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Some work-in-progress Harlequins.

Harlequin wip


Harlequin wip


Harlequin wip

I have also started to assemble some Skyweaver Jetbikes.

Skyweaver Jetbikes wip

Together with a converted Viper. I’ve had the viper since it was first released (it was something of an impulse pre-order). Originally I was going to convert it into Nuadu Fireheart (an old Saim-Hann character) although it never happened and the model has languished in a box ever since. Maybe the Harlequin release will finally provide me with the motivation I need to actually do something with this model.

Skyweaver Jetbikes

Harlequins 2015 WIP

With it being half-term I have been making good progress on my Harlequins. I must say that the new models are fantastically dynamic and a real joy to put together. One of the cleaver aspects of the design is the separate heads and masks which give you a great deal of choice when putting the models together.

Harlequins 2015 WIP

For the colour scheme I decided to go with the one on the box as this will help to tie them in with my planned Craftworld army (currently three half-painted grav tanks). The diamond pattern is quite time-consuming but it looks great and is such a defining feature of the Harlequins that I couldn’t leave it out.

Harlequins 2015 WIP

Speaking of diamonds, @Dezartfox posted a great tutorial over on The Vanus Temple on airbrushing diamonds onto Harlequin coats. Needless to say, I was so impressed with the results I went ahead and stole the idea. It’s a really nice subtle effect which will add some interest to large flat areas which might otherwise end up looking a bit lifeless.

I also received a couple of boxes of Skyweaver Jetbikes in the post which I have started to assemble. Stay tuned for more.

Astral Claws DreadnoughtThe Astral Claws dreadnought is now more or less complete. I will probably go back and add a freehand name to the scroll on the sarcophagus at a later date. However, at the moment I am distracted by the amazing new Harlequin models. The model is equipped to provide long-range fire support with its twin-linked lascannon and missile launcher.Astral Claws Dreadnought I opted for a lot less blue on this dreadnought than my first one. I think Astral Claws should be primarily silver and too much blue can overwhelm them. Also, as a standard dreadnought rather than a venerable one I wanted him to be less ornate.Astral Claws Dreadnought The engine stacks were heavily weathered with washes and Typhus corrosion to get a heat-stained, soot-covered look. This adds a bit of texture to the model and distinguishes them from the other metal areas.Astral Claws Dreadnought  Astral Claws Dreadnought

I also added a few sooty streaks to the exhaust vents of the missile launcher.

Here is a sneak peak of my next project (which you may already have seen if you follow me on Twitter), Eldar Harlequins.

Plastic Harlequins 2015

More soon.


Tau Fireblade

Posted: January 26, 2015 in Warhammer 40k
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Tau Fireblade

Here is a Tau Fireblade I painted as a gift for a friend. The colour scheme is based on his Tau army who wear green fatigues and white armour. It was quite challenging painting a model in someone else’s colour scheme and there were times when I wasn’t sure what colours to use on areas like the cape and detailing that are not found on regular fire warriors.


The white is based on an ‘Eavy Metal Masterclass in White Dwarf for a white Scar model and is basically Space Wolf Grey and Steel Legion Drab with increasing amounts of white added and painstakingly layered up in numerous thin coats. The recesses were then shaded Charadon Granite before a final edge highlight of pure white was applied.




The green is VMC Luftwaffe Green washed with Agrax Earthshade before being highlighted with Loren Forest and Straken Green. The purple detailing was added using Screamer Pink washed with Carroburg Crimson and highlighted Emperor’s Children. The skin of the model was painted following a guide White Dwarf 356.


Space Marine Dreadnought

Here’s a picture of my latest space marine dreadnought in a very early stage of painting. This one is kitted out for long range fire support. He’s primarily intended to take out heavily armoured targets but the missile launcher adds a little flexibility to his armament.

2014 has been a busy year for me as I finished my PGCE and embarked upon a new teaching job which has been very demanding. The bulk of my hobby activity recently has been helping to run the G.A.M.E.S. club in my school with friend and fellow teacher Mr Taylor. It has been really rewarding to see the kids enthusiasm at discovering and exploring this great hobby.

In terms of my own hobby, I did manage to get some time to work on my own models. Here’s a quick recap of 2014 on Miniature Miscellany.


January saw the completion of what has definitely been the most popular series of posts on Miniature Miscellany, my Astral Claws Centurions. These were great models to paint and I am really pleased with how each one has turned out; they all have such individuality and character.

Astral Claws Centurions

I also converted a captain for my Astral Claws.

Astral Claws Captain

I also continued with my Dreadfleet set, painting up another three ships. This is a fantastic set and has been a real ‘slow burn’ project for me. The models are fantastically detailed and it has been nice to take my time over them. I tend to paint them up occasionally as breaks between other projects which explains why it has taken so long to get through them.



In February I painted up some dwarves from the Hobbit using quick and easy techniques (silver spray paint, washes  and drybrushing). I’m really pleased with the results of these simple methods. The dwarves from the film have a great design and these are finely detailed sculpts. It’s just a shame that there isn’t more variety to the range, I’d love some armoured dwarves with shields and spears.

Grim Hammers


March saw something of a real highlight for me as one of my models was featured in White Dwarf! A boyhood dream come true.



April saw some retro hobby goodness with this classic model from the Gorkamorka range of the late ’90s. I had planned to paint up more orks and do a write up on how to paint ork skin tones but never quite found the time. Perhaps I’ll get round to this in 2015.



In May I painted up these Dead Men of Dunharrow using quick techniques (spray paint and washes).

LotR Army of the Dead


The summer saw some reinforcements for my Astral Claws in the form of a venerable dreadnought and a drop pod. The dreadnought was fantastic fun to paint although I had a few initial problems getting the colour scheme right. The drop pod, on the other hand, was a real paint to put together as it had to be assembled in lots of sub-assemblies and painted in sections. I’m pleased with the finished result though.

Venerable Dreadnought

Astral Claws Drop Pod


July saw a variety of orcs/orks in the form of some Lord of the Rings uruk hai and my Battlefleet Gothic ork fleet (still a work-in-progress).

Mordor Uruk Hai

Ork Fleet

Perhaps the most ambitious project for me was working on a fully modeled terrain board. In July I finished the first of the board tiles.



August saw some more work on Dreadfleet and some Astral Claws.

The Curse of Zandri

Astral Claws WIP


September wasn’t a very productive month hobby-wise as I started my new job. I’m pretty sure I did paint something but no blog posts.


In October I started work on Shelob.



Who was finished in November.



Which brings us up-to-date with some more Lord of the Rings models and Dreadfleet.

Mordor Orcs

The Mouth of Sauron

Flaming Scimitar

Not bad for a year’s work. There have also been other side projects which have not made it onto the blog but which I hope to bring to you soon including the start of a warband for Inq28 (inspired by the Blanchitsu articles in White Dwarf and a number of fellow bloggers) and the start of my Space Hulk set.


So, what does 2015 hold?

I’m not going to make any hobby plans or resolutions for 2015 as I have seen other bloggers out there do. My free time is very precious at the moment and so I tend to paint what ever I am in the mood for when I do get some hobby time rather than trying to discipline myself and be prescriptive. As I don’t really play games at the moment I am not worried about completing armies for painting up certain units to a deadline. However, I do have a few ideas for  projects I would like to work on.

As I write this I have a Space Marine dreadnought and the Witch King of Angmar primed on my desk and awaiting paint. As mentioned above, I purchased the limited edition Space Hulk set and so I definitely want to get some of those models done. The other day I unearthed three Eldar grav tanks airbrushed red which I would like to finish and which might lead to an Eldar army. I will also continued to work on Dreadfleet. Who knows, perhaps 2015 will be the year in which the set is finally finished. I would also like to continue working on making terrain, an often overlooked but very rewarding part of the hobby.

Hopefully some, if not all, of these projects will make it to the blog over the next twelve months. However, you know how it is with Games Workshop. Their release rate at the moment is incredibly prolific and so no doubt there will be something new and shiny released in 2015 that will grab my attention.

What about you, readers? Do you have any hobby plans for 2015?




I was reminded the other day that I haven’t updated the blog in a while. This is because I haven’t really had much hobby material to show. Work continues slowly on the ork fleet but their isn’t much to see at this stage which is significantly different from the pictures already published. I’ve just blocked in a few colours prior to shading and highlighting. However, something I have been working on is more space marines for my Astral Claws. These guys have become my go-to models when I’m between projects.

The space marine kits are great fun to assemble and the newer tactical squad kit is no exception. I won’t write a review as these models have been out nearly a year now but the kit has very crisp detail which far surpasses the previous incarnation of the tactical marines. There are some subtle details which might be missed when looking at the photos in White Dwarf. The poses are more upright making them appear taller and the unarmoured heads are ever so slightly smaller, giving the models better proportions than the older kits. One thing I also really like about the kit is the number of early armour mark bits included in the kit and I have made full use of the mk4 and mk6 components to add variety to the force.

So far the silver armour is complete on these models and I will be moving on to the blue and gold detailing. More to follow.

Venerable Dreadnought

I have finished my Venerable Dreadnought. Thanks to everyone who commented on my previous post, your suggestions were much appreciated. As you can see, in the end I did decide to swap one of the armour panels and repaint the other in order to make the overall appearance less blue. I decided that this was worth the effort (and risk of damaging the model). I think it just shows that there are times when, despite the time and effort you have put into a model, you need to go back and do things again in order to get the best finished result. He now looks like a proper Astral Claw and not an Ultramarine.

Venerable Dreadnought

Venerable Dreadnought

The left panel was carefully removed and replaced with a new one which was then painted silver. This was done because the other one had already been given a coat of gloss varnish in preparation for a decal and so I couldn’t repaint it without it looking a mess. The panel on the right then had two strips of silver painted along each side to leave a stripe of blue down the middle rather than the whole panel being blue. Not only does this tone down the effect of the blue but it also better matches the Forge World artwork which shows the Astral Claws with blue vertical stripes on their vehicles to break up large armour panels.

Venerable DreadnoughtVenerable Dreadnought Engine

The engine was painted to simulate heat discolouration on the metal. In order to achieve this I painted the engine stacks Leadbealcher and, when dry, applied a number of washes. There were, in order, Seraphim Sepia, Ogryn Flesh, Leviathan Purple and Agrax Earthshade. The trick is to use less wash each time so that some of the previous colour is still showing. I also used this technique on the end 0f the plasma cannon working towards the front of the barrel. The soot at the top of the stacks was painted on using Typhus Corrosion followed by a wash of Nuln Oil. I’m really pleased with the dirty, grimy look which has real texture to it.

Venerable Dreadnought Plasma Cannon

As this is a Venerable Dreadnought I decided to try and reflect the chapter’s history on the model. I used the original Astral Claws heraldry rather than Huron’s personal heraldry which was later adopted by the chapter. For this I used a Forge World decal over a blue stripe. I imagine him as an old veteran from when the chapter was fleet-based and that it was during this time that he fought against the Tyranids and ended up entombed inside a dreadnought (hence the honour badge on the sarcophagus). I also painted the name of the chapter’s new homeworld to his other leg as a nod to this later stage of the chapter’s history. this reflects the way that in the background the dreadnoughts are living embodiments of their chapters’ histories.

Astral Claws Heraldry

Venerable Dreadnought

His power fist also has a blue stripe painted down it to help balance out the blue areas elsewhere on the model. Originally I was going to paint blue stripes on the shoulders (as Leeman suggested in the comments) but I decided that as I had already painted blue onto the power fist I would leave them plain so as not to over do it on the blue again. Instead I added a small Imperial eagle decal to provide a bit of interest and painted on some freehand battle damage. The blue stripes on the storm bolter ties it in with other weapons carried by marines in my force.

Venerable Dreadnought

And that’s it. Overall I am very pleased with how he turned out and it was definitely worth going back and redoing certain parts to get the right result.




Astral Claws Dreadnought

Those of you who follow me on Twitter (@Mini_Miscellany), will have seen this already. I’m quite pleased with how he’s coming along but I’m not entirely sure about the blue panels on the front. I think they make him look a little too blue when viewed head on. However, I am reluctant to go back and change them at this stage. I think today I’ll take a break from him and focus on some Lord of the Rings miniatures instead and come back to him later.

Astral Claws Drop Pod

I’ve finally finished my Astral Claws drop pod. This has been quite a time consuming project, partly because of the size of the kit and partly because of the number of sub-assemblies required to paint the kit while still allowing access to interior details and other hard to get to parts.

Initially I was worried that the model would look too silver but i think the blue stripe breaks this up nicely and matches the Forge World artwork. The weathering also adds an extra dimension of detail to the large, flat areas and makes them more interesting. Overall, this has been a very enjoyable and rewarding project and it was very satisfying to glue together the various sub-assemblies and finally see the finished result.

Astral Claws Drop Pod

Astral Claws Drop Pod

Astral Claws Drop Pod