The Painting Continues- Hell Dorado Saracen Starter

I’m still working on that Saracen starter for Hell Dorado slowly but surely.  Below you’ll find some pictures of the leader, Nazir  Ibn Hamid Ibn Hajjad and his trusty sidekick Youssaff.

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Hell Dorado Logo

I’ve been painting the entire starter up now for about two months, which shows how slow of a painter I am since I don’t sit down to paint on a regular basis.

cipherlogo Youssaff describes Nazir as being so compassionate, he wept for every soul lost in the battles in Hell. Therefore, Nazir asked Youssaf to burn his out with his scimitar so that he shall forever see the light of Allah.  Youssaff has been his companion ever since.

In game, Nazir provides a good use of buffs as well as hitting power.  However, you don’t want to lose him in the game as he provides quite a bit of the army’s command points at 5.  Since command is important, you want to keep Nazir around.  However, with Nazir’s healing ability, you’ll want to get him into base to base with your allies so they can be healed.  Being near Nazir gives the rest of the army a +1 to combat, which is nice, but again, you have to keep him towards the front of the army.


Besides some touch-up and a couple little spots of black, I think he is done.



Below, you can see the progress I was before the previous painting session. Not the bands on the arms, the embroidery on Nazir’s cloth, his beard, and jewel are not painted as shown above.

For the sword, I tried an experiment using non-metallic metal style of painting.  There are a lot of tutorials to view for this.  I didn’t do that good of a job as I’m still learning.  However, I used the method of NMM for the sword, then glazed over it with Plate Mail Metal paint by The Army Painter.




The choice of colors was based on the fact that I wanted something more colorful and brighter than the off-white of Youssaf’s trousers and the rest of the traditional garb of the other models.

I started off with P3 Menoth White Base, an off white color, then, added some RMS Linen White for the highlights.  I washed the cloth with P3 Flesh Wash, then went back over the cloth to bring the color back up to the highlights.

For the blue on Nazir’s outfit, I started with Warpaint Electic Blue.  I added some of the base from Youssaf’s pants to the blue to highlight it up.  I used P3 blue wash, then went back through with highlights.

For Youssaf’s skin, I used P3 Idrian Flesh, and also some RMS Earth Brown and slowly added in some lighter brown such as Leather brown from the Warpaint line for the highlights.

The Hell Dorado models are nice, and have a lot of character.  They do require some clean-up as the mold line is obvious, but not bad.  A simple file such as a fingernail file or miniature file will do the trick.

Below is a stock photograph of Nazir and Youssef from the Cipher Site:

Nazir Studio Scheme


Finally, here is a group shot of the starter, with Nazir and Chalms done, while the blessed warriors and Pillar of Faith continue to get paint slapped on them.

Saracen Starter WIP

I’ll keep everyone updated with progress!


Hell Dorado INFERNO Expansion Kickstarter Started

Hell Dorado INFERNO Kickstarter has Launched!

Hell Dorado INFERNO Kickstarter has Launched!


Cipher Studios, producers of Anima and Hell Dorado, announced an expansion for Hell Dorado last year, and that Kickstarter has finally begun.  The focus is raising money to fund the first expansion to Hell Dorado, called Inferno.

From Cipher’s announcement:

Cipher Studios is proud to announce today that we are launching the Kickstarter event to help us fund the publishing of the first expansion book for the Hell Dorado Miniatures Game, Hell Dorado: Inferno

Hell Dorado: Inferno is the first expansion to the Hell Dorado game and universe. In Inferno Fallen Angel Abezeth, claiming to be sent by Lucifer, heads a massive demon host bent on eradicating the upstart invaders from Lucifer’s realm.  Inferno includes the first set of models and rules created for the game by Cipher Studios and will feature rules for new models for all six Hell Dorado Factions. It will also feature: New Scenarios, new battlefields, and new terrain types to make your games more exciting than ever before. Hell Dorado: Inferno will give players more army strategies, more game variety, and more of the miniatures that make it one of the best looking miniature games around.

We’ve decided to run a Kickstarter event to aid us in funding the major costs associated with creating a print manual. We’ve already released several of the models to be featured in the book, however there will be plenty of new surprises to be had when you get your hands on it. There’s also plenty of goodies and special perks available to those who back us at this stage, including signed artwork by Bertrand Benoit, the lead Hell Dorado Artist, Limited Edition sculpts, and even a 200 point company painted by our studio painters!

So get over to the site and pledge to support the next chapter in Hell Dorado today!


Visit the KS page HERE.


Update on Hell Dorado Kickstarter by Cipher Studios

A little bit of information on the Hell Dorado Kickstarter has been revealed by Cipher Kai on their forums.  Here is what he had to say about it:

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Hell Dorado Logo

Just a quick update on the Kickstarter.  We are working hard on making this a great campaign that will excite the audience and offer great incentive to jump in and get back to the Hell Dorado universe.

We’re recovering from our last Kickstarter: Gate of Memories.  These campaigns are pretty intense.

We are working on the video and are in the editing phase.  We’re developing cool pledge levels, add ons, and stretch goals.

A few more elements and we’ll be ready to launch in February.

A few posts later, it was mentioned that a hardcover rule book will be part of the Kickstarter campaign!

I look forward to this as I love the models and the game, and since it’s resurrection, we’ve been waiting for some more “oomph” to add to the game.