When a Space Marine is invited to join the vaunted ranks of the Deathwatch, they are required to give up all of the individual trappings of their native chapter and paint their armour jet black. The one exception to this is the left pauldron denoting their chapter iconography. This pauldron is transferred to their right-hand side and the seal of the Inquisition replaces it on the left.
So, this is the reason why I'll only be telling you how to paint the main armour, as it's up to you to choose your marine's native chapter/chapters. By following the step-by-step instructions, you should end up with a striking, yet simple to achieve finish.
How To Paint Deathwatch Marines
- Black Aerosol Primer
- Evil Sunz Scarlet
- Wazdakka Red
- Troll Slayer Orange
- Rhinox Hide
- Hashut Copper
- Gehenna's Gold
- Nuln Oil
- Seraphim Sepia
- Carroburg Crimson
Painting Deathwatch Marines Step-by-step
Step One - Basecoating
As you've basecoated the marine in black, then the armour base is already sorted.
Paint the whole of the left arm Leadbelcher, leaving the Inquisitorial seal for the moment. Also paint the chest Aquila Leadbelcher.
Paint the power plant Leadbelcher, being sure to leave the top section black
Paint all of the soft armour joints Leadbelcher.
Paint the barrel and magazines on the weapon(s) Leadbelcher.
Paint the rest of the weapon's body and the Inquisitorial seal Rhinox Hide.
Paint over the Rhinox Hide on the body of the weapon and the "=I=" on the seal with Wazdakka Red.
Paint the over the Rhinox Hide on the skull motifs on the seal and the weapon with Hashut Copper.
Step 2 - First Shading
Liberally paint Nuln Oil onto all of the parts that you've painted Leadbelcher to add some depth to the metal. Be careful not to get any onto the red or copper sections otherwise you'll have to repaint them.
Step 3 - First Highlight
Line highlight the black armour with Dawnstone.
Line highlight the weapon body and "=I=" of the Inquisitorial seal with Evil Sunz Scarlet.
Highlight the skull motifs on the seal and weapon with Gehenna's Gold.
Step 4 - Second Highlight
Line highlight the weapon body and "=I=" of the Inquisitorial seal with Troll Slayer Orange.
Step 5 - Second Shading
Wash the weapon body and "=I=" of the seal with Carroburg Crimson, being careful not to get any of the wash onto any of the metallic areas. Wash the skull motifs Seraphim Sepia
Once you've completed the final step, the only things left to do are decide what chapter your Deathwatch marine has come from and paint his right-hand pauldron accordingly and then paint his head, if bare headed, in a skin tone of your choice. In this example, I've chosen a stoic Imperial Fist to lead the Kill Team.
So there you have it, my guide to painting the Deathwatch. It's really quick and easy to do and looks quite effective and striking on the tabletop.