Thursday, June 18, 2020

Sisters of Battle squad painted

Darkness shields not sin nor schism. By our fires your will be done.

Although Adam just finished converting a Sister of Battle to have a better-sized bolter, I have spent the last month or two painting a small squad of Sisters of Battle that I started back in March. The effort was focused on trying to mix Contrast paints with traditional acrylics, achieving a nice table-top standard, without laboring over any model too much. All of the models followed the red scheme I developed with the first model. After finishing the final member, wielding an over-sized flamethrower, I decided to go one step further and also paint an Arco-flagellant. Painting the model went really quickly, almost like a single-piece metal model, as it is not inundated with details or and doesn’t have weapons to paint behind. It was fun using various Citadel shades to add variation to the model’s skin tones, like using Carroburg Crimson to make the flesh around his amputations look inflamed.

The other copy of this model, from the original army boxed set, was recently converted to have a more reasonably-scaled bolter. We also have a tutorial for it, if you want to try to convert one yourself.

The base was painted with some grays, followed by sporadically applying various heavily diluted Contrast paints, primarily Black Templar and Wyldwood, in areas, to provide color modulation to the stone.

The charred corpse was painted completely with Gryph-hound Orange Contrast paint, and then the raised areas were picked out with different black paints, to make it appear that the body is still smoldering.

The Arco-flagellant was quick to paint, starting with a zenithal spray of white over black, before base-coating the model with Karak Stone. Contrast was added by using a series of washes and Contrast paints, including Darkoath Flesh to darken some of the recesses.

The full squad of Sisters of Battle, in crimson glory!

I am not entirely sure what my next major project will be, after finishing painting these models, the Arvus lighter perhaps? Five models might not seem like a lot, but it is hard for me to remain committed to a project, particularly when there are no real deadlines associated with it. Hopefully the models will see the tabletop at some point, but if not, they were still a good learning experience. Now to maintain the momentum!

- Eric Wier


  1. Stunning work, and yes 5 models is a great achievement and you have kept an excellent standard across all of them.

    1. Thanks you! I can hardly believe I actually pushed though and painted them all!