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.

Saturday, 14 August 2010


Phew! - glad I finally got this one finished, he's been languishing on the painting table for ages. So the Tac squad now finally has a sergeant - just the missile launcher to finish and then we're done, yay!

I tried taking the pic outdoors this time - dodgy background I know, but the colours end up looking a lot closer to reality - shame we only get 3 sunny days a year here...


  1. Really nice, even smooth white, good blue shadows, contrast is good and the whole model has a good "clean" feel, nice one.

    If theres one thing that I can see as a "development point" as we are increasingly encouraged to call them in education.

    the face - two things suggest themselves here, perhaps the dwarf fleah? was a little too viscous, and would have benefitted form more thinning, and the step between your shadow - (dark flesh?) and it are a bit jarring - I'd suggest on your next guy, - use dwarf flesh as your base, highlight with elf flesh, wash the whole thing with ogryn then pick oput final highlights in elf again, it's quick and it works :)

  2. Thanks Karitas - hugely useful comment - you're right about the fleshtones, the brutal tone changes are not quite as noticeable 'in the flesh' as it were, but after seeing it enlarged in the photo I'm definitely thinking about reworking it a little. It's not a big area to rework after all. Good idea about using a wash and then retouching the highlights, for some reason on flesh I don't use washes - I've no idea why, I use them everywhere else - so perhaps I should give that a go first