Abaddon and Loken

I’ve recently finished painting Abaddon and Loken from the Forgeworld Horus Heresy character series. I really love these models (okay I admit it, I love all the Forgeworld Horus Heresy stuff) and they were really fun to paint. I’m not a huge fan of the large base that this diorama uses. I painted a few bits in different colours, such as copper pipes, sandstone building just so it wouldn’t look so dull.                    

Using Shades to Basecoat Quickly...

I know many people who like to get their miniatures painted quickly and one technique a few of them use is one I’ve too used myself in the past. This technique is undercoating your miniature white and instead of painting, shading and highlighting a basecoat you simply apply shades or washes straight onto the white instead. This creates instant highlights and shades and can look very effective.Of course some may see it as cheating and if you’re going for a high quality paint job then I don’t recommend it but this blog is all about Tabletop Standard and this method certainly works well if that’s what you’re looking for. Below are a few Tyranid models that have been basecoated this way. I think Tyranids are on army that really work well painted in this method. As you can see many different colours can look pretty effective. An old Spartan themed Space Marine I own had their armour painted in this way also. The miniatures were given three layers of Sepia wash to create this shade of colour. Of course the more layers you use the darker the colour will be. To get this colour for my Chaos Space Marines with mark of Nurlge, I first applied a brown wash from Vallejo’s Game Colour range and once that was dry I applied a Dark Green wash from the same range. I painted my chaos spawn by mixing yellow and green washes together. A couple of the spawn also had a purple wash applied over them to make them...

Showcase: Khorne Lord In Terminator Armour...

Every now and then I will showcase some of my favourite miniatures from my collection that I have painted over the years. I thought I would start off with my Khorne Lord in Terminator armour. This guy represents the character Scyrak The Slaughterer from Citadel Journal, a character I’ve always been a fan of. He is my favourite model from my every growing Chaos Space Marine...

How To Paint Imperial Guard Praetorians

In this article I will show you how to paint Imperial Guard Praetorians to a good tabletop quality. These have always been my favourite type of Imperial Guard and it’s a shame they are no longer in production, however thanks to a certain online auction website I managed to pick up quite a few of these over the years. Below I will show you how I painted each different section of these. I started off by giving the models an undercoat of Chaos Black Spray from GW. Flesh 1. Basecoat: 2 thin coats of Cadian Fleshtone (layer) 2. Wash: Reikland Fleshshade (shade) 3. Drybrush: Elf Flesh (dry)   Helmet Basecoat: Rakarth Flesh (base) Layer: Paint on Screaming Skull (layer) leaving some of the basecoat showing through Highlight: Highlight with a 50/50 mix of Screaming Skull (layer) and White Scar (layer) Red Jackets Basecoat: Khorne Red (base) Wash: Carroburg Crimson (shade) Layer: Evil Sunz Scarlett (layer) As with the helmet paint on your layer and leave some of the base showing through Yellow Areas Basecoat: Averland Sunset (base) Wash: Fuegan Orange (shade) Layer: Flash Gitz Yellow (layer) Again leaving some of the basecoat showing through Blue Trousers Basecoat: Kantor Blue (base) Layer: Altdore Guard Blue (layer) Boots/Pouches Basecoat: Rakarth Flesh (base) Wash: Agrax Earthshade (shade) Layer: Karak Stone (layer) Extra Details The trim around the jacket was painted with Screaming Skull (layer) Metal Areas were painted with Runefang Steel (layer) and given a wash of Nuln Oil...

How To Look After and Clean Your Paint Brushes...

This article is all about getting the most life out of your brushes for painting miniatures. If you’re using expensive brushes then you want to get as much life out of your brush as possible to get the best value for money. You can only do that by looking after your brush. Clean Thoroughly and Regularly Seems a bit obvious but in my early days of painting I was quite bad at this. When you wash your brush in your water jar make sure you really give it a good long clean. Even when you think all the paint is removed it’s still best to give your brush those extra few seconds in water. Also clean your brush in regular intervals if you’re using the same colour for a long period of time. Remember if the paint is drying on the model, it’s also drying up inside the bristles of your brush. If you’re painting a tank or base coating a whole squad and let’s say it takes 20 minutes to do this, then you really need to wash your brush every 3-4 minutes at least. Change Your Water Pot Regularly You should always use a clean jar of water every time you start painting. You wouldn’t wash your dishes in dirty water so why would you wash your brush in dirty water too? Use Brush Cleaner Soap So you may still get the odd bits of paint dried up in your brush but it’s not the end of the world. This awesome product is a special type of brush cleaning soap that works wonders are getting paint out of your brushes. Below is a video tutorial from Lester Bursley from awesomepaintjob showing you how to use the soap. Do Not Lick Your Brushes!...

Finding That Motivation To Paint Your Miniatures

I love painting and I’m sure I’m not alone there, however I know people who hate painting and people who want to paint their miniatures but just can’t find the motivation to do so. I’ve struggled with finding that motivation myself in the past but I’ve also been on the other side of the coin and had painting sprees so to speak. It might just be the case that you don’t have time to paint your miniatures which is understandable. This article is aimed at people who have ever felt the need to paint their miniatures but just lacked that desire to do so. In this article I look at what steps I have taken personally to find that motivation I’ve lacked in the past to get me painting again. Inspiration I find that just looking at someone else’s painted models can help you find that motivation to paint your own miniatures. The Internet is full of some amazing looking miniatures and websites such as coolminiornot which is dedicated to showcasing miniatures from everyone from beginners to some of the best painters in the world. Magazines such as White Dwarf offer some good inspiration and there are hundreds of blogs out there dedicated to showcasing people’s armies. There is a possibility that looking at some excellent models could also have the opposite effect. Seeing world class painting can make you feel like ‘I will never reach that standard so why should I bother?’ but try and use it as inspiration to better yourself. I am by no means a superb painter but I always want to better myself and the best way anyone can do that is to simply practice. Keeping Stuff At Hand I’m lucky that I work from home therefore I have a room that I use as an office which has a large desk that I work from. I also share this desk space with my paints and miniatures. The time that one might use to surf the Internet, go on social media or look at funny cat videos could be used to basecoat models instead. Of course I know that the majority of people won’t have this set up at their home but if you have a spare space that is all set up and ready to use you will find it a huge benefit. Just being able to sit down and go will always be more appealing than having to drag out all your paints and models, making room on your dining room table and laying down newspaper just before you even begin. Multi Tasking This is something I do a lot. I usually paint whilst I’m watching TV or listening to a podcast. I watch a lot of TV on demand on the Internet so I can sit at my desk and paint whilst watching my favourite shows. I do this a lot during too, so much to the point now where if I’m watching TV on my own and not doing something constructive or creative I feel like I’m wasting time. Batch Painting and Mixing It Up It can get boring painting the same thing over and over again. Horde armies are terrible for this as no one enjoys painting 50+ rank and file models. I tend to paint models in small batches and then move onto a different unit, monster or vehicle etc. If you have several armies you might wish to paint units or models from different armies once in a while to mix things up a bit so you don’t get bored. Learning Something New There are many different painting techniques and paint types you can try in the hobby and learning about new skills or methods can be a great motivation as it gives you something new to try out. It’s not just techniques you may want to try out either. You might find a new type of...