How to Paint Everything: Veteran Guardsmen (Death Korps of Krieg)

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With the launch of the Kill Team 2.0 and the Octarius Killzone, Games Workshop unveiled two new kill teams: Veteran Guardsmen and Kommandos, finally giving us full, multi-part plastic kits for each. With the release we finally have plastic kits for the Death Korps of Krieg, giving us wonderfully detailed kits for these long-coated soldiers. The models in the new box are outstanding, and so we’ve set ourselves to work over the past two weeks getting them painted and talking about the process. In today’s How to Paint Everything, we’re walking you through how we painted the brave guardsmen and women of the new kill team.

Colin Ward’s Method

Credit: Colin Ward

This scheme was developed as a way to paint a large number of Forgeworld resin Death Korps of Krieg models very efficiently. As much fun as that army project was, I was very glad to see Death Korps redone in glorious plastic. Efficiency, repeatability, and looking good en-masse are the keys to this scheme; which I think it accomplishes. I went with a classic blue-grey greatcoat, yellow calfskin leather, and steel detailing. The calfskin and blue-grey contrast each other well and keep the bare bones infantry squads visually distinct on the table.

To get the blue-grey for the greatcoat and pants, I first primed the model black. I then did an overall basecoat of Vallejo Game Color Dark Sea Blue. To highlight, I added some Vallejo Game Color Blue Grey Pale to the Dark Sea Blue and concentrated on the arms, upper chest, lower greatcoat, and knees. For the final airbrush highlight I added more Blue Grey Pale to the previous mix.

I wanted to get a nice desaturated yellow calfskin leather for the gloves, boots, wraps, and pouches. The decision to paint them all in the same yellow ochre was definitely a decision borne of efficiency, but one that works for what is a horde infantry army. I basecoated the leather boots, wraps, straps, pouches, packs, and gloves with Vallejo Model Color Basic Flesh.

I then washed the leather with Vallejo Game Ink Sepia

All the leather is highlighted with Vallejo Game Color Yellow Ochre

The final highlight/scratches on the leather were made with a 1:2 mix of Yellow Ochre and Vallejo Game Color Ivory

The steel metallics were basecoated with Vallejo Metal Color Exhaust Manifold, washed with GW Nuln Oil, and highlighted with Vallejo Metal Color Dark Aluminium. This looks a little bright at this stage, but it will get toned down with the oil wash and matte varnish at the end.

Eye lenses and rifle lenses were basecoated with P3 Gnarls Green, washed with Vallejo Game Ink Black Green, highlighted with P3 wurm green and Vallejo Game Color Yellow Green. Final sun dot of white in the corner, like painting a gemstone.

The gas mask and bedroll were basecoated with P3 Hammerfall Khaki, washed with GW Agrax Earthshade, and highlighted with Vallejo Game Color Deck Tan.


Credit: Colin W

Finishing up the paint, I picked out the helmet eagle with Scale75 Dwarven Gold and edge higlighted the coat using Vallejo Game Color Blue Grey Pale. After all the painting was finished, I gloss varnished the model before the oil wash (I prefer Liquitex Gloss Varnish). This lowers the surface tension of the model, which helps the wash wick into the recesses and also makes cleanup easier/more effective. I use an oil wash of Burnt Umber and a little Black, mixed with W&N Artists’ White Spirits. For the DKOK, I do an overall oil wash on the entire model. After the wash is dry, I use a q-tip dipped in white spirits to gently remove the wash from the raised surfaces, leaving a well developed recess lining and shadow with some grit. I then Matte varnished the model (Vallejo Matte).

Credit: Colin Ward

I did a very simple basing scheme for the army, using both Agrellan Earth and Agrellan Badlands to get some basic texture on the base. I then did a very thin pigment wash with Isopropyl Alcohol and some clay and brown pigments from Vallejo. Base rim painted black, and the model is finished!

Credit: Colin Ward

This scheme sounds a lot more complicated than it is, and was really efficient when painting over 100 of the old, tiny, Forgeworld Death Korps models. It was even easier to paint the plastic model, which bodes well for future entrenching-tool-bearers! If you’d like to see full video tutorials for DKOK infantry and armor, you can find them on my Patreon here.

Credit: Colin Ward

Liam “Corrode” Royle’s Method

“Former Golden Demon winner Colin Ward” is a hard act to follow in a painting article, but I’m assuming at least some of you out there are also tabletop-level painters and would appreciate a write-up along the lines of “how to imitate the box art closely enough to be passable.”

That means the new-style green scheme, for which I utsed Waaagh Flesh as the base with Death Guard Green highlights on the folds in the coat. Straps and leather are a base of Dryad Bark layered with Steel Legion Drab, with some Seraphim Sepia in the recesses (particularly on the pack) and on the gas mask, which then received another highlight layer of Steel Legion Drab after. The boots were mainly Dryad Bark, with a mix of Steel Legion/Dryad around the edges and some thinner Steel Legion to top it off, with the trousers VMC Black Grey washed Nuln Oil and then a few folds picked out in Mechanicum Standard Grey.

The silver metals are just Old Silver from Darkstar Miniatures, and the bronze barrel of the plasma pistol is a layer of Bronze and then Antique Gold, washed Sepia, and then highlighted Antique Gold again. The blue glow of the plasma and the barrel builds up from Teclis Blue through Lothern Blue, Baharroth Blue, and then just a touch of white, and the eyes are Khorne Red to Mephiston Red to just a dot of Wild Rider Red.

Finally there’s the shoulders and the chainsword – both based in VMC Black, and then highlighted Russ Grey with a touch of white for the shoulders, and Mechanicum Standard Grey for the sword.

The entire thing took me around an hour, which is not bad when you’ve got ten of them to do! I’m looking forward to getting the rest of the squad painted up ready for some Kill Team, or as the basis for a future expansion of my existing Astra Militarum army with some newer and shinier models.


Wrapping Up

It’s cool to finally see the Death Korps get their own plastic models – they’ve been popular for a long time and Kill Team is a great place to release a unit of them, especially one this complex. Hopefully we’ve given you some proper inspiration and you have as much fun painting these as we did. As always, if you have any questions or feedback, you can drop us a note in the comments below or email us at contact@goonhammer.comAnd if you’re looking for more tutorials from Colin or a video on painting his Veteran Guardsmen, you can find those at his Patreon.


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