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As much as I like my made-up chapter (Forgotten Sentinels, an Iron hands successor chapter), my obsession with Dawn of War has caused me to look at my very patriotic looking army (The army colors are half red, half blue and white helmets) and break out the paint pots. It's time to turn the Senties into Blood Ravens.
So tonight I thought I'd post up my first figure - a vet sergeant with a BP and Power Fist from the new veterans boxed set. It's not based yet, but other than that it's pretty much done. The left shoulder is taken up by a fancy thing, so I can't really pop a chapter logo on him, but I'd love recommendations on what to slap on the right shoulder, as well as any other recommendations you all can make.
For the first time in my life, after being told twice by slorak that I probably should :p , I really tried to accentuate the edge highlighting all over the armor, and now that I have, I don't think I'll be able to paint another figure without doing it. Aso, in the back view, the left shoulder has a nasty looking blotch on it in the photo, that's battle damage (little bullet pockmarks and craters) and looks nice in 3-D. For some reason the photo makes it look like crap.
Any and all feedback is welcome!
Front View: http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y1/...geantFront.jpg
Back View: http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y1/...rgeantBack.jpg
Left Side: http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y1/...ntLeftSide.jpg
Right Side: http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y1/...tRightSide.jpg
The skin tone looks a bit blackish. You did a black wash on it, I presume? Also, the highlights on the red and black are a bit too stark. You have the edging highlight concept nailed right, but you'd be better off to use a mid-tone for most of the highlights and pure Blood Red or Codex Grey only for the most extreme/angled parts of the mini.
The skin tone is 'blackish' because the marine is black. I used a base coat of scorched brown, then a heavy dry of dark flesh, then graveyard earth, and finally a light drybrush of graveyard earth mixed with bleached bone to catch the highest edges.
Thanks for the suggestion on how to tone down the highlights a little, I'll certainly look into using a mix of red gore/blood red on the highlights for the first tac squad, rather than just pure blood red for all the highlights.
Actually, I'd like to throw out an additional question for everyone - I know the loincloth could look a lot better, and I'd love to hear opinions on what I could do, perhaps suggestions on different colors I could use and/or a technique for blending shades.
I think what looks odd about the face is - if it is supposed to be a black skin the highlights are much too bold and off color. I would have suggested starting with a darker brown and working up to a lighter brown. Bleached bone may be too much of a contrast and may be what is causing it to look like a "black wash" of color.
You can achieve a more rich transition of red by basing it on a darker brown before putting down the darkest red color.
As for your question on the loin cloth. I would base it bone white and then apply very thin washes of ink to tint the paint. Depending on the look you are going for you could use a variety of inks: Flesh ink, brown ink, mix of brown and purple, etc.
Another way you could go is start with a medium brown and work your way up to white at the highest areas. Then take the ink wash from above and glaze it to blend the layers together.
Hope this helps.
Thanks, Mike! The ink wash idea for the loincloth is a good one - I think part of the deal with the highlights looking more stark in the photo than they do to the naked eye may have to do with the photography. A lot of the colors came out a bit lighter than they appear in natural light, and of course, your monitor may vary. But these are all good ideas, I'll try them out on various models and see what happens - As for the loincloth, I'll just hit that sucker with some white and see where I go from there.
Sounds good! Another thing you could look into if you already haven't - Testor's Dullcote. This will kill any shine on the figure. So areas that tend to look glossy such as areas hit by ink will be toned down dramatically.
What I usually do is hit the model with a couple coats of Krylon Crystal Clear varnish and then afterwarts a couple coats of the dullcote. Sometimes I will do this between layers as well so that I can see if I have achieved the effect I was looking for before the figure is actually finished.
if i were you i would go up from a very dark brown for your skin tone, because then your highlights will match.
i like the edge highlighting on your armour though.
Now the face looks much better.
I am loving the pose of that model. The face looks a lot better now, good job and a great tip from slorak. If that was me to try and tone down the highlights between the red on the armour I would give it a was of watered down flesh wash.
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