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It's me again, with some more marines from my Roman themed DIY chapter, Legio Victrix.
Just 5 Assault marines this time, that I've actually been working on on and off for over 6 months now, I've just been continually distracted by other projects so I've only just gotten around to finishing them. They were sat in a half finished state for ages while I painted up the Skull Pass Dwarfs and my Plague Fleet of Nurgle...
I haven't done anything special with them except on the sergeant. On him I converted my own Thunder Hammer.
I've got another shot of the hammer itself, to hopefully help show how I made it. I took the power axe from the assualt marine kit, and chopped the head off the axe. I glued two pieces of sprue back to back which made a hexagonal cross section, and cut, sawed and filed it into my chosen shape for the head of the hammer. This was glued onto the axe shaft. Some guitar string was added to represent power cabling, and I used greenstuff to make a bracket attaching it to the shaft. I added a piece of a WHFB spear shaft onto the bottom of the handle to make it a bit longer, and finished it off with a purity seal.
I'm very pleased with the results.
I'd say that sergeant is definitely one of my favourite models in my army so far. I would add another 5 marines to the squad, but, I've got a lot of Lizardmen to paint!
Is that freehand on the shoulder pad? Very nice! Overall a solid job, my only suggestion would be to do something about the hammer. Its looking very bland and 2D. Maybe some edging and highlights or something.
Yep, all my shoulderpads are freehand. The chapter logo usually comes out a bit different from marine to marine, but you don't notice it unless you're really comparing the shoulderpads to one another.
Thanks for the comment on the hammer, I think I did forget to highlight the edges. I don't think it really looks 2D in real life because I think the black wash adds depth and it looks better than it does in the photos. The highlighting will be done the next time I pick up a paintbrush!
the hamer does need something paint wise but im loving it that is mighty smasher well impressed hope you dont mind me stealing i mean borrowing it
i rock my world
thought id ask anyways as i was dragged up proper and me mum would kill me if i didnt lol cheers mate
i rock my world
Hey Ancalgon, they look nice, but a few comments if I may:
1) Did you think your paints :-) The freehand designs are lovely, but I would expect that they would look better if the paint was applied thinner and in a couple of layers (you can see the brush marks on a couple of then designs).
2) If you have green ink, add a lineof yellow to the bottom edge of the eye lenses, then ink them in green to give a nice glazed effect
3) A thin black line or even dark brown at the edge of teh power armour shoulder pads would help to differentiate between the edging and the main pad, at the moment that transition is a little muddy. Maybe re-base coat the edging in black first before painting it gold?
Otherwise - great stuff, rep for you as I love Roman themed armies!
I've not tried to do anything complicated with eye lenses before, but I'll keep that in mind, thanks.
I did transition between the edge of the shoulderpads and the main pad area with a thin line of the badab black wash. It's not the most obvious, but I like the way it looks. Though, I do agree in one or two places the line is a bit thicker than it should be. When I paint the gold, I do start from black. I use a coat of chainmail, then a couple of coats of the shining gold.
Maybe try a wash of orange-brown ink over the gold to add some warmth and depth, then re-highlight shining gold + shining gold + mithril silver?