Wargaming Bloggers Showcase #35

Two of these in one month, amazing! I’m usually lucky to get one together every two months.

Anyway, below are some awesome articles by fellow bloggers you should really read. They are hand-selected by me, meaning they are awesome ;) Go read’em.

Sternguard SergeantTibbs Forge: Finished Vanguard Veteran Sergeant – Tibbs has wrapped up his Vanguard Sarge, and the result is awesome. My favorite part of this model, by far, is the stone look. Not only how great the effect is, but where it’s used on the model. It just really stands out in an impressive way.



Heat StainedTibbs Forge: Heat-stained metal, the right way – I saw this pop up on Twitter when it was titled, something to the effect of, “Are we doing heat-stained metal wrong?” That got my interest and I had to read. The article takes a look at how we paint heat-stained metal, and how it works in the real world, and we do seemingly paint it wrong. Well, I’m sure some paint it the realistic way, but many of us don’t. Read to see what I mean.


Old Stuff DayWarhammer 39,999: Old Stuff Day is Approaching – By the time this article goes up there won’t be much time remaining, but Old Stuff Day is almost here. Rob is the creator of Old Stuff Day and explains what it is. If you’re a blogger, definitely check it out; it’s a lot of fun. As a blog reader, get ready to see some great stuff resurface on your favorite blogs.


Waning MoonForces of Darkness: Is Hobby Creativity on the Wane? – I had not put any thought to this subject until reading this article, and it’s hard to disagree. This is a great short read looking at the disappearance of so many of those awesome scratch-builds and conversions that drew so many of us to the hobby.

  • Brennan Barni

    Those stone effects on the Raven Guard successor Vanguard vet are astounding. Definitely going to try something similar in a future project.

    • Agreed. It’s so simple but looks so damn good.

    • Thanks! It’s a surprisingly simple paint recipe. About 5 steps if you choose not to add the scratches or damage (which look a bit like veins in marble).

      • I’d love to hear what that recipe is. I have no immediate need for a cool stone effect, but no doubt I will at some point.

        • Oh, I guess it’s listed out in the post for the test mini. Here’s the short version: Rakarth Flesh base, wash with thinned 50/50 Agrax Earthshade, a blended highlight (meaning not just the edges, but a bit fatter) with Pallid Wych Flesh, then just a very minimal edge highlight with White Scar on the most raised edges. The scratches were added with Rhinox Hide before the white step, and then the lower edge was highlighted with a touch of the white when I did the rest. As far as most of my recipes go, it’s one of the easiest.

          • I really need to pick up those flesh color then. I see Pallid Wych Flesh used for a ton of things lately.

            • I love both Rakarth and Pallid Wych. I prefer them over the typical ‘bone’ cream colors. They’re on the cooler end of the spectrum but they definitely still read as bone to the eye.

              • To me it reads more stone-like, but then again I often paint my bone colors either white or a bleached white. Either way, great colors I’m going to have to add to my arsenal.

          • Brennan Barni

            Writing that one down. I was thinking of making a successor chapter somewhere down the line using Stormforged Eternal masks painted to look like porcelain, and that could work really well for that purpose. Agghhh!! You’re getting me excited for a project I can’t afford!!

  • Thanks for the shouts out, Thor. I had good fun on Twitter with the conversation surrounding the hot metal effect, but I’m convinced very few people will change how they do it. I don’t think that’s a bad thing, either. It’s your army, this is all fantasy anyway, and who can say how it all works. For my part, I totally plan to do at least assault cannons backwards. And meltas. Still not sure about plasma. If anyone ever says I’m doing it wrong, though, we’ll have a little chat about it.

    So… I have no idea why I titled all of that stuff Sternguard. I fixed it now, and your link still seems to be working for now, but you may want to update it to http://tibbsforge.com/vanguard-veteran-sergeant/ if you have a chance. Somehow WordPress is smart enough to have set up a redirect, but I’m not sure if this is temporary or not.

    • No problem.

      I may find myself utilizing the “right” way. Ultimately I need to try it out and see if I’m sold on the look. For plasma I’ve always just done a burnt look. I don’t picture the weapon itself heating up like an assault cannon. Most of the heat is going to be inside the weapon itself an then venting out. But hey, it’s all subjective anyway :)

      I updated my link to play it safe.

      • Gracias. Yeah, I think for plasma it makes some sense to do a charred tip, not the heat discoloration.

  • Nice one. Thats my evening reading sorted :)

  • Gotta say love the shield!

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