Wear and tear effect

The drop pod has a lot of flat areas and a great way to lift the model is to apply wear and tear to the hull, which is the choice many painters have done with their drop pods and this is how I did my wear and tear effects.


First step is to apply the base colour of the tears at some selected areas,  Around corners are a good choice and where the doors might hit the ground are also good places. I used adeptus battlegrey to paint the first layer of wear and tear.

The second step is to fill in the areas which have been painted with boltgun metal. Make sure not to fill in all of the area and let some of the grey still be visible.

The third step is to highlight and darken the tear effect, I did this by applying chainmail to the raised areas and a very thin line of badab black to the lower and right side of the tear.

My first ultramarine

I finished my first ultramarine this weekend and I most say that I surprised my self this time, Very happy with the result.



I will do a detail step by step post when I start with the other marines from the tactical squad. But the next thing will be to finish the drop pod. I will then paint the tactical squad four at a time and the veteran sergeant separately.

Paint and spray

I bought a new toy, a spray gun and decided to try it on my tactical squad from the assault on black reach set.

I am very impressed by how simple it was and a very good time saver, I wish I had this when I started the drop pod.

Now to start with the tactical squad I started to spray them with a standard chaos black as I normally do with my painting.


I then applied a single coat of mordian blue mixed with water with the spray gun, it was a bit messy at start but when I got a hang of the spray gun it went a lot smoother.


The second layer I applied with the spray gun was a asurmen blue wash. This wash sinks nicely into the crevasse and created a bit of contrast.


Next is a close up on the picture above, where you can see how the wash really gets into crevasses and corners.


This method of painting is a bit more expensive, since you need to buy propellent for the gun and you waste a bit more of paint but it is all worth it.

Next step is to apply a new layer of mordian blue to the raised areas and lighten the characters.

Then do two layers of highlighting, first one with ultramarines blue and then a layer of ice blue and ultramarines blue mix.

After that I need to fix all the details that now is blue to get correct colour but that is another post.

Yet another drop pod update

I haven’t painted that much this week, but I have had time to do the base colour on one of the five sections.

This is my first time painting large flat surfaces and that proved to be more difficult then it sounds, getting a even and smooth surface is really hard.

What I did for the hull was to water  down the colour and then applying several layers. I have now applied two layers to the hull, but it will still need another and will then hopefully get a clean and smooth surface.

The hull was painted with 1:1 mix of water and mordian blue.

Industrial lines was made with the black under coat and the yellow stripes with iyanden darksun.

Metal was painted with boltgun metal as usual.

The next step is to add another layer of mordian blue and then add highlighting to the painted section to get a feel for the what it will look like.


Drop pod update

Haven’t got as far as I thought I would be by now, been playing Warhammer Online and Resident evil 5 a lot over the weekend. The new classes to warhammer is a nice addition to the game and my level 18 slayer looks very cool with striped pants.

Back to the drop pod, I started with applying a base colour to all the different parts in the interior, the metal was painted with boltgun metal, globe case and floor in mordian blue which is the base colour I will use for the hull.

The wires where painted with scab red and the brass tubing with tin blitz.


I then darken all the details with badab black. I applied four layers of it and with each step adding a little extra in the crevices and corners to get a nice contrast.

The highlighting for the metal was made with chainmail.

Brass tubing with 1:1 tin blitz and dwarf bronze mix, then a layer of dwarf bronze.

Red cables where highlighted with red gore and then blood red.

Hull parts where highlighted with ultramarine blue.


Next step is to finish up all five compartments, only done highlighting for two and then fix all the mistakes I made with the highlighting to make them more even.

After that I will add some wear and tear to the metal. Make some scratches on the suspenders where the marines have hold their hands during descent.

I also took a close up photo on the centre piece with it’s “text” added.


Overall I am quite happy with the result so far, reaching some of the spots with the brush was very tricky work espesially for the red wires. I will recommend anybody that’s going to paint a drop pod not to assemble it first, just assemble it into larger pieces and then start painting.