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The goal with these pieces was for the Nurgle rot to really stand out and catch the eye, but at the same time for the structures to look essentially like any other ruins depending on the angle.

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Scibor Archangel 3In building a proper Blood Angel army, one has to always be on the lookout for great looking angel models. Sadly, good stand-ins for these angelic warriors are hard to find. There are custom miniatures aplenty for many of their sibling chapters; Space Wolves and Salamanders are particularly popular. When I came across Scibor Monstrous Miniatures’ Archangel #3 I immediately thought of the Sanguine Angel himself. It’s a sad disservice that Forgeworld has yet to release an official Sanguinius model, but Scibor has handily filled the bloody gap.

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Haven’t gotten much painting done recently, but I have been working hard on a battlewagon for my orks. Of course, since it’s me I couldn’t just build the standard kit, especially since it’s roughly the same size as my custom trukks. No, I had to go bigger and badder. So, like many before me, I took inspiration from Mad Max and started designing my own custom war rig. I’ve combined a GW Battlewagon kit and a cheap Revell snap-tite kit, along with lots of pieces from my bits box. I’ve actually used about 90 percent of the cheap kit in this build.


It’s not done yet, still needs a fair bit of dakka and some more arm and spiky bits put on, but I’m really happy with how it has been coming along. It’s a huge beast, 22 inches the front of the cab to the rear bumper of the detachable tanker. Will give me multi use of it as a terrain piece in some games.

Hopefully, I’ll have an update in the next few weeks with painted pictures to share.

Last week I discussed the construction process on my Waaagh!!! Tower. With the basic construction completed, I wasted little time moving on to paint. I left it separated into the three main components of base, drop pod, and upper walkway so I could prime them separately with their base colors.

Now some people like to hand paint primer, others like an airbrush. I rather like Rust-Oleum’s Painter’s Touch spray primer for the purpose. It is thick enough for good even coverage but thin enough that it does not obscure details. As an added plus it comes in dozens of different colors and sheens.

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For this project, I used Satin Nutmeg for the base. While the tower got a coating of Glossy Deep Blue with a blast of Flat Canyon Black for the interior and area right around the open doors to create a burnt out effect. The walkway I primed with a Flat Gray and then dry brushed with Pig Iron from the P3 line of model paints.

Once the three components were all dry I started the detailing process. All around the base, I used a mix of Citadel’s Armageddon Dust, Agrellan Earth, and P3’s Beast Hide and Rucksack Tan to create a variety of extra texture effects and variations in the color of the rocks and dirt. I also used the Rucksack Tan to give the effect of dust going over the open Drop Pod doors along with a thin wash of Seraphim Sepia.

The Drop Pod itself I hit with P3’s Quick Silver on all the holes, pits, and various marks I had carved into it. I also dry brushed the same color along any sharp edges. Then I hit all of the same areas with a light dry brushing of Citadel’s Ryza Rust and washed the entire thing in Nul Oil. The interior got a light dry brushing of Pig Iron and then Ryza Rust before also getting a wash.

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With the base and the Pod done, I started on the walkway portion. This was the simplest part; I just hit everything with a dry brush of Ryza Rust and then a wash of the Nul Oil.

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You may have also noticed that the Tower got two extra parts since my build post. As I was painting it there seemed like something was missing, the metal Waaagh!!! Banner was a no brainer, but even with it, the tower felt like it needed a topper. Enter an extra crow’s nest mounted top. I really think it pulls the whole project together. To close this post out, a few images of the tower with its Green skinned builders.

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Summer 2015 Painting competition entry Ork Trukk

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I recently picked up the Pegasus Hobbies Syberclicks modular terrain kit to use in a project. It’s an interesting kit designed to allow you to build a variety scifi style buildings using snap together construction. Theoretically, that should result in a versatile set of parts that you can quickly build terrain with, and change the designs anytime you like. In practice, it does not work quite as well as advertised.

The set consists of six identical sprues of molded metallic grey plastic. The set consists of a variety of steel panels, grates, ladders, hatches, and some gothic windows. Everything is laid out so all the parts can be clipped and assembled with minimal cleanup. There are very few mold lines and the parts all have excellent details. Everything feels solid and looks great on the sprue.

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After seeing this post about painting and depression I had some comments about how I frequently paint when I’m frustrated or angry because it forces me to focus.  This works because I keep multiple projects going so I’ve got a project I can work on regardless of mood.  All the projects I tackle fit into one of three categories, a detail project, a troop project and a large project.

The detail project is a single model where I’m trying to paint to my top level.  This usually requires substantial focus, a steady hand and time to dedicate to it.  Examples are my Death Company and Blood Angels Captain.  My current detail project is a squad of Assault Terminators.



The Troop project is for lack of a better word an easy project.  These are units that I try to paint well but I’m not overly focused on.  These are models that are more impressive for the number of them instead of standing out individually.  The great part of these units is that I can’t paint them in any mood, minor stray marks and individual details and highlights aren’t as important.  Examples are my Astra Militarum/Imperial Guard troops, or my Genestealers.  Currently I’m working on some Catachan Veteran Troops.

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My last type of project is a large project, these can be terrain pieces, monstrous creatures or vehicles.  These I tackle at different levels of detail but the common thread is that any given step can take a substantial amount of time due to the scale. Examples of these are my Baneblade, the Sanctum Imperialis,  and the Dreadnought.  I haven’t decided on my next large project yet, I just finished the Baneblade but I’ll come up with something soon.



The other part of my 3 project method is I try and do something every night. Some nights I’ll paint a whole model or weather a large model.  Other nights all I get done is painting a boot on a troop.  The truth is I don’t know how much I’ll get done any given night until I try.  Sometimes I think I won’t get much done and find I start painting and get quite a bit done.  Other nights I just get a little bit done.  The nice thing about getting a little bit done is if you get a little bit done every night, you find you finish a project anyways.