Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Infinity Nomad Spektrs Hacker

Hello everyone,

I hope all is well. So on to my next adventure with miniature painting. This next round is a Nomad Spektrs Hacker.

The Spektrs Hacker is part of the Nomad faction of Infinity the Game. She is part of the mid-release range of miniatures from Corvus Belli. At this time, they really stepped up their quality of sculpts. Compared to older miniatures in the Nomad range, the strength of their changes are really visible. I think the sculpt is spot on and really captures a moment in time, which is something Infinity is quite good at. It was a real pleasure to paint her and I look forward to painting more Nomads in the future.

This time around I decided to go with the studio colors: Orange, White, and Grey Brown. I did change a few things that I felt were out of place. I made some of the armor pieces white instead of brown, and went with a richer brown tone instead of the grey-brown of the studio colors. As before I used a Dragon Forge base. I did not use weather pigments this time because I wanted to create the look of her being inside a enemy star ship trying to hack into a door. In my opinion, probably not too much dust and dirt on a star ship, and the Nomad nation is on three very large star ships.

Just a side note - this mini came with a clear plastic sheet that had round, futuristic hacking screens of various sizes. I believe this came with all the mid-release hacker minis of each faction, but I don't think they are in the newer releases. I'm not quite sure though, so don't quote me on that. The print on the sheet was very dull and they were a pain to cut out. I did try cut one out and paint it up with brighter, "computerized-looking" colors but when I placed it on the mini it still looked pretty crappy so I decided to skip it.

Here are some of the colors that I used. Again I used Vallejo Model Colors.

Orange Parts,
Base: Calvary Brown + Orange Brown
Highlight 1: Orange Brown
Highlight 2: Sunny Skin Tone
Highlight 3: White
Shadow: Calvary Brown + Hull Red

White Parts,
Base: Pale Blue + Dark Blue Grey
Highlight 1: Pale Blue
Highlight 2: White
Shadow: Dark Blue Grey
Tones: Blue Green

Base: Black + Turquoise
Highlight 1: Sunny Skin Tone
Highlight 2: White
Shadow: Black

Brown Parts,
Base: Basalt Grey + German Camo Beige
Highlight 1: Deck Tan
Highlight 2: Ivory
Shadow: Basalt Grey + Chocolate Brown

The time it took me to paint the miniature was about 15 hours over 25 days. It took me a little more time to paint as my skills are improving and I wanted to do the mini justice.

At any rate here are the WIP pics and the Finished Pics

I hope you like,

 WIP 1

 WIP 2

And as always thanks for looking.

If you like what you see and are interested in a commission or if you have any questions about paint, techniques, or anything else regarding the Infinity Range, please leave a comment below or email at 

Thanks and happy painting,


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Infinity Haqqislam Ahl Fassed

Hello everyone,

More adventures in miniature collecting and painting. This post is going to be about the Ahl Fassed from the Haqqislam faction of Infinity the Game.

To start with, this is an early mini from Infinity line. It was made in 2007 so it is one of the first in the faction. I really liked the character but it's pose is a little static which is common in the early days of the Game. One of the other odd things is that the mini is a female and it is easily mistaken for a male. Other than that, it's a great mini. The casting was smooth and the parts (there are two) went together easily.

Initially, I went with the studio colors for the color scheme. Personally, I really like the dark and light green color combo of the faction. However, I did end up changing a few things. The biggest change was the cable suit under the armor. The studio color was brown and I changed it to a dark blue/black with white highlights.

Here are the some of the colors that I used. Again, I use Vallejo Model Color most of the time.

Dark Green: 
Base Color: Luftwaffe Camo Green
Highlight 1: Golden Olive
Highlight 2: Sunny Skin Tone
Highlight 3: Sunny Skin Tone + Ivory
Shadow: Military Green

Light Green:
Base Color: Dead Flesh+ Luftwaffe Camo Green
Highlight 1: Dead Flesh (Vallejo Game Color)
Highlight 2: White
Shadow: Luftwaffe Camo Green
Tones: English Uniform

Base color: Black + Dark Prussian Blue
Highlight: White
Tones: Prussian Blue

The Base:
Base Color: Orange Brown
Highlight 1: Dark Sand
Highlight 2: Ivory
     Pigments (Secret Weapon and MIG):
              (SW) Terra Cotta Earth
              (MIG) Iraq Sand
              (SW) Ancient Earth

Also, I did a little battle damage with this mini and I used pigment to dirty up the armor. I think that it came out quite good and I really liked the effect.

I used Dragon Forge Bases: Desert Wasteland to get the feel of the Haqqislam's home planet Bourak.

So here are some WIP photos and the Finished Piece. I hope you like.


And as always thanks for looking.

If you like what you see and are interested in a commission or if you have any questions about paint, techniques, or anything else regarding the Infinity Range, please leave a comment below or email at 

Thanks and happy painting,


Saturday, October 20, 2012

Infinity Yu Jing Hac Tao


Well, it's time to post about further adventures in miniature painting and collecting. This will be about one of the recent minis that I've painted. She is the Hac Tao of the Yu Jing faction of Infinity the Game. She is one of my favorite miniatures in the Yu Jing faction and I had a lot of fun painting her.

It look me about 10 hours over 15 days to complete her. I basically started with the Studio color scheme and went from there. You will notice in the WIP photos I change it up a little, like the cable suit under the armor. I think the blue is a better contrast to the orange.

Here are some of the main colors that I used. As always, I paint with Vallejo Model Color.

Black Armor:
Base: Black
Highlight 1: Basalt Grey
Highlight 2: Ivory
Shadow: Black

Green Missile Launcher:
Base: Military Green
Highlight 1: Luffwaffe Camo Green
Highlight 2: Golden Olive
Shadow: German Camo Extra Dark Green

Blue Cable Suit:
Base: Prussian Blue 
Highlight 1: Blue Green 
Highlight 2: White 
Shadow: Dark Prussian Blue 

Orange Details 
Base: Cavalry brown + Orange brown 
Highlight 1: Orange brown
Highlight 2: Sunny skin tone 
Highlight 3: White 
Shadow: Hall Red + Cavalry Brown

As before, I used a Dragon Forge Resin Base, this time from their line of Urban Rubble. I wanted to get the feeling of an urban battle field. I also used Secret Weapon Weathering Pigments to get the dried mud effect.  

So here are some WIP photos and the Finished Mini 

I hope you like.



And as always thanks for looking.

If you like what you see and are interested in a commission or if you have any questions about paint, techniques, or anything else regarding the Infinity Range, please leave a comment below or email at 

Thanks as always,


P.S.  I'm in the process of getting some Tutorials up in the not too distant future. If you have any suggestions please let me know. 


Sunday, September 23, 2012

Infinity ALEPH Nagas Sniper


This post is about the ALEPH Nagas Sniper from the Infinity the Game range of miniatures. This was my first mini from this faction so I was a little apprehensive about the feel and style of the faction overall. Again, as with my other Infinity minis I started with the studio colors and veered off from there and make up my own color scheme.

I have to say that I think the mini is a great sculpt. The pose is very dynamic and really creates the over all mood of the figure. It's quite small at 28 mm so I'm inclined to say that lots of patience is needed when undertaking the painting of this mini.

The main colors I used are as follows. As usual, I mainly used Vallejo Model Color.

Base: Deck Tan
Highlight 1: Ivory
Highlight 2: White
Shadow 1: Germ.C.Beige WWII
Shadow 2: Violet

Base: Royal Purple
Highlight 1: Violet
Highlight 2: Sunny Skin Tone
Highlight 3: Ivory 
Shadow: Black, Dark Prussian Blue


Base: Black + Violet
Highlight 1: Ice YellowHighlight 2: White
Shadow: Black

It took about 10 to 15 hours over 15 days to complete this gal. I didn't vary the paint job much from the Studio color. The one thing that I did do was change her eyes. The original studio eyes are glowing pink with no pupils. I decided to change it because I wanted a little more feeling and expression, so instead her eyes are looking in the direction of her pointing fingers. I really wanted to create a strong mood.  

Also, as with my other minis I used bases from Dragon Forge (Forgotten Empires). I like this base set because it still has the hex shape that goes along with the futuristic world of Infinity but makes me think of the ruined look of an old, forgotten civilization. It hints at the strange and mysterious ruins of Paradiso where the ALEPH are fighting a pitched battle with the Combined Army and its master the E.I. (Evolved Intelligence).

I used Secret Weapon pigments and MIG pigments to get the dusty effect on the base.

So here are the some pics of the WIPs as well as the fully finished mini. 

I hope you like:



Thanks for looking.

If you like what you see and are interested in a commission or if you have any questions about paints, techniques, or anything else regarding the Infinity Range, please leave a comment below or email me at 

Thanks as always,


Sunday, August 19, 2012

Infinity Combined Army Rasyat

Hello all,

This post is about the Combined Army Rasyat Figure. This is the first mini that I painted from this particular faction. To be honest I was a little intimidated. It is larger and more complex than the other minis I've previously done from Infinity.

I guess that it took me about 15 hours over a 15 day period to paint it. I did decide to change the paint scheme in the middle so that definitely added a little more time.

I really like the pose of this mini. It is very dynamic and fluid and it gives a good sense of the mini in motion. I also really like the sculpt - it is very well done even though it was made about four years back in the mid-release date of this range. However, I think it stands up to newer sculpts very well.

I have to admit I did have some issues with the color scheme. I was originally going for the studio color scheme and I was almost finished but the colors did not sit with me very well. I decided to change the overall scheme a little. In the studio colors the mini's pants were green and the chest armor was brown. I don't know what it was but I just did not like that color combo. So I changed the chest armor to blue and the pants to brown and I think it works quite well.

Again I used Vallejo Model Colors.

Here are some of the examples of the colors that I used:

Some of the metal armor and knife I used this formula:

Base: Prussian Blue + Field Blue + Hull Red
Highlight 1: Field Blue
Highlight 2: Dark Sand
Highlight 3 White
Shadow: Prussian Blue + Black

For the hair I used:

Base: Prussian Blue + Violet
Highlight 1: Royal Purple
Highlight 2: White
Shadow: Dark Prussian Blue

Again, the biggest issue I had with this mini was the intimidation factor. When looking at the Combined Army as a whole it is very complex, detailed, and very, very different from all the other Infinity factions. So sometimes it's easy to feel a little overwhelmed by it all. I would have to say the same about this mini as well. But by just sticking to it and following through, once finished the results can be pretty fantastic and quite stunning.

So here are some pics of the process and the finished mini. I hope you like:



Thanks for looking.

If you have any questions about my painting technique, or colors that I use let me know and I will be more then happy to answer them.

I also do commissions so if you are interested drop me an email at


Saturday, July 21, 2012

Infinity Swiss Guard

Hello all,

This post is about the PanOceania Swiss Guard miniature from the Infinity line. She is one of my favorites of the whole range. She has a very dynamic pose and there is a good sense of motion to the overall mini. Sometimes you do not see this in miniatures as a lot of minis come in very flat, static poses, but with this mini the sculptor did a fine job conveying a sense of motion.

When I paint I use Vallejo Model Color. I've used a lot of different paints through the years and at the moment I really like the Vallejo paint line. It does a nice job doing what I want it to do regarding control, coverage, and thickness. It is a thinner consistency and doesn't bulk up the way other paint lines have in the past. They have a great selection of different shades and colors and they mix really well with each other as well as other paint lines. I encourage everybody - if you haven't tried Vallejo paint, you should. The paint pigment tends to settle in the bottle though, so be sure to mix well before starting.

So here is a quick explanation of the color choices I used:
(If you need anymore info on the other colors please feel free to ask.) 

The main colors I used on the armor are:

Base - Prussian Blue + Field Blue + Hull Red 
First Highlight -  Field blue
Second Highlight  - Dark Sand
Third Highlight - White
Shadow - Dark Prussian Blue +Black

The main colors I used on the Cable Suit are:

Base - Prussian Blue
First Highlight - Turquoise
Second Highlight - Light Turquoise
Third Highlight - Blue Green
Fourth Highlight - White
Shadow - Dark Prussian Blue

I didn't vary too much from the Studio Colors. The one thing I did do - the metal on the the gun drum as the studio color had it all orange. I felt the orange seemed a bit much and was taking away from the rest on the mini so I changed it.

This particular mini took me about 10 hours spread over a two week period.

Luckily I did not have any issues through out the process of assembling and painting this particular mini, which was nice. I did have a few problems with the base and making it look weathered. I had to redo it a few times.

Overall this mini was a real joy to paint and I look forward to more PanOceana minis in the future.

So here are a few work in progress pics and the finished mini.

As always, hope you like :

First WIP

Second WIP

Thanks for looking!

If you are interested in a commission, please feel free to email at cullen dot knappen at gmail dot com

Until next time,


Thursday, July 5, 2012

Margot of Equipe Mirage 5 from Infinity

Hello all, I hope all is well.

So this update is about Margot. She is one of my favorite Minis in the Infinity range. I really like her style and look of her. I think that she really captures what the Merovingian Army of Ariadna is. She is the also the first mini I painted for the the Ariadna faction.

A lot of people really liked the character that I put into the face. I must say that it's extremely hard to be able to do this. These minis are very small and no bigger than a quarter. It really takes a steady hand. I guess that I got lucky because I have one. But what I'm really trying to say is that if you practice and have a lot of patience you can make such a little thing come alive. For me that is what really captures my imagination and keeps me painting.

I have decided to take the plunge and do commissions. I still have to work all that out but more info will be posted in the near future. If you have any questions or are interested please leave a comment or email me at

So here are the pics of the Margot mini. I hope you like...

This is the First Work in Progress 

This is the second Work in Progress 

Thanks for looking and be well,


Monday, June 18, 2012

Infinity Hellcat

Hello all. Well, moving right along... I have been painting miniatures for about 12 years now, and it's funny but this is the most inspired I have been about painting for quite some time. Maybe it's the miniatures I'm painting because I find Infinity Miniatures very cool. Maybe what it is, is that I want to do something more fun with my life other than the normal daily grind. At any rate, I have finished seven Infinity miniatures in the last four months. I know that doesn't sound like a lot, but for me that's pretty good.

I think what slows me down is that I hold myself to such a high standard that I get very frustrated, very quickly. If the miniature is not looking the way I want it to, I put it aside and go on to something else. So at the moment I have a lot minis that are half finished on my desk and some of them have been there for a very long time. That is not what I would call very motivating. So a few months ago I finally got my work area together. I got a new desk, some shelves, the Vallejo paint line, and new lighting. Man, what a difference.

I guess the moral of the story is if you want to more get motivated have a dedicated space for what you want to do. It helped me out a lot.

So the next set of pics are a work in progress series and the finished mini that I did about three months ago. It is an Infinity Nomad Hellcat. The mini is cool but feels a little dated for the range. It is one of those minis that I bought about three years ago and just got to now.

Well at any rate, I hope you like...

Infinity Nomad Hellcat 

1st WIP
2nd WIP

Again, thanks for looking!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Introductions All Around

Hello All! Welcome to Darklyte Productions

My name is Cullen Knappen and this is the first post of my blog. This blog is going to be about my adventures in miniature painting, art, and things in general that interest me.

The Darklyte Production part is an idea that has not taken form yet. I hope maybe that it might here on this blog. But we shall see...

At the moment I'm working on the Infinity range of miniatures because it is one of my favorites. I will be posting works in progress as well as finished paint jobs and also give a quick summary of my thoughts and feelings on the process from start to finish. I would also like to talk about the miniature painting hobby as well. I welcome any constructive comments or advice on what I am working on at any given time.

Just to let everyone know - I really do not play the games that the miniatures come from. I live in the country and there is not much gaming going on around here. I have to drive 40 miles to the nearest  game store.

At any rate, these are my first pics of the Infinity range that I started painting a few months ago.

This is the Haqqislam Lasiqs with a viral rifle.

This is one of the first minis I painted in 2012. Before this it had been a few years since the last time I painted at this level. So some of the blending needed a little work and I hate how the base turned out. I am not really happy with results but, hey it's a start. Also, this is before I got a Lighting Set-up so the Pics aren't as strong as I'd like.

Thanks for looking!