Finally got him finished on the 23rd, but couldn't get access to a camera till today.
I'm quite happy with him really, apart from maybe the wet blending work on the light, I think he's okay.
I know he hasn't got a Hawk Lord chapter badge, but I didn't think my free hand skills would be up to it to be honest, so I choose not to risk it, and went with a fast attack symbol instead.
I enjoyed painting him really. It was good to get away from the orks for once! Plus, I managed to use that base which I made about two years ago now.
So, like I said, back to Orks. I've started where I left off with those Shoota Boyz, and so I plan to work on them this week. But if I recall correctly, its Half Term week for the schools, so its likely, I'll not get a lot done, as I won't want to go to Games Workshop to paint much.
So, a lot more of the highlights are down now. The parcements and what not are all done bar a tiny dab of white needed maybe. The reds all need dabs of Blazing Orange, and the purple needs the second stage started. The blues on areas such as the claws and the light, I'm going to attempt to use retarder to wet blend. Especially on the light as I want to then use gloss on it to further give the impression of glass.
The question still on my mind however is the choice of colour for the second stage of purple highlight. I haven't had the chance to mix up some test batches of Liche Purple/Bleached Bone, Liche Purple/Red and Liche Purple/Blue, yet, so I'm uncertain of the best choice. I think the LP/BB mix might be the best, but until I get a look at the three different results, I can't be sure.
I'll not be painting tomorrow I don't think, as now I have started a Christmas temp job, and so am busy with that. But after work on Thursday and Friday, after getting home midday, I will change and pick up my painting gear and head to GW as normal. I would like to get him finished by the weekend, as the feel for painting more Orks is starting its slow creep back.
Here he is so far. I think all I have left to do now is the highlight work, and the drybrush work on the flock of the base. Plus, if you look at his right knee (Our left) theres a little bit of red I need to get rid of too.
Unsure what to do on the light behind him though. I was thinking of maybe wet blending with the retarder I have, though I haven't done that for ages... mind you, that is the whole point of this like. To try my hand at skills that I haven't used for so long.
Please give me your thoughts and opinions on him so far. :)
As you might be able to tell, I decided to go with Hawk Lords as the chapter of choice for this little side project, mainly because I've never painted one before, and thought it would be cool to do so. So this is what I have so far. His body is a Death Company marine. The claws are from one of the old metal vet kits, and the jump pack is from the metal jump pack chaplain.
I need to finish the base colours, which will probably get done on Friday, before then washing him. Then I plan to build up the colours again, and then add the highlights.
I'm looking forward to getting him finished, as then I will be able to go back to the Shoota boyz with a fresh painting mind set. :)
Spent the afternoon and evening at GW Vets night though. Played two games, one against my friend Skip and his Tau in a 1.5k Annihilation/Pitched Battle. And what a cracking game it was. He kicked off really well, and by the end of turn two he was already 6-2 up. But eventually my ladz got into combat, and did what Orks do best. STOMP STUFF! The game went on to turn 7 though, and my Lootas only needed to kill one firewarrior to draw the game, but with only 3 saves to make, the weedy fish'ead went to ground, and saved the day, giving Skip a well deserved 11-10 win.
I'll be back in GW tomorrow to paint, but I'm unsure whether or not I should paint more shoota boyz, or change the pace a little with this little Space Marine project I want to do.
This is the general idea of what I have so far, but I'm also further unsure what chapter to do him. I can either paint him up in one of my two custom chapters, one of which has no colour scheme at the minute. Or one of the lesser own ones already kicking about the place.
I managed to finish this batch of five on Friday, but due to a busy weekend, I've not had chance to get them uploaded. Nothing special about these five like, but as you can see, this batch includes one of the two big shootaz that Skwad Ironhed normally takes to battle.
I don't know if I'll get anymore of the unit done this week, as I'm thinking about doing up a Space Marine model project. Nothing big, but something to change the pace a little, and so that I can put a bit more work into rather than just a simple paint and wash.
This is the first five of Skwad Ironhed, a 20 stong Shoota Boyz unit led by Sarge Ironhed.
This batch is led by Korpral Snikka, an ex Ork Kommando who lost his hand on a mission when a stikkbomb when off too early. Luckly for him, there was a painboy back at base who was more than willing to attach the Kommando's favourite blade to the stump. Snikka became part of Ironhed's shoota boyz, after he was injured, since the regiments Kommando units need to be fully 'fightin fit'.
I'm now working on the next batch of five, and I hope to have them done by the end of the week, since at the minute, I'm spending a fair bit of time painting in Games Workshop due to lack of job, and the fact that I find it so much easier to actually get work done there.
I'll should think that I'll be there quite a bit in the near future, as I have nothing much to do after looking for work. I was going to be attending the Gauntlet, a 1k 40k tourney, but sadly, due to lack of funds, that won't be happening anymore.
In other news though, happy to say that my New Model Fund has increased a little due to some more penny saving. I'm now upto £32.