Switch Theme:

Share on facebook Share on Twitter Submit to Reddit  [RSS] 

Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2018/09/15 11:15:03


Post by: zahnib




G'day everyone! Welcome to my painting and modelling blog. I've got a number of projects under way at the moment. First and foremost of these is a Space Marine army from the Ultramarines Chapter, 1st and 2nd Company. I’ve also got a smaller force of Astra Militarum Vostroyan Firstborns and a slightly larger force of Sister of Battle from the Order of Our Martyred Lady in the works. Along with this I'm slowly building up a collection of terrain, mostly old Forge World city fight stuff. I've been slowly working away at all of this and thought this blog might be a good way to keep myself motivated as well as document my progress.


This is going to be a slow process but having this list will hopefully keep me on track! Most the models I've already got aside from some vehicles.

Adeptus Astartes: Ultramarines 1st and 2nd Company
- Marneus Calgar & Honour Guard
- Captain Sicarius
- Command Squad
- Terminator Captain with Retinue

- 3x Venerable Dreadnoughts
- Sterngaurd Veteran Squad
- Vanguard Veteran Squad
- 2x Veteran Squads
- Tyrannic War Veteran Squad with Razorback Transport
- Techmarine and Servitors
- Terminator Squad ✔
- Terminator Assault Squad

- 2x Tactical Squads with Rhino Transports
- Scour Squad ✔
- Scout Sniper Squad ✔

- 2x Assault Squads

- Devastator Squad ✔
- Predator Annihilator
- Predator Destructor
- Vindicator
- Land Raider

Astra Militarum: Vostroyan Firstborns
- Command Squad
- 2x Snipers

- 2x Guardsmen Squad with Chimera Transport

- 3x Sentinels

- Leman Russ
- 3x Lascannon Heavy Weapon Teams

Adepta Sororitas: Order of Our Martyred Lady
- Celestine, Living Saint ✔
- Canoness Veridyan
- Canoness
- Order Standard Bearer
- Inquisitor Coteaz and Retinue
- Witch Hunter Inquisitor and Retinue

- Inquisitorial Storm Trooper Squad ✔ with Rhino Transport

- 3x Battle Sister Squads ✔
- 2x Immolators

- Penitent Engine ✔
- Repentia Squad
- 2x Seraphim Squad

- Exorcist


Thanks for stopping by, I hope you'll follow along!


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2018/09/17 00:07:39


Post by: zahnib


Hey everyone! This is the start of my painting and modelling blog, hopefully some of y'all will stick along for the ride!

I've been crawling along at an absolute snails pace but I'll put up some photos of what I've managed to paint up over the last year. I'm using a pretty janky setup for photographing my minis so hopefully my photos will get better over time!

First up we've got a squad of Terminators led by their kind old captain. They're built from the standard Terminator box set with FW shoulder pads. The laurel wreath hung up on the back banner is from an old Empire set I think, can't quite remember which one. The wreath is a reappearing theme throughout my Ultramarines, inspired by an old army from White Dwarf back around the Eye of Terror campaign. The banner is unfinished, as you probably figured out from the blank disc in the centre!






To accompany them is a Venerable Dreadnought. The model is the Ultramarines Venerable Dreadnought from FW. Arms are magnetised and the back banner is removable. Such a bummer that they stopped producing this model along with the whole MKIV Dreadnought line



So there you go, the first entry in what will hopefully be a long a fruitful hobby blog!
Until next time
-zahnib


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2018/09/17 00:56:11


Post by: Snrub


Hey Zahnib. Great to see you've started up a blog. (even if it is ultramarines! )

Good pre-amble. Looks like you've got a fair bit to get through. I think i'll enjoy seeing your progress along the way.

Terminators look great. I like the posing on the sarge. With the angled bolter and cocked head, it looks like he's about to put the kill-shot on something.
You're not wrong about the dreadnoughts though. The chapter specific ones were really nice and it's a shame they've stopped producing them. Your's looks killer though.

One thing that caught me quite quickly was the bases. How do you do them? It's a look I wouldn't mind emulating on my own city-themed bases.


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2018/09/17 01:45:37


Post by: lipsdapips


A very clean and well presented start! I like the termies as well. Your paint style is sharp. Have you simply not gotten around to the termie banner yet or are you in the midst of planning a specific design? I'm eager to see what you end up putting in there.

The iconography on the ven dread's banner is likewise really tidy and shows your sharp hand for fine detail work. I second your feeling about that miniature as well. It was never one I got around to buying because of expensive shipping costs - now it seems as though i'll have to fork out much more if I ever do eventually end up getting it

In any event, glad to see you've started up a blog! I'm following with much anticipation and have really enjoyed what I've seen so far


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2018/09/17 08:20:11


Post by: zahnib


@Snrub Haha, yes well it won't be just Ultramarines! Hopefully the odd spattering of Sisters and Vostroyans will keep you satisfied Thanks for the feedback, much appreciated! I was pretty happy with the posing of the Terminator Sergeant myself.
The bases I'm actually considering re-doing as the scale of the material is a bit off I feel. I use the old Citadel Urban Basing Kit. It had a tub of fine slate and another with some larger pieces, as well as barbed wire and some resin cast pieces. Unfortunately they've been out of production for quite some time but I'm sure you could find something similar in terms of materials. I just use Codex Grey over a Chaos Black undercoat with White Scar as a highlight on the rocks and pieces of paving.

@lipdapips Thanks! For the terminator sergeant’s banner I don’t have anything too fancy planned, just a transfer, just haven't gotten around to applying it. Thanks for the feedback! I was real happy with how the Dread’s banner turned out, was a bit dubious about it at first what with the Tyranid warrior slung up there but it was really fun to paint. Yeah such a bummer, its a great model and eBay is swarming with recasts. But who knows, maybe they'll bring it back


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2018/09/17 11:56:30


Post by: Snrub


Ah bugger. Those basing kits look heaps good. Shame they quit making them.
Don't suppose you have any unused resin detail bits you could take some pictures of for me? For inspirational purposes...
I'd be keen for a few close up shots.


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2018/09/17 23:32:22


Post by: zahnib


@Snrub yep I've still got some unused ones, I'll take some photos and PM them to you


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2018/09/18 01:36:06


Post by: Snrub


Got your PM. Thanks mate!


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2018/09/30 01:17:06


Post by: zahnib


A quick update. I'm currently waiting on some basing material to arrive so I can rebase my models. I've got most of my Sisters of Battle and Vostroyan Firstborns assembled and primed but their bases need redoing before I start painting them up I do have three sisters painted up though, just trying to get the colour scheme down. The icon bearer is missing her backpack, I'll need to rummage around in my bits box and find it.


Until next time
-zahnib


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2018/09/30 08:41:42


Post by: Dysartes


Really nice work there, zahnib, both on the Sisters and the Ultramarines.

Will you be going for the studio Vostroyan scheme, or coming up with one of your own?


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2018/09/30 10:57:49


Post by: Snrub


Looking good Zahnib.

Only minor criticism I can offer is that the metal on the boltguns looks... patchy (?) in places. Maybe another coat of metal and black wash or something might help.


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2018/09/30 11:26:54


Post by: zahnib


@Dysartes Thanks! I'm planning on keeping the Vostroyans pretty close to the studio scheme. I haven't done any test models yet though so may do some slight alterations.

@Snrub yes! I totally agree. I need to repaint their bolters. The highlights are very messy


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2018/10/01 06:28:38


Post by: zahnib


Another update. Dreadnoughts! For my Ultramarine force I plan on only using MKIV dreadnoughts. I really like the design and have been lucky enough to pick a few up over the past couple of years. So far I've got two painted up with another having arrived in the mail just a few weeks ago. For weapons I'm a bit limited at the moment: 5 Close Combat arms, 1 Plasma Cannon and 1 Assault Cannon. Hopefully I'll be able to scrounge around the interwebs and pick some more up. My two painted dreadnoughts have magnetised arms, my newest acquisition will require some work to get magnetised...

My photography set up is still very low budget so excuse the shoddy photos, they give the model an odd gloss that isn't present in real life.


My second venerable MKIV dread in all its need-to-strip glory. This arrived a few weeks ago. It included both and Assault Cannon and the FW base which made it quite the find. Unfortunately the arms are glued in place but I'm hoping I can fix that with a soak in Detol.


Along with stripping the dread I'm going to be stripping most of my Sisters of Battle so I can re-prime them. Once this is done hopefully I can get cracking on them!

Until next time
-zahnib


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2018/10/01 12:30:12


Post by: Snrub


Ah more dreadnoughts. Most excellent.
I have a real soft spot for the humble Castaferrum Boxnaught. Easily my favourite space marine model. Your's look excellent.
Just a crying shame FW stopped producing them.


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2018/10/01 17:16:39


Post by: youwashock


Your dreads are epic and I love the classic look of your Sisters.


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2018/10/02 05:58:40


Post by: zahnib


@Snrub Yeah I totally agree. I've got fond memories of the old 2nd ed. metal dreadnought, the boxier design is very iconic I feel. Whilst the newer (older?) design of the Contemptors makes more sense in terms of a practical machine, they don't have the same old school charm.

@youwashock Thanks! I'm a big fan of old school 40k. I was considering doing my Ultramarines in a retro theme with yellow shoulder trim and red gun casing. Maybe one day I'll swap over.

After a long soak in Detol my latest (and final) MKIV Dreadnought is looking squeaky clean and ready for priming! Unfortunately the Detol was not successful in weakening the glue bonding the arms to the main body. I ended up breaking them off but luckily the joint snapped cleanly. I did have to bore out the joint in the weapon arms so I could inset the magnets but this wasn't too tricky.


Until next time
-zahnib


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2018/10/11 13:23:17


Post by: zahnib


Ho boy!!! Well after some heady days filled with the smell of Detol and methylated spirits I have finally stripped all of my Sisters of Battle (excluding the three shown above). My fingers decided it was all too much and shed a layer of skin, so now with my fresh new prints I'm ready to go!

Not a bad paint job by the previous owner, but I want to do my own!


Bath time!


Squeaky clean!


Paint stripping is already pretty well covered here on Dakka as well as the wider web, but on the off chance that someone finds this useful here's my process:
I use both Detol (the brown liquid disinfectant) and methylated spirits. Both have pretty rough fumes that can cause a headache so make sure you're working in a well ventilated area. Both of these liquids will dry your hands our something shocking so make sure you use gloves, otherwise your skin will peal off after a few days (gross). The Detol will eat through gloves (especially if you're cleaning metal minis) after a while so keep an on eye on them. Both liquids will affect glues as well as Green Stuff.

Stage 1: Detol
- Step 1. Fill a jar or container with Detol, then place the miniatures you want to strip inside, making sure they are full submerged.
- Step 2. Leave the miniatures to soak. Soaking times will depend on the type of paint used and the number of layers. I usually give a bit of a test scrub after 15 minutes to see how they're coming along. Generally I'll leave them soaking for a couple of hours. With metal miniatures you can leave them soaking overnight, plastics and resins though I'd be careful. Now I'm no expert and I don't understand the science behind it so resins and plastics might be fine to leave just like metals, I just like to err on the side of caution - it would be terrible to have your lovely FW model turn to sludge
- Step 3. Give them a good scrub with an old toothbrush. The paint should come off easily. If it doesn't, leave them to soak for a bit longer. When scrubbing the miniatures swirl them around in the Detol after giving them a scrub to get any loose paint off.
- Step 4. Once your miniatures are looking nice and clean give them a blast under the tap with hot water, then scrub them thoroughly with dish soap and hot water (use a different tooth brush). This stage is important. Detol + paint + water = a bad time, mixing Detol and water will cause paint to become sticky and weird. By blasting the stripped miniature under the hot tap most of the loose paint will be washed off before the Detol/water mix makes it sticky. Soap also helps stop this sticky process from happening.
- Step 5. Once the miniature has been well scrubbed with the soapy hot water, give it a rinse and allow it to dry. You might have some paint left over in the nooks and crannies, you can try scraping this out with a needle or something similar.

This next stag is potentially not necessary, I do it to get rid of the smell of Detol and any potential residue from the miniatures.
Stage 2: Methylated Spirits
- Step 6. After the stripped miniatures are dry from Stage 1, fill a jar or container with methylated spirits and place the miniatures inside, once again making sure they are fully submerged.
- Step 7. Like before, leave them to soak. Similarly, metals seem to be fine soaking indefinitely, but plastics and resins shouldn't be left for too long. In my experience methylated spirits can cause both to become slightly soft if left for too long.
- Step 8. Give the miniatures a rinse and a scrub with hot soapy water. Methylated spirits are much easier to work with as they don't have any beef with water.
- Step 9. Give the miniatures a final rinse to get any soap off and leave them out to dry!
- Step 10. You're done! Now you can re-prime your miniatures and give them a new life.

Hopefully that'll be of some help to someone, let me know if y'all have any questions

Until next time
-zahnib


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2019/01/09 23:10:43


Post by: zahnib


Hellooooo, well blimey its been a while! Sorry about that

Not a huge update today, I've slowly been working away at rebasing my models and have just finished undercoating a bunch of Sisters of Battle that I stripped (see post above). My three armies are based with an urban city-fight theme in mind. Originally I had used a combination of fine slate from one of GW's old urban basing kits, however the scale of the slate material was a little off. After hunting around I finally settled on Woodland Scenics' coarse cinder ballast. It comes in various sizes and was just what I was looking for! A while back I also picked up two packs of human skulls from Wargame Exclusive. These are really nice resin casts and as an added bonus the sprues they come on are modelled as i-beams; great little details to add to an urban base! Very nice touch

I used a combination of fine, medium and large ballast to give a bit of variety. Skulls were sprinkled throughout and various larger pieces of slate and razor wire were used as well. Super glue was used to attach the bigger objects like the skulls and large pieces of slate, then Citadel PVA was used to attach the various grades of ballast starting with the largest. Two coats of watered down PVA were then used to seal the bases before undercoating.

Three of my Inquisitorial Storm Troopers with their new bases


So, with my rebasing effort well under way hopefully I'll be able to get around to doing some paining soon!
I hope everyone has had a nice holiday season
Until next time
-zahnib


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2019/01/09 23:14:44


Post by: ingtaer


I love those models, really regret selling mine when I moved here. Looking forward to seeing them painted! Nice work on the rest, dreads especially!


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2019/01/10 04:19:09


Post by: zahnib


@ingtaer yeah they're great, was lucky enough to pickup a full squad a few years back. I'm looking forward to painting them and their accompanying rhino
@youwashock thanks mate! Good to see you haven't slowed down in your hobby output


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2019/02/19 02:39:42


Post by: zahnib


Hello again! As you can tell my hobby progress has been oh so slow. I've been moving over the past two months so no time for painting unfortunately. However my impending move hasn't stopped me from ordering in some supplies and from doing the odd bit of hobby prep.
As mentioned previously my three 40k armies are based with a city-fight theme in mind. This was originally inspired by some old White Dwarf battle reports back around the Eye of Terror global campaign. I'm a massive fan of the old Forge World City Fight terrain and over the past six or seven years have been slowly hunting down all the pieces I can find. I was lucky enough to find and purchase one of my favourite pieces: the ruined Administratum Entrance, along with a whole bunch of ruined wall sections a few years ago from a chap in Canada. It had been painted in a rather hastily manner by its previous owner so I began the process of stripping the terrain (see my post above for the method) in preparation for a fresh coat of primer.

My Forge World Ruined Administratum Entrance getting a metho bath


Administratum bits drying out


The aforementioned care package arrived from Forge World packed with Ultramarines-goodness. Chapter specific Rhino doors and front plates, extra armour for my Rhinos and Immolators as well as my Land Raider. There was also a dozer blade for one of my Rhinos and some extra close combat arms for my MKIV Dreadnoughts (okay this was ordered quite some time ago!!). The extra armour will require quite a bit of work as the edges were quite as sharp as an older set I have. I emailed Forge World about it and they kindly sent out replacement sets. Absolute legends!


I'm looking forward to finally settling into my new place and having the time to do some painting!
Until next time
-zahnib


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2019/12/20 08:50:56


Post by: zahnib


I'm back! My hobby progress was stalled for most of the year due to other time commitments but I've finally gotten back into the groove!

Over the past week I've slowly been working away at my Sisters of Battle, the first of which is below! Looking back I think my previous three sisters are in need of a repaint but I've still got a few squads primed and ready to go so they'll be the first priority. Photos are a wee bit nicer quality as well, let me know what you think!



Until next time
-zahnib


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2019/12/20 16:23:18


Post by: gobert


Welcome back to plogging, nice sister to make a come back with! Nice highlights on her cloak! Did you manage to get any of the forgeworld goodies painted from your earlier post?


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2019/12/20 20:44:17


Post by: zahnib


Thanks gobert and welcome to the blog!
No unfortunately not yet! Most of that the Forgeworld goodies are for my Ultramarines but they’ve been put onto the back burner for a while. The Forgeworld terrain is another story though! I’ve been trying to do some research on good techniques for painting weathered buildings. It’s a bit of a daunting task!

Hopefully I’ll have some more updates with my Sisters of Battle soon though!


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2019/12/21 17:16:48


Post by: youwashock


Good to see you posting again. The latest Sister is very nice. Marvelous reds.


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2019/12/22 08:37:37


Post by: Pomander Cask


Yes, very nice sister! The black-white-red scheme works well. Also, good photo!


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2019/12/24 07:51:06


Post by: zahnib


Thanks guys! The cloth is very fun to paint, so many sculptured folds! I've always been a fan of the studio scheme for SoB so I thought I'd stick with it


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2020/01/03 07:52:30


Post by: zahnib


Slowly but surely the sisters are coming along. I've got six on the go currently, trying out some batch painting to see if that increases my efficiency, however, I'm not sure if it's made me any faster. Oh well. The red garments are currently taking a loooong time as is the edge highlighting on the armour, but once that's done I think they'll be finished up pretty quick.



I'm pretty happy with the new basing material so far. It is scaled much more appropriately to the models themselves. I'm thinking I might start on some of my Vostroyans to give myself a bit of variety, but we'll see.

I hope you all had a nice festive season.
Until next time,
-zahnib


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2020/01/03 14:11:57


Post by: youwashock


Looking good so far. Nice tight highlights.


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2020/01/04 00:38:34


Post by: gobert


Their coming together nicely zahnib, the red on the cloaks is really good!


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2020/01/05 09:57:24


Post by: zahnib


Thanks guys! I'm pretty happy with the reds, though I can't help but think there may be a simpler way for me to achieve the effect using washes or something similar. But I'm enjoying my current method and its relative slowness.

I've been trying to decide whether to paint the base rims in traditional studio brown or to leave them black. What do y'all think?


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2020/01/05 23:54:36


Post by: gobert


I personally prefer black. I think that Brown would look odd with the black base. If you wanted something different maybe a mid-Grey?


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2020/01/07 10:22:16


Post by: zahnib


Hmmm, I've been thinking black as well, kind of goes with the urban basing theme. Though maybe the brown would give a bit of colour?


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2020/01/09 18:44:25


Post by: Captain Brown


zahnib,

Well I like the studio brown for the bases (but I am a bit biased when it comes to Sisters painted in the Order of our Martyred Lady as you can see from my Sister's Log ).

My two cents,

CB


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2020/01/10 01:07:07


Post by: zahnib


@Captain Brown the brown base rims look great on your (very impressive) sisters force. It works well with the dark earth and grass. I'm a little worried that it'll look out of place with the cityfight-style basing theme I'm going for. I should really just do a test mini. Also welcome to the blog

Progress! I'm still working on the same small batch of sisters, but they are nearing completion. As slow as the batch-painting method has felt it is nice when you get to the final stages and all of a sudden you've got close to a full squad done! You may have noticed the conspicuous lack of bare-headed sisters in my squad, I am still trying to find a good technique for skin so have left those for later.



Until next time,
-zahnib


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2020/01/10 14:12:53


Post by: youwashock


Coming right along. I get you on the batch painting. Feels like it takes forever, but then BOOM: squad.


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2020/01/11 08:23:27


Post by: Viterbi


Great work on the sisters, love the edge highlighting, great take on the classic scheme.


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2020/01/11 19:51:26


Post by: fingol23


Really nice work on the red on those sisters.


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2020/01/11 23:00:09


Post by: zahnib


@youwasock yes! Its great! I'm thinking maybe I'll do small batches of 5-6 infantry with character in between batches to keep things fresh

@Viterbi and @finol23, thank you both and welcome to the blog!

Another small update. Tried out some muzzle burn on the two sisters with flamers and I'm pretty happy with how it looks! I've also cleaned up the metal and have moved onto the whites! Homestretch now! A whispy fibre also seems to have snuck in on the rightmost sister, time to do some vacuuming I think



Until next time,
-zahnib


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2020/01/12 10:47:44


Post by: gobert


Those sisters are rockin! The scorch marks on the flamers came out really well, but those reds!


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2020/01/12 10:59:48


Post by: Viterbi


Scorch marks are great, would you mind sharing the colors you used?


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2020/01/12 18:36:23


Post by: youwashock


Oh, that heat stress is so pretty. Nicely done.


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2020/01/12 21:48:07


Post by: zahnib


Thanks everyone!

@gobert I'm quite proud of my reds, haha, though the backs of the miniatures are where they look best, lots of nice deep folds. I'll post some pictures when I've got them all finished up

@Viterbi I followed Duncan's recipe though made do with the paints I had. So I painted the metal parts like normal including highlights, then washed the quarter closest to the end of the barrel with blue ink (I still have a pot of the old Citadel blue ink). Next, I did a purple wash on the second quarter. For this I mixed in a little Blood Red with my blue ink as my purple dried up long ago Finally I washed the third quarter with Seraphim Sepia, leaving the fourth quarter bare.

@youwashock thank you! I've been scouring eBay for some heavy flamer/multi-melta sisters so I can do more!


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2020/01/14 10:15:58


Post by: Snrub


Soooooo jealous of that FW city fight terrain. That stuff's the dogs bollocks. Too bad it's rarer then hens teeth and worth it's weight in gold.

The sisters are humming along nicely too! Any plans on getting some of the new gals?


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2020/01/15 07:47:35


Post by: Viterbi


 zahnib wrote:


@Viterbi I followed Duncan's recipe though made do with the paints I had. So I painted the metal parts like normal including highlights, then washed the quarter closest to the end of the barrel with blue ink (I still have a pot of the old Citadel blue ink). Next, I did a purple wash on the second quarter. For this I mixed in a little Blood Red with my blue ink as my purple dried up long ago Finally I washed the third quarter with Seraphim Sepia, leaving the fourth quarter bare.


Thanks zahnib, will try this out in the near future, I may even have all of the washes here that Duncan used.


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2020/01/15 10:40:22


Post by: zahnib


 Snrub wrote:
Soooooo jealous of that FW city fight terrain. That stuff's the dogs bollocks. Too bad it's rarer then hens teeth and worth it's weight in gold.

The sisters are humming along nicely too! Any plans on getting some of the new gals?

Yeah it’s such a bummer that they discontinued it! Such awesome terrain pieces. I have though of making casts so that if people want copies I can help them out as the originals are so hard to come by but I haven’t done any casting before so don’t have the gear. I watched eBay pretty consistently for a few years to hunt down as much cityfight terrain as I could! The administratum entrance was the holy grail for me so I was very excited when I managed to get my hands on one!

I’m not sure if I’ll be picking up any new sisters. I’m unsure how they look wide by side, the new models seem quite a bit bigger and more proportional, similar to the Primaris which I think look a bit odd mixed in with old space marines. But the models are beautiful! I do want to get Canoness Veridyan but I’m not sure how she sits size wise. In terms of vehicles I prefer the old style designs so won’t be picking any of those up.

 Viterbi wrote:

Thanks zahnib, will try this out in the near future, I may even have all of the washes here that Duncan used.

No worries, let me know how you go! It’s super simple and looks pretty rad I think!

Thanks for stopping by guys


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2020/01/25 13:28:05


Post by: mcmattila


How haven't I commented here already..? Wonderful minis in here, you've got a really good looking Ultra force (loving the Venerable Dread's banner and the bigger urban bases), and likewise I'm liking your Sisters.

My two cents on the basing: I know you're probably set on the gray rubble, but I think bone/white/sandstone rubble could work really well with the Order of Our Martyred Lady, a bit like in the studio version of the Triumph of Saint Katherine. It would provide more contrast to the black armor, and make it look even more black.


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2020/01/30 10:44:25


Post by: zahnib


 mcmattila wrote:
How haven't I commented here already..? Wonderful minis in here, you've got a really good looking Ultra force (loving the Venerable Dread's banner and the bigger urban bases), and likewise I'm liking your Sisters.
My two cents on the basing: I know you're probably set on the gray rubble, but I think bone/white/sandstone rubble could work really well with the Order of Our Martyred Lady, a bit like in the studio version of the Triumph of Saint Katherine. It would provide more contrast to the black armor, and make it look even more black.

Thanks mcmattila, and welcome to the blog! That's a really good suggestion on the basing, I'm currently not quite happy with it as it is all looking a bit dark. I've even been considering going for the standard studio dirt and grass tufts but maybe sandstone rubble is the way to go!


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2020/02/03 03:36:05


Post by: zahnib


Yippee! My first batch of sisters has been completed! It was really nice to have them all come to completion at once, I think I'll stick with batch painting for the remaining squads. As you'll notice this isn't a full squad and I've actually omitted one of the sisters as she didn't fit in the arrangement for the photo! You may have also noticed in some of my WIP shots that not all of the sisters had their backpacks attached. I thought maybe it would be easier to paint these separately but this was not the case! I've since primed and attached all of the backpacks to my remaining sisters, though sadly two are missing theirs If anyone has some spare backpacks lying around let me know!





In the midst of finishing off the above miniatures I purchased some heavy support: 2 sisters with heavy flamers, 2 sisters with multi-meltas and 1 sister with heavy bolter. These I think I will organise into a Retributor squad, I'm pretty sure I have a spare superior to lead them. I'm looking forward to painting the flame and melta weapons!

Thank you for all the words of encouragement and thanks for looking!
Until next time,
-zahnib


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2020/02/03 18:28:25


Post by: youwashock


The old gals really do hold up. Fantastic looking group!


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2020/02/03 22:20:34


Post by: gobert


Pretty squad of sisters. Their white masks all look smooth, which is impressive in and of its own, but more so as you started from black underneath! The heat damage on the flamer is cool too


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2020/02/04 06:51:25


Post by: Viterbi


Congrats on finishing the squad! They are looking great, love those cloaks, excellent combination of shadows and highlights.


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2020/02/04 21:04:06


Post by: zahnib


Thanks guys!
youwashock wrote:The old gals really do hold up. Fantastic looking group!

Yeah the old sculpts are great! The new plastic ones are definitely a bit better proportioned but they're missing that old 2nd ed. charm.
gobert wrote:Pretty squad of sisters. Their white masks all look smooth, which is impressive in and of its own, but more so as you started from black underneath! The heat damage on the flamer is cool too

Thanks, white is tough! Luckily it is only a small portion of their armour. I was really happy with how the heat damage turned out!
Viterbi wrote:Congrats on finishing the squad! They are looking great, love those cloaks, excellent combination of shadows and highlights.

Tis a nice indeed, now onto the next! Thank you, I'm quite happy with how the reds turned out.


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2020/02/08 10:54:14


Post by: Snrub


That is a very uniform squad. Love it.
It's strange too, because normally i'd look at a unit like this and think that it needs a bold spot colour to help them stand out (e.g: hazard striped flamer fuel canister). But when I look at these girls, I don't think they need it. All the other colours are even and balance each other nicely.

Bonus points for drilling out those metal barrels. Not an easy task when doing one or two let alone a whole bunch.


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2020/02/10 20:50:47


Post by: zahnib


 Snrub wrote:
That is a very uniform squad. Love it.
It's strange too, because normally i'd look at a unit like this and think that it needs a bold spot colour to help them stand out (e.g: hazard striped flamer fuel canister). But when I look at these girls, I don't think they need it. All the other colours are even and balance each other nicely.

Bonus points for drilling out those metal barrels. Not an easy task when doing one or two let alone a whole bunch.

Thanks Snrub! I feel perhaps the bases need a rework, its all a bit dark with the sister's dark armour and the dark city-fight theme. Haha, and yes drilling out gun barrels are a must!


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2020/02/11 19:58:28


Post by: howie


Those sisters are looking awesome. The deep red is really rich.


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2020/02/12 11:34:47


Post by: zahnib


 howie wrote:
Those sisters are looking awesome. The deep red is really rich.

Thanks howie, they are nice to paint. My old pot of Red Gore is running dry and I'm trying to find a replacement. Does anyone have experience with Vallejo Gory Red, I've read that's very similar to the old Citadel Red Gore.


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2020/04/01 23:56:54


Post by: zahnib


A small update on my hobby progress. With the extra time off amongst all the COVID-19 shutdowns, I've managed to paint up another small batch of Sisters. In addition to the four shown below, I'm also 98% done with my first Sister Superior as well as my Mistress of Repentance for my Repentia squad. Both just have their purity seals to be done as well as the small amount of flesh on the Mistress of Repentance. You might also notice that the shade of red on the Sisters' robes has changed slightly. Unfortunately, my old pot of Blood Red finally carked it so I have switched over to Evil Sunz Scarlet. It isn't quite as extreme of a difference as my photos make it appear so don't be too alarmed!





I hope you're all going alright amongst the COVID-19 kerfuffle.
Until next time
-zahnib


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2020/04/02 01:48:41


Post by: youwashock


You paint some pretty Sisters, man. Never sad to see that classic look.


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2020/04/02 06:33:05


Post by: Viterbi


The gals are looking sharp, really nice seeing this army developing from the start.


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2020/04/03 09:05:58


Post by: zahnib


Thanks for the kind feedback guys Hopefully I'll have a bit more variety going forwards, I've almost finished all of of my helmeted sisters. I've also got my Vosttoyans to start but I may hold off on them until I've got my Sisters of Battle completed.


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2020/04/04 08:23:17


Post by: gobert


Another good looking bunch of sisters. I know what you mean about the blood red running out, it was such a nice colour and evil sunz scarlet just isn’t quite the same.


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2020/04/04 23:30:54


Post by: zahnib


If only they'd kept the original colours and just expanded the line!! I'm in the same boat with my Ultramarine blue! Macragge blue is a bit too dark for my liking.


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2020/04/05 08:13:35


Post by: gobert


Yeah, my ultramarine blue dried out too and I still haven’t replaced it yet. I’ve been branching out to other vendors, so will have to explore other similar colours if Macgragge blue is too dark


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2020/04/05 08:29:31


Post by: zahnib


From doing a bit of reading Vallejo Model Colour Ultramarine Blue sounds as thought it might be a good substitute. Some testing is in order!


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2020/04/26 01:16:46


Post by: zahnib


Quick wee hobby update. Over the past few weeks, I've slowly been painting up more Sisters as well as stripping and prepping some new reinforcements in the form of Serpahims and Retributors. All of my SoB models are second hand and have come from a variety of sources so have required a bit of work to get to the priming stage. Its been quite enjoyable though, adds another level of involvement with each model.

So, in terms of models; I've got two Seraphim squads with 5 Seraphim apiece. They are mostly finished up in terms of prepping. The bases were a bit of a challenge as the metal tabs are quite small. I first bent them in a slight v-shape to give the tabs a bit of friction with the base and then filled in the sides with some plastic sprue off-cuts, using some Revell plastic cement to weld them to the base. In addition, I've cleaned up five Retributors: two with heavy flamers, two with multi-meltas and one with a heavy bolter. These were a bit more straight forward in terms of prepping though I am pinning the arms to give them a bit more strength. Unfortunately, I'm missing one of the backpacks for the heavy flamer so I've been looking into pewter casting, inspired by btoliver311's resin casting escapades over on his P&M blog. But we'll see how I get on with that.




Five Retributors with some Seraphim in the background. The plastic spacers either side of the Seraphim's base tabs will hopefully look a bit less janky once primed.


Hope everyone is doing well and keeping safe.
Thanks for stopping by.
Until next time,
-zahnib


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2020/04/26 04:57:10


Post by: youwashock


The heavy weapon ladies are some of the best in the range. Bet they end up looking real sweet.


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2020/04/26 07:53:16


Post by: zahnib


 youwashock wrote:
The heavy weapon ladies are some of the best in the range. Bet they end up looking real sweet.

Yeah, they are some of my favourites as well! Really looking forward to painting some bigger weapons, especially the burny ones!


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2020/04/26 08:52:10


Post by: Viterbi


Excited to see the next batch and stripping metal miniatures really is quite relaxing, I curse more when I try it on plastics.


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2020/04/27 00:16:50


Post by: zahnib


 Viterbi wrote:
Excited to see the next batch and stripping metal miniatures really is quite relaxing, I curse more when I try it on plastics.

It certainly feels a lot safer! I've got some plastic Space Marines that need stripping whic I've been putting off.
---

Small update. I've finished cleaning and the hard part of basing. I'm a bit worried about the strength of the Seraphim's "flying stands" but hopefully they'll hold. The helmeted Superior had been snipped off her's by her previous owner. Luckily I had a spare tab from another Seraphim which I drilled out and pinned the tabless Superior. I've still got to pop some basing sand on them and then they'll be ready to prime! I'm thinking I'll leave the backpacks off for painting as the wing parts cover a lot of the detail on the rear of the sisters.



Thanks for stopping by.
Until next time,
-zahnib


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2020/05/06 12:35:46


Post by: zahnib


Progress, progress. Nothing too exciting to show but I've been making some good foundational progress. I've based and undercoated all of the Seraphims and Retributors from my last update as well as made a start on my final batch of battle sisters.

I've also been thinking about my basing theme. For the longest time I've had the idea of my three armies fighting in a dark grey urban cityfight setting, inspired by the old Eye of Terror global campaign from 2003. Over the years I've collected together all the OOP FW ruins I could find with this in mind. However, the dark basing theme has always seemed a little drab, maybe I just haven't quite got the right recipe but I feel a change may be in order. I'm still thinking cityfight but maybe with more of a dusty bone-coloured rubble than just straight grey? After seeing mcmattila's beautiful bases over on his P&M blog I thought I'd a make a quick mock-up with one of my recently painted SoB. mcmattila has graciously allowed me to use the base from one of his pictures.


Light bone-coloured rubble (courtesy of mcmattila) vs. my current tratidional grey cityfight basing theme

I'll also be planning on using the same basing theme with my Ultramarines and Vostroyan so hopefully, I can decide on a colour that works well for all three armies. Does the light bone-coloured theme still work as a cityfight base? Is there another theme you think I should try? Let me know what you think!

Thanks for stopping by.
Until next time,
-zahnib


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2020/05/06 14:12:53


Post by: Arakasi


This is my take. The light bone-coloured rubble looks better because it contrasts with the black armour, while your traditional grey doesn't. It's why I chose black bases to go with my white armoured Chaos Warriors. Assuming your Vostroyen are predominantly red, they and your Ultramarines should look fine on either. Looking at the above base, I wouldn't read it as a cityfight base - but if you sprinkled in some larger pieces of obvious masonry in the same colour (throughout squads, not necessarily every miniature), it would probably work fine. Alternatively, you might want to try a lighter grey or blue base for your cityfight rubble - just watch the contrast with your Ultramarines. Hope that helps!


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2020/05/06 14:28:41


Post by: Fifty


 Arakasi wrote:
This is my take. The light bone-coloured rubble looks better because it contrasts with the black armour, while your traditional grey doesn't. It's why I chose black bases to go with my white armoured Chaos Warriors. Assuming your Vostroyen are predominantly red, they and your Ultramarines should look fine on either. Looking at the above base, I wouldn't read it as a cityfight base - but if you sprinkled in some larger pieces of obvious masonry in the same colour (throughout squads, not necessarily every miniature), it would probably work fine. Alternatively, you might want to try a lighter grey or blue base for your cityfight rubble - just watch the contrast with your Ultramarines. Hope that helps!


I have more or less the same take. Possibly another approach is to go with McMattila's colours, but include some rusty metal pipes, cabling, manhole covers, etc, on the bases? With apologies for posting my own models, I'll post a squad of mine to show you the sort of thing I mean...

Mine is more industrial than the urban look you want, but maybe possible to adapt a little by using cleaner metals with less rust, and some obvious city references like fallen lamp posts?



Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2020/05/07 11:05:15


Post by: zahnib


Arakasi wrote:This is my take. The light bone-coloured rubble looks better because it contrasts with the black armour, while your traditional grey doesn't. It's why I chose black bases to go with my white armoured Chaos Warriors. Assuming your Vostroyen are predominantly red, they and your Ultramarines should look fine on either. Looking at the above base, I wouldn't read it as a cityfight base - but if you sprinkled in some larger pieces of obvious masonry in the same colour (throughout squads, not necessarily every miniature), it would probably work fine. Alternatively, you might want to try a lighter grey or blue base for your cityfight rubble - just watch the contrast with your Ultramarines. Hope that helps!

Thanks for your thoughts Arakasi! I very much agree! The light base colour seems to compliment the sisters' dark scheme quite nicely and I think it would most likely work quite well with both the Vostroyans and Ultramarines. I also get what you mean about it not really reading as a cityfight base. It is tricky on the smaller 28mm bases unless you go all out. I have interspersed some barbed wire and metal debris throughout my squads but in quiet a reserved manner.

Fifty wrote:
 Arakasi wrote:
This is my take. The light bone-coloured rubble looks better because it contrasts with the black armour, while your traditional grey doesn't. It's why I chose black bases to go with my white armoured Chaos Warriors. Assuming your Vostroyen are predominantly red, they and your Ultramarines should look fine on either. Looking at the above base, I wouldn't read it as a cityfight base - but if you sprinkled in some larger pieces of obvious masonry in the same colour (throughout squads, not necessarily every miniature), it would probably work fine. Alternatively, you might want to try a lighter grey or blue base for your cityfight rubble - just watch the contrast with your Ultramarines. Hope that helps!

I have more or less the same take. Possibly another approach is to go with McMattila's colours, but include some rusty metal pipes, cabling, manhole covers, etc, on the bases? With apologies for posting my own models, I'll post a squad of mine to show you the sort of thing I mean...
Mine is more industrial than the urban look you want, but maybe possible to adapt a little by using cleaner metals with less rust, and some obvious city references like fallen lamp posts?


Thanks for your thoughts as well Fifty . Yes I've been thinking if I go with the lighter base colour making some rusty metal debris to compliment it would be nice. Those are some good looking scouts and yes I see what you mean. I'll have to do some testing perhaps.


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2020/05/07 12:32:09


Post by: MacPhail


Wow, those are some really lovely Sisters... beautifully painted, and good job on your systematic recovery efforts. Like someone said, I'm never sorry to see the OML paint scheme. I collected and painted about 3500 points of metal Sisters before the plastics arrived, so I can sympathize on broken Seraphim stands (I replaced all of mine with acrylic rods) and when you described bending the tabs into the slottabases, I could feel it in my fingertips. I'm also very excited to see your inquisitorial stormtroopers comer around... I love those classic models. Thanks for an excellent and detailed thread!


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2020/05/09 02:18:29


Post by: zahnib


 MacPhail wrote:
Wow, those are some really lovely Sisters... beautifully painted, and good job on your systematic recovery efforts. Like someone said, I'm never sorry to see the OML paint scheme. I collected and painted about 3500 points of metal Sisters before the plastics arrived, so I can sympathize on broken Seraphim stands (I replaced all of mine with acrylic rods) and when you described bending the tabs into the slottabases, I could feel it in my fingertips. I'm also very excited to see your inquisitorial stormtroopers comer around... I love those classic models. Thanks for an excellent and detailed thread!

Thank you for the kind words MacPhail and welcome to the blog! Its been quite enjoyable creating an army from recovered models. Blimey!! I'll cetrainly check out your P&M blog, that sounds like quite the force! Haha, ah yes I imagine it is a shared trauma for anyone who has collected SoB. I did consider popping them onto acrylic flying stands but opted to stick with the originals as all but two of the Seraphims still had their's intact. The new curved flying stands do look nice though.
Yes! The Stormtroopers!! I've been thinking I might paint them up after I've finished off my battle sisters, give myself a bit of a break before jumping into doing the Seraphims and Retributiors. I've also got the Stormtrooper's Rhino partially assembled. I managed to pick up some of the Forge World doors as well as some extra armour so looking forward to getting into that.
---

Speaking of finishing off my battle sisters here is a small update on them. I've been enjoying painting my first special weapons sister. This was also the first time painting in sub-assemblies was necessary, that big heavy bolter covers so much nice detail! Edge highlighting is done on about half of them. I've figured out a good recipe for red of the habits as well though of course, it took about 15 sisters to figure out! I may go back at some point and redo the habits of the previous sisters.



Thanks for stopping by.
Until next time,
-zahnib


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2020/05/09 23:25:29


Post by: gobert


That red really is great, nice transitions between the colours too. I have to agree with the others that the paper bases work better with your sisters. The contrast really helps them stand out more. Another alternative that might be less rework could be to drybrush the original to a much lighter grey. Though I suspect to get it looking right you would have to change the Basecoat from black to grey anyway. Having bits of city terrain on their bases sounds really cool too.


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2020/05/11 05:33:37


Post by: Viterbi


Gotta second gobert, red is nice and happy you found your final recipe for it!
And as someone who has worked with the new flying stands (albeit only on Kharadron Overlords and Space Marine minis) I can say, they look nice, but they are not that nice to work with or I'm not doing it right).

And doing some stormtroopers after finishing the current WIP sisters may seem like a good idea, especially to look if the colors on the base will then fit both forces.


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2020/05/11 11:02:09


Post by: Monsterzonk


Nice work on the Sisters! I'd go light brown bases for better contrast.


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2020/05/11 11:57:18


Post by: zahnib


gobert wrote:That red really is great, nice transitions between the colours too. I have to agree with the others that the paper bases work better with your sisters. The contrast really helps them stand out more. Another alternative that might be less rework could be to drybrush the original to a much lighter grey. Though I suspect to get it looking right you would have to change the Basecoat from black to grey anyway. Having bits of city terrain on their bases sounds really cool too.

Thank you gobert! It is certainly the step that takes the longest but I'm quite happy with the end result. Mmmm, I've thought along similar lines, was considering trying to give my current base scheme a brown wash of some sort but I think it's best to just start from a brown base as you've said.

Viterbi wrote:Gotta second gobert, red is nice and happy you found your final recipe for it!
And as someone who has worked with the new flying stands (albeit only on Kharadron Overlords and Space Marine minis) I can say, they look nice, but they are not that nice to work with or I'm not doing it right).
And doing some stormtroopers after finishing the current WIP sisters may seem like a good idea, especially to look if the colors on the base will then fit both forces.

Thank you Better late than never I say! I've still got a decent number of troops to go so I guess its not so bad. Ah that is good to know. I imagine they would take a bit of finessing to balance the miniatures properly and especially with metal models that could be a bit of a pain! And yes I agree, though the classic studio scheme for them is even darker than the sisters so the lighter base will probably make even more of a difference.

Monsterzonk wrote:Nice work on the Sisters! I'd go light brown bases for better contrast.

Welcome Monsterzonk, and one more for team light-base!
---

Alright, votes are in, new base colour it is! Thanks for all your input guys, it can be really helpful to get some outside perspective. I think the lighter base will give some nice contrast as many of you have noted. Plus the schemes for my other forces (both real and imagined) are mainly quite dark so the lighter base colour should work well across them all. mcmattila was kind enough to give me the recipe so once stores start reopening I'll pop down and get the necessary paints. In the meantime, work continues on the sisters. I've also got to pick up some paints to tackle their faces, its been a long time since I've painted flesh and I've never gotten a result I've been 100% happy with so it may take a bit of experimentation.

Thanks for stopping by.
Until next time,
-zahnib


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2020/05/11 16:23:28


Post by: Fifty


I am always envious of people who can edge black and make it look that good. It goes horribly blotchy whenever I do it.


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2020/05/12 09:02:05


Post by: zahnib


 Fifty wrote:
I am always envious of people who can edge black and make it look that good. It goes horribly blotchy whenever I do it.

Thanks Fifty! Going back in with your base colour really helps neaten up the lines


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2020/05/12 13:16:49


Post by: youwashock


Great start on the batch of new Sisters!


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2020/05/27 00:14:27


Post by: zahnib


Howdy all. I've pretty well finished off my last batch of battle sisters, just the faces to go. Unfortunatley I don't have the right paints so I've got some shopping I need to do. Also on the list are the paints for the lighter base scheme. Both my local GW and FLGS are still closed so I'll have to wait a bit before picking up those paints. In the meantime, I've made a start some SoB Retibutors as well as my Inquisitorial Stormtroopers. I'm looking forward to a bit of a change with the stormtroopers. The old models are great and for the most part, the details on them are nice and crisp. One trooper did have a bad case of mould slippage on his head but nothing that some greenstuff couldn't fix. I'll post some pictures of the sisters once their faces and bases are done.



Thanks for stopping by.
Until next time,
-zahnib


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2020/07/25 03:03:34


Post by: zahnib


Hello all! A bit of an update on my Sister of Battle. I've almost finished up my first Retributor squad, just their Superior and some Heavy Flamer sisters to go. Unfortunately, I'm missing the backpack for one of the Heavy Flamer sisters, I've been thinking of trying to cast one myself but don't have nay of the gear so that would be quite the undertaking. Alternatively, if anyone has a spare do let me know! I really enjoyed painting the Retributors, they've got so much nice detail on them despite their age. As you might have noticed I also did a bit of a body swap with one of the Multi Melta sisters to bring in a bit of variety. The tubing on the rear of the model is a little different but still looks the part and it all lines up.



I've also made a pretty good start on my Inquitoiral Stormtroopers. I've got just over half the squad painted but I've only got a photo of my test model so that'll have to do for now.



I hope everyone is keeping well.
Thanks for stopping by.
Until next time,
-zahnib


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2020/07/25 11:36:59


Post by: gobert


Awesome job on the sisters, they look really cool! The heat stress on the multimeltas are particularly good


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2020/07/25 12:07:52


Post by: Viterbi


Nice update, the eyes on the sisters are unreal, knowing how small those minis are


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2020/07/25 20:52:16


Post by: youwashock


Good to see you back! Lovely heat stress, and that beautiful, beautiful heavy bolter Sister is perfect.


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2020/07/26 01:31:43


Post by: zahnib


gobert wrote:Awesome job on the sisters, they look really cool! The heat stress on the multimeltas are particularly good

Thank you gobert! Yeah I was really looking forward to painting up the multi-meltas after experimenting with the heat stressing on the flamer.
Viterbi wrote:Nice update, the eyes on the sisters are unreal, knowing how small those minis are

Thanks Viterbi, haha, yes they are tiny! I had to break out a new fine detail brush for those pupils.
youwashock wrote:Good to see you back! Lovely heat stress, and that beautiful, beautiful heavy bolter Sister is perfect.

Thank you youwashock! Yes it has been a while! I've been slowly working away but an update was well overdue
--

Another wee update, the first of my Sister Superiors. Unfortunately the eye detail is a bit lost on my model but such a cool sculpt.


Thanks for stopping by.
Until next time
-zahnib


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2020/07/26 01:43:55


Post by: youwashock


Iconic. One of two original Sisters models I made sure to keep over the years. Liking the subtle shading on the blade.


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2020/07/26 08:02:28


Post by: gobert


Nice! Nothing for a while the 2 posts in quick succession with well finished models! Sister Superior looks fantastic, those pupil dots must be teenie tiny!


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2020/07/30 05:50:45


Post by: zahnib


youwashock wrote:Iconic. One of two original Sisters models I made sure to keep over the years. Liking the subtle shading on the blade.

Thank you youwashock, yeah such an iconic model! The sculpts really stand up I think, one of my other favourites would have to be the original Cannoness with combi weapon.
gobert wrote:Nice! Nothing for a while the 2 posts in quick succession with well finished models! Sister Superior looks fantastic, those pupil dots must be teenie tiny!

Haha, yes well hopefully it won'y be quiet so long between updates in future


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2020/08/14 08:20:11


Post by: zahnib


Howdy all! I've been slowly making progress on my Sisters of Battle. I've just about finished off my squad of Inquitiorial Stormtroopers and have made a start on my first Seraphim. The Stormtroopers were a nice departure from the Sisters scheme, although they do share a love for red cloth. Once they are done I'll get some photos. My photo-taking situations needing a bit of a revision, I don't have the best lighting setup and between my old iPhone's camera and the harsh light afforded by my current setup, it takes a bit to get a picture I'm happy with. Anyway, that's something I'll work on. In the meantime here is a quick WIP of my first Seraphim. I really like these models, they've got such nice detail and they stand up really well for their age. The one downside is the flying stands. I've had to repair a couple and I did consider full replacing them all with copper rod but hopefully they'll do the job.



You might have noticed from my previous post as well as this one that I have decided to stick with the grey basing scheme, at least for now. I did two test models and the lighter bases just weren't quite working. It felt like the model got a bit swallowed up in them. I've also finished up my Mistress Repentia which was a real joy to paint.



That's all for now, thanks for stopping by.
Until next time
-zahnib


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2020/08/14 16:41:17


Post by: youwashock


Repentia Mistress looks great. Love her fire hat. The Seraphim is coming out sweet, too. I agree that the flying look could have been done better. Those little metal prongs never did it for me. Shame, as they are fantastic sculpts.


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2020/08/14 22:12:26


Post by: gobert


Is it just me or did the Mistress take more pie rations than the rest of the Sisters? Their Safety Management processes really leave something to be desired; you’re off in to a war zone, so have this nice Armour. Oh and would you like an open flame on your hat too?

In all seriousness though, great job painting her up. Nice clean highlights and really smooth white on her mask. Great red transitions on the cape too. The Seraphim is coming along nicely too, I saw someone else put them on clear plastic flying bases posts that worked pretty well.


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2020/08/15 23:29:39


Post by: zahnib


youwashock wrote:Repentia Mistress looks great. Love her fire hat. The Seraphim is coming out sweet, too. I agree that the flying look could have been done better. Those little metal prongs never did it for me. Shame, as they are fantastic sculpts.

Thank you youwashock. Yeah I suppose they did the job at the time but their tendency to break is a tad worrying Oh well, I've just got to be careful with them.

gobert wrote:Is it just me or did the Mistress take more pie rations than the rest of the Sisters? Their Safety Management processes really leave something to be desired; you’re off in to a war zone, so have this nice Armour. Oh and would you like an open flame on your hat too?

In all seriousness though, great job painting her up. Nice clean highlights and really smooth white on her mask. Great red transitions on the cape too. The Seraphim is coming along nicely too, I saw someone else put them on clear plastic flying bases posts that worked pretty well.

She has definitely been keeping a close eye on rations quoter and dealing with any 'discrepancies' Haha, and yes the brazier on her helmet can surely only increase the protection it affords, right? Thank you! The whites are a bit blown out in the photo but they are always a tricky part to get smooth as we all know. I think I remember seeing MacPhail popping his Seraphim on clear flying stands. I did consider it but I didn't want to drill any big holes in them plus I imagine they could become quite top-heavy with the extra height. Ah well, the metal tabs will do for now. I've been considering using those clear acrylic rods for the servo skulls in Inquisitor Cortez's retinue but that project is quite far down the track.


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2020/08/17 06:34:33


Post by: Viterbi


Great work on the mistress, I recently painted up her new plastic sister, but the old sculpt still holds up well.
And nice work on the Seraphim especially drilling those bolter barrels!


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2020/08/18 12:01:50


Post by: zahnib


 Viterbi wrote:
Great work on the mistress, I recently painted up her new plastic sister, but the old sculpt still holds up well.
And nice work on the Seraphim especially drilling those bolter barrels!

Thanks Viterbi The new models are so much more dynamic but the old ones have a special something about them. For some reason the Seraphims have sculpted indents in the barrels of their weapons which makes drilling them out a whole lot easier; if only all models had that


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2020/08/29 02:24:15


Post by: zahnib


Hello all, bit of an update. I've finished off my first two Seraphim including the one from above. They've been really nice models to paint! I feel like I'm getting better at faces with each one which is nice as well. I have two squads of five to paint up and then I think I'll make a start on my Repentias. I seem to have misplaced two of my Repetnia models which is a bit sad so my squad is down to eight, but hopefully they'll show up. Otherwise, if anyone out there has two spares I'd be more than happy to buy them off you Also sorry about the washed-out photo.



Tthanks for stopping by.
Until next time
-zahnib


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2020/08/29 09:54:39


Post by: gobert


Great work in the sisters, lovely robes and edge highlights. Their faces look pretty good to me, that’s an area I always struggle with too, but you seem to have got the hang of it. Good luck getting hold of the repentias you need


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2020/09/04 02:09:58


Post by: zahnib


 gobert wrote:
Great work in the sisters, lovely robes and edge highlights. Their faces look pretty good to me, that’s an area I always struggle with too, but you seem to have got the hang of it. Good luck getting hold of the repentias you need

Thanks gobert, always nice to see you stop by I really enjoy painting the reds of the robes, the sculpts are so crispy and there's a real sense of depth top them.
--

A bit more progress. I finished off my last Sister Superior (the unhelmeted lass) a couple of weeks ago and finally got around to taking some pictures. Initially, I wasn't a huge fan of the model but after painting it up I quite like her! Tha face is really well sculpted and the details are super crisp. It's also I think my best face so far! I also tried a new technique on the plasma pistol of the second Sister Superior along with some OSL. In the past, I've always painted my plasma coils dark in the recess to light on the ridges but after seeing some examples of the inversed scheme online I thought I'd give it a crack. I think it looks alright!


Left-hand Sister Superior was my first time trying OSL, also an inverted approach to how I'd usually approach the coils. I'm pretty chuffed with the right-hand Sister's face.

Tthanks for stopping by.
Until next time
-zahnib


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2020/09/04 13:35:07


Post by: Gwyn chan 'r Gwyll


Both face and the subtle OSL are very well done. They're looking great!


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2020/09/04 15:59:34


Post by: gobert


The inverted colours on the plasma coils look really good. It’s really cool how it gives a much more believable glow effect


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2020/09/04 19:08:07


Post by: youwashock


Sisters Superior look fantastic. They really are great models. Looks like I missed some Seraphim, too. All around great stuff. Getting to be about time for an army shot?


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2020/09/05 05:22:23


Post by: Viterbi


I had several looks at the picture and still can't believe how neat the eyes came out on the superior. Marvelous! And the inverted plasma effect looks really cool and contrasts nicely with her red eye lenses.


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2020/09/05 17:00:33


Post by: Captain Brown


Wonderful zahnib.

I have an affinity for your choice of scheme.

Cheers,

CB


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2020/09/07 05:22:13


Post by: zahnib


Gwyn chan 'r Gwyll wrote:Both face and the subtle OSL are very well done. They're looking great!

Thanks Gwyn! I think that's the only plasma gun in my whole SoB collection so I'll have to wait till I get onto my Space Marines to more practice with OSL. I'm not game enough quite yet to try OSL on the few flames scattered throughout the force.
gobert wrote:The inverted colours on the plasma coils look really good. It’s really cool how it gives a much more believable glow effect

Thank you gobert, yeah it gives a really convincing effect! I've seen some examples that are so well done it looks like its an actual light in there.
youwashock wrote:Sisters Superior look fantastic. They really are great models. Looks like I missed some Seraphim, too. All around great stuff. Getting to be about time for an army shot?

Thanks youwashock, hahah, alright I'll see what I can do about getting the band together
Viterbi wrote:I had several looks at the picture and still can't believe how neat the eyes came out on the superior. Marvelous! And the inverted plasma effect looks really cool and contrasts nicely with her red eye lenses.

Thank you Viterbi Its great when they turn out right on the first try but often I have to repaint them a few times to get it right. I've found painting the pupil as a line rather than a dot works really well.
Captain Brown wrote:Wonderful zahnib.
I have an affinity for your choice of scheme.
Cheers,
CB

Thank you Captain Brown, I've always been a fan of the studio schemes, makes me feel like I own the models I used to see in White Dwarf
--

I finally got around to photographing my Inquisitorial Stormtroopers! I'll get the remained of the squad posted soon. The Stormtroopers were great to paint but some of the details were a little bit muddy, especially the faces which is a bummer but still great models! They were a nice change to painting sisters and it was fun trying to figure out what the studio scheme was as I only had a few grainy photos of them. The freehand Inquisitorial "I" was also a fun challenge on their helmets, I haven't done much freehand before but I think they turned out alright! I've got a Rhino to go along with them but that is quite a ways off. I was lucky enough to get a hold of the Inquisitorial doors and hatches form FW back when they were available as well as some extra armour.


The first five of my Inquistorial Stoormtroopers inclduding their meltagun-wielding weapons specialist Dough

Thanks for stopping by.
Until next time
-zahnib


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2020/09/07 19:53:05


Post by: Thumpingbear


Love those old Sisters sculpts, your paint job is doing em' justice too - the blue-grey highlights on the armour is striking against the red cloth.

Stormtroopers came out very nicely too. The heat damage on the end of the meltagun looks very realistic.


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2020/09/08 04:09:47


Post by: zahnib


 Thumpingbear wrote:
Love those old Sisters sculpts, your paint job is doing em' justice too - the blue-grey highlights on the armour is striking against the red cloth.
Stormtroopers came out very nicely too. The heat damage on the end of the meltagun looks very realistic.

Thanks Thumpingbear I love the old sculpts as well, so much character. And yes I've been having fun painting all the burny weapons, glad I'm selling the effect


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2020/09/08 05:57:20


Post by: Viterbi


Freehand Inquisition symbol is ace. And would be cool to see an update to those stormtroopers. Scions come close, but these look different enough to warrant an update.


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2020/09/08 19:43:07


Post by: youwashock


Great stuff. Those Stormtroopers are fabulous old minis.


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2020/09/11 00:34:52


Post by: zahnib


Viterbi wrote:Freehand Inquisition symbol is ace. And would be cool to see an update to those stormtroopers. Scions come close, but these look different enough to warrant an update.

Thanks Vitrebi. You can't see it all that well due to the angle of the photos but I was pretty happy with how they turned out. I totally agree! The scions don't quite scratch the same itch. Hopefully the Imperial Gaurd will get a bit of an update soon.
youwashock wrote:Great stuff. Those Stormtroopers are fabulous old minis.

Yeah they are awesome minis. Glad I managed to pick up a full squad back in the day. Speaking of which...
--

The remainder of my squad including their sergeant! Like I said in my last post they've still got an accompanying Rhino in the works but I think I'm going to leave the vehicles in my force until last. After looking at them all together I think their bases need a bit of work, maybe some tufts of dead grass to add a bit more interest and colour.


The second half of my Inquistorial Stormtrooper squad along with their sergeant.

As always, thanks for stopping by.
Until next time
-zahnib




Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2020/09/11 05:53:46


Post by: gobert


Looking good Zahnib! The serrated blade on the sgts sword is just nasty! Excellent work on the lenses, they have a really believable shine to them


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2020/09/11 14:52:36


Post by: youwashock


That was fast. Looking good! Again, your reds are lovely.


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2020/09/12 09:01:46


Post by: Olthannon


Your painting looks effortlessly awesome, really loving the classic colour scheme and models. I'd forgotten how good those stormtrooper models looked!


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2020/09/16 07:54:22


Post by: zahnib


gobert wrote:Looking good Zahnib! The serrated blade on the sgts sword is just nasty! Excellent work on the lenses, they have a really believable shine to them

Thanks gobert, first time doing blue lenses but I think they came out alright And yes, that 'tactical machete' is pretty nasty looking!
youwashock wrote:That was fast. Looking good! Again, your reds are lovely.

I did a sneaky; I'd already finished the whole squad, just photographed them in two batches Oh thank you, it feels like 50% of my time painting this force consists of various shades of red so nice to know that they're looking arlight.
Olthannon wrote:Your painting looks effortlessly awesome, really loving the classic colour scheme and models. I'd forgotten how good those stormtrooper models looked!

Such kind words Olthannon! Thank you and welcome to the blog Classic colour schemes with classic models are a recipe for success I think
--

In the process of painting my first Seraphim squad (two more models to go!) I've decided to also repaint the red habits of my first batch of battle sisters. After my old supply of Red Gore ran dry I switched up my recipe (around page 3 of this blog) and much prefer the new results so time to bring them up to speed. Luckily I was only six or seven miniatures in but it can be a slippery slope when you start touching up/repainting an army before its finished

Whilst I don't have any pictures of my repainting progress here is my latest Seraphim. They're definitely some of my favourite models from the old SoB range.


The third Seraphim completed for the first of my two squads. Pew pew!

Thanks for stopping by.
Until next time
-zahnib



Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2020/09/16 13:17:33


Post by: youwashock


So good. You nailed this one, too. That squad is going to be gorgeous.


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2020/09/16 15:07:24


Post by: IGtR=


Great rendition of a classic model. You have really done them justice, and nice to see them against a 'classic background colour'

Thanks for sharing


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2020/09/18 23:45:43


Post by: zahnib


youwashock wrote:So good. You nailed this one, too. That squad is going to be gorgeous.

Thank you I'm looking forward to having the first squad finished up.
IGtR= wrote:Great rendition of a classic model. You have really done them justice, and nice to see them against a 'classic background colour'
Thanks for sharing

Thanks IGtR. Haha, I always love seeing models with that 90s gradient, all that's missing is the Goblin Green base rime and some astroturf


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2020/09/20 07:22:22


Post by: Viterbi


She really looks like death from above, great work on all the highlighting and as always those superb faces on these small minis!


Vox Imperatoris: Adepta Sororitas Seraphims and Repainting Habits | 16th of September 2020 @ 2020/09/21 00:17:59


Post by: zahnib


 Viterbi wrote:
She really looks like death from above, great work on all the highlighting and as always those superb faces on these small minis!

Thanks Viterbi, I've started to enjoy painting faces now that I've had a bit of practice. Its fun to see the personality of the model emerge once the face is done I've just got the Superior to paint and my first squad of Seraphims will be done!