Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Hi all,
I thought I'd share with you my current 40k Space Marine army project.
With the release of 8th edition 40k and the new Primaris marines I thought it was a great opportunity to build a new army and learn the new system.
The Dark Imperium box came with a force of marines that I intended to build onto to bulk out my army.
I then had to make the all important decision as to what chapter I would do my new army. Knowing that I wanted to get something on the table top quickly I decided on a metallic colour scheme as these are fast to produce and are very forgiving when it comes to shading and highlighting.
I then had a look at the available chapters in steel armour and settled on the Silver Skulls chapter.
I remember the Silver Skulls from the original Rogue trader 40k book and knew they had a solid background so they where an easy choice.
The chapter symbol is the old Iron Warrior icon from the old Chaos space marine transfer sheet, luckily I had plenty of these to use.
The main armour for the marines is simply a black undercoat then leadbelcher spray then wash nuln oil and black ink mix. This allowed me to get the main part of each marine painted quickly so I could focus on the helmets and other details.
Here is what I've got done so far, I'm just assembling more Hellblasters and inceptors right now.
Hope you like

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Ulthwe Warlock

2nd Warlock finished, just a little eye design to finish off. 🙂
Added a shot of both of them together, introducing Jinx and Smite, the newest members of the Ulthwe family. 😁

Think I'll do my Autarch next...

Black armour is-
Highlight incubi darkness
Highlight thunderhawk blue
Highlight Russ grey
Highlight fenrisian grey
Highlight blue horror

Yellow is-
White undercoat
Yriel yellow
Wash averland sunset and scrag brown mix
Wash scrag brown
Highlight flash gitz yellow
Highlight dorn yellow

Blade is-
Sotek green
Shade sotek + black
Highlight temple guard blue
Highlight baharroth blue
Highlight blue horror
Highlight white.

Bases are
Wilko light weight poly filler mix with water
Wash zamesi desert
Wash scrag brown
Wash doombull
Drybush tau light ochre
Dry brush zamesi desert
Dry brush ushabti bone
Mournfang brown edges

Cheers all!

Sunday, 4 November 2018

Ulthwe Eldar

Here's some Eldar that I've recently been working on.
They took me a lot longer than I wanted and I picked Ulthwe as I thought it would be quick to paint!
I'm really happy to see them finished, now I can get my second Warlock done as a reward to myself. 🙂
Here are the colours I used-

Black armour is-
Incubi darkness
Highlight thunderhawk blue
Highlight Russ grey

Yellow is-
White undercoat
Yriel yellow
Wash averland sunset and scrag brown mix
Wash scrag brown
Highlight flash gitz yellow
Highlight dorn yellow

Bone is-
Zandri dust
Ushabti bone
Wash seraphim sepia
Wash agrax
Highlight screaming skull
Highlight white.

Red is-
Mephiston red
Shade khorne red
Shade khorne red + black mix
Highlight evil sunz
Highlight wild rider red
Highlight lugganath orange

Bases are
Wilko light weight poly filler mix with water
Wash zamesi desert
Wash scrag brown
Wash doombull
Drybush tau light ochre
Dry brush zamesi desert
Dry brush ushabti bone
Mournfang brown edges

Cheers all!!

Sunday, 16 September 2018

Elucia Vhane

Hi all,
Here is my painted version of the new Rogue Trader Elucia Vhane that I also sculpted for the new Kill Team Rogue Trader expansion released today!
My inspiration was taken from the amazing concepts from John Blanche when both sculpting and painting this miniature.
I wanted her to feel like a piece if Johns art work with the chosen colour pallet and background.
It's enjoyable to paint your own miniatures and also a great learning experience!
I hope you like!
Cheers, Daz

Saturday, 30 June 2018


Hi all,
here's my finished entry for the Age of Sigmar Golden Demon. This miniature has been sat on my desk for quite a while and the Golden Demon competition was a great excuse to finish it!
I was lucky to get a custom head sculpted by Seb Perbet for this miniature which I think added loads of character to the piece.
I went with a colour pallet that reflected the traditional colours of Victorian Steam engines which I think worked well alongside the pitted metal effects.
The competition was tough in the staff category and was very lucky to receive gold. Congrats to all the winners! 🙂

Monday, 19 March 2018

Shadespire Fyre Slayer

Hi all, here's a Shadespire Fyre Slayer that I painted as a gift for Joe Tomaszewski to celebrate his his 10 years at GW.
Joe sculpted these amazing Fyre Slayers and are his first miniatures released as a citadel designer.
Great work Joe!
Inspired (obviously) by the art in the Fyre Slayer book.
Cheers! Daz

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Blood Angels Primaris Captain

Hi all, here's my latest miniature I've painted. I've painted hundreds of minis over the years but I've never painted one for my brother Dave. He is the reason why I started with this wonderful and creative hobby of ours!
Today is his 40th birthday and he loves Blood Angels Space Marines so to say thank you and happy birthday I painted him this Primaris Captain inspired by the Art of John Blanche.
Happy birthday Dave, thanks for bringing home that White Dwarf magazine back in 1992! 😁

Thursday, 27 April 2017

The Dirty Dazzlers Skaven Team

Hi all,
We have had a bit of Blood Bowl fever here at work recently so i took the opportunity to paint up my classic Skaven team. I've had the team for years but never had the chance to paint it till the new edition of the game was released last Christmas.
I love these classic Jes Goodwin sculpts, full of character and pretty mean looking for Skaven!
I went for contrasting colours of purple and yellow with some classic chequered patterns for details.
It was a fun little project and painting more than one miniature was a challenge!
Hope you like! Daz

Monday, 24 April 2017

Orruk Warboss Skin Tutorial.

Hi all, I started this miniature a while ago now and I'm pretty sure that it wont get finished. I did do a stage by stage on the skin (yes it's blue) so i thought I'd post it up anyway.
Hopefully someone might find it useful!
Cheers! Daz

1. Undercoat grey
2. Basecoat Hawk Turquoise + Bleached bone mix 80/20
3. Shade Thunderhawk Blue
4. Highlight Hawk Turquoise + Kommando Khaki 70/30
5. Add Bleached Bone into the previous mix to highlight
6. Add White to the previous mix to highlight
7. Shade Incubi Darkness
8. Add blue and red tones around ears and mouth
9. Mix black into the highlight mix and paint under the eyes
10. Paint Bleached bone in the bottom shadows
11. Paint Kommando Khaki in the bottom shadows
12. Highlight Bleached Bone
13. Highlight White

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Goblin Warboss

Hi all,
Been a while I know, sorry! :)
Here is a quick pic of a miniature i painted some time ago. It is a limited edition Goblin Warboss which i painted for a work friend as a gift.
It was a fun little project and my main aim was to add a lot of colour and go a little bit retro with the painting!
Hope you like, more posts soon....promise! ;)

Saturday, 30 July 2016

Striking Scorpion

Hi all,
I've just finished painting this classic Eldar Striking Scorpion for a bit of a hobby break. It was fun to do and quite fast as well, those old Eldar are still awesome minis!
Hope you like, Daz

Sunday, 3 July 2016

Non Metallic Metals

Hi all,

I get asked a lot about painting non metallic metals, also known as NMM. In this post I hope to explain the theory behind the technique and also how I go about rendering this technique on a miniature.

To start with it's worth saying that the non metallic metal technique is basically a way of painting convincing metal effects on to a 2D surface. You will see this used on a lot of art when the artist has to paint metallic areas without the aid of metallic paints. This Blood Angel art by Dave Gallagher is a good example of this.

So with this in mind technically NMM should not really be applied to miniature painting as it is a 2D technique and miniature painting is a 3D art form. This certainly doesn't stop miniature painters from applying non metallic metals to miniatures because if done well it can create a pleasing finish.
Painting NMM is all about tricking the viewer into thinking that what they are seeing is real metals, to do this you need to observe how light reflects and reacts to different metallic surfaces. A great way to start to lean this is to look at art work. You can pretty much transfer what the artist has done onto your miniature, when I started learning NMM I painted a few sword blades and copied what I saw on the art onto the blade. My Death master Snikch is a good example.

When I approach painting a miniature in non metallics I first imaging 4 points of light around the top of the model. This help me to place my initial guide highlights over the model. I've found that imagining these four spots of light at each corner of the miniature gives me a good indication of where the light will be as I paint the model, it's easy to get confused and a bit lost when painting NMM so this keeps it simple for me. The amazing diagram below should help :).

Another trick when painting NMM is to change the tone of the colour when the surface you are painting changes angles. So if you are painting some gold armour and it has a corner change the tone from extreme light to extreme dark at this point. You can see in the image below how much the contrast changes in the armour surface as it changes shape, the foot is a good example of the colour going from light to dark to light again giving the illusion of a reflective surface.

What I've found helps a lot in achieving a realistic shiny metallic finish is a the last stage of reflection highlights that are added. When trying to learn this technique I observed that many painters didn't add this effect to their NMM and I started to experiment with it. The stages below on the Sanguinor which I painted show how this last stage can really give you that shiny reflective effect to the surface. Adding these reflection lines and hot spots over the surface in the correct places and on the edges can give you a nice effect.

Here are the paints that I use when painting non metallic metals-

Gold NMM
·         Basecoat Snakebite leather  (Balor Brown)
·         Highlight by mixing in Bubonic brown (Zamesi Desert)
·         Highlight by mixing in Bleached bone (Ushabti Bone)
·         Shade with Terracotta (Doombull Brown)
·         Shade with Terracotta and Black mix
·         Highlight with Bleached bone and white mix
·         Glaze the area with Lhamian medium and yellow ink mix
·         Glaze into the recesses with Lhamian medium and red ink mix
·         Pick out the reflection points with pure white

The stage that you add the glazes is quite important as until this stage they are can appear very wooden and lacking in colour. The glazes add a lot of richness to the surface and punch a lot of colour in for you. Doing it at the end of the highlight and shade process gives you a lot of control over the desired finish.

For NMM silver I tend to change the colours I use depending on the miniature. shades of grey, black and white will do you for pretty much any of this and once again you can add the colour you like with glazes of blues, browns at the end stages

The image of Ikit Claw is a good example of a few different NMM colours on one model,  I wanted to give him copper armour with steel claws and brass detailing. It was all painted using the same technique but by changing the colours I used.

The image of the Dwarf Lord shows the steel NMM technique next to the gold one. Notice the white hot spot highlights placed within the extreme dark areas.

The image of the Stormcast Lord shows the use of the glazes to add colour and then the use white to add the reflection points and final highlights.

Here are a few close ups of some of my miniatures showing the techniques I have described. I don't usually post such large pictures but I think it's important to see how the NMM technique is applied.

I hope this post has been useful for you and if you are thinking of trying NMM then hopefully it will help you along the way!

Thanks for reading, Daz