Day late and a dollar short, Dakness, but I promised to review your images and here are some thoughts:
So the struggle with the lines is real, I think tomorrow i'll get out the fine line brush to do better but i imagine i should be better with this basecoat brush.
I struggle with getting straight lines on the edges as well, and personally, I'm determined to spend less time on it.
Something that may benefit you would be to go back and try and paint just to the recess of the shoulder plate, without actually getting rid of the grey. Then you can do thin lines of Nuln Oil shade in the interior recess of the shoulder plate (may take 2-3 times going over it) to get full coverage and blend that recess into the black without trying to go over it with paint constantly.
- So what does everyone think now?
I think it looks good, but I'm used to seeing Guardians of the Covenant with a metallic grey color, so it's giving me a hard time resolving the concept when I look at your piece. It may cause others to think they are some other Unforgiven Successor, or you are going to spend time talking to people about why you didn't go metallic.
- Does it look like i'm on track?
If by "on track" you mean making progress and showing improvement, then yes, it definitely does. Is this pretty much the first time you've painted miniatures?
- Any suggestions for the battle between colors?
My personal opinion: worry about it less for the first 10 models or so. It will get better with practice, but there are a lot of other things to get down first. Also, the shade thing I suggested earlier can help blur the line between the two, so it might not be so obvious to the eye.
- what do you think about the boot line? [ps guess you can't see it i made the sole of it black, think it will pop out once the base is colored]
I wouldn't personally color the edge of the boot sole differently from the boot itself. It's an unnecessary complication that will yield less interest to the eye once you start weathering and blending your models in with your basing. By that, I mean that if you color the boot sole edge differently, and then decide to paint a ton of mud over the feet up to the knees, or color the lower boot with dust, etc., then you may lose most, if not all, of the effect of changing that color anyway.
The other thing to ask yourself is "What am I painting that to signify?"
Personally, I do the actual ridged soles, where they are visible (just the stuff on the very bottom of the boot, not the edges that are visible at the top), as a metallic silver/grey and shade it with Nuln Oil. I do this because the bottom of the boots can be magnetically clamped to metal surfaces (such as ship hulls or interior floors) and in my mind, they have to be at least partially metallic to conduct the electricity needed to achieve the magnetic fields necessary to do that. If the ridged soles aren't visible, then I don't worry about painting them, because I need the surface clean to glue.
- Would it be weird to just paint the GoC symbol over the DA one?
Very weird, in my opinion. I would either just paint the DA icon in your white and say "This squad has earned battle honors that let them use the Legion symbol in place of the Chapter one" or it's time to learn to gently cut, file and/or sand away pre-molded icons to give you a proper surface to put decals or freehand onto.
- Should I paint the inside of the backpack bulbs [the bulb [THIS SPOT] backpack] black or dark gray?
Do you mean the ridged vents at the bottoms of the balls on the power pack?
Personally, I've always viewed those as places where they can vent the heat built up by the reactor core in the power pack, and they were also used for some limited space mobility at one point in the lore (the large upper ones at least). I used to just paint the vents themselves metallic and then shade them with black, but lately, I've been trying my hand to be a little more advanced and fake the appearance of venting heat from those areas.This post
shows (at the bottom) what I was trying to do. I've since gotten the effect going the right way, where I do a bright silver in the very center, with darker silver to the edges. Then I shade with Cassandora Yellow in the spot over the bright silver center, let it dry, then very carefully shade out from that to the edges with Carroburg Crimson. I also try to do the same for the smaller vents at the bottom of the power pack, but those just usually end up laying over each other to produce a faded orange glow (which still looks kinda neat, IMO).
It's extra work though, and doesn't add that
much to the mini, so if you are trying to get things done in a more timely fashion than 5-10 models or so a year, I wouldn't suggest jumping into the right away, as those little things can eat up a lot of time. Possibly an idea for you for the future, or you can find a speedy way to add something like that in, if you like it.
I think you are doing well over all, and you just need to keep going. Get about 15-20 models under your belt and you'll really know exactly what you want to do with these guys (and you can always go back and redo your early stuff, but I would suggest waiting on that - you can get stuck in a vicious loop of "perfecting" your first models and never get an army done).