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Since somebody requested it, this is the way I paint my IG units.
After sitting and staring at my models for quite some time I finally settled on a Urban color scheme.
This is how I do it, step by step.
I use Cathacan models for my IG units (since they're suppose to be conscripts from gangs and such). But this can just as easily be applied to any IG units...or any unit at all I guess.
Scrub: Using Chaos black mixed with a little water. I use this to darken colors in a quick and dirty way, to fix it when a color runs into a detail that I'd rather not have ruined or as a part of some layer I'm doing. I use this alot...but then again I'm a lazy git.
Wolfraider has a really nice way of using inks and is the authority on all inking and such matters.
See this article for some clarifications on inking.
Step 1.: Undercoat
I undercoat the model black. I use spray when I have it, otherwise I do a decent coat of Chaos Black. Make sure you don't obscure any detail with blobs of paint at this stage...awful to see it when people do that.
Step 2.: Clothing Stage 1.
I start painting the clothing. Some prefer to do flesh first...I don't.
I take some Skull white and paint some "lightnings" on the clothing. On pants i make them go down, working in a sortof spiral pattern from the belt. Make sure not to have too many and make sure they are not too thick. For T-shirts I paint the lines to the side, but jackets keep the same pattern as the pants. It looks nice when you have a lightning effect on the white lines (like when one line splits into two etc.).
Step 3. Clothing Stage 2.
After doing the white lines I take some codex grey and paint in the areas that are not white, leaving a small line of black around the white lines. I do this with all the models clothing. I leave creased areas black (like around the groin area for instance, to make a cheap depth effect...it works methinks).
Step 4. Skin Stage 1.
I take some dwarf flesh and start painting the models skin, leaving black in any recesses (like between muscles, between fingers etc). I pay special attention to the face, trying to capture the models expression.
NEVER use thick dwarf flesh for this. Use any thinning technique that works for you, but for the love of the Warp don't use chunky paint for this.
Step 5. Extras.
I usually move onto the extras at this point. Even though I'm not done with the models skin.
I keep the boots black, lightly brushing painting the metal clasps on the boots in boltgun metal.
I paint any pouches, canteens or such at this point. I prefer various shades of brown for this, keeping scorched brown for the belt. The belt clasp is boltgun metal with the Imperial eagle picked out in gold.
Any extra clothing is taken care of at this stage as well. Like wristbands or bandannas. First I paint the extra clothing Scab red, give it a scrub, lightly paint it scab red once more and then lightly highlight with blood red.
Step 6. Weaponry.
This is when I take care of the standard lasgun. I keep the lasgun black, but pick out the small barrel that lies up to the bulky front end in Boltgun metal. The cartridge is Boltgun metal and the small buttons near the butt of the gun are boltgun metal like the rest.
There is a small ridge near the bottom of the cartridge. I paint a red line around that ridge, being careful nothing goes onto the bottom of the cartridge or over the ridge. (This signifies live ammo. Green for training ammo...I like those little things. But it'll be a mean day when I give my men training ammunition to use in battle. > )
The Imperial Eagle is picked out in gold and given a scrub.
Step 7. Skin Stage 2.
This is the last stage I do for the skin.
Before I do this I make sure everything has been tidied up. If any paint spilled onto the skin, then I go over it again with dwarf flesh.
For the last stage I lightly drybrush the skin parts with Elf Flesh. These guys don't go out much (hivecity) and thus are abit pale.
Step 8. Finishing touches.
Now I do the models eyes and teeth. I also go over the model, making sure that I've done small things like painting the latch on the pouches and make sure that the detail I want is there.
If I am so inclined this is where I add the small detail. Like mud and such. But that usually waits until I'm done basing the model (making mud puddles etc.). So when I'm just painting a model I usually leave that alone until later.
At this stage (After everything is complete) I paint the base Codex Grey and then repaint the bottom of the boots chaos black (there's always some codex grey tranferred).
One Urban IG.
For those of you interested in urban camo it's as easy as googling it.
Or for those too lazy here are some links
Something like this. (that looks like a dorky kid btw...)
The basic urban camo pattern, although not the one i use.
(Any questions just PM me.)
Oh yeah, for less "comic" looking muscles paint into the recesses but use a light ink to go into the crease (Like chestnut ink). They talk about this in the IG codex (or atleast they did in the old one).
Your fluffraping hurts my eyes. - TehDarkPredator
I was the one who requested it. Thanks a lot! This really gives me some insight into urban ig before I start painting them. Might be a little ahead of myself though, Haven't purchased them yet ^_^
Think you could post a couple pictures? Oh, what is your technique for basing?
I'm a lazy baser...or atleast I think so.
I don't have that much experience basing models, having just started doing that. But I've come up with some methods. And WD and many Codexes have nice articles on the subject.
I experimented with various glue and found, after reading through a few WD articles and trying myself, that white PVA glue is the best.
I strolled into my backyard and took some black sand and I took a scoop of those small stones they mix into paint to create a sortof "lava" pattern on houses. Really popular around my area.
These stones are very small and very smooth but have alot of angles (perfect modelling rock).
I put this in the sortof plastic box that my Bloodletters were in (lots of compartments, perfect for storing stuff in) and I left it on my radiator. After a day or so (when it was dry) I started using it.
I cover the entire base in PVA glue using a dentist style tool to spread the glue. I make sure not to get any, or atleast not too much on the models legs. Then I simply dip the base into the black sand and shake off any excess sand. I remove any sand I don't want before the glue hardens (I don't put any on the border that touches the ground) and then I just let the model stand.
After the glue has hardened you "could" paint the sand in any color you wish, but so far I've kept it in the original color. Next I decide if I want to add anything to the base (like a stone, some misc. item like a skull) and I glue that on with PVA.
After that has hardened I decide if I want to add Static Grass (the kind you can get from GW) and I just make a splotch of PVA ontop of the sand and dip it in PVA.
For my mud puddles I use a method that is a bit of work...but no trouble once you get use to it. First I take the base and before I add the initial covering of PVA I make the shape of the puddle with PVA covering the entire surface the puddle is suppose to cover. I let that dry and then go through the step as above, not putting anymore PVA on the puddle. This makes an effective gap in the sand coverage (make completely sure the puddle PVA is completely dry before doing this otherwise you'll have sand in your puddle.
After covering with sand I paint the puddle using various shades of brown and green (There were some nice puddle painting techniques in the Albion WD's). After the paint has dried I use Gloss varnish to give it a wet look. Then I finish the base placing stones and static grass.
It looks good if you make a puddle and stick a stone in the middle. Looks like it's sticking out of a puddle. And if you do it at just the right stage the glue will ripple, water style.
Then if I'm so inclined I add paint on dirt and mud onto the models legs, making him look like he's been strolling through a mud field.
Hope it helps and good luck.
Note: No pictures until I get a better camera. The one I have makes everything a blurred mess.
Your fluffraping hurts my eyes. - TehDarkPredator
Thanks for the detailed reply! This'll definitely get me started on the right track. Thanks again.