The Misadventures of a Cack-Handed Painter
Iíve just finished painting up my Chaos Space Marine army for a tournament being held in a couple of days time, and as my back and spine slowly recover from the punishment Iíve inflicted upon them over the last few weeks, it seemed as good a time as any to start my new painting log. Now Iím not a great painter, nor am I a good one, or even decent, average or mediocre. I am in fact a bad painter, a very bad painter. Not only do I lack a steady hand with which to paint (by which I mean itís impossible for me to keep my hand still), but also I have very little patience for any technique that requires extensive preparation or skill.
Highlighting of any sort is beyond me and I long ago gave up trying to pick out the edges of raised surfaces and the like. Nor do I entertain any hope of being able to pick out the smaller details of a model, such as the edges of Chaos Space Marine shoulder pads or all those little arrows they have pointing up and down, while every time I go over a model I invariably find little details that Iíve missed and I have to go back and pick them out all over again, or else I find that some of the basecoat is still showing through.
Now despite all this, I wouldnít say Iím the worst painter in the world, merely highly placed within the top ten. About the only things Iím any good at painting are Plague Marines (who are supposed to look that bad anyhow) and Orks, who for some reason have detail that is easier to pick out than is the case with Chaos Space Marines. Anyhow my hope with this painting log, besides somehow becoming a better painter, is to write about my incompetent attempts at painting in a way that I hope is vaguely entertaining, and in that spirit here is my first offering, some pictures of my recently completed Chaos Space Marines: