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A while back, people may have remembered me asking about ideas for an Egyptian themed marine force. I've had this mini done for a while but never actually posted it up and few have seen it but this is the scheme I plan to use, only with a few modifyiers. I have four more primed I just need to touch things up: such as the shading, highlights and maybe some slight weathering/scratches. Oh and to make sure the pads are the right way around... *ahem*
The colours used, are - if I can remember correctly.
Desert Yellow; highlighted by adding bleached bone [shade will be a darker brown]
The lenses are hawk turquiose, for a splash of colour. The bolter is black, obviously, and the metallics are the metals from boltgun to mithril. The gold is shining, burnished and a darker one for the base [forget it's name] . The icons are freehanded and are done with dark flesh, a small ammount of brown was added for the base layers.
Well this is what I am hoping my chapter; the 'Sons of Ra' will look like. Just a few modifications needed here and there.
i'd look into paiinting gem like eyes mate, you got the skill, and they're that one little touch that can drop a jaw.
Also i'd "black" line with a colour like charred brown. Will make the mini pop out a bit more and won't be as harsh and comic book as black can be on light colours.
Fantastic work though.
Spectacular mate, I do recall you going down this track, did you get chance to see the egyptian themed marines on the US GW site? they are very similar
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Gareth - Hm, will look at that. I used VGC paints and they are very liquid, some I found do not cover well and the pigments pull apart on the pallete; but I'll give the eyes a better look when I start on the next one [not next week but one after; next week I'm on holiday - in Denmark!].
Chered - Not sure that I managed it, I couldn't find them; or did and just blanked my mind of them.
looks good, I'd possible go with some more Hawk Turquoise in the scheme somewhere, it'll keep it from looking too blandly desertish
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It's plain on purpose, I see them more as a desert chapter - relying on cammoflague on desert planets more than anything else. Large patches of colour would despoil that feel I think. Bt fair comment, they are plain.
I like it very much. Does what it says on the tin.
I would agree with gareth on the dark-lining, it would really help your definition out a lot.
My other criticism would be that I think the gold looks a tiny bit bland next to such a nice rich browny-yellow. Give it a bit more depth with some darker shading, and definately blackline around it.
edit: I forgot to mention, I love the icon!
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I agree if you are going for an egyptian theme I would incorporate more of the blue, yellow, burgandy color. I see your point about desert camo but... aren't space marines meant to go right in with vibrant striking colors knowing that their superiority will win the day rather than rely on blending in... sounds like the influence of chaos making them want to hide!!! :w00t:
At any rate - I like the look of these guys. Very cool. I would suggest Vallejo smoke to "darkline" the model with. Specifically in the cracks of the armor segments, around the edges of the shoulderpads, etc. I too think that the gold needs to start with a darker base to really stand out from the rest of the desert yellow color.
Very fine job though. I like it!
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Can't see the eagle on the chest but this might be a place to get a little more color into the scheme, particularly turquoise but also black & burgundy. It would be a bit tedious to do but given that the rest of the scheme is fairly simple, you might want to consider doing the eagle in a mosaic style in gold, turquoise, burgundy, and black. This would add a spot of color while still maintaining an overall color scheme that is very desert-ish.
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