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Chaos Tank Revisited

The dbs ‘black and white’

I wasn’t entirely happy with the tank that I painted last year; so decided to repaint some of it – mainly just toning-down the brighter areas, improving the contrast via spot-colours, and replacing the freehand designs with some which were a bit more fitting:






This was the final model of the Chaos Space Marine army, which I began a year ago. I will hopefully upload some photos of this soon.



Juggernaut – Finished

Thin White Rope ‘Wire Animals’ 

Finally completed: 016


Showing it’s age as a model, really – but still characterful.

The base was made mainly using cork (don’t buy expensive modelling sheet-material – cheap table mats are equally good):


Cork can be a slightly tricky material to work with – but adding texture paste makes the sheer-surface look more naturalistic:




Simple, but effective.

Work In Progress – the Old Juggernaut of Khorne

 Jellyfish ‘The King Is Half Undressed’ 

I thought I would make a proper work in progress log, for once. Whenever I’ve tried this in the past, I tend to get caught up, and forget to take photos as I go along. I painted this when I was younger:




I think the model itself has a bit of baby animal -syndrome about it: the claws and teeth are oversized, to make them look ferocious; but instead they look more cute than anything. So, I want to paint it in a way which gives it a more brutal character.

That’s the idea. Unfortunately, actually physically painting models like this is surprisingly tricky – where do you hold them while applying paint?:


The main colours for this will be as follows:



I’ve already finished the rider:





Some More Old Chaos Space Marine Models

The The ‘Mercy Beat’

Some of the models I painted just before Christmas – the old Obliterators:


Surprisingly tricky models to devise a good colour-scheme for, really.

One of the old Chaos Lords:



The unit of Khorne Berzerkers…



…which took what seemed like forever to finish. Never again!


Some good stuff:

Sculpting Old-School Flamers of Tzeentch (My Wargame)

The excellently sculpted Gore-Grub (Little Green Monsters)

Necromunda Terrain (Dylan Gould)

Rogue Trader-era models (Realm Of Chaos)




Work in Progress – Chaos Tank

I wanted to experiment a bit with weathering techniques on this – but to keep it fairly understated. I think, when it comes to special effects, less is more:


As you can see, I used masking fluid, duabed-on fairly arbitrarily with a cocktail stick, to create the random chips and divots; then various washes and pigments to add colour – mainly purples, browns, and oranges. I also flickered-on blotches, using an old paintbrush:


Once the washes had dried, I stippled metallic paint on in some places, and used a small piece of sponge in others. Nothing too fancy – but it still looks pretty effective, all told.


Chaos Tank – repairing second-hand models

 Salt ‘Bluster

This was the model as it was bought:

I thought a step-by-step guide to repairing models in this condition may be helpful for some people. So, after stripping the paint and removing most of the resultant gunge, the pieces looked pretty much like this:


I wanted to make the model look archaic, so added large bolts (in this case, small rhinestones), and used aluminium tubing to replace the missing exhaust pipes:


Then repaired this big gaping gap:


Using a spare piece (I think from a Landraider kit, but I can’t remember for sure – it’s been in my bitz box for a few years) – removed with a razor saw:


Then attached like so:


I used some textured plasticard to replace the missing floor panel (the white part):


Plastic glue pretty much needs to be left overnight to cure fully – which is why the tank was held in place with an elastic band.

After this, I used a different type of textured plasticard to add tread-panels (not the right term, but the beige part that looks like an ice-cream wafer):


Then used plastic putty to fill seams and other small gaps:


Afterwards, I began to work on the top part of the vehicle. Again, plasticard was used to replace the missing panel – and a new turret-hatch added:


I thought the roof would look better with scratch-marks, so used epoxy putty:

1. 024

2. 0263. (After a bit of fiddling about):


The greenstuff rivets didn’t look right, so I replaced these with rhinestones, and then added tail-lights by cutting some of the auxiliary cylindrical parts from old plastic sprues:


The photos are a bit out of synch, but the ram-bar was a slightly modified piece from the chaos vehicle upgrade kit:


That was pretty much it, really, other than using a piece of brass rod for an antenna, the khorne icon, a modified bit from…something (part of a chaos vehicle upgrade bit, is my guess) and two plastic skulls as a decoration:



It then just needed to be undercoated:



So, hopefully this might be of use to anybody who’s new to repairing kits.

Finished Dreadnought

Gin Blossoms ‘Found Out About You’

I finished this about a week ago:



It wasn’t too difficult painting this – it was just extremely time-consuming. But, once finished I started work on a Chaos Rhino. This was bought second-hand from Ebay:



Obviously, this was not in great condition; and personally, I would recommend that people buying old models on Ebay weigh-up whether or not they will really save money doing this. I was planning to include this with the old chaos space marine army I’m working on, and was hoping to undertake a more challenging conversion project than usual – thankfully I already had an abundance of plasticard/bitz. I think if you didn’t, it would cost more to repair a model in this condition than it would to buy a new version. That’s problem one.

Problem two was stripping-down the model:



First, taking the chassis apart – without breaking the model in the process. Then removing the original owner’s add-ons:


Removing the paint was where it got messy – leaving the model to soak overnight in Dettol. This liquifies acrylic and turns it into something resembling vandal grease, which can only be removed with bleach. I had misgivings at this point, I have to admit. The old Daemon tank I made a couple of years ago was a really awful project to work on, and I didn’t want to get bogged down in another experience like that one.

Fortunately, once the model was finally cleared and cleaned, it proved pretty quick, and relatively easy, to fix. I’ll write this process up later. Hopefully it may be of use to younger or more inexperienced modellers.



Chaos Space Marine Bikers


I made these back in 2011, but didn’t have the confidence to paint them. In the time between, a few kits were released that made it possible to add a completely different aspect to some of the bikes. I’m not sure what was more difficult – painting all the fiddly bits & bobs, or attaching the riders to the vehicles.

006Bits used: chaos knight shield/axe, parts from the Cygor set, Space Wolves thunder hammer handle, chaos terminator arm, chaos warrior helmet.



027Parts used: chaos knight helmet, chaos space marine power fist, chain sword, horns from the Cygor set, Chaos Possessed hand-claw-thingy and backpack. Also, rhinestones as rivets.



Parts used: Chaos terminator lord weapon, Ork chain-choppa, chaos knight helmet, old Chaos warrior arm.

035037Bits from the Chaos spawn set, and some Tyranid parts. Double Chainaxe made from pinning two together (total pain).


Parts from the Empire Battle Wizards set, chaos knights/terminator lord, and a daemonette head.

The bases were made from tree bark, miliput, bicarbonate of soda, and pigments. The blood effect was epoxy glue + Tamiya red paint, along with a bit of black ink. Unfortunately, I can’t provide better photos – because I knocked my daylight lamp over, and broke it – and I can’t afford to replace it.

Questions, criticism, death threats etc. welcome, as always.

Work in progress – Chaos Space Marine Bikers

3 out of 5 – still need proper bases, and a few enhancements:




Chaos Army

Tripping Daisy ‘Prick’

I painted these up to be one army – unfortunately, due to my rubbishness at photography, I couldn’t get them photographed together. But here they are as indivdual units:


The basic technique for the metallics was to go from dark to light, then shade-down with very thin ink washes (three different colours: Gryphonne Sepia, Devlan Mud, and Black – about four layers of each).