Technique: Legion basing

Along with the colour palette bases are one of the things that helps tie all of the units in an army together cohesively. For most of my 28mm gaming in the past I've generally followed the tried and tested approach of adding a texture, painting it a base colour then overbrushing a first highlight and finally dry-brushing a final light highlight and popping the odd grass tuft or patch of static grass onto it. Nothing wrong with that, It's how I still do all of my Lord of the Rings and Fantasy armies. With Age of Darkness however I've been applying a lot more in the way of scale modelling techniques in the weathering and appearance of the vehicles in particular and the way of [...]

By | 2017-09-13T10:13:50+00:00 February 19th, 2017|Tutorial|4 Comments

30K: Iteration two

Continuing with my (re)discovery of the Horus Heresy I spent the weekend adding a bit more flesh to the bones of my 30K collection plans. A few legions have now started to bubble to the top as I've been considering and discarding those that don't appeal to me as much from either a gaming or a painting perspective. The XIII Legion "Ultramarines" obviously I've already alluded to in my previous post and having the seeds of a force already done in the form of a handful of mixed-mark tactical, plus appropriate Rhino's and Land Raiders they can be considered the first legion I'll do for gaming. For one the Ultramarines have the benefit of already being featured in the core Forgeworld rulebook(s), so all I really need [...]

By | 2017-09-13T10:18:50+00:00 October 24th, 2016|Tutorial, Vlka Fenryka|2 Comments

Let’s paint: Shambling Mound

Shambling Mound primed. Check. Moomin mug. Check. Coffee. Check. The Shambling Mound from Otherworld Miniatures reminds me an awful lot of something I saw on Dr Who as a child. Ah yes, the "Seeds of Doom" even though it's origins are in D&D. Scared the beejesus out of me as a child, so when I saw Otherworld's rather nice miniature I knew I needed to include one in my Frostgrave bestiary. Very little cleanup or prep was required and once based and sealed I applied a three stage primer of black, grey and white to help bring out the details and transitions, it being a very busy model texture wise. Being a mountenous mass of ambulatory vegetation the first stage was to get [...]

By | 2017-09-13T10:31:36+00:00 October 6th, 2016|Tutorial|0 Comments

Halo: Painting the UNSC

before I go any further, this is just one approach to painting the UNSC ships for Halo that I just personally prefer and shouldn't be construed as being definitive as the end result is very much down to taste. I used a combination of airbrush base colours, brush highlights and glazes for the shading, but the key to this method isn't the airbrush, that's purely a facilitator to help simplify and speed up the process, it's the use of glazes. With thirty odd Paris Class to get through I don't want to be spending too long base painting. That being said, the airbrush does help lay down an even smooth coat which is a big help when you get to the latter shading stage. To dry [...]

By | 2018-03-10T09:45:14+00:00 August 4th, 2015|Halo, Tutorial|0 Comments

Halo: Painting the Covenant

The following approach to painting the Covenant ships for the "Fall of Reach" uses a combination of airbrush and brush. However, all of the palette can be applied with a brush only as the airbrush is primarily used just to speed up the basecoat and the initial blending. The majority of the effects can be achieved using layers of glazes, so don't be put off if airbrush isn't your thing. Hopefully you will have read my previous post which pulled out a few lessons learned and tips during the assembly and priming. Here I am then about to embark on covering purple plastic with grey primer only to restore back to purple again. With luck the end result should justify the effort though. For a tester I selected six of the [...]

By | 2015-08-16T09:52:34+00:00 July 27th, 2015|Halo, Tutorial|0 Comments

Creating Objectives for Epic

I originally published this article on Dropship in the 90's and is part of the archives I brought across when the site was retired. As a result many of the images won't be that high a quality by today's standards. That's progress for you ~ CW Objectives play a huge part in games of Epic Armageddon, so it's well worth creating your own unique pieces to go with your armies. Simple to make they can be anything from a small wood or fuel depot, to mini dioramas in their own right. This article looks at just a few examples of what can be made with a little imagination and a bits box. Games of Epic Armageddon aren’t just about annihilating your opponents army (although it helps), [...]

By | 2017-09-13T11:39:46+00:00 July 15th, 2015|Epic, Tutorial|0 Comments

Making Blast Markers

I originally published this article on Dropship in the 90's and is part of the archives I brought across when the site was retired. As a result many of the images won't be that high a quality by today's standards. That's progress for you ~ CW Terrain making for me is almost as much fun as collecting and painting an army, so it probably doesn't come as a surprise to learn that making my own blast markers for my games was high on the list of priorities of things to do for the launch of Epic. I've found over the past twenty years that how you game is almost as individual as how you paint or field an army. I've played against gamers who meticulously use specific tokens as [...]

By | 2017-09-13T11:40:05+00:00 July 14th, 2015|Epic, Tutorial|0 Comments

Infinity: Token effort

while I was over in Ireland Killian showed me a set of homemade tokens for Infinity created using self adhesive acrylic domes. I thought the idea was pure genius so I've replicated the method here. All you need are a set of card tokens (order or otherwise), these can be the ones included in the Operation Ice Storm starter, from the miniature packaging outer carton or even just printed off versions. You then need a few strips of 1" round acrylic domes. These are often advertised for bottle cap art and crafts and are available from craft and hobby stores and of course online. A quick search should turn up plenty of options, the cheapest I found were from China and cost around £6 for [...]

By | 2017-09-13T11:40:58+00:00 July 9th, 2015|Infinity, Tutorial|4 Comments

Star Wars Armada: Painting the X-Wings

After the success I had painting the tiny TIE Fighter squadrons for Armada, I figured I ought to have a go at the Rebel X-Wing squadrons as well. Whereas the TIE Fighters are pretty uniform and a simple monochrome palette of greys and black wash can bring them to life, the Rebel ships are considerably more busy. One school of thought was to prime them white and then give them a black wash to provide contrast followed by a white drybrush. Nice and simple but doesn't really suit the X-Wings which are more of a weathered mix of pale grey panels with a sharp white edge highlight. Instead I settled on a palette that although is a bit more involved than the Imperial ships, does [...]

By | 2018-03-10T09:45:22+00:00 June 24th, 2015|Star Wars, Tutorial|5 Comments

Star Wars Armada: Painting the TIE Fighters

How to paint your tiny TIE Fighters for Star wars Armada. This is purely the method I came up with and isn't any kind of definitive guide as there are probably lots of different ways you could go about it, they yield better or faster results and I certainly encourage experimentation. That said, this particular approach worked well for me and seemed about the right balance between speed and simplicity, whilst still delivering a pretty good tabletop standard. For this you will need: Light grey primer (I used Vallejo, but any will do) Flat black, GW Mechanicus Standard Grey, GW Celestra Grey A black wash GW Mephiston Red or Vallejo Escorpena Green (depending how you like your blasters) Protective gloss varnish (I used Klear) Final matt varnish [...]

By | 2018-03-10T09:45:30+00:00 May 29th, 2015|Star Wars, Tutorial|3 Comments