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After lurking here for many years on the site I decided to post my recent project. First real painting project since many years. Last 10 years I've been mostly modeling in 3D Studio Max but about a month ago the bug bit me again to paint something. And since that has become a rare event, I thought to do it well...

It's a large scale Space Marine from Forgeworld. Since it's a very detailed and expensive model I'm not taking this lightly. Over the past few weeks I've been slowly prepping the model and the last bits just came today, which are some separate etched brass icons to further enhance the model.
I also did some preliminary paintbrush testing on a piece of cardboard and some advanced weathering tests on a half-painted Dreadnought model that had been gathering since 3 or 4 years. I noticed that for future model shots, I'll have to set up some sort of light box or just block off any direct sunlight with white paper to allow for translucency but no glare.

So here are some pics.

First off: the gathered materials. In the background you can also see my PC used for my 3D madness.





Second some shots of my test-cardboard, the yellow technique will be used for one shoulder pad, the red for the rest of the marine.






And third, some shots of the new-style dreadnoughts I have painted over the past 15 years or so.
The first is the original model as they first came out, so god knows how old it is...




Second is a heavily converted one I made around 10 years ago, the left arm is fully converted. +-10 or 12 years old





The third is the most recent (metal) model and is still being finished. (hence the masking tape). +-4 years old, just been weathering it since a week or three (slowly).






Enjoy. :D
 

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Sounds interesting and from the test of the paint work, i am even more interested in seeing that forge world marine painted.
 

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Thanks guys!

@M'ichal: Well, it's actually thàt model that spurred me on to proceeding with his. I'm by no means a sculptor so I will not be able to achieve his level of originality of modeling but I am going to aim for his level of painting. I'll be happy if I approach, say, 70% of his skill... :skeleton:
I'm going to make it a Blood Angel as I've had a little Blood Angel fetish ever since I saw those first terracotta-coloured marines from Rogue Trader around 20 years ago, way before there was any talk of blood drinking and mmmMMMadness!

@fallvictim: Cheers man, I'm hoping to maintain my pacing and patience to produce something worthwhile. The cardboard received: undercoat, metal/rust coat, salt-weathering, base coat, and oil paint weathering, no highlights.

@Backdraft005: Well, I had the exact same view on it untill this year. A change of jobs and a drastic finance increase took care of that hurdle. And seeing that it's some sort of 'limited' model as it can only be cast untill the mold breaks, I thought what the hey! ;)

@All: Don't hold back now, any comments and critiques are always welcome.

I've added some etched brass detailing to the model and today I'll finilize the undercoating. I think I'll make him a veteran or vereran sergeant, because of the detailing he received. but I never was a big fan of the indtroduction of fully coloured yellow/blue/gold helmets for assault/devastator/veteran marines. Way back in the beginning a sergeant was indicated by just a sort of 'racing stripe' line running over the helmet.
Perhaps I'll go down that road and just paint his central intake-thingy gold with the lines tapering to the point of the snout.

For the shoulders pads, the one with the added detail I'll make with a cracked yellow, the other one, I'm not so sure yet. Either black to denote him as a sarge or keep it red, just to have some more red :D

Also I'm going to have to find a way to get a big-*ss Blood Angel sign on there, either by hand-drawing/printing one on masking tape and airbrushing it on or try and find a decal of that size.

Any thoughts on this are welcome.

I'll post some pics later today. I think I'll also start a miscelaneous thread of some other models I've got lying around. I did some terminators with some interesting helmet markings several years ago, perhaps I'd like to do something similar to this marine's helmet.
 

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Hey - I even liked your test cardboard. With a little extra effort it would go for a nice painting! :soldier:
 

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@Backdraft005: Cheers mate! :beer:

@danjones87: true, true, I don't want to mess this one up...

@niko: Hehe, thanks, good idea actually... add some extra flare to it, put it in a frame... who knows, who knows :D

In the Mean Time, some progress on the marine.

First, an undercoat of black






Then a light coat of boltgun metal, some metallic medium and Klear. This is not meant to cover the metallic parts but rather provide some metallic patches here and there after the salt weathering. The urge to make a Grey Knight is suddenly tempting...







Next a light coat of rust coloured paint, made from mixing various brown paints, inks and Klear. This is also applied irregularly to provide the rust flaking after the salt weathering process.


 

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I'm liking what I see going on here. I an expecting good things from the weathering, always cool to see various sized minis on display. How does it compare painting that to a normal marine? A lot I expect, but still curious. ;)

Kuffy
 

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Thanks guys! :)

@King Ulrik Flamebeard: Indeed it is. Every single piece is almost the size of a miniature, I'll post some comparisson shots tomorrow. It is fun though, the airbrush allows for a very relaxed painting technique once you get the hang of it. It's really interesting how you can build up layers and highlights without any apparent thickness increase in the layers you're applying.

The parts are salted right now but I'll post some pics tomorrow.

In the mean time I could use some feedback though. I did a little colour mockup in Photoshop of what I have in mind for the helmet. Never mind the crappy shading, it's just for colour placement.
What do you guys think, is this pattern good enough to go for?

 

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Then a light coat of boltgun metal, some metallic medium and Klear. This is not meant to cover the metallic parts but rather provide some metallic patches here and there after the salt weathering. The urge to make a Grey Knight is suddenly tempting...





Is there somthing up with the bottom of the blood angels badge on the shoulder pad?

Have you thought of mapping the model before salt masking?

Dan
 

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I shouldn't subsribe to this thread.... I really can't afford an air-brush and this sort of thread always makes me want more toys.

I'm looking forward to the progress!
 

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In the mean time I could use some feedback though. I did a little colour mockup in Photoshop of what I have in mind for the helmet. Never mind the crappy shading, it's just for colour placement. What do you guys think, is this pattern good enough to go for?
My first instinct was that it looks like it has a mohawk instead of having some meaningful helmet coloring. Might turn out good in the end, but that was my first reaction...
 

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In the mean time I could use some feedback though. I did a little colour mockup in Photoshop of what I have in mind for the helmet. Never mind the crappy shading, it's just for colour placement.
What do you guys think, is this pattern good enough to go for?

I'm not sure what to recommend but I don't think I've ever seen a Blood Angel with a helmet stripe.
 

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@danjones87: Indeed there is, it's a leftover from what is know as skin-texturing. Hard to avoid with tiny and thin brass detailing. No matter how few superglue one uses, there is always one drop that manages to squeeze itself out from under there and froms a neat little union between epidermus and model... On the actual model it's hardly visible and creates a perfect spot to apply some weathering powers and have a nice rusty patch there. but on the enlarged photo it does look a bit grotesque. :D

@The Paint Monkey: Ebay... Airbrush, new, 28 GBP, Compressor with air tank, new, 75EUR. Dunno how much that is in kiwi-dollars though... :soldier:

@Niko&TPM: Yeah that stripe is not sitting right with me either. It seemed like an ok idea in my head but even when I was making it in PS i got increasingly insecure about it. I think I'll ditch it.

My dilemma is this: the Space Marine helmet is such a cool shape that I don't want to 'waste ' is with just an even red or gold. I'd like to incorporate some element to denote it clearly as a veteran's helmet. I even toyed with the idea to paint some wings on the side but the curvy side is suited for neither masking or perfect symmetric paining. I'll do one more mockup and if that isn't heralded by hirnblowers and applause I'll cut it down to either fully red or fully gold. (the salt is alreayd applied and I don't want to wait too long.

*EDIT* Did a quickie mockup, never mind, fully gold it is and will be. Gives a good opportunity for some heavy weathering.....
 
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