On the Paint Table

I have made some progress on the Bad Moons.

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I was feeling a bit burnt out with the orks, so I decided to do some basing – something easy and requiring little thought to keep up momentum but without being too taxing. I basically just chose a bunch of figures I wanted to paint up, without them being connected to any particular project.

I love the scribe; one of my all time favourite 40K minis, even though it’s not from 2nd edition. There is a real dearth of civilian types in 40K, models and fluff, since the end of the Rogue Trader era and this figure goes some way to correcting that. I’m not sure who the sculptor is.

4th ed. Warhammer Empire soldier (I think from the War Wagon), Hasslefree not-Scooby, 40K 4th ed. Daemonhunters Inquisitorial Scribe
4th ed. Warhammer Empire soldier (I think from the War Wagon), Hasslefree not-Scooby, 40K 4th ed. Daemonhunters Inquisitorial Scribe

I converted Andreah (inspired by this conversion on the excellent Tales from the Maelstrom blog). She will be part of a Rogue Trader’s crew, or an Inquisitorial hench-woman or somesuch thing at some point. I chose to use a pistol from one of the old Striking Scorpions just because it is about half the size of the modern plastics, and this very slight miniature needed a smaller and more elegant weapon.

Hasslefree Miniatures, Andrea sculpted by Kev White (converted), pistol from 2nd edition 40K Striking Scorpion
Hasslefree Miniatures, Andrea sculpted by Kev White (converted), pistol from 2nd edition 40K Striking Scorpion

This conversion was inspired by Thomas David’s winning entry from Golden Daemon (France) 1998. She may be a preacher to accompany my eventual Sisters of Battle army, or a sanctioned psyker, or an Inquisitorial hanger-on; at this stage I don’t know, I just converted her for the joy of it. The hand holding the book is from a Rogue Trader Imperial Guard Commissar, whose remains will be converted into something else soon(ish).

Bretonnian Sorceress, 1997 sculpted by Brian Nelson (converted)
Bretonnian Sorceress, 1997 sculpted by Brian Nelson (converted)
Thomas DAVID, 1st place squad Golden Daemon 1998 (France)
Thomas DAVID, 1st place squad Golden Daemon 1998 (France) (Click for bigger pic)

The psyker will be named Lord Varlak, before his fall from grace, inspired by the excellent battle report from White Dwarf 187 (see here for an excellent review of the issue with many scanned photos). He will accompany any Imperial forces as ordered by his superiors. Likewise the assassin (a fantastic classic model; I’m not sure the later assassins, much as I like them, are superior to this fellow).

Rogue Trader Miniatures, Sanctioned Psyker and Assasin
Rogue Trader Miniatures, Sanctioned Psyker and Assasin

And some random animals, just because. The dogs will of course accompany any appropriate 40K or fantasy characters depending on the character’s mission, whilst the others are jungle-dwellers and background elements (there are 2 more, not pictured, Reaper iguanas, also).

Brigade Models Celtos hunting hound, Bombshell Miniatures Rottweiler
Brigade Models Celtos hunting hound, Bombshell Miniatures Rottweiler
Reaper Miniatures, Familiar Pack IV monkey and rabbit
Reaper Miniatures, Familiar Pack IV monkey and rabbit

This one is not so random. It is not a cat, but a Gyrinx (see here). It will accompany a psyker, probably Imperial or Eldar. It is an excellent model, and I wish I had ordered more than one in retrospect.

Bombshell Miniatures, cat
Bombshell Miniatures, cat

More to come soon!

Scatter Terrain and Reaper Critters

I made this piece of scatter terrain for my 40K table the other day. All of the studio photos from the 2nd edition era featured copious amounts of scatter terrain in the form of oil drums and various boxes (see the banner at the top of the page, for example!), and this is my first homage to the genre. The barrels are GW (from the 3rd edition box set but still available from GW) and the ammo boxes are resin pieces by Victoria Miniatures.

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Everything was sprayed black. The barrels were then painted all over with Snakebite Leather then dry-brushed several times with Evil Sunz Scarlet. A dry-brush of Fiery Orange was the final highlight. They were then lightly dry-brushed around the edges with Boltgun Metal. Chestnut Ink and W&N Burnt Sienna ink were used to add streaks of grime and oil. The boxes were painted with Dark Angels Green then dry-brushed successively with Snot Green and Scorpion Green before having the latches and cross bars picked out in Boltgun Metal.

As usual the flock is Woodland Scenics Golden Harvest static grass but I also added some MiniaNatur grass tufts which I randomly bought last time I visited my local model rail shop.

They look good on the tabletop, but all of the imperfections of the quick painting method show up in these large and unforgiving photographs. 🙂

I also painted some critters from the Reaper Familiars Pack IV. They were painted for the Reaper Paint-a-Long on the Random Platypus Forum. (Click for bigger pics.)

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I’m interested in people’s thoughts on the bases. They are experimental in terms of which shade of green to paint the rim. All my fantasy stuff when I start painting it later this year will have these bases and I am undecided as to which colour is best. The colours used are all GW. The pug is Dark Angels Green, the squirrel is Snot Green, the Iguana is Knarloc Green, and the weasel is Goblin Green. I probably lean towards Knarloc or Goblin.

I realise a lot of people don’t like GW style green bases: I do.

The method for the bases was as follows:

1. Paint Goblin Green

2. Dry-brush with any yellow (I used GW Golden Yellow)

3. Randomly splash Windsor & Newton Sunshine Yellow ink around the middle of the base.

4. Splash W&N Burnt Sienna Ink around the edge of the base.

5. Once dry, dry-brush bleached bone all over.

6. Dry-brush white lightly concentrating on the edges.

7. Randomly splash the base with W&N yellow ink.

I sort of followed the method here.

Thanks for any comments or opinions 🙂

40K Gothic Ruins

I recently based and painted the 40K Gothic Ruins from the 3rd edition 40K boxed set. I have not done much terrain making before, so they were a bit of an experiment as much as anything else. I always liked the 2nd edition terrain which was described to me once as a “ruined cathedral on a golfing green” so I tried to emulate that look for these ruins. I imagine they are Administratum Buildings or somesuch and are the first pieces of what I hope will become a jungle table, 2nd edition style! I eventually would like to remake the terrain used for the jungle tables in the White Dwarf battle reports from 1993-1998, but that will be a project that will take many years to complete….

They are based on 3mm MDF which I cut with my Dremel and beveled with a stanley knife and sandpaper. They were based with sand coloured texture paint and all of the painting was dry-brushing done with cheap craft paints, except the ink washes to add weathering, which are GW washes.

The flock is Woodland Scenics Golden Harvest static grass.

My Orks insisted on posing with them!

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And this an Escher ganger painted by Steve Dean with the fallen wall piece (unfortunately there are no in focus photos of that by itself!). I don’t normally buy miniatures painted by others but I put in a low bid on this, and won it! I do think it is useful to study the work of painters you admire and want to emulate to improve your own work, so it was worthwhile for that reason alone. Studying it in real life really is better than looking at photos! I re-based her to match my 40K jungle terrain. She will fit into a planned mercenary force at some point….

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Rogue Trader Blood Axes Space Orks

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Essentially, the painting of these was the same as the Bad Moons, except that instead of the blue there is grey! It is just GW Codex Grey shaded with Nuln Oil and then highlighted by adding white to the Codex Grey.

The tank is a Tamiya 1/48 Marder III, obviously heavily converted. The stowage and ammo boxes are from a Tamiya 1/35 M113 along with a 40K jerrycan. It was base-coated with Tamiya Dark Yellow TS-3 (enamel) from a spray-can and highlighted by successively adding white to GW Desert Yellow and dry-brushing. The tank gunner was painted the same as the infantry. The guns are 3rd edition plastic shootas with lengthened barrels (ie, big-shootas in 3rd ed. lingo) and the mounting was built with sprue.

In game, it is intended to use the tank as a war-buggy. The twin linked big-shootas will stand in, in 2nd edition terms, as either heavy bolters or autocannons depending on the mission and the points available.

Eventually I may add a flag, a tank commander, and possibly cover up the hole in the front armour (where the machine gun would go) with an armour plate.

The inspiration for the tank was originally this photo from White Dwarf 223 (AU), though I have subsequently seen many other Rogue Trader Ork and 40K Ork armour conversions made from scale models of German WWII tanks.

Adelaide Games Workshop 1998, from White Dwarf 223 (AU)
Adelaide Games Workshop 1998, from White Dwarf 223 (AU)