I've been painting up a bunch of Grey Knight Purifiers lately for lower point games of 40k, and really wanted the blades to stand out.
So after a couple of tries I came up with this quick method that produces a good looking effect in minimal time.
All you need is a fine detail brush, a few different paints, and a semi-steady hand. Access to an airbrush would help too, but it's not necessary.
If you don't have an airbrush, no worries. Just water down some Hawk Turquoise or the new fun layer paint Sotek Green, and do the same thing. It may take a coat or two, but it's not entirely unreasonable to achieve.
I can imagine all the Black Templar painters out there that will be rejoicing over this color!
Make sure to cut the lines sharply like a bolt of lightning would look, with some shooting off to the sides of the blade.
What this does is shade the rest of the blade together, and leave a "highlight" of white where it was not painted on.
What this does is layer down the previous coat, and shades the white left out (from above) for the first time.
If you are happy with the results here, you can end the washing. If there happens to be some areas that seem like they need more shading you can do another coat.
I had to do an extra shade for some of my blades, as I applied the white a little heavy in some places.
But check out the ones to the left, I've already glossed.
So that's it. This is what I think is a quick and easy method for pimping out your blades. Which could come in handy if you are painting up say 40 Purifiers.... :D
Don't worry I'm not abandoning my Blood Angels to play exclusively Grey Knights. I've come up with a BA list that actually holds it own against Grey Knights (and has beaten many a Paladin lists)- much to the disappointment of the meta.
Good news is; I'll probably have more tutorials based on painting Grey Knights soon.
If you liked this post, be sure to checkout my other series of step by step articles here: Hobby Basics and How-To's - MBG