Monday, 30 November 2015


So I went on an eBay shopping spree and bought a bunch of the Space Hulk new release termies.  I chopped them off of the weirdy shaped bases and pinned them onto some regulation sized resin ones. I then set about painting them with my usual blood angel recipie....and here are the results.

Spot the odd one out! Captain Karlaen for good measure.

Also loved the sculpt here...did not love the FineCast. 
 For a bit of fun, I wanted to make my army commander look a bit his armour had been passed down through generations. So I basically modified and changed the colour scheme on a Kaldor Draigo. He looks pretty good with the other only regret is not changing the storm shield for a blood angel assault terminator one. Sadly I couldn't get hold of the piece, so maybe later :-(


This was the first miniature of my renaissance painting career! I used to love my old school metal dreadnought...None of my mates had one and it demolished everything else in 3e. He was looking a little worse for wear though; even when his torso sat upon his legs.

Not bad blending on the melta though! 

So he went for a Dettol bath, along with a bunch of my other 3e metal models.

Once cleaned down I rebuilt him as he was, adding only a resin base and a few little details that I picked up off of Bitzbox. I also drilled all of the gun barrels...something I am now doing with ally models.

Here is a few photos of him getting painted up, washed and highlighted. The recipie is exactly the same as I used for my devastators. The only difference here is that I tried to wet blend the panels to give them some tonal variation within the panels themselves. I also tried to narrow the pallet down a bit, to keep everything a bit more keyed in.

I hope you guys like it, as always feedback is gratefully received (just bear in mind this was the first mini I had painted in nearly 20 years!).

Sunday, 29 November 2015


Sorry to anyone who came to visit my blog in the last couple of days.  It seems my phone went rogue and deleted much of the photo content.  I have amended what I can now, but I am still missing some WIP shots.  To make up for it here is a photo of an angry chaplain and an unpainted Tyranid Prime.  Christmas has come early...



Saturday, 28 November 2015

Rhino Salvage Job and Tank Painting

So I had a battered old predator and a mk1 rhino sitting at home...Both in need of some love. I've decided to paint them up for my Blood Angels, and add a second mk1 rhino to the brigade. Here is a brief run down of the work in progress.

I bought a particularly ropey mk1 rhino on ebay...It had clearly been  painted over a few times and even had some plastic heraldry stuck on top of the paintwork (!).  It got ripped apart and stripped in Dettol.  Sadly some damage happened to the chassis below the left hand headlight...This will become battle damage later on.  I've then had to separate many of the components to clean it properly, and scrape out what looks like araldite from the sections.

So I then set about updating things a bit. I changed the doors for new predator top hatches (with their surrounds), chopped off the bendy exhaust pipes (a couple were missing anyways) and reconstructed them with plastic tubing and scratch made the arrows for the top hatch and front plates.  I also stuck a couple of trinkets on for decoration.

Looking a lot better off now

So that's where I'm up to with the rhino...more to follow.

Here is my predator work in progress. I have painted it in exactly the same formula that I use for my marines and went for a slightly unusual colour scheme.  The sponsors have gone (too badly damaged to repair) and the autocannon (again damaged) was cut away and replaced with the lascannons.

This photo shows some early weathering that I have been doing with washes. I am going for a battle scarred and well used look here, so there's still some way to go. I may even make this my first venture into using weathering pigments...I will post more pics when it's done.

More nids

More nids finished up today...same colour scheme as the temegants, so I didn't do any work in progress shots. I did some higher highlights on the carnifex and I'm pretty pleased with it. Comments welcome as always.

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Tyranid Colour Scheme

So I think nids are really cool...I got a few Termegants on the cheap and decided to have a go at painting them up. I have taken some of the inspiration from CrankyWarGamer...and modified things a bit to suit me. Let me know what you think...

First up...apologies, some of the WIP shots have been lost due to phone difficulties.  I will post some new ones in when I paint my next 'nids.  In the meantime, I have added photos of my other guys at similar stages for reference.

So I primed in black and then put a coat of Kantor Blue over the fleshy areas.  I then go over the flesh with Lothern Blue...this is when the models look at their maximum jankiness. 

Next comes a white drybrush. Now I tried to do this with deliberately poor technique to give the skin some texture. As it turns out, the rubbish drybrush looks a bit like denim when it's all washed down...not deliberate, but gives the illusion of the skin not being smooth. I really like the smoothskin style as well, I may have a go at a different hivefleet in the future...I quite fancied doing a really organic slick brown style...time is my limiting factor though.

Looking at the model at this stage, you could easily peel off here and go down an ice-nids route...that'd be cool.

Some details now; Khorne Red for all the bits. I went for a more orangey red on the plating as I did some reading about colour theory and that seemed to be a good spot against the sky blue...contrast and all that.

And here is another example, my carnifex, finished up and based (very simple sand and slate, black prime then drybrushed up in grey tones to nearly white).

I'm really keen to hear any feedback about the scheme or any other aspect of my stuffs...I will shortly post a few pictures taken with proper backgrounds etc to show my models off a bit better. Later on..