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That's a pretty cool set of progress pics. The improvement in the neophyte faces is very noticeable, well done!
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Very nice work I'll need to reference this thread when I get around to painting my dread, Moltke the Venerable. I got my BA in English and wrote my thesis on Shelley's Frankenstein and the creation of the mad scientist stereotype. If you ever want another set of eyes to read your work I'd be happy to help.
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As I finished my primary objective, i.e. my thesis, and submitted it to the dean's office for verification, I finally had some time to forward the ETL front line. Yet, the task was not simple. Fatigue caused by the strenuous period, paired with hell-fire the sky (heat wave and living in a flat directly under the roof) impeded my planned progress. The paints required special attention, as they begun to dry in their bottles after the 4 days of heat. The wet pallet did not work as well as usually. But these obstacles were in fact nothing. In sweat I fought with the adverse conditions.

 

I spent almost the entire day on these and the progress was surprisingly slow (even by my standards). But the assault squad's arms are almost ready. Some cleaning up is still required, plus detail such as purity seal scriptures, tiding up the shoulder pads (I mean, painting white is terrible, but painting red round the terrible whites is even more deadly: one slip, one mistake, one touch with a dirty finger and the white is more pink) and drilling barrels.

 

Picture:

 

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I wanted to have the entire squad done by tomorrow, but judging from the pace of today's progress, that is not going to happen. But time is of the essence, as I'm not sure how many more leisure days I'll have, as I must prepare for the defence of the thesis and get grades from some remaining classes on my second faculty.

 

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Fast or not, I could certainly learn a thing or two from you on painting crosses. Very impressive.


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I'm going to start posting all my shoulder pads to you for heraldry ;)

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Thanks for the kind words regarding the pads.

 

Here's another quick update. I thought that today's progress will go smoother. I have been mistaken. Putting those guys together took me an hour. But this was priceless lesson: if you buy models second hand, make sure you clean them up PROPERLY, especially when they were glued with super glue and the excess of old glue is gathered on arm-joints.

 

You've seen these guys before, and you'll see them once more when they're done. But now: assault initiates with weapons!

 

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Looking good! I love the one handed flamer... might have to make my self one of them.
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Very good looking squad here. The scribling on that scroll is phenomenal brother!


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Looking good! I love the one handed flamer... might have to make my self one of them.

 

As far as I know, this is a BA hand flamer. I bought the squad of 9 marines for 3/4 price of new box of 5 and they had some BA bits (they probably originally were flesh tears?). So you could take a look at Death Company bits for those.



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Nah I was just going to give him a normal flamer in one hand... maybe two... and put him on a flying stand because it would be cool.
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Awesome work, very dynamic and I really like the depth in your reds, the lenses look great and the one purity seal actually looks like wax. Look forward to seeing the completed work.
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Great RAS there, brother! Really liking the freehand on the shoulders, you couldn't tell the difference to a decal! Also, nice use of the chains on the non-ASM torsos, very templar-y, as well as the script on the scroll, excellent job. msn-wink.gif

 

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I'm wondering how it is with my painting. I have my models done up to 90% and I'm always thinking "I'll finish that tomorrow." And it isn't so! Doing the final touch-up, that 10% of stuff takes preposterous amounts of time! There is always something to do.

 

Nonetheless, I'm happy to report that the venerable drednought is ALMOST done. What it requires still is assembly, and an additional layer of grey highlights on weapon arms. However, its head... I lost my temper today, for the first time ever. Being unable to fit the head, I just exploded with fierce zeal and anger. It slid into the alcove, but I couldn't position it, and (what's worse) could take it out! The result is that I ruined the cast a bit and wasted about half an hour wrestling with the censored.gif  piece of censored.gif .

 

But the result is pretty cool.

 

I also managed to do metallics on the jump packs. Unfortunately, one jump pack is a miscast... and I'll have to hide the ruined bits somehow, as I won't be able to find a replacement in time to finish the vow as I'm planning.


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I have to find my hobby drill to make sockets for the magnets. Apart from that, the Dreadnought is done.

 

Weapon pictures:

 

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And jump packs. Metallics and base coat done. Just the highlights left.... and I can declare my 1st vow complete!

 

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I'm wondering how it is with my painting. I have my models done up to 90% and I'm always thinking "I'll finish that tomorrow." And it isn't so! Doing the final touch-up, that 10% of stuff takes preposterous amounts of time! There is always something to do.

 

Nonetheless, I'm happy to report that the venerable drednought is ALMOST done. What it requires still is assembly, and an additional layer of grey highlights on weapon arms. However, its head... I lost my temper today, for the first time ever. Being unable to fit the head, I just exploded with fierce zeal and anger. It slid into the alcove, but I couldn't position it, and (what's worse) could take it out! The result is that I ruined the cast a bit and wasted about half an hour wrestling with the censored.gif  piece of censored.gif .

 

But the result is pretty cool.

 

I also managed to do metallics on the jump packs. Unfortunately, one jump pack is a miscast... and I'll have to hide the ruined bits somehow, as I won't be able to find a replacement in time to finish the vow as I'm planning.

 

 

Don't worry I think we've all been at that point ourselves. Zeal is like fire, a life sustaining tool but it can get dangerously out of control at times. The good news is that the models have lots of cool details on them, the bad news is that we get to spend countless hours painting it all. I know it's been a struggle with my ETL vow Crusader Squad. I paint all 10 neophyte's pants then I go back and pant the belts, holsters and pouches (and what's with having the one bolter round in a loop on the pants? One round? Really?) and then I have to go back and tidy up the pants to clean up any mess and it's like I'm painting everything twice just to get to the stage where I can apply washes and do final highlights. I enjoy the zen mindset I can get in while painting but it's broken up with bouts of intense frustration. The important thing to remember is that the juice is worth the squeeze.



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I'm wondering how it is with my painting. I have my models done up to 90% and I'm always thinking "I'll finish that tomorrow." And it isn't so! Doing the final touch-up, that 10% of stuff takes preposterous amounts of time! There is always something to do.

 

Nonetheless, I'm happy to report that the venerable drednought is ALMOST done. What it requires still is assembly, and an additional layer of grey highlights on weapon arms. However, its head... I lost my temper today, for the first time ever. Being unable to fit the head, I just exploded with fierce zeal and anger. It slid into the alcove, but I couldn't position it, and (what's worse) could take it out! The result is that I ruined the cast a bit and wasted about half an hour wrestling with the censored.gif  piece of censored.gif .

 

But the result is pretty cool.

 

I also managed to do metallics on the jump packs. Unfortunately, one jump pack is a miscast... and I'll have to hide the ruined bits somehow, as I won't be able to find a replacement in time to finish the vow as I'm planning.

 

 

Don't worry I think we've all been at that point ourselves. Zeal is like fire, a life sustaining tool but it can get dangerously out of control at times. The good news is that the models have lots of cool details on them, the bad news is that we get to spend countless hours painting it all. I know it's been a struggle with my ETL vow Crusader Squad. I paint all 10 neophyte's pants then I go back and pant the belts, holsters and pouches (and what's with having the one bolter round in a loop on the pants? One round? Really?) and then I have to go back and tidy up the pants to clean up any mess and it's like I'm painting everything twice just to get to the stage where I can apply washes and do final highlights. I enjoy the zen mindset I can get in while painting but it's broken up with bouts of intense frustration. The important thing to remember is that the juice is worth the squeeze.

 

 

I know what you mean. I'm usually trying to focus on the positive aspects and on the work at hand, but I find myself discovering each time that there is something to improve, and the other something I mended some time ago got now damaged, because of my careless handling of the miniature or something else. And there's always Eavy Metal rolleyes.gif

 

So I'm learning to curb my expectations down and be happy with the results I can achieve in a relatively short time. Relatively, because I feel that I'm a very, very slow painter and always seem to think that there are people who can paint a 1.5K army in the timespan I handle one 10-man squad.

 

This is definitely the case with the venerable dreadnought, as it took much more time than expected. BUT! It is finished! Unfortunately, the lighting isn't too good, so the photos did not turn as I hoped (surprise, surprise!). Nonetheless, I took some photos and I want to post them to share the final result with you guys! On one (more) sunny day in the near future, or after I'll finish the base I'll try to take better shots.

 

Here he is, Venerable Brother Boromir:

 

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Awsome. Boromir is noone to mess with


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Lovin it!  Such Zeal!  Beautifully painted!


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I like the white helmet and gold trim.
Looks like the honorable brother he is.
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Great work! When that is the end result, it is definitely worth taking the time!
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Awesome dred there. Ornate enough to be venerable but still very lethal looking and intimidating. 


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I am loving the eyes on your Initiates, some of the most realistic I have seen and your Dreadnought is awsome.


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Wow, your dread looks amazing! I really like the ETL badge on his leg, that was a very nice touch.

 

One thing...with all his long range firepower, I would have thought that you'd call him "Legolas". ;)


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Wow, your dread looks amazing! I really like the ETL badge on his leg, that was a very nice touch.

 

One thing...with all his long range firepower, I would have thought that you'd call him "Legolas". msn-wink.gif

Nah, it has to be boromir-- he needs the venerable reroll so he doesn't get snuffed a second time. 


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The_Chaplain hath spoken so here endeth the debate! 


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Wow, your dread looks amazing! I really like the ETL badge on his leg, that was a very nice touch.

 

One thing...with all his long range firepower, I would have thought that you'd call him "Legolas". msn-wink.gif

Nah, it has to be boromir-- he needs the venerable reroll so he doesn't get snuffed a second time. 

 

 

I don't think even the venerable reroll can save Initiate Bean from his fated demise. It would actually be pretty cool if he died in every game.


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