Stahly needs your help!

Stahly here. Thanks to your support on Patreon last year, I was able to upgrade my camera setup, buy studio lights and microphones to finally start creating video content. Thank you so much (and subscribe to my YouTube channel if you haven’t already 😉 !!!

But I learned that recording and editing videos takes a lot of time. Tale of Painters is a blog FOR hobbyists run BY hobbyists, and we do it all in our spare time. And Tale of Painters will always stay free.

Stahly needs your help!

However, I have a big dream I want to make true: After 10 years of blogging only in my spare time, I want to reduce my working hours at my job so I can free up more time for videos and Tale of Painters. To make this work financially, I need your support on Patreon:

By supporting me and Tale of Painters on Patreon, you will also enjoy the following perks:

  • 1 exclusive XXL tutorial and/or PDF hobby guide each month, like my 70 step Forge World Metalic Skitarii tutorial or Matt Varnish spray guide with 8 varnishes tested
  • Early access to all of my tutorials before I can schedule them on Tale of Painters
  • Exclusive partner discounts like 25% off Garfy’s Get a Grip painting handles and 15% off Paint Blitzer paint stripper
  • Regular WIP updates from my paint station
  • Sneak peeks and votings for upcoming content and reviews
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  • And more …
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Thank you very much, I appreciate any help to make my goal of creating more Warhammer content true 🙂

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Tutorial collection: Kill Team: Octarius

This week the new Kill Team Starter Set is on pre-order, and the Ork Kommandos, Death Korps of Krieg, and the Octarius Killzone terrain are also available individually. If you don’t know yet how to paint your models, we’ve got you covered with a selection of tutorials.

As you know, at Tale of Painters we love to write tutorials for you. I am a big Kill Team fan and jumped straight into the big Kill Team: Octarius box.

Cinematic shot of a Death Korps of Krieg Guardsman fighting against Drukhari Wyches

For the Death Korps, you can find a step-by-step tutorial here:

I also wrote a tutorial for two different shades of Ork skin:

We also have a tutorial for painting Blood Bowl Orcs in a Goff-inspired scheme here, which also works really well for Kommandos, as well as a retro-inspired Goff tutorial by Garfy.

For the Ork shantytown terrain, check out this tutorials to get those large structures done in no time:

The six barricades from the Killzone Essentials sprue are a must-have in any game. Here I show you how to paint them super fast:

And in this post I explain how I painted my combat gauges:

I hope this has helped you, and if so, why not support me and Tale of Painters on Patreon. Patrons enjoy exclusive tutorials and hobby guides, partner discounts, and more.

And if you use these tutorials, feel free to use the #taleofpainters hashtag on Instagram or twitter so I can find your models.

Until then, happy hobbying!

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Tutorial: How to paint turquoise “molten lava” blades

Looking for a cool magical effect to add to your weapons? Check out my tutorial for painting molting metal Wight blades… but in turquoise!

Tutorial: How to paint "molten" turquoise blades

This tutorial assumes you know the basic grips of painting Warhammer miniatures. Step-by-step I explain all the paints and techniques I used. I have a rather eclectic paint collection, so when I use a paint that is not from Games Workshop (or out of production), I’ll try to provide you with suitable alternatives from the current Citadel paint range [in brackets]. However, if you want to achieve exactly the same result as shown, I recommend expanding your paint collection. You’ll find a list of all the paints used in this tutorial at the end of the post.

How to paint Grave Guard Wight Blades

Tutorial: How to paint "molten" turquoise blades - step 1

Basecoat the blade with Warpaints Toxic Mist [or a mix of Baharroth Blue and White Scar]. This will take a few thin coats for an even result.

Tutorial: How to paint "molten" turquoise blades - step 2

Thin Warpaints Royal Cloak [or Baharroth Blue] 1:1 with Lahmian Medium to a glaze-like consistency and apply a thin coat around the edges of the weapon.

Tutorial: How to paint "molten" turquoise blades - step 3

Repeat this process one or two more times to build up a gradient.

Tutorial: How to paint "molten" turquoise blades - step 4

Use pure Royal Cloak [or Baharroth Blue], add a little bit of water and layer it around the edges to darken the gradient.

Tutorial: How to paint "molten" turquoise blades - step 5

Build up a texture by stippling the edges with the tip of your brush and applying an irregular pattern of Warpaints Hydra Turquoise [or Temple Guard Blue].

Tutorial: How to paint "molten" turquoise blades - step 6

Complete the molten effect by applying an irregularly shaped highlight of Incubi Darkness around the most prominent edges of the blade.

Tutorial: How to paint "molten" turquoise blades - step 7

To smooth the transition, I thinned down Toxic Mist [or your Baharrot Blue and White Scar mix] with water and applied a few thin coats at the centre where needed.

Here we have the finished Grave Guard. At an arms-length, the turquoise glow of the Wight blades looks very striking. If you want to know how I painted the rest of the models, you’ll find all the paint recipes here and a tutorial for the bone here.

Five Grave Guard with Great Wight Blades painted by Stahly

Paints you will need for this tutorial:

Citadel (Games Workshop)
Incubi Darkness
Lahmian Medium

The Army Painter
Toxic Mist [or Baharroth Blue and White Scar]
Royal Cloak [or Baharroth Blue]
Hydra Turquoise [or Temple Guard Blue]

If you need to expand your paint collection to follow the tutorial, check out our partner stores Wayland Games and Element Games, which offer an amazing range of paints at a discount.

Fancy a more traditional molten lava effect? Then check out Garfy’s tutorial for a slightly different approach:

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial. If so, leave a comment or reaction below, and if you got any questions, leave them here so I can answer them for you.

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Review: New Kill Team starter set vs. Kill Team: Octarius

In this review we take a closer look at what’s in the new Kill Team starter set, and, more importantly, what isn’t. Is this a better purchase than Kill Team: Octarius? Find out in this post.

The new Kill Team starter set will be available for preorder from Saturday, January 22nd 2022, alongside separate releases of the Ork Kommandos, Veteran Guardsmen (Death Korps of Krieg), the Killzone Ork terrain, and the Octarius book. The suggested retail price is £65/€85.

Kill Team Starter Set box

Please note: Games Workshop provided us with this item. Thoughts and opinions are our own.

Features

We’ve already covered the contents of the Kill Team: Octarius box and our thoughts of the 2nd Edition of Kill Team in detail here, so in this review, we’ll focus on the contents of the new starter set and how they differ from the contents of the Octarius box.

Kill Team Starter Set box components and books

The first thing I read online about the new Kill Team Starter Set was: Kill Team: Octarius light. And I can see where this is coming from, because similar to the launch boxes and starter sets of the current editions of Warhammer 40,000 and Age of Sigmar, this is a trimmed-down but more affordable set based on an existing set of models.

With the Kill Team Starter Set you have to cut back on the terrain and components, and the Octarius campaign book is also not included, but the complete Core Rules are available in a more handy format and there is a new “Recruit Edition” companion book with a beginner-friendly tutorial campaign.

Here are the differences between both boxes at a glance:

KILL TEAM STARTER SET KILL TEAM: OCTARIUS
10 Death Korps of Krieg incl. Kill Team specific accessorie sprue and transfers 10 Death Korps of Krieg incl. Kill Team specific accessorie sprue and transfers
10 Ork Kommandos incl. transfers 10 Ork Kommandos incl. transfers
Killzone Essentials (3 combat gauges, six barricades, sheet of counters) and 10 orange dice Killzone Essentials (3 combat gauges, six barricades, sheet of counters) and 10 orange dice
1 sprue of Ork scatter terrain 5 sprues of Ork structures and 1 sprue of Ork scatter terrain
Paper battle mat Cardboard game board
A5 sized Core Rules booklet (including core rules, matched, open, and narrative play, no background or intro section) Large size Core book (including core rules, matched, open, and narrative play, AND background and intro section)
Recruit Edition booklet with short background and intro section, 4 tutorial missions, and datacards for Veteran Guardsmen and Ork Kommandos (no army list or additional tac ops/spec ops rules like ploys, equipment or assets) Octarius Campaign book with complete rules for Veteran Guardsmen and Ork Kommandos, Killzone: Ocatrius rules, Octarius War mission pack, and background section
No Tac Ops cards 2 decks of 27 Tactical Ops cards each
Differences are highlighted with bold type.

In this video I show you the contents of the new Starter Set books:

As you can see, the Recruit Edition booklet only contains the basic datacards for the models included, which is fine for playing the tutorial campaign, but you’ll need to purchase the Octarius book for the complete rules and army lists for “proper” games of Kill Team. Tac Ops are included in the Core Rules book, but if you prefer physical cards these are another extra purchase. It’s a bummer, but no big surprise to be honest, as you’ll also need to shell out for the respective codices or battletomes if you want to play proper games with the Warhammer 40.000 and Age of Sigmar starter sets.

The models are the same as in the Kill Team: Octarius set, minus the larger Orc structures and the cardboard gaming board, which has been replaced with a cheaper paper mat.

If you don’t know how to paint these models, check out our painting tutorials for the Death Korps, Ork terrain pieces, and Kill Team barricades.

Value

With a recommended retail price of £65/85€, the value of the set is quite decent. The Kommandos, Death Korps and Killzone Essentials (the set of combat gauges, barricades and markers) alone are £91/112,50€, and you get a sprue of scatter terrain, the Core Rules in a handy format, and a nice beginner’s campaign on top.

Of course, it’s also true that the set doesn’t come close to the sheer value of the Kill Team: Octarius box, where you also got a proper board packed with Ork junkyard terrain (the separate Killzone Octarius terrain set with all the terrain from the original Octarius box is £60/80€), the Octarius book (a hefty £25/32.50€ for such a thin softcover book), and a set of Tac Op cards (£12/15€). By the way, the Kill Team: Octarius set is still available at a few retailers like our partners Element Games (click here), usually with a good discount, and might be a real alternative to the starter set for many.

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Showcase: Black Templar Assault Intercessors

Another blog post, another Imperium issue done and completed. This time it’s Assault Intercessors from issue 13.

I decided to paint them as Black Templars and to spice things up a little I used spare helmets from the Sword Brethren plastics to make them a little more crusader like. Also added a couple of candles and a relic to the sergeant. He has a bionic arm so I thought it was funny to hang the skeleton hand relic from his waist.

Painting was pretty simple as I just followed my own tutorial (link below) They did take quite a while to paint, around a week and a half. Dunno if I’m getting slower or if there was more real world life stuff getting in the way. They came out pretty sweet so Im happy with the extra time spent on them.

That might be it for my journey with Imperium for a little while, I got some GW projects to work on that I’ve been sent and I’m not going to have much free time for Imperium now which is a shame because I’ve really enjoyed painting each issue and trying to keep up with the monthly subscription and getting the models painted before the next delivery.

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