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Weathered and battleworn 14 50.00%
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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 06-27-11, 01:10 PM Thread Starter
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Default Space Marines ... Are they clean cut or battle worn????

Hi Guys,

I'm painting my son's Ultramarines when I was talking to my brother and we started discussing whether their armour and vehicles would be battle worn, or would they take too much pride in their gear to let them be weathered?
Yes, weathering looks awesome, but is it true to who they are??
...... Or am I reading way to much into this and just looking for a reason not to continue the copious amount of painting on my boy's army

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 06-27-11, 01:13 PM
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To be honest adding wethering to the armour and vehicles would add to the fluff of your army, "look they've just deployed from the battlefields of..." etc. plus i think looks better
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Clean cut is for wusses like the smurfzzzz. LOL, I'm kidding, it depends on your personal opinion really. Personally, I go for more battle worn, otherwise it appears like your army always run away from the fighting for fear of getting their pristine armour dirty.

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it also offers more modelling options, trophy weapons scorch marks on tanks, power armour etc
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post #5 of 12 (permalink) Old 06-27-11, 02:25 PM
nice boy, daft though !
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personally i prefer clean, but it would depend on the same things as any army, how long they have been there and the availability of things to clean and repair the kit they have, if they have just made land fall and have been in space twiddeling there thumbs they would be polished if they have been fighting a war in the desert for weeks then they would be dirty, but personally i like it clean and crisp, but i like eldar so i guess thats how i roll.

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post #6 of 12 (permalink) Old 06-27-11, 02:30 PM
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I go airsofting regularly during the weekends. If you are not a poofter, clean will last for about 5 minutes. Heck, even if you are not nosediving into the mud, you'll never look clean for long.
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Personally I prefer battle worn (for one thing it's a good excuse if like me, you're cack-handed when it comes to painting), but as it's your son's army, I'd ask him.
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I like the look of battleworn more, despite the fact that both of my armies I make look reletively untouched. My Tyranids would just be making more new bioweaponry if the old was damaged and my I just wanted my Thousand Sons to look different to the generic Chaos (I took the spikes off the ebay-ed Tanks too). When I made a Ork looted carnifex for my friends birthday though, that was really fun, making all the battle damage. Scraping the sides, putting bullet holes in, etc. That was cool, and I think he's going to make it look a bit rusty too.

Weathering and/or battle damage does make things a lot more 'Fluffy', giving you that feeling that they are not just little painted models, but represent, the real nitty gritty action of the 40k universe. As you said though, you could end up biting off more than you can chew if you decide to give that effect to everthing, it may be worth only doing it to the vehicles.

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It depends on what you want the story line to be. Between campaigns, Marines take impeccable care of their holy gear, so when first deployed they would shine like the furniture at my grandmother's house.
Later in the campaign, they would be work, grimy and dirty, and probably damaged and field-repaired. I feel either look is perfectly appropriate, and really a matter of preference. Just keep it consistent, unless you want one squad to look like they got lost on the way and just arrived, while the rest have been fighting for days.

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I prefer the less than pristine look. Battle damage and weathering add character. It can also be an excuse for the less than exemplary level of my painting. I allways give my guys a heavy wash of devlan mud so they look suitably grimy. Take it to its extremes, i like the idea of marines surviving on a long and isolated campaign by recovering armor and weapons from battle field casualties, the occasional chaos shoulderpad or gauntlet with the insignia filed off. Mixed marks of armor pieces and weapons. Makes for a very characterful force.

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