The flesh looks great .the gladius really caught my eye.I find your work stunning.
Thanks deathspectersgt7, it's easy to say, but they obviously mean a lot to me, but it means even more if other people like them too.
Your flesh looks good Bryan; I'd add another superlight highlight to his forehead and crown though, he looks a little waxen and flat across that area.
The eyes are freaken sensational, I wish I could pull that off. I cheat and hide the fact that I can't
Sounds like a plan. I'm going to have to see what I can mix up for a highlight without making it really obvious that there is a "highlight" line. That's what I've always disliked about flesh, it needs more smooth blending than what I'm actually capable of, IMO.
The eyes were an accident, TBH. Basically what I did was paint the entire face the base color (Skrag Brown). Then I did a wash with Druchii Violet in the recesses around the eyes. Then I painted the eyes with Ulthuan Grey just inside the lids. After that, I washed the entire head with Reikland Fleshshade, and I allowed just a little bit to end up on the eyes (the excess I cleaned off with a dry brush). Then I painted the pupils black (because you can't really distinguish between pupil and iris on something that size), added just a speck of Ulthuan Grey near the edges of the pupils to brighten it back up some, and then I tried to highlight the eye lids some, but they are freakin' tiny, not sure I actually did anything on them.
This is really high quality stuff - as per usual Bryan! The combat knife marine is really awesome not only because of the movement but also because of the implied savagery - something that is not readily associated with DAs!
The skin tones are also top notch but I have to agree with Stobz - the eyes man, the eyes are just perfect!
So 7th Company now huh? The Inner Circle demands close-ups of the knee pads!
Well, they are supposed to be the "black sheep", I intended them to be very cold but brutal. I had the start of a story for the Quelling of Hybreon IV in my head showing some of that, but I would need to actually put pen to paper (as it were) to really share it. I want them to seem more callous than most Marines, because not only are they transhuman, but they also have a very large disdain for most of the Imperial population. I'm glad the pose says something to you. I'm hoping that I can do some more with it.
Thanks for the kind words on the skin and eyes. I still need a lot of improvement in the skin area, but I think this guy is going to be about the darkest I really want to take skin tones (as I said, my first attempt was described to me as "Why did you paint a Devaronian?" - red skinned demon thing from the Mos Eisley cantina in Star Wars).
The 7th Company designator:
I'm trying to put them all into my IA as well. As soon as I figure out how to do a chart with the new board code, I actually want to put a chart into the IA with the images in there.
Have to agree with Crazystobz that the face could do with a final highlight.
The eyes are great and the flexible armour joints look good too (Boltgun and black ink?).
Now give us more!
Thank you, thank you! I haven't really wanted to do the flex armor in metallics, because I've spent an inordinate amount of time going "No, they shouldn't be metal, metal doesn't flex like that and isn't ribbed." Then I started looking back at my original Stoneburners stuff and realized that there is essentially no difference between my flexible armor joints and the highlight color on the edge of the armor plates and I think it looks really crappy. So then I realized I was being kinda dumb and went and took a look at a lot of images of the flexible metallic fiber tubing that exist. Then I finished justifying it to myself as "Well, even if that stuff doesn't look like it would be good armor (it's way too thin), I'm sure that 38K years into the future, they will have figured it out" and went with it.
It's actually the middle silver, Ironbreaker, with Nuln Oil. I think the tone turned out pretty well over all.
I will post more images just as soon as get some more painted. Thanks to a suggestion from my brother, my loving missus bought me the new version of XCom for my B-day (mostly because she can't find anywhere that will sell me a working Iron Man or Warmachine suit of any variety), so I'm killing Xenos in multiple realms. Haven't done much painting because of that.
That one, though now that I see it better it must be the light.
Ah. Yeah, he is a little mustard-ish, but not as much as that image makes it out to be. I really am going to have to go back over all my previous robes and get them all looking more standard. As I said, the old Desert Yellow was a lot more actually yellow (and much, much thinner) than the new Tallarn Sand is.
Just to reiterate what everyone else has said, the gladius marine really is awesome! Pretty much exactly how I've imagined an Astartes combat blade/gladius to look like after reading the HH novels.
Excellent work mate (as always )
Thanks! Yeah, it's pretty much how I've imagined them too, the knives have always looked a little too small compared to the Marines for me. But those are the size of the blades GW chose and I don't have enough bits to make all my combat blades look that way.
Thanks for the support!
Stunning. If I haven't said this before: loving the attention to detail in their personal heraldry where it is applied. Really does set the Stoneburners apart creatively and visually.
Thanks, Master Isiah! It's always nice to hear! Some of the latest Marines need to go back into the paint shop for their accolades/heraldry, but that may not happen for a while.
Bryan, I think you are the only person on this forum who could get away with posting a completed head as an update! He is looking good though, especially as you say this is only your 3rd un-helmeted head (my first unhelmeted head ended up looking like Hermann Munster!) Looking forward to seeing the rest of him!
Thanks, facmanpob! I don't think I'm the only one, just the one lazy enough. I think it worked out well, but I do need to do as suggested and give him a crown and brow highlight. Hopefully I'll pull myself back into painting so I can get him done.
Edited by Bryan Blaire, 28 April 2013 - 04:19 PM.