Sunday, June 1, 2008

The 925 Gang (40K)

The three sentinels are done. One was so badly mangled that it was banished to the shelf of unloved minis. The bases are painted Citadel terracotta, the color I plan for the infantry bases.

I played with the new Citadel washes on the last couple of sentinels, using it on the smoke stacks and the lascannons. These are new items that replace the Citadel inks. They'll be available in the store on Saturday. The washes are interesting, as they apply more like a paint wash than an ink wash, plus they don't leave a shiny finish like you get with ink. The concentration seemed to be what I was looking for, and I applied a black wash right out of the pot without any sort of dilution. You can darken the effect by applying more wash to the area.

I was considering dumping in a liberal amount of Future floor polish to make my own Citadel Magic Wash, but after trying a couple applications, I thought it was working fine without additives. My guess is that the simplicity of application will bring wash technqiues to less experienced painters, and of course their new painting book, also due out this week, will highlight new wash techniques.

The washes come in a set of 8 pots. The bottle design is similar to the Foundation Paints, but is slightly different in design, which is nice when you've got all three types of paints out in front of you. The black wash seemed to be a little lower in volume than the rest, but it might have been my imagination. The wash set is $25, but we'll also have individual pots for sale on the release date.


  1. Have you weathered your sentinels at all? I'd imagine on a desert planet there would be a metric buttload of dust accumulated on everything.

    Definitely interested in the Citadel washes. I suppose that will make painting vehicles with Zimmerit (anti-magnetic mine paste) on German WWII vehicles go more smoothly.

    Probably will make painting vehicles much faster for me, as I panel paint and then highlight. With the new washes I could airbrush the basecoat, paint camo, wash, then highlight. Pretty exciting, actually.


  2. Gary-
    Did you mention earlier that you were looking for camels for your desert theme? I found this:
    Maybe you could custom these guys for your army? I really don't play any of this GW stuff but I stumbled across it during lunch.

  3. I have not done any weathering yet. I've been happy with the results of what I've done so far and I'm afraid of messing it up. Maybe I'll have someone teach me how to do it before I take a brush to these guys.

    As for the camels, I really like them, but they're Lord of the Rings miniatures, a slightly smaller scale.

  4. Weathering can be pretty simple or prety complicated, depending on what look you want to achieve.

    Take a look in the FoW Art of War, there are some pretty nifty tips on how to produce effective weathering.


  5. There's an article here:

    That I would like to be able to learn. I'm thinking I'll do weathering last, since I still have a ton of basic painting to do.

  6. "I'm thinking I'll do weathering last, since I still have a ton of basic painting to do."

    Hehe, that's what I said when I did my Soviets for Flames of War... never did happe :-P

  7. Desert weathering would tend more to paint being worn off and metal showing (think of sandblasting) rather than dirt (sand/soil/dust) buildup.
    Buildup is more appropriate for mud - unless you're talking about stationary items, then you get drifts against them (like snowdrifts).