I've been having issues finding a xd card reader after my wife threw our old one away, so this update is without pictures at present, sorry. Rest assured that they have been taken though.
My vow was for one venerable dreadnought.
I've started using the LPC not just as a driver to get miniatures painted, but also as a challenge to myself to try out a new technique or colour. Last year I wanted to learn how to paint a nice deep red which looked good with the DA colours, and so painted up a techmarine (see the photo below). I was quite pleased with the deep red I'd acheived, but it was also an opportunity to try out painting with high quality brushes and to do some pinning with micro drills and fine copper wire. Every army is drilled, as is the back-pack to the torso.
This year I wanted to try out a new technique for painting Deathwing. I used to use a laborious process which involved flesh wash and bubonic brown and then lots of layers up to white (see the results below). It works, but it takes ages and the thought of using it on a vehicle had been off-putting.
However, with the advent of foundation paints I wanted to see if I could use dheneb stone as a base without losing the depth and richness of colour that my previous technique allowed for. I'd been able to use it on some helmets and broken armour on space hulk genestealers, but trying it out on a dreadnought would be a bigger challenge. The other challenge would be to find sympathetic colours for all that bone which didn't make the dread look like a Christmas tree but which still made the model look impressive. Pale colours really show up the deficiencies in your painting, so any mistakes would show. I also wanted to see if I could get the base (the standard dreadnought one) to provide a sympathetic setting for the model, as all that grey might make the model look a little pale and lifeless.
My next few posts will hopefully show you a little of the progress on the bone and I can then show you what the (nearly) finished model looks like (he's about 90% done at present).
I hope you enjoy seeing the results when I can find our second old xd card reader!!
Edited by Gillyfish, 13 August 2012 - 06:15 PM.