Thursday, February 4, 2016

Painting the Great Brass Scorpion part 2

Hello All,

Welcome to part 2. Remember when painting my Great Brass Scorpion (GBS) I loosely followed the instructions presented in Imperial Armor Masterclass Volume 2 with a few exceptions.

Part 1 can be found here

Products used
Sotar 20/20 – Airbrush
Vallejo Airbrush thinner
Vallejo Satin Varnish
Vallejo Gloss Varnish
Tamiya Acrylic Paint Thinner (X-20A)
Tamiya Clear red (X-27)- Glaze
Tamiya Clear Blue (X-23)- Glaze
Tamiya Clear Yellow (x-24)- Glaze

Glazing the Armor Plates

Using Tamiya Clear red I went over the plates. The Tamiya clear line have the consistency of cough medicine so make sure you dilute it to a good Airbrush consistency using Tamiya Thinner (not water.) I repeated this 4 times (More thin coats is better than fewer thick coats) letting it dry between each coat.

Next I went over each plate with a glaze of Tamiya Clear Blue same as above but only twice.

Next I repeated the above with Tamiya Yellow. Note the Armor class book suggested Orange but I felt yellow made it pop more.

Lastly A final layer of Tamiya Clear red was painted over the plates to bring it back to a red (It was starting to look orange.)

Next the plates were given a coat of Vallejo Satin Varnish to protect the layers of glaze and tone down the overall effect then followed up with a layer of Vallejo gloss Varnish (thinned) to put a little shine back in it. 

Tamiya paints especially those of the the clear line should be allowed to dry thoroughly. I allowed each coat to dry for about an hour and allowed each color change to dry overnight. It took four nights to complete the transition. 

Up Next The Brass Banding on the plates...

I hope you are enjoying this.

Till next Time



  1. Awesome job! I love the look of the brass on the pieces, please keep giving updates for the final results.


  2. This is very interesting. You had huge amount of glazing to do. Much more than I would have expected. I look forward to part 3.