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.

Monday, 16 May 2011

Eagle Warriors Terminator Squad

With the 1-year anniversary of this blog fast-approaching (!), I figured the least I could do was finally get the rest of the Black Reach minis finished, and this weekend's change in weather from the recent sunshine into a more familiar delightful grey drizzle, gave me the perfect opportunity to buckle down.

So here we go with the mighty terminator sergeant Xanthus:

...bless him, he has his name written across his chest in case he forgets who he is...

Just noticed I haven't done the stud on his forehead yet - oops.

I've been working on feedback (from here and on Dakka) and drilled out the gun barrels. Also I'm changing my basing colour to a more muddy brown so that my marines don't look like they've landed on a planet of cornflakes. There will be a little static grass applied to these in the near future too.

In this side view you can see a bit of the blending work on his sword - I think it looks a little nicer than just plain metallics (it is supposed to be a funky powersword after all) - feedback and suggestions on how this looks / how it can be improved welcome as ever:

Here's the gang all together looking suitably threatening (new basing colour yet to be applied to the older minis):


  1. Your blending looks excellent. I don't have the patience to do it. I am going to attempt it with an air brush.

  2. Airbrush is definitely the way to go for things like the sword - fiddly to mask off small areas though. I've only got a cheap old airbrush but it's very handy for vehicles in particular!