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So basically I recently bought DoW II and this ended up with me looking up LO upon hearing about new IG models/codex. Whether I'll ever actually play again I don't know but my interest in painting models has been rekindled.
So anyway I managed to find my nbarely even started box of cadian guardsmen sandwiched between a load of tennis rackets and badminton rackets (hurray for moving house).
If the dates are anything to go by (copyright 2003) I would've been as young as barely 10 when I (started) painting this model and it was one of the last I started. Anyhow, enough of the life story and other than the slight mishap of seemingly losing every single paint brush and alot of dried up paints im good to go.
My problem comes in choosing the colour scheme.
1. I'm not too sure about the green although can't think of something else to go with grey & perhaps would want to keep the colours for nostalgic value so to speak.
2. The weapons. Do I paint them in the same colour as the armour? my only worry being that the model will perhaps be a bit dull. The problem? I can't think of what colour to use.
Excuse the poor photo it was really just to let you see the basic colours;
One other question;
Is that the smallest paintbrush or the largest? Also has anyone used them before? (basically are they well made?)
Last edited by silentdeathz; March 8th, 2009 at 16:13.
I personally like the scheme, but if you have doubts of it I'd look for alternatives.
B-SHS4 - British Paras in Berets
For the heads although im not 100% on that yet. (£3/20 heads it seems so not too expensive but how much work will be needed on them I'm not sure and considering this is my first army in a LONG time...)
ps - Was wondering what you guys use to seal your models? (matt finish)
Last edited by silentdeathz; March 9th, 2009 at 00:03.
Howdy death, welcome back to IG.
As for the color scheme I'd say green/grey is perfectly good if you still like it. It's hard to to tell from your pictures but it appears unhiglighted. I think if you highlight the green it won't be so stark a contrast to the grey and it will make it look a lot better on the table. Also, if I were doing it i'd probably darken the grey and use current grey as the highlight.
Choosing weapon color is a matter of taste. Usually the barrel will be metallic or black but the rest can be any color really. I usually match it to the armor because a simple color scheme is often much more impressive than a complex one. I once read a tutorial on selecting army colors but now I can't find it. The jist is, keep it simple. With a ton of guys on the table making your models with two main colors is very striking. Accents like shoulder pad icons or ammo packs can be other colors, but again, simple is better. Unfortunately I didn't realize this until after my most recent army. Oh well, the next one will be better.
On the matter of westwind heads I say go for it if you can spare the cash. i used them myself and was very pleased. There are links to pictures of the models with westwind heads in my sig.
As for sealing the miniatures, I use Vallejo paints and find that they tend to scratch off very easily. To combat this I use a valspar high gloss lacquer to protect the paint, then put on Testors matte varnish to dull them down again. The lacquer makes the models nearly indestructible and the varnish makes them look nice.
Hope that helps some. Explore a couple IG WIPS too for some good ideas. Lil' Tweaker's is very educational. Good luck and stick with it. IG are a beautiful army when painted.
CoolMiniOrNot - Imperial Guard Stormtroopers by MOZZ
Looking at your armour the highlights are pretty much identical although mine arent quite so "one line" round the edge but thats a matter of preference.
I've found A site selling testors dullcote but a link to the lacquer would be much appreciated.
Still need help with the brushes form first post though I'll try and get some better WIP pictures up later.
I don't know if you live in the states or not, but I bought the lacquer at walmart for three bucks. If you have very intricate models (ie not IG) you might not want to use it as it can obscure very fine details. I coated my Seraphim with it and didn't note have any problems. Probably not good for forgeworld inquisitors and golden demon entries is all.
I'd help you with the brushes but I'm not sure myself. Good luck.