How to paint change and transformation effect of an Alpha Legion Space Marine

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In today’s tutorial I’m going to show you in a quick and easy way, how I painted the change or transformation effect of a Dreadnought from the Alpha Legion (Space Marines) chapter.

The complete tutorial on how I painted this miniature can be found in the tutorial I prepared for issue 19 of Fantasy Figures International magazine. In that article, you can find the tutorial in detail, as well as all the bits I used for its transformation (using Liberdaemonica bits), and also information about Cerxis’ #Omegonswrath movement.

It was the cover of the magazine, so if you are interested don’t hesitate to subscribe or buy the paper edition, while there are still units left!

Lets start!

First of all, I would like to mention that for this conversion I used Liberdaemonica bits, using for half of the Dreadnought Blood Angels bits, and for the other half, Alpha Legion bits. In addition, I used some special bits to be able to put a head on the Dreadnought.

As you can see, first of all, I painted the 2 parts of the armour. On one side, I painted one of the parts with the colors of the Blood Angels, and on the other side, of the Alpha Legion. For the edge highlighting of the entire armature, I used Artis Opus Series M – Number 0.

Once the 2 halves were painted, it was time to start with the change effect. For this, I chose to paint a change effect with bluish tones.

Using the brush, I begin to paint what will be the base of this effect, using Model Color Intense Blue 70.925. In all this process I will only show the upper front part of the Dreadnought, so that you can see more clearly how I have painted the effect. These same steps will be followed in all the parts of the figure where we need to paint this change effect.

In the second step, we reduce the area we paint with the brush, using Game Color Magic Blue 72.021.

To finish before airbrushing, we paint by redrawing once again the area to be painted, using Model Color White 70.951.

It is more than recommended, and I would say almost essential if we do not want to go too crazy in the whole process, to use a wet palette when we are painting with the brush. This will allow us to place all the colors in the palette, and to use them directly from it, being able to retouch or return to previous colors, to make mixtures, in a fast and simple way. In my case I use the RedGrassGames palette, as I consider it to be one of the best quality on the market.

Now we take the airbrush and mix Model Air Light Blue 71.089 with some Airbrush Thinner and Flow Improver. We apply this in a very controlled and precise way over the whole effect that we have painted in the previous step, achieving a blur as you can see in the photo.

Finally we will give the final touch with a brush, using pure white very diluted with water, painting and marking the inner ray of the change effect.

Applying these same steps to the rest of the parts, this would be the result:

Next, I painted the rest of the details of the miniature and applied some final touches. In addition, I added a few more dots of diluted pure white to the central part of the effect, to achieve an extra intensity in it.

Here you can see some photos with the finished miniature, and with a dark background where all the effects stand out much more.

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