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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Miniature Madness: Warhammer 40K Painting Re-Booted!

Say hello to Librarian Brother Turmiel, 5th Company of the Dark Angels Chapter.

I started painting this lovely model about a year ago when I first started WH40K. It is supplied together with the Dark Vengeance Starter Set. Fluff-wise, Dark Vengeance is a setting about a series of clashes between the Dark Angels 5th Company and a bunch of traitorous Chaos Space Marines. These plastic models sculpted incredibly in my opinion, along with dynamic poses, which if nicely painted, would make an excellent addition to your Dark Angels army. I say 'Dark Angels' because the models are sculpted specifically for the Unforgiven. Of course, you're welcomed to kit-bash if you like.

After a year, and many, many new things learned, I decided to put all this knowledge to good use and re-paint some of my models. This is the proud result!

In repainting Turmiel, it appears that my brush control has improved tremendously, having cleaner lines and nicer tone than before. I've also started semi-assembling my models prior to base-coating and painting - which has improved my basing by a mile!

Another thing which may not be appreciated immediately, is that I picked up on a lovely technique for highlighting. Previously, I'd draw thin lines on the edges of the model with a lighter, highlight shade, for highlights. Now I use the same shade, but instead of drawing lines, I drybrush it in instead!

Simple? Yes! But it achieves a subtle, gritty glow to the model. The added advantage of drybrushing the highlights is that now I am able to employ a SECOND thinner highlight of white to the model, using the same drybrushing technique. In the case of my librarian, I've layered him with McCragge Blue and highlighted with Lothern Blue.

Another advantage of working with the drybrush technique is that my overall drybrush ability has improved, allowing to drybrush my bases more effectively. Notice the bases here are layered with Mournfang Brown, and drybrushed with Screaming Skull, Trollslayer Orange and a tone of bright Yellow (can't remember what that is called).

More will follow!!! Thanks for reading this!

For those of you who like statistics:
Vital Stats for October: 2 post 19 pics
Vital Stats So Far: 173 posts 6,333 pics

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