Thursday, 22 November 2012

Easy Plasma Weapons

If, like me, you're no good at object source lighting (OSL), fine and delicate highlighting, or just like to get things done easily, then you may find this method for painting plasma weapons of interest.

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Terminator Chaplain

Just a quick little showcase post today; I have been neglecting the blog lately.

Here's my rendition of GW's outstanding Terminator Chaplain miniature. This is undoubtedly one of my very favourite models from GW. Everything about it is just spot-on. He's so imposing and positively oozes character. The helmet is tilted at just the right angle, and the parchments are superbly realised.

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Ultramarines Command Squad

Sorry for the lack of new posts for the last week or so: I've not had time to feed my batteries of keyboard monkeys and they were hammering out gibberish. Something about being and not being, I don't know.

Anyway, time for another Ultramarines showcase. May I present my Second Company Command Squad.

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Patrekr the Sharp-Minded: WIP

Here's my second 'test' model for my Space Wolves (if you can have a second test model once you've decided the paint scheme). May I present Patrekr the Sharp-Minded, a Long Fang Pack Leader with keen senses, and a keener mind undimmed by age.

For Patrekr I wanted to convey a sense of a man who's seen it all and calmly directs the fire from his pack without any fuss or stress. I decided to convert him so that he was, almost casually, leaning on his chainsword whilst surveying the scene.

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Space Wolf test model

Carrying on with my plan to paint up my Space Wolves quickly, effectively, and with as little fuss as possible, here's my test model for the army. This is the same mini that featured in my Space Wolf armour painting tutorial.

There's essentially no line highlighting, layering or blending used on this model. It's all done with a combination of drybrushing and washes.

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Marneus Calgar

Well they don't get much more Ultramariney than this guy! Marneus Augustus Calgar himself.

This model is a real challenge to paint. I had to paint him in four sub-assemblies (legs and base, torso and arms, 'U' icon, and sword). I took my time with this model as I really didn't want to mess up on the Calgar model in my Ultramarine army. That wouldn't do at all.

Monday, 5 November 2012

Fast, effective, Space Wolf armour: tutorial - UPDATED

UPDATE: please note that the original photos I took for this tutorial were badly over-exposed and the colour appeared much too light. The above photo much better reflects the final outcome of this method.


One of the driving philosophies behind my Space Wolves army is to really focus on efficiency. To get the best results I can, with the minimum of fuss. This is somewhat of a departure from my Ultramarine army. New army, new style.

In this post I'll give a quick tutorial on how I am planning to paint my Space Wolves' armour. This is really quick and easy and should give sound results.

Wolf Guard Pack Leaders: WIP

One of the key parts of the Space Wolf army list is integrating Wolf Guard Pack Leaders with the various units from within the codex. The Wolf Guard are so versatile, they can be built to complement any type of unit. Plus with the new challenge rules in Sixth Edition, they can come in handy.

Friday, 2 November 2012

Optimal Prime

I'm sure many of you are familiar with the concept of the 'spray stick'. For those who aren't, the spray stick is a really great technique to use when priming your miniatures.

It's kind of exactly what it sounds like. You attach your miniatures to a stick (or stick-like object) with adhesive tack or similar and spray away with your spray primer.

So why bother? What are the advantages?

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Wolf Priest: WIP

Let me introduce you to Hrafn Fire-in-the-Heart, Wolf Priest to Rikkard's Great Company.

Inspiration is an important thing in this hobby – much like any other art form or creative pursuit. A hobbyist may be inspired by story, or a character, a new kit, a new codex, or all manner of things. In this case, I was inspired by one model, built and painted by one person. Therefore before I go into any more details about my own take on a Wolf Priest, I should place credit where credit is due and link you to William (Wiltrichs) Davies's Wolf Guard Battle Leader.