cirs85: No argument here, the Lychguard are a huge points sink, especially since I want to run 10 of them! But I admit, I'm more looking to run these as a shits-n-giggles Apoc style army until my beloved CSM get their rules update. That, and I'm just trying to paint something other than space marines haha.
CattleBruiser: Cheers, that's the pose I was going for. "What, bitches?!"
Well I opted to experiment on my NMM (as I've never done it before!) gold on a warrior squad before I tried it on more complicated (and expensive) models.
I followed Ragnar's NMM Nade Easy (Gold Edition)
, using the Khemri Brown then all Vallejos 'counts as' paints found here
. Unfortunately, I had to try a few times to get the base colour (a mix of khemri brown/'snakebite leather') to what I actually wanted it to, which wasted about 2 hours until I got it to where I wanted it, which was roughly a 5:2 KB/vallejos tan yellow (instead of snakebite) mix. On top of that, I blended/feathered on 2-3 layers of a 3:2:2 mix of KB/tan yellow/bubonic brown (V equivalent yellow ochre) to lighten up the source of the light. Then, I used another 2-3 light layers of a 2:1:1:2 mix of KB/TY/YO/'bleached bone' aka pale sand to further lighten up the point of the light source. Each mix of paint I diluted to approximately 1:1 with water as well to keep it from being too thick.
Seeing as I've finished this at nearly 11 PM my local time, the outside lighting wasn't great, so the pictures here don't really do the models a whole lot of justice in terms of the contrast from the darkest to lightest layer. I've still got 2 layers of dark away from the lighting (darkening to a mix of black/KB) as well as two more layers of light (up to a VERY light feathering of skull white) to the lightest points. I'm still debating whether or not I want to fuck around with actually painting on a shadow from the weapons as that'll be a lot of work, especially since I'm admittedly a fairly average painter.
Warrior Squad 1, after 6 layers working towards NMM:
This is the first time I've really tried doing anything other than straight-out-of-the-bottle GW paints, and I'm liking the results so far. Let me know what you think!