I bailed from the hobby when I was a kid (10 years ago roughly), and never really got into the painting aspect of the hobby. Got back into the hobby in December 2012, and with a matured attitude and patience that comes with it, painting is now my favorite part of the hobby. 7 months of practice has resulted in the below images.
Below are some models that are complete, and some works in progress. I feel these are my best models, and so they are the ones I want the criticism on because I know there's definitely room for improvement and the negatives will only be the most effective on my best works. I tried to rig together a lightbox using some basic tips that WD
Daily showed us some time ago using plain blank paper and some tape. Hopefully the photos are good enough.
By the way, most of my models are based with a similar green plains/lush fields look because my Realm of Battle Board is flocked this way, and I want to match the battlefield I most play on.
The Trygon is an experimental paint scheme. I haven't painted a single Tyranid before this model, and wanted to test how the organic brown and green looked. Opinions? I modeled him with his head arced upward to try and match the image of the Trygon in the Hive Fleet Gorgon image, where the Trygon is seemingly LAUGHING at the Tau's pathetic attempts to penetrate his super-evolved anti-plasma carapace: http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20111005092944/warhammer40k/images/a/a1/War_Without_End_by_MajesticChicken.jpg
The Deceiver is an attempt at painting a convincing metallic model. Metallics were indeed used, but I wanted to give it a sheen look with the silver highlighting. The Nightbringer I tried to copy the GW
scheme as best I could, obviously it's many orders below in quality, but I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out. It's cloak and weapon are very dark on purpose, it fits the model and character, and seems to be how it's portrayed officially.
The Piranha is a WIP
, crew still incomplete but it was my first time ever using transfers.
The Knarloc is my first FW
model ever, and I quite like the material, it really took paint well (if that makes sense).
The Crisis Suit is an experiment with how I plan to paint my Tau. Still haven't decided on the scheme yet. Opinions?
The Slann I consider to be complete. He is not experimental because he's really going to be the only one in my LM army and the rest of the models will be wildly different than him in terms of color.
The Librarian I consider to be my finest work to date. It took me probably 20 hours to do, and about 5 of those hours were spent only on the bust/upper body trying to get juuuust right.
The Sergeants are complete, but their standards are obviously still up in the air. I don't know which company to base my marines on just yet, as a result the standards are still neutral.
Orikan the Diviner was my second Necron ever painted. He turned out all right I guess, I wish the highlighting were a bit better. Any tips on how to highlight Necrons better?
The Overlord was my first attempt at painting lightning on the scythe, and my first try at painting a glowing effect on the orb(s). It looks better in person, it was hard to capture it well in the photos.
C&C is welcome, I look forward to improving my technique! I'm aware my highlighting needs work, I'm still learning how to steady my brush when it comes to the very fine work, it's a lot tougher than it sounds to just 'paint slim and straight'. Thanks for looking all!!