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Cacique Caribe12 Apr 2009 3:39 p.m. PST


Easy as pie:

1- Opened bag of Khurasan Space Demons link ;
2- Cleaned up a tiny bit of flash on some of them;
3- Used tacky putty to place figures on long stick;

So far, same as I would do with any figure. Now the amazingly easy finale:

4- Sprayed figures with Model Master Acrylic Blue Metallic;
5- Lightly brushed figures with Citadel Badab Black Wash; and
6- Glued figures to 3/4 washers

Now they are ready to have the bases sanded and painted.

What do you think? Was that easy or what?

PS. Now I can't wait to do the same with my other bags of Khurasan's Space Demons!!! AND to buy even more of them!!!

Personal logo cloudcaptain Supporting Member of TMP12 Apr 2009 3:43 p.m. PST

Very convincing…except you need some acidic drool now. Hotglue and neon green?

Smokey Roan12 Apr 2009 3:48 p.m. PST

Damn, CC! GREAT!

(you can use "Future" floor polish, tinted very lightly with an ochre acryllac, VERY lightly, and droop some slimey drool from the mouths)

The future will turn rock hard and looks really great.

(I did that to a 1/6 scale plstic model of an "Alien".)

John Leahy12 Apr 2009 3:48 p.m. PST

They look nice! I use several coats of brush on satin coat to replicate the drool. It looks pretty cool.



Dropship Horizon12 Apr 2009 3:57 p.m. PST

Brilliant CC! Absolutely Brilliant!


Personal logo Dances With Words Supporting Member of TMP Fezian12 Apr 2009 3:59 p.m. PST

SLISHEY baby!!!! like TOTALLY!

Cacique Caribe12 Apr 2009 4:10 p.m. PST

My intention was to have a HINT of the metallic blue show through the darker shade, like these examples here:


I guess that, in that sense, and despite the scale, I kinda succeeded, right?


However, I wonder if this would be the result if I had used a metallic blue-green paint instead:


What do you think?


khurasanminiatures12 Apr 2009 4:30 p.m. PST

Wow, I love seeing them in a batch like that! Really models what I was going for. Hope you like the models, you did a great job on them CC.

What I love seeing the most though is that you painted them. Nothing makes me happier than the idea that you are getting gaming enjoyment from models I've marketed. It's really the reason to get into this crazy business! grin

Cacique Caribe12 Apr 2009 4:32 p.m. PST


As you can see from my first post here, the effort I put into the paintjob way outweighs all the work you guys did!!!

I guess I'm used to painting 28mm where, because of greater surface area, you have to apply lots of highlights.

When I bought into 15mm, I was afraid I would have a problem replicating depth of that sort. However, with the level of detail you have, this was one of my very easiest paintjobs ever.

They practically paint themselves!


The credit is all yours, my man. All yours.


JRacel12 Apr 2009 5:11 p.m. PST

When I bought into 15mm, I was afraid I would have a problem replicating depth of that sort. However, with the level of detail you have, this was one of my very easiest paintjobs ever.

They practically paint themselves!

And now you realize why many of us have moved to 15mm and never plan to go back . . . .

Very nice paint job! I was just testing metalic paints and the GW black was a week or so back when working on terminators and thinking about painting some Hammer's Slammers tanks. It works very well, especially with colored metalics.

I think I may do mine in a similar manner, but a little different. I plan to do a black under coat, followed by a gray and then a white dry brush, Once that is done I will use the GW wash over the gray/white highlight using green and purple depending on the type of critter. I may even mix the colors a little. The layers of black, gray and white add nice highlights to the details while the wash blinds it all together.


Sumo Boy12 Apr 2009 5:32 p.m. PST

Very nice results, CC. Looks like a very effective and rapid method.

CraigSpiel12 Apr 2009 5:39 p.m. PST

Sweet! There nothing like having an idea, doing it and having it actually work out. I have about 40, 60mm Aliens that I need to paint. I was wondering how to do them. I thought black base, with drybrush. But, the metal flake paint might just do the trick. Does anyone make a metalic/flake wash?

JRacel12 Apr 2009 5:50 p.m. PST

Does anyone make a metalic/flake wash?

Just my opinion, but I think the goal would be to have the recesses really black without the metallic flakes so they appear as shadows and only the exposed high points that show reflections would have the glimmer of flakes, especially on larger models. I just feel that having the inked shadows glitter might not feel right. If you use metallic spray paint to get a smooth finish and then the black GW inks, I think you are set. They have dark graphite or metallic black spray paint from Rustoleum in the US that is easy to get from Wal-Mart or most DIY stores.

If you want metallic ink, Vallejo has a metallic medium or you could use silver and just add a drop into some ink, mix it in and then apply. Should add a few flakes into the mix.



CC, those are really nice.

Smokey Roan12 Apr 2009 5:56 p.m. PST

If you can find it, Model master acryllic "Gun metal" would be agreat wash for these guys.

Cacique Caribe12 Apr 2009 7:10 p.m. PST

JRacel: "but I think the goal would be to have the recesses really black without the metallic flakes so they appear as shadows and only the exposed high points that show reflections would have the glimmer of flakes, especially on larger models. . . . If you use metallic spray paint to get a smooth finish and then the black GW inks, I think you are set."

My goal exactly! I wanted the metallic color to be on the high points only, so the wash had to be a dark non-metallic wash.

But I wanted it to be a gradual transition, from black to metallic blue. So I let the Badab Black Wash do that for me, by gathering (pooling) heaviest in the deepest areas, and naturally thinning out as you go to the highpoints.

A metallic wash would defeat that. And any painted-on highlights would not create (I think) the smooth transition I was looking for. Plus I just wanted to have the least steps possible.


Brutorz Bill12 Apr 2009 7:12 p.m. PST

Really Nice work CC, gotta order me some now! Thanks for posting your pictures.

wolvermonkey12 Apr 2009 7:20 p.m. PST

Well done! They look great.

JRacel12 Apr 2009 7:33 p.m. PST

Cacique Caribe, seems you and I are on the same wave length on this. I did a fair bit of testing and think the black on the metallic worked the best. I even tried a dark metallic with a lighter one dry brushed on and then the wash, but the effect was not quite smooth enough.

Ok, I need to finish some Old Crow vehicles and get to bed.

The rest of you need to go order some more Space Demons and test some new ideas and post the results so I can figure out how to paint the hordes I ordered. Heck, this discussion and Mark on Dropship Horizon's pictures pushed me to increase my order. My wife hates this site and Dropship Horizon for being such a bad influence on me. Especially since she wants me to stop painting Aliens and get to work on the Splintered Light Druid's Children I got for her this weekend. Apparently cute cuddly animals with weapons trumps nasty ugly aliens in her misguided opinion. :)


Hrothgar Returns12 Apr 2009 7:41 p.m. PST

CC those are some awesome space demons. The metallic blue gives them a very 'insectoid' look. I can't wait to order some at the end of this week.

I'm planning on picking an unusual scheme for mine. I've been watching that BBC documentary "Life in the Undergrowth" for inspiration.

Cacique Caribe12 Apr 2009 10:30 p.m. PST

"The metallic blue gives them a very 'insectoid' look."


The moment I painted them and did the wash, immediately I noticed how similar they were to some "black" spiders, beetles and wasps around here.

Check out this picture of a black widow:


I think that Horroclix Aliens are pretty close to that (and the look I was after):


I am really glad I went with metallic blue and not metallic silvers:



jpattern213 Apr 2009 5:54 a.m. PST

Nice job, CC!

Cacique Caribe13 Apr 2009 9:05 a.m. PST

Thanks everyone!

I just felt I had to share such an easy procedure with you guys.

Just the two steps: the metallic blue and then the black wash.

How easy is that?


KJdidit13 Apr 2009 9:55 a.m. PST

My first batch of Space Demons is being used as larger "bugs" for my DRM 6mm Skyth, so I went with a different paint scheme for them:





My second order (now not to be shipped until Thursday, which completely undermines my Friday night painting session for this week) will be painted as "traditional" Aliens, to go along with the QRF Predators, Colonial Marines, and face huggers that should arrive here at about the same time.

wminsing13 Apr 2009 10:57 a.m. PST

Wow, they look absolutely awesome! I am not really an Aliens enthusiast, but that's such a slick technique I think I'll have to pick some of the 'Space Demons' up now!


Custer7thcav13 Apr 2009 1:05 p.m. PST

nicely done!!

I too have many 70mm aliens like Craigspiel and was looking for an easy way to spruce up the figs. this might do the trick!

Cacique Caribe14 Apr 2009 12:04 p.m. PST

It was definitely easy! Two paint applications (spray and wash isn't that the name of a detergent or something?) and done.


Cacique Caribe14 Apr 2009 8:10 p.m. PST


Bases now sanded and painted:


PS. I apologize for the poor hotel lighting and the pillow case background.

Black Autumn Productions14 Apr 2009 8:18 p.m. PST

Hey Dan
Do you think this would look good for "Crystal Aliens"?


Cacique Caribe14 Apr 2009 8:28 p.m. PST

"Crystal Aliens"?


khurasanminiatures14 Apr 2009 9:30 p.m. PST

Looks impressive CC! grin

Thieses15 Apr 2009 6:15 a.m. PST

CC nice combination of colors. I have always liked the metallic blue look for Aliens.

Black Autumn Productions15 Apr 2009 7:29 a.m. PST

Yeah CC, like the Shard types.
We talked about them last month.

Would your approach to painting these Aliens work?
I think it might look great.

How would you make it look more like glass-like skin?

Less shadow?
More glimmer?


Cacique Caribe15 Apr 2009 8:08 a.m. PST


This was my first experience with the Citadel Badab Wash. I would imagine that if it was thinned out a bit, you would get more of the glassy look.


Black Autumn Productions15 Apr 2009 8:11 a.m. PST

Paint one up CC…lol.
Test it out for me…

Cacique Caribe15 Apr 2009 8:21 a.m. PST

Hey man, do your own! :)

Seriously, I would gladly do it, but I'm back on the road. That's why I tried to get those painted up when I went home for the weekend.

I plan to be home middle of May. I might be able to try it then.

As you can see here, with all my traveling I have lots and lots of unfinished projects:



Black Autumn Productions15 Apr 2009 8:25 a.m. PST

Cool…but I`ll be expecting it…lol.

If I can sculpt Not-Chigs & Fuzzies…for YOU than your damn sure gonna paint some stuff up for ME… Mr. Dan!


Black Autumn Productions15 Apr 2009 8:38 a.m. PST

Hey CC…check it out.
I added a new item to The Bap-Blog…lol.
In time I imagine that you'll have a lot of my miniatures painted and posted.


Cacique Caribe15 Apr 2009 9:32 a.m. PST

Dude, are we ever going to see pictures of your stuff? :)

I showed you mine, now show me yours.


Black Autumn Productions15 Apr 2009 10:36 a.m. PST

I know…
I have no Camera…

I am supposed to have a new one by months end.

It sucks, becuase I want to post pictures NOW.


Cacique Caribe15 Apr 2009 12:18 p.m. PST

And you have the nerve to call yourself a sculptor!!!

You should have been showing off your wares ages ago when you first started, dude.


Black Autumn Productions15 Apr 2009 1:00 p.m. PST

I had a lot of pictures at one time, but lost them when my old computer blew up…lol.


Cacique Caribe16 Apr 2009 10:41 a.m. PST

Weird glitch there. Anyway . . .

Discussion about the Citadel Badab Wash:

TMP link

Suggestions on how to seal the figures:

TMP link


Cacique Caribe19 Apr 2009 4:00 p.m. PST

Rottenlead seems to have used a similar two-step procedure with his 15mm? Pendraken aliens:


I guess I should have added a bit more orange or terracotta to my bases, because this is where I'm going to put mine . . . on Mars:

YouTube link


Cacique Caribe28 Apr 2009 8:05 p.m. PST

Look at what Hrothgar did with them here:

TMP link

I like that!


Cacique Caribe01 Jun 2009 8:53 a.m. PST

I wonder what Khurasan will come up with next . . .

TMP link


Cacique Caribe13 Oct 2009 2:45 p.m. PST

Check out what BooneC did with his . . .



khurasanminiatures13 Oct 2009 4:14 p.m. PST

Wow, really interesting BooneC!

CC, I've had two more types of Space Demon made, the nymphs and the Colossus. What those are, will be revealed in good time. wink

But the winners of the Pelagic Paintoff get to find out what these are good and early!

Dragon Gunner13 Oct 2009 5:27 p.m. PST

"nymphs and the Colossus"

Khurasan your a sadistic teaser!

McLovin14 Oct 2009 3:32 a.m. PST

They look really great CC. Will certainly keep it simple when I paint my QRF Aliens.

On that note a quick question for you; do you or anyone else know how they mix with the QRF Aliens? I certainly like these sculpts and would love to add greater variation to my Aliens horde! Those poor marines are truely going to be overwhelmed!



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