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This might be in the wrong forum, but how do you guys stay focussed when the paint scheme bores you?
I'm doing Blood Angels and I am getting really bored painting nothing but red. After Mephiston and Sanguinor, which were fun to paint, I can't get excited at all with the paint scheme. How do you stay motivated?
White Scars flew off my table and I had a blast doing them with all the furs and topknots and tribal markings, etc., and when I did my Catachans, I couldn't wait to get home and paint them. And Orks just make me laugh when I paint them, so no problems there.
I really like the fluff and army makeup of the BAs, but can't get myswlf to keep painting them. I'm sure I'll have no problems getting excited for the Stormraven, but painting marine after marine red on red is just killing me... and my armies don't hit the battleboard without a full paintjob, so anyone have any tips on how to get through this?
On another note, what heads do you use for your BAs? The normal SM heads are all bald head and leather-faced and don't really suit the BAs. I finished a tac squad Sgt. and gave him a high elf head and it turned out pretty good. The long hair hides the ears and the hair and elven face seem to suit the beautific Angels. Am I overlooking a better more obvious alternative before I build an army full of Blood Elveangels?
Last edited by Strombole; January 29th, 2011 at 00:28.
Best advice I ever got was this.
Take say, a tactical squad or something equivalent. Paint it. Just buckle down and get it done right. After that, pick something fun... and I mean ANYTHING. Rinse, repeat
That's actually really good advice, thanks! I think that might just work perfectly. I got through the assault squad, at least I got to use ochre for their helmets for a change from the red helmets. I have 7 guys out of 10 man tac squad to paint and then I think I'll totally change gears ( and colour schemes) and paint a dragon ogre shaggoth that been basecoated white for far too long!
By then I should be ready to get back to the Angels. Cheers!
Another thing I might suggest to keep you interested is the Death Company kit. No this doesn't mean that you have to go build yourself a unit of Death Company to add onto your army but when building your squads make sure you have a Death Company box on hand to mix parts in. 1 or 2 flavourful backpacks as well as a Lorso or set of Legs and a couple Shoulder Pads sprinkled through a unit can really help to mix things up. On top of that 1 Death Company box mixed in with 20 or so Marines can create a real Blood Angel look and feel on the board.
Painting rank and file shouldn't be a death sentance, it should be at least a little bit fun!
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Any paint scheme after a while gets boring if your painting it constantly. I should know I have painted enough Cod Pieces in my time to go crazy. My advice is to do one squad then do something different a character or another army. Trust me I know what it's like I get this with my space marines and with my Vampire Counts (over one hundred skeletons). I wound up painting my brothers Chaos Warrior army after doing my space marines and undead so i had something different to do. Now I am painting a unit for a friend and then another before going back to them.
Blood Angels are supposed to have some of the most ornate armour in the Imperium, due to their interest in art and their exceptionally long lives giving them plenty of practice. Go nuts making your regular marines have as many pendants, iconography and details as a normal chapter's honour guard, that is what kept me interested while painting my BA army.
Other people's advice of only painting one squad at a time helps as well. I received the same advice when I started with my first Salamanders army, and it really does help. Takes away from the monotony of an assembly line painting process.
Last edited by Orblivion; January 29th, 2011 at 04:21.
Just fool around with the colour scheme if red bores you.
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Painting large numbers of models with same color is always boring. Marines are, in my opinion, more forgiving because of the abundance of details. The power armors and all their weapons are ancient artifacts each with its own, unique history and thus when doing the details you are well within your rights to fool around with colors and paint myriad decorations. I usually do the black parts of my Raven Guard en masse when I can stomach it and then have fun painting the details with white, red, gold, green and silver when painting one-more-model-in-all-black doesn't feel good.
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I also do the switcheroo. Paint one squad, finish it, and then move on to a completely different squad.
It's especially important if you've been painting something that you find difficult. Personally I find jump packs tricky to paint around (they make the pauldrons hard to reach) so if I've just done five assault marines or vanguard or whatever, the next unit will be something easy (like a dreadnought). Sprinkling a few ICs into your to-do list is also helpful they are usually fast and fun to paint, so you get that quick hit of satisfaction before going back to the assembly line.
Last edited by sim_james; January 29th, 2011 at 08:18. Reason: Typohraphical errors caused by low batteries in keyboard!
Personally I just have to look at the huge pile of unopened boxes next to my painting desk and after my head hits the desk in despair I just pick myself up and get cracking
Also using a spray gun for the bulk colour helps.