Word Bearers Helbrute

Towards the tail-end of this week, I managed to get work wrapped up on the Helbrute. I tidied up some of the paintwork on the flesh and armour, and finished up the base. Also, a chance finally emerged to use a chunk of the Word Bearers rune transfers to finish off the armour plates.

I tried to keep the Helbrute consistent with the rest of the armoured parts of the Chaos Space Marines, building up the armour through drybrushing. Washes were used on large chunks of the model like the flesh and tusks, and I cleaned off some of the agrax earthshade from the tip downwards on the bigger tusks which gave this kind of rotten enamel look. I’d only ever done this once before, but it seemed to do the trick!

I grabbed a pot of druchii violet when I was up in Edinburgh last weekend, as I’ve seen a lot of videos where this wash is used for bruising up daemonic flesh. This was applied to some of the more painful-looking sections of the model, such as where the multi-melta is pushing through the flesh, the little jaws emerging from the side, and the heavily-mutated crotch. It looks damn sore.

It’s been a work in progress for a couple of years at least- I originally got the Helbrute as part of the Dark Vengeance box set but back then I didn’t really know with legion to go for and the models fell by the wayside. It’s been a lot of fun to paint though. I’m really looking forward to using the Helbrute in battle at one point too.

Well that’s it for this instalment, thanks for reading.

12 thoughts on “Word Bearers Helbrute

  1. mcmattila

    Oh yeah, you’ve done a great job with this one! Congrats for finishing the model. I like the skin, looks very unhealthy, and I think my favorite bit are the orange eyes! The shiny film on the decals is a bit unfortunate though.. Are you using any chemicals, or just water to fix them?

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    1. Steve Post author

      Thanks very much, mate! The decals have been annoying me tbh. I used micro set on these ones but they still look like cheap stickers… Do you have any advice?

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      1. mcmattila

        Do you have micro sol too? That’s the one that’s supposed to dissolve the film. You could also try varnishing with gloss and matt varnishes, that could also get rid of the shine.

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        1. Steve Post author

          I have micro sol as well yeah, although have never been sure as to what order to use them… Do you reckon using sol before placing/after placing the decal?

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          1. mcmattila

            Set first, before you lay down the decal, sol after. You might want to apply sol several times, let it dry by itself. Watch out after applying sol, the decal goes very soft/brittle, and is easy to tear.

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