Monday, 1 December 2008

Next Update: January 1

The next planned update will be on January 1 2009.

I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

See you on the other side! :)

Best regards,


The Other Talon

I've just started a second 40k blog, The Other Talon. It'll be sort of a sister site to my main blog, the Angel's Talon, to cover everything 40k that is not Dark Angels-related.

It won't be updated regularly, but basically whenever I feel like it. The first post is a mini-review, with pictures, of the new gameboard from GW. It's a fantastic piece of kit!

Please check it out and let me know what you think.

The Other Talon:

Building my Company Master, part 1: The Bits

As I wrote in another post, I plan on building my own Company Master from the various plastic bits available. Here's a first look at what I'm going to use:

Company Master bitsI haven't decided on a right arm yet, I'm still looking at options.

Two left arms? Well, as I'm sure you've noticed already, the bottom one is a terminator arm. I think that power sword looks awesome so I'm going to do a switch on the arm with the chain sword.

I'm not sure about the head. I think the Maximus pattern helmet (from the Black Templars upgrade sprue) will look great on a Company Master, but I'm not sure how it will look with wings on it.

Company Master bits, headWe'll have to see if it works. Check out next month's update!


Painting Tutorial: Robes

I'm currently painting my second squad of marines, and I thought this would be a good time to do a step-by-step tutorial on how I paint robes. I love the warrior monk theme of the Dark Angels, and I plan to have robes on most, if not all, of my veteran sergeants and other characters.

My usual painting disclaimer: Please note that this tutorial is about painting an army, not winning painting competitions. I'm not even close to a Golden Daemon standard miniatures painter, and neither do I aspire to be one. The important thing for me with my miniatures is that they look good on the table, and that means they only have to look good at arms length.

Dark Angels robes, step by step:
  1. Basecoat
  2. Shade, wash
  3. First highlight, heavy drybrush
  4. Final highlight, light drybrush
  5. Rope: Wash
As usual, a note on brushes and paints. Unless otherwise noted, all paints and brushes used in this tutorial are from Citadel/Games Workshop. You are, of course, free to use whatever painting supplies you like, but it's worth mentioning for the purpose of brush size, for instance.

Right, here he is, the Veteran Sergeant of 2nd Tactical Squad, 3rd Company:

Just undercoat

The armour, metal bits, markings and bone coloured details will be painted in exactly the same way as in my earlier tutorials, so I won't repeat every step here. You can check them out here:
  1. Painting Tutorial: Dark Angel Space Marine
  2. Painting Tutorial: Dark Angels markings, part 1
  3. Painting Tutorial: Dark Angels markings, part 2

Here we go...

1. Basecoat

First, paint the robe with Khemri Brown. Even though it is a Foundation Paint, two coats may be needed to get an even coat.

BasecoatAs you can see, I have just painted over the Dark Angels insignia on his chest. This will be painted red later on, to stand out and add some contrast.

2. Shade

Now splash on a generous wash of Devlan Mud, to provide some basic shading.


And from the back:

3. First highlight

Give the robe a heavy drybrushing of the base colour, Khemri Brown, for the first highlight. Ignore the piece of the robe showing between his legs. It's difficult to reach, and it'll look better shaded anyway.

First highlight

And again, here's a view from the back:
First highlight

4. Final highlight

For the final highlight, drybrush the robe lightly with Bleached Bone. Pay special attention to the edges. Again, never mind the piece of robe showing between his legs.

Final highlight

Final highlight
Almost done...

5. Rope

Now you just give the rope a wash of Badab Black, and you're done!

Done!This last image is from a later stage of the painting process. You'll see more of this guy in next months update...

Of course, there's a million different ways of doing it, but this is how I paint the robes on my Dark Angels. It's quick, it's easy, and it looks good enough, I think. Please tell me what you think by leaving a comment, or emailing me.