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I have decided to post these in the hope that someone will be able to tell me how to improve upon them, before I start painting the big stuff (Carnifex). The part I am least happy with is the 'exo-skeleton', as every method I tried of highlighting, or shading the bleached bone failed.
Hormogaunts - These where the first models I painted for this army.
Termagants - The second lot to be painted
Genestealers. current painting project.
Well to start off with I'd say you should spend some more time with the bases, only flocking them would add alot.
As for the models I'd say that you should add some more depth to the bonewhite areas, they look very flat as they are now. Try to wash them with a brown wash and highligting it with a mix of 50/50 skullwhite and and bleachedbone.
Right, I will try this, I will let you know the results in... 20 minutes when I have done that bit on my next genestealer batch. (Regarding the bases, I am currently all out of PVA glue, but when I get some more I will finally get around to flocking these nids. I have only recently started painting again, after an 18 month break while I constructed a full size replica Dalek for charity purposes.
But now I have loads of free time, and a job. So I can finish all those little things I never managed to do previously.)
EDIT: Better make that a day or so, I have no brown inks and my skull white has just run out...
Last edited by Melkor; July 18th, 2005 at 00:45.
I agree that basing is pretty much essential in having a good looking mini.
I like what you did on the carapace. It's sort of a contrast to the rest of the mini. The bone colors look very flat, as the previous poster said. Consider giving it a light brown inkwash, or starting from brown and layering up to the bone color.
OK I seem to be doing a lot of bleached bone recently, EG:
Also the attached file is a foot/hoof an a HT I am working on
All these are done as follows:
1. undercoat white
2. base coat light brown (for the gallery stuff this is desert yellow, for the hoof it is graveyard or scorched earth (can remember which is lighter)
3. wash with brown ink or flesh wash
4. re apply base coat
5 layer/highlight basecoat by gradually adding bleached bone into the mix
6. once at bleached bone start to add skull white until about half way there
I have finished the rest of my models (Save for basing, and the spare weapons/carapace on the magnetic 'fex), so here they are. I consider the bleached bone to be a great improvement over my previous attempts, although I still have a long way to go.
I started with white, then Bubonic Brown, highlight with Bleached Bone, and then a 75/25 mix of Bleached Bone and Skull White, and I am going to flock the bases tommorrow.
OK, better but there is still too little definition of the recesses for my taste, try a very watered but quite dark ink wash and I would bring up the highlights a little more
I really like the colour scheme. Well done. I haven't seen bone and black done before. Things I noticed were quite a few mould lines. Its important these are cleaned up. It can ruin a look of a model. The other thing is more effort can be put into skin. But this has been said before with good techniques suggested.
So well done i can't wait to see more.