Miniatures Painting

One thing that I don’t think I’ve gotten to share yet, at all, on this blog is miniatures painting. My fiancé and many many of our friends play Warhammer 40,000 and other table top war games. I enjoy Battle Fleet Gothic, but so few people play that version, and I enjoy painting the minis for my friends’ games, as well as minis used for run of the mill table top role playing games. Keep in mind that most of these are only one and a half inches tall, max. So if you are looking at the high-res images, you’ll be looking at them LARGER THAN LIFE.

These are a few recent minis I’ve gotten to ply my hand at:

1. Tim the Enchanter (or, that’s what we’re calling him)

This was for a dear friend who is the perfect Dr. Watson to my beau’s Holmes. He asked for a firey look, so even the base coat of paint for this guy is a deep lava red. That gives the ruddy look behind his tanned skin. Inspiration for the flow of different reds in his wardrobe came from Adria in Stargate (hallowed be the Ori).

Tim the Enchanter!

Fire wizard, full length.

Rear view of Timmy.

2. “Jack”

This is another for Dr. Watson. He asked for a grittier space hero, so I based the model in a soft dirt color, like a khaki, but khaki sounds to clean like pressed slacks. I do not paint in a style like the ‘Eavy Metal boys in England or anything of the sort – I use a lot of blending, zillions of layers, and a ton of stroke work to get the minis to look the way I want them too. Jack is scruffy, unshaved, and probably unwashed, but his eyes shine and his guns are ready. He has leather pants, for Pete’s sake!

Jack in action!

Jack from behind.

3. The Tau army

My fiancé has a themed Tau army for Wahrammer 40K that is themed around the Covenant army from Halo: Combat Evolved. If you are unfamiliar, Tau are like Roswell grey aliens who all have animé mecha suits and ships and are all communists For the Greater Good. He started the theme after noticing some parallels in the types of units in the army while playing the first Halo video game. Since then, both the army and the theme has grown as new units – and new versions of units – have come out in the subsequent Halo games. Colors and styles vary between the games as grunts and elites and so on are re-rendered. So as the army has grown, new units have been painted in the newer schemes from the Halo series so there is variety but there is still a cohesive army. If you’re a fan of Halo, see if you can match the schemes in the Tau army to the Covenant. We’ll start with the top, the character Shadowsun, whose armor is based on the Arbiter.

Shadowsun had to have some beaten and worn armor of an intriguing color that is neither silvered nor bronze. I am quite happy with her hair, such a contrast to her blue-grey skin and metallic armor.

Shadowsun, from the front.

Close up of Shadowsun

Shadowsun is at a very forward leaning, dynamic angle. It took a nickle under her base to weigh her down.

Now for some stealth suits:

Getting the purple one to look that neon was a challenge.

Stealth Suit 1

Stealth Suit version 1 – there’s a whole squad this scheme.

Stealth Suit Version 2 – the oldest scheme, of which there is a whole squad.

Stealth Suit version 3 – I think this is the newest render, from Reach or ODST.


A Tau drone. The hard flash was the only way to get the ice blue to pop.


Since there are so many Kroot, I designed the pattern for them and the method of painting and let Adam copy it. There are two Kroot color schemes.

Kroot get their colors from the things they eat, including their enemies. Delicious!

Tau infantry:

Like the Kroot, I’ve only painted a handful of the Tau infantry, designing a method for the scheme and letting the boy have at. This is one I did paint.

Now the infantry squad here is a funny story. He modeled one to originally be in a crouch, holding a grenade, but it very much looked like hamlet doing the “Alas, poor Yorick!” scene so he replaced the grenade with a head. Unlike his peers, the Tau dubbed Hamlet has a stage for his base (with thin grey lines painted for the boards) and Around his base reads “Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him well, Horatio!” Tau Hamlet, with all his drama holding poor Tau Yorick’s head, has become a lucky model, slaying much larger foes in service to the game. He is one of the oldest models in the army

Hamlet, front and center. Don’t upstage him, boys!


~ by glasslajora on August 13, 2012.

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