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Hello everybody. I'm new. Hi.
Now the title is not exactly true. Years ago I painted som LoTR orcs and have painted some Black Reach orks as well. But they don't count.
I wanted to show off my first guardsmen a little and get some constructive critisism. Or not so constructive if that floats your boat.
I still have some problems with my highlighting and my brushcontrol (took me ages to do the skin) as you can probably see but I'm still satisfied with these. The paint has already chipped a bit on the helmets too.
Whaddya think? Are they good enough for the tabletop or will I be ridiculed endlessly?
Welcome to LO! These look very good, especially for a beginner The skin especially looks great.
They would look a lot better, though, if they were brighter. If you added a brighter colour for the cloth it would bring out the rest of the model - at the moment the colours are of similar tones and are quite difficult to differentiate. A highlight on the greens would look nice too, just on the rims.
Also a tip for the metal on the guns is to use a brighter metal, like mithril, and do a Badab Black wash over the top. Quick, effective shading that looks great
Finally the helmeted heads (could you tell me where they're from? theyre pretty awesome. Are they from Pig Iron?) could either be highlighted with a dark grey or painted metal, to bring them out. The eyes on them would look awesome painted red, blue or a similar colour too.
that face is freakin' sweet
Pretty good paint as it is. You're starting at a good point.
Two simple things that don't have to do with painting that'll greatly improve the finished guys. Take a little time to clean the mould lines off while you're building and are you planning on doing bases?
Paint-wise just keep it up. Like you said focus on your brush control and keep improving your highlights. With a little time you can get into detail work and freehand on their shoulderpads.
Yes. They do appear very dark and I thought about painting my future guardsmen with a white primer to see if it brightens the colors up.
But yeah. Perhaps a lighter shade of brown would make them look better. I'll definitely try it!
Coloring the eyes is a good idea. I think I will make them red. Make them look a bit menacing!
Thank you for the pointers.
And the heads are from a West Wind productions. From a game called Secrets of the Third Reich. They look great and you can purchase them seperatly.
Yeah. They do have a lot of mould lines on them that I completely forgot to shave off.
As for the bases I don't know. Perhaps some asphalt like drybrushed gravel or something?
I'm not sure if a white primer would work that well, since you have a dark, military themed colour scheme going.
Maybe a slightly lighter green and a bit more highlighting on the folds of the fatigues would work better, but I've not done much in the way of white primed models before, but my gut feeling is that it might not work so great...
But I quite like the models the way they are, I bet an army of them would look fantastic! And for basing, I think dry brushed sand would work well with a little static grass, or go for an urban grey.
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did you black line the face and hands?
i need a close-up of that face, i think it's so cool
Thank you. It's shaping up towards a gasmask theme with a lot of flame weapons and they are going to be accompanied by a inquisitor that makes sure they purge heretics.
Thank you for the welcome.
I'll post a close up later though I reckon it won't look as great close up!
these look very good for a beginner,(much better than my first attempt at a SM!), but if these are your first attempts id lvoe to see the kind of stuff you'll be doing a couple of months down the line
that face looks very good if you have the patience to add pupils and eye brows to it it'll give the model alot more charactor, and maybe wash the skin using ogryn flesh wash and then highlight the raised areas using the initial flesh colour you used
the models themselves do look abit dark, as the others have said highlights will pick out any detail on the model, what i know alot of people to do is to paint the cloth using a very light shade like Graveyard Earth or Vomit Brown and then stick the brown/ black wash over it just to show up to detail and to darken the paint (though ive doen something simular but using blood red)
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They look great, a very good standard if you got dozens more to paint. The colours make me think they fight across some low light death planet or deep beneath a jungle canopy up to their knees in mud and vegitation.
Adjusting the levels on the picture would help the colours look less dark, like this.
Also if the bases were painted brown or green (a tan or fawn brown) I think the coulors would stand out alot more and the model would look a lot brighter.
Last edited by dustand; September 21st, 2009 at 02:40.