Monday, July 19, 2010

Reinforcements Arrive!



It's been a busy few weeks, and I didn't have much time for the hobby until the week just gone, but I finally have some more Guardsmen painted! You might notice I've changed the base rims to be Calthan Brown (I had originally painted Squad 812 with Scorched Brown rims) for a bit of contrast - my army will all be like that.

I also decided to borrow Admiral Drax's idea for unit identification markings on the rear of the bases. All the troops have squad markings on their shoulderpads, but with the weathering I do that's not always easy to see. Hopefully the markings on the base make organising my troops a bit easier!

These changes have also been made to Squad 812 - apart from that, they're painted in pretty much the same way. I tried painting a darker complexion on a couple of troops, using a paint scheme I found here. I modified it slightly, so it ended up being:

1. Chaos Black basecoat.
2. Scorched Brown/Chaos Black 50:50 for the next layer.
3. Scorched Brown next.
4. Scorched Brown/Graveyard Earth in a 50:50 mix.
5. Graveyard Earth.

I didn't highlight any more as it started to get too light. Let me know what you think!

I'm on a bit of a roll now, so hopefully I'll start cranking through some more stuff soon!

4 comments:

Admiral Drax said...

Nice work: I love the guy with the hand signal.

...And thanks for the props. I suspect you'll not regret it, as it helps both in play and in storage.

It was particularly fun when I fielded my entire (identical) infantry company the other day: 165 men in total. It's quite intimidating from across the table, but from where I was I could see at a glance exactly who was where and who belonged to which squad.

I've never yet looked back since deciding to commit to it!

Frag_Dad said...

Thanks Drax! The guy signalling is one of my favourite conversions so far. I was a bit lucky in that when I stripped the paint from him (I had to paint my army in about a day to make a tournament, so it was a terrible job) the old green stuff work came off too. I was able to do a much better job than last time!

I can already see how useful the squad markings will be, and I've only got 11 men so far - it'll be fantastic when I've got my whole army done! Thanks again for the idea!

The Antipope said...

Hey nice I like these guys! Our colour schemes are pretty similar thought you have put more effort in it (instead of me just leaving the armour with the black undercoat). overally I like them a lot but since these guys are running around in a muddy field you could add some weathering on their trousers using some pigments powders (just my idea since I like everything being gritty and dirty).

Frag_Dad said...

Thanks AP! It's a bit hard to see in this photo, but they do have some mud splattered on their legs and knees. I try not to go too heavy on it, though, as it's the same colour as the base and so too much brown can make it lose definition. Also, after I've gone to the effort of highlighting the fatigues, I don't want to cover too much of it up! If you check out the first half of my Squad 812 (link is on the right) you can see where I've added a bit more mud.

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