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I'm putting this guy up for critique and suggestions on how to improve the painting overall. I actually attempted to use suggestions I had heard and read before, starting off with a boltgun metal drybrush, then adding on mixed washes of boltgun metal and mithril silver before adding a wash of blue ink on the armor. I colored the greaves and gauntlets with layered washes of liche purple and liche/warlock purples.
I decided, for the scrolls and parchment, to do straight on scorched brown, covered with washes of bestial brown, bestial brown/bleached bone, and two washes of bleached bone. I think they turned out great. The psycannon was just a couple liche purple washes over drubrushed boltgun metal.
I never use transfers on my heraldry, and I attempted the wing and swords of the Williams Irish Heraldry.
Full (Crisp) Heraldry
This is my best paint job so far.
Sorry mate, but it is sorta hard to get alot of detail from a distance. I like the heraldry on the shoulderpad, but in the same pic some mould lines show up, which can put off a good paint job. The armour is nice and shiny though, polished looking.
Beware the Agapanthers!
Codex Astartes: More a guideline than a rule...
Try to find a macro-mode on your camera, it will greatly increase the quality of your pics.
And try to get another light source pointing directly at the model (from the angel you take the pic).
Unique colour scheme.
The attempt at freehand.
Mould lines on the back pack
Flat, no depth painted on.
Slightly untidy in apppearance.
I think you just need to sort the mould lines out and then "black" line in between the armour and where colours butt up to each other. Doesn't have to be a black line it could be a darker shade of the colour your trying to make stand out. For instance on my space wolves armour I use space wolf grey armour and "black" line with shadow grey.
Outlining the gold will really make it stand out, because at the moment the gold is blending into the other colours. Also a micro fine highlight of mithril silver on gold really blings it up and makes it sparkle.
It looks good though, i will have to agree with Gareth it does look flat, there needs to be some shading and such, but mastering shading takes a while. I suppose i am repeating what the others have said, but it just needs some outlining and depth.
When i first went on practing "depth" and shading i bought a model that was wearing a robe, i just think robes are fun to shade...