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Mostly, on my phone.

I saw, and my local GW staffers were also singing your praises. Nice job!

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Washington

I saw the GW homepage yesterday, but i just saw this blog today. congratulations on the front page! Glad to see more detailed pics here, your an astounding painter!
   
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Congrats on the GW post! Also, awesome force you have, really nice work. I like battle damage, but also really like the clean crisp look

   
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Brisbane, Australia

congrats on the gw blog post!

Multiple thin coats are always better than one thick coat.
 
   
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Regular Dakkanaut



South East London

Cheers guys, it was a really nice surprise seeing them up there.

The plan is to crack on with the vets which should be fully base coated in a week or so, and then just go back and finish everything off, as a lot of it needs final highlights.

Then I will start my next crazy project, which involves more Guard, and Tau.......

"Dig in and wait for Winter" 
   
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Auckland, NZ

Great work getting the Home Page Feature buddy! You really put my ultras to shame
fantastic!

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T-county

Very nice, subbed for sure!
   
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Regular Dakkanaut



South East London

Cheers everybody.

Well, a teeny tiny update today, just to prove that I am still painting.

This is the very, very early stages of the first Veteran Squad (powerfist sarge and 3 meltas).

These guys have literally had their fatigues base coated in, but this is the most time consuming process, the rest is pretty quick after that.

So far just Bleached Bone with one shading of Kommando Khaki. They will get further attention once all the armour is lined in and base coated.

The photos show that my figures don't start out all that neat and tidy.







I have also completed this stage on another full squad of Vets (Harker and 3 grenade launchers), but didn't get photos of those guys.

The plan is to get all the armour done on this squad tonight, get it lined in and then start highlighting that and start on the flesh etc.

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Folkestone, UK

Very, Very nice. Well impressed.

 
   
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South East London

Cheers LeadLegion.

Well a tiny update unfortunately as I didn't get any painting done over the weekend.

I have had to experiment with some new flesh recipes as GW have discontinued the colours I was using so i am having to try to replace them with other ranges.

These guys have been painted up with Coat D'Arms paints, and although the colours looked exactly the same I am finding their version of bronzed flesh to be too yellow.

However they look ok but I might have to play around a bit more.

So here's 3 of the vets with the flesh almost finished, obviously the rest is still WIP.










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Svalarheima, MA

That is one heroically sized cigarette!

Nice stuff, as always!

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South East London

Cheers Alpharius, I think looking at the expression on his face he needs a big cigarette!

I'm wondering if I should have painted it as a cigar now as I couldn't get it any smaller, but I think it works ok as a cigarette, doesn't help though that GW hands are so big.

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This is absolutely amazing!
Great work making the Ultramarines a little more loved.

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South East London

Cheers The_mini_painter, I must admit I was never a fan of Ultramarines before i started this project, but now I can't get enough of them.

Another tiny update:








I still have to paint the bandages on the first guy, and have had some issues with the guy with the respirator but that's more the FW sculpt than anything.

That's all the faces done on the guys without helmets, so I can now go back and start painting the armour and fatigues so hopefully should have this squad finished next week.

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Still looking as good as ever, the face jobs are really good, nice and crisp

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Pasadena

The Ultramar PDF regiments look awesome. They are UM enough to clearly be from Ultramar but not so much so that you get the feeling they are SM scouts.

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Show us the tank!


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Folkestone, UK

I love this project. The guardsman with the bac-stick is by far my favorite. Or it a jho-stick the sneaky reprobate is smoking? You know, for medicinal purposes. Maybe they can get away with that sort of thing in the Ghost's, but I can see Ultramar's boys-in-blue being too happy with a trooper caught smoking jho.

I especially like your attention to detail. Every trooper has it's own individual character.

 
   
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South East London

Well, not much of an update for me unfortunately, but I thought I would post in an effort to kick myself up the backside and get some work done!

The reason for the lack of progress is mainly due to the British weather. As daft as it sounds the heat has made painting very difficult as the paint is drying on the palette faster than I can get it on the model.

However I have got the shading done on the helmets, they are grey right now but will be white eventually. You also can't see it from the crappy photos but the belts and webbing have been base coated too.





I have also made a start on the very last squad for the army, a second squad of Hardened Vets with 3 grenade launchers and Harker.





And the other reason I didn't get as much done on these guys:





I know I probably shouldn't post that in this thread, but my poor old Dark Eldar are sat on the shelf in theor boxes staring at me every time I pick up a paint brush and I decided I would just start one model to give me a break.

I have to say already I can see I will be out of my comfort zone painting them, as the models are amazing and super detailed but that also makes them hard to paint, and I'm not 100% happy with the results so far.

I think I need to concentrated on the Ultras for a bit before doing any more DE.

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Folkestone, UK

Beautiful Dark Eldar figure. Lovely paint job. She's the reason I was planning on a Dark Eldar army -until 6th ed came out and I rapidly changed my mind!

 
   
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South East London

I just wanted to say that this plog isn't dead, I have just been out of the hobby for a few months but should have some updates soon. Although they will be quite small....

But I have got my paints out again.

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Brisbane, Australia

I thought you'd return

Small, large, it's still an update!
Glad to know that it isn't dead, though

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Liverpool, England

Glad you're back, can't wait to see the newer stuff.
   
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Reading, England

Looking great, not a great fan of the boys in blue back ground wise. However your army looks amazing and well done for the GW post (i know its a bit late) didn't think i'd see the progression of this army else where. Keep up the good work

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South East London

Hey everybody, well it’s been a while…..

I have to admit I have been neglecting my hobby for a very long time. Life in general got in the way, plus a house move which has pretty much disrupted everything!

In the last month or so however I have picked up the brushes again but after over a year (maybe even 2?) I have struggled a bit to get back on form.

This has partly because I am still getting used to using Vallejo Game Colour. That might sound strange but I have used Citadel paints for over 20 years and hate change.

I have had to start using Vallejo as I am still working on 2 armies that have the same colour scheme and there is no longer a paint in the new Citadel Range that matches their old Ultramarines Blue, but the Vallejo equivalent matches perfectly.

So here is my first mini of 2014, still WIP but almost finished.





I have an absolute ton of marines lying around and needed to upgrade my Tactical Squads so this was a practice piece. If I’m really honest I’m not 100% happy with it but it has taught me a lot.

VGC needs a lot more thinning than Citadel paint, and if you get the mix wrong it’s too fluid for edge highlighting. After using Citadel for so long I found it instinctive to know exactly how much to thin my paints and now I am learning all over again…

The colour is a perfect match but the highlights are pretty sloppy, again this may be the new paint or maybe because I am very out of practice. I must admit my new painting area isn’t ideal in the new house either as the light is pretty poor, but the new house has 3 cats so I am limited as to where I can paint…

I also painted up a couple of heavy weapons marines and these seem to have come out better, think I am getting the hang of it now, but obviously they will get arms and weapons added at some point….



I have had to replace a lot of paints, and this has meant trying out new flesh recipes which again has been a learning experience. Once again this is due to GW replacing their paint range and if I’m honest I do not like the new paints, although again that might be because I haven’t used them enough yet.

So far I have struggled to find a flesh recipe I am happy with and I think this is because I have been using a black undercoat.

It’s difficult to tell from the awful photos (really need to get a new camera and sort out my set up) but I haven’t been getting results like I used to using the new paints. The face on the sergeant is quite sloppy, and this is because he has had way too many layers put on.

So I have gone right back to basics and started doing something I haven’t done for a long time, which is use a white undercoat. This has meant painting the heads separately but it has been soooo much easier and I don’t know why I didn’t do it like this sooner…







So these two are no way near finished. These have had a white undercoat, a very thinned coat of Cadian Flesh Tone, an Ogryn Flesh Wash (very diluted), followed by a layer of Dwarf Flesh.

They both should really just need a couple more highlights and be done.

The thing is to get to this stage before would have taken ages, a lot of paint and obscured a lot of detail.

These have taken no more than a couple of hours and I can still see all the detail so I am very happy with them (they look better IRL, the photos really are bad..).

I am also finding the new marine plastics have some great bare heads and I have a lot to practice on.

I have also been adding a bit of air support to the army.

This is a Storm Talon I am working on. Still very WIP but tbh not much more to do on it. Need to do some final edge highlighting and a bit of weathering but it’ll do for table top for the time being.





This was actually a really fun model to build and paint. It looks ridiculous in terms of design but was really easy to assemble and paint and it’s kind of growing on me…

And then a much nicer model but still early days yet. A Vulture for the PDF. Love this model, this one is actually one I have had sitting in a box in my “magic cupboard” for a looong time so is the all resin one. It was a right bugger to put together and needed a lot of work but is a lovely kit so am excited about getting this finished.





And finally some models I posted a long time ago, my Psyker Battle Squad, again still very WIP but you can see the conversions better now they have a bit of paint on some of them.









I didn’t want to use the metal / finecast GW ones simply because there are so few poses so build these and am pretty happy with them so far. These are the plastic tank sprue torsos on max Mini great coat legs which I think works nicely.

I am now not sure about the Grey Knight staffs, they are too big but it’s hard to say for definite as they are held on with blu tak for the photos, and they were a bugger to get hold of so reckon they’ll stay.

Anyway, thanks for looking, hopefully I will have more finished stuff to show next time, and will have better photos. And hopefully I will post more regularly too.

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South East London

So I have a tiny, teeny update.

I have been painting up the new plastic librarian and have been really enjoying painting it but unfortunately that means I haven't been painting anything else.

Obviously nothing really much to see, and the photos prove once again that I cannot take photos to save my life!!

I have been working from the middle and working my way out, the little details like the scrolls and purity seals are really nice, there's a lot of stuff on this model that I missed until I started painting it.

Only problem is when the arms and staff are on you can't really see any of it...

So as I say still very WIP needs more highlights and washes. The only bit that I thought was finished were the yellow robes, but I don't like them so will probably try them again.







I will wait and see what he looks like tonight with his head attached and need to get some highlights on the power armour before I decide on the robes, but the back looks a bit streaky. I have also spotted a hair on the back which I didn't see until the photo was blown up on my monitor, hopefully that's just dust and not stuck in the paint.....

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Reedsburg, WI

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They're showing up fine for me...

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Reedsburg, WI

 Alpharius wrote:
They're showing up fine for me...


All I see in the Dakka Thread are these:



If I click the icon it routs me to photo bucket and then I can see the pictures.

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I was seeing them fine before - but not any more!

The OP should just upload them to the Dakka gallery - then there are no more bandwidth problems!

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