Here are some progress pics of my Blood Angels. I bought the Start Collecting force and an assault squad with a BA upgrade sprue. I also salvaged a dreadnought from years ago, when I had the idea of first starting 40k.
Paint-wise, I am sticking to a simple scheme: black primer, two coats of Mephiston Red, Nuln Oil, highlights in Wild Rider Red. Any scrolls, cloths or fabric gets a Mournfang Brown coat followed by an Ushabti Bone drybrushing and a White Scars drybrushing. Metallic parts are done in Leadbelcher, followed with Nuln Oil and eventually some Leadbelcher highlights. Golden trim is simply done with Balthasar Gold over a layer of Leadbelcher. I ink with Reikland Fleshshade over that if I want to give it a burnished look, typically for flamer or meltagun barrels.
In the future, I'd like to add Gehenna Gold highlights to the gold trims, highlights to the black Bolter casings and add some Runefang Silver highlights to the metallic parts. For now, I'm focusing on painting with a limited palette of colors.
Bases are drybrushed with Dawnstone, inked with NUln Oil and then again with Ushabti Bone.
Some light conversion work (mainly re-positioning arms with the help of some Greenstuff), nothing fancy yet.
It's all WIP, be kind!
First, lets start off with a group shot:
Close up on the first 5 man tactical (other fives are being painted). I try to keep stuff WYSIWYG usually, but the BA sprues are so fancy I couldn't resist giving a power sword to the standard bearer and a chainsword to one of the tactical marines. In game, they count as simple marines with bolters of course. I didn't write anything on the banner scroll yet. Still thinking about what to paint there. All my Blood SMs have a black blood drop on the right pauldron (hence 3rd Company) and the winged chapter iconography on the left. I decided to paint all wings white. I think it contrasts better with the red and gives the Bloods a more "noblebright" feeling, in line with Sanguinius and some of the artwork in the books.
Predator Baal is WIP.
Assault Squad is missing a man, because I want them to have two meltaguns and I only have one for now. When I get my hands on a second one, I will assemble and paint the final dude. I paint my highlights very thick, partly because I'm lazy, partly because they are more visible from afar.
Dreadnought is not finished. Didn't do the lenses (need to buy some green paints) and the base is not finished. Also need to find something to write on the scroll. Names and suggestions are welcome The Dread has Second Company colors, mainly because that's the decals I had. So I guess it's a generous loan from the 2nd to the 3rd, lol.
There it is for now. Need to finish up the Predator Baal and the remaining 5 men of the tactical. Then, my next purchases will probably be the Death Company box containing 15 brothers, a Chaplain and a Dread.