Testing out some red ceramite texture work. Done as an excercise in preparation for a certain red, angry, angry Marine dude.
This is my favourite way of painting Space Marine armour, examples of which I plan to showcase more on the blog in the future. The idea behind it - using a series of super small, micro-brushtrokes built into the highlights, to convey texture. To give the idea that ceramite plate of Space Marines - even when it's polished and covered with Ultramarines parade-ground level, ceremonial paint - isn't Ferrari-smooth, but instead has a poruous, micro-scratched texture, similar to hulls of modern tanks (power armour was supposed to change a Marine into a walking tank, after all).
Now the value work on the red still could use a bit ironing out, to make the reflections more realistic (red is quite tricky), but I am very happy with the look of the texture itself. Since this particular test was done in preparation for a Khorne, Chaos model, I was aiming for a rougher, duller, less reflective red surface, than I would in case of a Blood Angel for example (which would combine the microscrathes with a higher value contrast on the red, to convey a more polished paintjob, while still retaining some texture).
I also just ordered these two scenic bases made by Secret Weapon. They will serve as a source of bits for the Angry Dude's display base. Like I said, the guy suffers from some serious anger management issues.