News for October 2011
How to Paint the Heavy Recon Grenadiers 6
A step-by-step painting guide by guest contributor, Nam Nguyen
Dust Tactics | Published 26 October 2011


Greetings, Dust Tactics fans!

Winner of the Best Painted Squad category for our first Dust Tactics painting contest, Nam Nguyen, returns today with a detailed guide for a gritty and intimidating paint scheme for the Axis Heavy Recon Grenadiers.

This Axis squad will be available soon, but you can get a good look at the dynamic miniatures in Nam’s painting guide.


Nam uses the following paints, listed here as a reference in the order they are applied:

Reaper Master Series Black Liner
Citadel Codex Grey
Citadel Chaos Black
Citadel Calthan Brown
Citadel Shining Gold
Citadel Mithril Silver
Citadel Devlan Mud
Reaper Master Series Brown Liner
Citadel Dwarf Flesh
Citadel Ogryn Flesh
Citadel Elf Flesh
Citadel Skull White
Reaper Master Series Blushing Rose
Reaper Master Series Misty Grey
Citadel Boltgun Metal
Citadel Badab Black
Citadel Bestial Brown
Citadel Scorched Brown
Vallejo Olive Camo Green
Vallejo Splinter Strips
Adeptus Battle Grey
Citadel Khemri Brown
Reaper Master Series Stained Ivory

Nam Nguyen on the Heavy Recon Grenadiers

Before deciding on the paint scheme for this model, I looked at the upcoming Operation “Cerberus” release. I wanted my models to fit in with the urban fighting theme and started by deciding that their bases should match their environment. I decided the armor would be grey. This makes them easily identifiable as German and helps them blend in with the ruined cityscape of Great Britain. I also decided I wanted these models to look like battle hardened veterans and reflected that with the many chips on their armor.

Step One: Basing

I started off with the basing. Many materials fit naturally on ruined city bases, and I used a wide variety: matchsticks (with the heads cut off), plaster pieces, cork, miniature barbed wire, textured plastic card, coffee stirrers, straws, and many grades of sand and gravel. Apply wood glue to the bases first, and add the other pieces. It’s easier if you add the larger pieces first, then cover the rest of the area with sand.

Step Two: Armor

I began my painting with the armor. Starting with the grey primer, I carefully applied Black Liner in between the armor plates, around the rivets, and in the joints.

The highlight is Codex Grey. Next, use a sponge to apply Chaos Black to random areas of the armor. This is the base of the armor weathering. The edges of the patches of black are highlighted with Codex Grey to give them depth.

Step Three: Brass

The brass areas consist of the emblem on the chest and the ammo belt. The first layer is Calthan Brown. Shining Gold is applied over all the areas of the basecoat. Then, I drybrushed a one-to-one mix of Shining Gold and Mithril Silver.

Last, the areas are inked with a watered-down mix of Devlan Mud and Brown Liner.

Step Four: Face

The first basecoat is Dwarf Flesh. Wash the face with Ogryn Flesh before reapplying the basecoat in all but the creases of the face.

The first highlight is a one-to-one mix of Dwarf Flesh and Elf Flesh. The final highlight is Elf Flesh. The lips are an equal mix of Elf Flesh, Skull White, and Blushing Rose. The eyes are filled in with Misty Grey.

Step Five: Gun

The gun was basecoated with Boltgun Metal before receiving a wash with Badab Black and highlights of Mithril Silver.

The scorched effects on the guns are drybrushed with Bestial Brown, Scorched Brown, and Chaos Black.

Step Six: Backpack

The backpack was basecoated with Olive Camo Green and highlighted with Splinter Strips before being washed with Badab Black.

Step Seven: Base

The base was drybrushed with Battle Grey and then Codex Grey. The metal areas were painted like the gun. I painted the wood with a Khemri Brown basecoat, a Devlan Mud wash, and a Reaper Master Series Stained Ivory drybrush.

Thanks, Nam!

The Axis soldiers promoted to Heavy Recon Grenadiers have all earned the right to wear battlesuits incorporating some of the greatest technology the Blutkreuz Korps have yet developed, and following Nam’s painting guide is one way to ensure your Axis infantry will look rough and ready once you get your hands on them.

The Heavy Recon Grenadiers will be storming the shores of Southern England soon. In the meantime, you can plan your assault or defense with other members of our community forums, or you can share painting strategies while you wait. Our community forums are filled with hundreds of examples of fantastic paint schemes for the detailed and exciting miniatures of Dust Tactics.

Dust Tactics is a tactical miniatures game of brutal combat for 2-4 players. Based on the popular universe created by artist Paolo Parente, Dust Tactics presents an alternate 1940s reality in which alien technology fuels gigantic machines of war, and the world's superpowers clash over rare mineral deposits that could ultimately decide the outcome of WWII.

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Published: 10/31/2011 5:25:22 AM

 Well done tutorial, thank you.

Published: 10/28/2011 4:31:23 PM

Thanks all,

My buildings are a mix of 1/35 and 1/48. The one in the last picture is a 1/35. Unfortunately, the brand that I used are no longer in production. For those who want buildings, I recommend looking into O Scale since they are much cheaper than the model buildings out there.

Published: 10/28/2011 3:54:03 PM

For those interested in buildings and are unable or unsure how to scratch build them, S guage model railways are great. They are relatively cheap and far closer to our figure scale at 1/60, the scales of 1/48 and 1/35 being far too  large. The  figures painted by Nam are always a joy to observe,  put a diarama into the mix and his work is pure quality.

Published: 10/27/2011 2:15:07 AM

Are they 1/35 buildings in the final pic? trying to decide wether to invest as 1/48 are few and far between. those pictured look the danglers

Published: 10/26/2011 9:27:40 PM

oh nice, ive been going back and forth over how to paint em and this puts me firmly in the 'gray' camp!

Published: 10/26/2011 7:17:55 PM

 Well Done, Nam!

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