Over the course of this week we've had a large number of tanks and vehicles sent in to us, from Ork Stompas and Space Marine Razorbacks to Tau Skyrays and Leman Russ battle tanks. In fact, we've had so many pictures of vehicles sent in that we've got a very healthy stockpile of them for future blog posts and we've even sent a few of them over to the White Dwarf team to have a look at, so thank you all for sending in your pictures. Remember, we're always after pictures of beautifully painted miniatures so if you think yours are good enough for a space on the blog then why not send them in to us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
On the subject of beautifully painted miniatures, these three war machines were sent in to us by Adam Chaszczewski. Admittedly, most people don't use the word 'beautiful' to describe anything tainted by Grandfather Nurgle, but in this case I'm willing to make an exception.
The Blight Drone is one of those models that is undeniably creepy. The combination of flesh and machinery is truly disgusting and the single baleful eye peering out from beneath the carapace is more than a little unnerving.
The armoured parts of the Drone was painted using Rotting Flesh, one of the old-school paint colours (though a mix of Nurgling Green and Ushabti Bone would get a similar colour), which was then washed with both green and brown shades to give it a worn, pitted appearance. Adam then used weathering powders to give it a ruined, rusted effect, particularly on the rotor blades. To ensure that the rust looked realistic, Adam found a heavily rusted piece of steel pipe, which he used as reference material. He also takes pictures of rusted stuff wherever he goes to give him inspiration. Adam has truly dedicated himself to the putrefying power of Nurgle.
This Chaos Land Raider underwent some serious torture before Adam felt that it was worthy to join the ranks of the Deathguard. After constructing the tank Adam distressed the bodywork with a mini hand-held drill with a burr drill bit to give it uneven, lumpy surfaces. He then glued on some very fine sand to represent the build-up of rust on the more prominent armour panels. The tank was painted almost exclusively with weathering powders and ground-up chalk followed by several different Shades in the recesses. Like many of the hobbyists that have sent in models this week, Adam was inspired by the Forge World Model Masterclass books, which feature a lot of useful tank weathering painting techniques.
This Leman Russ was Adam's first time using an airbrush and the colour scheme was inspired by the tank shots in Imperial Armour Volume One (page 253 in case anyone wanted to look it up). The three main colours were Balor Brown, Mournfang Brown and The Fang, which were applied in stripes and patches to generate the mottled paint scheme. The tracks were painted with Stormvermin Fur and then drybrushed with Leadbelcher before Adam covered the while tank in yet more weathering powders. To give the gun barrels a burnt-out appearance, Adam washed them with several dark Shades before rubbing ground-up graphite from a pencil onto them to give the guns a metallic sheen.