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post #1151 of 1276 (permalink) Old 02-24-13, 11:49 PM
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Fucking stunning! Like, wow.

one thing I want is the ability to split my fire everywhere, it makes no sense that a squad of 10 guard or marines or whatever all have to fire at 1 target with everything, is the guy with the lascannon not smart enough to realize maybe he would be better off firing at the massive tank looming overhead instead of the little man no bigger than a squat running at him, or is that far too complex for the 10yr olds?

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Fantastic updates, feel free if you have the time to discuss further details regarding your photography process. Keep up the good work!
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Urk. Wow.

I'm ashamed of my few, pathetic attempts at braiding wire, now. Thanks.

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Finally. The Genius has returned with some awesome work!!! I can't wait to see this mob of marines painted!
Yeeesh, it's going to be a while before I have my full squads of marines painted. Right now I have about 70 infantry bases on my table and I'm considering adding a couple more to round the army out... There must be a name for the affliction I have...

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There is littile i can contribute, your painting and modelling standards are so far out of my league it is depressing. Most impressive work all round. Please carry on.
I shall carry on, good sir!

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Fucking stunning! Like, wow.
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Fantastic updates, feel free if you have the time to discuss further details regarding your photography process. Keep up the good work!
I will make a longer post as soon as I remember to document the process. I'm somewhat disorganized at the moment, lots of stuff going on at work right now.

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Urk. Wow.

I'm ashamed of my few, pathetic attempts at braiding wire, now. Thanks.
I'm not a very adept "braider" myself. The key is in the material I believe. I just thin brass/copper wire, which is much (much much) easier to braid compared to steel wires. It does take a long time though, but I find it almost therapeutic once I get a hang of the method.

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So, I'm finally back with another update. I've come into some painting time recently so I'm actually moving along faster than usual (which isn't doesn't mean that much since I'm so slow to begin with, but hey) and I must admit that I'm finding it more pleasant then usually as well which is a nice change of pace for me since I'm more into conversions otherwise.

After spending the afternoon at a friends house painting I only had the sergeant and some backpacks with me for painting so as the hours went along I suddenly had gotten him almost finished whence I just decided to push along and get him finished. He was remarkably easy to get done even though he's packed full with obscured details. His hand is magnetised which is why there's only OSL on the plasma pistol itself (it wouldn't make any sense to have OSL on the shoulderpad when he's holding his bolt pistol). Overall I'm pretty satisfied with the miniature even though I need to get more experience and practice with OSL (and my airbrush):


And here's the Legion Tactical Squad as it stands right now. Still a few men below legal unit composition but I'm getting there:


More updates to come soon™
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That is a real nice squad that you got there, the composition is really nice with all those shades of blue!!!
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Beautiful work as usual. However the blue is a little too Smurf for me. I always imagined them with a deeper, midnight blue with the lightning as a counterpoint. Your lightning seems to be lost in the paler shade of blue.
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That is a real nice squad that you got there, the composition is really nice with all those shades of blue!!!
I think it works ok. There's a subtle change in the blue when looking at the sergeant next to the other marines. I think it's due to me "overhighlightning" him one step to far. On the other hand it makes him stand out which might actually work in his favour once he's surrounded by 19 marines with bolters - might put focus in the right place you know...

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Beautiful work as usual. However the blue is a little too Smurf for me. I always imagined them with a deeper, midnight blue with the lightning as a counterpoint. Your lightning seems to be lost in the paler shade of blue.
It's an interesting point, I'll open it up for discussion below.

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Work continues on the Legion Tactical Squad (why did I decide to have 20 marines in this squad? Really, I'll never get them done...). This would be the 7th member of the squad and he's a pretty straight forward Mk III marine, nothing fancy in equipment and details, nothing fancy with his pose - just another ablative wound for the squad.


With him finished I'm one step closer to having my first legal unit done for my Night Lords. I 'm actually looking forward to getting this unit done, specially since that will give me an excuse to tackle the Mark IV units I have built - and they have fewer edges so should be faster to paint (at least that's what I keep telling myself to keep my motivation up...):


On the discussion about Smurfs vs Pre-heresy NLs I grabbed a pot of Ultramarine Blue and put it beside the latest marine. I get what you're angling at - it's a pretty "light" blue shade in the armour on my marines on some places but I think it's partly the photo light (daylight bulbs at close distance) that distorts the view and brightens all the colours. If I look at my miniatures in a normal light setting they are significantly darker (since the airbrushed gradient between the colourmixes intermingle better in subtler light) - In other words some of the brightness could be due to the photo setup and some of it could be from the photo processing.

About the lightning bolts I keep them thin and discrete because I think that make sense on the scale of the miniatures - thick and white lightning bolts tend to look wonky and unrealistic imho. Artistically it makes sense to me but I might not get the right effect on a visual level at a distance from the miniature. I guess I don't want them to drown in broader white strokes.

As usual it comes down to a matter of taste in the end. Feel free to voice your own opinion on the matter, here's a picture with ultramarine blue next to one of my NLs for reference:


That is all for now but I have some more things that are almost done or at least at a state where I'm ready to show them so expect another update sooner rather then later.

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Dem fools be trippin on some nasty ass shit is my opinion. Your blue is perfect for Pre Heresy NL's, they haven't fully turned to the darkside yet. The lightening bolts are also perfect, it shows skill and as you say fits better.

As others have mentioned the UM's have been darkened up and having their shoulder pad rims changed from bright yellow to gold is not the NL's fault.
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About the lightning bolts I keep them thin and discrete because I think that make sense on the scale of the miniatures - thick and white lightning bolts tend to look wonky and unrealistic imho. Artistically it makes sense to me but I might not get the right effect on a visual level at a distance from the miniature. I guess I don't want them to drown in broader white strokes.
The lightning is done fantastically well. I agree, thick white lines would overpower the model, and what you have done with the lightning looks great, but the two shades just seem too close to properly convey the lightning. As you said though, it probably comes down to personal taste. I always imagined NLs with almost black armour, with the lightning providing the hints of electric blue.
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post #1160 of 1276 (permalink) Old 03-20-13, 11:58 AM
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Brilliant, +rep of course, I think you have the blue spot on as that is exactly what the night sky looks like when you have lightning! I'm also completely envious of your skill, I spend more time stripping my marines than finishing them. Again inspirational work!!

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