How to Paint Lex Luthor Warsuit

In this article I will describe how I painted the Warsuit Lex Luthor model.

Paint List (scale colour paint range unless specified)

  • Irati green
  • Black forest green
  • Black
  • White
  • Sunset purple
  • Murderous magenta (P3)
  • Pink flesh
  • Golden skin
  • Indian shadow
  • White sands
  • Abyssal blue
  • Caspian blue
  • Bering blue
  • Lava orange (warpaints)
  • Sol yellow
  • Flesh tone ink (warpaints)
  • Dark tone ink (warpaints)
Lex Luthor warsuit painting tutorial

Over a white priming I applied a medium green (irati green) using an airbrush.

I then applied shading with dark green (black forest green) again using an airbrush. This was applied to the armour plates that are pointing towards the ground.

I added some very dark spots (my apologies for the blurry photo) using a mix of dark green and black.

To highlight the armour I applied a mix of medium green and white. This was sprayed from above the model but applied selectively to specific areas and not like a general zenithal light.

Lex Luthor warsuit painting tutorial

Before finishing the green I blocked in the remaining colours on the armour. This helped me to judge the level of contrast and ensure I wasn't painting any armour plates I wanted to be purple.

For the purple I used sunset purple. The remaining armour was painted with abyssal blue which is a dark blue grey.

I then applied a wash of dark tone ink over both of these colours.

Lex Luthor warsuit painting tutorial

To add definition to the green armour I lined each plate using a mix of dark green and black. I then used this same mix to enhance the shading. I applied several thin layers with the side of the brush tip to create a smooth transition without any additional blending.

Lex Luthor warsuit painting tutorial

Using a mix of medium green and white I edge highlighted all of the green armour. I used this same mix to also reinforce the areas highlighted with the airbrush.

Lex Luthor warsuit painting tutorial

To finish the green armour I spent time applying glazes using the various mixes of green, white and black to smooth the transitions and enhance the contrast.

Moving onto the purple I applied a very broad edge highlight onto all of the purple armour.

Lex Luthor warsuit painting tutorial

I then applied a thin layer of magenta over the entire surface of each "purple" armour plate.

In the centre of each plate I applied a thin layer of black.

Lex Luthor warsuit painting tutorial

I repeated the white edge highlight, magenta glaze and black glaze two more time before finishing the purple using one last edge highlight.

Lex Luthor warsuit painting tutorial

The remaining armour parts were painted with increasingly lighter blue grey mixes as follows:

  • Abyssal blue and caspian blue
  • Caspian blue and bering blue
  • Bering blue edge highlight
  • Bering blue and white edge highlight
Lex Luthor warsuit painting tutorial

The face was basecoaed with pink flesh then given an all over wash with flesh tone ink.

Pink flesh was then applied leaving only the darker colour in the recesses of the facial features and side of the head.

A mix of pink flesh and golden skin was applied as a broad highlight. 

Followed by a further highlight of golden skin.

The shading was deepened with a slight application of indian shadow.

Two final highlights of golden skin and white sands were applied sparingly to pick out the details of the face.

 

Lex Luthor warsuit painting tutorial

The lights were first painted with white to provide a clear undercoat. Followed by a wash of diluted lava orange. To finish the model I applied sol yellow then a mix of sol yellow and white sands.

 

The finished model:

And of course this method can be used on the Lex Corp troopers.

 

Lex Corp 20.JPG