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As promised, here's some photo's of my guard infantry regiment, so far, ive painted one troops choice over about 2 years, due to uni work, dissertation etc.

These were painted to get my hand back in to painting after about a 5 year break. The faces were the part where my skills have regressed most, and were slowly improving when my dissertation halted the guard mustering.They look great from a distance, but dont bear up to close scrutiny.

PS, if anyone has a link to the tutorial for posting better quality photos (which i know is kicking around on heresy somewhere) it would be most appreciated.

The main problem i had was uploading the original photos. They were way too large, and i think i resized them too small. I am not very computer literate. If anyone could give me a few pointers on how to make clearer pics with smaller filesize i'd be extremely grateful.

Later on, i'll post a little background fluff maybe, and discuss where this project was headed before it was put on hold.
 

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look sweet love the colour scheme realy well painted
 

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Thanks man, i stood around in the store staring at the paints waiting for inspiration every time me and my mate went in for weeks.

I think they thought i was temporarilly vegetative or something. They kept giving me weird looks and asking if they could help, and i told them, 'no, not really'. :biggrin:
 

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:eek:k:Very nice models panda! I love the drybrush work you did with them. The color scheme is very nice and compliments each piece of the model. Also that is some great basing!
 

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Cheers, these were painted at the time cities of death was released, so they're based for 'autumn cityfight'

There's actually not a lot of drybrushing on them, the armour and fatigues were done with a technique I call 'edging', but is basically a much neater version of the layering technique. It is quicker (a big consideration with a guard infantry regiment, which to be legal requires 55 models) than blending and looks very effective at a tabletop to mid/close range. (It is also why I always spray my models black).

Just pick a 3 stage highlight set that stands out, then another that doesn't stand out, but complements the first.

After that, keep it neat, add a spot colour (in this case, the blood red on the gun sights and the orange foliage on the base - identified through colour theory) and your good to go.

I wanted a colour scheme significantly different to the usual guard ones you see, and i'd say careful consideration of colour scheme is THE most important thing in painting an army. This is why I intensely dislike troops like slayers, and harlequins, which are an absolute ***ch to try to fit in an army. You have to totally redevelop the standard gw colour scheme. Slayers are the worst, because of all the bare flesh in an army that is traditionally all chainmail and beards. (I dont have any! :biggrin:)
 

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My hand isn't steady enough to do the edging thing, all drybrush and blending here. I never thought about what you said with the slayers though. If I do have one on the field it's usually a Dragon Slayer to patrol and protect warmachines. Maybe this is also why every &$#^ing unit of the board tries to kill him.
 

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drybrush and blending here
These are quality techniques! Staples of many a painter. And yes, slayers are usually targeted like the proverbial ginger step child. I'm allowed to say that, i'm ginger.
 

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What can I say? It's awesome...
 

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Very nice Panda, a very effective and different colour scheme indeed and look well painted. I would like to see some larger pics if possible as well. Here is the link to that tutorial btw:

http://www.heresy-online.net/forums/showthread.php?t=314&highlight=photography

One thing I would suggest is that you also paint the rocks on the base if you haven't already. When something isn't painted on a mini, even if it is the ground, it looks unfinished.
 

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Thanks for that link wraith, and thanks for the comments lads. I know a mate who has a tripod, so i may get some better picks at some point, but not anytime soon unfortunately.
As for the bases wraith, i probably agree with you, but with another 30 to paint to get to the minimum fieldable army, thats probably the last thing that will get done sadly.

I've got all the models for another infantry platoon, as well as the FW command squad :p waiting in the wings, and also some commisars, to be painted a very fetching blue.

Oh yeah, and 3 squads of hardened vets converted from FW infantry upgrade kits and respirater heads. All lovely. Sigh, the emperors work is never done.
 

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A good way to post large pics is to use a hosting site like photobucket rather than post it straight to heresy. I don't really understand why this is better, but it seems to be.
 

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As for the bases wraith, i probably agree with you, but with another 30 to paint to get to the minimum fieldable army, thats probably the last thing that will get done sadly.
Chestnut inkwash, no water with a small patch or two of static grass for contrast. Takes 5 mins tops and looks great. Try it and see :)
 

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Thanks wraith, i may give that a go when i get the chance. I'd also consider loosely drybrushing the rocks with a lighter grey too.
 
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