Warmachine, Warhammer 40k, & Terrain Projects

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Astra Militarum – Cadian Shock Troops – Squad 450

Astra Militarum Cadian Shock Troops


Astra Militarum – Cadian Shock Troops – Squad 317

Astra Militarum Cadian Shock Troops


Astra Militarum – Cadian Shock Troops – Squad 306

Astra Militarum Cadian Shock Troops


125 Models On the Table!

 

Painting Imperial Guard Cadians

This is easily the most models I’ve ‘batched’ at one time. I’m using a Kanban board approach with the following tasks… (still adding more tasks!)

  • airbrush: base coat w/ Vallejo Israeli IDF desert sand
  • airbrush: highlight with Vallejo Sand Yellow
  • Wash with GW Agrax Earthshade
  • base w/ sand
  • base detail black
  • base detail muddy brown
  • base detail sand brown
  • base detail yellow bone highlight
  • black boot base coat
  • Reaper MSP Military Green Leggings base coat 1
  • Reaper MSP Military Green Leggings base coat 2
  • Reaper MSP Military Green shoulders base coat 1
  • Reaper MSP Military Green shoulders base coat 2
  • Reaper MSP Military Green breast plate base coat 1
  • Reaper MSP Military Green breast plate base coat 2
  • Reaper MSP Military Green back base coat 1
  • Reaper MSP Military Green back base coat 2
  • Reaper MSP Military Green helmet base coat 1
  • Reaper MSP Military Green helmet base coat 2
  • Reaper MSP Military Green webbing base coat 1
  • Reaper MSP Military Green webbing base coat 2
  • Reaper MSP Pure Black Weapons
  • Reaper MSP Pure White chest aquila
  • Reaper MSP Pure White helmet aquila
  • GW Nuln Oil Wash on aquilas
  • Reaper MSP Pure White highlights on aquilas
  • Reaper MSP Pure White highlights on aquilas
  • Reaper MSP Tanned Flesh Shadow face basecoat 1
  • Reaper MSP Tanned Flesh Shadow face basecoat 2
  • Reaper MSP Tanned Flesh Shadow hands basecoat 1
  • Reaper MSP Tanned Flesh Shadow hands basecoat 2
  • GW Silver lasgun bayonets basecoat 1
  • GW Silver lasgun bayonets basecoat 2
  • etc…

And here is the list of individual models! Craziness!

  • 45 guardsmen w/ las rifles
  • 7 Guardsmen w/ sniper rifles
  • 4 guardsmen w/ melta
  • 3 guardsmen w/ plasma
  • 2 guardsman medics
  • 2 guardsmen w/vox
  • 1 guardsman w/ regimental standard
  • 1 guardsman w/ platoon standard
  • 1 guardsman grenade launcher
  • 1 guardsman w/ flamer
  • 1 guardsman w/ heavy flamer
  • 1 sergeant w/ chain blade throwing a grenade
  • 5 sergeants w/ las pistols and chain blades
  • 1 officer with Rod and bolt pistol
  • 1 officer with plasma pistol and chainblade
  • 1 officer with power sword and power  fist
  • 1 officer with power sword and plasma
  • 1 officer with las pistol and chain blade
  • 1 astropath
  • 1 commander of the fleet
  • 1 master of ordinance
  • 1 lord commissar
  • 1 commissar with bolt pistol
  • 1 marbo
  • 9 auto cannons
  • 9 heavy weapon gunners
  • 9 heavy weapon spotters
  • 1 scout sentinel
  • 1 scout sentinel driver
  • 4 vendetta pilots
  • 4 vendetta door gunners
  • 1 manticore driver
  • 2 Vendetta stands

Blood Angels Tactical Squad 2

Tactical squad 2


20x Blood Angel Assault Marines

20x Blood Angel Assault Marines

Blood Angel Assault Marine Sergeant with Powerfist 1

Blood Angel Assault Marine Sergeant with Powerfist 2

Blood Angel Assault Marine Sergeant with Powerfist 2 back


Blood Angels Death Company

Blood Angels Death Company

Blood Angels Death Company Complete 2

Closer view of airbrushed and washed death company marine next to black primed model

This show the raw airbrushed death company marines next to a standard primer black model

After much deliberation, browsing pictures of ‘black’ miniatures on dakka dakka the only truly black example that I found and liked was at cool mini or not, and I don’t have the skill nor the patience to pull that off… so I decided to give my good old airbrush (read easy blends!) a try.

I primed with Vallejo black surface primer, followed by a coat of Reaper Adamantium Black, followed by a highlight of blackened steel. You can see the ‘raw’ airbrush output, which makes the models look very, very grey compared to a pure black model.

I then applied two layers of Games Workshop badab black wash, which darkened the grey look significantly. The models ended up looking a bit ‘drab’ and I’m hoping that a satin varnish applied as the last protective coat will add enough shine/contrast/depth to give the effect of highlighted black armor instead of oily grey armor. We’ll see how it turns out!


Blood Angels Assault Marines

Blood Angels Assault Marines

Blood Angels Assault Marine with Power Axe

Blood Angels Assault Marine with Plasma Pistol


Blood Angels Tactical Squad

Blood Angels Tactical Squad

 

 


Testors Metalizer on Games Workshop Grey Knights Space Marines

I gave Testors ‘stainless steel’ metalizer enamel paint a try this past week. Overall I’m very happy with the results. You can see a ‘metalized’ squad of grey nights next to some space marines painted with Createx Wicked airbrush paints. Obviously these are all just basecoated, so I have yet to see how acrylics will layer on top of the metallic, how the finish will look if/when I seal with Acrylic varnish, and how durable the metalizer colors will be in practice.

The metalizer sprays were a dream to shoot in my Iwata Hi-Line brush.

 

On thing that I learned was to be conservative with how much to ‘buff’ the metalized paints. I was a bit too aggressive and buffed out some of the metallic shine on the shoulder pads on some of these guys.

 

I’m so enamored with these enamels and metalizers in general that I ordered some ‘Alclad II’ chrome paint. I will, as usual, post the results once I have given the Alclad paints a whirl.