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Well I finally got some time to paint. Knocked out one Rhino and about a dozen tanks to go.
I got tired of the GW Heavy Metal style of painting, and started the move back to my military modeler background. I just prefer subtle highlights and realistic weathering. On this Rhino you can see Iâ€™ve tried to show a heavily used but well maintained vehicle. The highlights are there, but not as exaggerated as the â€˜four-colorâ€™ style of traditional Heavy Metal vehicles. The weathering too is subdued. Enough to give the overall look of a vehicle in use, but not enough to stand out and make you say, â€œlook at the weathering.â€? You have to be looking for the details to see the soot covered exhaust and accumulation of road grime along the undercarriage.
As with my other Space Wolf vehicles, I've incorporated a lot of Chaos parts. I like the extra detail on Chaos models, especially border detail on the extra armor, and wanted that on my vehicles. All the Chaos iconography has been removed and replaced with Space Wolf icons.
Looks very nice! The blends are very smooth. Did you use an airbrush on it? I agree with you - more natural highlights look better than what GW usually does with the stark contrasts.
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The primer (white) and base coat (dark grey) were applied with an airbrush. Everything else, except the exhaust soot, was done by hand.Originally posted by slorak@Mar 18 2005, 17:14
Looks very nice! The blends are very smooth. Did you use an airbrush on it?[snapback]355756[/snapback]
The soot was applied using an old modeler's trick. Light a piece of plastic sprue. Notice the thin line of black smoke that rises up from it? Let this smoke touch anything on your model and it quickly coats it with a thick layer of black soot. Now you can wipe off as much as you like, leaving soot in the recesses or anywhere else. Plane builders have used this technique for years to apply jet exhaust to their planes.
You have to hold the model upsidedown at the appropriate angle to get an upwards traveling smoke mark. Also, you must seal the soot afterwards (I uses Testor's Dullcote) or it will wipe off. There is no more realistic way to make smoke markings on a model. On this one I rubbed off most of the smoke to leave just a little.
I assume Marines are just as concerned with maintaining their equipment in 40k as they are today, and as soon as any battle is over they clean their vehicles. That's why I don't let a lot of grime accumulate on my vehicles. From what I've seen being around military armor, there's always a lot of vehicle washing going on.
Veeery nice! I like how you didn't settle for that terrible blue-ish gray and went for straight-on gray. Looks more wolfy and just better in general. I love the weathering and highlighting as well. The chaos extra armor, though quite heretical, looks very nice as well. COnsider getting rid of the arrows, though, those are also chaos iconographies.
wow, good job. Sweet painting on the tracks, nice, very nice
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wow sweet tank. I wish I could paint that well.
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<span style='color:blue'>tyranids will rule the Galaxy with a bloody claw </span>
Mucho Bueno! Thanks for the sprue burning tip...must remember to try it sometime (just to assuage the firestarter in me if nothing else!)
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You must hang around different mil vehicles than me. Typically Navy and Marine equipment is some of the dirtiest stuff around. The Army isn't exactly a bunch of clean freaks either. We typically couldn't read the tail number on our choppers and touching the tailboom area would turn your glove/hand black from the soot. The floor in the cargo area was wet with oil seepage and the sheetmetal repairs from Vietnam were still readily apparent.Originally Posted by WolfRaider
Air Force is a different story. Birds are washed once a month. Vehicles, too. This is peacetime mind you. Wartime, you got more important things to do than wash dirt off. Improves the camo.
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wow, thats a nice tank, stunning paintjob and good converting as well.