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So today I picked up a box of Guard to start my new Guard army!
I spent a bit of time thinking about the direction I wanted to go. Originally I wanted Tallarn as they're hot, but they cost an arm and a leg. Anyway I decided that I'd buy Cadians and try to convert them a bit. My brigade represents one from a world deep in the Eastern Fringes. They have thrown off the yoke of Imperialism and have launched a revolutionary war of liberation against the Imperium, an authority they see as being synonymous with Chaos at this point. They also fight against the oppression of the Tau, as they recognize that the threat posed by these fascists could be even more dangerous than the Imperium.
Anyway after a bit of searching for cool colour schemes I ended up finding one. To the best of my knowledge it is called "Krot", and is a variation of Soviet/Russian military forces camouflage consisting mainly of tan, olive green, brown and a bit of black. Anyway here's my first attempt at it:
The camera flash makes it look a little off. It was a bit of an adventure painting this dude. First off, I don't really like Cadian's armour. So I shaved it down and slapped a greenstuff "flak vest" over it. I also removed the wings from the helmet and filed the shin armour to make it look like just a boot. Also, I didn't undercoat it. My black spray has run dry and I have too little black paint left to give it a once-over. So I simply started with the undercoat of the scheme, which was, surprise-surprise, Camo Green! Then I added a bunch of horizontal streaks of catachan green, followed by scorched brown, and a tiny bit of black here and there. Boots and gun painted black, pouches, helmet and shoulder pads painted catachan green with a bit of camo green highlight. Helmet and shoulder pads were also brushed over with boltgun metal lightly to give it a metallic look. For the skin, I didn't have any flesh colours whatsoever, so I mixed a bit of white with a bit more snakebite leather. Then I splashed a bunch of ink over it all. And there you go.
Anyway I'm happy with the end result. I think it's unique. All I have to do now is base it and finish the rest of the platoon! Yay! Any critiques? I think I'll paint the body of the lasgun black, I don't like the look of all of it after drybrushing boltgun over it.
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dude! i love your camo! its awsome! the skin and armour look a litthe shiny though, it might just be the camera, but if you have udes a varnish, i recommend you dont. Also, I think youve inked his skin, making it quite dark, i think it'd look better if you just layered from dwarf flesh up to elf. Finally, i think you could make the armour a little brighter, maybe use a dirrerent green, to make it contrast a bit more, if you look at most of the existing cadian scemes, youll notice alot of the flak armour is painted very differently to the clothes, although it would be a stupid thing to do in a real war, i think it makes the model look better. Anyway, they are my thoughts. Once again, AWSOME work on the camo, i think youve accurately and skillfully done that. But remember, these are guardsman, and from what i can tell, you are gonna have an infantry heavy army? dont spend too much time painting them, or youll probably get bored and loose focus of the real goal, an awsome guard army!
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I like your camo as well. Very good, looks real enough to me.
Yer that looks really good i like good job and i hope your gonna highlight the helmet and other flak armour. Looks great.
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i reakon it looks good, but i have to second that it will be hard to paint an entire guard army like that
i think its a bit murky... not just the picture but the colours as well, if you paint a 1000pts up with these colors i'm afraid it might be quite bland... mayby add some light green or something, or give the armour a more distinct colour... but i do like you've gone for historic accuraccy!
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Actually, it took surprisingly little time to do this kind of scheme.
All it involves is painting all the cloth camo green, the boots black and armour catachan green; then adding catachan green streaks over the camo green; then scorched brown streaks over that. Then flesh, then an ink wash and that's completely it. I just sat down and did 5 guys in a little over an hour this way.
Anyway I finished the entire squad, AND I added a lil somethin'. First, a sniper (pics below) in a ghillie suit. Second, as this squad is supposed to have cameoline I gave them all a bit of ghillie-ness to their helmets (I was going to put ghillies on ALL of them but I thought I'd reserve that for the Vets).
So here's pics of the finished squad:
Also, natural outdoor lighting = win.
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Really nice! You could concider using a watered down color instead of inking, this wont give the shiny effect as the inks but will work nice as a shading. By using a lighter brown you could give it a more muddy effect, while darker browns work nicely as shading. You could use another tecnique for the flesh areas, like highlighting to make it stand out more. Adding some facepaint will be a great addition to the camo. Painting the barrel of the guns Lazery and soem of the buttons(??) on the guns with lighter and more outstanding colors like yellow or perhaps lighterblue will give the model a brigther look.
Still it's a good job:yes:, I've allways wanted to make an IG army, started once but the models ended up in the bitbox.
Very nice. I particulaly like the 'scrim' on the sniper.
Painting all that camo on so many models may see daunting, but it will be worth it in the end as you will have a stunning army.
I tried a three colour cammo based on modern desert uniforms
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