I have loved and hated painting these models. I feel that It was a good project to help get me back into a mind set where I am enjoying painting for the sack of it not to get something done for a deadline (though I appreciate that it is a wonderful motivator at times). So what were the ups:
- Getting models I'd had kicking around from third addition (bikes) out of the case/bitz box and finally reaching their potential.
- Practicing new painting techniques from my Eavy Metal book to help me feel like I'm progressing as a painter.
- Recording my colour combinations in a (probably vain) attempt to help me keep the colours of the units in an army looking consistent even when they are painted years apart (a particularly hard task with reds).
- Getting to use the lovely plastic parts from the Blood Angel kits that I just had to buy on release day for more than just single miniatures.
|Making these helped me develop a new way to make bases without the need to cast the little devils in resin.|
|I know that the left shoulder pad icon should be black on the troopers but white just looked so much nicer.|
Now for the things that made me go hmm:
- The bikes had been painted red a long time ago and the technique was a little different to that I now use meaning that it can be a little inconsistent (flying in the face of all the effort I put into the riders)
- Positioning bikers and painting them separately is a great way to get to all those little details but it is a massive pain in the rectum when you realise they no longer fit properly! I had to damage a few bits to try to get them on their seats and the Serg is still at a funny angle.
- I was beaming when I finished the models before applying the require varnish finish. Now I've had some issues with spray varnish so I now hand varnish everything. The problem is that I completely forgot that varnish kills off a lot of the subtle work done blending paints, finally leaving me wondering why I bothered on some parts (no wonder professionals don't varnish their prize winners).
- I should have bought three more and painted them up so I had a full unit. I am only using five in my list but it's always nice to have the option.
|had to get a little creative to make sure that all the models had the yellow blood drop for the second company on the right shoulder pad.|
My next painting project is the redesigned Captain model (now fully plastic!). Hopefully shouldn't take too long.
On a side not I've added in a link bellow to the tool I was looking for at Saltue just incase anyone else was interested as I'll be ordering one next week and happy to add extra in to reduce postage.