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Ivy ‘worry about you’ 


I’ve finished this, now – the patterns were mainly drawn from Masai designs; but hopefully without looking out of place in a 40K setting:

I’m going to paint the arco-flagellant next – partly just as a break from painting patterned clothing.

I’ve changed the model slightly though, as the shield on the back spoiled the silhouette of the figure; and the electro-flails also looked a bit gauche:

You can see the changes here:


Mendicant (2)

Miniatures ‘Honey’ 


I’ve finished the basic painting of the Mendicant figure:


I painted the skin on this model slightly differently to the dark tone of the Cherubhim – as using Rhinox Hide left it looking a bit formless.

The surrounding areas were kept fairly simple, and muted, in order to avoid overshadowing the faces.



1) German Cam. Black Brown

2) Wash: smoke + tank brown + black

3) Rhinox Hide

4) Mournfang Brown

5) Mournfang brown + Ushabti bone (add increasing amounts of Ushabti bone, over successive layers, to highlight: less is more, here).

6) Glaze: smoke.


1) Black

2) The Fang

3) The Fang + Fenrisian grey

4) Paint the sand using Zamesi desert

5) Wash over the glass/sand with the same smoke + tank brown + black mix as above.

6) Highlight the glass using Fenrisian grey, and the sand using Zamesi desert + khaki

7) glaze: asurmen blue, then smoke.


1) USA Olive Brown

2) Earth + Fenrisian grey (drybrush this)

3) Wash: smoke + tank brown + black

4) Drybrush Earth + Fenrisian grey again

5) Add Rakarth flesh to the above mix (drybrush)

6) Wash: USA olive brown

7) Edge highlight with Rakarth flesh

8) Glaze: smoke

I also painted the hair with these colours – but added white instead of Rakarth flesh to the mix, so that it would catch the eye; and ensure the faces remained the focal point of the miniature.


1) Leather brown

2) Wash: smoke + tank brown + black

3) Drybrush leather brown

4) Drybrush  leather brown + zamesi desert

5) Drybrush khaki

6) Paint scratches/edges with khaki

7) Glaze: smoke


It needs freehand designs painting on it, now; which will be based on Maasai patterns. This may take some time.


Mendicant (1)

A Beacon School ‘It’s late’ 

I’ve made a start on the mendicant figure – but it’s been tricky getting the colour scheme right.


It was arrived at after a fair bit of trial and error:

I thought that bright, warm colours of orange and red were best – but decided to make them slightly less garish.

I used the same shading mix of smoke + tank brown on the three different areas of cloth, which helps it to look consistent:


To paint the light red shawl

1) Mephiston red + German black brown

2) Wash with tank brown + smoke

3) Mephiston red

4) Mephiston red + trollslayer orange

5) Add goldbrown to mix

6) Add white to paint rips/tears


Orange cloak

1) Skrag brown

2) Wash with tank brown + smoke

3) Skrag brown+ Jokaero orange

4) Add Tau light ochre

5) Add khaki


Dark red robes

1) Rhinox hide

2) Wash with tank brown + smoke

3) Burnt Cadmium red

4) Burnt Cadmium red + Khorne red

5) Khorne red

6) Khorne red + khaki

7) Glaze with Khorne red; then with Smoke.

The clothes have been kept fairly simple at this stage, because I want to paint patterns on them later – which I haven’t figured out, yet.

Inq 28 resources

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I mentioned compiling a list of resources for African, Middle Eastern, and Indian art themes, in a previous post. I thought it might be helpful to expand on that a bit, and include Inquisitor-related sources.

It should be easy enough to take inspiration from both, if you want to create Warhammer models and paint-schemes which combine these aspects.



For patterns and colours, mosques are a good place to start. Such as the Jalil Khayat Mosque, in Iraq:


Mehndi designs and Mandalas are also helpful:

There are plenty of instructive resources online, too.

See also illuminated manuscripts, such as the Dala’il Al-Khayrat:


For modern depictions of Middle Eastern themes see:

Errol Le Cain‘s illustrations for Aladdin:

Sinbad the Sailor as illustrated by Edmund Dulac.

Jan Pienkowski‘s version of 1001 nights.

And Kay Nielsen’s pictures of the same story:

See also:

Alida Massari’s illustrations.

Maaida Noor’s art.

Marvel’s Kamala Khan comic book character.

If you use Google images, there’s plenty more reference material available.


For African motifs, see:

Masai Beadwork

Tinga Tinga art – Martin Bulinya‘s paintings are especially evocative.

Traditional clothing is also helpful, if you’re painting cloaks etc. Examples can be found via Google Images, if you look for Nigerian or Masai clothing, for instance; or African prints. The same is true for Indian designs.


Warhammer figures 

Warhammer art and miniatures on these themes are a bit rare – but there are a few old copies of White Dwarf magazine which are helpful.

It isn’t necessarily worthwhile buying these; but if you already have them, then the following contain features on the Easterlings/Haradrim in the Lord of the Rings:

White Dwarf 314 (February 2006)

White Dwarf 352 (April 2009)

White Dwarf 358 (October 2009)

White Dwarf 386 (February 2012)

Probably the most helpful here, though, is White Dwarf 338 (February 2008) – which has extensive content; and several painting guides.

There are lots of galleries of Haradrim/Easterling miniatures online, of course.


A bit more miscellaneous – but still useful resources:

The Araby Army, from Warmaster

The Golden Magus from Dreadfleet

Tomb Kings

Al Muktar’s desert dogs

Tallarn Desert Raiders – along with their famous Captain Al’rahem


Creating unique space marine chapters 

Several old copies of White Dwarf magazine have good background material for this. See:

White Dwarf 210 (June 1997) which ran a competition for readers, on designing a space marine chapter:

White Dwarf 299 (November 2004) which has a section devoted to creating unique space marines.

For less serious ideas, see Custom Space Marine Chapters by Know Your Meme.

As an example of these, there are the Bronie warriors – featuring the likes of Pinkie Pie – Champion of Khorne; and Applejack – Herald of Nurgle.


Inquisitor resources 

Much the same, really, some older issues of white dwarf have sections devoted to the Inquisitor game and miniatures. See:

White Dwarf 257 (May 2001) – notable for featuring one of Mike Walker’s fairly wry takes on playing Warhammer, in dampest Wiltshire.

White Dwarf 259 (July 2001)

White Dwarf 264 (December 2001)

White Dwarf 265 (January 2002)

More directly relevant, White Dwarf 260 (August 2001) has a painting guide for Inquisitor Eisenhorn.

White Dwarf 261 (September 2001) has one for Delphan Gruss.

There’s also no shortage of online resources for the Daemon-hunters and the Witch-hunters models, in Warhammer 40,000.



There are many sites dedicated to making dark millennium-themed miniatures:

Several of these provide links to similar blogs, as well.



If you have a local library, there should be numerous anthologies of art to rummage through – but the books I find most useful are Making sense of Islamic art and architecture, by Adam Barkman.

And Daud Sutton’s Islamic design – which provides overviews of how to create geometric patterns:

Along with India: Secrets of the Tiger, by Paul Stump – which looks like it is a bit difficult to get hold of; but there will be similar books available.

It isn’t difficult to find resources for India online, however – including the most famous one of all:




Tea cartons!


Lots of teas (and coffees) are African or Indian, of course – so it’s always worth keeping an eye out for ones which have vivid designs.

Traditional Arab coffee pots (dallahs) are striking, too:


Hopefully these should all give people a starting point for ideas, if they want to create Warhammer models which have an Eastern theme.


Book Wraith (Inq 28)

Jane’s Addiction ‘Mountain Song’ 


I’ve finished the Book Wraith – it’s taken so long as I couldn’t get the colour scheme right:

I tried brighter colours on the feathers, at first; but it didn’t really suit the model:

So I added a bit of subtle colour in the form of jewels; and stuck to a warm palette.

I had painted the wings in khaki – but it looked slightly drab:

Which is why I changed the lower feathers to gold, and made the others more vivid.

I’m going to paint the Mendicant figure next – although I haven’t figured out a colour scheme there, yet, either.

Cherubim – painting dark skin.

Deftones ‘elite’ 

I had problems with painting dark skin, when trying to make the Khemrian rider look Arabian – so I took a different approach this time.

Rather than use dark brown, I used a dark reddish brown – i.e. Rhinox Hide; which looks more natural:


To paint dark skin

Colours needed:

Basecoat: Rhinox Hide

Wash: black + dark brown

Layer: Rhinox Hide + small amount of Mournfang Brown

Layer: Rhinox Hide + Tau Light Ochre (2:1)

Edge highlight: Rhinox Hide + Tau Light Ochre + small amount of Khaki

Paint extreme highlights on areas like the knuckles, by adding Ushabti Bone into the above mix.

Glaze all over with a very thin layer of Rhinox Hide; and then with Seraphim Sepia.


A difficulty posed by painting the skin dark is that if you paint the surrounding areas in light colours, it detracts from the main body of the model – so a bit of planning beforehand is helpful.

Alternatively, a fair bit of trial and error….

For the scheme of the overall collection of models, though, I’m going to try and move away from the European-Gothic theme, which tends be quite generic in Warhammer; and use patterns and colours from African, Middle Eastern, and Indian art.

You can see some of these motifs in the old Tomb Kings models – and the even older Al Mukhtar’s Desert warriors; but there’s not much to go on in Warhammer miniatures/artwork.

Thankfully, there is plenty of real world reference material around, to take inspiration from. I might make a post about this in more detail.





Night Goblin Shaman revisited

Hang Ups ‘Jump Start’ 

I’ve finished rejigging the Night Goblin, originally done in February 2017:

Nothing too drastic – just making the base look a bit more imposing:

And I’ve changed the clothing – from a slightly over-bright hood:

To a racy, off the shoulders number (so to speak):

I also re-painted the metal areas with metallic paints:

Happier with this now than before:

This was the last of the models which needed re-tweaking; so I’m going to start painting the Inquisitor models this week – beginning with the Cherubim.