Bright Colors on Imperial Guard

I’ve been doing some imperial guard commissions lately- a lot of them are for a Praetorian force. The strange thing about the Praetorian and Mordian regiments is that they don’t look like other Imperial Guardsmen at all. Rather than wear the drab colors and camo patterns- inspired largely uniforms from both world wars and Rambo ...

Green and Khaki dwarves

I very recently got do to a commission for a small Warmachine force for the dwarves. I’m always delighted to do some dwarves, as they were my first Warmachine force and they’re always rather nice. The interesting challenge for these was in the color scheme. I did a two main color pallet- but I painted ...

Wereshark 2

There’s a certain amount of craziness that you can normally expect in miniatures painting. I mean, I’ve painted up a gnomish bard to look like Willie Nelson for a Texan player. However, I don’t think I’ve ever come across a mini that is just so uniquely crazy as Jason Wiebe’s Wereshark (produced by Reaper). The ...

Salamanders Forgefather Vulkan He’Stan

I recently finished a commission for Vulkan He’stan, Forgefather of the Salamanders. I’ve been rather fond of him altogether- both since he’s an excellently detailed and characterful mini (especially as a marine wearing a helmet) and he’s exquisitely detailed and ornate as any chapter master ought to be. Well, a mini like this fits much ...

Painting Faces 2- how to paint eyes. 1

A little while ago, I wrote a post about painting male faces, and another about painting female faces. Both posts featured a lot of details on the faces, and they both mentioned something interesting about the way that eyes are done. I think that makes sense, since I’ve done eyes a number of different ways, ...

Repainting miniatures

Every miniatures painter knows that there are a number of games that use miniatures that are already painted. Everything from Heroclix to AT-43 has gone in this direction. Now, AT-43 and Confrontation minis were designed by Rackham, who have strongly advertised that their minis are 100% repaintable. But it is interesting to look at how ...

Starscape painting

I’ve had some questions recently about how I paint my starscape effects. It is actually a fairly simple process, but it depends very much on a good eye for balance and composition. The first thing to do is get the night sky look right. The effect won’t look right if you just paint stars over ...

Alternate Studio minis

As part of a fundraiser to help start up Tu Publishing, we painted up and auctioned off a few of our minis painted in very different color schemes. I’m glad to say the fundraiser was a huge success, thanks to the very many people who donated through Kickstarter for making Tu Publishing a reality. Anyway, ...

Painting Hazard Stripes

Somewhere, towards the beginning of Game’s Workshop’s foray into Warhammer 40,000, or maybe from FASA’s first edition of Battletech, there must have been a studio painter who really, really liked hazard stripes. As the hobby advanced, this pioneer’s fetish became a standard for all around him, in ways that look rather interesting, but haven’t got ...

Here’s something that I hadn’t seen before. A new miniature for Smartmax’s Mauser Earth line. His name is Streetbot Willy. He’s rather interesting mix of time periods to create a World War I style mech. For the record, I haven’t played the game at all, but this guy has got me interested. At very least, ...