Starcraft Board Game - Complete

“Arcturus Mengsk: They say a man never really knows himself until his freedom's been taken away. I wonder, how well do you know yourself? [a large door opens to reveal Tychus Findlay in shackles]
Computer: Prisoner, step forward onto the platform. Mengsk: Convict 626. Murderer. Pirate. Traitor. Today, you go free. But as you'll soon learn, even freedom has a price. [machines start to put on a combat Marine suit on Tychus] Computer: Combat suit sealed and locked. Mengsk: You'll carry your prison with you. That armor will be your new cell. Make no mistake. War is coming. With all its glory, and all its horror. Mr. Findlay, your freedom awaits... Hell, it's about time!”

Starcraft Board Game

This is now long out of print but considered legendary among gamers, It often sell for hundreds of £££s and that’s not even considering the expansions.

First off, you can’t look past its massive sise, just look at the sheer number of components ion the box.

It’s approximately twice as big as typical board game. And that’s just on the outside.

Inside, there are nearly 1,000 gorgeous components to this game.

Now getting to what matters here , In regards to miniatures, for a board game they are simply stunning FFG goodness. Six colors, two factions of each race, each containing several dozen pieces. The client also 3d printed some of his own terrain pieces to complete the look.

Similar to the pieces from the Godfather board game, there is very little fine surface detail for painting., This meant I had to pay particular attention on some of the smaller details.


I started out by giving all the models a long bath in warm soapy water, I did not want a repeat of the godfather when working on so many miniatures.

The models were painted with my usual method of airbrush primer followed by Reaper MSP paints.

If you want your starcraft board game painting or any other models please get in touch,

Color Theory For Miniature Painting - Part 1, The Wheel

“Light is a thing that cannot be reproduced, but must be represented by something else – by color.” – Paul Cezanne

“Color helps to express light, not the physical phenomenon, but the only light that really exists, that in the artist’s brain.” – Henri Matisse

“Everything that you can see in the world around you presents itself to your eyes only as an arrangement of patches of different colors.” – John Ruskin

Color theory encompasses a multitude of definitions, concepts and with applications in traditional art, photography, print, design and of course Miniature Painting. There is a multitude of information in print and media, enough to fill a library.

There are three basic categories of color theory that are essential for the miniature painter : The color wheel, color harmony, and context.

Color theories create a logical structure for color. For example, we could have a squad of space marines all from different coloured chapters, we can organize them by color and place them on a circle that shows the colors in relation to each other.

Fig 1 The Colour Wheel

The Color Wheel

Fig 1. Shows a color circle, based on red, yellow and blue (outer ring), is traditional in the field of art. The wheel pictured is in fact the same wheel I keep by me for reference, you could save the image to your phone for easy look up or you can purchase one here.

The wheel was first developed by Sir Isaac Newton (yes the same guy who discovered gravity) developed the first circular diagram of colors in 1666. Following this scientists and artists have studied and designed numerous variations of this concept. Differences of opinion about the validity of one format over another continue to provoke debate. In reality, any color circle or color wheel which presents a logically arranged sequence of pure hues has merit.

There are three definitions or categories of colors based on the color wheel.

Fig 2. Primary Colors

Fig 2. Primary Colors

Primary Colors: Red, Blue and Yellow
There are three primary colors. Red, Blue and Yellow. These three colors are the hues that in theory can be mixed to make all other colors. If you mix the three colours, it would produce black. Primary colors are the 3 pigment colors that cannot be mixed or formed by any combination of other colors. All other colors are derived from these 3 hues. 

Fig 3. Secondary Colors

Fig 3. Secondary Colors

Secondary Colors: Green, Orange and Purple
These are formed by mixing the three primary colors.

Fig 4. Tertiary Or Intermediate Colors

Fig 4. Tertiary Or Intermediate Colors

Tertiary Or Intermediate Colors: Yellow-orange, red-orange, red-purple, blue-purple, blue-green & yellow-green
These are made by mixing adjacent primary and secondary hues. The six tertiary or intermediate colors are yellow-green, blue-green, blue-violet, red-violet, red-orange, and yellow-orange.

The names for the tertiary colors always begin with the primary color then the secondary color; yellow-orange not orange-yellow, for example.

Color Theory For Miniature Painting - Part 2, Color Harmony

Not only can color, which is under fixed laws, be taught like music, but it is easier to learn than drawing, whose elaborate principles cannot be taught.” – Eugene Delacroix

“Color is so much a matter of direct and immediate perception that any discussion of theory needs to be accompanied by experiments with the colors themselves.” – Walter Sargent

“All colors are the friends of their neighbors and the lovers of their opposites.” – Marc Chagall

“Why do two colors, put one next to the other, sing? Can one really explain this?” – Pablo Picasso

Color Harmony

Harmony can be described as a sameness, the belonging of one thing with another. The repetition of design elements like colour, texture, shape, and form is one of the easiest ways to achieve harmony to create a composition.

In visual experiences such as viewing a miniature, harmony is something that is pleasing to the eye. It engages the viewer and it creates an inner sense of order, a balance in the visual experience. When something is not harmonious, it's either boring or chaotic. At one extreme is a visual experience that is so bland that the viewer is not engaged. The human brain will reject under-stimulating information.

At the other extreme is a visual experience that is so overdone, so chaotic that the viewer can't stand to look at it. The human brain rejects what it cannot organize, what it cannot understand. The visual task requires that we present a logical structure. Color harmony delivers visual interest and a sense of order.

In summary, extreme unity leads to under-stimulation, extreme complexity leads to over-stimulation. Harmony is a dynamic equilibrium.

Some Formulas for Color Harmony

There are many theories for harmony. The following illustrations and descriptions present some basic formulas.

1. A color scheme based on analogous colors

Analogous colors are any three colors which are side by side on a 12-part color wheel, such as yellow-green, yellow, and yellow-orange. Usually one of the three colors predominates.

2. A color scheme based on complementary colors

Complementary colors are any two colors which are directly opposite each other, such as red and green and red-purple and yellow-green. In the illustration above, there are several variations of yellow-green in the leaves and several variations of red-purple in the orchid. These opposing colors create maximum contrast and maximum stability.

3. A color scheme based on nature

Nature provides a perfect departure point for color harmony. In the illustration above, red yellow and green create a harmonious design, regardless of whether this combination fits into a technical formula for color harmony.

Color Context

How color behaves in relation to other colors and shapes is a complex area of color theory. Compare the contrast effects of different color backgrounds for the same red square.

Red appears more brilliant against a black background and somewhat duller against the white background. In contrast with orange, the red appears lifeless; in contrast with blue-green, it exhibits brilliance. Notice that the red square appears larger on black than on other background colors.

Ultramarine Primaris Intercessors Complete

“It is the 41st Millenium. In the grim darkness of the far future, there is only war. The Emperor of Mankind wages a constant battle to protect humanity from the horrors of space. On the fringes of the Imperium, alien races lurk and plot, and chaos demons leak into our reality from the torment of the warp. All that stands in their way are the mighty Space Marines. They are more than mortal. They are steel, and they are doom. They are the champions of mankind. And the greatest of them all... are the Ultramarines.” (Quote from Ultramarines: A Warhammer 40,000 Movie)

For those of you that know me well I haven’t had my own Warhammer 40,000 army for some time, contempt in the fact that I paint enough for my customers, what would be the point in doing my own?

Little did I know that would all change when a college from work approached me and showed my a new magazine he had just subscribed to, Warhammer Conquest.

Conquest is a Weekly Magazine subscription in the UK where they send you 4 issues once a month. Each issue will include models, paint, hobby equipment and/or terrain.

The real beauty of this is once you have all the issues you will have 2 complete armies with all the rules and terrain to play it on.

Reasoning with myself that if I could split the cost with a friend, I could easily build and paint a full army of my own for a relatively low cost, with minimal time commitments.

So with a subscription in place and a friend willing to take the Death Guard side, I am set to make a start on the primarus marines.

Why Ultramarines? 
The Ultramarines, commonly know as “Ultrasmurfs” are a chapter of Space Marines, probably the most famous and well-known, which represent the standard upon which the other chapters are based.

Firstly, I love the bright blue scheme, and it really sets it apart from the typical drab grim dark I am usually asked to paint.

Secondly, you can field a Primarch, not just a primamarch but Guilliman himself!

Thirdly, I am fickle when it comes to collecting armies, and have a tendency to sell fully painted armies to fund my next projects, with the Ultramarines being one of the more popular lists, it would in theory make it easier to sell off in the long run.

Conquest Issue 1

The first issue include 3 easy build Intercessors.

They were painted in the iconic second company colours of blue and gold. Intercessors can be taken as a unit of 5 or 10 so I have elected not to include squad markings until I have enough to complete a full squad.

Conquest Issue 3 features 3 primarus reavers so keep checking back to see more progress on the Ultramarines.


Halflings and Dwarf - Complete

“Humans' stereotypical view of Halflings is a perception of glutinous children who care not for the more important aspects of life. Though not quick to anger the Halflings see this slight as a misunderstand based around the fact that Humans clearly have no understanding as to what is important in life themselves. Halflings love of food is legend, but this also makes them skilled cooks and farmers as well as fierce defenders of their lands and assets. Halflings often live in Human communities where they find easy work in the culinary trade, but they easy way in has allowed them to branch out to become traders and landowners.”

Continuing from my previous post with this Priest of Sigmar I have painted up a series of characters for the clients Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay Campaign.

I have to admit I have a great love of the little people, Dwarves in particular (here) being one of my fist completed armies. they were painted with the same techniques. These were painted with a coat of Grey Vallejo primer, and completed completed with a variety of Reaper MSP Paints.


 Apologies for the poor photo as they were taken on my phone.

The Godfather Board Game - Complete

“Johnny Fontane: A month ago he bought the rights to this book, a best seller. The main character is a guy just like me. I wouldn't even have to act, just be myself. Oh, Godfather, I don't know what to do, I don't know what to do... All of a sudden, Don Corleone rises from his chair and gives Fontane a savage shake, YOU CAN ACT LIKE A MAN! He gives a quick slap to Fontane. What's the matter with you? Is this what you've become, a Hollywood finocchio who cries like a woman? "Oh, what do I do? What do I do?" What is that nonsense? Ridiculous! Tell me, do you spend time with your family? Fontane: Sure I do. Corleone: Good. Because a man who doesn't spend time with his family can never be a real man. You look terrible. I want you to eat, I want you to rest well. And a month from now this Hollywood big shot's gonna give you what you want. Fontane: Too late. They start shooting in a week. I'm gonna make him an offer he won't refuse. Okay? I want you to leave it all to me. Go on, go back to the party.”

In case you don’t know me that well, the Godfather is one of my all time favourite movies and back in my student days I could quote this scene line for line.

Fortunately Designer Eric Lang, has brought us  The Godfather: Corleone's Empire a standalone big box board game with numerous miniatures. And lucky for me a friend of mine asked me to paint some for him.

Firstly The Don himself. A massively imposing character. Personally I found the sculpt itself is quite static pose and the there is very little fine detail especially in the face, leaving me to believe they weren’t designed with painting in mind. I also found out the hard way there was a huge amount of mold release on the model which even after a good scrub with soap still caused me to have to strip clean and repaint again.

The model was painted with my usual method of airbrush primer followed by Reaper MSP paints. But with the lack of detail on the sculpt itself, I was forced to freehand some of the detail to give the impression of the shirt collar and cuffs.

The horse head token was done in the same way, I also managed to incorporate Reapers excellent pearl paint to represent the shimmer on the sheet, I then used some liquid effect mixed with red ink for the blood.

The car was my favorite piece, having much sharper detail than the Don and its Tiny! Again this was done with an airbrush primer followed by Reaper MSP paints.

Hopefully I will have another opportunity to do some more models from the game soon.

Priest of Sigmar - Complete

“We must be ever-vigilant, for if we become unwary and weak the enemies of mankind will devour us utterly. Place your faith in Sigmar to protect you, place your trust in your Emperor to lead you, and put your strength in your sword to deliver you from those who would destroy your empire”

The Warrior Priests of the Church of Sigmar are a warrior-sect of Sigmarite Priest whose duty is to not only lead and inspire Imperial troops on the field of battle, but also to minister to their spiritual needs against the empires foes.

 This was another great sculpt to paint. The client requested this specific colour choice, and has been painted to a silver level. 

i took the opportunity to practice adding the stubble on the head and beard area, although not very obvious in the photos the stubble has been built up by stippeling a glaze consistency of tanned shadow mixed with black.

Once again all painted using acrylics by reaper miniatures.  


Nurgle Demons Complete

"Buboes, phlegm, blood and guts! Boils, bogeys, rot and pus! Blisters, fevers, weeping sores! From your wounds the fester pours."

A great unclean one and two units of plague toad riders. These were great fun to paint and gave me a great opportunity to experiment with washes and glazes. The client requested the big guy to be really vibrant so he stands out from the rest of the army. I  think it will look great leading all the filth and decay into battle.

Once again painted used Acrylics by Reaper.

Scythe Characters Complete

Continuing from previous post for the scythe mechs and airships I have completed all the characters for the board game.

Painted to a silver standard using Acrylics from Reaper Miniatures.

Plagueburst Crawlers Complete

"Plagueburst Crawlers are lumbering, formidable siege tanks whose huge ram-blades, thick armour plating and daemonic energies provide them with incredible resilience. Their fearsome plagueburst mortars boast a parabolic fire arc and terrifying range, while the shells they fire combine high-radius explosives with lethal clouds of corrosive spores to inflict damage comparable to that of Imperial Demolisher cannon. The remainder of the Crawler’s weaponry is intended to slaughter the foe up close, spraying diseased slime and hails of vital shells at any who approach.

Painted with Reaper Acrylic MSP Paints.

Star Wars Legion Vader Complete

"I see through the lies of the Jedi. I do not fear the dark side as you do. I have brought peace, freedom, justice, and security to my new empire"

Star wars legion Darth Vader painted to a gold standard.  Painted with Reaper Miniatures paints and Vallejo Acrylics.

Scythe Completed

I have happily receive a commision all the way from the US, for the miniatures from the Scythe board game painted to a silver level.

I was quite pleasantly surprised by the details of theses minis.

I began with washing them with warm soapy water and gently scrubbed with an old toothbrush to remove any release agent. I painted them with a coat of Black Vallejo primer, followed by progressively lighter shades of gun metal mixed with chome, they were then given an oil wash of brown and black, ready to have some of the details completed with a variety of Vallejo and Ammo by MIG paints.

Keep checking back for more on this amazing looking game where I will be doing the characters to a Silver standard. 

My Old Dwarf Army is up for sale.

"We sons of Grungni may have drunk deep from the bitter waters of misfortune, but we yet survive. Whilst a single Dwarf draws breath, we will fight the evils that assail us, and we will never, ever give up."

My old dwarf army is up on the Troll Trader on ebay. Unfortunately I didn't get decent photos before I sent them however you can see some here from the listings page.

Check it out here