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If at first you don't succeed...

Markus

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Hey guys,

I figured I would start this blog by showing of where I got started and where I ended up after experimenting with the color scheme, different techniques, brushes, brands of paint etc. 

Sadly I never took any pictures of these initial trial and error runs and most of the models I painted were stripped afterwards to match with the scheme I finally settled on. But I'll include a picture of the one unit that was saved and simply retired rather than stripped and redone. 

This was the very first unit I picked up and painted. As you can see I tried to go for a kind of hoplite look giving them Corinthian helmets and round shields. I was also planning on adding spears rather than swords but I could never find any suitable ones and my attempts at modelling/altering the ones I had ended up in a few spectacular failures. It was good practice non the less I suppose.  

I apologize about the poor pictures and lighting, I tried to create a makeshift light box. It's better than nothing but I'll see if I can't purchase one or make an improved version of mine in the near future. 

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I was never really happy with the paint job either, sure It was my very first attempt at this but It just seemed sloppy to me and I knew I could do better.

And there was also the matter of the colors themselves. I had envisioned a really bright almost sky blue turquoise. Similar to what I thought I had seen in some of the pictures from the GW website and box art. So I asked the staff at my local gaming store how I would best go about painting the Celestial Vindicators. They recommended a color scheme from one of those painting guides GW sell, and that seemed good enough to me so I got started with a base of Sotek Green and a few other colors. It looked decent enough, but far from that very vibrant and bright turquoise I was going for. Back to the store I went and pretty much grabbed every hue of turquoise I could find. After about 4 or 5 test models I settled on one I was pleased with, done with the Light Turquoise from Vallejo Model Color on a white primer rather than black.

This is what that looks like, the model isn't entirely done, his tabard and the grip of the hammer are examples of places I still need to finish up.

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So this is where I am right now, about done with my 10 liberators from the starter set that I got cheap on ebay.  I've also painted up a Heraldor that I picked up at the store for no reason what so ever, he looked sweet on the box and I grabbed him. The joy of not knowing how stuff plays is that I can just purchase whatever I fancy without worrying too much about viability in matches.

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The unit of 4 liberators along with the Prime from the previous pictures is also when I discovered that humidity and priming don't go together very well. I spent a good hour just scrubbing them trying to remove the primer that had clogged up the entire models. I got a lot of it of but you can still see how the edges and lines are not as crisp as they should. I think I managed to recover to the point where I don't mind it from a far, I'll definitely play them and enjoy it without thinking about it. 

I think I'll end it there, need to get some painting done whilst I have some time to spare. I'll see if I can't get an update out soon-ish to post either a picture of everything together, a step by step or perhaps my experiments with bases so far. 

If you managed to get through my wall of texts 'till the end.. I'm impressed.

Cheers!

Mark

 

 

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You didn't think they looked enough like Space Marines already eh? ;)

Nah, looks good! Have you thought about painting the shields a different colour? White perhaps, to make them stand out from the bodies a bit. 

Just thinking aloud here :)

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3 hours ago, Lokhe said:

You didn't think they looked enough like Space Marines already eh? ;)

Nah, looks good! Have you thought about painting the shields a different colour? White perhaps, to make them stand out from the bodies a bit. 

Just thinking aloud here :)

The thought had passed my mind, aye haha. I still have a bag of roughly 20 more helmet and a pack or two of shield, if 40k ever comes calling I'm ready. 

The shields I've considered, the back of the shield is white with gold trim for example. Never tried it but I've got some left over shield so I might give it a go later see how it looks. 

Appreciate the feedback by the way, It's probably the main reason I setup an account on here. Just painting in a vacuum is fun but having a second opinion is really valuable. So cheers! :) 

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Yes indeed! It's always good to get some feedback :)

Aha, they're white on the back, I see. 

Composition is something I struggle a bit with myself so I'm "practicing" a bit by looking at other people's work. 

You can always return the favour ofc, got a little blog on here myself ;)

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I'll see if I can't get a picture of the back next time I post an update. 

Looking at the work of others is half the fun right now for me, If I had tried to just go about painting without any pointers I think I would have quit before my 2nd layer was on. ^^

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Yeah. I love it when we get a lot of new kits and people start posting their paint jobs. Always inspirational!

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Love the colour scheme :) Celestial Vindicators! Your use of colour to depict edges is very clear and neat. Great work. Love the Spartan look! 

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