Sunday, 25 September 2016

Alpha Legion - Horus Heresy - Betrayal at Calth - Finished


All that was left to finish was the bases and the details.




I was a bit perplexed by what colour to paint the helmet crest and tabard., initially I went for red but that looked too much Night Lords so I repainted it grey and washed with black then highlighted with grey again. I think that fits in better with the Alpha Legion colour scheme as well. I did leave the eye lenses red though.

The bases were basically brown with weathering powder applied to give it that dusty Mars earth look.

The models really turned out the way I was hoping for and I am pretty pleased. This just makes my decision even harder now.

Only one legion left to try out.....


Vitor

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Alpha Legion - Horus Heresy - Betrayal at Calth - WIP

 

After doing my successful testing on using the Tamiya X23 paint as a candidate for the Alpha Legion colour scheme I have started on my next batch of Betrayal at Calth miniatures.

The plan is pretty straight forward.

Prime with black and base colour of Leadbelcher.


Next a good coverage of my 60/40 black/brown wash mixture.


Layer on Tamya X23.

 
 
 

Some observations, the Tamiya had to be applied in three layers to get the rich, deep blue colour I was after. My reasoning is that this legion is all about stealth so the bright blue colour from Forge World is less consistent with the fluff, hence I preferred the deep blue.

The pictures are great but didn't quite capture the colour as it is in real life which is a shame, hopefully the finished ones will.

I need to finish off the details and bases next, so stay tuned for the finished squad.


Vitor

Sunday, 11 September 2016

Horus Heresy - Guess which Legion I am painting next?

So as part of my original plan to determine which Horus Heresy Legion I might start to collect, I am experimenting with the choice of colour paint to use.

This Legion is arguably the most difficult to categorically say what colour they use for their armour.

Historically they were like this.

So a purple with green insignia moving on to a blue with green as a more chaos legion.

I have seen many paint schemes in between these as well and they all look good, well maybe not the purple and green one.

Now the latest version from Forge World looks like this.
This is still blue but with a metallic sheen to it, no green in sight and this is what drew me in as it falls into the way I like to paint my miniatures. The problem is how to replicate the look.

I scoured many forums and blogs looking for the recipe and I came across this paint.
I purchased a pot and began to experiment.

The first thing I noticed is it has a warning on the side so read that first.

Some other observations, it is really thick but apparently can be diluted to use with an air brush. To this end I diluted my paint with a drying retarder which caused it to trap air bubbles within the paint so be wary of that. I also had to apply several layers to get the blue I wanted, this can lead to obscuring detail. Applying a wash for shading can be tricky as the dried paint surface does not 'hold' the shade very well.

Here are my test results on a spare terminator model.

I started with a metal base colour


Then applied the Tamiya x23

Drybrushed with the metal to create highlights.

Re-applied the Tamiya x23

Painted in some of the other detail to see what the overall effect would be.


Not as light as the Forge World stuff but pretty good.

Now that I am happy with the outcome I can start on my Betrayal of Calth Miniatures.

Vitor



Sunday, 4 September 2016

Bolt Action German 81mm Mortar Team - Finished


I completed the basing using my ground black pepper and herb method and as previously discovered I added some additional colour with some static grass to bring more green to the mix of colours and make it look better as the pepper and herbs are very close in colour with little contrast .





I like the way these turned out.

Vitor

Sunday, 28 August 2016

Bolt Action German 81mm Mortar Team - WIP


Continuing on the small painting projects from my Bolt Action Boot Camp at Beasts of War I tackled the German mortar team.

I use the same method as previously with a black primer, base colours of German Field Grey, Reflective Green, Graveyard Earth and some generic browns and flesh colours.


Followed this with a wash of 60/40 brown/black.



Then went back and highlighted with the same base colours. Apologies for the poor pictures and lack of pictures for the highlight stage, these were done at the same time as the MMG Team pictures.

I need to finish the base in my ground black pepper and herb method to be consistent with the plan I have for the army.

Vitor

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Bot Action German MG42 MMG Team - WW2 - Finished


So I completed the basing using my ground black pepper and herb method but it needed some additional colour as the pepper and herbs are very close in hue so I added some static grass to bring more green to the mix of colours and make it look better.

I am happy with the result but am still undecided about adding some weathering powder to the models.








Vitor

Sunday, 7 August 2016

Bot Action German MG42 MMG Team - WW2 - WIP

I have finally got around to painting some of my Bolt Action models, after going to the Beasts of War Boot Camp more than a year ago, now.

As part of the Boot Camp we received a starter set with a tank, half-track and some infantry. Time was pretty short and the models were put together quickly in order to be able to play the game, no time for endless mould line cleaning etc. Needless to say after that weekend of great fun the models went into a box and stayed there until this week.
I decided to start small so picked my MMG team to work with. I broke the models off the base so I could paint them easier and cleaned them up a bit.

I painted the base colours using the same technique as the Flames of War miniatures I painted previously. Black primer, base colours of German Field Grey, Reflective Green, Graveyard Earth and some generic browns and flesh colours.


I followed this with a wash of 60/40 brown/black.



Then went back and highlighted with the same base colours. Apologies for the poor pictures and lack of pictures for the highlight stage.

I need to finish the base in my ground black pepper and herb method, then I will decide if I want to add any weathering to the models.

Stay tuned for the finished models. Will endeavour to take better pictures as well.

Vitor