Friday, August 17, 2018

Imperial Guard: Painting an infiltration expert

Only in death does duty end.

Recently, I converted a reconnaissance soldier out of one of the newly released Van Saar models. The Van Saar armored bodygloves seemed ideal for converting a oberative that engages in all manner of espionage and infiltration missions. I am happy to say that I was able to find the time to paint the model recently, and wanted to talk a little about it!

For the color scheme I decided to stick with a series of muted greys and blues, perfect for an operative in an urban or industrial environment. For the armor plating, I experimented a little with stippling to try and give the impression the armor has a rough finish. The armor was then weathered with a series of thinned oil paints (this operator has been out on the field for a while!).

I painted the operative’s hair a light grey/white to emphasize the decades of experience.

The operative’s pistol was painted dark silver to mimic the look of heavily work blued steel.

Members of Special Operations Unit Mitsukurina in action!

There are still a few modifications I want to make to the model’s color scheme, but I may wait to do those until after I paint some other soldiers to accompany him. I am currently in the process of painting a few guardsmen which I assembled from the casts we made earlier this year.

- Adam Wier


  1. Lovely stuff. Positively oozes character.

    1. Thanks for the kind words! I can't wait to show the model with the rest of his unit (still lots of painting to go though)!

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    1. Now I just need to convert a few more like him, then I will have a small squad of storm troopers! :)

  3. One of my absolute favorites of the models you have made. Such a unique use of the Van Saar kit and the paint job is excellent!