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Had this mini for ages, was a Gamesday limited edition - 2003 I believe - and well wanted to try a few things and paint a space marine. That I have done. First thing I tried was the gold, tis NMM. Now this is only my second attempt at NMM painting and my first at gold, it came out probably too yellow and/or brown in places but it's all a learning curve and something to try and remedy for next time. I didn't use any online guides but I did remember bits here and there, starting with a base of snakebite leather I then added bubonic brown, golden yellow then sunburst before doing the highlights with a mix of white. Not too bad.
Now those who are in the know will notice that he should have black armour - being a chaplain - but I did grey instead, and it was not. I repeat was not because I had painted the grey thirteenth company armour before this was pointed out to me. :blush: That was done by starting with a codex grey and chaos black base and adding in more grey until I got the shades I liked. The light patches on the armour are suppose to be light spots (where the light would reflect most) but seems the blending was not as good as it looked after the varnish was applied - they seem a little too bright. And yes, I forgot the backpack *ahem* It fell off and I got otherwise busy.
The cloak is suppose to be a wolf pelt, on some advisment I added washes to it and they seem to have done some great work in breaking up the monotonomus look; they may be hard to see but they're there (snakbite leather, bestial brown, purple and a reddy brown). Most the rest is just simple stuff; necklace, gun, vials etc Nothing too special. Again the rune on the backpack is due to a bit of advise from a fellow painter, just to fill the gap slightly. The shoulder pad with the badge on, well my attempt at freehand, came out alright but I need to practice there a fair bit.
Finally the base. My first idea had him dwarfed by this huge thing, too big. So getting a bit of slate and breaking it up I got this one. Now I recently got the Vallejo Game colour line and wanted to try them. So from a white undercoat the rock has been washed and drybrushed only. I used Charred Brown, Earth, Beasty Brown, Bone White and Skull white only. The next part did not turn out quite as well; using Yellow Olive and Dark Green I added washes to the crack and such on the base to represent lichen and moss growing etc.
So there you have it, done. I am quite proud, have a long way to go before I'd even consider entering a GD (need to refine a few techniques) but I am slowly plodding along - short legs you see - and am happy with my progress. Thank you to those who looked at this in private and helped with some good advice, thanks a bunch folks.
Hey, that's not bad at all.
I would have gone lighter on the highlights on the armour and inner cape, but....
very nice work :yes:
The little vials are a nice touch also.
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the gold nmm and the skull on his head are really good, and that's a really good gold nmm for first go its a really nice model overall
Well the highlights are not as bright because I wanted the appearance of dulled armour - probably failed there but oh well. The cape only had small highlights, suited better I felt. Thanks for the comments.Originally Posted by Killer Clown
The NMM gold worked out alright, just needs practice.
Nice, Kuffy, very nice.
I've no advice, and I know your not big with just "Good job" Posts, but I've no advice for a painter who is better than I
I've got a project though, and its that same model. Tis for my brother, and so I have stolen the picture for inspiration ^__^
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I really like the model. The NMM is very well done, too.
As far as constructive criticism goes, the only two things I can pick on are:
1) the Wolf logo on the left shoulderpad. It just really is not in the same league as the rest of the mini in my opinion. I realize how hard it can be to paint back there, especially given the pose (I think the model is a single sculpt).
2) The fur seems a little bland. I think that a deeper, more rich red-brown (at least at the recesses) would help to really let the pelt stand out. As it is, the armor and the pelt tend to blend visually into a murky grey. Maybe something as simple as a red-brown ink wash would do the trick...
So rather than bore everyone with the "great mini" post (which this definitely deserves), those are my little gripes
If it makes you feel any better, I had to look over the pics about 10 times before I found them, though.
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