Making use of the Army Painters war paints we have a step by step guide for achieving a look similar to those painted by the Mantic studio. In addition to the written guide we have also created a video that takes you through the steps from basecoat to finished miniature.
Below you can find the list of Army Painter paints required along with their Citadel equivalent. The colors aren't an exact match but they are close enough.
- Lava Orange / Jakaero Orange
- Monster Brown / Baneblade Brown
- Desert Yellow / Tau Light Ochre
- Skeleton Bone / Ushabti Bone
- Uniform Grey / Dawnstone
- Ash Grey / Administratum Grey
- Matt White / White Scar
- Matt Black / Abaddon Black
- Dark Tone Ink / Nuln Oil
- Soft Tone Ink / Seraphim Sepia
- Strong Tone Ink / Agrax Earthshade
- Red Ink / Carroburg Crimson
- Basecoat: Ash Grey
Prison Jump Suit
- Basecoat: Jumpsuit Orange / Lava Orange
- Wash: Red Ink
- Highlight: Jumpsuit Orange & Skeleton Bone 50/50 mix.
The convicts trousers can be painted with Jumpsuit Orange which is a part of the Army Painters Zombicide War Paints. Alternatively you could use Lava Orange but Jumpsuit Orange will give you a color similar to that seen on the example convicts. This should then be followed with a Red Ink wash to provide some definition. Finally a highlight should be applied to the raised edges of the trousers. The highlight I used was a 50/50 mix of Jumpsuit Orange and Skeleton Bone.
Armor + Glaive
- Basecoat: Uniform Grey
- Wash: Dark Tone
- Highlight: Wolf Grey
- Highlight: Wolf Grey + Matt White 50/50 mix
The first step of painting the armor is to basecoat it with Uniform Grey, this will give it a darker base color once the next step, a Dark Tone Ink wash, is applied. With the basecoat and wash completed the first highlight can be done with Wolf Grey. This should be thinly applied along the edges of the armor and glaive. The final step for the armor is an extreme highlight of Wolf Grey and Matt White mixed in 50/50 quantities. This highlight should only be applied to the upper edges of the armor or on the corners.
- Basecoat: Wolf Grey + Matt White 50/50 mix
- Layer: Matt White
To start with, paint the vest in the 50/50 mix of Wolf Grey + Matt White, you could use the same batch from the previous step. Finally a layer of Matt White should be applied. It is advised that several thin layers be applied as this will provide a much smoother finish.
- Basecoat: Barbarian Flesh
- Wash: Red Ink + Soft Tone Ink 50/50 mix
- Highlight: Barbarian Flesh
The basecoat of Barbarian Flesh should cover quite nicely over the lighter tone of the Ash Grey primer, however you may still need a couple of thin coats to achieve the best finish. The next step is to apply a 'flesh wash' which consists of a 50/50 mix of Red Tone Ink and Strong Tone Quick-shade Ink. Once the wash has dried it is then time to for a final layer of Barbarian Flesh, you could also mix in a little Skeleton Bone in order to lighten the flesh color slightly.
Straps + Boots
- Basecoat: Matt Black
- Highlight: Uniform Grey
When basecoating the armor straps, boots and belt with Matt Black take care not to over spill onto other already painted areas of the model. With the first layer completed you can the apply a highlight of Uniform Grey paying particular attention to the laces and panels on the boots.
- Basecoat: Monster Brown
- Wash: Strong Tone Wash
- Highlight: Desert Yellow
While this tutorial focused on just a Con (Jack) these steps could also be followed for any of the convict players. If you enjoyed this DreadBall tutorial let us know in the comments along with any other DreadBall teams you would like to see a tutorial for.