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This'll be the thread for the progress of the Lions Rampant 5th Battle Company as it is painted. I do intend to paint and assemble the ENTIRE battle company, including Rhinos-- I'm getting the Battle Company box, but I went ahead and built a Command Squad and the Chaplain seperately, just because I wanted to do them up a bit more than what I could do with the contents of the Company box.

Brother-Captain Athos d'Elyseè, Captain of the 5th



Brother-Reclusiarch Crassos, Company Chaplain


Preacher Delios, Company Champion


Apothecary Nicius, 5th Company Apothecary


Command Squad Athos
Please excuse the blurry picture-- I'll take a better one shortly!


Brother Titus, Bearer of the 5th Banner


Everything is done over a black undercoat. For the white armour, I do a thin layer of Adeptus Battlegrey, then a thin layer of Astronomician Grey. Then, I paint a thin layer of Skull White over it, thin enough that you can still see the grey through it. I then blend Skull white down to have a solid white look while maintaining some shading.

The Chaplain actually has a 50/50 mix of water and Adeptus Battlegrey as a basecoat over Chaos Black. I decided to have him be a very dark grey instead of black so he wouldn't look so very dark next to the other Lions Rampant. The highlights are just variously watered down stages of Astronomician.

As squads are completed, I'll post 'em up here. Next up are some spare heavy weapons guys, as I still don't quite have the cash for the Battle Company yet.
 

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Looking good. Please tell me how you did the marble effect on the Chaplains CA it looks sweet.
 

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The marble is just like painting camo, really. I did a basecoat of Orkhide Shade, then I layered Knarloc Green and then Gretchin Green over it. Then I went back with Orkhide Shade and painted random whorls and swirls on the crozius' grip. When that was dry, I used Reaper Master Series Linen White (which is an off-white... you could probably get something similar with a 90% Skull White 5% Codex Grey 5% Fortress Grey mix) and painted random streaks in opposite directions of the green swirls.
 

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Love the captain. Best looking one of the bunch by far.
 

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Awsome work dude.

Love that banner - that freehand is brillaint.

Defintly looking forward to seeing more of this. :D
 

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Sorry there haven't really been updates-- this last week or so has been absolutely nuts. While not part of the Battle Company, I did pick up a box of Terminators, which I've been messing with while I'm waiting for the company to come out (and subsequently be shipped to me.) Check back probably later today for one of the Terminators-- the first is about 90% done.
 

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One of the terminators. Not much of an update, I know... I've got a Devastator Squad primed, so that should be the first real part of the Company besides the Command Squad that gets done. After having taken the pictures, I noticed that I hadn't painted the bolts in the storm bolter magazine. D'oh... I'm off to fix that right now. But you get the point from the pictures, I think.



 

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Nice stuff SoH.
I like the text on the shoulder and leg amour, is there a chance you could take some pics of the chapter symbol sides of the chaps on future updates as the symbol is never wholly visable.

If I may be so bold to make a suggestion, (the only thing I could find to suggest btw) drilling out the gun barrels gives a better effect than just painted on holes.

This look are going to look great enmass on the table! :D
 

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Great work on the power fist dude. Very nice on the blue highlights. A suggestion from me would be to maybe make the eyes a bit more pure in color and mind your mold lines.

The freehand is amazing btw. So so jeolous right now.
 

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Very cool minis here, the cpatain is just brilliant. The banner is also very good, lovely freehand work. Hope to see more soon :wink:
 

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I always liked the metal Command Squad models from 3rd Edition-- particularly the sergeant, even though he had no business being armed with a bolter in a command squad. I had him sitting in my bits box, and it occured to me he'd make an excellent Devastator sergeant.

Sergeant Quiote, 10th Squad.


And, per Vash's request, Quiote's shoulder pad bearing the Lions Rampant Chapter Icon.


Here's how I do the freehand. The Lion starts as sort of a reverse S. From the bottom of it, I bring the tail up, and about where the tail meets the body, I draw a diagonal line out to form the back leg. Then it's just sort of casually brushing lines so you get the arms and legs and the furry look. The head is the hardest part, and I've found just making three lines that meet at the left-hand point, then filling out the top and bottom lines, gives a semi-good head. Not quite the detail I'd like out of it, but it's quite small, so I suppose it works. After the basic lion is done, I highlight it a bit with Astronomician Grey.

As for drilling out the gun barrells. I've always been a bit hesitant to do that becuase I seem to mess up the weapon more often than not. I got a smaller drill bit though, so I'm probably going to try my hand at it. Thanks for the suggestion, Vash.
 

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My favorite so far, love the freehand on the symbol and writing on the armour!

Quick question is that servo-skull from the new devestators plastic kit?
 

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Very nice dude - and a great choice of mini to use for the Dev Leader.

Your freehand stuff is bloody amazing, to do that on every single mini in the army is going to be a mission. How long is each mini taking you?
 

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Yeah, that's a plastic servo-skull from the devastator plastics, Hep.

And yes... every single model has the icon done in freehand, as well as squad markings (I didn't take a picture of the delta on Quiote's other shoulder marking him as a devastator Marine, but it's there.) Each model takes about an hour, oddly enough. And it's not really even an hour of focused painting-- I'm usually half watching TV and half painting. Most of the time is getting a fairly even coat with the white-- the details come surprisingly fast, and the lion icon takes all of about two minutes to do. I suppose the white parts would come faster if I lined the armor with grey instead of working from a black undercoat, but I'm so bad at working from white primer and getting decent contrast and shadows that it'd probably take twice as long per model. I use a 20/0 kollinsky sable brush for all my freehand, so it's like writing with a sharp #2 pencil, really, and I do all the freehand using a mix of black paint and black ink instead of straight black paint so I have a bit better flow control.

Oddly enough, painting the Lion Rampant on the scale of the banner is a heck of a lot harder than getting it on a shoulder pad. That banner took me four tries before I was happy with it, and I'm dreading going to work on the nine Rhino chassis for the Company, since they're going to display the icon on the top doors, with smaller squad markings so it's not painfully obvious which transport is carrying which squad, but if you look at it, it's clear. It's essentially the "don't salute officers when there are snipers around" mentality.
 

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Brother Porthos, Dreadnought


A Devastator Astartes. I won't be posting every individual Space Marine, but since this is the first "normal" guy done, I thought I'd put him up. As usual, freehand squad and Chapter markings.

 
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