Inquisitor Lok, painting from the inside out

I thought I might share with you guys the way I go about painting models.
And by that I mean, what gets painted first.

I paint from the inside out.

I'll start with the elements that are in the deepest recesses and work out from those. In this case, it happens to be his face. By starting with his face and not his hood around it, I can focus on painting the details and not worry about getting paint elsewhere. When I'm done with the face, I'll just go back in with black and clean up the edges and then paint the next portion around that as I work my way "out."

After his face came the armour. He's wearing it under everything else and by painting it next, it doesn't matter if I make a mess, I'll clean it up when I move onto his robes.

I'm going to stop here because the next part is his leather cloak and I'll be doing a full tutorial on it. I've got a fast and easy method to making it look like a rich, weathered coat that's well worn and broken in.

But this is how it goes for the rest of the model. Looking at each area and figuring out what should be painted first so that I can make it easy for myself and use the following area to clean up any previous mistakes.

Now there will come a point when you have so much painted that you are working in confined spaces and must be extremely careful with your painting. That will come towards the end when you're just about done with the model though and you're pretty much just painting details here and there.

My Project Link: Inquisitor Lok

Ron, From the WarpIf you've got any questions about something in this post, shoot me a comment and I'll be glad to answer. Make sure to share your hobby tips and thoughts in the comments below!


  1. Very interesting Ron! I've read about your "inside out" style before, but haven't tried it yet.

    I paint in the complete opposite. I start with the largest area (armor/uniform usually) and the face is almost always the last to get done.

    However, I definitely see the value of your technique and will give it a try on a future project.


    im interested to know about your new worn and grimey painting style, been watching recently and love the finish on your recent models but im interested to know, are you being quite brutal and heavy with washes, is that whats giving the more battle worn look? im only asking as i am quite heavy with washes but i then go back and clean the model up and im wondering if i should let the washes do more of the work and just then highlight from there...?

    good stuff as usual.

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  4. Thanks guys.

    Vinci76: When it comes to the washes, I'm still experimenting with how "heavy" or "light" I go with them.

    I think everyone starts out just "using them" and over time, you begin to discover the subtleties between a heavy pass and a lighter pass depending on what you want the final results to look like.

    I think the battle worn look is coming from a combination of little things... a narrow palette, darker colors overall and highlights that are rich instead of washed out.


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