Join Date: Nov 2015
Location: California, USA
The Dark Vengeance set has some pretty articulate models, the last box set "Black Reach" came with stock space marines and orks and was nothing to get these guys looking decent. That said there is a lot of room to get detailed in DV set and the pics you see on the box are some of the best stuff.
Here are a few tips I learned in my painting from trial and error.
1. One color is never one color, ie. Dark Angels are Dark Angels green but dry brushing or shading with goblin green makes the color pop. Rule is every color has a darker and lighter shade to compliment it and that is the first thing you will learn if you have not all ready.
2. Like the advice above, look and see what other people are doing to paint there armies and apply that to yours less your unique changes.
3. Create a uniform look, do a few test models and pick one you like> document the process (step 1 black, step 2 dark angels green, etc.) and begin to paint one by one or "production line style" grab 10 models do 1 step at a time with each.
4. Washes - dont underestimate the power of wash, this is used to give a highlight in the recess of a models groves and some say it is cheating because if used correctly can make a model look 10x better.
Lastly, have fun. If your not excited when the paint goes from brush to model and are just painting to get them done..people can tell and you will be able to tell. Give your self a nice window of a few hours when all is calm and knock out a few models and take a break. Hope this gives some ideas and helps.