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looks good, love the halved color scheme and the hoods are excelent
i like the idea of the champion having a pole arm!
Oooh, hooded seraphim. Nice.
I may have to try that out on one of mine. Thanks.
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I like them. Two-colored SOBs are a rare sight - mine are of the classic color schemes variety. The hoods and cloaks in general have a nice color to them, they seem to be really made of a heavy, wool material. SOB "leafs" seem to be nice and sharp too. Overall very good "paintmanship" on your part -
What I would change:
Add more highlights to the red, or make the base red darker - It seems a bit flat. I find that models can be painted two ways - make the highlights "dramatic" so that the models look good from the gaming distance, or make them subtle, so that they display nicely...
You could have reversed the colors on the backpacks. A matter of personal taste, but it would make them even more interesting to look at...
The head on the VSS - does not look too feminine - perhaps it is just the picture.
Looking forward to seeing more of your WH army!
Some very interesting ideas you got going on here. I like. Cookie for creativity.
I generally agree with Smok's comments. I also think that the cloth could use some more highlighting.
The dark bases looks ace as well and creates some really cool contrast to the model (reminds me that I need to fix the bases on mine as well...).
Conversion is good (some would say inspired).
Paint job is good.
I like them a lot.
The only thing I'd hold against them is the pageboy haircut and the unfinished (or very subtle) bases.
And over there we have the labyrinth guards.
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Thanks for all the responses folks. The encouragement is nice, lets me know I'm on the right track. Unfortunately, I think these gals are done. I wanted to use them in a game Sunday so they've been varnished already. I think if I went back and tried to fix the red highlights or the VSS's face it might not go to well. I still have one of these gals to make to comlete the unit and I think I am going to get a St. Celestine model for a Cannoness so keep an eye out for those one of these days.
@ Smok: I agree that the red is a little too subdued. I need to get better lighting before I try to paint anything again. I also need to resign myself to more exagerated highlights. When I am holding them close to paint them I think, surely this will look good and then I bring them to a game.... The red just doesn't pop on the table top. (they look like slop... pop? couldn't resist) I need to squash my first instinct to minimize the highlights because I am going to a lot of trouble for a small return.
I also thought about switching the colors on the packs but my recent imperial guard have been accused - and I agree with the assessment - of being too complex. I have found that a striking paint scheme is always balanced between simplicity and complexity. With these girls I may have erred on the side of simplicity.
Yes, the VSS's head is a major bother to me as well. It's just very masculine. I am not too good at shading and such yet and so stark contrast on her face looks pretty rough.
@ Camel: Yeah, highlighting is a problem on the cloth as well. I try so hard to make the blending smooth but I think I am using too much of the highlight color and therefore covering up my shadow colors. Sigh.
Thanks for the compliments on the bases. I like mud bases, they fit on every table, there is no flocking to get everywhere, and I can add bits of fallen foes as I feel like it.
@ Cbrate: Thanks for the comments. I like the hoods a lot myself even if it's not too practical for jetpack troopers. Fairly simple to sculpt too I think.
The VSS's head is a bit of a problem, I only had one female head available. I had to take it off of the old Tanith Imperial Guard lady. Not ideal but if I was a better painter I think the face could have compensated for the hair cut.
The bases are really dark here. I didn't put enough light into the photographs at all. so they aren't quite as dark in reality.
@ dead.dude: I hadn't thought of that! That could have been really cool. I've got to do one more for the squad eventually and I'll have to try that.
oooh they look like my sisters =D
only nicer painted....and nicer based...and...yeah...they kick my sisters ass