Wow, I'm really liking the level of detail in each model, well done on all the freehand and the little burning swords everywhere.
My fav bit is actually the company marking on the backpack, it's a really original idea.
Your scrollwork is crisp and the names are cool.
CnC, the chevrons on Sgt Guias' hand need an extra coat of paint to smooth them out. Awesome shin markings btw.
Thanks for the criticism Stobz! You are right, those chevrons definitely need some extra coverage before any varnishing can be accomplished.
Could have sworn I snagged the backpack markings idea from this forum specifically, but it may have just been somewhere on the B&C. It was definitely inspired by something though, I won't call it mine.
I have no idea how in heaven's name you are able to paint to that degree of detail. They are just superb! Not much more I can say!
TBH, I don't know how I do it either, but it causes some hand-cramping! I use a Army Painter's Wargamer: Character sized brush (mostly because I haven't quite fixed my Insane Detail sized brush - it has some weird extra bristles that didn't get cut properly, so it doesn't hold enough paint to paint with at the tip) for the details. I just paint with short strokes as thin as I can make them and then paint back over stuff outside the lines of what I want. The only other thing I can think of is that I remember reading in White Dwarf about doing freehand by making a bunch of little dots to connect and to use as many straight lines and simple geometric shapes as possible, so that's what I try to do.
Where to start...
Excellent idea, not only because it is well excuted and contrasts with the shoulderpad in a very nice way but also, it does not require eaxct reproduction as the flame could be different on each marine! So the Chapter symbol also becomes personalised (I wouldn't go as far as calling it personal heraldy - but it can be viewed as a step towards individualism).
Armor text and names on the shoulder pads?
Boy you got talent with the brush! I can't write my own name in Gothic using a pen and paper let alone on a mini, let alone alone on a small part of the shoulder pad! And it's on, like, 5 of them! Not to mention the other text and the company markings on weird places (backpack? really?)
You got more detail on this guy than I would on a Chapter Master! Love the chevrons - great nod to RT era! Laureled sword? Are you kidding me? I really need to get some free-hand expirience under my belt... Or get depressed. Or both!
Love your project mate - look fwd for whatever you have to throw our way!
:lol Semper, you are so funny to read. I'm glad you like them. I actually really want to touch up that laureled sword, make the sword itself a little thinner, but TBH, I'm kinda scared to touch it, because as lopsided as the laurel really is (there are two extra damn leaves in the right side of the laurel that disappeared from the left side at some point!) I'm not sure I will be able to do one again (next time I'm definitely using some kind of guide line down the middle of the two sides so that the damn curves are at least somewhat similar), but I do plan to keep trying!
Now that is some amazing freehand.
Do you use a magnifying glass to really get in there?
Thanks a bunch EPK! No, actually, I don't use a magnifying glass because they end up messing with my depth perception and I don't paint as well, IMO.
Really impressive looking unit, I love the chapter symbol! Flaming sword, very good looking! The double swords indicating tactical squad status really ties into the chapter symbol beautifully. Awesome with the individual names too, really cool!
I have to ask though, why the Stoneburners? With such a unique name there'd better be a story behind it ?
Glad you enjoyed, but it's entirely possible that's the last
time I end up trying to do names like that! I think names will probably be put somewhere else (if anywhere). I dunno, anything more than 6 letters would likely be impossible on that size area, so I'll probably do some kind of sayings or something rather than names instead.
As far as the Stoneburners, well, game world explanation:
The Stoneburners title is actually the general use form of their internal Legion name (yes, I'm completely making this idea up) which is how I envision all the DA Legion chapters being referred to by. The Legion name is actually "The Order of the Burning Stones" in reference to their adopted homeworld of Akhundras II (they are a fleet based Chapter), a death world that has a large component of its land mass covered by scorched arid wasteland, ergs and sandy basins interspersed with wadis as well as surface and subterranean oases. The Stoneburners traditionally recruit from the tribes that inhabit these wastes and their first three companies and the first Chapter Master came from this place and they have incorporated some of the social conventions and belief systems of these tribes (as well as manipulating some of these beliefs to provide a supply of recruits) - namely their death-type cults/beliefs.
In the real world, it actually came from a three pronged place:
There's a line in Metallica's song The Unforgiven 2 that goes "Turn the pages, turn the stone" which gave me a starting point to think up some names, and given the title of the song, I thought it highly appropriate for a Dark Angels successor. Now, Stone Turners didn't sound all that martial (although potentially a very cool name, IMO, for a scout squad or tracker idea), but it got followed up by two of my favorite book series: the Dune saga and the Malazan Book of the Fallen. In the Malazan series, it starts out following the events surrounding the Bridgeburners company, who are Malazan elite Marines and the company sigil features a background of licking flames. Their motto is "First in, last out" and they utilize a high amount of sappers in their formation, as well as explosives. The Bridgeburners were also transformed in the Holy Desert Raraku into something more than simple soldiers, becoming minor "Ascendants" as a whole unit together (something like demigods, which seemed very similar to Space Marines to me as "transhumans"). In steps the Dune saga with its massive desert planet of Arrakis and futuristic concept of atomic military deterent through the enforcement of the Great Convention, which states Use of atomics against humans shall be cause for planetary obliteration
. One of these atomics is the "stone burner" which has the ability to be precisely adjusted with regards to explosive power and radiation emissions to get exactly the effects you want. The stone burners are also known to burn the eyes out of anyone surviving the initial blast, which I likened to the DA's want to silence anyone outside of the Inner Circle/Deathwing that gets wind of the truth of the DA Legion's split (See No Evil
, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil
). Combine Stone Turners with Bridgeburners and with the backing of the Dune stone burners, I came up with the ideas that formed the core of the Stoneburners.
Hope you guys enjoyed reading that wandering explanation!
He got a perfect aquila and text in the shoulder pad!!!! ---->Bangs head to wall:
Oh come on, don't do that! It was actually pretty easy. Paint a diamond that is slightly shortened along the top side of the diamond. Then paint two short lines extending from both the top and bottom points of the diamond. Paint short lines horizontally from the bottom two lines for the feet. On the top lines, paint two small L's pointed down for the heads. Make two curves that extend out past the beaks (L shaped lines) and paint horizontal lines out from those curves. Finish it off with sets of lines extending down from the curves following the shapes to make wing feathers.
I tried drawing it out with a pencil a few times and then doing the same with some paint (an Army Painter's Wargamer: Character or Insane Detail brush or a similar sized tip will definitely help) on some paper before I tried it on that pauldron. Glad you like it, Brother Immolator, but I have no doubt that anyone on here could do the same.