all comes together as a fully painted and realised character in the Warhammer universe.


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