Thursday, August 16, 2012

Im gonna be busy!!

Quick update for today!

My parcel from the States arrived- this is what 20 Jump Pack assault marines, 10 Death Company marines and a Stormraven looks like- the amount of sprues is insane!! I've since undercoated them all- doing this prior to assembly means there is undercoat on parts that may not get sprayed when the minis are assembled. You just give them another light hit with the black once they're assembled, and away you go :)

30% cheaper than anything I could source locally! Just had to wait two weeks.
Here's another pic of my latest assembly job- Furioso with Blood Talons and underslung heavy flamer upgrade. Infantry beware!

Step 1: Charge Dread into a squad.
Step 2: Blend, liberally.
Step 3: Enjoy administering the judgement of the righteous.

All I need for him now is a Drop Pod and a lick of paint. You may have also noticed his spiffy new resin base- all my Blood Angels will be rolling on these, they are cracked concrete rubble bases, with plenty of space for heroic feet braced stances... very happy with them, but as always, adds to my workload!

I've also started assembly on my Terminator Assault Squad who will be rocking the TH/SS combo that is almost mandatory now for 6th. Will be perusing the Death Company frames for some nice BA trinkets to adorn them all with, and the Sergeant is getting a head from the Sanguinary Guard frame. With all this and the Forgeworld Shoulder pads they should look very chapter specific which is what I'm after.

Should have some painting progress photos up real soon. Thanks for stopping by for a look!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Blood Angels paint scheme sorted out + New HQ unit

Today is just a short and simple update- I tend to carry on way too much in general...

With my Blood Angels I've started work on a new scheme that only uses the current range of GW paints, with no reliance on older colours. Woe betide the painter who gets halfway through an army and runs out of their core colour...
The following is a sequence of shots of a Tactical Marine I had lying around in black undercoat. I was originally going to buy an army painter spray and work with that, but now im thinking that I can get this to work instead, and to be honest i'd prefer not having to go back and black out all the weapons on 30+ assault marines...
So, here we go: 

(Please note- the mini below isnt actually shiny- although in some shots it appears to be- its just that my white-light source is fairly close so it reflects a bit)
Mephiston Red base coat- two lightly watered down coats (basically just pre-wet the brush). Goes on super smooth, especially when compared to old Mechrite Red.

Apply a heavy-ish coat of Carroburg Crimson shade (wash).

Reapply a coat (or two) of Mephiston Red, avoiding the recessed areas.

Apply two thinned down coats of Evil Sunz Scarlet on all the major sections of armour, leaving sections of shading and darker red at joints and hard edges. 
Add this stage I add a highlight of Fire Dragon's Bright, which is a thin colour and gives a orange/peachy type highlight colour. And most importantly- two coats of Bloodletter (Glaze)- this smooths out the transitions between  all the previous steps as well as bringing the hue up to a richer red more in keeping with the boys from Baal.

Final step is to revisit the Dragon's Bright Orange highlights, and i've (roughly) painted in the eyes, armour joints etc for some more detail. But all in all, this is my Blood Angels will be painted. And all with straight-from-the-pot new colours, no mixing for me :)

Oh, and here's my next challenge- My new HQ unit- a 'Space Hulk' Librarian in Terminator Armour. I've removed his Stormbolter and given him a Storm Shield for some big time defensive ability. I've also freed him from his standard 'base', save a section of the step/pedestal under his back foot- this will be suitably disguised to blend into his new base (and more on that soon). 

Gah! The red, it hurts my eyes!

So that's all for now guys, hope you like.

Comments and feedback are always welcome!