I had never truly appreciated how big the Imperium is until I tried to paint a (relatively) small part of it. This kit is a monster ? replete with detail and Imperial iconography. It was a little daunting at first, so in order to make this mammoth task more manageable, I broke the process into stages and tried not to get distracted fully painting individual pieces before each stage was complete.
Firstly I separated out sections for basecoating – Mechanicus Standard Grey for the wall sections, Leadbelcher for steps and walkways, and Retributor Armour for the decorative elements of each bunker. Once everything was dry, I went over struts, railings and girders with Hashut Copper.
With the basecoats on, the washes began in earnest! Lashings of Nuln Oil and Agrax Earthshade, for that filthy, war-torn look. Metallic surfaces were then drybrushed with Leadbelcher until they looked sufficiently worn. The wall sections were then drybrushed with a four step process – Skavenblight Dinge, Dawnstone, Mechanicus Standard Grey and Celestra Grey, to make them look like aged stone.
The devil was then in the detail! Wires, hatches, panels, skulls and light sconces all needed attention. You could spend an eternity picking out every feature.
Looking back at the process, it seems very quick, but this project kept me occupied for the best part of a month! I’m sure I’ll add more to the Fortress over time (my Orks are already eyeing it up as a new headquarters…), but for now, it’s ready to become a grand centrepiece of the battlefield!
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