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post #1 of 52 (permalink) Old 09-01-09, 04:27 AM Thread Starter
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Default My Crimson Fists (WIP) My first 40k miniatures

Well, I have been promising pictures of some of my work towards a crimson fist army, here they are. I have another tactical squad painted the same completed. I am now working on six terminators, a dred and the Black Reach captain with a metal fist backpack (which originally came with the oop power-fist captain that you see here). My girlfriend was kind enough to get me a new camera for my birthday yesterday. Let me know what you think. One question though, is there any better techniques regarding getting a fist symbol on their arms, other than transfers? My free-hand technique is questionable at best. I'll continue to update this log and page as I get more units completed, then post pictures of the whole thing. Thanks again for looking!

Here is a link to a gallery that I have started of my High Elves:

https://www.heresy-online.net/forums/...413#post469413
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File Type: jpg tactical squad 1 forum sized.jpg (243.4 KB, 103 views)
File Type: jpg Paint station with next units of Crimson Fists.jpg (354.4 KB, 49 views)
File Type: jpg Crimson Fist Captain.jpg (376.9 KB, 107 views)

Until the Loki sector is free or we become extinct on Rynn...the Crimson Fists fight on in his grace's name.

Some links to ongoing painting logs covering space marines, orks, vampire counts and new small Warmachine Cryx project. Not to mention some pics of previously owned High Elves:

https://www.heresy-online.net/forums/...ad.php?t=45147
https://www.heresy-online.net/forums/...ad.php?t=55017
https://www.heresy-online.net/forums/...526#post781526
https://www.heresy-online.net/forums/...ad.php?t=85253
https://www.heresy-online.net/forums/...413#post469413

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Great looking models mate! Always like the Crimsons Fists, despite the fact I've started an ork army just now :d

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They are some nice fists.
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So here is a stage by stage look at how I have devised painting my crimson fists. I figure by the great responses so far (and a new toy in a camera), I would keep a proper log of painting stage by stage. Here is my process from building the miniature on. I'll be updating this as I finish the miniatures and then the army as well. So check back periodically.

Stage 1 includes assembly, cleaning and adding or any conversions.

Stage 2 includes simply basing the models in your choice of basing. *I have learned that it is at this stage that a neatly kept base job is easiest.

Stage 3 includes priming the miniature in whatever color that your working with. For most of my miniatures, I like darker tones generally, allowing me to effectively highlight the miniature later to greater effect. As for my choice of primers, I use Krylon indoor/outdoor flat black primer. Its cheaper (by almost half the price) than other modeling specific primers and from my experience works just as well.

Stage 4 is where this particular army may differ from other schemes. I start by dry bushing the miniatures armor pieces with necron abyss, which is a dark/navy blue for the base color.

Stage 5 includes an enchanted blue general highlighting around the edges of the armor plates. *I tried to get a close picture of the terminator sergeant so that you could see the base highlight. There is not much color difference. This will eventually be the primary transition palette for the two final highlights and help to build an effect of depth on the model.

Stage 6 is where I start finishing the rest of the models base coats. I update this link as I get further with the miniatures and will keep a similar log for the rest of the stages in my process. Feel free to post any questions or advice as you see fit.

Forgive the first few examples as all of my space marines are in at least stage four of the painting sequence. Over the years I have learned to paint dozens of miniatures at once. However, I would warn most younger painters against this technique, as having too many miniatures in front of you is extremely daunting. This has just been my experience.

As for vehicles, I have not started on them yet, but intend on collecting a few more, then building modeling and painting them together. This will include a painting log as I paint them too. Any c&c are always welcome and encouraged. Thanks for looking, I hope you enjoy and maybe get something out of it.
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File Type: jpg Painting log first stage built and modeled.jpg (278.1 KB, 10 views)
File Type: jpg Painting log second stage basing.jpg (241.3 KB, 7 views)
File Type: jpg Painting log third stage primed.jpg (127.0 KB, 11 views)
File Type: jpg Painting log fourth stage drybrushing necron abyss.jpg (123.0 KB, 12 views)
File Type: jpg Painting log fifth stage first highlight enchanted blue.jpg (155.5 KB, 11 views)
File Type: jpg Painting log sixth stage gun bolt and scab red fist.jpg (149.4 KB, 12 views)
File Type: jpg Dred around stage six WIP.jpg (146.8 KB, 13 views)

Until the Loki sector is free or we become extinct on Rynn...the Crimson Fists fight on in his grace's name.

Some links to ongoing painting logs covering space marines, orks, vampire counts and new small Warmachine Cryx project. Not to mention some pics of previously owned High Elves:

https://www.heresy-online.net/forums/...ad.php?t=45147
https://www.heresy-online.net/forums/...ad.php?t=55017
https://www.heresy-online.net/forums/...526#post781526
https://www.heresy-online.net/forums/...ad.php?t=85253
https://www.heresy-online.net/forums/...413#post469413

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Regarding "fist symbols": Check if there are any chapter specific shoulderpads for Imperial/Crimson Fists available from GW. I think there is, get those and youll just need to paint like normal

The Fists seem to come along nicely. Ive always liked the Crimson Fist theme and always look back fondly on the "last stand pictures" of them back in the RT days

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Default Alright I have documented painting my rhinos

One of my goals with this army is to keep it mechanized while I build it. With this in mind, I decided to get on and crank out 2x rhinos for my completed tactical squads. Here is a picture log of modeling and painting my 2x rhinos. I won't go into great detail, but if you hoover over the picture I labeled the steps in them. If you have any questions or comments, about any steps or techniques, feel free to ask. As always, any c&c are encouraged as I still have a great deal to learn.

I suppose if I had two things to do over, one I would have cleaned (flash and mold lines mostly) the models a bit better and two is regarding transfers. I prepared the area of the transfers with a coat of varnish, then used standard procedure wetting, placing, dabbing and covering with another coat of varnish. However, I still got some air bubbles. Is there a better solvent, trick or technique that I'm missing with these transfers? Although, they turned out well, there has to be a studio quality trick to them somewhere, aye? But all and all they came out pretty well. Next I'm moving to finishing the terminators and the dred. My next vehicle purchase, build and paint project will be 2x vindicators. I want strong heavy support for my 1750 list!
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File Type: jpg rhinos step 1 flat black primer on the sprues.jpg (129.9 KB, 8 views)
File Type: jpg rhinos step 2 heavy dry brushing navy blue on sprue.jpg (174.8 KB, 7 views)
File Type: jpg rhinos step 3 constructing the body and not gluing the top on yet.jpg (201.3 KB, 6 views)
File Type: jpg rhinos step 4 painted the interior and glued the top down no treads yet.jpg (183.8 KB, 18 views)
File Type: jpg rhinos step 4 both apc.jpg (209.3 KB, 14 views)
File Type: jpg rhinos step 5 final drybrush highlight and gunbolt areas painted.jpg (198.7 KB, 7 views)
File Type: jpg rhinos step 6 finished assembly and treads.jpg (213.8 KB, 6 views)
File Type: jpg rhinos step 7 transfers and details.jpg (197.9 KB, 10 views)
File Type: jpg rhinos step 7 showing some details.jpg (175.0 KB, 12 views)
File Type: jpg rhinos step 8 dry brushed mud and high light and added metallic knicks.jpg (185.8 KB, 16 views)
File Type: jpg rhinos step 8 a rear view.jpg (145.8 KB, 13 views)
File Type: jpg WIP picture of the whole army with rhinos completed.jpg (209.9 KB, 58 views)

Until the Loki sector is free or we become extinct on Rynn...the Crimson Fists fight on in his grace's name.

Some links to ongoing painting logs covering space marines, orks, vampire counts and new small Warmachine Cryx project. Not to mention some pics of previously owned High Elves:

https://www.heresy-online.net/forums/...ad.php?t=45147
https://www.heresy-online.net/forums/...ad.php?t=55017
https://www.heresy-online.net/forums/...526#post781526
https://www.heresy-online.net/forums/...ad.php?t=85253
https://www.heresy-online.net/forums/...413#post469413

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they look amazing mate, especially with the paint technique that is fairly simple but deals great results as you have proven! that army shot is very nice and gives me feel that they are indeed a force to be reckoned with!

now paint the rest and take another army shot ;)
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Those are some pretty good looking Rhinos.

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Default Terminators completed

Ok, continuing with the painting from stage 7. Here are the finishing stages of painting my terminators. Feel free to comment or critique and as always, thanks for looking. I'll post up pictures of the rest of the army as their getting done, then attempt some natural light pictures of the whole thing when finished.

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File Type: jpg more stage eight with better light.jpg (172.0 KB, 25 views)
File Type: jpg stage 9 painting eyes by starting with a black first coat.jpg (174.3 KB, 18 views)
File Type: jpg stage 10 final highlights and last coat on bases.jpg (172.5 KB, 16 views)
File Type: jpg stage 11 finished up with litanies.jpg (179.5 KB, 24 views)
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File Type: stage 8 painting in the skin and washing the skin with chestnut and the gunbolt areas with badab bl (154.0 KB, 4 views)

Until the Loki sector is free or we become extinct on Rynn...the Crimson Fists fight on in his grace's name.

Some links to ongoing painting logs covering space marines, orks, vampire counts and new small Warmachine Cryx project. Not to mention some pics of previously owned High Elves:

https://www.heresy-online.net/forums/...ad.php?t=45147
https://www.heresy-online.net/forums/...ad.php?t=55017
https://www.heresy-online.net/forums/...526#post781526
https://www.heresy-online.net/forums/...ad.php?t=85253
https://www.heresy-online.net/forums/...413#post469413

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Default Some more completed minis...

This time I have just finished a squad of assault marines. You may notice that I have started moving on with the troops and plan on spending a couple of evenings, when the painting is complete, applying transfers. I just found out about "decal set", so I'm looking forward to learning to get some better results with water transfers this go around.
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File Type: jpg Assault marine close up natural lighting.jpg (170.2 KB, 18 views)
File Type: jpg Assault marines completed.jpg (175.6 KB, 27 views)
File Type: jpg Terminators completed but bad light.jpg (165.2 KB, 16 views)

Until the Loki sector is free or we become extinct on Rynn...the Crimson Fists fight on in his grace's name.

Some links to ongoing painting logs covering space marines, orks, vampire counts and new small Warmachine Cryx project. Not to mention some pics of previously owned High Elves:

https://www.heresy-online.net/forums/...ad.php?t=45147
https://www.heresy-online.net/forums/...ad.php?t=55017
https://www.heresy-online.net/forums/...526#post781526
https://www.heresy-online.net/forums/...ad.php?t=85253
https://www.heresy-online.net/forums/...413#post469413

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