I've been putting this aside long enough. With the baby, work and everything, it was really hard to find the will to sit down and paint anything. Eventually, I had to tell myself "no more trolling, until you paint something"... I mean people are out there playing, and I'm sitting here watching pictures. No more of that. I sat down, and finished the "only need a few more layers" Liberators that I started (!) last August.
It feels great to actually have something finished, bases and all. It's been so long since I last finished any painting project, we might as well call this the first models I ever painted. As an adult anyway. In 21st century.
I went with the "how to paint book", simply because I know nothing about colors. If it wasn't for Duncan Rhodes' videos, I wouldn't even know which end of the brush goes in the pot. Still, I'm quite happy with the result, and I got a better hang of it now. The models themselves (those are the guys from the starter set) are quite nice for beginners, with nice sharp detail that lends to edge highlighting, and a lot of metallic surface that is so much more forgiving when it comes to highlights. The only real problem I had was with the right shoulder pads - but that's probably because I ruined it when trying to fit the gaps after gluing the models together - I'm even worse with green stuff than I am with the brush. The part I enjoyed most was the parchment - very easy to paint, and really giving a nice result.
As for the scheme, I went with Hammerhands, partly because as I said before I would probably fail badly at creating my own color scheme, and partly because I wanted one army that would be the poster boys that never get left behind in lore, and all other poster boys (Celestial Vindicators and Hallowed Knights) have so wierd color schemes my stomach couldn't handle it.
After all that effort, what better way to reward an old Troggoth than to get a blog of my own? Let's just make a deal - something gets painted for every non-painting entry... ok, every 2.