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Auticus Paints – Nord Raider

Auticus Paints – Nord Raider

In this article, I will be going over how I paint a nord raider from start to finish. I will detail why I do the things that I do, and hopefully give you some ideas for your own miniatures (particularly if you are new or just starting out)

This model will be painted to TABLETOP STANDARD (my level 2 standard) which is the standard that I typically paint 90% of my models. This means that the model up close will not be winning any competitions or really be anything spectacular, but grouped together with other nord raiders on the table and from three feet or more away, they will look great. This is my goal.

This article is written with new hobbyists in mind who may be overwhelmed or disparaged by the spectacular paint jobs that many on the internet show off, but is to show that you can get a great looking army without them being competition level, and it can be accomplished in a reasonable amount of time.

Note when I paint – I paint a stand at a time. So while I am showcasing one of the models that I painted here, I was also painting the other three models at the exact same time with the same color. I do this assembly line style painting to speed up my painting process as it takes me roughly 45 minutes to do a completed tabletop miniature from start to finish, so a stand will take me a little less than four hours to accomplish (drying times not included).

Stage One – The Primer

Once we assemble the model and clean them to our liking by filing off the bits of flash and mould-lines, etc… we prep our model to paint by priming it. Some people will paint their models without priming them at all, and thats perfectly fine. I do not do this. I use primer to prepare a surface for the paint to sit on as well as give me an overall tone for the model.

In this instance, I am going to be using citadel’s CONTRAST range. CONTRAST paint combines Stages Two and Three, which are base color and shading, into one stage. It is a great way to speed things up, and I have been overall very happy with the CONTRAST line in the overall quality of the models that I have painted.

CONTRAST paints work best on a model with a lot of natural organic features, and it does not do so well on largely flat models that are wearing for example a lot of armor, or something like a tank model. We can see the nord raider has a lot of natural organic detail and the CONTRAST paints will do very nicely here.

I use the Citadel Wraithbone CONTRAST primer. Some people are ok with just generic white spray paint. I have tried this to save money and will say I was not thrilled with the result and had to put in some extra work to remove streaking and some other minor nitpicks. However, it is possible to not spend $20 for a can of primer and get an ok paint job out of it; I prefer the contrast primer since it was created solely for this purpose.

The primer color of your model also sets the tone of the model. Brighter whites and greys will make the colors pop out more, whereas priming darker colors will mute the colors and make for a duller overall finish. Dark primers are also more difficult to paint lighter colors over, so bear that in mind when you choose your primer color.

This Nord model I want to pop, and as I am using CONTRAST paints anyway, the near-white finish is perfect. I simply go out and spray it down and let it dry and we are ready to bring this guy to life.


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