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As I mentioned in a previous post I just got back into the hobby after a near 6 month hiatus. Life kind of got in the way and what was to be a short break during a heat wave turned into excuse after excuse getting to the painting table again... Well I just started last week picking up on a project I set out to begin in September 2009 - Space Hulk.
When I last left off I had cleaned and assembled all but one sprue of genestealers. Last week I finished cleaning and assembling them and primed them all. I decided on a white prime (mainly because it is so hard to find a can of black primer - I fancy Krylon) to which I washed with black ink.
For the terminators I decided to do a foundation of Mecharite Red mixed with a little beasty brown (VGC) and water it down quite a bit and run it through my airgun.
I started the first highlight using Vallejo Game Color scarlet and started hand brushing the highlights on. I kept the paint fairly thin and was careful to brush on the highlight. I plan on going two more highlights (I am still debating wether i want to use a final orange highlight on the edges) and will probably glaze them with red ink.
I am in need of bigger brushes as my old brushes are just too destroyed and the brush I have now is much too small... I spent way to long working on basically a figure and a half... Still lots to go. I did pick up a GW fine detail brush. For the most part it is working though I have not used it enough to determine if I like it enough to buy more. It has a longer brush than what I have been using which has actually been helpful and is more than half the price. I did notice after use that there is a section of brush that is missing bristles and I plan on taking it back for an exchange.
I hope to get back out painting again tonight or tomorrow so should have more pictures. I will probably base coat the gene stealers in a similar fashion - ie airbrush the base coat, but for now I am working on the BA Terminators.
Last edited by slorak; January 4th, 2012 at 04:17.
Woo slorak posts stuff!
I'll be following the progress of this. On going for the final orange highlight, well that depends if you want to give them an "old school classic SH" feel or go with a more current colour scheme. Personally, I'd love an old school scheme and tribute to the old SH.
Kind of finished a red test for the terminators and I think I found what I am happy with. The basecoat was Mecharite Red (foundation paint) mixed with a touch of beasty brown (vallejo game color). First highlight was scarlet red (VGC). Second highlight was Gory Red (VGC). Third highlight was bloody red (VGC). A final watered down highlight of fiery orange (VGC) was applied sparingly. I gave it a final wash of Baal Red (GW wash).
I think it has achieved the red I was looking for. It still needs to be smoothed out more (so yes it isn't 100% done) but the general idea is in place. Now I can go ahead and start assembly line painting the rest of the Blood Angel terminators.
Last edited by slorak; January 4th, 2012 at 04:16.
It looks very deep and rich. Bet it will look great on the rest.
So, get to work!
Yeah hopefully I will get some more time this afternoon. I plan on doing another coat of bloody red to smooth out the surface a bit but you are right it is a rich looking red. I am not a huge fan of the really bright blood angels so I am really striving for good color transition from dark to light while minimizing the brightness.
Not much time to paint tonight but I started the first highlight of red on the libarian and two other terminators. I also managed the first blue highlight on the librarian.
I have been painting so far using a few of the GW brushes. I have the standard brush, the detail brush, and the fine detail brush. My initial thoughts on the brushes are that they don't stand up to the windsor and newtons I have been using. First day using the standard and detail brushes saw the bristles spreading apart and not keeping a fine point. I have been trying to train the bristles with brush soap after a painting session and it has helped some but for the most part I am disappointed. See what trying to save a few bucks gets you? LOL
I realized after tonight that I paint pretty slow.
Last edited by slorak; January 4th, 2012 at 04:15.
Well they are GW, what did you expect?
So are you going for a dark blue on the Librarian? I've seen that quite a lot recently (like Lord_Borak's beautiful libby) and it looks really nice.
Why thank you DMC
That's a really nice model (it is a young Mephiston!) I think a Dark blue would work well with the light Red. A bright Blue and a bright Red might look a bit childlike. Any plans for the other bits yet? Colours for the Blade and piping?
PS: You must have got a duff Batch My GW brushes have lasted for over 2 years now!
Seeing those models makes me want to crack open my Hulk Box
I don't know about the brushes. I am going to continue with them through the week but if I can't get them to work the way I want them to I will be returning them. Normally I wouldn't have bothered with the brushes as I do like the Windsor and Newton brushes (which have lasted me 3-4 years sometimes)... I just happened to be in a GW store and I have read good things about thier current version of brushes. I was surprised at how low the prices were for them. Now I am not so surprised.
Yeah, the GW brushes aren't bad for what you pay, and are perfectly acceptable for quick and dirty work.
They do wear out a lot quicker than W&N S7s, and they do not start off with as good a tip, but for less than 1/3rd of the cost, they sure aint bad.
Looking forward to seeing how these guys progress Slorak.
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