How to paint 28mm tanks for Bolt Action

Today I bring something new to the table. Even though I have explained many times how to paint and apply weathering effects on 15mm vehicles (scale 1:100), I have never done it using a historical 28mm tank (1:48-1:56 scale); although I have explored previously bigger scales when painting Warhammer 40 000 vehicles (here and here). Taking advantage of a very nice resin model of an American heavy tank M34 from Khurasan Miniatures, I would like to give you some tips about how to paint your tanks for Bolt Action (or any other 28mm wargame), and specially to add a little…

How to do urban bases

The bases for our wargames miniatures are as important as the miniatures themselves. A very nicely painted miniature based on a very simple base might affect negatively the visual impact of the model. And conversely, a simple painted miniature based on a very nicely decorated base might result in a very visual lay out. Therefore, I would suggest you to spend on the bases as much dedication as you do when painting the miniature. There are many different ways to decorate our bases. It will mostly depend on what we want to simulate. We can go from a desert in…

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…

How to paint early war German soldiers in 28 mm

With the support of Kromlech Historical miniatures, I would like to share with you a step by step tutorial where I show how to paint the 1939 German uniform in 28 mm miniatures. In this guide you will find the instructions to paint the M1935 Feldbluse, with its characteristic grey green color with a very dark green collar, stone grey trousers and the dark grey stahlhelm M1935. For those who does not know Kromlech, this is a Polish company most well-known for producing science fiction miniatures and bits. Recently, they begun another adventure in the historical niche, producing 28mm models…

Warhammer 40.000 tanks II

After couple of years, I finally manage to finish the second Leman Russ tank for my Genestealer Cult army. This is another beautiful model from Forge World. It is a Leman Russ Destroyer, a tank hunter. To maintain certain coherence with the previous Leman Russ Mars I painted, I added air filters and the rear extension to cross trenches from another Forge World kit, as well as some track armour pieces. Choosing the painting scheme was not easy. I did not want to exactly repeat the same green color I previously used. After asking around and checking different sources for…

Painting guide – How to paint WWII Germans in winter gear

I have recently prepared a painting guide featuring couple of WWII German soldiers in winter attire from 1-48 TACTIC (Baueda Miniatures). This is a WWII skirmish game using 1:48 miniatures (36 mm), which are nicely 3D-modeled. If you do not know it, I recommend you to have a look at its webpage (note that the rules are free!). With the support of Baueda miniatures, now you can also download for free this painting guide; where I explained how to paint step-by-step a German soldier. From the priming to the basing. Furthermore, I explain in detail how to paint the famous…

How to make flags

In this tutorial I would like to share with you the method I use to make flags for our wargame armies. Although paper-printed flags are much easier and quicker to use, and basically we can find any design we need on the internet, the final effect is not the same. In my humble opinion, printed-flags lack charisma; and most of the times, they do not reflect the same [painting] style our miniatures have. They look like a part of a toy. When I see one, I immediately think: it does not belong here. Therefore, I prefer to hand-paint my own…

Warhammer 40.000 tanks I

Today I wanted to share with you a painting guide for a Warhammer 40k tank, a Leman Russ for my Genestealer Cult. Ten years ago I gathered around twelve Imperial Guard tanks. I loved them, those enormous and powerful steel monsters. Especially the Forge World versions, more realistic (less toy-like) and charismatic. However, when I was younger I did not spend much time painting these tanks: just with a brush I tried to simulate a simple camo. And that was all. Lately, I could not help feeling gutted about this, since over the last years I have learnt a lot…

Genestealer Cult, Warhammer 40.0000

During the short –but amazing- visit of the ModelBrush.com team to Finland, we found a Shadow War: Armageddon box in the local shop. This was a grateful surprise as we thought it was absolutely sold out everywhere. After splitting it among the four of us, I was the lucky guy who obtained the rule book. Since I read the first news about this game I wanted to check it out. And now I had the perfect opportunity. But I needed a warband! At this point I remember that I had plenty of Cultists miniatures at home from the Overkill box,…

Trench and mud

I had the great opportunity to prepare a diorama for the cover of Wargames Soldiers and Strategy #90, where I have represented one of the probably most charismatic scenes of the last century wars, a trench raiding. More specifically, a German counter attack to take a trench section back. I wanted to share with you some details addressing the preparation of this diorama, although you will actually find more information inside the magazine. Additionally, in this very same WSS issue I have published a complete step-by-step painting guide of the Spanish 1898 colonial army, using the new miniatures from 1898…