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ok it's about time i've made one of these things, thanks to Canew for pushing me that last little bit. i'm making this at work so i will be posting pics up of past projects in order of what i have already posted or completed. when i get a chance i will post up my first blending attempt as well.
all of my models that are painted dont get stripped down and rerpainted as i improve so that i have stepping stones to remember techniques and find ways to improve based on my previous attempts.
i hope this ends up being a great thread that many people come to and get inspiration from, i know these are vanilla marines, but i also have been told many times that painting marines can be the easiest and most difficult to paint at the same time. anyone can paint a marine quickly and easily but to make them stand out as special takes a bit more, and i hope that this is an inspiration to all marine painters.
that being said bring on the pics :-)
1) rocket launcher - first time painting miniatures ever
2) assault marine commander - second attempt after finding these boards and doing lots of research
3) venerable dreadnaught - first walker painted, the head was meant to be flesh tones, afterwards i realized that it was a helmet it will be correctly painted blue in the future.
4) tactical squad - mostr recent paintings done with the exception of the chaplain i have yet to take pics of. *crap thought i had pics on my laptop will take pics soon*
5) Drop pod - i sporadically work on this while i wait on other paints to dry or jsut dont feel like paintign a small figure. *old pics updates soon as well*
6) chaplain - *pics coming soon* my first attempt at layering accomplished it "decently"
glazing attempts and possibly a tutorial for others since glazing seems to be a big mystery for alot of people out there and not easy to find a ton of info on if you don't knwo where to look.
as a side note i didnt realize how much of my work i still needed to take pics of :-P
C&C please i value opinions and ideas greatly!!
Thats some impressive undertakings being a beginning painter. Its a very good start. For your marines, you may want to touch up the armor with some highlighting, it will really bring out their features and color.
I applaud you on your first completed models.
As for taking pictures of your models, you should include more ambient lighting, it will help show off the details on your models. There's a picture taking thread on the boards, its very useful.
fair play but from the picture the step up in the quality of your painting from the first models to that dreadnaught is amazing
A great start, well past where I started! I'm looking forward to seeing much more of this!
well as promised here is the chaplain, i also included an obligatory pic of my work area when it is dirty i think i am gonna go clean that up once i get done posting this :-P
the chaplain's robes were my first attempt ant blending/layering i thought it turned out decently enough, and i hope to improve with time :-)
ok incoming pics :-)
edit: pics are much larger when clicked upon :-)
just a quick update, i havent been doing much in the way of painting. all of my time has spent with the girlfriend or building models, but all is not for naught :-D i've finished all of the building that i can for the time being (i'm out fo cash to buy the last few things i need) so today i got everythign all primed up and ready to paint. within the next day or two i hope to get some pics up of my whole army to date, and to get a few morre painted :-)
have a good one
and as always C&C greatly appreciated
once again slow going, sorry guys no pics this time... have first layer of blue highlighting done on the termies and haven't been able to touch them since... i have managed to work on the drop pod in small stages in my off time as well... it is slowly but surely gettign it's first highlight in blue as well...
i need to start working on ways to streamline the process because as much as i like having well painted good looking figures... i get tired of looking at the same fig's for days on end, when i can actually sit down and paint.
i have close to 4k points of marines in total, and growing... i gotta get faster at painting or i'm never gonna get done
Looking pretty good so far. Interesting that you painted the Chaplain blue. Usually they're in black, no matter what the chapter. Still, it's a nice job. You might consider (if you haven't done so) a light wash of devlan mud on the robes to accentuate the blending. A matte sealer (a good idea on metal models), while usually clear, still can "soften" blends, too, as I'm discovering now.
Highlights are looking good, but I'd suggest thinner lines. I used to make big lines like that, too. Sometimes, less is more.
Only other nit: One of the white arrows in an earlier picture on a marine's shoulder pad needs some touching up.
Overall, good job! These are your FIRST? I wish I painted that well my first time out!
Nice work man, from your first to the Chaplin you posted your improvement is uncanny. Did you do any painting before you started with minis? as far as advice goes, I see you have calagar and his honor guard in your group pic there, I painted up some of them, it took me forever. The only advice I can think to give is plan out the colors in advance and don't get discouraged by how long it takes.