How to Paint Ogre Flesh

I recently recorded a video for my Bitzbox YouTube Channel where I painted the flesh on a Beastclaw Raider Ogor. Below is the finished miniature he was used on. Below is the tutorial in question...

Inquisitor Greyfax

My favourite miniature from The Gathering Storm Triumvirate of the Imperium boxed set is easily Inquisitor Greyfax. I wanted to try a NMM gold and silver for her armour which despite not being perfect has came out satisfactory. I will keep practicing it for sure. I also wanted something special for her base so I scratched built this one for her which I am really happy with. Below is a video showing off how I made it....

How To Airbrush Blue Flames...

In my first tutorial video I show you how to use stencils to easily airbrush some really cool looking blue hot rod flames onto your miniatures.

Creating A Heat Tint or Steel Bluing Effect...

In this tutorial I will show you how to create a heat tint on weapons. This is also known as ‘bluing’ which can often be found on exhausts. This is caused by extreme heat and I’ve recently seen in used more and more on certain cannons and melta weapons in the 40K universe. The first example of this may be on the Forgeworld Legion Glaive model. I decided to give this effect a go and create a little tutorial on how I achieved this type of effect on an Imperial Knight Thermal Cannon. Firstly I painted the cannon with Leadbelcher (GW Layer). Once this was dry I airbrushed Brass Monkey (Badger Minitaire) onto half of the cannon. You could also paint this on and any gold or light brass colour will work just as well. Apologies on glare coming off the tutorial images due to over exposure. I fixed this for the final result image. In the next step I airbrushed Ghost Tint Purple (Badger Minitaire) making sure I left some of the gold near the inner edge showing. Some areas were cleaned up by painting this colour on as due to the thin nature of this paint it acts like a wash so doesn’t always build up in the raised areas. Again you could paint this step using a thin purple paint or shade. I then painted on some Ghost Tint Blue (Badger Minitaire) at the very edges. Again any thinned down blue or blue wash can be used. You could also airbrush this but I chose to use a brush as I wanted this colour to be very subtle. Lastly I drybrushed some Abaddon Black (GW Base) on the edge of the gun and deepened all the recesses with Nuln Oil (GW...

How To Paint Plaguebearers...

In this tutorial I will share my method for painting Chaos Daemons Plaguebearers of Nurgle. This technique is different from the traditional look of these models. I wanted the skin to look really pallid and muted rather than a bright slimy green that you often see. The model was first primed black and then given a basecoat of Rakarth Flesh (GW Base). Once this was dry I applied a fairly heavy wash of Agrax Earthshade (GW Shade) Next I gave the model a drybrush of 1 part Rakarth Flesh to 2 parts Ogryn Camo (GW Layer). This drybrush was slightly heavier than a traditional dry brush that only catches the edges of a model as I wanted all the raised areas of flesh to be drybrushed. Another drybrush was then applied. This time adding some White Scar (GW Layer) to the previous mix. This amount varied from model to model as I wanted to have slight variations in the overall skin tone. Once this is dry I applied a heavy glaze of an equal mix of Agrax Earthshade and Coelia Greenshade over the entire model. This mix was thinned with an equal amount of water which is slightly heavier than my usual glaze mixes. What is a Glaze? A glaze is similar to applying a wash except it’s purpose is not to darken recesses but tint the overall colour of an area and therefore glazes should be applied carefully over an entire area. Glazes are usually thinner than washes and are applied in multiple layers. I glazed 3-4 layers of Druchii Violet (GW Shade) around the belly areas and did the same with Carroburg Crimson (GW Shade) in small areas around boils and pustules. That’s pretty much it for the skin. The gore areas...

How to Paint Luna Wolves

I was recently asked to make a tutorial about painting the white armour for the Luna Wolves Space Marine Legion from the Horus Heresy. This tutorial shows my way of painting them. Light colours, especially white and yellow can be tricky to paint and for me I like to start with the shadows and layer up to the lighter colour. Painting them this way means that your basecoat is a very important step as a nice smooth basecoat will make the whole process a lot easier. For this example I used my airbrush to basecoat the model in Minitaire Base Grey. If you do not have an airbrush or Minitaire paints then two thin layers of Ulthuan Grey over a white undercoat should provide you with a good basecoat. The next step is to apply a thinned wash of nuln oil into all the recesses of the model. This is to provide deeper shadows. The Luna Wolves armour is not pure white and the shadows and joins are almost black on the armour. As the white of the Luna Wolves armour is not a pure white I used Palid Wych Flesh instead of White Scar to paint the armour. This may still be too white depending on your taste so you may wish to add some Ulthuan Grey into it. The trick now is to apply several thin and even layers of this colour. Don’t worry if the first couple of layers look terrible. I recommend thinning your paint to a milky consistency using an acrylic thinner is possible rather than water to get a good flow. I used a detail brush to carefully apply the white around the recesses as you want to keep the shadows showing through. This is my model after...

3 Quick Ways to Paint Bone...

In this tutorial I will show you how to paint bone very quickly not once, not twice but thrice! These methods are designed for a quick tabletop standard, the third of which I am using for the skeletons for my upcoming Tomb Kings army which you will be seeing a lot more of over the coming weeks and months. Very Quick Way This is the quickest way to paint bone on your models and might be something you’ll try if the model is largely bone and you wanted it painted fast. 1. Undercoat the model White 2. Apply a wash over the bone areas with Seraphim Sepia (GW Shade) 3. Highlight the bone with Screaming Skull (GW Layer) White Bone White bone is also very quick and easy to paint. 1. Undercoat the model White 2. Apply a wash over the bone areas with Nuln Oil (GW Shade) 3. Highlight the bone with White Scar (GW Layer) Bleached Bone This my preferred method of painting bone and the one I’m using for my Tomb King army. 1. Undercoat the model White 2. Basecoat the bone areas with Screaming Skull. (GW Layer) 3. Apply a shade over the bone areas with Agrax Earthshade (GW Shade) 4. Drybrush the bone areas with Terminatus Stone (GW...

Using Ghost Tints

I’ve had a lot of fun lately playing around with my new Badger Miniatire paints for my airbrush, especially their Ghost Tints. In this blog post I’m going to show you different ways to use them and some of the effects I’ve achieved with them. I am of course new to airbrushing so these examples represent what a beginner can achieve with these with more expert airbrush users can go beyond these examples. What is a Ghost Tint? These paints are more like your traditional wash. They are commonly referred to by airbrushers as ‘candy’ paints. They work by tinting a surface in the colour of the ghost tint but have no effect on black surfaces. They work best when used on top of white or grey paint. TIP: You should let Ghost Tints dry for 24 hours. After which you MUST apply a layer of varnish. They dry pretty glossy so you may want to use a Matt Varnish to bring down the shine. I’ve used a Gloss, Satin and Matt Varnish in my examples to show you the different finishes What to use them for? I’ve mainly used Ghost Tints for three different effects. The first is to tint a full suit of power armour (or any armour), create interesting effects using stencils on a black base and lastly to tint silver to make a metallic colour. So firstly I’ll show you an example of a couple of Slaanesh Chaos Space Marines. They were given a basecoat of Base Grey from the Minitaire paints and then drybrushed with White Scar. Once this was dry I applied a layer of Ghost Tint Purple over them. This is a quick and easy way to paint armour and is not too dissimilar to applying a...

How to Paint Flames

With the new Space Marine codex we’re no doubt going to see Space Marine Captains or Chapter Masters carrying the burning blade. My Chapter master is no exception so I thought I would make a little tutorial showing you how to quickly and easily paint fire on your models. Start off by base coating or undercoating the flames white and then add a couple of thin layers of Flash Gitz Yellow (GW Layer). Next we apply a thin coat of Fire Dragon Bright (GW Layer) to the edges of the flames and the raised parts of the flames. Once this is dry take some Wild Rider Red and apply it to the very edges of the flames. You might also choose to apply some White Scar to the inner most parts of the flames also. To bring all the colours together and get a smoother looking transition between the colours you’ll need to apply a glaze of Bloodletter (GW Glaze) over the red and orange parts. I used Casandora Yellow (GW Shade) mixed with a little glaze medium to apply a glaze over the yellow and white areas. Both glazes were mixed slightly where they...

NNM Gold For Beginners

In this tutorial I’m going to show you how to do a basic non metallic gold effect on your models. I’m by no means an expert on this technique as I’m still in the process of learning it myself but with anything we all need to start somewhere and I hope this tutorial will be a springboard for others who want to get into learning how to achieve non metallic gold. In this example I’m going to be working on the Crozius Arcanum of the Space Marine plastic Chaplain. We start by giving the area a basecoat of 50/50 Balor Brown (GW Layer) and Gorthor Brown (GW Layer) The next step is to apply some shading. I used a 50/50 mix of Agrax Earthshade (GW Shade) and Carroburg Crimson (GW Shade) Our first highlighting stage requires all the raised areas to be highlighted with Balor Brown Next up is the part I think trickiest when doing NNM and that is highlighting where the light source would be most strong. In this example I’m going to assume the light is hitting the model from the top/front. I created a 70/30 mix of Balor Brown and Screaming Skull for this highlight and highlighted just on the edges of the raised areas, the top of the skull, above it’s eye sockets and along the top of the Crozius. Tip: Taking a photo of the model with your cameras flash on from the angle you want the light to hit the model will give you a good picture showing where the light source would be hitting it. For the final highlighting step I added a little bit more Screaming Skull to the previous mix along with a tiny bit of White Scar (GW Layer) This was only applied...

How To Paint Parchment & Purity Seals...

In this tutorial I will show you how I paint parchment and purity seals for my Space Marines. In this example I will be using the new plastic chaplain model. We start with a basecoat of Rakarth Flesh (GW Base). This may require a couple of thin coats to get a smooth finish. Once this is dry we apply a wash of Agrax Earthshade (GW Shade) Top Tip: Sometimes the wash pools up at the bottom, to avoid this let the model dry upside down. This allows any of the wash that pools up to be in the recesses. We begin our highlights by layering Rakarth Flesh. Ensure to leave some of the wash in the recesses. Our final highlight is a 60/40 mix of White Scar and Rakarth flesh. This is also layered with some of the previous highlight left showing. Finally I painted the round wax parts with a basecoat of Khorne Red (GW Base), Washed with Drakenhof Nightshade (GW Shade) and highlighted with Evil Sunz Scarlett (GW...

Painting Horses for Warhammer Part 3: Chestnut...

With all the madness surrounding the new Space Marine release I’ve lacked the time to bring this tutorial sooner but finally here it is. This tutorial looks at painting Chestnut coloured horses for Warhammer. We start with a basecoat of Rhinox Hide (GW Base) The we apply a coat of Doombull Brown (GW Layer) The next step is to apply a layer of Tuskgor Fur (GW Layer) This is just so the next colour we apply will appear smoother and cover better with a single coat. Our final layer is of Deathclaw Brown (GW Layer) This is then given a wash of Agrax Earthshade to create the shadows. (GW Shade) I painted the mane with a couple of thin coats of Skraag Brown which was then given a wash of Agrax Earthshade. The hooves were painted with a couple of thin layers of Screaming Skull (GW...

Painting Horses for Warhammer Part 2: Grey...

In part two of the painting warhammer horses series I look at a simple way of painting grey horses. Start with a basecoat of Skavenblight Dingle (GW Layer) Then you give the model a wash of Nuln Oil (GW Shade) We start by layering up with colours, starting with Stormvermin Fur (GW Layer) Our next layer is a 50/50 mix of Stormvermin Fur and Administratum Grey (GW Layer) Our final layer is of Administratum Grey Next paint some white details using White Scar (GW Layer). I chose to paint some spots on the rear. The horses saddle, reins and rider were painted up. I kept the hooves black. The black hair was highlighted with Administratum...

Painting Horses for Warhammer Part 1: Bay...

This tutorial series shows how I paint three different colours on horses for Warhammer. Bay, Grey and Chestnut. I used this article as a reference on horse colours and patterns. The first style of horse I am painting is called Bay. It’s a dark brown colour with black and white markings. I have not painted many horses in the past so this is a learning experience for myself also and it took a fair bit of experimenting to get a result I was happy with. After giving the model a black undercoat I then gave it a basecoat of Rhinox Hide (GW Base) This was then followed by a Nuln Oil (GW Shade) wash just to bring out the shadows. I then went back over the model with Rhinox Hide to give it it’s first highlight I then wet blended Abadonn Black on the thighs to bring a gradient from the black to the Rhinox Hide. The next highlight was given to the rest of the model. This was a Rhinox Hide + Mournfang Brown (GW Base)  50/50 mix. The highlight was layered on. I then added a little bit of Screaming Skull (GW Layer) to the previous mix to give the horse a further highlight I simply used  a couple of thin layers of White Scar (GW layer) to paint  the white markings on the horse. For the hoofs I used Balor Brown (GW Layer) and then gave them a was of Agrax Earthshade (GW Shade). The black areas were drybrushed with Administratum Grey (GW Layer) Lastly paint up the saddle and reins etc. anyway you prefer. The finished horse complete with painted Praetorian...

Painting Yellow Over A Black Undercoat

In this tutorial I will show you how I paint my Pre Heresy Imperial Fists. This method involves painting yellow over a black undercoat, which in the past has been a very daunting prospect. The release of the GW foundation paints (now the base paints) has made painting over black a lot easier. Averland Sunset is one of my favourite paints as it is a nice yellow that can be applied easily over black. I start off by applying two thin coats of this colour Once this dry I apply a very thin coat of Skraag Brown (GW layer). This is watered down to the same consistency as a wash and applied in the same way as wash would be. Next up we begin the highlights. I start by drybrshing a 30/70 mix of Averland Sunset (GW Base) and Flash Gitz Yellow (GW layer) The next highlight is pure Flash Gitz Yellow Followed lastly by a highlight of Flash Gitz Yellow mixed with Screaming Skull (GW Layer) in a 50/50 ratio. That’s all there is to it. The rest of the model is then painted up. My Imperial Fists army usually has battle damaged and muddy armour and I will be showing some simple ways of how I achieve these effects in a future...

How To Paint Sons of Horus Armour...

In this tutorial I will show you a super quick and effective way of painting that sea green colour for the Sons of Horus Space Marines from the Horus Heresy. I started off with a black undercoat and then applied a layer of Dawnstone (GW Layer) to every armoured part of the model I wanted to be green. I then highlighted the armour with Administratum Grey (GW layer) by drybrushing the whole model. Now on to get that green colour. Apply a wash of Coelia Greenshade (GW Shade) to all the armour parts. You may wish to keep it at this stage but I prefer a slightly darker green for these so I then applied another coat of Coelia Greenshade to the model and it really is as quick and as simple as that! Below is the completed...

How to Paint a Plague Marine Quickly...

In this tutorial I will show you how I paint my Plague Marines, and all my nurgle themed power armoured models. This is quite a quick and easy way to paint them but the results are quite effective in my opinion. This method uses the same technique that I mentioned a few posts back which is using washes for basecoating. For these models I used inks from the Vallejo Game Ink range. After giving the model an undercoat of white and letting it dry I applied a wash of Game Ink Sepia all over the model. Once this was dry I did the same with Game Ink Black Green but left the boltgun the sepia colour.   The silver trim was very simply painted with Abaddon Black followed by Ironbreaker and then given a wash of Nuln Oil. I decided to paint the details on the shoulder pads in Orange to make them stand out and also look a bit rusted. These were given a basecoat of Skraag Brown and then highlighted with Troll Slayer Orange. The pipes were painted with Screaming Skull and washed with Agrax Earthshade. The eyes were painted with Evil Sunz Scarlett.  ...

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...

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...