What I've been doing recently, a painting and modelling log...

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Spent today finishing off the Ordo Malleus Inquisitor in Terminator Armour.

I overdone the Citadel Mordant Earth, it's still drying in places, so may (will probably) recede more. Unfortunately I got some on his left foot so that's somewhat made a mess there, the superglue I used to attach him to the base went white and showed in spots so I had to cover those over with black paint. Both of those things has made his attachment to the base look untidy. I probably should have glued him on first, then put down the Mordant Earth but I didn't trust not getting it on him...

I saw a great (imho) tutorial on how to do power effects on Thunder Hammers, that I thought I could translate to this model's Daemon Hammer, but for the life of me when I wanted to go back and watch it on youtube I couldn't find it again (despite searching my brower and youtube histories), so I went with the GW example done by Duncan Rhodes instead. Turned out OK, but not really what I was aiming for.

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Couple of "top down" images showing the base a little better -
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Ramming speed, Mr Sulu!


Last year I decided I was going to get into Battlefleet Gothic. Can't explain why, and given it's oop probably not one of my best ideas... ...But I've always liked the Imperial ship designs, although I always thought they were painted black with a white prow by GW, turns out they were dark green with a white prow?!

Anyway I set about earlier this year buying up some Imperial Navy and Chaos Fleet ships. For a very small Imperial Navy fleet I now have 3 Imperial Cruisers and 1 Imperial Battlecruiser, all are the starter box set plastics, along with 3 metal Storm class Frigates. On the Chaos side I have 4 of the starter box set plastic cruisers.

The models I have are all ebay purchases.

So, my next project (one of several ongoing) will be renovating, and painting said ships.

Today I started on the Imperial cruisers/battlecruiser. I replaced a few of the aerials as they were broken/missing. I removed the original flight stands, because the person I bought them from had glued them in - not helpful! I drilled a 2mm hole to fit the flight stand peg into. This photo (quickly taken with my mobile) is the result of that...

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As we can see in the photo above they are sitting at all kinds of angles because I'm useless at drilling. The stems also kept falling out when picking up the model. So I needed a better way of doing this. I tried magnets on one, but didn't really like it. So I drilled out the holes with a 3mm drill bit, and then used a jewellers file to widen the hole some more.

The stems now push fit into the holes nice and snugly and I can adjust each ships angle. Much better result. Another quick photo taken with my mobile -
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A learning exercise for when I come to do the same on the Chaos cruisers and Sword class Frigates. The latter will need use of a Dremel (or a proper drill) as they're metal - that I think will be a non-trivial exercise.


I will be painting the Imperial cruisers/battlecruiser/frigates in the colour scheme on the box art for Battlefleet Gothic/like a model painted by John Blanche shown in the rulebook. So, a brown undercoat, bone basecoat, some kind of brown shading wash, and a drybrush with bone and then "off-white" and red/gold on the prow/various bits of trim. Haven't settled on a scheme for the Chaos cruisers yet, I think the GW scheme of red would be the easiest though.

I'll just airbrush over the top of the original paint as it doesn't look particularly thick so it shouldn't be a problem...



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More done on the BFG Imperial Navy ships today.

Spent some time putting down a Vallejo Game Air Leather Brown undercoat, and then a Coat D'Arms Bone base colour. That was less trivial than it should have been because I can't seem to get Coat D'Arms paint to be thinned nicely so that it will airbrush well. It took 4 coats, and ended up clogging up my airbrush! Had a similar problem getting Coat D'Arms paint to airbrush nicely a couple of years ago when I did my Van Saar gang, although the greens I used at the time worked better than the Bone did for me today...


Quick photo taken with my mobile -
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I've also applied, via a hairy stick, a coat of Pledge Floor Care (commonly known as Klear or Future in the scale modelling world), I'm hoping this acts as a gloss layer for the Citadel Reikland Fleshshade wash I'll be putting over these, so that I don't get so much staining, with any luck it'll just run into the recesses. Although I have done this before on a few aircraft scale models and had it fill in the panel lines due to it's self levelling nature...


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Tonight (read extremely early morning) I got the Citadel Reikland Fleshshade wash down on the BFG Imperial Navy cruisers. I would have done more however the dining room where I do my model stuff was too warm and I started to feel unwell, because, reasons. I recovered after retreating to my fan cooled bedroom. Darn you cavity wall insulation, insomnia, and UK summer weather!

Quick photo taken with my mobile -
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Kind of worked how I wanted it to. Should look even better with a drybrush or three.

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So, I've been pushing on with the BFG Imperial Navy ships since Friday night/very early Saturday morning.

Saturday night/very early Sunday morning I drybrushed on the bone and "off white". I used the same Coat D'Arms bone as the base coat, and then used Citadel Pallid Wych Flesh for the "off-white".

This is how the ships look after that and some detail painting, the details were painted with Vallejo Metal Color Burnt Iron, I kept to the top and side surfaces with the "off white" highlight -

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You'll note there's a ship missing. That's because I finished it off this afternoon and put it to one side, because I want a fully painted example to work from for the other 3 - I tend to start to get lost when I get to detail painting in batches. Although I may end up resorting to doing each ship individually from this point onwards.



The Pride of Armageddon, Mars Battlecruiser -

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I tried a new "quick photo with my mobile" background. Hmm, yeah...

I'll take better photos (hopefully) with my point and shoot digital camera and my usual black paper backdrop when I'm done painting the other 3 ships.



I wanted a sort of dark brown metal look to the engines, without having to resort to using Gunze Buffable Dark Iron - it stinks, makes me feel unwell, and I can do without that at the moment. Strangely it's the only paint with an odour that I've got that does make me feel unwell when I'm using it!

I thought that Vallejo Metal Color Jet Exhaust has a dark brown look to it (it has done in the past when I've used it), but my pot of it seems to not have that now, it's mostly light and silvery looking, despite (or because of) a thorough shake up!

So, as I didn't have anything to hand that approached the colour I wanted, I went over the Vallejo Metal Color Burnt Iron with several coats of Citadel Agrax Earthshade, and that seems to have turned out OK. The rest of the details received a Citadel Nuln Oil wash and a Citadel Leadbelcher highlight.

I've considered painting lights and "windows" on, in various places, but at this point life's too short and I think at this scale they'd detract from the overall look.


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So, after last night's unmitigated failure I decided to try and have a better hour or so of painting tonight.

I made a start on a test paint for the Steel Legion officers I've got, using one of the models I assembled from the resin parts I bought a couple of months ago, although I've removed the arms as I don't like them.

I tried the idea of using a melta bomb and a bass guitar string to make the hose and box of the gas mask, but the guitar string I bought isn't flexible enough when it's short enough to fit on the model, and the melta bomb looks ridiculously oversized. So I'm abandoning that idea for the moment, I may come back to it at a later date before I paint the resin officer model that I will actually be using in the army.

As far as painting goes I'm following a tutorial on Warhammer Community by Tyler Mengel - https://www.warhammer-community.com/2017/12/11/painting-the-steel-legion-dec-11gw-homepage-post-2/


So, I airbrushed on some Citadel Air Zandri Dust, then, using a normal brush, I put a layer or two of Citadel Zamesi Desert on the greatcoat. So that'll be steps 1 through 2 done.

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Whilst that was drying I got sidetracked and finished off another of the BFG Imperial Navy ships (although I think the engines need a couple more coats of Citadel Agrax Earthshade).

Quick photo (again, mobile, so apologies for the out of focus/blur nature of it). This one is a Gothic class cruiser -
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So, I finished the BFG Imperial Navy cruisers at the weekend/early this week.

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The Pride of Armageddon, Mars class Battlecruiser
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Dominator class cruiser
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Gothic class cruiser
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And a Lunar class cruiser. Unfortunately this had an accident whilst in drydock, it crashed down off it's kebab stick and the nova cannon broke off the prow, it was temporarily lost to the warp but I managed to find the part. Unfortunately I seem to have glued it on at an odd angle (it was straight when I put the model down whilst the glue set!)...
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The 4 ships together
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I probably should have stripped the original paint off these, as the paint does look a little thick in places when you inspect it, but that could have been of my own doing anyway. Didn't want to break any of the little parts whilst stripping though, but they look reasonable at tabletop distance.

I've also primed the Chaos ships black ready for red dryrbrush layers, and fitted stems to the metal Imperial Navy Frigates I have, but that's as much as I did earlier this week.


Went round my gaming buddies place of residence yesterday. It's a 90 minute trip each way by bus, and the timetable stops at 17:30, so we always take the 4 or so hours that I'm there to play a game of something (currently we are rotating with 40k 9th edition, Oldcromunda, and Warhammer Quest). Yesterday's game was a 1500pt game of 40k. We were so impressed with how it looked I took some photos just after deployment. We haven't had a game setup that looks this good for 20 years, although we do still have some foamcore ruins to replace and some old GW plastic stuff that needs to not be painted blue!

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Finished off 3 of 6 Imperial Navy frigates this weekend.

I bought these from a well known ebayer, unfortunately I didn't clock that he'd got the description wrong - I bought these thinking they were Sword class frigates, but actually 2 of them are Firestorm class frigates, and I think the bottom piece of the lone Sword class frigate is actually from a Firestorm class frigate! I didn't clock that when I looked at the photos and it's taken me 6 months to realise! Caveat Emptor as they say...

Anyhow I drilled out the holes for the stems using my Dremel and a 3mm drill bit (because the previous owner had glued stems in there already). I also used a grinding bit on one of them but I don't think that really helped. The stems are push fit (kind of) but I think over time they'll need some superglue to help.

Painted them using the same method as the cruisers. Boy were these quick to paint! I actually spent more time yesterday doing other stuff, than I did painting these!


The two Firestorm class frigates
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The lone Sword class frigate, I actually have 3 more on the way...
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And the three together
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I want to get on with the Chaos cruisers, but I'm procrastinating on them (now that I've undercoated them black) as whilst I could paint them red I'm not entirely enthused about doing so. As my (small, 20 year old, ragtag) 40k Chaos army is mostly Black Legion (although with quite a bit of Khorne and 1 squad of Night Lords) I want to scour the BFG sources for what colour Abaddon's fleet should be painted...



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The fleet is looking great so far.

You can still run those escorts in a mixed squadron if you like by the way.

Abaddon's fleet in the BFG books was originally painted red but I've seen various sources showing numerous colours over the years. Some in pale grey of Luna Wolves, some black, some mixed colours. Even the Planet Killer and Vengeful Spirit appear in different colours depending on the source.
 
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Thanks, I had a feeling the original ships in the rulebook, that are painted red, are supposed to be Abaddon's fleet. They just look a little too Khornate to me though, not particularly related to the Black Legion. But hey ho. Having read the example in the rulebook's colour pages, where they actually detail the actual paints used (I have the current equivalents), I think I'll go with the red scheme after all, or at least try it out on 1 of the Chaos cruisers I've got to see how it looks.

Also need to buy 6 Chaos raiders (preferably 3 Idolators and 3 Iconoclast) to balance out the fleets but that's a separate issue...
 
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More from The Diary Of An Insomniac..

Got meself a pair of those trendy nitrile black gloves everyone is using. Don't know what small is like but mine are medium and they're tight but somehow still not a very good fit...

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Some people here may have noticed that sometimes I get an idea in my head, then it takes me quite some time to ruminate, seek advice and references, and then execute said idea. Insomnia is a pita but also quite helpful as sometimes it gives me the impetus to execute an idea that I've had knocking around for a while...

So, I've been looking for the holy grail in shiny plate armour painting...

In this specific case, for the OG Bretonnian Knight model for Warhammer Quest, I was looking for a shiny metal plate armour look, like the armour in the 1981 movie Excalibur, but with an effect to simulate a kind of heroic blue glow around it as though the armour is made of some exotic element/material, like Mithril or something (I opened a thread seeking advice on it here, thank you to everyone in that thread), and I think I've cracked it.

This is the paint process I've come up with - Vallejo Metal Color black primer>Vallejo Metal Color Aluminium>Citadel Contrast Tallassar Blue as a shading colour, applied very precisely to the recesses. Then tidied up a bit with VMC Aluminium and highlighted with VMC Chrome, although the Chrome was a bit pointless as it just doesn't show up, so I'll skip that step in future.

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The left leg that I've painted tonight isn't all that well moulded (several areas are like that, I get the feeling this wasn't GW's best cast model at the time) so it's a little difficult to work out how thin/thick to make the shading lines, and I was only doing a quick test. The other leg is a previous idea I had using Vallejo Metal Color Silver, Vallejo Black Ink for black lining, and Aluminium highlights. That leg to me looks too dark.

One other problem is you can't see the highlights I applied, on either leg! However as both paints for the main colours are super shiny and metallic I'm happy to not have highlights. I am wondering though if I should thin 50/50 with contrast medium the Tallassar blue, for a lighter blue look? Definitely need to try harder to use capillary action to get the shading lines nicer.

Also, something to note, if anyone is interested, is that the contrast paint didn't seem to behave like contrast paint over the Vallejo Metal Color Aluminium, possibly because I was being precise with it, rather than slapping it on all over. Which is fine as I wasn't looking for metallic blue, just blue shading to represent that "heroic blue glow", but I was somewhat hoping I'd get a nice gradient of blue going into the recesses.

So, now I just need to strip the legs, start again, and replicate that look all over the model where there is plate armour (i.e. on the legs, arms, shoulders and head). Then do the gold trim on the plate armour, and do the rest of the model...


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Spent about an hour tonight actually getting on with the WHQ Bretonnian Knight.



I stripped off the paint I had put on, using Rustins cellulose thinners. Worked a charm, 5 minutes in a glass jar, a little scrub with a scrubbing brush, and it was clean (one reason I prefer metal figures). I then applied via airbrush Vallejo Metal Color Black primer, followed by Vallejo Metal Color Aluminium -
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I always mix too much paint! That's only 4 drops of Tallassar Blue Contrast and 4ish drops of Contrast Medium!?!
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Tallassar Blue Contrast Paint successfully applied to the armour. Thinning it 50/50ish with Contrast Medium and combined with the airbrushed on Vallejo Metal Color paint actually yielded better capillary action this time round -
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At a different angle -
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I tidied up a few areas where I wasn't happy with the blue (looking at these photos I still have some areas on the legs to adjust), and then I applied Abaddon Black in preparation for painting some of the rest of the model, I left some areas still silver intentionally as I think I need a lighter undercoat colour on those, or I just wasn't sure what colour some areas are going to be -
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And that's where I've left it. The "blue glow" has turned out kind of how I wanted it, but as already mentioned it needs a little more tidy up here and there still, but I have the gold trim to apply to the armour in places so that will have an effect on some of the "dodgy" blue areas. I'm sure a better painter than I could achieve the effect I'm after in a better way but so far I'm happy with how it looks.

One thing I'm not sure about, is how to paint the helmet's visor gap - I could plop some Tallassar Blue Contrast in there, but then I'm not sure I want him to have a glowing visor as it'd look like he's not human, so I guess I'll have to put some Nuln Oil (or watered down Abbadon Black) in there and blacken it for some shadow...

Also not entirely sure what colour I'm going to use on his broadsword blade, I fancy using Vallejo Metal Colour Steel, but I get the feeling it might be too dark...


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Entertaining read! Good work. The building looks great and is my favourite.

For Greenstuff work;
  • Buy something called a Colour Shaper, it’s life changing.
  • You also want your hands and any metal tools you use to be slightly greasy/damp.
  • Practice on something you don’t care about, you’ll be amazed how quickly you’re attempting much harder things.
  • When cutting from the strip discard the centre where the two colours meet, this can often make it harder to work because it has started to set.
  • If you get it on the model and then wait ten minutes or so it can then be easier to work and hold detail.
I’m very much a greenstuff bodger myself so the above is just what I do, but I like to think you can see how I’ve improved over the years if you check out my rambling Plog!

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More of the WHQ Bretonnian Knight done tonight. Just blocked in some base colours, although I need to go back and split the blue and do one half white...

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I've left a few areas still black (or aluminium) becuase I'm not entirely sure what colour I'm painting them yet. The broadsword was painted Vallejo Metal Colour Steel, as expected that was too dark, so I overpainted it with Vallejo Metal Color Burnt Iron, and it's still not satisfactory, I might just stick some Citadel Leadbelcher on it and go from there...

I was also going to use Vallejo Metal Color Steel, or Burnt Iron, on the chainmail he's wearing, but given their look on the sword I think I'll go with Citadel Leadbelcher on the chainmail also.

The dagger/scabbard is quite poorly cast so I'm not expecting much from that - it already just looks like a lump that is bereft of any detail. I painted the scabbard (and the belt) with Citadel Wraithbone, because I intend to use Citadel Contrast Snakebite Leather on it.

I started doing the gold trim, although I seem to have missed a few bits. The left hand didn't get any gold, because you won't see it behind the shield and I intentionally only did the knees on the legs, because, whilst there's cast detail hinting at a edge which could be painted gold on his left leg, his right leg doesn't have that detail cast, so it would look odd painting edge trim on one leg and not the other imho.


Now that I've added in most of the other colours, and tidied up the legs in places, the "blue lining" seems to be less stark, which is a good thing.
 
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Near 30°c heat (even though it's only 50ish humidity), hay-fever, and antihistamine medication really doesn't make a good combination for modelling!

Anyway, I have had sitting around, the box of Grey Knight terminators that I bought to rob parts from for my Ordo Malleus Inquisitor, and recently I've had the urge to at least assemble them, so I spent an hour or two, yesterday and today, putting them together. Turns out, that even though I robbed a pair of arms, I still had enough parts left to make up all 5 models.

Putting these together was a bit non-trivial at times, because according to the instructions sheet, 3 or 4 out of the 5 or so figures listed use arm parts 70 and 69. But there's only one of each part 70 and 69!?! Two of the torso parts are also misnumbered on the instructions also!?! Good one Geedubs!

I decided to magnetise them, because. I magnetised the heads (as each model has two slightly different heads, one Paladin, the other Terminator I suppose, although I can't really see much difference in shape), and arms. I was going to magnetise the torsos (and I did so on the first guy below) but decided not to bother with that in the end as it didn't really work well or add anything useful to the models.

Apologies for the quality of the photos below, my mobile had another of those days when it wouldn't take very good photos...

I started with this guy, I saw a photo on GW's webpage for the Grey Knights Terminators (or the Paladins' webpage) of a model by someone in a similar pose, and I like it so much I copied it, GW seem to have purged "community photos" from those pages though so I had no reference other than memory. I had to cut and reglue the sword arm to get the right-ish pose as I had used the Thunder Hammer arm (which has the right pose) for the Ordo Malleus Inquisitor (and I accidentally used the Justicar's sword) -
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The Justicar -
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I had to use some thicker magnets on this guy as the attachment was a bit loose, they won't be so noticeable when painted -
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And the other two guys (really don't like this guy's pose, it's like he's running for a bus and remonstrating at the driver with his sword!) -
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One thing about having parts magnetised is that occasionally you accidentally discover different poses -

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Group shot -

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Barrels didn't get drilled quite right in places, but they're OK. Probably as good as I'll get without a jig of some sort.

The plan for these is to prime with Vallejo Metal Color black primer, then base coat them in Citadel Grey Knights Steel Air and work from there - I've seen an example with all the lettering done in blue instead of gold and I think it looks great so I'll be borrowing that idea (assuming it looks OK with Grey Knights Steel coloured armour).

One guy is on a 30mm base as I don't currently have a spare 40mm one to replace the one I robbed for my Ordo Malleus Inquisitor, but the bases are only temporarily attached with a dab of CA glue and I'll be taking them off the models to "detail" them - I'm thinking of doing them the same way I did my Ordo Malleus Inquisitor, with Citadel Mordant Earth, for a lava base on each model...


I was also going to "build" another building for Judge Dredd today but the British Grand Prix is on this afternoon and, because, weather, so that'll have to wait until another day.
 
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Been wanting to get on with my Grey Knights (and the Bretonnian Knight) but weather and health and all that haven't helped me sit down at the table this past fortnight. Tonight I'm suffering with insomnia but it's a comfortable climate in my part of the UK for a change, so...

...I did a bit more of the Grey Knights. Apologies for the quality of the photos, as usual, lights, mobile phone camera and all that...

I actually undercoated them the other day with Vallejo Metal Color black primer (it's gloss black basically). Tonight I airbrushed on the Citadel Grey Knights Steel AIR layer. That's a weird paint. Depending on where they are on the table, they either don't look like they have much of a blue hue or they definitely have a bit of a Robocop look to them!?! Don't know if that's because I didn't mix the paint in the shot glass properly before I dumped it into my airbrush, but it got a very good shake in the bottle!

I'm just hoping I didn't flood any of the lettering or other details, because these are typical of GW's plastics - shallow indistinct in places details that can easily be filled in, and I have a habit of being a bit heavy with my airbrush...
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The shot glasses behind the figures contain their 2 heads. I partially undercoated one of each head, as they were attached at the time, then realised I needed to take them off as I wasn't getting paint into the "bowl" area where the head sits. I'll fully undercoat all the heads and then spray them with the Grey Knights Steel, separately.



One thing I've been procrastinarating on the past couple of weeks is how to do the Nemesis Force Swords. I've seen loads of youtubers do power swords, including GW's guys. I've seen Kenny Boucher (Next Level Painting) do a great looking quick faded/blended one with an airbrush, so at first I tried that. Let's just say I'm not Kenny Boucher (or anyone else who does similar fading/blending with an airbrush) and move on...

So, I put away my airbrush and moved onto a tutorial by Duncan "Two Thin Coats" Rhodes whilst he was still at GW, for doing Necron blades, but obviously I switched out the colours for blues instead of greens.

For my attempt with Citadel colours I used Caledor Sky, followed by "glazes" of Teclis Blue and Lothern Blue. The "edge" highlights were a Vallejo paint though, Game Color Ice Blue. Took me nearly 30 minutes of faffing with blending and I still didn't get it right!
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I tried doing something with Vallejo Game Color blues also. I started with Magic Blue, then used Electric Blue "glazes". And then "edge" highlights with the aforementioned Ice Blue. I tried adding "scratches/lightning bolts" like Kenny Boucher did in his example.
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Hmm, yeah...

I had another go, again with Magic Blue, Electric Blue "glazes" and Ice Blue highlights, this time I omitted the "scratches". Yeah, still not great. It looks better but as with my Citadel paint effort I couldn't get my blending right.

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I prefer the example above where I used Citadel paints - it looks better to the mk1 eyeball, and would look better if attached to a model, than it does in my photo above. I think to make it a bit more "showy" I should have added a Kantor blue/black "shadow" at one end of the Caledor Sky portions, opposite the Lothern/Teclis blues...

Fortunately the Nemesis Force Swords are straight and longer so I'll have more room to work with.

Some more practice, procrastination and rumination and I might just get the Nemesis Force Swords looking right...



Thanks as always for looking, C&C welcome.
 
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