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.
Here's a quickie project that I've finished lately. This was a very fast paintjob, made for fun. An excercise in painting a Blood Raven that would evoke the look and feel of Space Marines, the way were depicted in THQ's Dawn of War II.
Since it was a fast project, the base paintjob is nothing special on a technical level. Just a simple, edge highlighted Marine. It's the weathering that sets the mini apart, though up close, it't still not as refined as on my showcase Marines (Luna Wolf for example). Normally this sort of heavily faded, 'straight to the metal' type of weathering is not something that I use on my Astertes, but I wanted to evoke to specific look of Marines from DOWII, and their armour had that, heavily worn, industrial look to it in the game.
The mini is available for sale. If interested, shoot me a message on facebook or over at firstname.lastname@example.org