The shove that I needed to get cracking and paint these guys was a Facebook challenge with some gamers I know. These games have 10 man Marine Squads, I had 25 shiny converted guys that all needed a long process of painting. 21 steps, yay me.
So with the only time available to paint being between 10-12 when the family is asleep, this was a lot of late nights and an entire series of Better Call Saul, a few TED talks, some QI and a failed attempt at Community (nope, not for me).
- Basecoat with Chaos Black spray.
- Pick out all the inner flesh detail in dark flesh tone (Bestial brown + Cadian flesh + Mephiston Red)
- Paint metal Irongut Silver
- Paint boots, wood, and bronze bits with Bestial Brown
- Paint clothing yellow X2 light coats Averland Sunset.
- Pick out skin with Cadian Flesh
- Wash clothing, boots, flesh with Agrax Earthshade
- Wash metals + dark with Nuln Oil.
- Touch up any over-washed areas of clothing to pick out the yellow again.
- Paint first coat of paint over the detail, the different colours of the pouches, cloaks, rags
- Pick out highlights on the yellow clothing in 2 successively lighter blends of Averland Sunset and some White Scar.
- Line highlight the metal with Ironguts with a tad of White Scar (or blend if time allows)
- Line highlight the glossy black helms and armour with minutely lighter black/grey.
- Paint the eyes. Horizontal line of White Scar, dot of Bestial Brown, smaller dot of Abaddon black
- Paint the brows and fingers etc of the faces with 2/3 progressively lighter layers of Cadian Flesh
- Final touches to pouches and detail, Blend as needed. Finish metal + Bronzes with Gehanna Gold + drybrush Of Irongut Metal.
- Paint three coats of Valeyo gloss over the glossy armour portions
- Paint tattoos on exposed arms
- Paint any OSL + metal warping
- Cover base with snow.
- Splat on the blood
Took a bit of time to do some OSL with mixed results, still feels off, think it’s to do with how I do shadows so that will need some work.
Also enjoyed doing eyes across the board, white horizontal stripe, dot brown/blue for the Iris, smaller dot of black for the Pupil.
Additionally I found that added snow up the legs of the troopers made them much more blended with the environment and complemented the painting and realism nicely.