Quantum Leaping old paint jobs – part 2

Quick recap: I term the process of renovating old minis with ropey paint jobs as “Quantum Leaping”.  It is “putting right what once went wrong” by giving them a second chance.

After completing my first batch of classic Rogue Trader / Second Edition Warhammer 40k Space Marines, I plucked up courage to move on to bigger things.

I love the old school Terminators.  Yes, the new ones are gorgeous with incredible interchangeability and variety but the old ones are… the first ones I ever had.  Nostalgia is a hell of motive force and so I revisited my Terminator Librarian.  His (enamel) paint job could be described, fairly, as “Coco The Clown”.


Only one thing for it: Sam Beckett Nitromors.The vicious stuff did the trick (always remove the black base, it won’t survive the Nitromors).  The results were probably the best I’ve ever done on minis from this era and he spent a very long time as my Twitter avatar.


I always think of this last pose as the “Give me Sunshine”.

Next for a Leap was my Dreadnought as seen in Rogue Trader (page 13).  It dates from the days when Dreads were on the 40mm square ‘monster’ bases.  Below is mine with improvised missile launcher attachment courtesy of the RTB01 box-set.   Unfortunately, I can’t find the ‘stripped’ photo but here is the original Citadel page.  Note the names: Furibundus, Contemptor and Deredeo.

During the strip I remembered that I had inherited this model and just painted straight over the original job.  Two layers and a Nitormors bath later it was in bits.  That was when I found the epoxy resin holding it together. Luckily Nitromors can eat through that through too.

Fully cleaned up, I re-assembled it and gave it an undercoat.  Results are not too bad.  The missile launcher I put to one side: I wasn’t letting the Nitromors near that!

Now it was time for ‘Short-hausen’.   Below is the original yellow paint job I gave him.  I managed to capture a wonderful image of the effect the Nitromors has on enamel paint.

Apparently, the heavy weapon is a Lascannon but frankly I think I can use it as pretty much anything.

Lastly (for now), are the Epic Knights that I bought years ago from Lakeside GW, Thurrock.  I didn’t play Epic but they looked really cool and so I did them in my IG colours.

Now I thought they might make good servitors for my Inquisitors.  Again, no stripped pics, but I do have them undercoated.

One of the lads close up.

Here we see them front and centre with the more traditional Servitors in the back.

But there were still many wrongs to right: a Landspeeder, a Vincent Black Shadow Attack Bike, Adventurers and a whole pile of RTB01 beakies to name but a few.

The Leaps will continue.  Oh boy!




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  1. Nice work! I tend to use pure acetone for metal minis (less toxic than nitromors) but not sure it would work on enamel.

    • Thanks. I used Nitormors as I had it to hand. In a future article I’ll talk about the much-less vicious but still effective Diall paint stripper from B&Q.

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