Well, when the Horus Heresy Betrayal book came out a couple of months ago, I knew I'd have to get into a Heresy era army. I mean hell, reading the Horus Heresy books are what got me into 40K in the first place. It took me a good while to finally decide upon an army, however, though I finally decided on the Sons of Horus. I mean, it IS the Horus
Heresy after all. Go big or go home, and these boys are certainly big.
I am, however, completely sick of painting green. So how the hell could I paint a green army without painting... green? I opted for the following colour scheme, and I think it turned out rather well.
Abaddon Black base
Dawnstone on top of that
Adminstratum Grey as a highlight
Coelia Greenshade to make it green (but I don't have to paint green!)
I've decided to really try and focus on each of the characters, each model. In such an epic era as the Horus Heresy in the grand scheme of 40K, it deserves nothing less than my best, and I'll be trying throughout to improve my techniques and build upon what I've learned over the last years (good and bad) to try and make each model in this army look top notch.
I started out with a simple Marine with a bolter. Primarily because that's the easiest way to figure out whether or not I liked the scheme I was going to try and go with. I purchased the Bone Fields bases from Secret Weapons miniatures as well (I'm already dropping a ton of cash on FW models, might as well base them too!), with the intent to fill them up with "bloody puddles." This first attempt turned out... not as well as I'd hoped.
But before I babble further, my first completed model:
And with his bolter (not sure I like how it turned out)
For this first model, a couple new things I tried:
Using the FW "weathering powders"
-Not sure I really liked those, maybe I'm not doing it right but once I put the glaze coat on top of them (as directed in the FW instructions) it seemed to just spread them out. There are parts where it looked to have worked rather well, but some (especially his back, fortunately hidden by his backpack) the mud just smeared in a giant blob. Be careful how much powder you get on the model before you glaze it, that's for sure!
Big props to Normtheunsavoury for answering my question on how to do this on his PLOG. Basically, I used a ridiculously watered down red, and while still wet put on some watered down white (a lot less, though). I really gobbed it on there, a big nasty ugly blob, but when it dried down, I really liked the effect.
Yeah... this one wasn't quite as I'd hoped. I had intended for the model to be standing in red, but still relatively transparent, puddles (of course full of skulls, because it's 40K, dammit, and we demand skulls!). At first, I tried to just add Bloodletter Red to the Citadel Water effect, but it wasn't noticeable enough... then I added in red paint (whatever the new Blood Red is). It turned out MUCH brighter (and darker) than I had hoped. That's what I get for not being patient enough to wait for Tamiya Clear Red. Ah well. It should be on it's way, but I probably won't be doing any more of the base-filling until then. I did waste my time painting the dirt UNDER the puddle, granted it was only 5 minutes.
This model is probably the longest I've ever spent on a non-HQ infantry model (hell, maybe even more than my HQs in the past) and I think the result definitely reflects it. The biggest failure (I think) was the bolter. I had wanted it to be black, and used the Abaddon Black -> Eshin Grey -> Dawnstone formula (with FW weathering effects around the barrel and the top of the "saw") but it turned out way too flat. I'm thinking of trying out something else, any suggestions on possible colours for the bolter?
Hopefully, in the days to come, I can start sorting out a few more of these and get them posted. I'll be working on Mk IV first, simply because my Mk II shoulderpads haven't come in yet lol. Hope you enjoy!