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Well, I have been promising pictures of some of my work towards a crimson fist army, here they are. I have another tactical squad painted the same completed. I am now working on six terminators, a dred and the Black Reach captain with a metal fist backpack (which originally came with the oop power-fist captain that you see here). My girlfriend was kind enough to get me a new camera for my birthday yesterday. Let me know what you think. One question though, is there any better techniques regarding getting a fist symbol on their arms, other than transfers? My free-hand technique is questionable at best. I'll continue to update this log and page as I get more units completed, then post pictures of the whole thing. Thanks again for looking!

Here is a link to a gallery that I have started of my High Elves:

http://www.heresy-online.net/forums/showthread.php?p=469413#post469413
 

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So here is a stage by stage look at how I have devised painting my crimson fists. I figure by the great responses so far (and a new toy in a camera), I would keep a proper log of painting stage by stage. Here is my process from building the miniature on. I'll be updating this as I finish the miniatures and then the army as well. So check back periodically.

Stage 1 includes assembly, cleaning and adding or any conversions.

Stage 2 includes simply basing the models in your choice of basing. *I have learned that it is at this stage that a neatly kept base job is easiest.

Stage 3 includes priming the miniature in whatever color that your working with. For most of my miniatures, I like darker tones generally, allowing me to effectively highlight the miniature later to greater effect. As for my choice of primers, I use Krylon indoor/outdoor flat black primer. Its cheaper (by almost half the price) than other modeling specific primers and from my experience works just as well.

Stage 4 is where this particular army may differ from other schemes. I start by dry bushing the miniatures armor pieces with necron abyss, which is a dark/navy blue for the base color.

Stage 5 includes an enchanted blue general highlighting around the edges of the armor plates. *I tried to get a close picture of the terminator sergeant so that you could see the base highlight. There is not much color difference. This will eventually be the primary transition palette for the two final highlights and help to build an effect of depth on the model.

Stage 6 is where I start finishing the rest of the models base coats. I update this link as I get further with the miniatures and will keep a similar log for the rest of the stages in my process. Feel free to post any questions or advice as you see fit.

Forgive the first few examples as all of my space marines are in at least stage four of the painting sequence. Over the years I have learned to paint dozens of miniatures at once. However, I would warn most younger painters against this technique, as having too many miniatures in front of you is extremely daunting. This has just been my experience.

As for vehicles, I have not started on them yet, but intend on collecting a few more, then building modeling and painting them together. This will include a painting log as I paint them too. Any c&c are always welcome and encouraged. Thanks for looking, I hope you enjoy and maybe get something out of it. :grin:
 

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Regarding "fist symbols": Check if there are any chapter specific shoulderpads for Imperial/Crimson Fists available from GW. I think there is, get those and youll just need to paint like normal:)

The Fists seem to come along nicely. Ive always liked the Crimson Fist theme and always look back fondly on the "last stand pictures" of them back in the RT days:)
 

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Alright I have documented painting my rhinos

One of my goals with this army is to keep it mechanized while I build it. With this in mind, I decided to get on and crank out 2x rhinos for my completed tactical squads. Here is a picture log of modeling and painting my 2x rhinos. I won't go into great detail, but if you hoover over the picture I labeled the steps in them. If you have any questions or comments, about any steps or techniques, feel free to ask. As always, any c&c are encouraged as I still have a great deal to learn.

I suppose if I had two things to do over, one I would have cleaned (flash and mold lines mostly) the models a bit better and two is regarding transfers. I prepared the area of the transfers with a coat of varnish, then used standard procedure wetting, placing, dabbing and covering with another coat of varnish. However, I still got some air bubbles. Is there a better solvent, trick or technique that I'm missing with these transfers? Although, they turned out well, there has to be a studio quality trick to them somewhere, aye? But all and all they came out pretty well. Next I'm moving to finishing the terminators and the dred. My next vehicle purchase, build and paint project will be 2x vindicators. I want strong heavy support for my 1750 list!
 

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they look amazing mate, especially with the paint technique that is fairly simple but deals great results as you have proven! that army shot is very nice and gives me feel that they are indeed a force to be reckoned with!

now paint the rest and take another army shot ;)
 

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Terminators completed

Ok, continuing with the painting from stage 7. Here are the finishing stages of painting my terminators. Feel free to comment or critique and as always, thanks for looking. I'll post up pictures of the rest of the army as their getting done, then attempt some natural light pictures of the whole thing when finished.

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Some more completed minis...

This time I have just finished a squad of assault marines. You may notice that I have started moving on with the troops and plan on spending a couple of evenings, when the painting is complete, applying transfers. I just found out about "decal set", so I'm looking forward to learning to get some better results with water transfers this go around. :so_happy:
 

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Scouts are finished...here they are from the beginning

Ok, the army is coming along nicely. All complete from the battalion box and the AoBR set except my black reach Captain and the dred, which are almost done. Here is a step by step progression of my scout squad getting painted. Again, I'm going to wait and finish 5x more assault marines and a land speeder storm next, then do all the transfers. The army is turning out ok I think. Any feed back would be taken into consideration and appreciated. Thanks again for looking.

Next month I'm purchasing 2x Vindicators and a drop pod.

The following month a razorback and some sternguard.

*I'm starting to strongly consider a Chaplain w/ jumppack to send with the Assault Marines. Any luck or experience with this?

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Dreadnought Done.

Alright, my eyes are crossed and I have been painting the last two nights and since I awoke today almost non-stop. However, I have all my fist painted that I have put together except the black reach captain (and the transfers...:cray:). I'll have him done sometime this coming week. Work is catching up to me. I'm looking forward to assembling the LS storm though.

The light source makes some of the highlights seem to disappear and I know everyone says that...but, this piece really turned out a touch better than the pictures. Any ole' way.

More to come.
 

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Black Reach Captain painted

Here is my other Captain with the power sword from the black reach set. I swapped the backpack with Captain Cortez, which gave him some Fists memorabilia. I ended up picking up some sternguard which will be painted next with 5 more Assault marines. Stay tuned for some more Crimson Fists goodness. I'm getting the transfers done also, which are turning out pretty well. The "decal set" formula is the trick. Well, along with the patience to use several coats while allowing to dry between each. As always any C&C is welcomed. :eek:k::grin:
 

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The Army so far in natural light

Well, I've come a pretty good ways in a month. I have completed a battle force and Black Reach set of marines. These pictures have been taken next to a window for some natural light photos. These show the painting on the models a touch better (although photographing miniatures is always challenging). I have a relatively big order in for 2x Vindicators, a Razorback (which I'm going to magnetize to double as a Rhino) and a drop pod for the Dred. As I have mentioned before I'm working right now on 5x more assault marines, 5x sternguard and building some extra marines with specific weapons. I've gotten some painting done this month and look forward to completing the rest of the collection that I have in mind in the coming couple of months. So here is my ambition for the next leg in the project log. After completing the fore mentioned heavy support and mechanization, I will round this collection and 2.3k point army with a Land Raider, 5 more stern guard, 5 assault terminators and another drop pod. Along with the LS Storm that I have for the scouts, this mobilizes the entire force. I think I'll be able to explore several 1.5k lists out with this list to really learn how to play space marines. Keep checking back and I'll keep posting progress.
 

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Great Job!:biggrin: Army is very well done, that blue you used is really eye catching. Which brand of paint did you use for the blue if you don't mind me asking.
 

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I used a necron abyss for the foundation. A light dry-brushing of enchanted blue. Then used the citadel asurman blue ink for a wash. Then used a mix of ice blue and and enchanted blue to blend the edges out to a pure ice blue high light. Normally I use a variety of paints, but this army is my first that I actually have used gw paints and inks. For the vehicles, I use a cheaper true navy equivalent acrylic that can be found at any craft store/section.
 

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Update on the CrimsonFists log

Sorry, I've been busy with work, so its been awhile. I hope everyone had a great holiday season. Since my last entry Ive gotten married, remodeled part of the house...but managed to still get some painting in. In this update I have completed my sternguard (finally), Pedro Kantor and their Razorback. I have also spent the last few days building and getting the base coat finished on 2x Vindicator tanks! Enjoy the pics, I will upload some pics when I get the Vindicators complete. Cheers!
 

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This is where the army is at now. The unfinished Vindicators are the current project. One of the Vindicators will have a gunner modeled on top while the other is in siege mode.
 
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