We knew it wouldn't take long for Byron Orde to paint up a load of the new Necrons that were released last weekend - the man is a painting machine (with mechanical arms and legs, so we've heard). Byron painted them much like his Annihilation Barges we showed the other week, using the colours from Chris Peach's painting guide for the Nihilakh Dynasty, which can be found in May's issue of White Dwarf. Here's Byron to tell you more:
Byron: I painted these new units using a slight variation of the methods used in this month's issue of White Dwarf. I'm currently experimenting with adding Layer paints to Shades to see how they mix, and one of my first experiments was adding Mournfang Brown to Seraphim Sepia to see how it changed the tone (I didn't use much mind you, a tiny dab of paint will suffice). I then used this mix to shade all of the gold areas on the model, turning them a deep bronze colour. I then went back to following the painting guide and finished off the metal with a drybrush on both the bronze and silver areas with Runefang Steel. Otherwise, all the stages I used are the same as the ones in White Dwarf.
The back of the Wraiths have to be my favourite parts of the new kits, they really reward you for taking the time to paint in the recessed details (as does all of the necron stuff if you're doing it in a bright scheme). I also decided to add some extra colour to them in the form of blood, which I achieved by loading up my brush with a mix of red paints and then blowing on it very hard in the general direction of the model's claws. It's a completely unpredictable technique, but the random splatter is almost impossible to fake. There's also no going back once it's done, which I believe is part of the enjoyment.