20 years ago I used to love painting "little metal men" and playing the very first edition of what was to become the hugely successful Warhammer 40K game, so recently I decided to revisit my youth. So far this has consisted of going out and buying some minis, and then wonderful-wife going out and buying ALL THE MINIS IN THE WORLD, and a selection of paints and brushes. With a couple of hours each weekend to paint them, this is going to take a while. There they sit in the corner now... looking at me... judging me... Anyway, one thing that I've found motivational is the wealth of pictures and "how to" guides on other painters' blogs, so I decided to post some of my own humble efforts here. Hope you like 'em.

Tuesday, 22 June 2010


More progress on the Eagle Warriors. Here's a whirlwind. First thing I've done with involving extensive use of the airbrush. Masking is a bit of a fiddle, but wow is it ever faster than painting with a normal brush. The blue in this case was done with Vallejo's model air series paints rather than GW paints (a bit easier to use in the airbrush without blocking the needle up), I think it's a reasonable match with the work I've already done. Tried a coat of citadel spray-on satin-finish varnish on this one - big mistake as I got a "frosting" effect on the blue and had to go over it again with the airbrush to clean it up. Don't ask me why I chose such a large model to try it out on... maybe it's because I'm very very stupid. Anyway, at the moment the finish is really mega-clean with no "battle damage" - this and a bit of mud for the tracks will be added when I pluck up the courage... All suggestions welcome for the best approach to weathering / scratching up this beast.
Also - infantry are now properly underway - here's a Black Reach marine work-in-progress showing the Eagle Warriors shoulder pad (bone saw to cut away the old pad, then new pad fixed in place / edges neatened with green stuff)


  1. Very nice. I like seeing a Chapter you don't see very often on the tabletop.

  2. Thanks Ron! - I've been watching the Storm Wardens project with interest, my sculpting skills aren't quite up to anything like that yet though so the GW shoulder pads for the Eagle Warriors are a real help. I could use some terminator shoulders now though...

  3. Those are some nice clean whites; kudos man.

    I didnt used to like quatered marines, but as I get older I begin to appreciate more those people who try to stand out from the crowd, and a quatered/halved job done well, as these are really does stand out.

  4. Wow thanks Karitas, much appreciated!