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...
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.
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.