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* The History of Marching In Colour - who is the man behind the words and service, how did it all come about

* Commissioning Models for Painting - how the process works, start to finish, and what you can expect

* Gallery of Artists Work - with over 20 years experience, here is a small sample of finished commissions

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Friday, 30 December 2016

Items for Sale or Trade - Page 10


PLEASE NOTE - This is for the complete boxed game. 
Mint condition, counters unpunched, rulebook unread (still has the new book smell). 
I only opened it to take out the models to assemble and paint!

Terminator Genysis pro-painted, based, and varnished models.

Consists of - 16x Resistance Soldiers, 10x Endoskeleton Terminators, 5x Crawler Terminators
Also included is the Limited Edition metal 'Kyle Reese' miniature.

The soldiers have been assembled with a good mix of weaponry and as best a variety of poses as possible. In addition, two models have been painted as Officers, one model as a Medic, and one model converted into a Comms.

All models are based with thick irregular gravel to give a wasteland feel. The bases are sealed with pva to avoid any flakes.

Comes complete with all materials - rulebook, counters, maps, etc and boxed still in the original box. Everything you need to game!

Please note - the rrp on this set is £70, though recently discounted to £20. I managed to pick up a number of sets, so dont worry if this sells - you can order another, it would just take a couple of weeks to be painted.

Asking £100, including free UK postage. 
Bargain price, especially when the retail price returns to £70!

Limited Ed Kyle Resse (metal miniature) 

Models painted as Officer/NCO/Medic/Comms

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Items for Sale or Trade - Page 9

Saxon Warband

Nicely painted, based, and fully varnished set of 26 models by 'Saxon Miniatures' (rrp £33.00)

Though the models are a Saxon Warband, they are all painted to be a uniformed town garrison, or similar such guard. The over-tunics are a solid mid-grey, highlighted on seams and edges, while the under-tunics are a flat byzantium red/violet (Vallejo Burnt Red) which makes for a great contrast.

The shields are red leather, washed with a light brown ink to give a solid hardened leather look. It also makes a nice canvass to put an emblem or transfer on if needed.

Breakdown of models is as follows -
16x Spearmen, 4x Chainmail Spearmen, 4x Chainmail Great-axes, 1x Warlord with 1x Standard.

The standard bearer has an extended spear, and replaces a normal shield with a smaller buckler. The standard is thick paper, painted and highlighted in the unit colours, edged with gold. There is also space enough to add an emblem or markings in the centre of the banners. 

Belts, scabbards, pouches etc, are tanned leather, Leg-wraps are light khaki, shaded with brown ink. 

The bases of the models are three-toned drybrush painted sand, sealed with pva so will never flake. Scattered bases have shrubs and patches of grass, some shrubs have flowering colours. The idea was to assemble them as a town garrison rather than open-field, so the colour of the bases reflects a rough urban area, with the occasional shrub of grass.  
Looking for £130, post free (UK)

Questions, comments, and offers to
Please click on the photos for larger images. 


Sunday, 25 December 2016


Here's to wishing all clients past, present, and future, and all those folks just stopping by my little corner of the internet, a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous and happy New Year!


Monday, 19 December 2016

Painting Guide - PAINTS (Must have Colours)

Howdy folks,

Following on from my brief 'Brushes' guide, here is a list of TEN paint colours that I would recommend a new painter buy to start off their collection.

A general note - when considering a colour, buy a slightly darker shade of that colour. The reason for this is, its easier to lighten a shade with a mix of white than it is to darker the shade with a touch of black. You can also lighten a number of times by adding a touch more white each time.

Top Ten Paints to have -

1. White 
2. Black

Both of these paints act as good undercoats, as well as used to lighten/darken other shades.

3. Silver

From knights to gun barrels, you will always have a use for silver. It is also very hard to get a good 'metallic' effect without a metallic paint.

4. Flesh

Another popular colour. Aim for a 'mid-tan', slightly over regular skin tones, as flesh can have a habit of looking too pale on many models.

5. Brown
6. Green
7. Blue
8. Red

For these solid colours choose shades that are 'flat', and remember - slightly darker shades are easier to lighten. Dark Blue + White = Mid Blue... Mid + White = light blue

9. Yellow Brown

Yellow is a very hard colour to work with for a beginner. Instead of a pale watery yellow, a good pick is a choosing a Yellow Brown, and using the +white to get a paler shade.

10. Leather

Like 'silver', leather is a hard colour to mix. A good pick for #10 here would be a solid Leather shade.

thanks for reading!

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Painting Guide - BRUSHES

Howdy folks,

A friend recently asked for my advice on what brushes (and paints, but I'll cover that in my next article) would a new painter really need, as it is that time of year when presents are bought and new gamers (and painters!) are born.

I thought I would share the advice I gave my friend, with the rest of the community in the hope it might be beneficial to others in the same position.

My 4 recommended brushes for the starter painter are as follows -

1x Dry-brush (A), 1x Undercoating brush (B), 1x Painting brush (C), 1x Fine detail brush (D)

A - A large soft bristled brush that you can use to 'dry-brush' a model. This type of brush tends to have a short life span, so you can pick up a cheap and easy brush from the packs you find in the local £1 store. Just make sure its a soft bristle. If they all look a little large, you can cut them down with a pair of scissors. Dry-brushing a model with the smallest pinch of simple white paint is a great and easy way for a beginner to highlight.

B - Undercoating brush is similar to a soft bristled £1 store, though as these tend to loose a lot of hairs, you may be best purchasing a brush for £2 from any art shop. Look for a size '3' or above. Undercoating brushes also tend to have a short life span so don't invest heavy on an expensive brush.

C - Your main brush for painting should be a standard size '0' or '1'. This will be your work horse brush, you will do the majority of your painting with this brush. Pick a brush with strong shape and good bristles that look aligned. Avoid any brushes where the bristles look like they are separating. As this is your main brush its worth spending £2-3 on this but avoid expensive brushes until you know how to keep, store, and correctly handle a brush.

D - A fine detail brush (size '00') is a must for any beginner. You may think an expert would prefer a fine detail brush and a beginner just suited to a standard brush, but let me tell you, there is nothing so off-putting to a beginner as slopping paint all over a model and not having a steady enough hand to paint the detail. A very small brush carries with it a sense of needing to be handled delicately, a beginner will naturally be more cautious with a fine brush, and a steady hand helps get the detail. If you can see good progress its a great morale boost to any painter, especially a new one.

I hope you found this little tutorial helpful. These 4 brushes are really all a new painter needs, and should set you back about £7.

And, if you ever do need a little help or advice, please feel free to drop me an email at  or send me a pm at any one of the forums (or Facebook! )


Friday, 9 December 2016

Old School Napoleonic French Cuirassier's 28mm

Part of a current commission. I thought some of our older brethren might appreciate these models circa 1986.

I am not entirely sure on manufacturer. The riders do have a mark under the saddle but its too hard to distinguish. Anybody recognize them?

UPDATE - Thanks to everyone who pointed out that they are Hinchliffe!

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Items for Sale or Trade - Page 8

28mm Bolt Throwers

Well painted bolt throwers.

£5.00 each or pair for £8.00 
Dark Elf Repeater Bolt Throwers

Well painted.
Please note, one thrower only has 1 ammo rack.

£5.00 each or pair for £8.00
Dark Elf Dark Riders 

5 models including standard bearer.
All horses have tails (one has fallen off)

Dark Elf Hero

Mounted on cold one

Dark Elf Coldone Chariot

Missing the bar that connects the chariot to the beasts, but easily craftable (will make one for free and include if you require)

Dark Elf Morathi

Long oop model of a Dark Elf Sorcerer

21 Assorted Dark Elf Models

Included are 13 swordsmen (3 with broken weapons), 2 plastic spearmen, 1 champion, 5 crossbow troops.

All models are plastic


Eldar Grav Bike

Plastic model. Please note - red undercoat is very thick and really needs stripping. Price reflects this

Eldar Falcon

Plastic model, one weapon needs reattaching.

Paintjob is a little below average.

rrp 31.00

Gripping Beast Command 

28mm metal miniatures

Gripping Beast Hero

28mm model, includes weapons and shields

Gripping Beast Warlord

28mm metal model, including axe.

1984 Citadel Elves

Collectors items. Original Citadel Miniatures

£7.00 each, £18.00 for all 3
1985 Citadel Lord of the Rings

Original Legolas and Boromir

£8.00 each
Assorted Heroscape Models

18 plastic 28mm models from the Heroscape game.

£0.75 each or the lot for £10.00 
Lord of the Rings - Movement Trays

Sealed/new infantry movement trays.

rrp £2.55

25/28mm Plastic Romans

Legionaries. Please note - missing weapons arms. Price reflects this!

Ratling Snipers

Partly stripped metal miniatures.

£2.00 each or the pair for £3.00
5 Stormtroopers

Models from the Games Workshop plastic box set. Painted average/low


Items for Sale or Trade - Page 7

Beautifully Painted Ork Lot

Small 40k force, very nicely painted.
Large selection of models including special characters
rrp around £130

Consists of the following -

1x Warboss, 1x Wierdboy, 1x Boss Zagstruk, 31x Boyz with Nobz, and assorted weaponry, 4x Burna Botz, 1x Boss Snikrot, 5x Stormboyz





Very Nicely painted Burna-Bommer

Please check out the photos to see the quality of the painting.

rrp 40.00


Ork Lootas

rrp 15.50

Ork Special Weapons

rrp 3.00 each (box set 15.50)

£1.80 each
Ork Nobz

rrp 3.00 each

£1.80 each 
19 Ork Boyz

rrp 18.00 for 11

£20 the lot
Ork Battlewagon

rrp 46.00