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Just thought I would post pictures and a more in-depth description of my Command squad entry from the retinue contest and how I painted them. Thanks first and foremost for KUF for putting on the contest and thanks for all the votes.
Starting from the ground up here is how the Sons of Dorn command squad came into existence. I wanted to create a "home brew" chapter but couldn't decide on a color choice. I really liked the look of the Knights of Dorn from the back of the "How to Paint Space Marines" book. I decided on those colors but I wanted a different pattern. I re-arranged the color layout and decided that they would be another of the splinter chapters from the Imperial Fists. My idea for them was that they fought for long periods of time in and around the Eye of Terror and didn't have the luxury of cleaning and repairing their armor.
This was one of the first times that I painted each figure mostly in pieces. What I did was after cleaning the pieces (removed from the sprue) of flash I painted on some vallejo masking gel onto areas that would be glue points for the plastic cement. This turned out to work very well and I would highly recommend it. I then primed the figures white and brushed on watered down black ink to bring out the details.
There are two major colors for the armor. The helmet, shoulder pads, and backpack are tin. The rest of the armor is bone. I decided on using red as an accent color as well as a checker pattern for details.
The tin areas were based in Dark Umber Brown (vallejo model color), painted over with tinny tin (vallejo game color), and finally highlighted with a 50/50 mix of tinny tin and gunmental (vallejo game color).
The bone areas were based with beasty brown (vallejo game color), highlighted with Bone white (vallejo game color), and then a flesh ink was brushed into areas around joints and details. This was followed by a more controlled use of chestnut ink leaving some of the flesh ink showing. I then went back over the area with watered down bone white paint creating irregular "stains" and cleaning up areas that didn't work right. I then highlighted the bone with Ivory (vallejo model color).
The reds were done by basing with Burnt Cadmium Red (vallejo model color), washed with brown ink, and highlighted up using first - burnt cadmium red, scar red (vallejo game color), and finally bloody red (vallejo game color).
The paints were kept thin to create a smoother transition of color. Checker patters were drawn in certain areas to add visual interest. The area was painted white first followed by carefully painting in grid lines. To speed things up a bit once the lines were in place they were colored in with a black .005 pigma pen and then any areas needing to be darker were touched up with black ink. Believe it or not but I was able to paint straighter lines than I could draw with the pigma pens - hence why I used a brush first.
Since I was running short on time I didn't get to do everything that I have originally visioned on doing. The big thing was I wanted to add "chipped armor" on them. Rather than just have the rusty dirty areas I wanted chipped out areas as well. I was running short on time and didn't do a test piece so didn't want to risk it at the time. I may go back and do it - though I do like the way they currently look.
I also didn't get to do the big banner quite how I had envisioned it. I felt it was a tad stark without any writing on it. I was running short on time and didn't really look into researching an appropriate text to place on it. So I decided on just having the checkered patter on the top and bottom and have the skull motif in the center. I may go back and add some inspiring latin text ... who knows.
I was not 100% thrilled with how the power sword or the plasma gun turned out. The power sword is close to how I envisioned it but it could be a bit brighter - especially at the tip and as a whole could be a bit smoother from dark to light. As for the plasma gun - I really liked how the plasma peeking through the exhaust ports turned out - this was inspired by embelished art from the box art and website. For the top of the plasma gun however - the dark blue looks too distracting and doesn't blend as smooth as it could be.
Like I said before the vallejo masking paint worked very well and after the parts were painted they scraped off good. The only problem I encountered with assemby was with the plasma gun. I had glued the plasma gun to the arm before painting and had found that the shoulderpad wouldn't cear. I ended up having to shave off part of the arm under the shoulderpad to made it fit. You can't see it once assembled but that wasn't forseen. Otherwise they assembled well and I didn't have any real accidents.
Thank you again for your votes and I look forward to your comments, critiques, or anything else you want to say. I haven't fully fleshed out what chapter traits I wanted to use yet so if you have any insight on that as well I would love to hear it.
Here are some of the pictures - more can be found on my website.
Veteran Sargeant Ordu
Nice scheme. I'm a big fan of white armor, the tin just really works well with the stained white. Great job.
Hey thanks! They aren't perfect but I agree they did turn out well. I wish I could say that the color scheme is 100% original but I did have a little help with it! :rolleyes:
I just want to say...
you really know how to paint a kick ass red.
Oh, and those are some nice looking marines too! You did a great job on the using the transfers on the banners - they definitely don't look just stuck on.
Keep up the excellent work Slorak!
Thanks for your comments on the red. I am happy with the formula that I have used. It allows for the highlights to be very visible yet have the overall look of the red to be dark. I am sure substituting purple ink for the brown ink would also work well.
As for the transfers - I used a product called micro-sol and micro-set to soften the decals. This worked very well on the flat surface of the banners but not quite as well on the shoulderpads. GW transfers tend to be a bit thick and even with the softening agent they bunched up a bit on the ends due the the shoulderpad not being flat. After the decals dried I brushed on a gloss varnish and then sprayed them with dullcote. Any raised areas of the decals after they had dried were scraped off gently with an x-acto knife. If any of the detail was taken off as well I carefully touched it up with paint.
I would say that the tin bitz (or at least I think it's Tin bitz...) would need some more highlights.
The white is good and that brown give's it a nice shading.
Overall they are quite good.
I see what you are saying - however if you highlight it too much it stops being tin.Originally Posted by Da Mighty Camel
What I did was highlight the raised portions of the armor with a mix of 50/50 gunmental and tinny tin. This lightened the areas enough to where you can see them in person. I also went back with black ink and darkened all of the edges around the armor so as to help make it stand out a bit better.
Thanks for your comments. Keep 'em coming!
Dude they r0x0rz my s0x0rz. i love them!
I guessed that the tin would look diffrent IRL, would like to see themOriginally Posted by slorak