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I’ve recently completed my ‘Iron Guard Robot’ conversion for my renegade machine cult. Some of you may have already seen it, as well as my Destroyer tank conversion that I’m currently improving.
I love these conversions and would like to win an award for ‘Best Army’ with them. But I feel that my painting lets me down most of the time so I’m looking to improve the standards of my painting for these models.
At the moment I use standard techniques such as washing and drybrushing.
So can anyone suggest a way I could paint these models to a very high standard such as adding certain little details or though some advanced painting technique?
Last edited by Proiteus; November 30th, 2008 at 23:10.
My initial thought is very nice work on the conversions and the paint jobs are nicely executed, but boring. You basically have 2-tone figures (dark and dark metal), which are further based on dark bases. For starters, you might rethink what bases you want to put them on. If you had brighter bases of a contrasting color (sand, tan, etc) then at least if would serve as a nice frame and make the figure stand out.
You might want to experiment with either a secondary color or look for additional details you can add (e.g., different colored hoses, wires, etc) that break up the dark palette.
A bright colour can add a lot to a model that has a very dark base colour. You may want to experiment with some cyan/turquoise - colours which I think fit a technological theme pretty well, or just red/blue and so on. If you want to stick with mainly black and silver, you could try extreme highlighting, perhaps with grey. The blue on the destroyer's gun-rods is good but could use some blending if you want it to 'pop' more.
Well I've been thinking about giving the model a brighter base, I think a snow/ice theme would suit them but it's very hard to create a good looking snow base and the robot's feet need to be mounted on a flat service. I was hoping to use the urban resin bases I had brought to make them look but I can't think of a way to brighten the urban bases up?
As for brighter colours on the model, I thought the mithril silver rim would be enough, I guess I could try changing the colour of the shoulder pads to white and brightening up the wires with either white or turquoise.
I'm also thinking about doing some blending on the armour and perhaps adding some small details such as dirt marks and chips on the armour what do you think?
The cyan/turquoise you did on the dark angel in the pictures looks really good next to the robot. Not sure about changing the colour of the shoulderpads though as it keeps the colour consistant. The base looks fine as it is, but if you want to brighten it just do it a lighter grey. Battle damage can look great, but people tend to overdo it - armour is cleaned, repaired every once in a while! I'd be careful that you don't put on too much, i.e when it stops adding to the detail of the model and instead becomes the detail.
I was only going to add a few chips here and there. anyone got any examples of battle damage without going over the top?
another option would be to throw gold/brass in there, sth a la Black Legion!
I say, no need for additional metallics. You're doing fine with them, and these are robots anyway, so you don't have to push the illusion that they're made out of metal. People get it.
Personally, I think the best skill you could teach yourself now is source lighting, then use it to "light up" key areas. After all, what's a robot without glowing eyes, status lights, targeting arrays, etc.? This would be a GREAT way to introduce some bright colors (which your models SORELY need) without disrupting your dark scheme. I know you've painted eyes in some of those pics, but using source lighting and BRIGHT colors will really make them "pop." I had to take a second look to even notice they were there. As has been said, your painting skills look fine. You just need to mix it up a bit, and I think glowing elements will work wonders, preferably in contradictory colors, and preferably more than one (i.e., eyes glowing green, targeters glowing red, status lights in blue, etc.). I would try using the basic colors, such as red, blue and green, but don't be afraid to go with orange, yellow, or other colors. Get creative!
EDIT: Your grav tank is a prime example. Using brighter colors on the coils in the back and the four emitter cores in the front, along with lighting effects, would do wonders. Ditto for the lenses on the targeting array/head/whatever that is.
I also agree about the bases. The models have a dull, dark look, so the bases need to be the opposite. Snow is nice, but most of the ground that peeks out under snow looks dark, and that won't help you. I'd go more organic, and consider grass or brush. If you want a "lifeless" base scheme, consider a desert or "martian" landscape. That would make both the bases and your models stand out a lot more.
Good luck, and post more pics! I've enjoyed your conversions so far.
Thanks for the advice Canew. Does source lighting include painting the space around the eyes a shade of red to get that glow feel, you know what i mean?