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Hello all, this is my first foray into the LO painting world, joined Lo a while back but have never really used my account for questions etc. yet.
Introductions aside my request is for help with painting my soon to arrive thousand sons force, I have 2 squads on there way and they will form the base of my new 1000point and 1500 point forces, so I want to make them look good, well as best I can with my mediocre painting skills. I'm really exited at the prospect of making these look good 8Xbut in honesty I realy cant spend a week on each squad, I want to make them table top ready in a week or so if at all possible.
I looked at the GW website and the techniques that they suggest and I really don't like them, they look like they have had blue chalk dragged on there outline and the overall effect is messy. I've looked at the other thousand sons threads and like quite a few of them, but none really give directions or advise on how to achieve the overall effect.
Thanks to all who take the time and remember people, little words, i am very new to painting anything other than Necrons (which frustrated me due to the drabness of the normal approach to painting them, but that's another rant altogether).
DIT: Also I would be looking for a little advise on painting a conversion project that i have to make raptors, can I have that here? or should that be a new thread? Thanks for your patience.
Last edited by LivingTarget; September 25th, 2007 at 13:41.
First I must wish you good luck on your project. I painted up 18 of these suckers last year/beginning of this year and they are a task! First off you will probalby want to pin the figures together as they are a combination of plastic and metal and gluing them will be a pain.
I painted them in parts - basically had the legs and torso attached and then painted the head, backpack, arms, and guns separate. Once painted I glued them together. I am not the worlds fastest painter (though I am not the slowest either) and it took me a few months to get them done painting on average an hour or two a night - maybe 3-4 nights a week.
These guys are not easy to paint - especially if fully assembled - the big problem area is their tabbards... to make your task a bit easier i would probably recommend taking a larger brush and then taking your darkest blue brush on the blue basecoat. The key is to water down the paint fairly thing and brush on the blue - don't worry too much about neatness at first - you are trying to get good coverage.
Afterwords take a big brush again and ink the darker blue with a blue/black ink wash.
After these basic steps are done you can work on cleaning up and applying the highlights and masking out the details with more care. That should save you some more time.
Here is a past post I did for the test model I did. It has a list of the colors I used and a short detail of what I did.
http://www.librarium-online.com/foru...ad.php?t=82343 (Thousand Sons Paint Blog [PICS])
Here is the end results of how the unit came out. Not GD quality but I would say they rival the ones on the GW website and box art. :party:
If you have specific questions please don't hesitate to ask.
Thanks very much, that's really helpful!8Y
One thing id like to ask if you don't mind is how did you get such a good yellow on the helmets? Also how did you get the gold color you used, it looks realy good, and frankly this paint sceme is prety much what i think of when i think of thousand sons.
One final thing, did you use a black under coat or white?
Last edited by LivingTarget; September 26th, 2007 at 13:49.
I painted these guys quite some time ago but I will try to answer your questions the best I can...
For the yellow I started with a light brown basecoat. I believe it was the vallejo game color equivalent to snakebit leather. I followed this with the darker yellow and highlighted with the lighter yellow. I don't remember how many layers I did but yellow traditionally doesn't cover well so it may have been a few layers of each.
The bit thing is to not use the paint right out of the pot. You want to thin it so it lays smoothly on the surface. The big key though is to wick most of the paint off the brush as it will be quite runny. You don't want it to seem everywhere so when you dip the brush into the thinned paint - wipe a good portion of it off so that you have better control. It is time consuming but you will be much happier with your results. Be careful to not thin it too much. You don't want it to be transparent and look like ink. You still want it to cover.
My typical formula for gold is as follows: Brass base coat, brown ink wash, darker gold, chestnut ink glaze, lighter gold and sometimes I will mix silver into the lightest gold for extreme highlights. If you want a colder gold feel you could substitute the brown ink wash for a purple or green one (It really works to create a cold feel to the gold).
I almost always prime white. Unless the majority of the model will be black or another darker color in which case I would prime black. I like white because colors tend to be more vibrant. That said I will usually prime my figures white and then ink them with some watered down black ink. This keeps the figures light but darkens all the recesses and details. A very handy technique I think.
Hope this helps.
That's great, thanks again for the advice. All that remains now is to wait for the models, then I can get cracking!