Sunday 1 January 2023

Social media links

Hi all!

I thought I'd pop my social media links here for anyone that wants to stay updated on things.

I post a lot more on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter rather than here!

Cheers! Daz 




Sunday 21 July 2019

Steel non metallic metal with contrast paints

Hi all,

After I posted my contrast nmm gold tutorial recently I had a few people asking for a steel tutorial using the same contrast technique.
So, being the nice guy that I am here it is! 🙂

Here are the stages I used-

1. Undercoat grey seer spray.

2. Place initial light reflections with space wolves grey. (Try not to make these too regular)

3. Inside the first stage reflections I used gryph charger grey to darken the area.

4. I repeated the process with basilicanum grey.

5. Black templar was then used as a final shade in the darkest areas of the blade.

6. I then used grey seer base paint as a thin glaze to soften the gradient between stages.

7. I wasn't happy with the blend at this point so I tried out apothecary white as a glaze to smooth the transitions and it worked great.

8. Pure white was then used as a thin glaze inside the lightest reflections on the blade.

9. Then I used pure white as a sharp line highlight to define the blade and add hot spot reflections and I also went back with a little black Templar to deepen some shading.
You could finish at this stage if you wish but the next stage shows what more can be added.

10. With the blade complete I wanted to add some colour to it. Steel and silver reflect their environment so it's nice to keep that in mind.
I decided to add some gold reflections to the bottom of the blade with nazdreg yellow (imagine it's next to a gold leg). I also added some blue reflections with Aethematic blue to give it a daytime feel.
This stage isn't usually done much with nmm gold do it's fun to do with steel as it can set the scene for your miniature.

I hope you like and you find it useful!

Cheers all! Daz

Saturday 20 July 2019

Contrast paints skin tutorial

I had a couple of hours to kill this morning so I thought I'd do another contrast paints tutorial.
I wanted to see how easy and fast it would be to achieve a decent skin tone as its always a part of a mini that can cause problems.

Here are the stages I used-

1. Over an undercoat of wraithbone spray I applied a 50/50 mix of darkoath flesh and contrast medium.

2. I then shaded in select areas with pure darkoath flesh.

3. I repeated this process with fyreslayer flesh focusing more on the deeper recesses.

4. Then with pure cygor brown I picked out the deepest areas such as the eyes, mouth and ears.

5. The entire face then got a glaze of 50/50 mix skeleton horde and contrast medium.

6. I then washed around the nose, lip and cheeks with an equal parts mix of flesh tearers red, fyreslayer flesh and contrast medium.
At this point I also washed a small amount of space wolves grey around the eyes.

7. I then highlighted the face with wraithbone base paint. I did this in about 3 thin layers.

8. Pure white was then used to pick out the very edge and define the face.

9. I used a little basilicanum grey to define the eyes before painting them and finishing the hair.

There you go! As with the nmm tutorial I did this technique is faster than regular painting and I think it gave a good result.
This way of painting skin isn't that different to what I'd normally do but it takes the hassle out of trying to lay down a smooth basecoat.

I'm thinking of doing a steel nmm tutorial next as it was a popular request last time.

Cheers! Daz

Sunday 23 June 2019

Gobbapalooza Shroomancer

Hi all,
Here is my finished Shroomancer from the Gobbapalooza set.
This was originally intended to be part of a Golden Demon entry for this years competition but as I was asked to judge again it went on the back burner as I finished some army stuff.
The sculpt is by Seb Perbet and it's my favourite character from the set i think. I love everything that's going on in the scene. It's a mini diorama really with the goblin tripping out on shrooms and seeing his visions come to life!
I knew when I saw it that it would be great fun to paint. Not only because it's an awesome miniature but I knew I could throw a lot of colour onto it as well.
Choosing the colours to use was quite difficult really as the 'Eavy Metal version is pretty much spot on in terms of balance and colour choice. I wanted my version to be different however so I settled for a similar colour palette but tweaked some of the nuances to make it unique and my own.
The base was very fun to do, it was constructed mainly from thin slate and wood putty. This putty is great to use for bases, it dries fast and carves very easily. The little shrooms and critters on the base where especially fun to paint!
Hope you like!
Cheers! Daz

Sunday 9 June 2019

Non metallic metals with contrast paints

Hi all, With the release of the new Citadel contrast paints I thought it would be a great opportunity to re visit painting non metallic metals (nmm).
I wanted to try out the new contrast colours and apply them to this technique to see what results I could achieve.
 With this in mind I picked a suitable miniature which was a Stormcast Liberator and undercoated it with the new wraithbone spray.
All contrast paints where thinned with the new contrast medium during this process.
Here are the stages I did when painting-

1. Wraithbone spray
2. Nazdreg yellow
3. Snakebite leather
4. Fyreslayer flesh
5. Cygor brown
6. Black templar
7. Iyanden yellow glaze all over
8. Wraithbone base paint highlight
9. Pure white highlight

You can see that most of the technique involves a lot of glazing the colours over each other. Rather than highlighting in stages as you would normally paint this involves working backwards essentially. So starting with larger areas of lighter colours and then shading down with less paint.
As with all nmm painting the real trick is when you add those final white highlights and hot spots to trick the eye.
I’m pretty happy with the test result and compared to my other nmm painting it was much quicker although a little messier if I’m honest but I’m sure with more practice with the paints this will improve.
Cheers! Daz

Monday 15 April 2019

Robute Skulliman

Hi all,
Here's Robute Skulliman finished for my Silver Skulls army.
This month I have to finish painting this miniature and a Primaris librarian for a game on Warhammer TV against my brother soon.
I imagine this guy to still be Guilliman but in Mortis armour while on campaign with the Silver Skulls.
I removed the ultramarine icons and sculpted Silver Skulls icons to match the rest of my army.
The blue flames and eyes are to match in with the spot colour on my army.
Cheers! Daz


Friday 8 March 2019

Silver Skulls update

Hi all,
I've managed to finish my Ancient and repulsor over the new year break.
I'd forgotten how long vehicles take to paint! 😆

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