...is a Space Marine. Bit of a departure for me, since most of the stuff I've painted so far has been fantasy rather scifi. I've never painted a Space Marine before, but I have boxes and boxes of them, and they kept looking at me. I'd also been investigating the latest Games Workshop paint ranges and I noticed there were some recommendations for painting an Ultramarine, so I thought I'd give it a go.
Here he is:
The figure in question is what has been labelled a "Transition Marine". They are composed of a bunch of armour mark variants and were sculpted in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
I decided on the following colour scheme for the armour, following GW's recommendation: Macragge Blue base, Altdorf Guard Blue layer, Calgar Blue layer and edge highlight, with a very slight edge highlight of some GW grey that I forget (I think it was Astronomican Grey?). I glazed with a few layers of Guilliman Blue. I used this neat, but a chap working at GW Nottingham suggested I should mix it 1:1 with Lahmian Medium, and about 7 parts of water. Or was it 4 parts? I forget. Anyway, I'll give that a bash next time.
I went for a very retro look on the chainsword. All in all I'm pleased with how he's turned out, and I thimk I'll be painted more of these intergalactic peace-keepers...(!)
Blood Angel next!
He looks splendid really, highlighting those marines till very light colours as the grey you used is tricky on those soft edged models but it looks fab ! The zenithal lighting is briliant and really works.ReplyDelete
The blue is rich and vibrant and the glaze was a good thing (7 times water seems more like a recipe for a wash, 4 times seems better to me ).
MOAR of those please !
Thanks for clarifying the glaze proportions JB - now that you mention it he also talked about diluting for washes, so I do believe you are right! :-)Delete
to be honest I think Guilliman blue is already light enough, I'd rather use blue ink to make washes (8 to 1 ratio seems fine with either medium or a little bit of PVA to kil the shine and make the pigments go into the recesses) some people also like to add a little dish soap to their glazes so that they cover surfaces a little more evenly (as opposed to making patches).Delete
Thanks for the adv advice!Delete
Hello Steve !! Good start, you already have decided what's Chapter for these blue chap?ReplyDelete
I don't know a great deal about the individual chapters Nico - I will need to do some research!Delete
Mate this guy looks great; really great! You've captured that retro look with modern techniques.... And achieved something that is far better than what we saw back in the day!! More of these guys please!!ReplyDelete
Cheers, you've made my day! My long-term aim is to emulate the amazing painted stuff turned out by the Eavy Metal guys from the late 80's/early 90's.Delete
Good job sir!ReplyDelete
I really like the shadow of blue you got on this guy. I find Ultramarine figures can look a bit "flat" and dull but you've got a certain brightness, almost a sheen to the armour which sells me on the idea of it being ceramite power armour. I think it's the glaze which is doing that.ReplyDelete
Brilliant work - I am surprised it is your first, you paint like a seasoned veteran!ReplyDelete
Superb work Steve - your technique improves with each new model you post. Now paint a unit of Space Marines and include a few of those snazzy old fashioned heavy weapons!ReplyDelete