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Black Templar with relic blade

How to Paint Metallic Weapons Quickly & Easily

Looking for a quick and easy way to paint metallic weapons? It’s actually pretty simple to get a decent looking blade without too much effort and you don’t need to be a professional painter.

I’m currently working on my Space Marines again and thought I’d share how I paint metallic power weapons, specifically swords. I use Games Workshop paints, but you can easily swap them out for whichever you’re using and here’s the old paint names if like me you bought your paints some time ago. I always use a wet palette and, whilst you won’t be doing any paint blending for which it is ideal, I find it handy to use nonetheless as it keeps your paints fresh.

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carving dwarf patterns in styrofoam

How to Carve Patterns into Styrofoam

Styrofoam has great properties for carving as it allows precise cuts without crumbling away. This means you can carve really intricate patterns, making for some really fantastic terrain pieces. Generally it comes in blue from the craft stores, but building insulation is the same stuff. Continuing on from our previous article on building a Dwarf watchtower, the next stage is to carve a Dwarfen pattern into the styrofoam tower, but the process is exactly the same for any patterns you’d want to create for any terrain piece.

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shaping styrofoam

Building a Warhammer/Age of Sigmar Dwarf Watchtower

Reading through the new Age of Sigmar book, there’s a series of battle plans and one of them, The Watchtower, sounded like awesome fun to play! One problem though, I didn’t have a suitable terrain piece to use as a watchtower. Now most people would have just used a hill or something similar to fill for a watchtower instead, but I couldn’t bring myself to do that: as my dad always told me “if something’s worth doing, it’s worth doing properly son”. Having also been brought up to be a cheapskate, I decided to build the tower myself, it also meant, as a Dwarf player, I could build it to a Dwarf design!

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Dwarf Longbeards Close

How to Paint Gold Metallics on Miniatures

So I’ve been painting a lot of gold recently, particularly on my Longbeards (those bloody shields!). I’ve always struggled with it owed to the Games Workshop metallic paints being a tad watery making using them a but frustrating. After a bit of trial and error I’ve found a technique that gives me the metallic gold effect I like and isn’t too hard to do.

In summary, after a black base coat, the steps are as follows ( I use the old GW paints but I’ve put the new ones for reference):

Step 1. Layer a coat of Beastial Brown (Mournfang Brown)

Step 2. Rough coat of Dwarf Bronze (Hashut Copper)

Step 3. Heavy coat of Devlan Mud (Agrax Earthshade)

Step 4. Layer or two Shining Gold (Gehenna’s Gold) on the prominent areas

Step 5. Mithril Silver (Runefang Steel) highlight to any edges that catch light

 
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Dwarf Lord Conversion Gems

How to Paint Triangular Pyramid Gems

I hate painting gems at the best of times, but those annoying pyramid triangular gems that so often appear on my Dwarf and Elf models annoy me the most. Fortunately I’ve always managed to scrape by whenever they appeared on the particular model I was painting (generally by either ignoring it altogether or by crudely applying regular round gem painting techniques. Unfortunately, a lot of the newer Dwarf models that I have been working on recently all have pyramid gems that are very prominent on the model so I have been forced to learn how to do them properly! Annoyingly, after much searching I am yet to find a guide on the exact type of gem I want to paint so decided to learn it and share it for others in the same predicament!

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Dwarf Steel Painting Group

How to Paint Miniature Dwarf Steel Armour

It’s taken me a few tries to get this Dwarf steel armour look exactly how I wanted it, which is a grubby steel (from fighting in mines etc.), but not dull. I’m now tempted to go back and repaint 40 Dwarf warriors using it, but that’s for another day!

In summary, after a black basecoat, the steps are (I used the old GW paints, but added the new counterparts for reference):

1. Heavy drybrush of Boltgun Metal (Leadbelcher)
2. Heavy Badab Black (Nuln Oil) wash
3. Light drybrush of Chainmail (Ironbreaker)
4. Edge highlight of Mithril Silver (Runefang Steel)

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Magnestised Gyropcopter Brimstone Gun

How to Magnetise a Dwarf Gyrocopter/Bomber

If you’re like me and you’re a cheap ass bastard and you like Dwarfs, you’ll probably be wanting to get everything you can out of the new Gyrocopter/Bomber model from Games Workshop. After a lazy Sunday morning I decided to pick one of them up and see if I could magnestise the set so I could not only swap between weapons, but also from copter to bomber. Luckily it’s fairly straight forward if you can deal with sacrificing a few parts that are shared between the sets.

Anyways here’s how I did it.

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Black Templar Crusader Squad

New Black Templar Rules – What can players expect from the latest SM Codex?

I’ve always been very fond of my Black Templars, which is more than likely born of my love of medieval and fantasy which has been with me since I was old enough to swing a wooden sword about! These guys are the 41st millennium’s answer to the Knights Templar (without the somewhat dubious history…), on a never ending crusade to rid the galaxy of aliens and heretics alike in tabards bearing the Emperor’s cross. Epic!

After hearing rumours of a new Space Marine Codex and that instead of their own separate refresh, Black Templars were being included in that, I was somewhat worried! However after listening to 40k Radio’s recent pod cast, in my opinion it looks like Black Templars are becoming a bit more versatile whilst still retaining what sets them apart from other Space Marines. Plus, like them or hate them, I can’t wait to add some bad ass Centurions to my Black Templar army!

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