Sunday, December 13, 2015

Calth Project: First Mini Completed

The first of the stoic Ultramarine's tac squad is finished save for the decals and base. The detail work is self explanatory for the most part, which is what I liked about this paint scheme. Simple, but it looks good. No mixing paints or slugging it out through three or four coats of paint. That being said, the Ultras don't have a complicated scheme anyway, and of course I still have a fair amount of minis left to paint.

This was the first mini I've edge highlighted, which I think adds a lot to the mini. The power pack has the silver bits because that's how they were painted on the GW website and on the Calth box. I will get some better quality pictures with better lighting when I have more time. These are taken with just regular room light on an iPhone 6s.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Calth Update

I've been able to make some tremendous progress so far today. I've got several minis started but I'm focusing on one mini as a test model, although if he comes out badly I don't know what to do with it, but I do want to see the finished product.

As you might remember, the last step for me is actually assembling the model, so the minis are still in pieces at this point and there's not much to look at.

I did some initial edge highlighting which was a lot of fun. I need to go back and touch up some spots as you can tell, but I think it will add a lot to the mini when all the components are assembled and highlighted.

My paint scheme is very simple which is helpful. I use a Krylon Grey primer that is fantastic. Tried the new Corax White spray, but was left frustrated again. (I am having to strip that model). GW White primers are still poop and ridiculously overpriced. $16 for a can of spray paint that will only work if it's shaken up for the exact right amount of time, the humidity is perfect, and the temperature is good, and it'll still be poop probably, or $4 for a can that just works all the time. Take your pick.

After I prime in Kyrlon Grey I basecoat with Macragge Blue spray paint. I love basing with a spray because it's a lot faster and goes on smooth. I do a Nuln Oil wash in the recesses after that, paint the webbing Abaddon Black then go to work on the details.

I painted the chest straps black, followed by a coat of Leadbelcher. I washed with Nuln Oil then highlighted with Ironbreaker which looks good when it's finished. Might be able to finish this guy tomorrow.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Betrayal At Calth Project

Been awhile since I've posted, but it feels good to be back at it. Work has kept me busy for the last few months, and I got bogged down working on Genesis. With the new release of the Betrayal at Calth boxed set I knew I had to buy it. I've always been intrigued by boxed sets, and a Horus Heresy boxed set is a can't miss.

My twin brother and I decided to do a joint project. We've actually made plans for many joint armies, but the Calth boxed set is the most doable at this point. I've taken the Ultramarines (I've got Gulliman's blood after all) and Chris has taken the Word Bearers. He is mired deep in the throes of the enemy (law school) so not much painting at the moment for him, but I've gotten off to a good start; albeit, with some missteps.

I've chosen a simple paint scheme from the Sons of Ultramar painting guide (totally forget about the Calth painting guide--whoops). Prime grey then basecoat in Macragge Blue spray, which looks great and goes on really fast. After that it's relatively simple detail work.

I'll have some pictures up soon since I've already made decent headway on a few minis. The Ultramarines side only have a tac squad and termies, so not too many minis. I march for Macragge!