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No...what they have in the book is probably one of the correct ways to do it. They tell you to have a black basecoat and then drybrush the blue on, which you would have to do in layers in order to cover the model. That would easily be to avoid using to much paint and achieving a good effect with the colours.
I don't paint ultramarines myself but that seems like it would be a right way to do it...
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I have recently painted an ultramarine (sorry no pics yet) and he has turned out QUITE amazing looking. Good old Captain Sicarius.
Having relied heavily on drybrushing for my nids (on the little guys anyway.. you know, the speed thing) I am surprised that I didnt' use drybrushing AT ALL on sicarius. And I got him 95% done in a matter of about 4 hours.
I can't tell you technique, but I can tell you the basic colors I used.
Primer: black (didn't have white)
Basecoat: Ultramarines blue
1st highlight: Ultramarines blue mixed with a bit of ice blue
2nd highlight: added more ice blue to the mix
Final highlight: haven't done it yet but will more than likely be straight ice blue.
Now this tends to make him come out rather vibrant looking (even with black primer) which I think is awesome. He really stands out nicely on the table without looking too carebear-ish. But he's also not dark like most of the marines i've seen.
You could probably do a whole ultramarine army (or any other chapter for that matter) without ever resorting to drybrushing and it wouldn't take much more time. The marines have nice clean lines. Perfectly rounded armor plating on them with relatively few crazy details to be picked out (unlike my nurgle marines). You can more or less highlight them really well simply by basecoating, and then with each highlight leave a bit of the previous layer showing. You know, layering.
Anyway.. I recommend not drybrushing.. but that's just my 2 cents.
some drug store will sell seringes for like 80 cents. I bought one once to fill a watermelon with vodka. Just don't try and by one if you look like a heroine addict or anything.
I'm lucky, I had 7 teeth ripped out of my face a few years back and was given this funky looking seringe thing to rinse the back of my mouth where my wisdom teeth were. Makes a wonderful thing for measuring paint out of my jars.
But yeah, i'm sure if you ask them for a seringe WITHOUT a needle in the end (if that's possible) you can probably get one at a local drugstore/pharmacy.
I personally like the darker looking ultramarines. I would recommend starting with a base of the next darker blue to ultramarine, then add your highlight layers of 50/50 mix darker blue/ultramarine, then ultramarine, and maybe follow it up with ultramarine mixed with a little of the next lighter blue or a touch of bone to lighten it a bit.
I also personally like the gold trim of the 2nd company now over the yellow.
Just my thoughts!
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