How To Paint Gold Armour with Citadel Metallic Paints

Gold is a surprisingly common colour for Warhammer Fantasy and Warhammer 40K. Not all miniatures are completely in gold, like the Blood Angels Sanguinary Guard but, but there are small gold-sections on a lot of miniature.

In this tutorial I present a short guide to painting gold with Citadel Metallic Paints. There are different ways to paint gold, but this one has worked very well for me in the past. This painting tutorial is a guest article by Tom from Mini Brush Studio.

For painting the Blood Angels gemstones I used the following Citadel paints:

  1. Balsthasar Gold (Base)
  2. Agrax Earthshade (Wash)
  3. Gehenna’s Gold (Layer)
  4. Auric Armour Gold (Layer)
  5. Runefang Steel (Layer)

Step 1 – Basecoat & Wash

How to Paint Metallic Gold Sanguinary Guard - Step 1

All areas that will be gold are base-coated with Balsthasar Gold and washed with Agrax Earthshade.


Step 2 – First Highlight

How to paint metallic Gold Sanguinary Guard - Step 2

In a second step, exposed areas are highlighted with Gehenna’s Gold.


Step 3 – Second Highlight

How to paint gold Sanguinary Guard - Step 3

A second, more targeted highlight is added to key points with Auric Armour Gold.


Step 4 – Silver Reflections

How to Paint Blood Angels Sanguinary Guard

In the final stage, the gold-effect is finished by adding silver reflection using Runefang Steel.


Showcase – The Sanguinor, Exemplar of the Host

Blood Angels Space Marines The Sanguinor Exemplar of the Host

Finally a picture of a completed Sanguinor. It is not the same model shown in the tutorial above, but it was painted with the same technique at the same time.

You can take a 360° look at the unit on YouTube.