Winter White Wash Camo Effect

Hello guys and girls, today I am going to be covering how to achieve the winter white wash effect I created on my Dust Tactics Medium Assault Walker.

The winter white wash technique I am going to talk about is very much from the military modelling world, they have been using it for years and although I don't have an interest in World War One or Two vehicles I am fascinated with some of the fantastic models the military side of the hobby can create, so, quite often you'll see me pouring over the galleries of military modellers trying to work out how models and scenes have been constructed and painted.

The tools you shall need are :-

x 3 Brushes (one accurate paint brush, one soft wide paint brush and an old paint brush)
AK Interactive Heavy Chipping Fluid (or hairspray)
Light grey and white acrylic paint
White oil paint
White spirit (or turps)
Liquin (not actually needed, but it's useful to have)
Gloss (I used microscale micro gloss)

So first of, get your vehicle 100% painted and finished because you wont be able to go back and make adjustments to the main colour once you've started. You will need to ensure that you spray a few layers of gloss on top of this layer to protect it from work later on.

Above you see the main colour on the walker totally finished pre white wash, decals and all. I decided to paint it in a very saturated colour to help it stand out once the white wash was applied, it's painted in a zenithal lighting style. 

Next up you will need to spray you model with the AK Heavy Chipping Fluid, the chipping fluid is a new product to me, I would usually use hairspray for this technique, however the chipping fluid really appealed to me because I knew it would be reliable and I knew, because it's applied with an airbrush, I could be accurate with it. I sprayed the model 3 times with the chipping fluid, leaving each layer to dry before applying the next.

Next I sprayed several light layers of GW Space Wolf Grey, I chose this colour rather than a neutral grey because of it's blue tone, I was looking to create a temperature contrast between the red and the blue (have a look at my contrast article if you want to know more!), also, be careful to make your layers very thin, slowly building up the colour, not only will this give you greater control but it will make removing that layer much easier. 

Next I moved on to using pure white, building up the colour either in important areas I wanted to draw a viewers focus to (like the turret and decals) or areas I would expect the white wash to stubbornly remain, like around nuts/bolts/rivets, between joints and connecting parts of metal.

The Space Wolf Grey
 The White

Note in the pictures above how thin the layers of paint actually are, you are not looking for total 100% coverage, in fact, you want the opposite, you want an uneven inconsistent coverage of paint, this will help add tonal variation to the white wash, it will increase the depth of the model and make the paint job more interesting because the white wash is not the same all over. This is especially important with larger pieces (over 1/35 or 28mm) because the larger surfaces will need extra detail (if you are painting a large vehicle with this technique you might want to consider adding a 3rd colour to your white wash, a colour like GW Ice Blue)

The next step is to sit down and really look at your model, consider where the rain will run down the model, consider what parts would be sheltered and what parts would receive the most wear and tear.
Both the chipping fluid and the hairspray are water soluble, when water is applied to either they begin to become fluid once again and can be removed from the model with your brush, be careful with the chipping fluid as it can become very easy to remove large section if you are not careful. Also, if you are using hair spray instead of chipping fluid I suggest equal caution, in my experience I've found hair spray far harder to remove then the chipping fluid, stay patient and use hot water to make you job easier.

Chipping Technique

Now before you start to chip away the white wash it's important to have a quick think about how to achieve the best result. If you take your brush and make long, even strokes (like you would do when your painting) you are going to get a very unrealistic effect, it's going to look very unnatural and pretty awful, to get realistic chips your need to make a stabbing motion, ensuring your brush is about 90 degrees to your model and just lightly stab. Using this method will ensure you are using the very ends of your bristles rather than the sides, this will ensure you chip away many little dots of paint rather than large straight sections. Below is a quick mock up to show you the difference between the two, if you are a little unsure use it as reference as you chipping your model.

Chipping Your Model

Now, on to the fun stuff! Take a moment to consider what we were talking about before, identify an area that would receive a lot running rain water or wear, lightly dab water there and leave it for a few moments to reactivate your chipping fluid or hairspray (at this stage even though I was lightly dabbing water on to my model I started to chip away paint, the chipping fluid is very easy to activate, so be careful)

Below are pictures of my walker at this stage, I ended up remove large amounts of the white wash to allow the red beneath to become more dominant, the amount you remove is entirely up to you, if this is your first time with this technique I suggest you look up 'winter white wash' on google to get an idea of how other modellers approach their vehicles. Just a quick note, the pictures below are of the white wash at about 95% done, I ended up missing a few bits and redoing others, the panel where the lights are at the back I ended up returning to and that is something you can do, if your not happy with what you have, respray the area with chipping fluid and try again.


So next up is the white oil streaks, if this is your first time using oils honestly don't worry, they are very different to acrylics and it might take you a while to get used to using them, but, they are so much fun, they are very forgiving and easy to use, I absolutely love em and really need to use them more!

Ensure you again seal the chipped layer with gloss.

Take you white oil and place a small amount of it on a piece of kitchen towel or cardboard and leave it for about half an hour, this will allow some of the carrier medium to be absorbed, allowing the oil colour to dry quicker, at the same time you'll want to mix in some liquin (although I didn't because I forgot!), the liquin is a medium that will thin the oil colour and allow it to dry quicker.

Once you've left the oils for half an hour transfer it over to a piece of plasticard, this will make it easier to thin your oils (whats the expression? Do what I say and not what I do, again I didn't transfer  over a small amount of paint on to a piece of plasticard, but you should! It will make it a lot easier for your to deal with).

Take a very small amount of paint on to your detail brush and gently apply a line of paint down from a piece of detail that you think a streak would form. Now take note, the line you apply should not be a nice perfect, straight line, like in the picture below you want actually want a bit of width and unevenness (just try to keep it roughly straight!).

This step helps add realism to your streaks, because a streak, whether it be rust, oil or white wash will never be a perfectly straight thin line, it will have several layers that you need to mimic and you will use the oil colour's great range of opacity to create a semi clear layer to apply more opaque layers on top later. If your line happens to be too opaque, just use your wide soft brush or your old brush, ensure they are dry and just lightly dab the line, this will lift some of the oil colour away, thinning the line and making it more transparent. If you don't like the result just dab a brush in some turps or white spirit and remove the oil colour entirely.

Next you will paint a much thinner neater line within the streak you have just created, note how most of my streaks are a strong white colour at the top but begin to fade as they travel downwards, I am using the oils opacity range to fade the streak using the dabbing dry brush method I used above, this is an excellent way to not only add interest but to mimic the many layers a streak would normally have.

The next few images will show you the progression of the steaks on the leg plates, I came back to these plates quite a few times to adjust, tweak and add, the final picture isn't the final finish, but is certainly quite far down the line. Also take note that I actually added more chips in a few bare areas to add additional interest, this was done by just dabbing the white oil paint on to the model. Lines and streaks can be made neater or straighter by using a brush to move the oil paint around, you can also neaten up or straighten edges by removing paint using turps or white spirit.

 Next is is the step by step progression on the turret, again not the final product but quite close.


The oils will stay workable for a good couple of days, so you don't need to rush the white wash streaks, just take your time and rework areas if you feel you need to.

Below are some close ups of the white wash work from the finished model

So that's it folks! If you have any comments or questions don't hesitate to ask!



Hey folks!

It´s time to spread some news about our lovely hobby! This could be new - or not so new ;) - facts in blogs, boards or webpages. Additionally I will try to slip in more facebook pages. But before I will start with a small link collection about the last german Games Day in Cologne. The are known blogs and pages, but maybe you will find some new stuff :) So let´s start!

German Games Day

Reports and reviews:

5-th-dimension #1
5-th-dimension #2
Dellolyns Pics

Massive Voodoo #1
Massive Voodoo #2
Massive Voodoo #3

The Big Mr. Lee package:
The people
AoP and GW Stuff
Winners and Pics

Bottega Moderna Pics
Gamesday Germany 2013 #1
Gamesday Germany 2013 #2
Gamesday Germany 2013 #3
Gamesday Germany 2013 #4

Volomir´s Blog #1
Volomir´s Blog #2
Volomir´s Blog #3

The ultimative Games Day Link collection on! Thanks for that effort Micha.
The Vincis (report and cool pics of Crazy Wenkys Entry. Gratz mate - You did it :D )
Pinselwut: Self reflection after "losing" on GD Germany
The Brushbrothers Blogspot: GD Germany
Tuffskulls report and entries
Das Bemalforum (go to the last pages)
GW-Fanworld (very funny^^)

Entries on different plattforms:
(It´s only what I realy like, sorry when it´s not complete and i missed something cool stuff! Feel free to post others ín the comments)

Imperial Fist Standard Bearer by Solmar
HUGE Step by Step of Volomir´s entry. Thanks for that :)
Slayer Sword Special on Mr. Lee´s painting emporium
Blood Angels legion Paetor by Manuel Wenkert
"Arbaal the Undefeated" by Georg Damm
Painting Buddha Entries (US and Ger) on YouTube
Camelson´s entries
Shejtans entry on DarkSideOfColors
Dakka Dakka jet-Fighter by John Harrison
Blackorc by Siggi Hauke
Different Miniatures by Malekith
The Undead Warrior by Siggi Hauke
The Wolve Guard  by Siggi Hauke

Bloggernews #8:

Sproket's Small World
Since a long time I followed David´s stunning creating this awesome Dark Eldar Diorama. Now it´s finished! I like his way of painting, and inspired by him and others cool units on the german GD, I started an own project with Dark Eldar and demonic Ladys. But more to this in the future. Very good work David, and thanks for sharing!

Romain Van den Bogaert
Whitout any words he creates awesome art

The abondend mini by Solmar
Interesting post about a 'lost' mini. @Solmar: Nevertheless  I like him ;)

Mr. Lee's Painting Emporium
Met Kyle the first time in Cologne and all I can say: Nice to meet you mate! :) Check out his honest, and taken from real life blog! It´s always a pleasure to read it :)

It´s big, it´s huge and it´s gigantic ..... Cang on theVincis
Unfortunately I missed the HvB this year, but i hope there is an other chance to see him live. Our good old friend Big 'Vado' Panda did a great job with this stunning model.

Skinkpriest on
One of the most seen GW mini in the last weeks, is the new Skinkpriest. I think it has two reasons: it´s a nice cast, and the it´s a good mini for colorfull and shiny colors. I like him :) On monkeyman7x you will find a cool kind of. But don´t miss his other stuff!
IHorror on facebook
One of my favourite pages on facebook. Every day some crazy stuff about Horror movies and more. And always a good inspiration for new bloody paintings :)

5-th-dimension on facebook
We are on the best way to get 200 fans! Thanks for that, and maybe the number "200" gets a small present ;)

Stan Winston School of Art
Learn Monster making from the Masters!

Painting Classes:
Basing Masters by 'The Artifist' in Regensburg
GeOrc Blending Workshop featuring Malektih in Munich
2th dimension Painting Class with Simon Elsen in Trier
GeOrc Blending Workshop in Göttingen (maybe I´m in too ;) )

I wish you a great weekend!

All the best,


If you missed some Bloggernews, here we have a small list :)
Bloggernews #1: Competitions, Revelutions and Art-Books
Bloggernews #2: Strech Goals, Tanks and Brushs
Bloggernews #3: Judging, Winner, Bases and freaky Riders
Bloggernews #4: Samurais, Demons,  Leather and the chef
Bloggernews #5: Candles, Pro-Painter and Art
Bloggernews #6: Sculpting, Giger, Nurgle and the last Banana
Bloggernews #7: Warlords, Lava and awesome paintjobs
Bloggernews #8 + GAMES DAY SPECIAL

The Wolve Guard out of Space

Hey folks!

in the past I painted a lot of Space Wolves. 'The Lonesome Wolve' and 'Wolfslord Egil Ironwolve' were some of them. Even though I had enough of them, one week before the german GD in Cologne I was looking for a new project for it. I didn´t like what I had done by then and found this old Space Wolve Guard in my miniature mingle-mangle. At once I saw him on a more or less flying rock in a in a unusual environment. I MUST PAINT HIM! And so I did .... :)
I like him very well. In this short time (one week) I was focused on the painting, and so a lot of things turned out well and I learned a lot of my painting skills for the future. The armour is sketched with airbrush and finished with the brush. There is a good focus in the face, because of the daylight colors in the eyes. A lot of space for freehands - I´m not the best freehand painter, but It´s always fun to paint them :). Again a good practice for NMM, and I found  a good way to paint the fur, what I didn´t like before to paint. And it was my first time with plants on bases. In the last hours before the GD, Malekith shows me in five minutes how easy it is to paint a good battledamage. All in all a very good lesson for me :)

Finalist medaille in 40k single :)

Before this guy, i said :"No more Space Marines! No more Space Wolves - EVER!", but I´m certain it is not my last one :)  Last but not least I´m very proud about the finish. It´s a very small project but I would say thanks to my blog-mates and my paint buddy here in Berlin Georg aka GeOrc aka Sean Damm. All of them motivated me much and they  had a lot of good suggestions and cronstructive criticsim. 

Feel free to vote:

Enjoy your week!


Dust Assualt Walker Update

Hello folks!

With GDDE out of the way I can move my focus back to some older non GW projects, first up is the Dust Tactics Medium Assault Walker, from the last time everyone seen it I finished off the final highlights, applied some Industria Mechanika decals and applied the winter white wash. I must admit to being a little nervous applying the white wash, I did invest in some AK Interactive heavy chipping fluid to ensure I had the most control over the effect as I could possibly have, but in he end I am actually really happy with the effect and with such a strong tone underneath it I think it really stands out!

Next up was to use white oil paint to create a streak effect to show the white wash being washed away, it's a bit time consuming and fiddly but I think it was well worth it!

I've also made a start on the metallics, still early days!

The petrol canister will be getting a change of paint soon.

I am taking step by steps pictures for an article, so if you curious as to how I've achieved an effect or tow you'll find out soon and also, the waterfall step by step is half written, I just have to recreate the splashing water effect as I didn't get the chance to take pictures.

As always leave a comment, let me know what you think :)


PS take not of the subtle colour change between from the first two pictures to the last 4, shooting at night compared to day makes a big difference!

Some new stuff

After a long bloging preak, some new stuff :). I painted a lot in the last time.
Nach längerer Bloggerpause auch mal was neues von mir. Hab viel gepinselt aber bin nicht so recht zum posten gekommen.

Latest Projects/Neue Projekte
Here are my latest projects.

Hier dann mal die verschiedenen neuen Projekte.
Tzeentch Demon Prince
At first my Demon Prince, its not the best painting work from me, but I learned a lot about sculpting.

Als erstes mein Dämonenprinz, malerisch nicht meine beste Leistung, aber irgendwie hat mich die Motivation bei dem Projekt verlassen.
If you want to vote, here is the cmon-link.

Is one of my most elaborate work in the last time. Every soul have there one blending, accents and darkling and they are a lot :D.
Hier eins meiner aufwendigsten Projekte seit langer Zeit, jede Seele hat ihren kompletten Farbverlauf und Katenakzente sowie Darklining. Macht einen echt irre mit der Zeit.
If you want to vote, here is the cmon-link.

Chaos Space Marine Nurgle General
It was very funny to paint the Chaos General and the Tutorial from  was very great.
Der Chaos General hat mir viel Spaß gemacht und hab auch ein Tutorial von ausprobiert, finde die Seite und die Minis einfach Klasse.
If you want to vote, here is the cmon-link.

Skink Priest
It was a very short project, but I finished him before the Games Day started :D. I like the new plastic miniature very much, its a pleasure to paint it.
Der Skink Priester war ein sehr kurzfristiges Projekte, aber hat sehr viel Spaß gemacht vorallem auch mit Julius mal ein Base zusammen zu gestalten :D.
If you want to vote, here is the cmon-link.

Imperial Fists Devastor Squad
The Devastor was a very great test for how long I need for a good result.

Die Devastor waren eher mal als Test gedacht wie schnell ich eine Einheit fertig krieg in einem ordentlichen Standard.
If you want to vote, here is the cmon-link.

Night Goblin Shaman
And the last one was a little gift for a good friend, but I painted it very fast.
Und hier noch ein kleines Geschenk für einen guten Freund, aber nur schnell bemalt :D.

For Sell/Zum Verkauf
I need new place in my showcase and so I want to sell some old stuff :). If you want to buy some of these project send me a Mail or a PM in a forum.
Falls interesse bestet würde ich mich eventuell, wenn das Angebot stimmt von drei meiner Projekte trennen, da ich Platz für meine Vitrienen brauche. Schickt mir einfach eine Mail oder eine PM in den entsprechenen Foren.

Here you can see a little preview of my projects after my holiday :D.
So und hier dann der Ausblick auf die nächsten Projekte, aber erstmal bin ich im Urlaub, danach dann mehr :).

Malus Darkblade
At first I want to make a comission work, Malus Darkblade. The conversion part donw -ChinaTown-.

Als erstes Malus Darkblade, den ich als Auftrag anmale und von -ChinaTown- umgebaut wurde.

The second project is a Khornigor and its a little fun project for me :D. It a little joke for the painting workshop with GeOrc.
Das andere Projekt ist ein kleines Funprojekt für mich, das zustande kam als GeOrc ein Malworkshop in München machen wollte und ich das Ganze als kleinen Gag ansehe :).

See you after my holiday :D ...

Best Regards

The Blackorc

Hey folks!

He is the second entry of my Games Day projects (klick HERE  for the first). He´s an old one and I painted him months before. How you see, i like old miniatures! Used other color themes as usual for me at this time. In my eyes he is painted very easy, but he won a finalist medal in the open categorie what makes me very happy :)