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I have been a long time lurker on LO, but haven't really posted much so I thought it was about time I did.
I have been playing 40K for about 20 years now, but unbelievably still haven't finished an army! Therefore I have set myself the challenge of painting up 250pts per month for the next 6 months so that I can field a legal 1500pt army by the end of the year.
I started this project in January, and so hope to complete the army by end of July if all goes to plan.
Becuase time is short I didn't want an army that would require much in thw ay of conversion work, so I chose an army that I could build and paint straight from the box, which is why I went for Ultramarines.Month 1
Space Marine Scout Squad: Sergeant Bolt Gun, Heavy Bolter, 3 x Bolters
Space Marine Tactical Squad: Sergeant Bolt Pistol Chainsword, 4 x Bolters
(This squad has since been finished, but I need some up to date photos of them)
(This also has since been finished, but again this an old photo)Month 2
Space Marine Scout Squad: Sergeant Combi Plasma, Heavy Bolter, 3 x Bolters
(This squad is still Painting in progress)
Space marine Captain: Relic Blade, Combi Melta
(Again still Painting in Progress)
Army so far
Obviosly still a bit to do for Month 2 which means I am a bit behind schedule, but I don't have a huge amount to paint for Month 3 so I reckon I can catch up. 5 Assault marines and 2 land Speeders to do next month.
Hope you like 'em, cheers for looking.
Your painting is beautiful! you have a really nice sense of highlights and shading. I really like the face of the tactical squad commander.
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I like your painting style a lot, the "pale" shade of blue you used is really good (much better than the standard Ultramarine deep blue).
The highlights are very well done, clean and crisp.
Moreover, small details such as gems, sensors are nicely are nicely picked out as well.
I especially liked the faces of your Scouts and Sergeant... may I ask you your paint recipe for flesh tones?
Very good models, your complete army will surely be a stunning sight on the battlefield!
Thanks guys, I have really enjoyed painting these, which is a surprise because I never used to like Ultramarines.
But they have been fun to paint, and marines seem to be quite forgiving painting wise as they are quite big and have a lot of large open areas.
Ok so the way I paint skin may seem a bit long winded, but it took a while to get right and I have tried loads of other techniques but this seems to work the best.
I basecoat the flesh area in Citadel Dark Flesh (normally over a black undercoat).
I then mix 50:50 Dark Flesh with Tanned Flesh and paint the area, leaving the darkest recesses Dark Flesh.
Repeat with Tanned Flesh, again leaving a bit of the previous 2 mixes in the recesses.
Paint raised areas (chin, cheeks,forehead, nose, ears etc) with Dwarf Flesh.
Then mix up a very thin wash of Dark Flesh with a drop of household washing up liquid (this acts as a flow medium) and apply to flesh area all over. This will blend your layering.
Mix 50:50 Dwarf Flesh with Bronzed Flesh and paint raised areas.
Highlight cheeks, chin, nose, brow ridge with Bronzed Flesh.
Final Highlight concentrating on cheeks and nose with 50:50 mix Bronzed Flesh and Bleached Bone.
Paint in lips using 50:50 mix Dark flesh and Skull Wite. Highlight by adding more Skull White to base colour.
Unfortunately though I will need to come up with another recipe, as GW in their profound wisdom have just discontinued Bronzed Flesh, which is a shame as I have 4 armies unfinished which all rely on it for their flesh tones.
However there is a Coat D'Arms equivalent which is pretty good, or else I may try to create a brozed flesh equivalent by mixing my own.
Hope that helps, over Easter I am planning on creating some step by step guides, so maybe flesh would be a good one to do?
Very gorgeous models. Solid composition.
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Very nice blue, and great painting in general. The Scouts are great - I mean this as a compliment - the pale colours make them look a bit more washed out - which in turn makes them look more lifelike as opposed to cartoony - great job!
You paint nice.
Nice paint scheme man the highlights are good as well as the outlining for certain areas on the faces as well as the shoulder pads. Keep up the good work, what are you striving for in terms of a completely army.
When the battlefield becomes silent, and the crust of the earth cools to when it was first born, My men and I will roam this land.
Hey guys, sorry for not posting for a while but I have a small update....
A bit of a disastrous month for me this time around as I have not managed to stay on schedule at all, and am now a bit behind.
I didn't get last month's squads finished and this month was supposed to finish a 5 man Assault Squad and 2 Land Speeders.
Well the Assault Squad is almost finished, but the Speeders are currently only base coated unfortunately...
Any way here's where I am with the Assault Marines, should have these finished by the end of today but won't have the camera so thought I would put these pics up anyway
A bit of touching up here and there, some markings and purity seals and then their bases to do and these guys are done.
I think they have turned out ok considering they were done pretty quickly, but i have rushed them in places so may go back and redo some areas at a later stage,
Hopefully I can get back on target and get some more work done this weekend. I have to paint 5 Terminators for the next segment of the army.
Cheers for looking.