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Some weeks ago I started painting my Ultramarines and I didn't really found the right kind of blue like I wanted to. Can anybody help me with the colors?
In the Internet there are some tutorial videos of jawaballs, unfortunetly most of them are missing. You can find them on Youtube. Can anybody tell me how he finished the Ultramarine Sergeant in this way of blue? It looks awesome. I want it that way.
He started with Mordian Blue as a Basecoat, washed it with asurmen blue, highlighted it with ultramarines blue. Does anybody know how he finished it? Are there better ways to get a nice blue for my ultramarines?
Thank you for your answers.
Hello Sagax. Thank you for your answer. I think your Ultramarine looks like the way i want my ultramarines to look like too. which colors did you use? What is the small difference? Do you know jawaball's tutorials? I am wondering what he did after highlighting the sergeant with ultramarine blue. The next steps are missing. Can you tell me them?
From the 5th to the 8th video there seems to be a very big diffence in the blue. It gets much brighter then before. Is it because of the video quality or is it one step that i am unable to see?
It would be very nice if somebody that knows jawaballs tutorial would sum up his steps. This sould be very helpful.
Last edited by alszcz; November 10th, 2008 at 09:40.
For my Ultramarines i undercoat in Chaos Black, then Mordian Blue, Ultramarines Blue and lastly the main colour is Enchanted Blue. Makes them a lot brighter.
I'm afraid I'm unfamiliar with Jawaball's tutorials, I learnt to paint my own Ultramarines after discussing with the folks in my local store [the staff] on how to go about painting my Blackreach box set.
As an undercoat, I go with a Chaos Black. I'm leaning more towards fondness for sprays over hand basecoating, not just to save time, but to get the smoother coat across the entire model.
From here I apply a base coat over all the armor plates with Mordian Blue. You could arguably brush the whole model with a larger paint brush, or use the new spray system to get them down in batches, however I hate having to re-undercoat pieces so I just paint all the armor plates with a standard or even large brush. At this point detail isn't too important.
From here, I apply a wash to all the blue patches of the armor with Asurmen Blue. This darkens the entire armor setup, and helps to bring everything to the nice smooth shade.
From here, I apply a nice layer of Ultramarines Blue to the armor plates, I thin all my paints [never washes, alway's metalics] with water so I've had to do two coats on occasion, but I can generally get the good effect with just the one layer.
From here, I deviate from the norm. Shadow Grey applied to all the armor edges helps to really bring out the detail of the model and give them a 'wow' factor. I've had the staff comment the paint job before, and as soon as I get a camera working you'll probably see some in my signature or elsewhere. This is also the stage that I'll apply boltgun metal and shining gold to the metal pieces of the armor [keep in mind the gold shoulder rims means your using 2nd company marines. Each company has their own color and any veteran or terminator will have white, whilst sergeants have red helms and details. This can be covered seperately]. I'll also shadow grey - hand paint the tactical decal [the arrow] on the right hand shoulder of each marine in the squad, and apply the squads number in roman numerals on the same shoulder pad in the corner closest to the head/gun. Each of my tactical squads has it's own name, custom title earned in battle and number to keep them seperate.
Space marines can be detailed awesome-like.
Final touches are red eye lenses, touching up the metallics [badab black wash over boltgun metal, then highlight metal again], picking out 2-3 really raised details I want the eye to be drawn to with the thinest line of Skull White, and doing the final layer of white over the tactical triangle and squad number.
All in all, marines are simple to paint and you can get through a 5-10 man squad in under an hour once you figure out a batch painting system and have everything set up in your head.
Good luck, and best of painting!
Thank you very much for the detailed guide. You helped me a lot. I will try it this way.
Thank you very much for the detailed guide. You helped me a lot. I will try it this way. There is one thing that i didn't really understood. The Ultramarine blue layer: you thin the color with water to make it a little transparent and painted it all over the armour plates? how do you made them not look daubed or smudgy?
Last edited by alszcz; November 10th, 2008 at 13:12.
Thinned paint looks far smoother than unthinned paint as it flows and hence leaves no brushstrokes.
Up, up and away!
Thank you for your helpful answers. Is thinning of colors as easy as it sounds like? Is it just mixing the color with a lot of water? Do you have a hint how much water i need?