Step 1: Prime Your Models
Before you start painting, make sure your Barbgaunts are clean and dry. Use Wraithbone Spray to give them a good base coat. This will help the paint adhere better to the models. White or black primer works well as a starting point. Remember, the primer helps the paint stick and gives it a solid base.
Step 2: Base Coat the Flesh(optional)
Since you already primed your Barbgaunts already, you can skip this step and leave only that in place. However, if you want a different skin tone , you can use Cadian Fleshtone or a similar shade as the foundation for their alien appearance. You can use a light or dark flesh tone, depending on your preference. For example, you might use Rakarth Flesh for a more natural look or a darker, more otherworldly tone like Druchii Violet (use this shade directly on the Wraithbone base).
Step 3: Paint the Carapace
Next, focus on the carapace, which is the hard shell covering parts of the Barbgaunts. Choose Naggaroth Night or a contrasting color like Incubi Darkness to make it stand out from the flesh. This will create a striking visual contrast with the flesh tones.
Step 4: Details
Use paints like Abaddon Black and Mephiston Red to paint the weapons, spikes, claws or any details you want to be those colors. Be precise and gentle to avoid getting paint on other areas. This will make your miniatures more detailed and create contrast with the tyranid leviathan fleet purple/white color scheme.
Step 5: Highlight the Details
To make your Barbgaunts pop, add some highlights. For example, you can highlight the edges of the carapace with a brighter version of the base color, such as Lothern Blue. This will add depth to your models.
Step 6: Eyes and Mouth
Paint the eyes and mouth with a bright color to make them stand out. Use Evil Sunz Scarlet or Yriel Yellow to give your Barbgaunts an eerie, predatory look. Remember to be steady and precise when painting these small details.
Step 7: Finishing Touches
To finish your models, apply a wash. Use Nuln Oil or Agrax Earthshade, which are thin, watery paints that flow into the crevices and add shadows. A brown or black wash can give your Barbgaunts a more realistic, weathered appearance.
Step 8: Bases
Don’t forget about the bases! Paint them in a way that complements your Barbgaunts. You can go for a simple earthy tone using Stirland Mud or something more rocky, like Astrogranite Debris and create a more elaborate base with rocks, debris, or alien plants
Step 9: Varnish for Protection
Once everything is dry, apply a protective varnish to your models. Use Ardcoat or Stormshield for different finishes. This will help protect the paint job and keep your Barbgaunts looking great for battles to come.