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Hey everyone,

Heres something to get you very excited.  My good friend, fellow blogger and painter extraordinaire who’s models have featured on the front page of Games Workshops blog found their way to The Painting Bunker today and we couldn’t help ourselves so we staged a few shots for your viewing pleasure.  I think you’ll agree with me in that these pictures look amazing.

We are actually planning on fighting the campaign from the Betrayal when I get these boards finished and have painted my World Eaters, so this is just a taste of things to come.


Sons of Horus on Cityscape 1 Sons of Horus on Cityscape 2 Sons of Horus on Cityscape 3 Sons of Horus on Cityscape 4 Sons of Horus on Cityscape 5Hope you enjoy!



So, I finally did it, I went and brought a display cabinet for my 40k Armies yesterday.  I did quite a lot of research on what was the best choice, best value for money option, and after many months (seriously) I brought a 1800 x 900 x 450 commercial 6mm toughened glass display cabinet.  I got it from the very helpful guys are Absoe Business Equipment in West End, and it set me back $750.  It was unassembled and I had to use my Ute to get it home from (about 10 min drive from where I live)  It came in two packages and the largest one weighed about 100kgs… so yeah, it was a bit of a struggle getting it off the Ute by myself, but I managed and then set about assembling it.  Being commercial quality its built to last (a key reason why I chose it) all the fittings are robust and the base is seriously strong, with 4 castors on it too so it can be pushed around if I decided to relocate it.  The glass doors slide on ball bearing runners and also are lockable too.  So lets look at the pictures shall we?


The Painting Bunker Dispaly Cabinet 1 via www.thepaintingbunker.comAll my models (less unpainted, which isnt many) fit only just, don’t know how many it is or how many points it all add up to, but its a lot.  Maybe someone could work it out if you get bored?

The Painting Bunker Dispaly Cabinet Forge World Titans via www.thepaintingbunker.comThe God Machines.  You many not be aware, but where I live we’ve been getting some pretty extreme weather lately and as a result the Reavers Melta Cannon fell off.  I haven’t reattached it yet as I’m considering getting another Turbo Laser Blaster  for it.

The Painting Bunker Dispaly Cabinet Imperial Guard 1 via www.thepaintingbunker.comSo we have here most of Support Company (Snipers, DFSW, Anti-Armour & Mortars) Accompanied by a Leman Russ Tank Company, Baneblade and Macharius (I have both Turrets)

The Painting Bunker Dispaly Cabinet Imperial Guard 2 via www.thepaintingbunker.comThe Light Infantry Company with Vendettas and the rest of Support Company (Recon & Pioneers)

The Painting Bunker Dispaly Cabinet Carcharodons via www.thepaintingbunker.comThe good old Carcharodons

The Painting Bunker Dispaly Cabinet Iron Hands 1 via www.thepaintingbunker.comIron Hands with Drop Pods and Rhinos

The Painting Bunker Dispaly Cabinet Iron Hands 2 via www.thepaintingbunker.comThe dreaded Hextad of The Ancients Apoc Formation, along with Landspeeders and Terminators (Who I use in Apoc as the Death-knell formation) and some Legion of the Damned

So thats it, man cave review done.  I’m pretty happy to see all the models all on display at one place at one time.

As an aside, I’ve been working on the Forge World Realm of Battle Cityscape boards over the past few days, so with any luck I should have an update on them shortly.

Thanks for dropping in









Hello everyone,

Yesterday afternoon I was going through my messages on The Painting Bunkers Facebook page looking for some information when I came across a message I got some months ago asking me if I’d like my Warhound Titans featured in an online magazine called Animation Carnival. I must admit I know little about CGI but the site seems to be a community forum dedicated to featuring and developing the talents of freelance CGI artists.

When I was asked if I’d like my model featured in their publication I went and checked it out and after seeing how high quality it was I agreed, sent an email to them with some model pictures, a mug shot of me and a brief bio. I then quickly forgot about it and got on with my life.

So it was quite a shock yesterday when I went back to the site to find that my Warhounds were featured in their September issue of Animation Carnival. Although the publication is dedicated to CGI, in this issue there were a few mecha scale models featured also. Below are some pics from the publication.



If you want to down load the publication you can by going to the Animation Carnival website, however it does require you to register. If you don’t want to register you can view a copy in my Scribd account. It’s a pretty interesting publication full of some petty amazing CGI, worth a look no doubt.

It never ceases to amaze me where some of my model pictures have found themselves, and it was great to have them featured in this great, high quality online publication. The artists behind it are clearly very dedicated and passionate about their field.


Hello everyone!

For the record, moving house is the pits. If it wasn’t for a bunch of good friends of mine helping me out I would have been smoked. So Jodi, Matt, Colin, Tom & Ben (who I doubt read this blog) a big thank you for your assistance last week and over the weekend moving.

I’m a bit of a hoarder (but haven’t always been) and during the move I found some pictures of minis I painted/build from wwwaaaaaayyyyy back in the day. Circa 95-97. I was really excited when I found the pictures (old 6″x4″ photos) because I thought I’d lost them. The pics are not amazing as I had no idea how to use a camera back then, nor how to photograph small items like a miniature. Who knows where the minis are now, but the pics are ok (all things considered). So let’s now sit back and take a trip down memory lane together. For some of you you’ll be nodding sagely at what your about to see having possibly painted these minis before, and for others you’ll be seeing minis that you have never set your eyes upon before… So here we go….

First up we have Horizon Models 1/5 scale vinyl Terminator. This was the second release of this kit and depicts the T800 played by Arnold Schwarzenegger. I used to really love painting these kits and at one stage had about 10 or so of them. The quality is amazing and they made great show pieces.




As I said, the quality of the pics isn’t great, but. You get the general idea.

Next lets visit another Horizon kit. This time it’s Steel. It’s a great looking kit with some awesome detail




Now the next lot of minis some of you may remember. It was from the wargame Warzone released by Heart breaker games. Originally Warzone was an RPG, but Heart Breaker made it into a wargame and had some great success. Unfortunately their minis were not as good as their art work, but they improved somewhat over time. This game has some very interesting fluff and was a creditable threat to 40k when it first hit the scene. Ok, let’s look at some minis


This was a “Machanation” from the Cybertronic faction in Warzone. Cybertronic basically relied on AI technology to wage war. So all of there units bar a few were robots of some description.



And lastly this is a crew member for a piece if artillery that an enemy force used. I just liked the mini


Next up is a conversion I did of the old GW Assassin model. I never really liked its pose. As you can see its not very imaginative.


So those of you that remember the old “Codex Imperialis” book that was in the 2nd ed box set may remember this pic (later to also be the inspiration for a Mike McVey diorama)


So I converted the old assassin mini based in the pic and also decided to paint the head the same as the killer cyborgs head from the classic horror/sci-fi movie M.A.R.K. 13 I was young and impressionable and this was one bad ass cyborg.


Back in the day it was fashionable to give the assassin a vortex grenade, power fist and displaced field. Nasty

Ok, next cab off the rank is our old friend Abaddon. Not much to say here really. Still a bad ass mini after all these years. Jes Goodwin is the man.



Lastly is a piece of scenery I made out of a piece of cardboard tube and some plastic card.




Ok. That’s it for now. I just wanted to share these pics with all of you. Hope you enjoyed them. I’m still unpacking so I doubt I’ll have any post for you soon on the Titan. I am playing in Ork-toberfest this weekend so you’ll probable see some pics from that on FB

Comments always welcome


So I finished this off today…  I’m really happy with the results.  I have to say, when you really like the mini to begin with the results are always much better.  I’ll let the pictures do the talking.

Hope you enjoy!


Hello fine people,

A few weeks ago I had some people over at my place and one of them was looking at this guy (half complete) and dropped him.  The mini was mostly undamaged, however one of the prongs on his improvised close combat weapon on his left arm broke off.  Despite much searching we never found it… until today.  I have to admit, I was pretty annoyed at the time.  I was really pleased with how this mini was coming along and now that it’d been damaged, with a vital piece completely missing, I have to say I was a little discouraged and all but abandoned the idea of completing it.

I spilt something on the floor today, and was sweeping it up and low and behold there was the prong!  I immediately went and reunited it with my Ogryn and with renewed enthusiasm and a clearer vision of how I was going to finish it, started work.  Below are the results.

I really like this mini for many reasons.  Its got a lot of character and has a real darkness to it along with some incredible sculpting.  I have a great idea for its base too… but I’ll leave that for a surprise.  Its been a real pleasure to paint it however I have no intentions of painting more.  This was just a one off for a bit of fun.

Hope you enjoyed looking

Comments always welcome






This is the link to my final Wargamer AU diary, Ars Gratia Artis (Art for arts sake).  Its a pretty simple diary, it is for models that I want to paint, just because I feel like painting them.  I have no desire to either game with them, or turn them into the foundation of an army.  The Legion of the Damned were the first completed project out of the the diary.