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Warhammer 40k – Grey Knight Terminator Justicar and a Space Marine Vindicator


The latest paint works to emerge from the floating citadel are these two pieces to enjoy at your leisure!

This Justicar was painted by Carabus as part of his Grey Knight force. It’s an excellent paint job, those of you googlespiders paying attention will note the fantastic airbrush work on the force weapon. True stalkers will also note that ZombiePirate has some nice new garden furniture.

This Vindicator will bring some nice new pie-plated goodness to the Emperor’s cause, all wrapped up in the familiar snugness of a Rhino chassis. Paint wise it was done using an Army Painter Dark Tone technique.

Keep Painting!

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The Army Painter Wehrmacht Imperial Guard


So you take Warcraft away from somebody for a week and this is what happens… I got my grubby mouse-free hands on a Vallejo ‘Flames Of War German Infantry Paint Set’, mixed it up with some Imperial Guard models and dunked the whole lot in some Army Painter.

I did the bulk of the paint job sat in my car during my lunch break. Unfortuantely the strong tone has pooled a bit excessively. To prevent this in future I think I’ll adopt Carabus’s non-dunk technique of painting the tone on with one brush, then removing it with another to keep the stuff just in the shady areas.

It’s not going to win any slayer swords, but as a gaming model it would do the job nicely. I could probably even list it on eBay as ‘pro-painted’. If I come up with any more crazy ideas I’ll let you all know!

As a side note, do you think there are potential morality issues here?

War Of The Ring: Isengard Troll Speed Painting With The Army Painter


So we’ve played a few games now, and here’s a chap who seldom disappoints on the battlefield – my Isengard Troll Captain. I found him languishing at the bottom of my eBay bargain box I purchased a few weeks ago, and decided to do a speed paint job with The Army Painter system. It’s a system I have grown to love over the past few months. Yes, I know the results are not earth shattering but you do get a decent gaming standard model with minimal effort. Enjoy!

We Be Playing War Of The Ring, And I Be Painting Uruk Hai With The Army Painter


As ZombiePirateXXX has already mentioned we played our inaugral battle of ‘War Of The Ring’ last Thursday at Castle Carabus.

It was pretty entertaining, and it seems like a smooth, flowing system. Magic and heroes seem important but do not appear to be game breaking as I feel they are in Warhammer Fantasy.

Some things I have learned are – put you troops in long lines, so you have maximum frontage available to fight if required. We still have some outstanding queries regarding the rules, for example, in an ongoing fight do the forces seperate and leave the fight at the end of a turn, only to have to re-charge next turn, or do they stay in the fight until it’s over? I am sure we will find out soon enough.

As for my deal with ZombiePirateXXX – that I wouldn’t buy anything until he has his army painted and based, well that went out the window when I saw and bought the Isengard army deal of the year on eBay. Anyway, in one swoop I picked up pretty much everything I need. Bargains! As for ZombiePirateXXX getting his stuff finished – he has assured me he will. He has already finished seven models at my last count, hopefully that tally will steadily increase!

So with renewed vigour and second hand models to paint I set about doing a bit of Army Painter dippage over the weekend. Here are the results:

Uruk Hai Speed Painting

At gaming distances these look pretty presentable, and I feel I am getting the hang of The Army Painter techniques. In all I finished 24 Uruk Hai in one session.

The technique:

1) Assemble and grit bases as required
2) Black spray undercoat
3) Heavy drybrush mithril silver
3) Paint bases and flesh Burnt Umber
4) Retouch black areas appropriately
5) Paint details on shields and drybrush bases in Bleached Bone
6) Army Painter strong tone dip and shake

I will probably add some patchy static grass long term to finish these off. Next up I will do a few testers for the millions of wargs I now own!

Skaven eXtreme Speed Painting


6InchMove brings you the latest in extreme speed painting, from sprue to finish in under thirty seconds!

We do this kind of stuff so you don’t have to. Remember kids, servitob is a trained speedfreak / moron, your mileage may vary.

Don’t try this at home! (unless they’re not your miniatures)

40k Space Marines: Mr Lazy Has Been Painting Death Company Blood Angels With The Army Painter Quickshade Part 2


Not so long ago I wrote about my initial experiences with a painting system called ‘The Army Painter’ (here)

Well, I’ve been experimenting further with this system for the benefit of all of our regular reading and painting googlespiders and I think I’m beginning to get the hang of it. So without much further ado or fanfare may I present to you my latest speedpainting creations:

The actual technique hasn’t changed much:

1 ) Spray sprues with ‘The Army Painter’ dragon red (ooh I love these sprays)
2 ) Paint bolters with mithril silver
3 ) Assemble models
4 ) Paint details in base colours (eg skulls, seals, badges, black bits of armour etc)
5 ) Dip the whole model into the pot of ‘The Army Painter Quickshade’ (dark tone)

6 ) Shake off excess Don’t bother with shaking it off as per official instructions. I have learned that this often leaves a fat coat of dark tone in inappropriate places. I have taken to (much to the amusement of Mrs Serbitob) attaching the model to a long shoelace and spinning quickly it around my head in the garden to remove the excess. A five second spin seems about right. Any more and too much quickshade ends up on the house and not enough on the model.

7 ) Leave to dry for at least 24 hours

There’s a real close up for your inspection. Again, they’re never going to win Golden Demon, but this technique is super fast. I reckon a total time of 5-10 minutes painting per model. Regular marines are even faster because you can paint the bolters seperately and you don’t have so many fiddly emo black bits / emo skulls / emo seals / emo gold bits that the death company are so fond of to paint in.

When I figure out how to speed base I’ll let you all know!

Space Marines: Mr Lazy Has Been Painting Blood Angels With The Army Painter Quickshade


I’ve always a fan of speed painting, as you regular reading spambots will be aware. This week I decided to try a system called ‘The Army Painter’ by some guys form Denmark. I visited their website by chance and noticed they had a tutorial on painting Blood Angels and cooking bacon. Seemed simple enough, so I bought the stuff and gave it a try.

Overall impressions: Great! Bearing in mind I put zero effort whatsoever into these, they’ve turned out to a decent gaming standard. Yes they’re never going to win Golden Demon, and yes all the pro painters will sarcastically say ‘Hur hur yeah it looks like you put no effort in…’ and no, the bases aren’t finished, but heck, I got five miniatures for about fifteen minutes work, and these are above some of the standards I’ve seen in my gaming adventures.

Technique:

1 ) Assemble marines without bolters.
2 ) Spray marines with ‘The Army Painter’ dragon red (really impressed with the spray)
3 ) Paint bolters with mithril silver
4 ) Assemble models
5 ) Paint details in base colours (eg skulls, seals, badges etc)
6 ) Dip the whole model into the pot of ‘The Army Painter Quickshade’ (dark tone)
7 ) Shake off excess
8 ) Leave to dry for at least 24 hours
9 ) Apply decals with decal solvent, paint base
10 ) Apply two coats of ‘The Army Painter Matt Varnish’

Things I have learned –

– You’ve got to be good with spray techniques for best effects. I think I overdid it a bit and applied a big fat coat. The instructions specifically say spray at point blank range but in future I will probably take more time and apply two or three light coats.

– Games Workshop shoulder pad decals are not fit for purpose. I’ve always had problems with these. Nice flat decal, nice rounded shoulder pad. I thought I had conquered this problem by using decal solvent, but it’s still a pain in the butt. Are moulded shoulder pads the future?

– Spray varnishing is very technique sensitive. I went for the point blank heavy coat approach and ended up with some wrinkles on the models. I will be spraying long range and lightly in future!

Overall, I think ‘The Army Painter’ system has massive potential. The products are of very high quality and work as described. However, getting the best results seems to be very technique sensitive so lots of practice is advised. I will continue to use this system as it allows me to get my forces looking decent with minimal effort. More time for gaming!