Painting: Ork Warbike

As some of you may remember me mentioning, I’m trying to get back into my war games. I’m building a Necomunda terrain table to that end, but it’s taking excruciatingly long… not because it’s particularly difficult, but because I’m lazy.

So to get me into the mood, I painted an Ork Warbike that I borrowed from my friend Tim. This blog is all about what’s going on in the dark recesses of what I pass off for a mind, so you guys get a little painting tutorial this week:

Blank plasticI got the bike pre-assembled, but in it’s raw, blank plastic form

undercoated in blackThe Entire Miniature was then undercoated in black. I like using black as an undercoat because it does a lot of the shading work for you.

I’ll also note that I use normal poster paints for undercoats, as opposed to the Citadel Paints that I use for everything else… it’s cheaper and has the same effect.

    • All the red areas were base coated with Red Gore


  • Metal areas were painted with Boltgun Metal



  • Flesh was painted with Goblin Green



  • The ork’s clothing was based with Bleached Bone



  • The Bad Moon symbol on the front was done in Blazing Orange



  • Finally, the headlights and glasses were picked out in Regal Blue



A black wash is applied

The cloth area was then given a very heavy wash of Red Gore.

After the wash had dried, the cloth was dry brushed with Bleached Bone.

The ork’s teeth and skull detials were also picked out in Bleached Bone.

The entire model was then given a heavy black wash to pick out the detail. It was then highlighted with the same base colours.

Final highlights were a 1:1 mix of Red Gore and Blazing Orange followed by pure Blazing orange for the red areas; a 1:1 mix of Goblin Green and Skull White for the exposed flesh; a 1:1 mix of Blazing Orange and Skull White for the Bad Moon symbol; the blue areas were picked out with a 1:1 mix of Regal Blue and Skull White with a final highlight of pure Skull White and finally the teeth and skull details were picked out in Bleached Bone and then Skull White as a final highlight.

And there we have the finished mini. I hope you guys enjoyed the little tutorial of what goes into painting a mini… and fair warning: I will eventually finish off the Necomunda board, and you’ll get a tutorial on that too.


“Hobbies of any kind are boring except to people who have the same hobby. This is also true of religion, although you will not find me saying so in print. ” -Dave Barry


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