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New Imperial Knights Codex & White Dwarf #5 Review

The Knights are coming, and they’re bringing their own codex too!

The newest Weekly White Dwarf is here, and the yet again the rumors were true and the Imperial Knights are getting their own book!

Clocking in at about eight inches tall, the new Imperial Knight kit has got everyone buzzing.

As for the White Dwarf itself, once again this issue was 32 pages long, and of course showcases the new Knight model, and all sorts of fluff and hobby related articles on it.

In case you missed the news last month, White Dwarf is now $4 an issue and is released weekly four to five times a month.

This issue is numbered #5 and dated March 1, so it appears they will keep moving forward with their numbering nomenclature from the reboot of the magazine in the first week of February.

I think so far the changes has been a boon to both independent retailers and Games Workshop stores themselves as great way to deliver content, and get more hobbyists in the door weekly!

Jervis Johnson once again returned to weave a fantastic tale about new digital releases, and hiding things from GW management.

Another great reason to pick up this issue is another fantasic Paint Splatter article,  this time by Duncan Rhodes (my favorite studio artist) and a really cool painted showcase on the Imperial Knight itself.

While there was no “official” rules section (that showcases the rules for that weeks releases ahead of the main book release for that faction) this issue,  there was a great article on applying transfers (decals) that is very relevant now that the Knight comes with a HUGE sheet of designs to choose from!

I’ve noticed that besides Airbrushing, applying decals seems to be one of the most mystifying aspect of the hobby out here, and I am glad they address it in this issue.

Overall I think this is a GREAT supplement to the new Imperial Knight release, and I am definitely recommending this issue as a must have for anyone buying the new model kit!

Is the new Knight Model for you? Press play on my video review below and find out for yourself! -MBG

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Shine On – Painting Hazard Stripes Easy

Ten years ago I spent nearly a month painting my Iron Warriors army, and honestly it was mostly time spent just painting yellow.

Fast forward to today, and there is so many painting aids that really it can take as little as a weekend to paint a 1850 or 2000 point army if you’re properly motivated (thank you Army Painter sprays and color match paint pots).

Plus airbrushing is even more mainstream now, with full lines of Airbrush paints from Vallejo and Badger making it even easier to master that technique as well!

Recently I wanted to try my hand at airbrushing some Iron Warrior vehicles, and while I was pretty confident at my metal painting technique, I was slightly worried my yellows wouldn’t turn out that well.

However after I finished hazard striping all the hatches and armor plates I needed, I was pretty happy with the result!

So I thought I would share how I did it with you all, as yellow is one of the three “axis of evil colors” that I hate to paint (White and Red can also be difficult to paint).  I hope you enjoy the tutorial!

Paints Used
Army Painter Black Primer (with accompanying paint pot color for touch-ups)
Reaper Master Series Orange Brown
Reaper Master Series Harvest Brown
Citadel Flash Gitz Yellow
Vallejo Air Color White
Badger Minitaire Gloss Coat

Applying the Paint

To help with holding the parts while I airbrushed them, I used double stick tape to secure all the parts to wooden paint stirrers (the kind you get when you buy gallons of latex paint at Home Depot etc..).

First off I primed all the parts with Army Painter black primer. This was to ensure any touch ups I would have to do with a brush would match the black from the primer, and not be a slightly different shade.

Then I daftly taped off sections to remain black, while exposing areas to apply yellow to.  Since I would be going from Black to Yellow, I knew I would have to use a few browns to assist me in “getting there” from such a dark color.

While this method is challenging, it seemed to be the least risky as I’d rather not mess up painting black over yellow and have to repeat any work I’ve already did (or accidentally pull up any of my yellow color when I removed the masking tape that I would need to cover over it).

Speaking of masking tape, I used some Tamiya pin striping tape to section off each piece because it’s cut to smaller widths, comes in a convenient dispenser, and has a low tact (grip) for easy-ish removal over existing work.

First off I coated all exposed areas with Reaper Orange Brown

Next I coated everything with Reaper Harvest Brown, but left just a little bit towards the bottom the of each piece the first color.

Then I faded in some Flash Gitz Yellow (which looked very subdued over the browns) again with the fade towards the tops of the pieces.

After that I started shading towards the top of each part with some of the Vallejo Air White, taking care to fade over the existing yellow browns for the last step. This is because I would just be going back over this with the same yellow in an attempt to bring out the actual color of the yellow.

Again I applied Flash Gitz yellow, but only over the parts that I had just sprayed white!

Now it was time to shade the parts as I took them about as high as I thought I could go with the color. So I started by fading the darker brown (Harvest) back towards the bottoms of each piece.

Then lastly to clean up the fades I blended the Flash Gitz back between the new darker brown, and existing brown yellows.

When I’m done with any airbrush work I always spray on some gloss varnish through the airbrush to help protect the thin layers of paint that had been applied.  I do it from about 8-9 inches away to mostly avoid any super shiny build-up, but I always apply some matte coat as well to the pieces upon completion of the project regardless to protect the brush work and dull down any gloss that does get though.

After the varnish dried I carefully peeled back all the tape to reveal all the work, and I was pretty happy with the results!

So that’s pretty much it, Hazard Stripes can be pretty easy to airbrush with a little patience and the right set up!  
Don’t forget to checkout some of the other airbrush tutorial articles I did as well.

From Eldar to Grey Knights to Daemons- we got you covered! -MBG

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Need Help with Airbrushing? Checkout Miniatire Paints

Have you tried these yet? Our fall shipment of Minitaire Paints is here and processed into our warehouse.

We have quite a good selection of color still and a few complete sets of the whole line of paint ready to ship as well.

I haven’t seen a revolution in miniatures painting like this since the early 2000′s when Vallejo came along an made us all realize that there were better paints out there than just Citadel.


Well as you may know these paints have literally been flying off our shelves and neither we nor Badger can keep up with the demand.

I’ve updated our Minitaire Paint page to provide more accurate in-stock information on these amazing paints.

Oh and checkout this sweet minitaire color guide they just published to help you match the colors you need!  I’m also working on a comparison guide with other brands as we speak, and hope to have that published shortly.

If you need help with airbrushing techniques and color ideas, visit our AIRBRUSHING section here on the blog for more great articles and tutorials!

I really, sincerely, hope these products, and my tutorials help dissolve some of the mystery and help you learn art of airbrushing. -MBG

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Weekly Sale- 20% OFF Minitaire AIrbrush Paint

Here at Spikey Bits, we keep trying to come up with more fun and, what we hope are, exciting ways for you to save on your gaming needs.

Over the last month or so we’ve featured a new sale every week on some of the top names out there in gaming, just to give you a chance to try out something new!  
This time, we are slashing prices on the hottest new paint product out there Badger’s Minitaire Airbrush Paint! Best of all, these bottles of paint are HUGE, require no mixing and go straight from the pot to airrush, and come in the fantasy and sci-fi colors we all know an love!

These paints may be one of the best, most efficient ways out there to paint your army, and bottles cost less the a normal pot of paint!

Take up to 20% off MSRP for just one week (till 12/19) on our HUGE selection of Badger Airbrush Paint!



There is no code to type in or remember our website does all the work for you! So head on over to our webstore and try out a new game, for a great deal! Happy Gaming -MBG
An Introduction to the paints

What sets these paints apart from the rest of the airbrush paints on the market? Two things, color selection, and time.

With Minitaire paints, there is absolutely no prep time, just flip the convenient squeeze top, and pour into your airbrush of choice.  No cutting, no thinning, no hassle, as these paints are ready to go straight out of the bottle!

They are 100% waterbased as well so there is very little actual cleaning to be done after each session to the airbrush itself, which is always a plus!  I would also imagine their vapors are not as bad as other airbrush paints either.

Then there is the matter of color, which blows away the competition as well.  You see the problem with the other airbrush paints is for the most part, well they are not for us wargamers.  They are made to paint tanks in German WWII camo patterns, or F-18′s like the Blue Angels, etc.

They aren’t made to paint a Plaugebearer green, or an Imperial Fists army yellow.

Well that is, until now.  Minitaire paints come in 80 amazing colors, all designed for wargames who want to paint things normal wargaming colors like pink or yellow or green for example.

What’s even better is that they were developed by with input from some of the top wargaming airbrush artists out there!


The paint line is broken down into 60 main colors which emulate key Citadel, Reaper, and P3 colors.  Then there are 16 “Ghost Tints” which are basically shades, or candies to change the tint of the work done to a model.

Last, but certainly not least, are three vanishes; Satin, Gloss, and Matte, plus a drying retarder to help achieve some amazing color transitions from both a regular bristle brush and an airbrush.

Best part is, with Minitaire, you get more than triple the amount of a normal pot of Citadel, or Vallejo paint, for about the same price!

But don’t take my word for it, see these paints in action below in my very first airbrushing tutorial video!  I took on an ordinarily difficult project for airbrush paints color wise; painting a Plaguebearer of Nurgle (actual finished product from my tutorial, opposite)!

Be a part of the painting revolution, Minitaire Airbrush Paints have been officially released by Badger, and are instock, ready to ship.  There really hasn’t been an innovation like this since Vallejo hit the market back in the early 2000′s!

Be sure to checkout all my other great airbrushing articles as well HERE. -MBG

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Last Day- Get 20% OFF Minitaire AIrbrush Paint

Here at Spikey Bits, we keep trying to come up with more fun and, what we hope are, exciting ways for you to save on your gaming needs.

Over the last month or so we’ve featured a new sale every week on some of the top names out there in gaming, just to give you a chance to try out something new!  
This time, we are slashing prices on the hottest new paint product out there Badger’s Minitaire Airbrush Paint! Best of all, these bottles of paint are HUGE, require no mixing and go straight from the pot to airrush, and come in the fantasy and sci-fi colors we all know an love!

These paints may be one of the best, most efficient ways out there to paint your army, and bottles cost less the a normal pot of paint!

Take up to 20% off MSRP for just one week (till 11/13) on our HUGE selection of Badger Airbrush Paint!


There is no code to type in or remember our website does all the work for you! So head on over to our webstore and try out a new game, for a great deal! Happy Gaming -MBG
An Introduction to the paints

What sets these paints apart from the rest of the airbrush paints on the market? Two things, color selection, and time.

With Minitaire paints, there is absolutely no prep time, just flip the convenient squeeze top, and pour into your airbrush of choice.  No cutting, no thinning, no hassle, as these paints are ready to go straight out of the bottle!

They are 100% waterbased as well so there is very little actual cleaning to be done after each session to the airbrush itself, which is always a plus!  I would also imagine their vapors are not as bad as other airbrush paints either.

Then there is the matter of color, which blows away the competition as well.  You see the problem with the other airbrush paints is for the most part, well they are not for us wargamers.  They are made to paint tanks in German WWII camo patterns, or F-18′s like the Blue Angels, etc.

They aren’t made to paint a Plaugebearer green, or an Imperial Fists army yellow.

Well that is, until now.  Minitaire paints come in 80 amazing colors, all designed for wargames who want to paint things normal wargaming colors like pink or yellow or green for example.

What’s even better is that they were developed by with input from some of the top wargaming airbrush artists out there!


The paint line is broken down into 60 main colors which emulate key Citadel, Reaper, and P3 colors.  Then there are 16 “Ghost Tints” which are basically shades, or candies to change the tint of the work done to a model.

Last, but certainly not least, are three vanishes; Satin, Gloss, and Matte, plus a drying retarder to help achieve some amazing color transitions from both a regular bristle brush and an airbrush.

Best part is, with Minitaire, you get more than triple the amount of a normal pot of Citadel, or Vallejo paint, for about the same price!

But don’t take my word for it, see these paints in action below in my very first airbrushing tutorial video!  I took on an ordinarily difficult project for airbrush paints color wise; painting a Plaguebearer of Nurgle (actual finished product from my tutorial, opposite)!

Be a part of the painting revolution, Minitaire Airbrush Paints have been officially released by Badger, and are instock, ready to ship.  There really hasn’t been an innovation like this since Vallejo hit the market back in the early 2000′s!

Be sure to checkout all my other great airbrushing articles as well HERE. -MBG

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Don’t Miss Weekly Sale- 20% OFF Minitaire AIrbrush Paint

Here at Spikey Bits, we keep trying to come up with more fun and, what we hope are, exciting ways for you to save on your gaming needs.

Over the last month or so we’ve featured a new sale every week on some of the top names out there in gaming, just to give you a chance to try out something new!  
This time, we are slashing prices on the hottest new paint product out there Badger’s Minitaire Airbrush Paint! Best of all, these bottles of paint are HUGE, require no mixing and go straight from the pot to airrush, and come in the fantasy and sci-fi colors we all know an love!

These paints may be one of the best, most efficient ways out there to paint your army, and bottles cost less the a normal pot of paint!

Take up to 20% off MSRP for just one week (till 11/13) on our HUGE selection of Badger Airbrush Paint!

There is no code to type in or remember our website does all the work for you! So head on over to our webstore and try out a new game, for a great deal! Happy Gaming -MBG
An Introduction to the paints

What sets these paints apart from the rest of the airbrush paints on the market? Two things, color selection, and time.

With Minitaire paints, there is absolutely no prep time, just flip the convenient squeeze top, and pour into your airbrush of choice.  No cutting, no thinning, no hassle, as these paints are ready to go straight out of the bottle!

They are 100% waterbased as well so there is very little actual cleaning to be done after each session to the airbrush itself, which is always a plus!  I would also imagine their vapors are not as bad as other airbrush paints either.

Then there is the matter of color, which blows away the competition as well.  You see the problem with the other airbrush paints is for the most part, well they are not for us wargamers.  They are made to paint tanks in German WWII camo patterns, or F-18′s like the Blue Angels, etc.

They aren’t made to paint a Plaugebearer green, or an Imperial Fists army yellow.

Well that is, until now.  Minitaire paints come in 80 amazing colors, all designed for wargames who want to paint things normal wargaming colors like pink or yellow or green for example.

What’s even better is that they were developed by with input from some of the top wargaming airbrush artists out there!


The paint line is broken down into 60 main colors which emulate key Citadel, Reaper, and P3 colors.  Then there are 16 “Ghost Tints” which are basically shades, or candies to change the tint of the work done to a model.

Last, but certainly not least, are three vanishes; Satin, Gloss, and Matte, plus a drying retarder to help achieve some amazing color transitions from both a regular bristle brush and an airbrush.

Best part is, with Minitaire, you get more than triple the amount of a normal pot of Citadel, or Vallejo paint, for about the same price!

But don’t take my word for it, see these paints in action below in my very first airbrushing tutorial video!  I took on an ordinarily difficult project for airbrush paints color wise; painting a Plaguebearer of Nurgle (actual finished product from my tutorial, opposite)!

Be a part of the painting revolution, Minitaire Airbrush Paints have been officially released by Badger, and are instock, ready to ship.  There really hasn’t been an innovation like this since Vallejo hit the market back in the early 2000′s!

Be sure to checkout all my other great airbrushing articles as well HERE. -MBG

This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

Weekly Sale- 20% OFF Minitaire AIrbrush Paint

Here at Spikey Bits, we keep trying to come up with more fun and, what we hope are, exciting ways for you to save on your gaming needs.

Over the last month or so we’ve featured a new sale every week on some of the top names out there in gaming, just to give you a chance to try out something new!  
This time, we are slashing prices on the hottest new paint product out there Badger’s Minitaire Airbrush Paint! Best of all, these bottles of paint are HUGE, require no mixing and go straight from the pot to airrush, and come in the fantasy and sci-fi colors we all know an love!

These paints may be one of the best, most efficient ways out there to paint your army, and bottles cost less the a normal pot of paint!

Take up to 20% off MSRP for just one week (till 11/13) on our HUGE selection of Badger Airbrush Paint!


There is no code to type in or remember our website does all the work for you! So head on over to our webstore and try out a new game, for a great deal! Happy Gaming -MBG
An Introduction to the paints

What sets these paints apart from the rest of the airbrush paints on the market? Two things, color selection, and time.

With Minitaire paints, there is absolutely no prep time, just flip the convenient squeeze top, and pour into your airbrush of choice.  No cutting, no thinning, no hassle, as these paints are ready to go straight out of the bottle!

They are 100% waterbased as well so there is very little actual cleaning to be done after each session to the airbrush itself, which is always a plus!  I would also imagine their vapors are not as bad as other airbrush paints either.

Then there is the matter of color, which blows away the competition as well.  You see the problem with the other airbrush paints is for the most part, well they are not for us wargamers.  They are made to paint tanks in German WWII camo patterns, or F-18′s like the Blue Angels, etc.

They aren’t made to paint a Plaugebearer green, or an Imperial Fists army yellow.

Well that is, until now.  Minitaire paints come in 80 amazing colors, all designed for wargames who want to paint things normal wargaming colors like pink or yellow or green for example.

What’s even better is that they were developed by with input from some of the top wargaming airbrush artists out there!


The paint line is broken down into 60 main colors which emulate key Citadel, Reaper, and P3 colors.  Then there are 16 “Ghost Tints” which are basically shades, or candies to change the tint of the work done to a model.

Last, but certainly not least, are three vanishes; Satin, Gloss, and Matte, plus a drying retarder to help achieve some amazing color transitions from both a regular bristle brush and an airbrush.

Best part is, with Minitaire, you get more than triple the amount of a normal pot of Citadel, or Vallejo paint, for about the same price!

But don’t take my word for it, see these paints in action below in my very first airbrushing tutorial video!  I took on an ordinarily difficult project for airbrush paints color wise; painting a Plaguebearer of Nurgle (actual finished product from my tutorial, opposite)!

Be a part of the painting revolution, Minitaire Airbrush Paints have been officially released by Badger, and are instock, ready to ship.  There really hasn’t been an innovation like this since Vallejo hit the market back in the early 2000′s!

Be sure to checkout all my other great airbrushing articles as well HERE. -MBG

This entry was posted in Weekly Sale. Bookmark the permalink.

Need Help with Airbrushing? Checkout Miniatire Paints

Have you tried these yet? Our fall shipment of Minitaire Paints is here and processed into our warehouse.

We have quite a good selection of color still and a few complete sets of the whole line of paint ready to ship as well.

I haven’t seen a revolution in miniatures painting like this since the early 2000′s when Vallejo came along an made us all realize that there were better paints out there than just Citadel.


Well as you may know these paints have literally been flying off our shelves and neither we nor Badger can keep up with the demand.

I’ve updated our Minitaire Paint page to provide more accurate in-stock information on these amazing paints.

Oh and checkout this sweet minitaire color guide they just published to help you match the colors you need!  I’m also working on a comparison guide with other brands as we speak, and hope to have that published shortly.

If you need help with airbrushing techniques and color ideas, visit our AIRBRUSHING section here on the blog for more great articles and tutorials!

I really, sincerely, hope these products, and my tutorials help dissolve some of the mystery and help you learn art of airbrushing. -MBG

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How To: Airbrushing Large Surfaces

Airbrushing is by far the easiest way to paint large surfaces, and when it comes to 40k there’s isn’t many bigger surfaces to paint than a display board (or a game table).

A few months ago I painted up a display board for my Daemons, to match their bases and aid me in moving them around at tournaments.

Since I had airbrushed their bases in the first place, it seemed logical to airbrush the display board as well, to tie it all together.

If you read this blog a lot, you may remember my article on airbrushing those bases from awhile ago.

To paint the display board, I pretty much just used the same colors from the above article, but with a little twist.

For this project I used the following paints (all from Minitaire); Raven Black, Snow White (both not pictured), Nautilus Blue, and Troll Hide.
First I started out by carefully basecoating the entire surface of the display board with Raven Black, taking care to not overspray onto the border graphic.  
To make the spray pattern bigger, I slid the needle back some (see your airbrushes’ guide on how to do this), and cranked up the PSI on the air to about 40.  
This way it took way less time to basecoat the whole thing.
I turned down the pressure on the airbrush to around 15-20 PSI for these blending steps to help get a gradual fade that simulated the ground glowing with otherworldly power!
Then I outlined the slopes and cliffs of the board with Snow White.  I like the Snow White as opposed to the Skull White because seems to have either a blue or a grey in it that transitions better with things as opposed the the “starkness” of the plain skull white.
Next I went over the white parts with Nautilus Blue, and since I started with the white first, the blue’s color was not diminished any on the raised surfaces. It also provided a sweet gradient back down to the black where the blue oversprayed past the white.
Then I highlighted the Nautilus Blue with the lighter Troll Hide, taking care to not overspray any areas.

After that I lightly drybrushed the raised edges that I had just painted blue, back with some snow white.  When it comes to drybrushing terrain it’s great to use cheap 1″ and bigger brushes from any DIY store like Lowes or Home Depot. 
They are super cheap and cover more surface area than any hobby brush could ever hope to, saving you even MORE time to play with your toys!

Then I very lightly drybrushed all the black areas to give them a little depth.  After the paint dried I used the Miniature Gloss Coat to seal the airbrush work, and in this case the whole project itself.  
When I work with Gloss and Matte coats in the airbrush, I tend to spray them from distances of 10-12″ away from the model. That way they still from a barrier on the model (to apply wash over, or protect the model in general), but you don’t get the pesky super glossy shine that’s hard to get rid of.
After I finish a whole project (when working with actual models)  I’ll repeat the same process, but this time with a matte coat to get rid of the small shine that from the gloss coat’s consistency itself, or any washes I may have applied.
Best part is, there is no way applying varnish this way will ruin my model(s) from bad humidity etc, like spray vanishes can.

Even still wet, the gloss vanish when applied the way I described, isn’t than shiny for me (see above pic).
Now all that was left to do was add minis and go roll some dice! 
That’s about it for this technique, but there is always more to paint!  Ever since I picked up airbrushing last year, our airbrushing tutorials section has been growing, so be sure to checkout all our great airbrushing “How-to” articles -MBG

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Miniatire Paints- Cheating at Airbrushing?

Have you tried these yet? Our latest shipment of Minitaire Paints is here and processed into our warehouse.

We have quite a good selection of color still and a few complete sets of the whole line of paint ready to ship as well.

I haven’t seen a revolution in miniatures painting like this since the early 2000′s when Vallejo came along an made us all realize that there were better paints out there than just Citadel.


Well as you may know these paints have literally been flying off our shelves and neither we nor Badger can keep up with the demand.

I’ve updated our Minitaire Paint page to provide more accurate in-stock information on these amazing paints.

Oh and checkout this sweet minitaire color guide they just published to help you match the colors you need!  I’m also working on a comparison guide with other brands as we speak, and hope to have that published shortly.

If you need help with airbrushing techniques and color ideas, visit our AIRBRUSHING section here on the blog for more great articles and tutorials!

I really, sincerely, hope these products, and my tutorials help dissolve some of the mystery and help you learn art of airbrushing. -MBG

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