How to Paint Warhammer 40k Miniatures: Zenethal Prime


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Warhammer 40k Painting Zenethal Prime

Video Transcript

One of the best ways to prep your model for painting is to use something known as a Zenethal Prime and that’s something that I’ve done on this awesome Ragnar Blackmane model and I’m going to show you how to do the same thing

One of the reasons that we do a Zenethal prime is it helps you speed up the overall painting of a model while also adding a great amount of contrast, which gives it that cool dynamic look

One of the best things about this is because half of the model is being left black to represent the shadow, you actually end up painting less surface area and get to avoid all of those hard to reach places. Zenethal prime acts as sunlight would on your model. So you’re essentially trying to spray the lighter color over the black from the direction of the sun. The way we do this is by spraying top-down.

Now spray cans aren’t designed to be used upside down, so we actually have to do is tilt the model towards the camera. Notice how I’m spraying in a circular motion trying to make sure that I also get the edges of the model.

Then I’m going to tilt the model to make sure that I shoot down the back and down the front of the model so that it isn’t completely black when we look at it straight on.

Ultimately we want to make sure that we do get some color on this model and that the whole thing doesn’t just look black. Then lastly, I’m going to pick one focal point, which is typically what people would look at when they first see the miniature and spray directly down that side to really brighten it up. From that one point there you have a simple Zenethal primed miniature. From here we can go and add all of the colors and details that we want to really start to make this model pop.

While this isn’t the method that many people use to paint, we find it’s easier to paint models this way, especially when it comes to knocking out models quickly and still have them looking good.

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We made a guide that teaches you how to go from this Zenethal prime to actually colorizing the model and having it looking professional in a fraction of the time.

On top of that, the guide also gives you ways to get miniatures a lot cheaper than most people do and teaches you some professional tips and tricks to play the game and if you’d like to get access to the guide, all you have to do is look in the description of this video, click on the link and download it and it’s yours for free.

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