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FOR SOME REASON MY WIP THREAD IS NOT ACCEPTING NEW POSTS, SO I'VE MOVED THIS HERE.
WIP shots of the space marine (salamander as voted for over in the other thread).
The base is finished. It was built up to be sloping using milliput so that the marine stands higher over his "kill". The kroot model was re-positioned in a twisted pose to convery a broken back. Three deep gouges were carved diagnally to represent where the marine has "swiped" with his lightning claws.
The base was painted as follows;
1. Basecoat Calthan Brown (including the rim)
2. Overbrushed Tausept Ochre
3. Drybrushed Dheneb Stone
4. Drybrushed Elf Flesh
5. The rim was painted Graveyard earth
I decided to paint the tau as a "grey" to provide a little difference from green, seeing as it might be too much with the marine. The kroot was painted;
1. Basecoat Dheneb Stone
2. Asurmen Blue Wash (Slightly Diluted)
3. Drybrushed Astronomican Grey
4. Drybrushed 60/40 mix Astronomican Grey and Skull White
5. Light Drybrush Skull White.
6. The spikes and quills were painted chaos black and highlighted with a straight coat of Fenris Grey.
7. The eye was basecoated blazing orange and highlighted up using Iyanden darksun and Bad Moon Yellow - these two colours were used to add "stripes" to the quills, this should complement yellow areas on the marine.
8. Finally I "mottled" the kroot using fenris grey spots on the extremities of the limbs, the top of the head and down the back.
The wounds on the kroot were painted:
1. Mechrite red
2. Devlan Mud wash
3. Blood Red Highlight
4. A layer of "Citadel Water Effects" was overbrushed to provide a "fresh" look to the wounds and provide a "sticky" effect for the blood. When this was dry I brushed a little of Forgeworlds "Dark Soot" Weathering powder around the wound areas to hint at some burning from the marines lightning claws.
KROOT2 by fmf1977, on Flickr
KROOT3 by fmf1977, on Flickr
KROOT1 by fmf1977, on Flickr
The Marine (so-far) has been painted:
1. Basecoat Watered-down Dark Angels Green
2. Re-coated with Watered-down Knarloc Green (leaving some DA Green still showing in "Deep" areas of colour.
3. A wash of Thraka Green was applied to "knock-back" the Knarloc Green and help with blending later on.
MARINE2 by fmf1977, on Flickr
MARINE 1 by fmf1977, on Flickr
MARINE 3 by fmf1977, on Flickr
Comments welcome as always!
nothing beats a classic space marine, I think everybody in the hobby has painted atleast one even if they don't really like 'em
Nice choice with salamanders though, I love the green scheme
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Odd about your thread, I think the forum might have been experiencing some problems.
The mini itself is quite nice. The kroot is an unusual tone, but will work well when set down next to the marine and the base. I personally think that the Salamander is a bit too bright for my tastes, I would have done him a little bit darker. But great work so far.
Well, I didn't get this finished today. I will have done it by the end of the week, as I'm off to belgium on holiday the week after and I can't go without finishing a project LOL.
Here's today's update, didn't get much done other than re-touching the armour (post wash) to rid it of the mottled finish, then did an edge highlight using goblin green (I decided adainst going down the scorpion green route, it was too bright for my liking. After that the marine was attached to the base.
Here's some shots of it beginning to come together.
IMG_0258 by fmf1977, on Flickr
IMG_0257 by fmf1977, on Flickr
IMG_0256 by fmf1977, on Flickr
IMG_0255 by fmf1977, on Flickr
Last edited by Fantasticmrfox; March 27th, 2011 at 21:17.
Painting is good
However I am with the Kufster here on the green, it's tad too........bright would be the wrong word, I am going to plug for it's too lime. As a colour I love it, it's different and different is good..........of course as long as it doesn't mean you walk down the street with no trousers and your finger up your bum and your hair on fire, if this was a DIY chapter then crack on but on a Salamander it just don't look right mate. Sorry mate.
Well, I have finished it. Not at all happy with the way it turned out (I think I rushed it, and it's well below par - in fact it let's the base down considering I started well).
In contradiction to others views, I really like the way the armour turned out - it's the banner, the skin tone, and the "directional lighting" effect I tried out for the first time around the claws that didn't come out well..... This is something I don't intend to try again as I can't get the hang of it.
Overall, I must try harder - I was rushing in my defence because I am away from tomorrow onwards in belgium (of all places!) and I couldn't go without finishing. I'll have a week off painting anything or doing anything else hobby related - then I'm coming back to do something a bit more challenging, with a definite bretonnian flavour (and possibly a bit of a green flavour).
Anyway, here he is.
IMG_0263 by fmf1977, on Flickr
IMG_0262 by fmf1977, on Flickr
IMG_0261 by fmf1977, on Flickr
Don't be too harsh on yourself it turned out good, is it just me or is the green less lime now? One thing pictures are a little small, can't truely evaluate the quality of the painting.
Two things that jump out at me and neither is a painting issue but a narative issue and a model prep issue....
1. if he has just killed the kroot with his lightning claws, I am assuming he has from the bleeding wound......wheres the blood on the lightning claw that delivered that blow sure there would be some stainage, would tie the model in well with the base in my opinion and before any smart arse comes out with a ridiculous "power weapons are super heated" kind of answer that would cauterize the wound.
2. I think I see a mould line on the backpack vent in the 3rd picture, please dear god make it not true! If it is then you have made me a very very sad sort of like this
I just KNEW someone would spot this - I did already think of it, but I didn't want to risk making the claws look bad. Also, the blood would have dried on the claws pretty quick, I just didn't want to do any more as I'd fallen out of love with the whole thing before I'd finished it )Two things that jump out at me and neither is a painting issue but a narative issue and a model prep issue....
1. if he has just killed the kroot with his lightning claws, I am assuming he has from the bleeding wound......wheres the blood on the lightning claw that delivered that blow sure there would be some stainage, would tie the model in well with the base in my opinion and before any smart arse comes out with a ridiculous "power weapons are super heated" kind of answer that would cauterize the wound.Actually it's not a mold line - it looks like one I admit, but if you can find your way to the bigger pictures, you'll see (barely) that the suspected mold line does not follow the middle of the back pad pods in a straight line, it's actually a curved reflection. Even I wouldn't miss a mold line like that LOL! (in the big picture that you get when you click on the one in flickr, you can just make out the mold line about 2mm to the right of that "suspected" line/reflection at the bottom of the "pod". The reflection actually curves to the left in the picture - the real mold line is barely visible, but if you look hard you can spot it. That's quite often the trouble with painting black areas where there are joins....2. I think I see a mould line on the backpack vent in the 3rd picture, please dear god make it not true!
Originally I had intended to paint flame designs on the back on the lightning claw "fists", but in the end I just wanted it over with and couldn't be bothered.
Sometimes that happens with me - if something goes wrong I just lose it with the whole piece and it ends up poor.
New Challenge after my holiday though!
Last edited by Fantasticmrfox; April 1st, 2011 at 11:19.