Anyway, although I have not been able to paint so much these last few days, it is fortunate that I have a backlog of posts to put up. I don't want to post too much and saturate the blog, and I'm instead opting for a steady delivery.
Today, I'll show you some photos of the first batch of 5 marines that I painted. I'll put the colours that I used as a list at the end of this blog post.
This is how I undercoat my models. I blue-tac them to a box, go outside (unless it's cold or raining, because it messes with the paint), and spray them from the four angles around the model, and from the top-down. Then when it is dry, I simply flip them over and do the other side. It is fiddly if your troops are in bits like this, or you are doing a lot of them, but you get a really good coverage and don't need to do any touch-ups.
The undercoated minis. Unfortunately I screwed up the arms because I was used to the old-style boltguns attached to the arms already. With the way I glue the models though, it was easy enough to snap them off and re-align them.
The shoulder pads. I didn't have any Zandri Dust, so the basecoat here was Ushabti Bone. 2/3 coats, then covered in Seraphim Sepia. The bottom four show the difference with a wetbrush of Ushabti Bone over the Sepia..
Followed by a wetbrush of Screaming Skull.
The armour has 2 coats of Khorne red, avoiding painting any gaps in the plates. I like the definition it gives the red, although it takes a lot of time. I then painted the metal on the powerpacks before I put the red on.
This is the guys in the final stages. I still need to paint the guns and some of the details, but as I am trying to get ready for some table-top fun by the 17th June I will go back and add these when the army is up and running. The colours for the lenses and chest emblems are shown below.
My list of paints:
Armour - Khorne Red. Leaving the gaps in the plate with black. I will line highlight with Wazdakka Red.
Shoulderpads & Chest emblems - Zandri Dust, Seraphim Sepia, Ushabti Bone, Screaming Skull
Guns - These will be mainly black, with the metal painted Leadbelcher, Nuln Oil, Runefang Steel.
Lenses & Purity Seals - Caliban Green, Warpstone Glow, Moot Green.
Next time I'll post about the first vehicle for the Blood Ravens - a noble Rhino. I don't rate myself as a good vehicle painter at all, but I'm pleased with this one for a change.