Here’s my Death Guard Plague Marine:

How to paint Death Guard Plague Marine from Know No Fear starter set

If you like it, I’ll show you how to paint a Death Guard Plague Marine like this.

Step 1

Army Painter primers:

  • Base Primer Matt Black;
  • Base Primer Matt White.

How to paint Death Guard Plague Marine step 1 priming

Since recently I’ve tried to prime Warhammer figures with two primers: black from below and white from the top. This Plague Marine I primed mostly white, not enough black primer but it’s ok.

Step 2

Citadel Base paints:

  • Death Guard Green;
  • Steel Legion Drab.

How to paint Death Guard Plague Marine step 2 painting

First of all, I painted the almost full figure with Death Guard Green paint. On this step better miss smoke, parts which will be golden, bronze and metallic, tentacles, loincloth. In a word on this step, we paint only armor and backpack. I don’t know why, but I like to paint base on the first steps. Maybe it’s wrong but I like to do so. For the base, I used Steel Legion Drab.

Step 3

Citadel base paints:

  • Balthasar Gold;
  • Leadbelcher.

How to paint Death Guard Plague Marine step 3.1 painting

On this step, I painted golden parts of shoulders, knife, censer, and sleeves.

How to paint Death Guard Plague Marine step 3.2 painting

Then silver parts on bolt pistol, knife, armor, hips and backpack, don’t forget about chains and plate on the left shoulder under the skulls.

Step 4

Citadel base paints:

  • Warplock Bronze;
  • Abaddon Black.

How to paint Death Guard Plague Marine step 4.1 painting

Abaddon Black is for Bolt Pistol, Warplock Bronze is for bells.

How to paint Death Guard Plague Marine step 4.2 painting

I think everyone will agree that bells painted in this color look really awesome! Later I used Warplock Bronze also for knife’s split place.

Step 5

Citadel base paints:

  • Rakarth Flesh;
  • Mechanicus Standard Grey.

How to paint Death Guard Plague Marine step 5.1 painting

On this step, we’ll paint small skulls on the shoulder and head on the belt by Rakarth Flesh.

How to paint Death Guard Plague Marine step 5.2 painting

Then use Mechanicus Standard Grey for ammunition belt, boltgun bottom part and for threads on head’s eyes and mouth like it shown on the picture.

Step 6

Citadel base paint:

  • Mephiston Red.

Citadel layer paint:

  • Ulthuan Grey.

How to paint Death Guard Plague Marine step 6 painting

Here we only need to paint our death guard plague marine’s helmet lenses and head cut place by Mephiston Red and smoke from censer by Ulthuan Grey. That’s it.

Step 7

Citadel shade paint:

  • Agrax Earthshade.

How to paint Death Guard Plague Marine step 7.1 shading

I was waiting for this step because after this step figure looks much better! Use this paint for all already painted parts.

How to paint Death Guard Plague Marine step 7.2 shading

Control amount of shade paint using palette. If used too much shade paint the figure will look dirty and it’ll be hard to fix.

Step 8

Citadel base paints:

  • Bugman’s Glow;
  • Screamer Pink.

How to paint Death Guard Plague Marine step 8.1 painting

Paint tentacles by Bugman’s Glow. Don’t forget about the small ones. Firstly I missed some of them (for example on the head on the belt), had to come back to this later.

How to paint Death Guard Plague Marine step 8.2 painting

Then paint the loincloth by Screamer Pink. This step is fast enough, but be careful with chains on a loincloth, don’t drabble them by pink paint.

How to paint Death Guard Plague Marine step 8.3 painting

By the way on these photos well noticeable problem with paint on the base. As it turned out I used not enough primer. So I had to remove paint from the base rim, cover the miniature tightly by napkins and prime base again.

Step 9

Citadel shade paint:

  • Druchii Violet.

How to paint Death Guard Plague Marine step 9.1 shading

On this step, we have to shade tentacles and loincloth. That’s not hard.

How to paint Death Guard Plague Marine step 9.2 shading

As always, don’t use too much shade. Remember, you’ll always be able to make another one layer.

Step 10

Citadel base paints:

  • Death Guard Green;
  • Leadbelcher;
  • Screamer Pink;
  • Bugman’s Glow;

Citadel layer paints:

  • Ulthuan Grey;
  • Pink Horror;
  • Ogryn Camo;
  • Ironbreaker.

How to paint Death Guard Plague Marine step 10.1 highlighting

This is the step for highlighting. Firstly use already used main colors for highlighting of all parts of the figure which are must be a little brighter than others. Like it was before shading steps.

How to paint Death Guard Plague Marine step 10.2 highlighting

Then use Pink Horror to highlight edges of loincloth, Ogryn Camo to highlight edges of armor, painted by Death Guard Green, and Ironbreaker to highlight edges of metallic parts.

How to paint Death Guard Plague Marine step 10.3 highlighting

This step is last for our figure. All that’s left to do is to finish base.

Step 11

Citadel texture paint:

  • Blackfire Earth.

How to paint Death Guard Plague Marine step 11 texturing base

Apply this paint on the base and let it dry. My Blackfire Earth paint is really old and dry, so I had to dilute it in water in a palette, grinding it by something solid, don’t remember by what exactly. Then I shifted this paint on the base. It dried up about one hour.

Step 12

Citadel shade paint:

  • Agrax Earthshade.

Citadel base paint:

  • Steel Legion Drab.

How to paint Death Guard Plague Marine step 12 decorating base

Like the finishing touch, I painted dried base by Agrax Earthshade, then painted again base rim by Steel Legion Drab to make it looks neat. Painting base this way simulates scorched earth. In my opinion, it’s suitable for Death Guard army figures.

Result

Eventually, we have this Death Guard Plague Marine:

How to paint Death Guard Plague Marine result 1

With drilled barrel!)

How to paint Death Guard Plague Marine result 2

With cute bells and tentacles!

How to paint Death Guard Plague Marine result 3

What I like best is how the left knee turned out, both shades and highlights are good on this knee. Also, I admire this boltgun with characteristic chaos engraving!

How to paint Death Guard Plague Marine result 4

This is the most popular way of painting death guard plague marines with Death Guard Green as the main color. Maybe you’d like to try another painting schemes, for example, beige death guard armor looks very nice!

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