I’ve finally produced a test model for my space marines and the process has been like being back in school.
One flaw in my painting has been the lack of development in my techniques and I really want produce the best painted army that I can so I’ve done some reading even before picking up a brush again.
The colour scheme I’ve chosen is a big step outside of my comfort zone as painting white on a large scale is not something I’ve had much success with at all. I also plan to have some technical elements as well, all of which will be new to me so research has been key. This blog has been my bible and I will refer to it frequently
A good foundation –
I’ve always primed my models in black. It was how I was first shown to do things way back when and I’ve never gone beyond it, well once or twice I have used white but I’ve never felt the results have been enough to switch.
So the first thing I have done is thrown that old habit out the window and switched to a light grey primer. No it’s not white but the biggest reason for giving this a try was the ease of painting white on top simply and effectively and it’s a good base for light colours and still gives definition on the model which helps.
The second thing I tried out was applying base colours before adding metallics. Again my past learning taught me to apply metallic paint direct from pot to model but applying a snakebite brown base for gold and a dark grey for the leadbeltcher has helped to cover up any small missed bits and made things tidier.
I may have forgot to mention that I’m a stay at home dad with two amazing children so my work rate right nw is slowed by the fact I can only grab an hour or two here or there.
First days work
Completed Work – Model primed grey, white armour done, soft armour done (Darkenhof Nightshade washed in twice), Metal areas based and painted. A good first go with the new primer and overall not bad, but a smoothness in my painting is still eluding me.
Second days work
Completed Work – Metal washed and highlighted, Gold based, painted, washed and highlighted, lenses done. I’m not happy with the gold at all so I’m replacing my old shining gold with the newer range and will be spending more time working on that but again I’m not unhappy with how the model looks.
Completed model gallery
Completed Work – Bolter painted and attached, back pack done, purity seals and scroll work completed, shoulder pads done. The shoulder pads have been coloured in as fillers as I’m not sure about the final designs but the model has turned out better than i expected but there is still a lot of room for improvement.
So…Lessons learnt – If you’re going to follow a tutorial make sure you actually follow it. I decided at the last minute not to do exactly what was shown in the painting white tutorial and ended up having to add more paint to cover up my mistakes. On the next model I followed step for step and it came out a lot better. Secondly plan what colours you are going to lay down when. This was important for the lenses and the soft armour as I had to go back and tidy up my mistakes with more paint. Model number 2 came out a lot better with some forward planning. Finally keep a painting diary. This allowed me to go back over what i had done the previous session as well as work out how to fix any issues I had when it come to the second model. I didn’t capture everything but that’s just a learning process for me.
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Tutorial credit to Ron @ fromthewarp