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Never done a project log before so feel free to tell me if I am on the road to ruin. Comments are welcome as well as questions.
First up ... what I have going on:


This is what is done:
1 Reg Predator
15 Termies: 1 w/Heavy Flamer 1 w/Cyclone 5 w/LC
18 Reg. Assault squad
1 RAS sarge w/PW 1 w/pf&MB
5 man Scout squad
14 Tactical marines
5 Tac. marine sarge with chainsword
2 Tac. flamers 1 plasma 1 meltagun
5 Sang. Priest all with PW and JP
1 Capt. with PW and Stormbolter
1 Kit bashed Shrike
Mephiston
5 Man Honour guard all with PW

What I am working on now:



I am nearly done with the Land Raider. I will finish the right sponson this week and cement it in.


My Sang. Priests ... I am very happy with them as they turned out about as well as I could hope. This one is my favorite.

I got the idea for the lava blade from The Wraithlord. I came across it via Varakir as he does amazing work on Sallies.
Glowing blades

And Mephiston:

I actually painted him in one 8 hour span ... I had him all put together and primed black but when I was working on him I was in such a groove that I did not want to stop. I think he turned out well.
 

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GW Blood Red washed with Devlan Mud for the infantry and on the Mechanized stuff I use GW Red Gore. I also use Bleached Bone for the shoulder pads. Everything I have paint-wise is GW except the clearcoat which is Krylon Satin finish ... makes it look wet.
 

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that's a lovely finish on the landraider - loving the colour scheme. looks like it could have used a bit more highlighting though...

all the same, an excellent looking force. good show :grin:
 

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The lava blades look very cool, mephiston is lookin' pretty good to. As was already mentioned, your vehicles look a little bit flat, you could easily solve this by just blacklining a little bit (i.e. painting thin black, or other dark color, in the crevasses), its very simple and fairly fast. Also, a little highlighting on the basic marines would liven up the force a bit, just going over the higher areas with blood red again would work just fine. Overall, a solid lookin' army. Good work!
 

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Thanks guys ... I went ahead and satin finished them rather than out hard lines on them. This gives them the wet look and puts a hard line on them that changes at all times with the persons perspective as they are viewed ... and it's less work.:grin:
 

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Finally got back into the cubby hole of painting and started working on my RAS Sarges. They all have PW and Melta bombs on them. I basecoated many of the guys I have been working on so forgive me for not taking pics as I put them together.


Now these are a WIP so I will get more stuff up by the end of the week.
 

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Well I got one of the Sargeants done ... here he is.




Renuo is naturally Latin, means to deny or reject.
My freehand artwork blows goats but I am getting better. Lettering is not much of a problem it is that fucking raven. I always joke about how my artistic skills are so bad that I would fuck up stick figures and that damn raven proves it.
 

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In terms of personal preference, the varnish is too gloss for my tastes.

I understand what you said before; that it gives a highligh from the natural light through normal reflection from the mini but in terms of mini painting, you'll get better results from painted highlights and a more matte varnish.

I hear you on the time-sink front, maybe have a go on some character/special models and see what you can achieve, based on what you've done so far you definitely have the basics down :)
 

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Well, I got another Sarge done and rather than try to fight with that damn raven I thought I would look elsewhere for inspiration. And I found it ...





Now some may know some may not, (quite possibly due to my atrocious painting skills), that would be a Harley Davidson Bar and Shield. The 105 in the B&S is for 105th anniversary, and FLHTCU is a nomenclature for HD. Here is an FLHTCU that is also a 105th anniversary edition Harley ... and is also mine:biggrin: ... I love this bike.

a close up of the B&S.
 

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what glaze did you use, it's shiny!:stinker:
 

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...Krylon Satin finish ... makes it look wet.
If you asre going for a bloody look (I assume that is why you like it wet), then it might benefit from matte areas to set it off.

Maybe leave the red satin and the bone matte?

I really like the shading the in folds of the banner.

I also have problems with freehand banners. I found painting the symbol two or three times on a piece of paper helped; if you paint the paper the base colour of the banner first you can even see how it looks. Once you have it painted to your satisfaction on paper you can gently bend the paper so you can see how the symbol moves across folds.
 

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Well, real life has given me a small break for the time being so I got some more guys done. I must warn you that I have a fucked up sense of humor, or so the War Department (my wife's nickname) says. Without further ado:





Not real happy with the Power sword on him but ... oh well.







I did like the turnout on his sword though. Now this guy ... I could not help myself. I mean... it's little army men, with a smiley face ... shot ... bleeding. Well, I thought it was funny, and so did my buddies. The War Department thought it was stupid. Twat. I still love her though.

My brother asked me to make a marine in " His Image " and I swear I am not making this up, his name is Leroy, and I just could not help myself. I present to you ... Leroy the space marine drunkard ... should have been a space wolf.







:laugh:=me
:shok:=him
 

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Well I finally got some time to get some shit done ... I finished 4 RAS melta gun guys ... 4 more to do.







I have to say that I really like the way the middle left guy turned out. I ended up using a tactical squad guys arm to give it a bit of a change ... I liked it.
 

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These guys look really good, but I just have to agree with previous posters that you need to do a matte varnish, then gloss only very specific areas. A fully glossy mini has never been attractive to me personally, and I think once you do it you'll see what we're talking about. The glossed areas will pop out very very well, and it'll bring much more depth to the mini.

Edit: Things like the rocks and the base rim especially... should not shine.
 

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I like the poses; they look dynamic without going to extremes.

The painting is consistently crisp too.

The only slight niggle I saw was that the transition between bone and black on the shoulder-pad rims is wavery; however, having risked eye-strain on numerous occasions with a tiny brush failing to get the inner line of the rim perfect myself that is a very small issue.
 
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