View Full Version : Xplodin' Skulls. My first go at miniatures painting.

18-02-2013, 02:15
So here it is. This log is going to cover my first attempt at any miniatures painting, and even model building. I started getting in to the 40k fluff awhile ago and finally decided to start building a WAAAGH! The idea I came up with revolve around a Big Mek named Spitz who gets a vision from Gork (or maybe Mork) to collect each of the most explosive weapons from every known race in the universe. Once he has all of the explosive tehnology he will be told how to make the biggest and grandest world destroyer ever known.

Until then he's just been collecting and blowing things up. Which makes this a deathskulls army.


I got the ork battleforce and one box of boyz. This is all I have painted so far. I have assembled a few other boyz and two other bikes, but haven't painted them yet. I wanted to start painting and see how that went before I assembled everything. I think next time I get some bikes, Im going to paint them before I glue the rider in to place. Seemed tricky getting in to all of those crevices.

On a few of the boyz I havent finished highlighting yet either. I was wondering how to make the blue on their body paint pop out a little more. Should I go with a lighter blue? Anyway, c&c more than welcome as I am trying to figure this stuff out. But there will be more to come as I continue to build the Xplodin' Skulls WAAAGH!

24-02-2013, 21:29
Update. I have completed the rest of the battelforce and picked up another box of Boyz. Well, when I say completed, I mean I haven't completely assembled the Trukk, but it's on it's way. I thought the dark blue looked a little too dark, so I lightened it up on four models. The first two pictures show 4 models with the dark blue coloring, and 4 with the light blue. Which ones do you think look better?

I also put together a couple of dual wielding orks that don't work for WYSIWYG but the two axes over his head definitely looks cool in my book.


The Dude
25-02-2013, 01:30
Great stuff for a beginner with no modeling experience :):yes:

You've got great control, with all of your colours clearly separated.

Some things to work on would be a bit more cleaning up of the minis before you start painting. There are some minor mould lines on some of your minis that can detract from the overall finish. Just use the edge of a hobby knife to scrape it off. Easy peasy.

I can see you've done some highlighting on some of the colours (although the pic seems to have flattened the colour somewhat) but the metalics in particular can be a bit stark without a wash or something. Al round I think you may like to have a play with some washes.

Other than that, top notch :D:yes:

01-03-2013, 03:59

On most of the models I have put at least one layer of the army painter soft tone. its supposed to be a lot like devlan mud. I pretty much just slapped it on everything. Should I use different color washes for different things? I have some dark tone, which is a black wash. should i use that on the bikes and on the trukk?

01-03-2013, 04:28
Personally, for dirtier races: orcs, skaven, etc I like to do my main color blocking, then hit the whole army with a brown wash, then at least one layer of highlights. For lighter colors this can even be the base paint itself as the brown wash can darken things quite a bit. I've found that this can churn out a respectable army in a fairly short time; which for things like skaven is nice.

01-03-2013, 08:43
For a first go that's wonderful...
I wish I had half the talent

02-03-2013, 14:43
The fact that you're using washes and some highlights on your first attempt is pretty impressive, I shudder to look at the first things I painted (hell, I shudder at what I've done recently!). You're off to a great start and I love the fluff, simple but very, very Orky! Keep it up Icculus!

12-04-2013, 18:17
And another update. I have been keep close tabs here, but I have made some progress and I wanted to share it.

I have painted another ten boyz, or am at least very close to being finished with them. They are having about the same results as that first few. I got two more boxes of boyz and have assembled them. But what I am more proud of is my LOOTED WAGON. I got the imperial guard Manticore and put an ork in it!168631168632168633168634

I am also in progrss of the Trukk, and some Lootas


And lastly, my custom Warphead. this is the Mascot for the Xplodin' Skulls. He blew up his own head years ago and is now in the process of Lootin' everyone else's head. He is held together by the psychic powers of the warp, whether he knows that or not.


21-06-2013, 02:18

Should have updated sooner. but my computer was down for awhile, and I got in a fight with the wife and broker a lot of my models....But good news is, it was a little spat, and I have rebuilt pretty much everything!! See below for some updates.

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So here we have the first 3 bikes totally finished and ready to roll, and my custom warboss WIP. I originally had the guns mounted to the end of the forks on either side of the wheel, thoughted that looked odd and am now going to mount them on top of the skull shield in the front and put the regular front wheel guard on. The boost in the back is from the end of the Deathstrik missile from the IG tank

21-06-2013, 02:26
And a few more pictures172745172746172747172748172749172750172751 172752172753172754

21-06-2013, 02:35
Aaaaaan some more. I am still working on both of these looted wagons. It takes awhile for me to get the inspiration up. That and I usually only work on this stuff for about an hour and a half or two hours twice a week.172755172756172757172758172759172760172761

21-06-2013, 03:44
That Eldar tank conversion is horrible - in an awesome way. I love it!!!

You should think about beating up the hull some.

22-06-2013, 15:47
Well the Eldar tank is so far just an assembly idea. Nothing on there is actually glued down. If you look at that boomgun, there is a spiked chain ball inside. I will definitely have to Orkify that Eldar tank, and I am thinking about putting a guy standing behind the gun as the operator.