Hi all, after following 40K for years I've recently decided to finally pick up a brush and try my hand. The new chaos models that came out with the release of the Shadowspear set and Vigilus gave me the perfect excuse to start gathering a collection of models for my favourite army in the 40K universe; the Night Lords. They are among the grimmest of dark, with awesome characters like the Night Haunter and Sevatar. They stand out among the chaos forces due to their unwillingness to embrace chaos as a deity and their extremely violent terror tactics. So far I've amassed a collection of 15 marines separated into 3 squads of 5 through various eBay purchases.
I'm really enjoying the painting I've done so far (I am AWFUL but I'm learning, that's an isse for a different thread) but there's something missing for me so far with these guys. When I picture the Night Lords in my head I think of bloody talons, cloaks of flayed skin, grisly trophies, skulls, wings, teeth. When I look at the Night Lords I have, I see some blue marines. I haven't tried anything fancy with them; I don't have a bitz box apart from maybe a few things my brother could have lying around (Grey Knights, probably not much use) and have no experience sculpting with green stuff, but I'd like to jazz my models up a bit and give them something that really makes them stand out.
So, I'd love to see what other Night Lords players have done with their models. Hit me with anything you've got. 3rd party bits, useful YouTube videos, amazing green stuff work, literally anything that could help inspire me or that I could use in my own collection to make it stand out and better represent the terrifying force that's so feared across the Imperium. Anything you guys have at all would be very much appreciated. The problem with having followed along for so many years is that I've got plenty of ideas and expectations but my ability is nowhere near far along enough to put many of them into effect and I don't know where to start, so I'm looking forward to seeing what you guys have done with yours.
Side note: If anyone has any novels or anything they'd recommend reading that might spark up some inspiration please do suggest it.
Side note 2: If anyone has any tips for getting to grips with painting please feel free to get in touch with me. Obviously I haven't posted any of my work here as that's not what this thread is about, so I'm not expecting specific feedback or anything like that. Just maybe some recommendations of a video series or website or something that I can follow along to or a general guide, stuff like that. Again, any help much appreciated.