Looks really nice Xeno! The diamond pattern on the shaft of the stave stands out really well and looks awesome! Good work bud!
It's one of those details that feels like your spending eternity on it to get it right (going back and forth with multiple colours) but then in the end it makes a whole lot of difference for the look of the miniature which makes it all worth it! I just wish that the detailing was as good all around the staff (and not shallow in some parts and very deep in others), but that's just me nagging.
Sorry if i was being unclear Xeno, what i was talking about was this:
the upper left corner of the tank (viewed like in the picture) where the wing is open-ish? i hope that makes more sense. Basically just how the texture on the bird was made. Great job on the librarian by the way!
It's pretty much just experimenting with colours. Instead of painting with the colour as a solid entity (covering the background colour more or less completely) I use a wet brush with watered down paint and I drag the pigments around creating the effect you mentioned. It's done in many layers (each layer dries pretty quickly), I'd think all in all it's about 4-5 layers of Blood Red and then 2-3 layers of Blazing Orange before a final tiny highlight layer of Vomit Brown. It's not easy to describe how I do it, you'd probably need to see it on video or similar to understand it completely.
I go away for a month and this is what happens... I can honestly say my mind is blown. Great work on everything, from something with a C dread to the librarian to the veterans youve been working on. I will try to condense a month of posting into this.
The blue and black is amazing you should totally stick with it, maybe put some sharks on the blue (someone mentioned that earlier...) or maybe a shark tooth or something, like the feather for the brethren. I don't know... it would look amazing.
The C thingy is amazing, maybe you should make two "plain" then a third super converted like a squad commander or something, or you could say this one has the lowest rank and convert the other two more or something... The painting looks amazing though. I can understand about the pictures... they rarely do anything justice.
The Librarian is... quite simply... amazing. I thought it would be for the sharks at first (shows how out of it i am
) but it is amazing. I still personally like the other one better just because it has a jump pack and is amazing but i think the painting on this one is much better, and that is saying alot.
The veterans in general have been great. I like the new legs, and was happy to see the "here" link had my post in it... It looks much better though, like he is getting ready to swing hard and destroy something. What are you making the Axe count as? A power weapon, Thunder Hammer, chain fist (not power fist, one of the other two) or just cc weapon? I think hammer of chain fist would be the best...
Amazing work on everything for the last month, I cant believe I missed it
but keep it up, I am ever inspired and you give me so many great techniques. Now to fix our house after the hurricane... Yay
I will definitely be getting more contemptor dreadnoughts (I want 3 in total) but I'm going to have to wait a while before I buy the others. I'd like more weapon options to be released but also the chapter specific variants they mentioned before (at least see them before I convert something suitable for myself). I'd also like to cut my Warhammer spendings a bit for a while - I simply have to much unpainted plastic and I need to clear some of that backlog before I get even more...
The 2-handed axes will just be close combat weapons for now. There is no equipment in the BA codex that normal assault marines can take that suit them so I'll just have them for variation of the theme and nothing else (for now).
Hope, the shield of the people, I prefer to call it naivety. I now know that they cannot fathom the impending threat hanging just outside the gates of humanity, slowly but surely clawing it's way in. A threat that has time to spare, for time is not important to these kinds of beings.
I have stepped outside the gates and I have seen the face of darkness and stared into its eyes. Lackluster orbs of angst with monsters beneath the surface. A void trying to fill itself with human emotion. At first I quelled at it's supposed might, my inexperienced almost allowed it to overwhelm me before my imprinted defence awoke, by the choirs song, and saved me from damnation. Since that day I have become more reluctant to show passion. I have been trained well and I have been lucky, but even luck runs out sooner or later.
I still have the nightmares though. I believe others of us have them as well but many are reluctant to speak of them. There is an aura of secrecy amongst the Brethren, we feel something other astarte don't and fear repercussions from the Inquisition should it become common knowledge. These nightmares have increased in frequency and intensity and while I do not fear them I cannot deny that I worry about the cause of this change, something is moving in the darkness. As our search continues and we dwell deeper into these murky waters of the abyss we cannot be certain what creatures lurk there any longer, the old teachings might no longer hold every truth...
Epistolary Librarian Lucianus, of the Claw, Mystic and Shaman of the Brethren of the Phoenix, member of the sect of the Fallen Star:
So, what do I think of this Librarian? Well, over all I'm very satisfied yet there are details I'm not 100% content with (the lettering on the book pages for one) and some parts I think I should revisit some time in the future if I feel like it. Over all you reach a point where you have to remind yourself that this is still mostly a tabletop army / display army for my own cabinet and not something I'm going to enter into Golden Deamon (where I would most likely get my arsed kicked anyway). I'm glad I tried out some oxidation on some of the brass/gold parts, I think it adds to the over all weathered look of the miniature. By not doing it on the entire piece you get a sense that some parts are newer then others (the force weapon would pretty likely be a very old piece of equipment while parts of his armour could have been more newly replaced/refurbished.
Now I have to decide what to paint this month. I should paint more infantry but it takes me so long to do that I'd probably miss the deadline if I did and I don't want to paint a single infantry miniature again. Perhaps I should add to my death company squadron (3 miniatures is after all the minimum size for Death Company) but I have no particular use for them at the moment in the army so I'm reluctant for that reason. I have more vehicles to paint but I've run out of ideas on how to paint them (freehand patterns)... It's all just a mess and I should get started right away to be able to pull if off with my busy schedule
Well, till next time I guess