Friday, May 1, 2015

Culexus Assassin

I haven't posted any painting photos for a while because I've just been retouching old Blood Angels. Most of them got repainted bases, and my Death Company all had their red accents repainted to match my current red scheme. Everything looks better, but I hardly think it's exciting enough to post up.

When I finished that, I wanted to paint something more fun, and I was given a Culexus Assassin just before I left home. He seemed like the perfect model to work on.

The black body suit is highlighted with P3 Coal Black, which I really like for highlighting black fabric. I will do edge highlighting on armor with greys, but that looks too hard edge on softer materials.

I played around with metallics on the helmet. I used a dark silver and a couple different golds, as well as a few different washes, to keep it all metallic while still having high contrast. I'm pretty pleased with how it came out.

Here's a shot of the face. I really wanted to accentuate the smile. I see the Culexus as the 40K version of the Joker, gleefully spreading misery around him as a punishment for his isolation. To make the smile extra stark and creepy, I painted the teeth stark white over black. I think it looks suitably creepy.

What do you think?


  1. I think he looks good, but would suggest taking photos with him on a darker background (maybe grey or colored?) the white is making it difficult to see your work on the black sections of the model.

  2. Good point. I'll see if I can find any suitable backgrounds.


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