Khorne Dogs Part 3: Juggernauts!...

So to go with my lord on Juggernaut will be several Juggernauts of Khorne which will count as Thunderwolf Calvary. In total I have six of them, two of which have lightning claws, two have axes and storm shields and  two will have power fists and storm shields. These are the first three that I have completed....

Khorne Dogs Part 2: The Lord...

In the second part of my Chaos Khorne army using Space Wolves rules I am showcasing my Chaos/Wolf Lord. This guy can be used for both regular Chaos Space Marines or as part of this Space Wolves list. When using the Space Wolves list he counts as a Wolf Lord on Thunderwolf with Black Death. I may add an optional storm shield to him also in the...

Khorne Dogs Part 1: Murderfang and Blood Claws...

With the release of the new Space Wolves codex I was immediately tempted to make a Khorne army based on their rules. I had heard of people doing this before and after reading the codex I knew I could make a list that would feel Khornate and play the way Khorne should, even more so than a Khorne army made with the Chaos Space Marine book. Plus the thought of Juggernaut riders counting as Thunderwolf Cavalry is just too cool to pass up (you’ll see them in the future). The first models for this army that I have painted are a squad of blood claws, made using various Forgeworld parts and a Murderfang made from the World Eaters contemptor dreadnought, also from Forgeworld. I wanted the blood claws to have a bit more of a gladiatorial feel to them, and based their appearance of this model from the Chaos Fantasy...

Emerald Aces Centurions

My Emerald Aces army is drawing to a close. I have very little left to paint and don’t plan too many more additions. You’ll be seeing more bikes over the next few weeks but in the meantime I have made some Centurions for the...

Super Dungeon Explore Mini Bosses...

I have been painting some more miniatures for the Super Dungeon Explore set. These are the two mini bosses from the game. They are both the same miniature and I painted them both up completely the...

Miltarum Tempestus Scions Test Mini...

This is a test miniature from a Militarum Tempestus Command Squad I’m working on. The head and backpack are from Secret Weapon Miniatures. I wanted to practise my object source lighting on this squad and the plasma gunner was obviously a good place to start. I’m very happy with how this technique has come out considering this is only the third model I’ve ever tried OSL out on...

Emerald Aces Devastator Squad

I’ve had these guys painted up for a while now but never got round to taking photos of them. They act as some fire support for my Emerald Aces Space Marine chapter. I’ve always favoured the 4 missile launcher load out for Devastators for the...

SDE: Angry Bear & Some Monsters...

The Angry Bear is the last of the heroes from Super Dungeon Explore that I have painted. He’s slightly different to the other heroes as he’s not an outright playable character but something that the Deep Root Druid can transform into. These models are the first of the monsters in the box that I have painted. As there’s so many monsters I don’t plan on giving these a great paint job, just one that is satisfactory an makes them easily recognisable on the board. Lastly I created a video on My YouTube Channel that showcases all my hero miniatures from the...

SDE – A Ranger, A Rogue and A Sorceress...

I have finished painting the final three character models for Super Dungeon Explore (well technically the Angry Bear counts and he’s yet to be painted). These models are The Glimmerdusk Ranger, the Riftling Rogue and The Hexcast Sorceress. I particularly enjoyed painting the Hexcast Sorceress as I got to use a couple of colours I have very rarely used before. Here skirt for example was painted with Warlock Purple from Vallejo Game Color. Again I used a non metallic gold technique for some areas on these models and I am happy with the result. In hindsight I maybe should have used a black background for the Ranger whilst taking photos as her white areas don’t really show up well on here. With these models though I find the eye is usually drawn to the face and...

SDE Ember Mage, Dwarf and Deeproot Druid

I have completed three more of the heroes from Super Dungeon Explore. Here we have the Ember Mage, Hearthsworn Fighter and Deeproot Druid. With all of these models I decided to paint the gold in a non metallic metal style. I’m still practicing with this technique but I’m very happy with the results on these. I have almost completed another two heroes from this set, The Glimmerdusk Ranger and The Hexcast Sorceress, who I will be sharing on this blog in the coming days.

Super Dungeon Explore Paladin and Barbarian...

I recently purchased Super Dungeon Explore by Soda Pop Miniatures. Ever since I first discovered the game I’ve really liked the look of the miniature’s and the way it plays so I knew one day I would pick it up. The miniatures are of an anime style so are very different to the Games Workshop miniatures that I’m used to, which is a good thing as I’ve painted so much GW miniatures recently I needed something different. My Emerald Ace’s and Tomb Kings, plus some Tyranid models I’ve started painted are going to be put to one side for a bit whilst I paint up miniatures for this game. The game itself contains over 50 miniatures in the standard box, 9 of which are character models which are what I’ve started painted first. I’ve now finished two of these models, The Royal Paladin and the Claw Tribe Barbarian. As these are of an anime style I wanted the painted to suit this. What this means as there are a lot of flat colours with deep contrasting shadows. The most challenging part of these models I found were their eyes. They are by no means perfect but for a first attempt I am happy with the...

More Space Marine Bikes Completed...

Hope you all had a great Christmas. I’ve been working hard recently at getting a few more bikes painted up for my Emerald Ace’s army. I have no completed 4 grav gun bikers, another plasma gun biker for the command squad, a regular biker and my Kor’sarro Khan conversion. Khan was made out of a MKIV Biker rider from Forgeworld, a head from the Space Wolves Pack, a Relic Blade from the Space Marine Vanguard Veterans and he rides on a Chaos Space Marine bike that I have filed down in places to remove random Chaos arrows. I have a total of 6 grav guns in this army. Only two of them are from the Space Marine boxed sets, for the other four I used Gravity Guns by Spellcrow Miniatures. I have 2 more bikes and an attack bike very close to completion and I’m also working on my techmarines, thunderfire cannon and devastators who will provide some long range support for this...

First Tomb Kings Units

It must be years since I last painted anything for Fantasy before I started this Tomb Kings army. My first purchases for this army were a battalion, a unit of Tomb Guard and a Necropshynx. From these I have now painted a squad of skeleton warriors with hand weapons and shields and a 10 man squad of Tomb Guard with halberds which I eventually plan to expand on. Anyway, on to the models. With so many models to paint in the core of this army, I’m not going to paint at the best of my ability for any of them but I still wanted a good tabletop standard paintjob on them. These Tomb Guard were basecoated with the aptly named ‘Mummy’ paint from Minitaire. The bone areas were painted with Screaming Skull and the gold areas were painted with Glorious Gold from Vallejo Game Color. I also then painted the halberd shafts with Khorne Red. I then applied a wash of Agrax eathshade to the entire model before highlighting the bone with a drybrush of Terminatus Stone. The gold was drybrushed with Golden Griffon and the red and blue areas were painted with Evil Sunz Scarlet and Sotek Green before given a wash of Drakenhof Nightshade. The halberds were simply painted with Ironbreaker and a Nuln Oil wash. These skeletons were given an even simpler paintjob. They were all basecoated with Screaming Skull and given an Agrax Earthshade wash with a drybrush of Terminatus stone, just as the bone on the Tomb Guard were. The shields are simply painted with Sotek Green and Glorious Gold which also had an Agrax Earthsade wash. All the bases on these models used Agrellan Earth technical paint with small slate rocks and static grass to add a bit...

Emerald Aces: First Few Bikes Are Painted...

I thought I would do a little project log for my custom Space Marine Chapter, The Emerald Aces. You may have already seen my Chapter Master on Bike for this army in an earlier blog post. Now I’m going to share with you five more bikes that I have completed. Two of them belong to the command squad and three of them belong to one of my troop choices. First up from my command squad are my company champion and plasma gunner. In the first of my bike squads are these three models. I plan to run 3 squads of 4 bikes and one attack bike containing grav guns and a combi grav sergeant (yes I’m that douche). First up is the sergeant, who keeping with my armies theme wears MKIV armour, and a grav gun biker. Lastly is the attack bike complete with riders wearing MKII armour and THAT comb-over head from...

Starting Airbrushing: Paint Brands...

In this post I will look at a few painting brands I have tried out through my airbrush and my thoughts on them. Before I bought my airbrush I was mainly using Citadel Paints and Vallejo Game Color paints to paint my miniatures with. I first tried Citadel Paints in my airbrush. These are quite a pain when it comes to airbrushing. I love the paints but they are designed for brush work only and it’s very obvious in the pigment thickness and the pots that they come in. The thickness of the pigments, even in the base paints isn’t a major issue as you can of course and should thin them down anyway but the pots are a stumbling block for me. I’ve found it quite a chore to take paint from the pots to my airbrush cup. I mainly use an old brush to do this and a lot of the paint gets wasted as it just sticks to the brush. The Vallejo paints on the other hand are thinner and come in dropper bottles which I think is the number one thing to look for when finding paints for your airbrush as it makes life so much easier. The Vallejo Game Colors still require thinning down, but not as much as the Citadel Paints. The Colors match up pretty well to the Citadel range and with my Space Marine bikes that I’m currently working on I did switch my base colour from the Citadel paint I was using to a Vallejo and the difference is hardly noticeable. Vallejo also have a range called Model Air. These are paints designed specifically for air brush use. I have a small selection of colours from this range that I have tried out. They work...

Starting Airbrushing: Thinners and Cleaners...

In this blog post I’m going to look at ways to thin paints for airbrushing and also the cleaning solutions I’ve been using to clean my airbrush. Thinners I recommend for airbrushing to always thin your paints unless you’re using paints specifically designed for air brush use (which I will look at in a future post). There are several ways to thin your paints, the most obvious way being with water, however with water I find the pigment in the paint seems to separate on occasions so I prefer to use a thinning solution. Acrylic mediams such as Citadels Lahmian Medium or Vallejo Model Air Thinner are very good. I’ve also tried using Isopropyl Alcohol to thin paints and this works very well too and it’s good for cleaning. I’ve been doing a lot of research into airbrushing online and I came across a video by Les from Awesome Paint Job who posted this video about making his own thinner from Liquitex Matte Medium, Liquitex Flow Aid and Water. I decided to try this mix for myself and it works really well and I think in the long run will work out cheaper than buying bottles of Citadel or Vallejo mediums. Cleaning When it comes to cleaning your airbrush you obviously need to clean it out between using different colours and when you’ve finished using it. You also should take it apart and clean all the parts every now and then. When it comes to this part I’ve decided to use an Ultrasonic Cleaner. When using the Ultrasonic cleaner I takeairbrush apart and put the parts in the Ultrasonic cleaner for about 5-10 minutes with warm water and a cap full of Cleaning Solution. After this I rinse the parts off with water and...

Starting Airbrushing: The Setup...

Within the last few weeks I’ve started to get into airbrushing. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time and with so many Space Marine bikes to paint I thought now would be a great time to do so as I can save myself a lot of time when it comes to my basecoating. In this blog post I’m going to share with you guys which airbrush I went for and my first few experiences using it. After doing a lot of research online and watching several Youtube videos on starting airbrushing for beginners on a budget the KMS Airbrush Kit AS186 kept coming up. At less than £80 for a complete airbrush kit with compressor and two airbrushes seemed like a bargain and I must say after using it a few times it really is! Sure it might not be the best compressor on the market and I may purchase a different gravity fed airbrush in the future but for it’s price and as a beginner I highly recommend it. I’m still learning to get the paint consistency to the correct level. Sometimes I’ve thinned it too much which has resulted in the airbrush pushing paint around the model. You certainly need the paint to be milky rather than watery. Citadel paints really are a pain to work with. If you’re not using paints in dropper bottles then you’re going to find it a chore to mix in the airbrush cup. It’s not a major issue but Citadel paints require more thinning and dropper bottle paints such as those in the Vallejo range are much easier to work with. For my basecoating I switched to using a Vallejo grey paint. I’ve since ordered Badger’s Minitaire range so I’m really looking forward...