For my store I painted the nice new Space Marine Venerable Dreadnought from the Blackbox. The kit fits together nicely and gives you plenty of options to tinker around. Recently I sold my FW Ultramarines Venerable Dreadnought and I don´t regret it at all. I like the model a lot and it is plastic which is a big plus imho. Additionally, the arms are easily interchangible without magnets or such. The base is from MicroArts Studio.
I basecoated white from the can and then did a double layer basecoat of Sunburst Yellow by brush.
Then I drybrushed the Dread and its weapons with white. That works very nicely on the yellow basecoat. In the pictures it looks harsher then in real life due to the flash. The drybrush is necessary to give better contrast for the Quickshading in the last step. You will be able to see the highlights through the shade. You can leave this step out and save some time, but the result will look not nearly as good.
Next comes the detailwork. Painting all metalparts cleanly in Mithril Silver and a little red and black here and there. ^^ I gave the metalparts a subtle wash in Badab Black but the step proved to be not necessary and leaving it out could have saved me a couple of minutes without influencing the end result. Well, you paint and learn. Painting the black on took some time as you see every little mistake on the bright yellow. You will be able to see the highlights through the shade so I think that taking a good effort on a clean result is always worth it.
Now we apply the Quickshade, Strongtone in this case. I took a large brush for covering the large areas and with a small brush I took up all of the excess shade. This way you have a lot of control to where apply the shade and you don´t waste the stuff as you don´t dip and thus have to shake it off. You can correct little mistakes by rethinng the applied shade with a paintthinner. But you need to be very careful with that to not cause more harm then good.
The endresult at first appeared darker then expected, but this is the first larger model I paint with this technique. Maybe I will try to thin down the shade a little with the next model. As you can see, a matt varnish is mandatory unless you happen to like the gloss (which I don´t).
And the endresult from different angles. Varnish apllied is Vallejo Matt varnish from the can:
I am quite satisfied with the result. The varnish makes it look brighter than after applying the shade. So maybe not thinning down the shade. In real life the model looks a little better, more matt, but my camerafu is yet not strong enough.
The rest of my army is going to look like this more or less (my prototype for this paintscheme):
Edited by Saphos, 27 September 2011 - 03:13 PM.