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I've been working on and off on my Iron Snakes chapter, which like a lot of people I started after reading the excellent Dan Abnett book.
After getting all excited about what you could easily achieve with washes and metalics, I decided that in order to break up the models a bit I need some colour too, so I tend to drape bits of red cloth or cloaks around the marines who are more senior and I'll be adding the odd red loin-cloth type thing to rank and file marines too. The explanation being that red is the color of their current crusade.
I also made my own transfers to save a bit of time on the rank and file.
I'll keep posting here as and when they get done but for now, let me know what you think...
(I've added a poll so you can score it if you like).
Last edited by IronSnake; June 8th, 2009 at 20:24.
Wow, they are really awsome, the metallics are sweet as, but i think you could do something with the red, perhaps a shade of badab black then a highlight?
Any chance of a group shot. (sorry i have a thing about group shots )
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Looking really good mate Keep it up.
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Might be able to do a group shot at some point - going to need a big space and lots of daylight bulbs though I think...
They look good, but I'll echo Dutchie's comments about the metals - could do with a wash. I think its most noticeable on the drop pod, looks very flat and bland. I also think that the red robes could do with a slightly darker shade. At the moment, they are looking a little flat.
Nice work, I think the snake on the armor, and banners looks good, but the big one on the rhino is not so good, and in my opinion takes away from an otherwise good paint job. Ghats just my take though.
Oh, and you said you made your own transfers? I'd be interested in knowing how to do that, if you could point me in the right direction, I'd appreciate it.
Last edited by Dreden; June 10th, 2009 at 18:56. Reason: forgot something
Sure, it's pretty easy really.
First, design on the computer using some art package and print out in the highest quality you can. Hint: you can sometimes 'borrow' images from computer games
You need to buy yourself some transfer printer paper ('decal paper' I think it' called). I bought a few different kinds as I found that no two are alike and some are far better than others. I recommend 'Experts-Choice' Decal paper because it holds the ink a lot better. This stuff isn't cheap so I recommend filling your page with lots of useful transfers and printing a test page on paper first.
You then coat this a few times in something called 'Liquid decal film' to seal the ink and wait for it to dry (watch out for dust though).
Once dry, cut out and transfer as normal. They say to use micro-set on the area you're about to transfer onto but I don't always bother. sponge off the water gently when in position.
The final stage is the all important one. Apply thin layers of Micro sol to the transfer, which makes it all soft and bendy and helps it to conform to irregular shapes and curves (like shoulder pads). Wait for each layer to dry. If you get bits refusing to go down, I sometimes take a pin and poke air holes in them, which tends to help.
This isn't a perfect process, which is why I started doing it on shoulder pads off the model first, then gluing them on later, once I was happy. If you're not careful you can take off some of the paint. On my characters, I tend to just paint the symbols on instead but it saves a lot of time for your rank and file.