How to make realistic rust effects

Some weathering effects are created rather than painted. This applies to any textured effect, such as mud, snow or rust, among others. Of course, we can try to simulate these by painting them. But it is easier -and more realistic when painting a 3D model- when we create them. In this tutorial I will explore the new corrosion creator set by AMMO, U-Rust, designed to create textured rust effects. I think that this kit was initially meant for dioramas and big scale models, but as a wargamer I was curious to see whether we could also use it to paint small…

How to paint 12mm (1:144) WWII tanks

During the last weeks I have been painting several dozens of tiny WWII tanks in 12mm (1:144 scale) produced by Victrix Games, a new branch of Victrix Limited. I thought that my preferred scale for tanks was 15mm, but these lovely beauties took my heart. In spite of the small size, the level of details is outstanding and they permit a 1:1 level of game (= bigger battles).   And thanks to Victrix Games, now you can download totally for free a painting tutorial for each tank model. Each guide includes a complete step by step, with plenty of photos…

How to paint armed civilians in WWII

As I already commented in my previous post, I had the great opportunity to paint the wonderful new 28mm range from JT Infamous featuring the WWII Polish Home Army and perfect for Bolt Action.We already saw how to paint step by step the armoured truck Kubuś, and today we will see how to paint the soldiers (or civilians).  Thanks to JT Infamous  and Wargames: Soldiers and Strategy you can download for free two detailed step by step painting guides showing how to paint a Civilian armed with a Molotov cocktail and SMG (originally published in WSS 101) and another civilian dressed with stolen…

How to decorate bases with plants

One of the most important part of a miniature -although some times ignored- is the base. Even a poorly painted miniature will look more interesting when placed in a nicely decorated base. And vice versa, sometimes a  poorly decorated base might hamper the quality of a very well painted miniature. Today we will see how we can combine different materials to create interesting mixtures of grass and bushes in our wargaming bases. I will use as an example a German HMG team in 28mm by Kromlech Historical. If you wonder how to paint the German uniform, check this guide.  Remember that…

How to paint gladiators in 15mm, and different human skin colors

Ave, Caesar, morituri te salutant! (“Hail, Emperor, those who are about to die salute you”). Today, we are going to focus on how to paint different types of skin using some lovely gladiators in 15mm from Forged in Battle. I will also say a few words about how to paint other parts of these gladiators, so that you will find a complete step-by-step tutorial below. In the following lines I will describe how to paint three different types of skin: dark skin (African people), medium skin (Mediterranean and middle-east people) and light skin (northern people). This is based on my…

How to paint Vikings in 15mm

In the last weeks we saw how to paint different materials in 28mm miniatures: metals and leather. This time, we will change the scale and will learn a few things about how to bring to life 15mm miniatures using the layering method. For this porpoise I am going to use a Viking model from one my favourite 15mm miniatures brand, Forged in Battle. You can see a second article with more insights published in the issue 103 of WSS. This is not the first time that I have discussed how to paint 15mm miniatures here (you can check this or this).…

How to make foliage camouflage for 15mm tanks

Since I published the book Painting Wargames Tanks many people have asked me about how to do the tree branches or foliage I added to some 15mm tanks. Therefore, I  have finally decided to write a tutorial about it. I already shared some hints in the issue of The Weathering Magazine about Kursk, but I will explain everything more in detail here.  During the WWII many tank crews -specially Germans- decided to conceal a little bit better their tanks and other vehicles by adding tree branches and other vegetation. We can easily recreate this in our tiny models to add…

How to do stucco and roof tiles

daoiz y velarde monteleon

gag Two centuries ago, the second of May of 1808, the Spanish uprising against the Napoleon French army started in Madrid, the capital of the Spanish Empire. In Spain, this day is known nowadays as the “Independence day” (with the exception of Catalonia, where at the end of the last century it was washed off and renamed as “The war against the French” in the school books…). One of the most significant events of that day in Madrid is the defense of the artillery park of Monteleón (or Maravillas), which occupies and special place in the cultural background of the…

Equipo ofensivo y defensivo de los Conquistadores en México (1518-1540)

Actualizado: 30 de noviembre del 2020 Hoy cambio los pinceles por la “pluma” y os traigo un artículo histórico. Otra vertiente de mi afición a las miniaturas históricas es precisamente la historia. Desde que me mudara al Norte no he dejado de leer libros o artículos históricos. Sin embargo, no he tenido la oportunidad de indagar con tanta profundidad como me hubiera gustado en algunos temas, tal y como hiciera en el pasado con motivo del ejército mexica o los indios pueblo, por ejemplo. Ya fuese falta de tiempo o de motivación, esta parte de mi hobby es algo que…

How to paint WWII Polish infantry and Uhlans in 28mm

With the support of Kromlech Historical miniatures, I would like to share with you two painting guides where I show how to paint the WWII Polish uniform: an infantryman and a Uhlan. The former covers a soldier equipped with a great coat and the common steel helmet wz. 37 (or 1937 pattern), while the latter is divided into two parts. First, I explain how to paint dark bay horses, and then I show how to paint a Polish Uhlan (rider) equipped with a wz. 1936 jacket and Adrian-like helmet. For those who does not know Kromlech, this is a Polish…