So I traded in some gaming collectibles to the local gaming store and bought some Citadel paints. The colors I picked were kind of odd-ball colors; very vibrant and not the sort of things you would typically expect to use when painting.

But I had a few minis in mind for those paints, one of them being Hansa, pictured here.

I’ll be honest, I was actually dreading this miniature for a number of reasons: The coloring in the artwork is not my typical palette and I actually found it kind of ugly at first; And while it may not be completely apparent from these photos alone, the way his hands are positioned make it extremely challenging to paint the insane detail on the chest-plate armor.

But overall, I’m really happy with how this turned out, particularly with the wings. The Citadel paint I used for the exoskeleton, Warlock Purple, turned out to be pretty darn close to the art, particularly when I mixed it with just a touch of Skull White for highlights. The black wash really helped draw out the detail, especially on the wings. Some golden dry brushing along the lower part helped give it that iridescent glow.

The chest plate was indeed really hard, and honestly, I’m not 100% happy with it; but I don’t think I have the tools to do any better at this point. I’m pretty sure I have another Hansa mini, though, so I can paint a companion piece with an alternate color scheme and take another shot at that chest plate detail.

  • Miniature Set Navia Dratp
  • Medium Acrylic Paint
  • Year 2011