Thanks all for the praise! I'm really happy that all the time I spent with R&D has been worth it, as the scheme is quite simple to paint- mostly just basecoat, one highlight, wash.
Fifty, you basically read my intent perfectly. I think the bright, vibrant WW1 French uniforms are a perfect base for weathering and mud. I really feel it does the sculpts a disservice to paint them in dark colors that hide their details.
Qyleterys- Haighus is right, it's a hot-shot lasgun (or hellgun), standard armament of Grenadiers. Because the BBQ squad is otherwise kitted up, only the watchmaster (sergeant) is actually carrying one.
Anyways, after some general reflection I came to the conclusion that while I really enjoyed converting and painting the AdMech sculpts, a whole army isn't for me. I've sold them to a guy who was looking to get into 40K
, so they've gone to a good home, and instead I plan to paint some Tyranids, returning to my first army. I'm taking the approach of not having more than one box of Tyranids in my backlog, so I'll buy them as I paint them and see how committed I end up being.
Here's a final test scheme for the tentatively-named Hive Fleet Karkinos. It's mostly painted with washes, and the only traditional highlighting is on the eyes and teeth, so this makes for a low-effort and relaxing diversion from the Death Korps.
I'm simultaneously working on the Death Korps officers (two Lieutenants and a Marshal), so I should have those up next.