Well I managed to get some progress done on the Honour Guard squad (or the Magnate Guard as I will be calling them) and was able to get enough WIP shots to throw together a tutorial! The photos are not the clearest but should give you a general idea.
NOTE: Most of us know that painting on many thin layers is better than a few thick layers. I have found that this is essential when working with gold paints (at least with the old Games Workshop paint range). The only steps that did not involve several thin layers were the final line highlighting stages.
Undercoat the model with Chaos Black spray paint. Once this has dried use a large brush to apply a thin layer of chaos black paint to ensure a smooth and consistent coverage.
For the Basecoat use a 50/50 mix of Scorched brown and Shinning Gold. I found that I had to paint three to four layers using Eavy Metal Medium as a thinner
Next, apply a slightly thinned wash of Devlan Mud. I applied a second wash to the deeper parts of the model.
Reapply the 50/50 Scorched Brown and Shinning Gold Mix form step two, making sure to leave some of the last step showing through in the more recessed areas.
Apply a layer of shinning Gold over the last layer again leaving some of the previous stage showing through in the recesses. This is the most visible layer and will take around three to four thin layers to get a good coverage.
For the first highlight stage use a mix of approximately 60/40 Shinning Gold to Mithril Silver. Apply as a line highlight to all of the edges of the model.
Finally use Mithril Silver as a line highlight over the previous stage on areas which would catch the most light. Make sure not to overdo this stage as too much Mithril silver will ruin the effect. I often applied the Mithril Silver as a small 'dot' rather than paint it as a line.
Put it altogether and your done! Thanks to Rev over at Stahlys Tale of Painters whose recipe I adapted.
This tutorial was made using the old GW paints but should not be to hard to translate over in to other ranges.
Until next time!