|The first day.|
|I should have cropped this first.|
|Now with dramatic shadow.|
With the white done I started in on the black. I didn't have a real plan for how I was going to highlight it. I started with Vallejo Game Color Stonewall Gray, which is far too light to do a straight highlight with. Judging from the online paint chips, the Vallejo is closest to Fortress Grey in the GW line, but much lighter. I started doing one of the straps, but didn't like the results. Instead I decided to try a grey coat on the boots with a wash, so I got to experimenting.
|Group boot shot.|
|Left to right: Detailed - Controlled - Heavy|
|Heavy coat of thin grey.|
|Controlled grey, aiming to leave more shadows.|
|The detailed approach.|
I'm finally closing in on finishing my first batch of orks. I've probably been painting them, off and on, for a month or so. At this rate I'll finish around the middle of 2013, assuming I don't paint anything else. And if I don't count vehicles, of which there are plenty. Hopefully things speed up as I get more reps in.
On the new models front, I made the exchange with EV on Tuesday, swapping the Terminators and Dreadnaught from my Black Reach box for his orcs and tactical squad. I've assembled a Dethkopta, 2-3 orks, and perhaps 7 of the marines. I made sure to put the missile launchers together, as they figure into the Blood Angels list I'm working at. I also put together two more missile launcher marines from bits I had lying around and some I got from EV, so my second 4 ML squad is ready to go, if unpainted. I'm not sure what I will do with the tactical squads ultimately. They're nice models, and I do need another tac squad or two for my battle company, but they have the tactical arrows on their right shoulder pad. While I like this detail, the Blood Angels don't use those markings, so they don't really fit into the army. I could shave the arrows off, but that'll be plenty of work and I really like them as they are. I could also paint them up as a different chapter (I've been looking at the Crimson Fists) or as a newly-turned Chaos squad. For now the launchers are occupied and the rest can wait.
I may have mentioned in the last post that I've been back on a Blood Angels kick, so I've been working at them a bit. The new models are so nice that I want to incorporate the BA specific pieces into all the models, though I am loath to recollect the army. In the meantime I'm plugging gaps with the pieces I have now, so the new assault sergeant and missile launchers that I built look nice, and are what I'd like the rest to look like when I'm done. I got a 20% off coupon from the FLGS, so I'm considering my purchase. For the new list I need a Sanguinary Guard unit, so they're in. I also need another unit of jumping assault marines. I'm thinking about pulling the backpacks off some of the foot assault marines I have, but having used plastic glue that isn't something that will be done easily. Instead I'm looking at getting another Death Company box and a regular assault box, then mixing the pieces to make a new jumper squad. I'll have enough BA chainswords and bolt pistols for the regular troopers, plus the choice of at least three different fists for the sergeant, and the meltaguns that are on the way from GW. The only sticking point is the shoulder pads. The Death Company box has six pads with the BA chapter marking on them, which is great, but it also means I won't have enough of them to make a ten man squad. I'm hoping the Sanguinary Guard unit has a similar surplus, but I'm not banking on it. There are twenty sculpted pads in the DC box, so I can make plenty of detailed marines and I may just use transfers on blank pads for the other chapter symbols, but I would like to have everyone with a molded pad eventually. I should have ordered some of the BA pads from GW while I was getting the meltaguns, but alas for hindsight. I also need another Sanguinary Priest with a jump pack, plus some power weapons for that priest and his fellows. While I also got enough storm shields from EV to make the nasty Honor Guard I've been dreaming about, I want those to be very ornate models and doubt I'll have enough bits to put them together in addition to the assault squad. I'll probably end up getting yet another DC box for them and bashing all the bits together to make some themed guys. That's on the horizon though.
In the present, the job search looms. I want to finish these orks today, though that may be overly ambitious. I'd also like to get and assemble the rest of the pieces for the BA list. I haven't looked to see when I can expect the meltaguns yet, but my coupon is good through the middle of January, so I'm willing to wait a week or two before adding to my pile of unassembled minis. It has been good making progress though.