Painting Horses for Warhammer Part 1: Bay

This tutorial series shows how I paint three different colours on horses for Warhammer. Bay, Grey and Chestnut. I used this article as a reference on horse colours and patterns. The first style of horse I am painting is called Bay. It’s a dark brown colour with black and white markings. I have not painted many horses in the past so this is a learning experience for myself also and it took a fair bit of experimenting to get a result I was happy with.

After giving the model a black undercoat I then gave it a basecoat of Rhinox Hide (GW Base)

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This was then followed by a Nuln Oil (GW Shade) wash just to bring out the shadows.

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I then went back over the model with Rhinox Hide to give it it’s first highlight

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I then wet blended Abadonn Black on the thighs to bring a gradient from the black to the Rhinox Hide.

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The next highlight was given to the rest of the model. This was a Rhinox Hide + Mournfang Brown (GW Base)  50/50 mix. The highlight was layered on.

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I then added a little bit of Screaming Skull (GW Layer) to the previous mix to give the horse a further highlight

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I simply used  a couple of thin layers of White Scar (GW layer) to paint  the white markings on the horse.

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For the hoofs I used Balor Brown (GW Layer) and then gave them a was of Agrax Earthshade (GW Shade). The black areas were drybrushed with Administratum Grey (GW Layer)

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Lastly paint up the saddle and reins etc. anyway you prefer.

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The finished horse complete with painted Praetorian Rider

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