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Monthly Archives: August 2016

Space Hulk Diorama (19) – Done!

New Order ‘In A Lonely Place’ 

Finally complete:








I’m going to take a short break for what remains of the Summer; and then hopefully start a small Blanchitsu-esque project.

Space Hulk Diorama (18) – Librarian Finished

Panda Riot ‘Like Flowers At Night’

The Librarian is finished, at long last – barring any further need for adjustments; as the red colour on the book page may not work out:





Probably the last update before this diorama is finally completed, though.


Worth a look

Death Guard Plague Marines (Simon Modrow)

Deathwatch marines (Watching Paint Dry)

Painting Don Quixote (Coloured Dust)

Iron Empire Jet Girl (Serpentarium)

Photos of the month (Boston Globe)


Space Hulk Diorama (17) – Painting Object Source Lighting

Meat Puppets ‘Scum’ 

I’ve nearly finished the Librarian figure, with only the freehand designs to go. I usually leave these until last, as they tend to be quite painstaking. The colours haven’t come out quite right in the photographs, particularly on the face, but nevermind:



I decided to paint the staff with a glowing effect – i.e. object source lighting. It has an odd, intricate design sculpted onto it; and wasn’t cast especially well on this model. Normally OSL is best achieved with drybrushing, but it wouldn’t be possible here – so instead, the technique just involves highlighting with increasingly bright layers as normal, but then glazing over each of these with the previous colour, to blend it together.

These were the colours used:

044Firstly, it was basecoated black:


I then painted the swirly lines grey – purely because it made them easier to see:


Paint the lines with Vallejo Air Colour Blue:


Glaze over the staff with a thin mix of the same colour, VAC blue:


Layer – Andrea Blue:


Glaze over the lines with another thin layer of VAC blue:


Highlight – Lothern Blue:


Glaze the blue lines with Andrea Blue:


Highlight – Lothern Blue + Pale Grey Blue (c. 1:2 ratio):


Highlight with pale grey blue, in selective areas – such as corners/tips:


I then glazed the whole staff with several thin layers of VAC blue; before finishing with another glaze – this time, using diluted Asurmen blue; as it has a slightly satin effect, which makes the main area of the staff look black again, rather than grey:



Unfortunately, I’m not very imaginative; and haven’t quite figured out the freehand designs yet. Once they’re done though, the diorama will be finished, save for a few minor tweaks here and there.

Space Hulk Diorama (16) – Painting White

Ultramarine ‘Honey’

People sometimes struggle to paint white, as it’s a difficult colour to highlight. Daft as it may sound, there are different methods for painting it. Normally, I use a kind of grey-blue colour as the basis, and shade it with dark-blue and black; but I wanted it to contrast with the blue power armour, and to have a bit of warmth. So, these are the colours I used:


Basecoat – USA Olive Brown:


Layer – Fenrisian Grey + Earth (1:1):


Layer – the Fenrisian Grey + Earth mix, with a small amount of white (c. 3:1). Paint additional layers, adding a bit more white each time, until you’re painting with a mix which is mainly white:


The colour transition hasn’t come out too clearly in the photographs:


I then painted several very thin washes of USA olive brown over the white areas, as the finecast resin makes it difficult to shade some parts. I had to paint all of the feathers one by one:


Once this had dried, I carefully shaded the recesses with a slightly thicker solution of USA olive brown; before painting the deepest recesses with smoke:

011Edge highlight – white. I added chips/scratches at this stage, by painting a mix of Fenrisian Grey + Earth + USA Olive brown (equal parts) to create the dents; highlighting their ridges with white: