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Raising the Vilkan 9th

Astra Militarum Guard tanks painting Newbie

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Commisar Necros

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So I'm getting back into the game, last played 4th edition, and couldn't look at my crappy paint job that wasn't even half finished. So I gave everything a new coat of primer and started afresh.

 

The basic game plan is to have a deep blue be the base color of the armor and a medium grey for the fabrics and accents whatever. Then a deep purple for the veterans and commanders to mark them out as nobility. The tanks I think are going to stay blue, but well see if they need to stand out more in the future. I'm debating whether to have the metals be mostly copper instead of steel since the copper color looks great with the blue, but then it kinda looks a little too much like wanna-be Night Lords. Well see, it probably wont matter much but for the tanks since the infantry don't have much metal.

 

My goal is before the end of the month to solidify the color scheme of the guardsmen and to finish the 4 tanks and the sentinel. Long term is to keep motivated. As it sits besides the tanks I've got 60 troopers, 20 veterans, 18 heavy weapon teams, and probably another dozen odd and end officers and such. So a lot to get through and this will be a good way to keep on top of it and to keep

 


Leman Russ Basecoat

basic overhead of the Russ's. I'll get the detail shots as I start doing more than a base coat.

 
Day tone tank commander side
Side of my tank commander.
 
Day one tank commander front
Front of the tank commander
 
Sentinel day one
Sentinel Base coats of blue and metal

 

So happy with day one progress. Got everything primed, all tanks, heavy weapons teams, and infantry. Easy part done. Mostly focused on getting all of the colors on my tank commander to make sure I liked how they all fit together. I'm pretty happy with it. The blue holds for me as a realistic color to be regal without being too showy as an unrealistic target. I don't think I'm going to add purple accents to the tanks, it'd wind up being too much color. Still going to pick the Vet Infantry and Officers in it to help stand em out for game play ease.

 

Now old me would probably give it a once over again for accents like cables and call it, but I want to step it up. So plan for the tank commander is to go over him to cover up and errant brush strokes with the deep blue, then mixing in a small bit of white and doing a highlight on the hard edges of the front and turret of the tank. After that hit the sharp edges of the metal with a light titanium. Then pick out the cables and stuff in red and green to help em pop out a little. Tomorrow is game day so I doubt ill get anything painted since it'll all be on the board, but by the end of the week I want to get the rest of the tanks to at least where the commander is today.

 

Then I'm starting to get past my experience. I want to use a wash after that to help pick out the deeper details again in the cracks of the plates, hinges, tracks, ect. I need some advice on that. I have some matte medium, flow aid, and splatter medium to be able to add and want some advice on ratios for an ink or wash. I'm getting comfortable using it to think out my paints to keep the detail, but have exactly zero experience with washes. I also am not sure if I should be using a deep brown or black to base it on. Black makes sense to me, and nuln oil from gw looks like it to me. But on some of the others I've seen chestnut brown, or like red-brown. whats he best way to tell which I should use? or maybe paint up an extra hull piece and see?


Edited by Commisar Necros, 01 June 2021 - 12:48 PM.

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Ok so mostly got done what I wanted. Had an accident with an exacto knife(be careful folks, brace things against the table and keep the motion towards the table.) Everythings fine but a bulky bandage made everything a little more difficult than it needed to be.

Command tank prewash
Tank commander. All colors where there going to go. Cleaned up brush strokes, but now waiting for wash(es)
Battle tank 2 prewash
Battle tank 1 prewash
Exterminater pre-wash
Pre highlight sentinel 2
Pre-highligh sentinel 1

Here are the tanks. All of the blue, bronze, and gunmetal is on.

 

Plan here going forward is to do a black wash over all of the metals after picking out the gold. After that, wash the blues with a blue/purple mix to darker the cracks but not change the color much. Then go over the flats in blue, and pick out the edges with a highlight mix with a little white in it. Then cables, buttons,ect in greens and red to have em stand out. Keep pretty light on the paint if I can as they've been painted before. Probably start with the exterminator and try and get that done this week. Been plucking at the guardsmen and got a mortar squad started. Going to work on them while I wait for washes to dry.


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I really like the way the bronze complements the gun metal. The blue is also a nice shade! Usually it's very sharp blue but I feel these color fits a battle tank very well.
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Ok so treading water right now for painting, but been given good distractions. Ive decided to get new brushes, the craft store ones have hit their limit, and they've been delayed on amazon. So time to get distracted with the rest of things. My buddy got me Ragnar Blackmane, and I'm going to get him built. Going to work on the board as well. Ive got a bucn of craft stuff saved to make terrain and am making some good progress on it. Ill get some pictures up when they're all primed/painted cause until then they just look like cardstock and foam. Got a big wide hill I'm going to flock, a lake I'm hoping to save, a LOS blocking rock, and a couple of LOS blocking pipe segments make up and either primed or painted and ready to flock. I also make up 6 scenic objective markers and got em primed. Going to paint em up when I get my brushes and gift em to the club me and my buddies are starting. Next thing I'm going to work on is making some Orkish stuff to go with the grassland stuff I've built. Going to build some tall wall segments and like maybe a tower and some orkish buildings.

 

Long term I want to build up a cityscape. The hills and stuff can block LOS but ruins and buildings I think look a lot more in keeping with 40k. I have some stuff I'm kinda working on but it's been on the back burner. So far I have 1 ready to prime, one Large ruin that I need to finish, then enough stuff to make a large building and a medium size ruin. Prob figure another 2 decent sized pieces after that and Ill be able to run a full cityfight.

 

Were going to do an escalating crusade, so I want to build a combat patrol board we can run the games on.  I initially wanted a trench system, but I think that would limit games too much. I saw a post of someone who made a crossroads, and that got me thinking of doing something similar. A large open road bisecting a couple hills, and then maybe a road through a forest. Anyways that's a ways and going to kick that around til I can get some foamcore and something solid to use as a base.


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Ok so got the Orkish stuff built and primed, some wall segments and a watch tower along with a city building. Its all ready for the brush here today. Got my washes, brushes, and palette in yesterday so going to mess around with those on the terrain before I start on my tanks. Also got a fair bit of assembly done. Ragnar is built, amazing model btw. Also turned the infantry from the get started with some random parts into my third mortar team, a flamer squad, a plasmagunner, a Junior officer, and a priest. Most are done but some will need some GS work before they are ready to prime. Said green stuff has fallen into the void so I'm at amazons mercy in getting them finished. The family has also all chipped in for a 3-d printer between what I do here, all my mothers craft stuff, family DND, we figure its worth it to just bite the bullet. So going to have that to distract me from painting as well soon so will need to focus to get at least 2k of guard to a good standard.

 

So then plans for the week: paint terrain and practice washes. Find new primer(going on too thick, going to switch to grey and dif brand). Start to EBAY random things found in bitz box as cleaning. Found 2 LE cadian at arms, 2 female commissars stuff like that. Def don't need em and they should go to someone who can paint em up nice.







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