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After about a year out of the hobby and then slowly building stuff over the winter, I am finally getting to the point where I will have to paint something. I'm a glacially slow painter and pretty much never finish anything, but was inspired by Paradigm's blog, so here I am. The main objectives for me are:

Get everything built and painted before buying any more models - never managed this before...
Paint to a basic standard utilising washes and dry brushing for speed - it won't be pretty, but it may get finished.

I love the fluff for 40k/Heresy but have become a little jaded with the hobby side as I can never get anything completed quickly enough to be able to field it.

I've entered Para's competition for April to try and keep me on track.

Here's my full stash of shame at present:

Kharn


Primed/unprimed CSM/Daemonkin



DA Terminators - eBay fixup wip


DA Successors - basecoated and partially painted


Still in box

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Doesn't look like much progress but I've put in a few hours this weekend. I had already decided I wasn't keen on the standard Khorne colour so am going with a dark red/brown scheme.

I've added gravel to the bases of the unprimed mini's and primed (re-primed) the whole Chaos army in Army Painter Chaotic Red. I've also touched this up with the warpaint of the same colour on Kharn, who will be my focus for the moment so I can complete Para's challenge this month.

Yes, I know Kharn should be Khorne red, but, well, this one won't be.

Kharn:


The rest:




Difficult to tell from the pics but this is what I have for Chaos so far:

Kharn
Terminator Lord
Terminators
Bloodcrushers
Possessed
CSM x 2 boxes
Berzerkers x 2 boxes
Helbrute


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Have done the armour highlights on a test model before Kharn as I haven't drybrushed smooth areas like armour before. Seems to have turned out okay.

Khorne red highlight followed by Mephiston Red highlight:






What I learned from this:

Army Painter Warpaints are quite thin. Great for layering but not so good for drybrushing, so I went with GW Khorne Red then Mephiston Red. Will probably stick with base paints for drybrushing where possible. Need to decide on colours for armour trim and bolter next.

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Got a little more done on the test model this evening. Still trying to work out the scheme, but currently going with gold/brass trim and black bolter, horns & hoses:






Used Tin Bitz and Abaddon Black as the base colours for these.

   
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UK

Subbed! That is indeed a big pile of shame, but I'm looking forward to watching your progress. That last CSM is very similar to a squad I've just built. I'll be posting them in my Khorne thread very soon! I like your plan to have non-standard colours. It's good to do something unique. Some of the colour schemes in the daemonkin codex are quite inspiring, given that they are different to the usual red and brass scheme.

Blood for the Blood God!

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I agree, it was the pics in the KDK codex that got me interested in the darker scheme. Funny how after adding the highlights it has ended up more red than I anticipated, but it will do.Blood for the Blood God indeed!

I've almost finished the test marine now, just need to add chipping and weathering for that 10,000 year old look. Oh, and the base.

Trying to keep to a relatively simple and quick scheme, I have highlighted all the black areas with Boltgun Metal and some of the larger Tin Bitz areas with Shining Gold. Added eye lenses of Scorpion Green for a contrasting spot colour:





   
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Completed the test marine after adding chipping and weathering. Looks better in real life than it does in the pics:






Used the sponge method for chipping and weathering. Mithril Silver for the chipping which has turned out okay. A mixture of Typhus Corrosion and Scorched Brown for the weathering. Not so happy with this, although it has dulled and darkened some of the armour nicely.
Need more practice to improve this bit and will probably go a bit heavier next time.

Still, the test scheme is done so it is on to Kharn next.

   
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Started work on Kharn, got the armour highlighted and base layer on brass bits:






   
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Most layering and washes done. Just needs a little more work on the skulls and fur, then on to chipping and weathering:






Oops, mustn't forget eye lenses and plasma pistol highlights.

   
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Kharn completed:



All that needs adding is a layer of varnish and some burnt grass, but I will wait till I have a few more at the same stage before I break out the Purity Seal.

   
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Very good Kharn!

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Thanks Corpuschain. I'm reasonably happy with him, despite a few mistakes. Blown up to massive size on screen the dry brushing doesn't look great, however when held in the hand with unaided eyes the transitions look just fine.

Been a bit of a strange week as I have unexpectedly quit my job. Had loads of time but practically zero motivation to paint. To keep my hand in and tide me over till Para's competition next month I have started work on four more CSM to add to my test model and complete a combat squad. Here they are after the armour highlights were laid down:



Next step is base layers on the black and brass areas.

   
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 Reavsie wrote:
Thanks Corpuschain. I'm reasonably happy with him, despite a few mistakes. Blown up to massive size on screen the dry brushing doesn't look great, however when held in the hand with unaided eyes the transitions look just fine.

That's often the way with this site. I look at my models and think 'yeah, that looks great, I'll post it,' and then when I see it on the site, I realise all the tiny little 'mistakes' there are.

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Little more progress on the marines. Have laid down the basecoats on the black and silver areas. Just got the brass basecoat to do then onto highlighting and weathering:






Also finally finished the build on the eBay Terminators. Just had to greenstuff the last two to their bases after they had to be cut off the previous ones. Feet no longer flat enough to glue to the base. They are now ready for washing then gravel and priming:


   
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Quick month end update:

Brass basecoat done and added Nuln Oil to shade silver areas. Need to highlight black and brass areas, paint eye lenses then on to chipping and weathering to complete. Have included test model on right hand side as this completes the combat squad:









Will finish these off before moving on to another combat squad for May's "Everyday Hero" painting competition in Paradigm's thread. Unit of five will meet the competition requirements and complete my first full CSM squad of ten:



Thought I'd try taking the photos between two lights rather than directly under the one as usual. They look awful so it's back to under the single light for now. Once the squad is complete I will dig out the light box and post some better pics.

Finished the gravel bases on the terminators and primed them with Army Painter Angel Green spray. I now have three terminator squads in slightly different shades of green:



Next up on the build table:






   
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Have completed the first CSM squad. I haven’t chipped or weathered these. Comparing them to the test model and Kharn I found that I just preferred the brighter colour scheme and it showed the armour transitions better.

If anyone is interested and also for my reference here are the paints I used for this scheme:
Prime – Army Painter Chaotic Red, touch up with matching warpaint
Armour highlights –Khorne Red drybrush followed by Mephiston Red drybrush
Armour joints, backpack vents and hoses – Boltgun Metal followed by Nuln Oil wash
Armour trim – Tin Bitz followed by Shining Gold highlight
Bolter – Abaddon Black followed by Boltgun Metal drybrush
Horns – Abaddon Black followed by Skavenblight Dinge drybrush
Bases – VGC Earth followed by Zandri Dust drybrush then Bleached Bone drybrush
Eye lenses – Scorpion Green

As a general rule I will be using Army Painter coloured primers then touching up with the matching warpaint. Gradually changing over from GW to Vallejo Game Colour as I prefer the dropper bottles.

Completed pics below:









Going to break out the airbrush for the armour highlights on the next unit. The drybrushing was still taking quite a long time, plus I have some larger models coming up that drybrushing might not work so well on.



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Couple of better pics:







Faces not too clear, particularly on those where the heads are angled slightly down. Need to practice more to take better pics. Crappy phone camera isn't helping.

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Well, airbrushing the armour highlights was a complete disaster, I really should have learned not to bother by now. Two and a half hours of pain trying to get a coat down without any speckling proved to be impossible. I ended up with two marines very poorly highlighted to the extent that I had to lay down another coat of Chaotic Red over the top to try and darken them up again.

This put me off the highlights for a bit so I ended up spending most of the last week touching up the spots the primer had missed, then adding a wash of AP Red Tone. On the plus side, I have now completed that process for the entire army, so no excuse for not moving on to armour highlights next.

Also made a start on the DA Company Vets.

Squad for Para's challenge with completed squad in background:



All the rest:





Company Vets:



   
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Finally got the base colours down on these - still got the eyes to do and some backpack details on the Aspiring Champ. Next will be highlighting the black and brass areas.

Barring further disaster I should get these finished on time. I'm actually enjoying painting these for once, I think that's a combination of really loving the colour scheme and being satisfied with a basic table top level paint job.









Done a little more work on the DA Company Vets. Equipping them with combi-plasma is causing major headaches with trying to get the arms to line up. Having to be a bit creative with these.

   
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Hello !

your pictures are on the dark side of things (no pun intended) - but Kharn looks really good .

Can you get better pictures of your guys? It would show your work much better

   
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Hi teban,

Thanks for posting and reminding me about the poor pics, it is something that I have struggled with. Unfortunately all I have is a cheapo Windows phone, but I have spent the last 90 minutes working through and testing settings after finding a guide on how to photo mini's.

Results posted below - hopefully they are a little better.

Note to self, phone settings that worked best:
Mode - Close Up
Exposure - 0
ISO - 200
Incandescent light

When I am back at work again with some regular income I will look at getting a better camera (or phone).








   
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That is a good looking squad

Have you ever seen GW's texture paints? They're pretty good for basing and I think you would benefit from them. If you look at my blog, you will see some of my work using their textures .

Creating a contrast with your miniature will give it depth and stand out much more. You can even put blood in there for mr Khorne

I think adding more colours to your marines will make them more 'natural' and it will give them more personality. For Example: The guy in the middle (is he finished?) - skulls could be a different colour and his claw as well (the fingers). Brass is a common colour in khorne berserkers too !

Cheers and good luck in your job hunt

   
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Cool blog. Great work on Khan and the CSM are looking great so far.

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Thanks teban and EDC, appreciate the comments.

The guys weren't quite finished but are now and i have added pics below. I'm going for a limited colour pallette across my chaos army with a contrast/spot colour of green. Main target is to get them completed to a tabletop standard and maybe finish an army for once. As such, I'm happy that I have acheived this level. More ambitious basing and colour schemes may come later if I find that I can complete armies in a decent time frame.





More pics in my gallery.


   
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Thanks to Midget Gems and Adobe Photoshop Express I'm hoping these adjusted pics below will be better:







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This month's challenge is "Mighty Heroes" so I have entered my Chaos Terminator Lord.

I've made a pretty good start on him today with getting the armour highlights and brass bits completed. Also got the base silver down with a Nuln Oil wash:

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Finished the Terminator Lord:




Not really happy with the rock on the base. Did the usual black base then dry brush with Skavenblight Dinge. This was a bit too gray looking in contrast to the rest of the base. Dry brushed Stormvermin Fur but this was still not brown enough. Added Typhus Corrosion and now it is all brown and you can't see the previous layers. Also tried for a glowing effect on the green eyes and bolter. Bolter effect doesn't quite show enough, but the eyes ended up with the paint too thick. Had thinned with matte medium to get a translucent effect, but should have added some water as well as the paint ended up too thick.

Anyway, it is complete and good enough for me to put on the tabletop so I've achieved my goal.

Next up is to finish the build on the DA Company Vets then start the build on the two Imperial Knights from the Renegade set. As I've finished the challenge quite early I want to use the rest of the month to build stuff. Have also finally sorted a new job which doesn't start till the 20th allowing me to concentrate on building for the moment.

   
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DA Company Veterans build completed, and started work on the first Knight which will be the Renegade:





I stupidly glued the armour plates on then realised how difficult that would make painting it. Spent far too long internetting to see if there were any tutorials on painting an already assembled Knight, but looks like I'm the only one dumb enough to admit to it.

Oh well, time to crack on with the builds.

   
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Love the work on the Terminator Lord, the bright green really draws the eye. Looking forward with great excitement for your Knights!

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yea man I would be interested to know how you tweaked your photos, in photoshop, they look much better. my photography is very poor aswell so,, any tips??
good work, made some good progess

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It looks like thing are coming along nicely. Good job!

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Coming along nicely. Thoughts on the colour scheme for the renegade Knight?

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Hi guys, thanks for the comments.

@STG - after taking the photos on my phone camera using the macro mode (for close up) I then opened up in Photoshop Express which has a handy little "auto fix" button. I just hit auto fix then saved the result. After that I cropped in MS Office to cut out the extraneous stuff other than the mini. Upload to Dakka and use their auto adjust option. I haven't experimented with Photoshop Express much more than that although I have noticed it has it's own crop feature so could bypass MS Office for that. I also had a test of the borders feature for the pic of the Knight above.

That was what I ended up doing after working my way through what Midget Gems posted in the painting challenge thread:
Spoiler:
 Midget Gems wrote:
Great work guys, some really strong entries came in on the last day. Congrats to the 36 who completed this months challenge.

A few entries are hard to see, if your struggling with getting good photos of your work these articles may help in the future.

Lots of detail on Camera Settings
http://taleofpainters.blogspot.co.uk/2016/01/tutorial-beginners-guide-to-miniature.html

Good General Guide
http://www.dakkadakka.com/wiki/en/Debunking_the_Myths_of_Miniature_Photography

Photos with a Phone Camera
http://taleofpainters.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/tutorial-how-to-photograph-miniatures.html


@EDC - the Renegade Knight will be a similar scheme to my other Chaos mini's. Won't have as much bling (heraldry) on as a standard Knight, mainly due to me not being too keen (or experienced) with decals. I may succumb on the shoulder plates and banner though.

   
 
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