How to Paint General Zod from DC Superheroes

In this painting guide I will describe how I painted General Zod.

Paint list (from scale colour unless specified)

  • Abyssal blue
  • Arctic blue
  • Black
  • Black leather
  • Brown leather
  • Caribbean blue
  • Arctic blue
  • White 
  • White sands
  • Coelia greenshade (citadel)
General zod painting tutorial

The model was prepared by spraying with black primer. I then applied a coat of black paint to ensure all of the surface was covered with an even coat.

General zod painting tutorial

Using an airbrush I applied a colour gradient over the model from overhead. With each colour I reduced the area of application.

  • abyssal blue
  • abyssal blue and caribbean blue 1:1 mix
  • abyssal blue and caribbean blue 1:2 mix
  • caribbean blue and arctic blue 1:1 mix

 

General zod painting tutorial

A wash of diluted coellia greenshade was applied neatly over the entire model.

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  • The cape was shaded with a mix of abyssal blue and black
  • Black was applied to the deepest recesses.
  • The first highlight was a mix of abyssal blue and caribbean blue. This is primarily to clean the surface of any roughness resulting from the wash.
  • A mix of caribbean blue, arctic blue and a touch of abyssal blue is applied sparingly to the sharpest edges of the cape.
General zod painting tutorial

The armour was shaded with a mix of black and brown leather. This was applied to the parts of the armour facing towards the ground only.

General zod painting tutorial

The armour was highlighted with a series of edge highlights. As before each colour was applied to a smaller area. Given the size of the armour plates it's not necessary to be too precise and the lines can be sharpened at a later stage.  

  • the first was an highlight over all edges of caribbean blue. 
  • the next highlight was done with arctic blue and was applied mostly to the upper edges and other prominent edges.
  • the next highlight was done with white sands picking out upper edges and corners. 
General zod painting tutorial

Before applying the final highlight I used a mix of abyssal blue and black to paint the undersuit and out line the armour plates. I also applied this mix to increase the shading of the individual plates.

The final highlight was a sparing application of white to the brightest points of the armour.

 

The finished model:

This method can also be used on the other members of Zod's team.

General zod painting tutorial