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Warhammer Quest: Silver Tower, Metallics Vs Non Metallic Metal

So, Warhammer Quest: Silver Tower, Metallics Vs Non Metallic Metal. Thus far NMM is a topic that has always caused a fair amount of friendly debate (and I daresay unfriendly debate too!) in the painting community. So for the absolute beginner, what’s the difference?

Metallic paint contains literal flakes of metal (usually aluminium) suspended in coloured pigment.  The flakes reflect light, causing the paint to look shiny once its applied and the size of the flakes varies from manufacturer to manufacturer, so its up to the painter which brand he/she prefers. There’s a lot more science that goes into these paints, but quite frankly its boring so I won’t.

Non metallic metal isn’t a paint, rather its a style of painting, using standard paints in high contrast to trick the eye into thinking the surface is reflective, in exactly the same way a 2d artist would do (both traditional and digital), check out this video from Sephiroth Art to see what I mean.

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New site and some Eldar Harlequins

First of all, welcome to the new home of the blog thegoldfishofjustice.com

The move to a new hosting and domain means there’s a lot more I can do with the blog and the next few weeks should be very interesting!

As for what I’ve been upto since the last update, well, for the most part I was frantically preparing for a job interview with Forgeworld. Sadly I did not get the job, but not due to my painting, which was nice to hear, it was a practical issue of location and their need for someone who could fill the role faster, which is an understandable concern.

Painting wise, I’ve been working on some Eldar Harlequins, the first squad of which is all converted to be female (in the case of the standard box this was using the female torsos from a second box, and for the shadowseer I used greenstuff to sculpt the breasts.

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The Troupe Master below is still a work in progress, with the jewels and other pieces needing work.

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Hope you guys like the site, and for any newcomers, Welcome!

Happy Painting!

The Mechanical Menace

This is a Necron commission that I have recently finished, A large army and quite a task to get done.
The customer picked a nice scheme with lots of metal showing (which should have saved me time on edge highlighting green, but the chipping and weathering soon ate into that)
The chipping was done with a mix of black and dark sea blue (vallejo).

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Warhammer Fest 2014

Now that the pre-competition madness has abated I can take a breather and gather my thoughts regarding Warhammer Fest.

Basically, I loved it. in previous years the show has felt a bit impersonal and definitely more like a sales event. Not so this year.

Granted, Games Workshop is still a business at the end of the day, so if we want to continue having lovely shiny models then we have to accept that events with lots of things to buy are the norm. But this year, with everything split into different, smaller areas it didn’t feel like this was the focus.

last year at the NIA, there was lots of waiting outside in a queue to get in, but this year, the layout of the ricoh arena meant everyone could wander in, sit down for a coffee, fill out any GD entry forms and then jump into the queue to hand over entries, I think I queued for only about 10mins before the doors to the Golden Demon area were opened, and once inside the atmosphere was fantastic with lots of fellow painters to catch up with. As I wasn’t after any of the forgeworld pre-releases I didn’t go the ForgeWorld sales stand straight away, but I didn’t go down long after the doors had opened and I was through the short queue in no time at all.

The star of the show had to be Forgeworld and their incredible Calth display.



in terms of detail and scenery, this has to be the best board they’ve put together. and according to the forgeworld seminar, there is a Horus Heresy Modelling Masterclass book coming out this year with loads of how-to’s and build photos of the various displays they’ve made. Fingers crossed the calth display is in this first book.

As far as the Golden Demon Competition goes, well, the standard of entries was astounding and a few big names didn’t get the trophies we expected them to. The slayer Sword (along with forgeworld best in show and gold in vehicle category) this year went to Richard Gray with his amazing Forgeworld Thanatar. A well deserved win!



(I didn’t manage to get many photos this year so all credit goes to Richard Gray for the photos)

And as for myself? well I picked up a finalist certificate for the dwarf which I am very happy with, and its given me a sense of purpose in that all I want to do now is paint everything as well as I possibly can in an effort to claim victory next year!


In an effort to fund next years show entries and practice pieces, the dwarf is for sale HERE

Tyranid Haruspex.

As many of you follow me on Facebook will know, I’ve been tinkering with a tyranid haruspex for a while now. It was initially supposed to be a quick job to sell on eBay, a nice tidy gaming standard model. However, after all the armies recently, my painting muscles needed a bit of a flex, and that quick tidy model turned into this


I’ve used a technique called ‘trompe l’oeil’ which is used to simulate cracks and scratches in the surface of a figure just by using paint. Here’s the more detailed run down I posted in the Facebook comments last night

Right, obvious stuff out the way first, prime it black.
First job after priming is to get some subtle colour graduation on there, for this one I airbrushed xereus purple on the outer edges of the plate (piece of paper butted up against the join stops the paint bleeding into the bits you want kept dark.

Next do the striations (striped grooves) firstly with xereus purple (tricky to see at first but adds a bit of texture) then genestealer purple and finally genestealer plus a drop of white (not too much, about 3:1 in favour of purple should do the trick)

Now the interesting bit, the cracks. What you’ve done so far should mean that black shows up quite well on the purple. Thin your paint well 1:1 mix of paint/water will be fine. Use this to paint in your cracks, make some straight like the surface is brittle and make some a bit more wiggly like they’re older and worn (for the places where the surface has peeled off keep it parallel to the edges and do more striations like you did on the edges). The highlights on the cracks are critical to this effect, have a think about where the light hits the model and put the highlights (same colours as used on the striations) right alongside the edge of the black cracks furthest away from the light source. Once you’ve done all that, glaze the whole thing with druchii violet and go in with pure white on very small points of the highlights to emphasise them. For the peeled bits, glaze in some necron abyss to make it look like there’s actually a physical gap there. Have fun!

This model will be for sale after I’m done (it’ll have a nice spangly base too seeing as I’ve spent all this time making it look gnarled and awesome.)

Just send a message to thegoldfishofjustice@gmail.com if you’re interested.

Predator Snow Hunter Lord

Well, it’s finished! the whole project was a blast to paint and I hope the customer likes it!

Finished it all off with some snow made from bicarbonate of soda and ‘ardcoat varnish. The trick to making snow like this is have the ratio of bicarb to varnish higher in favour of the bicarb (so its quite dry and not very sticky, kind of like a big clump of snow) and wet the surface you’re ‘snowing’ first, and use a wet brush to push the snow into crevices or shape it slightly.

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the blood on the snow was done with the new ‘Blood for the Blood god’ special effect paint from Games Workshop, I watered it down slightly and applied it whilst the ‘snow was still wet so that it soaked in like real blood would.

on a totally unrelated note, I now have Goldfish of Justice T-Shirts (Well, T-Shirt singular) available on CafePress.co.uk HERE


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