40K Showcase: Weathered Imperial Knight

Titan 18

Weathering techniques can take a normal paint job, to a whole new level. The techniques can make a figure appear more real by making them seem as if they had been worn out through time and use.

Here are some pictures of my second Hawkshroud Imperial Knight Titan, Oathsworn to the Blood Angels. This time it has multitude of weathering effects. The differences can go from obvious to subtle. You can see the changes, and decide if this is something you would like to try on your own. I brought this model to the Gencon 2014 painting competition where it got first place in the Machines of War (open) category.

The twin to this model can be seen here. Its is almost the same paint scheme, minus the used look.

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This small clip lets you see it in a more natural setting and in motion:



Have you used techniques like this before? What was the outcome? and if you have never used it, will you try them in the future?

Please leave comments below.

  • Jay Shepherd

    Man that is so awesome.

  • wolfpuppet

    I think it looks awesome. Weathered models – especially on the tabletop – tell a better, more compelling story than their squeaky-clean counterparts. Even Eldar models look better weathered (at least to me).

  • Knight

    Really beautiful paint job! What type of weathering did you use?

  • xNickBaranx

    I’m going to suggest a title change. “Weathered Imperial Knight”.

    “Weathering an Imperial Knight” conveys instruction or “how to”.

    Not fronting on the paint job – it is absolutely gorgeous. The content just wasn’t what I expected though when I clicked on it. I was hoping to glean something new.

    • ronin_cse

      Agreed, I clicked thinking this was a how to

      • Muninwing

        i suppose you could reverse engineer it…?

    • Craig Biddulph

      I expected a tutorial too. I have a feeling that was purposeful, as they’d get more clicks that way.

    • Jose A Velez

      I used that title, because I had a posted a previous titan. The other figure had the same paint scheme, but this one has been weathered. I forgot to put a link to the previous example so people could compare between old and used vs. new and shiny…

    • Jose A Velez
    • mclargehuge

      I agree. If you use the word “weathering” it implies that there are steps or techniques in here. Like “I started with a shiny, and I weathered it as such”. I would have just said “Showcase: Weathered Imperial Titan” and I would have clicked on it with a little less expectations.

      Gorgeous model and awesome work, if you have some in progress shots or tips please do share.

      • Jose A Velez

        I will use the titan to showcase weathering tips that I will post on a future article. 🙂

  • Paul Applebaum

    Good guy painter giving us a plethora of stills instead of only a video.

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  • David Leimbach

    Excellent photos of a great model!

  • amaximus167

    I think this is a super great example of weathering done correctly. There is weathering where it should be on the model, different types depending on how the part would actually wear and not super over the top on contrasting colors just to show off the skills.

  • withershadow

    Great job!

  • TimW

    Nice paint job but the metal trim looks unfinished. Why is everthing but the metal trim weathered?

    • Jose A Velez

      I thought that maybe the material of the rim is not one that rusts, so it only looses shine from micro scratches all over it and some dirt and grime… (at least that is why it is that way in my head… i could have worked on it a little more in those areas 🙂 )

  • BT

    Great paint job!