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This is my Guard army as it is painted so far, going to be a grenadier division from the Cadian moon of Callassan, where selected Cadian troopers are sent for training as elite Stormtroopers and to defend an important line of defence for Cadia manning global anti fleet ship guns, long range sensor stations detecting warp activity in the eye of terror and many imperial dome cities and sacred shrines. anyways, enough fluff on to the figures! i have two color schemes green (original) and one i just started using thats dark red.
Converted Rocket Launcher (mostly unpainted)
catachan sniper with green stuff as gun camo cover
also i have 40 guardsmen not worthy of photographing. the 793rd have yet to be baptised in blood but i will have my first game soon! its going to be with HQ 2 mortar support squads (painted, no pics) sentinel HQ support, 2 hellhounds and 3 more sentinels with lasguns converted from heavy weapons sprues, of course maxed out stormtroopers using grenadiers doctrine, 2 basilisks and a demolisher and minimal troops choice with chameleoline doctrine for every infantry unit.
It all looks very good, especially the rocket launcher. How did you do that, if you dont mind my asking.
you just use cotton balls and get some glue and kind of mold it together, usually it takes a couple of tries to get the right shape you want. in this case there is a wire going through it from the back of the rocket to the front of the launcher and also holding on the smoke at the back of the launcher. you can use a really small drill bit or even a safety pin and just glue the wire in as well as the cotton so it doesnt spin around on the wire. once its all dried up spray it black or use thinned down (with water) chaos black to get it good and black and then drybrush it with a smokey grey color.. you can add red and yellow to the areas that might be hotter to mimic flames in the smoke.. i was told how to do it by someone once and then i saw a picture in White dwarf, think it was last december or january's issue of the smoke wreckage of ruined vehicles and tank size explosions in an apocalype scenario. hope that helps. im sure there are people on here who are better at it than myself so if you want in depth explanation and tutorial maybe someone in the scenery or modeling forum can help ya
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If Slaanesh is the god of the Perverse, why does Nurgle have all the filth?
Yeah, it does. Im going to have to try that on my Baneblade and Russ. Rep for you, man.
I like the two colour schemes. I also really like what you have done with the missile launcher! I think it works really well!
Thanks for the comments. As for the color schemes, it took me some time to find one that I liked so in the beginning I was only using the standard Cadian 8th colors. I tried using red a bunch of times but each time it never came out well. Then one day I was looking at the site Tau Online found a really nice looking red battlesuit with instructions how to make it the same. I teasted out some different variations of that method and ended up with the red scheme you see there, kind of gives them a dark, dirty combat feeling and works well with the new basing scheme i have (not pictured).
heres the link for the original red color scheme: Tau Online - O'Kan Tau Sept
and heres my variation of that color scheme giving it a much darker red look while still retaining the nice highlights:
1. spray chaos black/ paint chaos black undercoat
2. basecoat Scab Red (opposed to red gore used in above link)
3. GENEROUSLY apply lots of blood red around the edges (sounds weird but go with me on this) and also little smudges (or you can use light light layers of drybrush like on the side of the Demolisher) not on the edges but on the inner armor. This will make the color look more blended after the wash, and the more you apply bright blood red to the edges, the more the edges will stand out. (on bigger models like a tank you could try patterning this effect)
4. now for secret ingredient: Make an ink wash (i made a whole paint pots worth so i can use it for the whole army) of 1 part black ink 3 parts red ink. splash it on one area at a time nice and thick but then wipe it down a little with your brush so you can just see the red . (wipe it down so that it wont all drip into one area try to get it smoother, basically at first make a 'raindrop' effect then smooth it out.)
let the wash dry. I used no further drybrushing or highlighting, (except on the sentinel,i was doing a trial) because I didnt want to take away from the darker look.
i wanted a black leather type of look for the underclothes of the stormtroopers. you cant really make it out in those pictures but i got a nice black shiny leather color with the following self tried scheme. this works great for people who want to speed paint like myself because you can be a little messier and less precise:
1. black basecoat
2. generous codex grey highlights on the clothing ripples (looks like crap right now but try next step)
3. very light wash of black ink over everything. the grey should just show almost as a shiny leather highlight.
im not the best at metal but this one seems to fit the red scheme great (see stormtrooper sargeants sword)
1. basecoat boltgun metal
2. highlight lots of chainmail on top
3. use the red wash made in ARMOR step 4 but not as many layers
there you have it!