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Hey guys, I'm looking for opinions/suggestions on what I can do to my marines to make them look a little sharper. I'm up to 2 vehicles and a couple squads, in terms of stuff that's painted, plus a couple mostly done dreads. Here's some pics:
Any thoughts? I'm not all that great with a paintbrush, so anything with a reasonable effort/return ratio would be a bonus. (and my apologies if there's problems with the pics, my monitor's stuck in monochrome mode, so it's tough to gauge quality)
Overall, I think they need work, but not as much as you think. The basecoating is done, which I find the most difficult part sometimes.
What you need now is some definition. At the moment, it all looks... flat. Have you tried washes? Doing a black wash on the green parts would work wonders. Taking a blue-grey, like shadow grey, and thinning that down to wash thickness, then applying it carefully to the recesses on the white parts would help a lot, too.
Also, the freehand doesn't look right. No offense, but it looks more like graffiti that somebody sprayed on the tanks while the troops were sleeping. There's no good rule with that, other than "practice makes perfect."
Good luck, and post more pics! You're off to a great start!
good advice Canew. I really like the colour scheme idea of the green and white. The highlighting\washes etc will give a bit more definition. There is also further detail on the figures that can be easily picked out with a fine brush and care, (such as the chest eagle thingy! [apologies as not a marine player]). One thing with marines that I always think is that they should be very clean cut lines, so as said, the freehand could be sharpened up. Stencils are possible, or just practice and a whiskey to steady your hands....
you can do what canew says or you can do with mixture of blue and black GW washes, thinned down, OR you could do it with a blue and green wash thinned down, and it shouldnt clash with the armor so much
Thanks for the suggestions guys, I'll definitely look into some washes in the next couple days, and get back to you with some more pics.
Remeber, the key is mixing... and thinning. You can always mixing more and add more later.
You may need to paint over again some spots to get a crisp edge again
Another thing I would suggest (instead of washes) is black lining.
it needs a steady hand and a fine brush, but is fairly easy to achieve on Marines.
You get a black ink and then put a line everywhere two colors meet.
You can then also use the same technique for shading between armor plates. Since you have white armor, you could use a blue for this or a grey or a green (to tie it in with your secondary color).
Check out what I have done with this guy:
In this case I used a brown ink, since I have used light colors (commando Khaki) for the armor.
The rest of the army is using a very similar paint scheme to yours (since it is a death guard. Check it out at the link, if you are interested: The Drunk Dwarves Death Guard)
Shut up and play.