It's been some time, but I am happy to be able to paint again
Here is my test scheme for a Bladeguard Veteran:
Tried several things with this one. Firstly, the overall scheme - I think I like the black cloth the most. The beige/cream/white one seems a little to much on the waiter side to me and more importantly, I think it would draw attention too much.
I'm getting more and more comfortable with the armour chipping. I try to keep it toned down restricting myself to occasional scratches, but I definitely see that those already add a lot to the mini. And they really complement the shadows I'm creating on the armour plates. It may not be that visible on the pictures, but I also added a thin grey/black glaze over the white parts of the decals (skull on the pauldron and small shield on the hip plate), to blend them more into the shading of the armour. I might enhance that more in the future, but it looks like a good direction.
Took my time with this one as I wanted a bit too many things at once
On one hand, I wanted to keep it simple as 1. I'm still learning, 2. didn't want to over-clutter it as the mini already has lots of detail. On the other hand, I wanted to reflect the veteran status - it seems reasonable that the longer a marine serves, the more his personal heraldry will develop.
In the end, I went for a simple design, but multiple colours to go along a decal emblem. I think the colour palette is good, although I could have used a different hue on the upper part of the field as it makes the small sword hilt of the decal practically invisible. Still a good learning step for me.
The power sword.
Once again I went for the NMM on the blade to practice the technique. As an experiment I tried to add some form of a power field representation, similar to what I did with my latest Captain
. Although it came out all right, I'm not entirely convinced with the result. Obviously the sword is different in that it has no fuller. In practice, this forced me to paint over the NMM, which may be a bit too much. I will still try to experiment with this idea on the rest of the squad. Perhaps I should add more defined "lightning" lines?
The Necron arm and skull on the base were painted with a silver metallic tinted with green. Again, not entirely convinced with the result, but it's not that important a feature and the colour itself meshes well with the mini, so I'll leave it at that.
The circuitry on the inside of the shield is similarly blue-tinted, which is totally lost on the figure. But again, it's not really important
Another note for me - I used an Aggressor BA pauldron on the left arm and it's too big. Slightly perhaps, but still that will be my conclusion for the future. Perhaps I could have placed it lower? But it's still noticeably broader. BGVets have big pauldrons, but not that big.
Thanks for watching and reading!
Edited by Majkhel, 25 February 2021 - 10:56 AM.