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I've decided I need a codex marine army with the new Space Marine Codex right around the corner. The hitch is I am a dreadfully slow painter most of the time, and highlighting marines takes a lot of effort to make look nice without being cartoony. Ancientgod over at WS did some fantastic looking battle worn Chaos marine a while back. So with that for inspiration I thought I'd give it a go on a loyalist chapter. I'm using this same technique on my fantasy Chaos army and I like it a lot.
I picked Blood Ravens because I've never seen an army of them locally, and I like their background.
This mini was painted in about an hour and 45 minutes, he still needs a few things finished. I'm waiting on some decal paper to arrive so I can print the chapter badge.
What do you think?
Whoa indeed. Nice battle damage.
No complaints here.
And over there we have the labyrinth guards.
One always lies, one always tells the truth, and one stabs people who ask tricky questions.
That's very nice, just one thing. Although the mini has chipped armour it is still a good idea to shade and highlight the armour (paint armour then apply chipps over the top) I am not saying you didn't do this just think it needs more contrast.
CHK CHK BOOM!
Battle damage is pretty good, although a bit too much for my tastes...although It certainly would not look out of place on the battlefield/tabletop...
I'd love to see a whole squad/army done like this
Wow very well done, sir.
I'm not sure your version of dreadfully slow and mine is the same!
That said, exceptional work! Very impressed!
The marine itself is beautiful, it looks like you just stopped on the shoulder pads though. They are the bit that I hate most on the models, the are so big and flat. It will probably look better when it gets the chapter badge, not so empty.
THat being said there is some really great work in there and an hour 45 is really ahievable for an entire unit, I am a little jealous about your "slow painting" actually. Keep it up.
Thanks for all of the feedback. The shoulder pads do need a little work but I need to decal the left one before I can balance them out with the rest of the scheme.
On the speed issue I would venture that I usually spend 8+ hours on a single grunt marine mini at my normal pace. So this is extremely fast for me. The plan is to get a table ready army finished then go back and refine the scheme on minis adding some highlights and such at a later date.
Some days I really wish I hadn't sold off my old Marine army.