I’ve painted a lot of models, but not consistently well enough that I can be sure that I will end up with something I like. So when I finally got my hands on a genuine limited edition Miranda Ashcroft still in the blister, a figure that I had zero hope in hell of ever replacing, I was apprehensive about painting her.

She sat safely in her packaging for many weeks, save for the occasional brainstorming session where compared the model to the dossier and studio paintjob, trying to figure out what colours I could use to get a similar effect. This took a while, because compared to my regular Yu Jing troopers, she has a lot of unusual colours that I would be painting for the first time. Furthermore, she has a lot of belts, straps, a funny tie and lots of other details that make it hard to pick what’s what on the unpainted model.

My lucky break came when one of my regular opponents introduced me to Rakarth Flesh, a Citadel paint he had been trying out for his ALEPH. The colour can be best described as ‘heavy warmgrey” (thanks Vallejo), or “Bleached Bone with all the life sucked out” (thanks Jordan).  After a very tentative test run I found it was excellent for her bizarre future-chic top and launched straight into painting the model over a black undercoat.

I used a mix of Citadel Warlock Purple and Scorched brown to shade the top, although I’m not sure if that was the right way to go. I highlighted it with Bleached Bone. I used the same mix on her straps. The turquoise looking bands are Citadel Hawk Turquoise with some Vallejo Mutant Green mixed in.

I did her skin a different tone to my default oriental look to set her apart as a foreigner. All it took was a full layer of Elf Flesh, then a wash with Dwarf flesh, both Citadel paints. I then did her blush and lipstick with Warlock Purple. I also floated in some cavalry brown to shade the areas where she is more… heavily contoured. The hair I did similar to the Celestial Guard sniper. First, I dry brushed the hair white. Then I washed it with dilute Liche Purple, which was maybe too dark so I redid the white highlights and this time washed it with Warlock Purple.

For her leggings, I mixed Skull White with Shadow Grey. I then very sparingly applied some very dilute Hawk Turquoise and drybrushed with Skull white once it was dry.

Finally, the sword was undecorated in white, and then I applied thin layers of Golden Yellow over the top. I then put a very thin layer of Vallejo Scrofulous Brown over that, and picked out the edge in White.

And that’s it. I’m extremely happy with the result. Hopefully she can work her way into a list soon.

By the way, if anyone knows where to find the background text for her, I’d be very interested to read it.

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Viral Rifle + ADHL I mean.

I picked up Father Lucien Sforza for a couple of reasons. Foremost is that he is quite unique to Imperial Service as they have a special exemption to use him. Second, he brings some gear that is otherwise not present in Yu Jing, the Viral weaponry and the Adhesive Launcher. Third, he looked like a simple model who would be a piece of cake to paint well.

I was right on two of three counts…


He took a lot more work than I expected!

To recreate the studio orange lines, a lot of freehanding is required. In the shot above, only the two largest trims are not flush with his coat. Out of nostalgia and for lack of better instruction, I decided to recreate my old orange for the trim. If I had known at the time that painting guru Angel Giraldez had kept a detailed account of the colours he used to paint the model for the studio, I would not have gone through the hassle. Still for anyone who is interested I will recap the process I used to create the orange trims, which I did  to completion before any other colours were added, over the GW Chaos Black spray undercoat.

  • First, I painted all the lines with GW Skull White.
  • Second, I tidied the lines with GW Chaos Black.
  • Third, I painted over the lines with GW Firey Orange.
  • Fourth, I painted over the orange with a thick GW Baal Red Wash.
  • Fifth, I tidied the lines with Chaos Black again.

The other massive pain in the butt was this guy’s Matrix-esque  love of straps. Never have I been more glad that I aborted my  plan to collect Tohaa which I formulated after seeing Young Justice: Invasion. Straps are the devil.

I was also unsure how I might recreate the gun colour. Some kind folks on /tg/ advised me to mix my GW Hawk Turquoise with both Dark Angels Green and Regal Blue, which produced the desired colour for a basecoat. I then added successively more bleached bone to highlight it.

Very pleased with the results.


Bountiful Bosom.

If there has been one persistent observation about the limited edition Authorized Bounty Hunter who shipped with N3, it’s that it’s always chest day in this guy’s gymnasium.

SAMSUNGA lot of players ripped on this sculpt for his exaggerated masculinity but he was a blast to paint, largely because he was paintable whilst fully assembled.

SAMSUNGI’ll be the first to admit I am far from pro with my non-metal metal painting, but again I am pleased with how he turned out. For anyone who would be satisfied with a similar effect, his armour was painted with Games Workshop Codex Grey, washed with Shadow Grey and highlighted with skull white. Some of the larger surfaces have extremely thin patches of hawk turquoise to complete the effect.

Let’s face it, bounty hunters are inherently cool. But now I think it’s time to blow this scene, get everybody and the stuff together…