Quick Paint Messerschmitt BF 109 Part One (Blood Red Skies)

This is the second of my quick paint guide tutorials for painting your aircraft from Warlord Games excellent Blood Red Skies.  My first tutorial  looked at the Supermarine Spitfire MK II, and in this I will paint the Messerschmitt BF 109E that comes with the starter set.

Much like the Spitfire, the BF 109 (sometimes known as the ME 109) has a distinctive look and silhouette and likewise was an amazing aircraft that struck terror into the British public, but also was held in awe by the RAF.

There are many paint schemes for the aircraft in World War II and the BF 109 is no different and I opted for a very simplistic scheme that would allow me to play with the aircraft as quickly as possible.

In this two part video I put down the base coats, used a shade to get all the detail in the panels to pop out, and finally used a combination of wet brushing and normal painting to finish this part of the tutorial of sorts.

The paints I used were as follows

Humbrol Yellow Matt 29

Humbrol Aircraft Blue Matt 65

Games Workshop Nuln Oil

Games Workshop Russ Grey

Games Workshop Abaddon Black

Games Workshop Scar White

Games Workshop Mournfang Brown


Firstly the whole model was primed using Humbrol Matt Black Primer Spray (35) and once dry was given a coat of Russ Grey which was drybrushed onto the miniature.

I then painted Aircraft Blue Matt 65 on the underside of the plane and let the miniature dry.

The entire model was given a wash of Nuln Oil and left to dry again.  Then I drybrushed Russ Grey with a tiny amount of Scar White on the upper fuselage of the aircraft and on the lower fuselage using Aircraft Blue Matt 65.

I added a few wee details by painting the nose cone, wheels, cockpit and aerial in Abaddon Black, the wing tips and nose cone and rudder where painted using Matt Yellow and finally added a bit of camouflage on the upper part of the plane using a mix of Mournfang Brown. I am not too keen on the camouflage so may repaint them in a dark green at some point.

In the next video I will go over how to do the details and add the decals, I am just waiting on Warlord delivering my decals for that..

Hopefully someone may find this of use and as always comments are always welcomed.

You can check out my first painting tutorial/guide for the Supermarine Spitfire HERE and my review of Blood Red Skies HERE.

Published by Marc Farrimond

I'm a 55 year guy from Wigan in Lancashire living in Edinburgh, Scotland with two of my four awesome kids and my long suffering wife Laura. I have worked freelance over the years for some of the biggest names in tabletop and roleplaying and I am a very keen cosplayer and photographer.

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