Battlefleet Gothic WIPs

BFG WIP Imperial ships
Front  – Dauntless Class light cruiser and Cobra Class Destroyer ; Rear – Gothic Class and Dominator Class Cruisers


I painted these up as follows.

Main Hulls

  1. Coated in Cote d’Arms Barbarian Leather (GW Snakebite Leather) mixed randomly with chesnut ink and burnt sienna ink.
  2. Drybrushed with Barbarian Leather mixed with increasing amount of white all the way up pure white


  1. GW Evil Sunz Scarlet shaded with red ink and chesnut ink.
  2. The gold is Barbarian Leather then Shining Gold then highlighted with GW Mithril Silver.Lined with chesnut ink where needed.

The guns were all painted black highlighted with Mithril Silver. Lights and other details were painted Sunburst Yellow highlighted with white.

I will go back and add further details and paint the domes on the bridges and superstructures like gems, but I’m not sure whether red, or smoky grey will be best.

They are an attempt to ape John Blanche’s scheme from the Battlefleet Gothic cover painting which he produced also in miniature form. I think it is passably recognisable, but who can compare to the Great Man, really?

John Blanche Dauntless and Cobra BFG rule book page 63
By John Blanche – from page 63 of the original Battlefleet Gothic rule book.
BFG WIP John Blanche style Cobra Destroyer
Cobra Destoyer – my favourite ship from the game, and so fucking expensive on eBay now!


Barn Finished 1
Fantasy Barn – inspired by Phil Lewis and Tony Harwood’s efforts

Yes, I am alive. Due to various factors, the most I have been able to motivate myself for these last 5 months has been the occasional comment on the blogs of others; sometimes not even that. However, this is not the time nor the place to discuss those issues. Suffice to say, I am back.

Barn Finished 2
The other side….

Across the Christmas period, I constructed a Fantasy Barn. I chose this project because I thought it would be relatively easy, and a good way to lay down some skills for some more ambitious projects in the future. Also, I have started to paint some Warhammer (5th edition style, of course) miniatures, and so I need a suitable photographic backdrop!

Barn Finished 3
… and the back.

The barn structure was based on the templates from the old White Dwarf article by Phil Lewis.

Phil Lewis Fantasy Barn
The classic article which provided the model for this project, and the templates.

I blew them up to A3 size on a photocopier and used them to cut card-board profiles to build up the basic shape of the building. This is a technique I learned from Tony Harwood‘s excellent books.

Barn WIP 1
Cardboard profiles making up the basic structure – this is fairly strong, but heavy compared to most other terrain.

I then covered the structure in papier-mâché – a technique I have not used since I was about 5 years old(!), but which also came from Tony Harwood’s book.

Barn WIP 2
That is the lovely face of female Melbourne Cup winning jockey, Michelle Payne (who won me a goodly sum of cash).

I then clad the structure in balsa wood planks  and tiled the roof with cardboard tiles.

Barn WIP 3
I learned a lot from this project, and (apart from the door which looks a bit shit) I am pretty happy with it.

All in all it was pretty simple and turned out ok, I think. It took 2 evenings to build and about 1.5 hours to paint.

Tony Harwood Barn
This work by Tony Harwood (photo used with permission) was also studied very closely for inspiration. Taken from Dampfpanzerwagon Guide No. 1 Building Wargame Terrain By Tony Harwood, published by the author (2013) page 96.