Paint DreadBall Xtreme Asterian Kalyshi

By Peter Harrison from Talk Wargaming

Be prepared to channel your inner alien because in this tutorial I will be showing you how to paint the Asterian Kalyshi from Dreadball Xtreme.

Making use of the Army Painters war paints we have a step by step guide for achieving a look similar to those painted by the Mantic studio. In addition to the written guide we have also created a video that takes you through the steps from basecoat to finished miniature.

Watch the video directly on YouTube

Below you can find the list of Army Painter paints required though you can use any equivalent water-based acrylics to paint DreadBall Xtreme miniatures.

  • Ash Grey
  • Chaotic Red
  • Dragon Red
  • Toxic Boils
  • Soft Tone Ink
  • Wolf Greyy
  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Monster Brown
  • Desert Yellow
  • Red Ink
  • Skeleton Bone
  • Alien Purple
  • Daemonic Yellow
  • Matt White
  • Purple Ink
  • Buy paints at the Mantic Shop

  • Basecoat: Ash Grey
  • I primed my miniature using Ash Grey as it would provide a good base of color in which to add the lighter colors to.. I applied this basecoat with an airbrush, however if you don't have access to an airbrush you could use the Uniform Grey or Matt White Spray Primers. Alternatively you could prime the miniature by painting on Ash Grey with a brush however this will be time consuming and not provide an even coat
  • Basecoat: Chaotic Red
  • Layer: Dragon Red
  • Wash: Red Ink
  • Highlight: Toxic Boils
  • The armor should be basecoated with Chaotic Red followed by a layer of Dragon Red. When applying this layer be sure to allow the Chaotic Red to show through in the recesses of the armor. With the first layer completed a wash of Red Tone Ink will help blend the shades together whilst also enhancing the depth of color. Finally a very thin highlight of Toxic Boils should be applied to corners and the upper sections of armor.
  • Basecoat: Wolf Grey
  • Layer: Wolf Grey + Ash Grey 50/50 mix
  • Highlight: Ash Grey
  • The basecoat of Wolf Grey should cover nicely over the grey primer however thinning it down slightly will provide a much smother coverage. The first layer should be a mix of Wolf Grey and Ash Grey in 50/50 quantities. This should applied to the upper sections of skin paying particular attention to details on the face, stomach and the fingers.
  • Layer: Ultramarine Blue
  • The tattoos should follow and 'tribal' like style and be applied with a thin brush for best results. Thinning down the paint slightly will also allow you to get a much finer point and an easier application.
  • Basecoat: Monster Brown
  • Wash: Soft Tone Ink
  • Layer: Desert Yellow
  • Highlight: Skeleton Bone
  • The bandages should first be painted with Monster Brown followed by a Soft Tone Ink wash to provide shading. Desert Yellow can then be painted onto the raised areas of the wraps followed by a thinner highlight of Skeleton Bone.
  • Basecoat: Alien Purple
  • Layer: Toxic Boils
  • Wash: Purple Ink
  • Highlight: Toxic Boils + Matt White 50/50 mix
  • The first step to painting the hair is to cover the entire Mohawk with the Alien Purple. A layer of Toxic Boils should be applied to the upper parts of the Mohawk followed by a Purple Ink wash to blend the two layers together. A 50/50 mix of Toxic Boils and Matt White can then be used to pick out the tips of individual hairs using a thin brush.
  • Basecoat: Desert Yellow
  • Wash: Soft Tone Ink
  • Layer: Daemonic Yellow
  • Highlight: Matt White
  • The eyes and the small disc on the glaive should be first painted with Desert Yellow which can then be followed by a Soft Tone Ink wash. Daemonic Yellow should then be applied in a crescent shape around the disc. Finally specks of Matt White should be painted onto the opposite side of the crescent to create a glass effect. While this tutorial focused on a Striker these steps could also be followed for any of the Kalyshi players.

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