How to Paint Blades of Khaine Striking Scorpions: Dylan’s Method

Many thanks to Games Workshop for providing us with an advanced copy of Kill Team: Salvation for review. With the new Striking Scorpions in hand, I got one assembled and figured out a scheme. I went for something quick, attainable, and visually appealing. The only other Eldar I’ve painted are a couple Rogue Trader era squads in period correct schemes, and that was a while ago…


Step 1. Basecoat

I started with a coat of Army Painter White Primer.

Step 2. Green

I applied a layer of Striking Scorpion (a little on the nose, methinks) Contrast over the entire model.

I followed this with a glaze of Warp Lightning Contrast, thinned 4:1 with Contrast medium.

Step 3. Black and Silver and Details

I then blocked in the weapons, holster and other details with Black. For the chainsword, I painted yellow first and then painted the stripes on it, leaving it showing. I also painted the rock Shador Grey, and added basing material. The arm band was painted with Mephiston Red.

Next I painted any metal areas with Army Painter Plate Metal. Once dry, they all received a was of Nuln Oil. the base was painted with Mourning Brown and the rock washed with Nuln Oil.

Lastly, I painted the gems, using a pretty traditional method, outlined here. I dry brushed the base top with Ushabti bone.

Dot the gems and glaze them with ‘Ard Coat and into the light booth we go!

Striking Scorpion. Credit: 40khamslam

Striking Scorpion. Credit: 40khamslam

Striking Scorpion. Credit: 40khamslam

Striking Scorpion. Credit: 40khamslam

We are psyched for another classic kit to come back in plastic, and you can get them on the table FAST with the above method. Want to show us your ancient metal Scorpions? Got a non-green scheme you want to share? Drop us a line at