Brother Deino enters

The Process Basecoats:

Cloth painted:

Parchment and Bone:


This sketchy style for the bolter is really not an effect I intended to produce but I do rather like it. What are your thoughts?

I also recently watched an alternative method of doing red. I like the idea of zenithal highlighting with pink instead of white, I think it might cut the orange in the highlights a little.

Brother Scipio will come next as I try to wrestle with the colors for the basing. Being a space hulk, it seems obvious that I am going to be working with metal flooring but I need to find a method of bringing in some green tones to that in order to give good contrast to the red.

- Raggy, signing out

Step up Sergeant Gideon

Having painted up Brother Claudio, I next moved on to Sergeant Gideon.

Basecoats applied for all areas with Gideon's head painted up.Next the gold was polished a little and the parchment/bone pieces were done.

I am going to deep dive into the colours that I am using here as I neglected to do that in the Brother Claudio post:
Parchment / Skulls:Vallejo Chocolate BrownArmy Painter Fur BrownCoat D'Arms BoneArmy Painter Matt White Metal, Select Pads and Charged Weapons:P3 Thamar BlackCoat D'Arms Dark GreyTree Fellas GreyArmy Painter Matt White Eyes:Coat D'Arms Dark GreyArmy Painter Matt White Gold:Vallejo Chocolate BrownVallejo Filthy BrownArmy Painter Daemonic YellowArmy Painter Matt White Gems:Reaper HD Marron RedGW Blood for the Blood God Cloth:P3 Thamar BlackVallejo Enchanted BlueArmy Painter Matt White (mixed into blue for highlights)
The weightings of these (esp the metals/pads/weapons) are not always the same to give some separation.
As with Brother Claudio - Gideo…

Brother Claudio faces the paint.

Welcome to my 200th blog post!
Using my last blog post, Goals, to spur me to action and get some more painting done. I've pulled out the Termies from my Space Hulk box. Regular readers of the blog will know I've been working on these chaps for a while. I did my test piece as an experiment in weathering powders and primed the rest red.
My original intention had been to batch paint them the rest of the way but I've ended up putting more care into them than I intended and I've taken to giving them more heroic level of attention. First up is Brother Claudio:

After painting the armour up with my red technique, I wanted to be careful not to splash paint where it's not meant to be. This was another factor in the hero treatment although with a unit, it should me simpler to do the same part on a chain of models - for these models, they are each so different that it is a little tricky.

As you can see, I'm back to my old NMM tricks and although the chains and silver colo…


I am a big fan of Tabletop Minions. Uncle Atom has a lot of videos with really interesting topics and some great advice. Recently I watched a newer video about goals, which reminded me of the videos he posted about finding your motivation that really helped me get back into the painting hobby.

For those that haven't been following my recent blog posts may not know but I recently moved back from the US to the UK. Moving 6,000 miles around the world - especially when most of your belongings are on a boat for several months can make painting even more of a challenge. I'm hoping to buy a home of my own but in the meantime I am crammed into my parent's attic with a handful of paints and whatever minis escaped the packing boxes.

All of this has put a real strain on my commitment to my hobby. Having just returned from a trip to California to get more of my affairs in order, I am finally ready to return to my Space Hulk set... but opening it up, I am once again struggling to find…

Jason of the Argonauts

A while ago I got into a DnD campaign with some friends down the FLGS in Mountain View. Dorn Blackman, warrior and son of a blacksmith was my character and motivated me to finally paint up the Jason of the Argonauts model from Salute 2013. Of course with the move back to London and the general life expectancy of RPGs the campaign is dead and the model still isn't finished.

I took some quick pictures with my phone of the work in progress. One of the things I am really wanting to work on with this, aside from more practice with NMM, is the basing. One of my painting mentors is a firm believer that the terrain is really what distinguishes a good piece from a great one - it's also something I have traditionally given very little thought. This piece has a gorgeous sculpted base to really work with.

The scabbard was a spur of the moment decision - I just felt the need to practice wet blending and it came out like this. It certainly isn't an authentic look for a scabbard but I d…

Making the Pilgrammage (Picture heavy)

I think for many Games Workshop gamers, the idea of visiting Warhammer World is a little like children going to Disneyland (or Legoland in my case). It seems like a magical place full of the best gaming tables, the world class tournaments, exclusive goodies and of course the ForgeWorld Store. I had been once before some ten years ago (I think soon after it opened) and was rather disappointed, there were a lot of classic 'Eavy Metal studio pieces that were glorious to look at and some gaming tables but very little else. I returned this time having heard of Bugman's Bar and the growth of the place as a whole, but mostly to pick up some things for friends in the US.

Yeah, that's right, they have a lifesize rhino parked out the front of the Warhammer World center! I think it's a modified M113 APC but it looks pretty badass.

Game stores always have the best gaming tables but Warhammer World really takes this to the next level. The whole room is incredible. It's such a …

Max Spleenripper - Part 2

Sketch style à la Matt DiPietro, the latest post in his guest lecturing over at Miniature Monthly takes the next step in sketch style - glazing colour over the greyscale. Interestingly this is not a style I particularly care for - at least the way I am doing it so far. The color comes out a little desaturated unless I layer up to such an extent that I may as well just paint the color on in the first place. Having said that, I am noticing that it really does help me see what is meant by 'more contrast' the idea of shading a color down to black is not something I had pushed nearly as much as I should have.

We left off (in Part 1)with Max Spleenripper was living in a 1930's horror movie, although missing the required chocolate syrup:

Max Spleenripper can only play for chaos or nurgle. As I had painted the Carnal Cavaliers already and I liked the image of Jason/Ash in pink.
Vallejo's Andrea blue is my favorite turquoise color, it has great coverage and really gives pop. I…