With the release of The Horus Heresy – Betrayal at Calth, we’re introduced to the 31st Millennium of the Games Workshop’s Warhammer 40,000 universe. While some of us are busy assembling our miniatures, our interns here at Games @ PI are already painting the miniatures up for a store demo!

In our recent poll on our Facebook page, you guys have voted for the Iron Warriors and the Imperial Fists to be the rival legions painted by the store, so without further ado, let’s hear from our interns, Kew Sheng Yao, and Mokan s/o Yoganathan!

Kew’s Introduction

Painting, the way of making things look pretty and outstanding. Most people say it’s costly as you need to buy a huge range of colours and tools which are not cheap. That’s what I understand about painting, but there are others who disagree with this statement. So in order to decide for myself, I’ve decided to try it using the recently release game called The Horus Heresy : Betrayal at Calth. In this game, where will be miniature where they are required to be assembled and painted with colour representing the faction. After the community voting, the decision has been made. The battle will be between pre-heresy Iron Warriors and pre-heresy Imperial Fist.

The Horus Heresy Betrayal at Calth (It looks damn cool!)

I’ve done a few Gundam assembly before that makes me think that building the miniature should not be a problem but of course, never jump to conclusion so early. After looking at the models of the game, I notice something different about it. If you look closely at the model, you will notice that there are no gaps and clips to hold the model. Instead, you are require to use a special glue to make sure that the parts are holding each other. The moment I noticed it, I was like telling myself ‘oh my god, this is a whole new level of building model and painting.’ In the end, I’ve decided to paint pre-heresy imperial fist and my friend Mokan will paint pre-heresy Iron Warriors. Just let everyone one know, this is my first time having to assembly a model using glue and paint it. I shall start painting the model soon!

(Left to Right) Iron Warriors, Imperial Fist


Mokan’s Introduction

Hi all, I am here to prove how easy painting is , and how do I prove it. Well I will take the challenge on myself. I will be painting the pre-heresy Iron Warrior models. With no prior experience of any kind, I had no idea where to start at. Luckily for me, one of my superiors, who is also well versed with painting miniature models decided to help me out by conducting a 10 minutes tutorial. He taught me how to do dry brushing and application of base coat for the miniature models. Besides demonstrating how to do the techniques he also let me have a go at it.

Using one of his painted model as a reference, I started off doing another model from scratch (already primed black). I put to use the technique that I just learnt about like dry brushing and application of base colour. I spent about 20 to 25 minutes to complete a model, which is significantly longer compared to any other amateur painters. The longer working time was mainly due to my inexperience and mistakes that happened.

After somewhat completing the model, I am satisfied with the overall look of it. I felt dry brushing was easy to do and require very little skill or experience. However applying the base colour was challenging. One factor was the mixing of water with the base colour. I had the problem of mixing too much water that made the paint feel too “runny” and not “smooth” anymore. Another factor was the handling of the brush itself. Being relatively new I had trouble with doing straight strokes and often tend to overlap into other area, which in turn cause me to redo the layer again. Otherwise I had a good time getting used to painting miniature models.