Outstanding work Prot...again.
A couple of observations:
1. One of your UM armies had a more subdued, less saturated blue on them. Are these UM guys from that army or a new rendition? In case you weren't sure, I really, really liked the de-saturated blue.
2. The bases look really colorful and I think they match your other armies, but they seem really busy to me. To the point where I think they are taking away from all that awesome gold.
Ah... I can’t win, Can I?
Yes you are correct, this is intentionally a more concentrated blue. The difference in my process is subtle but the ending result is a bluer Ultramarines look. My 2nd Ultra army was made dirin* Gathering storm and I said I wanted them looking darker, stormier,etc.
But I got a lot of people saying the didn’t look traditional enough and missed the blue look. These guys are posted in my Ultramarines thread, we’ll see if I get positives on the blue or not. Honestly these guys took forever to figure out and I was happy with them. But I liked the other look too. I could make these guys look like my 2nd Ultramarines army probably in under... 6 hours of work.
On the bases, I guess I did some very plain variant of these and I felt they were too blah. I went back and forth a lot, but ultimately I wanted less silver and more colours on the bases to deflect from the monochromatic appearance of the gold army.
I really do appreciate your honest. Another thing is these pics are very whitewashed. I had too much light. I’ll try for a more real world look next time.