Posts Tagged ‘Tutorial’

Building the British Airborne – Part 1

Posted on November 25th, 2016 under , , , , , . Posted by

Chapter 1 – July 2016

“I’m awfully sorry, but I’m afraid we will need to occupy your house” – Col John Frost – A Bridge too Far

“This is….Everything, 2 .30 cal machine guns, 11 Hawkins Mines, 17 grenades, two bazookas but we only got 8 rounds left, and assorted small arms.  We had a 60mm mortar, but an arty round took it out.  Might as well be spit wads if we run into some tanks.” – Saving Private Ryan

I’ve always been fascinated by the British Airborne’s campaign during Operation Market Garden.  The ambition of it, the audacity, the courageousness it took to hang on that long.  All the books I’ve read, documentaries I’ve watched, have made it a life’s goal to visit the sites in Holland and see it some day.  And I know it is a relatively competitive force in Flames of War. So I went about collecting it all. But I didn’t want to start assembling it or painting it before I was ready to do it justice.

So to paraphrase the quote above….here is everything….

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The Shadow Empire – Painting Terracotta Warriors

Posted on November 14th, 2016 under , , . Posted by

Now that my  horde of terracotta warriors are complete, I though it time to put up a tutorial for how I painted them for anyone else out there who fancies painting animated clay men, or simply want to paint clay statues/urns etc. All the paints us…

‘nids part 205 – Acid spray and weapon options

Posted on October 31st, 2016 under , , , . Posted by

A bit of a push and I’m done, except for varnishing. I did the claw highlights, fleshy bits and veins all in the same sitting.I also did the Crushing Claws too. Prior to painting I decided to drill out the Acid Spray fo if I decided to make the spray. …

‘nids part 204 – Acid spray and weapon options

Posted on October 28th, 2016 under , , , . Posted by

Moving on and it’s the second set of bone highlights. Once again I’m reminded just how easy nids are to paint, I’m even painting in texture that isn’t there to entertain myself!Pretty much the entire scheme is this:BonewhiteChitinFleshy bitsClaws and t…

FKB 26 – Mój sposób na… / My tutorial

Posted on October 26th, 2016 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

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30K: Iteration two

Posted on October 24th, 2016 under , , , , . Posted by

Continuing with my (re)discovery of the Horus Heresy I spent the weekend adding a bit more flesh to the bones of my 30K collection plans. A few legions have now started to bubble to the top as I’ve been considering and discarding those that don’t appeal to me as much from either …

‘nids part 203 – Acid spray and weapon options

Posted on October 24th, 2016 under , , , . Posted by

Progress is relaxed at the moment, just some washes on the Acid Spray. The unfortunate byproduct of taking it slowly is there’s not much to share with you guys, sorry.Ironically I’ll do what I feel is sufficient for the evening and sitll stay up till p…

How to make candles – step by step // Świece – krok po kroku

Posted on October 22nd, 2016 under , , , , , . Posted by

In today’s post I present a short step by step  tutorial that explains how I made candles for my cemetery terrain. The process is very simple and essentially costs nothing. The only necessary materials are redundant cable and PVA glue.
W dzisiejszym wpisie krótki poradnik krok po kroku w którym opiszę jak wykonałem świece do makiety cmentarza. Sposób jest bardzo prosty i w zasadzie nic nie kosztuje. Jedynymi potrzebnymi materiałami są zbędny kabel i klej do drewna.  
The first step was to remove an insulation of the cable. I used the RTV cable and thanks to that I was able to obtain insulations of two different diameters. Material was sliced ​​into short tubes to create candles’ body. Then using a wood glue and toothpicks I modeled each of the candles as you can see in the attached picture below.


Pierwszym etapem było zdjęcie izolacji z kabla, z której  wykonałem korpus świec. Ja użyłem kabla RTV z którego udało mi się uzyska izolacje o dwóch różnych średnicach. Materiał pokroiłem w niewysokie walce i przytwierdziłem do tymczasowego podłoża. Następnie używając kleju do drewna i wykałaczki wymodelowałem każdą ze świec tak jak na załączonym obrazku poniżej. Świece można oczywiście od razu przytwierdzić w docelowym miejscu.

When the glue was dried I moved the candles on a model.

Po wyschnięciu kleju przeniosłem świece na makietę.

As the glue lost his volume I had to repeat the process of adding more of it to the candles. I did it twice and after achiving the desired effect I started the painting.

Klej do drewna stracił swoją objętość więc jeszcze dwukrotnie  nanosiłem go na świece aż do uzyskania zadowalającego mnie efektu.

First color was ‘old bone’ from GW.

 Po wyschnieciu kleju pomalowałem wszystko kolorem Ushabti Bone z palety GW.

The higlights were done with lighter bone color from Vallejo pallet.


Następna warstwa farby to jaśniejszy ‘kościany’ z palety Vallejo i w zasadzie malowanie juz zakończone.

Wicks were done using a copper inner conductor, which remained after removing the insulation from the cable.


Knoty wykonałem za pomocą miedzianego  przewodu wewnętrznego, który pozostał po zdjęciu izolacji.

A bit of black paint and it was done. I hope you like the final effect. It is easy and simple addtion to the bases yet in my opinion still effective.


Trochę czarnej farby i gotowe. Mam nadzieję, że podoba wam się efekt końcowy.

‘nids part 202 – Acid spray and weapon options

Posted on October 21st, 2016 under , , , . Posted by

As I’m planning to run a Tyrannofex with Acid Spray at Caledonian I thought it worthwhile finishing up this little conversion. With the Tervigon’s birthing sac glued in place the normal feed cannot reach around it’s gravid womb so I needed to extend t…

Photos of the Cementry – 50% done // Zdjęcia z budowy i malowanie cmenatrzyska

Posted on October 19th, 2016 under , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

After two long evenings I have completed circa 50% of the scenery. I had a few extra bits so I decided to create several additions to the original GW design.  Right now I have to finish the painting and add some details to the bases. I am aiming to finish all the pieces next week. Have a look at my progress so far.

Dwa wieczory i cmentarzysko jest skończone już w 50 procentach. Miałem trochę dodatkowych bitsów więc postanowiłem dodać trochę elementów w podobnym klimacie do tych wyprodukowanych przez GW. Pozostało tylko malowanie i wykończenie podstawek. Na poniższych zdjęciach możecie spojrzeć na postęp moich prac nad tą wyjątkowo udaną scenerią od naszego ulubionego dostawcy zabawek. Całą zabawę mam nadzieję ukończyć w przyszłym tygodniu.

Some extra candles will be placed on the graves.
Jako jeden z detali przewidziałem świeczki wykonane z izolacji i wikolu.

Tutorial: Dealing with tiny feet in basing

Posted on October 18th, 2016 under , . Posted by

So there I was, putting together some minis for a client when I came across a common problem: Tiny, tiny feet on a model that needs to be glued directly to the base. Now, I know how to solve this problem and it’s fairly straightforward, hence, a small …

Samson Goes to the Movies, Part 8!

Posted on October 13th, 2016 under , , , . Posted by

It’s been a while since Adam and I have had time to make another tutorial, but now that the dust is clearing, we’re back! This time providing some insight into OSL. Check it out real official like at the Tabletop Minions YouTube. Enjoy!

Team Yankee West German Tips & Tricks #3 – Rolands (TGBX08)

Posted on October 7th, 2016 under , , , . Posted by

Roland, Roland, Roland…keeps those Rolands firing…ROLAND!

For those that recognize that terrible riff on the classic Rawhide theme song….you’re old.  Like me  😉

This time we look at the Roland AA (GBX08) kit from Battlefront supporting the West German forces in Team Yankee.  These bad boys are a Brigade level support for all the lists and you can get up to 1 Batterie of up to 6 launchers of these guys. Look out Soviet Airpower!

Battlefront continues to rock on these kits. The kits I have for prepared are pre-release versions. This is another old-school resin hull and turret with metal bits. Lots of detail everywhere. I know these are from newer molds/castings, but that only accounts from the cleanness of the models.  There appears to be more little “grubbins” molded into the resin and metal than I have seen in older resin kits…this is a common theme so far in the West German kits. It makes be very happy for the future releases.


– Very simple build.  Glue the tracks to the hull and the missile launchers and radar to the turret.  When you glue the missile launchers make sure the missile pods hang under the launcher.

– You have an option with the side skirts. You can leave them off as in the cover art (and like I did) or you can put them on.  You have the POWER!!!!!!
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Let’s paint: Shambling Mound

Posted on October 6th, 2016 under , , , , , . Posted by

The Shambling Mound from Otherworld Miniatures reminds me an awful lot of something I saw on Dr Who as a child. Ah yes, the “Seeds of Doom” even though it’s origins are in D&D. Scared the beejesus out of me as a child, so when I saw Otherworld’s rather nice …

Finished! Mista Snaakes

Posted on October 2nd, 2016 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

I had a blast on this project. He may not be perfect but that’s not why I painted him. Orks/Orcs/Orruks will always have a special place in my heart.Gallery ViewThis model was also the subject of an upcoming tutorial video shot with Adam, more to come …

Home made light box

Posted on October 2nd, 2016 under . Posted by

One of the things I’ve been contemplating for a while is improving my To Done pictures. For the most part I’ve been quite happy with my recent pictures, with the Camera 360 shots adding some effects that have made the pictures my best yet. The main issue revolves around my background picture. The Ferron Proxima backdrop has always been a favourite of mine as it puts the model in context – Red Planet BASE! needs a red planet to make sense, it also really stands out in blog feeds 😉 What it doesn’t do is help with colour accuracy and it also fails to meet the GW ‘suggested criteria’ of a plain white background for submitting photographs. For those in the hobby being featured in White Dwarf is a huge achievement and I’d hope to do that eventually, so decided a light box might help that happen. On top of that I’ll be less reliant on daylight [again, discouraged by GW] to get my pictures and they’ll be more consistent. I’ll still throw in the Ferron Proxima background but I’ll be doing these as well

These were my first test pictures on my home made light box, I’ll go into the full details and show you a picture later but what I wanted was to spend as little money as possible [cos that will help ‘sell’ your pics to GW] – to prove you don’t have to spend over the odds for decent results.

The light box was made from a transparent storage box, it still needs a proper clean [there’s a dead spider in one corner] I then bought two of these clip lights. They have them in the UK at Home & Bargain for £1.99 each. They’re rated to 60W bulb and I happened to have two knocking around. I am probably going to swap them out for energy saving bulbs though as incandescent bulbs get very hot. That’ll be another £3 but other than that I think that’s all you need.
Now I positioned the clips on the side of the box with the bulbs running along the outside with the light shining through the transparent box.

As you can see the results are OK, the plain white A3 sheet used as a background is a bit grey so I decided to move the clips.

 Instead of on the outside shining through the plastic I moved the clip lights round to the front of the box, you can see how much difference that made to background. The only problem with this is the lights kind of get in the way and getting quite hot means you have to be careful as you take the pictures, so you don’t get scorched on them by accident.

But for a first attempt and for £4 I think that’s pretty good. If I can get some higher lumen energy saving bulbs I might even get cleaner shots.

Here I decided to turn off the clip lights and actually it was pretty good without.

One light on the right hand side did this

And then both managed to fill in some of the shadows and the background is almost pure white. I’m really impressed with the results. Just look at the close up on this, the detail is crisp and sharp and makes the colours really rich. I’m not entirely sure if they want a pure white background for cutting out easily but if that’s the deal I can do a clipping path anyway in a snap. I’m pretty sure I discovered even .jpegs can retain embedded clipping paths [which I find rather peculiar, but handy].

I need to make a proper white backdrop, get some large white paper, vinyl, or even cloth so it can be draped smoothly. I may consider adding in some more reflective material on the lights but for a five minute ‘kitbash’ and £4 worth of light fittings what more can you ask for?

Here’s a view of the set up when I was taking pics of the Imperial Knight, it struggled to be effective on such a large model, if I’m honest.

This was probably the best picture, which I could probably fudge with a bit of Photoshop to be more colour accurate, maybe even add in that Ion Shield glow.

But I definitely need to work out a better backdrop, even a white pillow case will be better than three A3 sheets of paper! Can’t stand those seems and creases, grr!
So there you go, simple and effective, you could obviously download one of those textured backdrops too but obviously I’m getting that effect already with my Ferron Proxima sheet but anyone else – knock yourself out :) Let me know if you have a crack at it.

Team Yankee West German Tips and Tricks #2: Fuchs (TGBX06)

Posted on September 23rd, 2016 under , , , . Posted by

What does the Fuchs say….

Sorry ’bout that  :-)

Round 2 with the West Germans in Team Yankee from Battlefront.  This time we look at the Fuchs (TGBX06) and this Fuchs say va-va-va-voom!

A hefty little 6 wheeled all terrain troop transport to move those Panzergrenadiers around the battlefield.  Yes please!  You can find these bad boys in the Panzer Aufklarungs Kompanie list and can you can get 2 zugs of them with 3 Fuchs in each.

On to the models!

This is another very sweet kit. The kits I have for prepared are pre-release versions. This is an old-school resin hull with metal bits. These are chock full of detail and are VERY clean. The metal wheels had just a few metal whiskers and no flash or mold lines.

The fit of the wheels here is a very simple peg on the hull and hole in the wheel, but is very well designed. They are a different style than the Luchs wheels, but fit just as snug.

Build:  Since this was a pre-release kit, I didn’t have the instructions that are up on Battlefront now. But that didn’t matter! The kit is super easy; very intuitive…put all the wheels on one side of the hull.  Let those dry a little so that they don’t wiggle any more, then do the other side.
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Tutorial: M8 Greyhound (Bolt Action)

Posted on August 29th, 2016 under , , , , . Posted by

Hello again,After painting my very first Bolt Action model recently (Sherman M4) I got kinda encouraged by positive feedback and was also asked some questions about colors and materials used. So while waiting for US infantry arrival I ordered another …