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Showcase: Chaos Dragon Ogre Shaggoth


For this weeks #MiniatureMonday post we have some more Warhammer Fantasy from @CPJohnson80 and @freexerjin’s Warriors of Choas army – this time @freexerjin’s Dragon Ogre Shaggoth.

This mini clocked up some time detailing and I’m sure you’ll agree he’s done an awesome job.







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Warhammer Fantasy Bases


So here it is the first in Chris and Greg‘s chaos army post’s, and the rift’s first foray in the the realm of Warhammer fantasy battle). we thought we’d start literally, from the ground up to explain how we accomplished what you will see shortly.

We only really collect two major armies from the millions we have played, the major one if which is chaos. We have about 10,000 points as mix from Beastmen thought to Cult of Slannesh dark elf. Most of these coming to a rift near you in the coming weeks.

We needed a centre piece for this army to sit around and something we could apply the full extent of out painting abilities to. So what better than a fully converted, not to mention rock hard, unit of chosen Warriors of Chaos.

This post will mainly cover the bases and movement tray for this unit.

The bases are made from green stuff and various bits from our bits box.


As for the movement we started with a magnetic whiteboard and plasti-card, with some paster wall facing for the edges. After cutting the right size for the bases and PVA gluing the metal whiteboard to the plastic card we super-glued the styrene frontage to one edge.

We then used green stuff to smooth the edges and create some small undulations. We realised it looked a little plain for such a unit and added a small fence from plastic left overs from our bits box and add a few extra details.


So that’s it for the build – on to the painting. We first applied sand inked with a black/brown , and then dry brushed with our usual flavour of graveyard earth, komando khaki and finally bleached bone. The rest of the base was gradually painted up using various other colours that would compliment the unit.


From here we then added some flock, static grass etc



This have provided us with a really nice looking backdrop for what will be a heavily converted unit.


@CPJohnson80 and @freexerjin

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Showcase: WFB Marauders of Chaos


This weeks #MiniatureMonday we have a first in many Chaos units to be posted starting with these Chaos Marauders from @CPJohnson80 and @freexerjin Warhammer Fantasy Army.

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Showcase: Dark Angel Nephilim Fighter

Good morning!

We the bloggers of Tykens Rift have decided to begin a new weekly series of showcase posts which will serve to display finished models that any one of us has been working on for any one of our armies. We’re not ‘Eavy Metal standard painters but we like to think we do a decent job and are always happy to share tips or information about how certain effects have been achieved.

Occasionally these posts will tie in with a tutorial – such at the Imperial Fist one that Chris wrote – but more often they will simply be a window to gather feedback or (hopefully) help to inspire others. We decided to write these posts on a Monday as it nicely ties in with the popular #MiniatureMonday stream on Twitter where others post pictures of their own models or work-in-progress stuff.

If you have any questions about one of our showcase posts and would like more details, please leave a comment on the page or reply via Twitter where they will always be linked on the #MiniatureMonday hashtag.

I now hand over to Chris for the inaugural showcase!



So, fresh off my painting table is the first of my new Dark Angel models; The Nephilim Jet Fighter.

It’s been out for a while but I’ve been tied up with my Fortress of Redemption (more on that in a few weeks!) and other Dark Angels in preparation for Battle Brothers in April. There will be a Raven Wing tutorial to follow when I have time to write it up 🙂


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This fighter was painted using Chaos Black, Codex Grey, Shadow Grey, Astronomican Grey, Space Wolf Grey, White and a black wash. The main armour is highlighted with some subtle drybrushing that looks great up close.

I welcome comments, questions, suggestions or (mild) abuse 🙂



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Painting Imperial Fists – Action!

Chris here!

A while back I put up a plan of how I intended to paint up my Imperial Fists. I won’t lie I got distracted, mainly by Forge World suddenly announcing and producing all that resin goodness that is in the Heresy books! This was then further compounded by Games Workshop releasing the new Dark Angel codex.

Put simply my sons of Dorn are firmly on the back burner. But I did promise you lucky people a write up and some pictures so here goes.

So following the plan, well sort of. Stage one was clean the model up, technically stage two should have also been, if you are a hobby butterfly like myself, CLEAN THE MODEL UP!

Stage 2: Apply a white undercoat, I managed to stick to this 😉 all exactly to plan. Multiple thin layers of white under coat.

Stage 3: Apply some heavily watered down Dwarf Flesh (can’t recall the name of the new equivalent… ). Once dry it should look something like this.




Stage 4: Now dry brushing through to skull white. This went pretty much to plan. But once through was enough for me. It looks somewhat like this:




You can re-wash and then dry brush again. From previous experience I can tell you it adds depth to the recesses after you apply the yellow/orange ink. I opted for a cheap shot and it pretty much worked. I applied yellow/orange ink and once it had predominately dried, I added some orange ink directly to the recesses again. then once dried I painted on a very thin layer of pure yellow ink.

Comes out a little like this.




Now hopefully my madness of not painting yellow with yellow paint is justified.

Now once you got this far the rest is straight forward, providing you have a steady hand. Any mistakes herein will cause some serious friction with those you are painting around as the obscenities you are uttering will be shocking to say the least!

Next stage. I mixed up some black ink and Chaos Black paint, same thing can be up with Abbadon Black with medium – and then painted all the tubing that needs to be black/grey. A trick you can use here is use black mixed with a bit of shadow grey first, then use a thinned black, or the mix above over the top. Instant highlight. These guys where always going to be basic troopers so I needed something a bit quicker.

After that, I needed a colour for the shoulder pad trim, telling the truth I’m still not sure which one I prefer. I tried red, blue, black, green I still wasn’t happy over all so went with black as per the above method. This will allow me at some point to go back when I’ve made my mind up and settle on a colour.




The result after a little bit of extra work looks like this:




After all of that the bolter was painted separately – sprayed black, metal areas painted Boltgun Metal/Necron dry compound, inked with Gryphonne Sepia twice, lightly dry brushed necron dry compound and a little touch of chain mail. The casing was repainted black to offset the yellow armour and allow the metal area something so show up against – and then glued on.

For future painting tutorials I have invested some cash into a camera that isn’t pretending to be a phone 95% of the time, and some lighting.

Expect the following to arrive from the warp in a vastly decreased timescale. Deathwing made easy and Dark Angels – seeing as I have 60 of them to paint so best get some pics for you all and a tutorial to boot!

I may put up a Raven Wing one too as I will be painting a Nephilim fighter but don’t know how it would work yet on a bike.


Till next time.


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