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With five terminators completed, I thought it was time for a group shot!

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I think I will make a start on the Mhara Gal next, it’s been waiting for quite a long time!

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Final terminator finished!

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I think I may have to paint some Horus Heresy stuff next, in celebration of the new game GW just announced!

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The fifth terminator is under way!

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Once this guy is done, it might be time to paint some Forge World Goodies!

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I always feel a black background makes my Chaos minis look better, however here is a white background pic of my latest terminator.

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I have one more of these guys to do then I might do something completely different for a change!.. of course I could just do more chaos! 😀

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After finishing my Predator tank I decided to return to the two remaining terminators I had left from a box I semi built years ago.

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I’m not sure how well this guy will fit with my current terminators as the paint job is much darker. However I still feel this darker shade of red is just more fitting for Word Bearers.

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I have just finished my second Predator tank.

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I have been trying out the darker red scheme that began with my previous predator and I quite like it.

This does mean re-painting my entire army…

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Painting Blog – My minis are in Warhammer visions!

My Miniatures are in Warhammer Visions tomorrow!

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It’s a great honour but at the same time It’s a shame the magazine has a limited audience! So much could be done with that format which they don’t do. No interviews with the people who make the amazing minis, no real guides (though admittedly there are some useful paint splatter stuff) and no articles from the ‘eavy metal team.

Seems like a missed opportunity!

Still, I am still pleased to have some of my minis in there! Really pleased! 

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Painting Blog (I’m in White Dwarf!)

Wooo!

This is a picture of my Word Bearers Terminators published in this week’s White Dwarf!

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Here is a clearer picture of the minis in question!

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I am pretty damn happy about this, and pretty shocked too! 😀

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Painting Guide: Bases

The following article is a simple guide to basing your miniatures. There are several ways you can base miniatures, this is just the method I prefer and if you have any other ideas you should share them with us!

The level difficulty of this guide is simple, and can be achieved by any one!

What you will need before starting:

– The miniature’s base.

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– PVA Glue

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– Basing sand

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– A Medium Drybrush

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– A glue brush (preferably an old brush from your collection you don’t mind getting damaged)

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– Black undercoat

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– Skag Brown

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– Tau Light Ochre

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– Ushabti Bone

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Optional tools:

– Static flock
– Snow flock
– Mourn Mountain Snow
– Battlefield debris (i.e. old guns from your bits box, a spare arm or shoulder pad)
– Suitably sized pieces of stone from your garden

 

For the sake of this article I have chosen to paint up a base for my next Chaos Space Marine biker. Normally I would stick a standard infantry model to its base and undercoat both model and base at the same time. However this approach isn’t suitable for bikers as it makes painting the base difficult and can often lead to a messy miniature.

The Possessed Marines in this picture have been based with sand and stuck to their bases before being undercoated.
The Possessed Marines in this picture have been based with sand and stuck to their bases before being undercoated.

Step 1:
Take your base and clear any flash around the edges. This may require a modelling knife but usually Games Workshop’s bases have very little flash.

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Step 2:

In order to align your bike to the base without covering the area you wish to glue the bike to, a clever technique is to paint the bottom of the bike with a bright colour like so.

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With the paint still wet, you can then place the bike onto the base and get an approximate place you want the bke to be, and the wet paint will mark out the areas you will avoid further on in the process.

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Step 3:

Once the paint has dried you can apply a suitably large dollop of PVA glue to your base. I recommend you use an old brush to spread the glue about, and keep it handy so you always have for future bases.baseguide3

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Step 4:

With the glue spread out on your base, try to avoid covering the areas marked in blue in the picture (or whichever colour you decided to use) and then dip the whole base in your sand box.

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You may want to scrape a few pieces of sand away and have a few attempts of dipping the base into the sand so you get the coverage you are happy with. Once you have got the result that satisfies you, leave the base to dry for thirty minutes or so.

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Step 5:

Once the base has dried it’s time to undercoat. For this I use normal undercoating spray. There are many producers of black undercoat spray, for the sake of this article I recommend using Citadel Black primer spray, but you can use the one you prefer if you wish. You can also use normal black paint, however this is much more time consuming and you run the risk of brushing away the sand as you apply it.

Remember, spraying should always be done in a well ventilated area, preferably outside when available.

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I use an empty black box for my own undercoating needs, however if you are doing a large amount of miniatures you can use a stick, and blue tack the models to it and spin the stick slowly around as you spray. For this article I used my trusty cardboard box!

 

Step 6:

Leave the base for another thirty minutes or so to allow for the base to dry fully. If you try to apply the colours to the base too early you will end up removing the sand.

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Step 7:

Once the base is dry you can now start the fun bit of painting it.

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The first layer will be Skrag brown. You will want a good dollop again of this, and you will want to water it down. The more layers you do the better sealed in the sand will become. You can just do one layer of Skag Brown if you want your base to have a darker appearance, however I like to do two to three depending on the size of the base.

Always let each layer dry before doing another.

The first layer of Skag Brown
The first layer of Skag Brown

Don’t worry at this stage about knocking the odd bit of sand off. Try to be careful but it isn’t the end of the world if small parts of the base lack some sand.

Additionally don’t worry about the rim of the base, you will be coming back to the rim of the base later.

Three layers of Skag Brown later!
Three layers of Skag Brown later!

 

Step 8:
When you are happy with the skag brown coverage, its time to dry brush the base with Tau Sept Ochre.

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Simple as that.

 

Step 9:

Dry brush the base again, but this time with Ushabti Bone.

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Step 10:

Finally paint the rim of the base with Skag brown.

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And that’s it! Your base is finished ready for your model.

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Further ideas!

The above method is a great starting place for your miniatures, but you can always go a few steps further and add other elements to your bases.

A finished bike sits on a base like the one shown in the article.
A finished bike sits on a base like the one shown in the article. This base has had some dead grass added to it, which is done by simple adding some PVA glue to the finished base and had the grass added.

 

This Heldrake's base has had slate stones scattered over it to break up the base a little. These stones are simply super glued to the base just before adding the sand with PVA glue.
This Heldrake’s base has had slate stones scattered over it to break up the base a little. These stones are simply super glued to the base just before adding the sand with PVA glue.

 

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Both the Wight King and the Chaos Sorcerer have had snow added to the base. Similar to the dead grass on the Chaos Bike's base, these effects are added after the base has had the basic work done to it.
Both the Wight King and the Chaos Sorcerer have had snow added to the base. Similar to the dead grass on the Chaos Bike’s base, these effects are added after the base has had the basic work done to it.

 

This dreadnought has the head of a battle sister sitting on a rock...
This dreadnought has the remains of an Ultramarine laying before him…

 

...whilst this Daemon prince stands astride the many skulls of the fallen!
…whilst this Daemon prince stands astride the many skulls of the fallen!

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