I thought I had been documenting this process really well with the intent to do a proper step by step guide. I must have killed that memory card at some point, because all the proper pics are gone *sniff*
No matter, I have some in-progress pics to show anyway. I started out with a white primer and then a quick spray of grey primer from the underside to preshade the figures. Next I coated everything in Troll Slayer Orange. As mentioned before, that stuff is really translucent and kind of a pain. I'll have to experiment with using a Jokaero base underneath again, or maybe the Vallejo paint I've ordered will work out better. I just don't have the patience for multiple base coats.
Once all the airbrush work was complete, I went to brushing all the cloth. On previous figures I used a mix of Reaper Ashen Blue and black, but I was annoyed having to keep mixing that color and not keeping it consistent. Luckily, I found (after some experimentation) that Vallejo Dark Bluegrey is a close enough match. I actually like the extra punch of contrast better.
All that cloth took me a couple of nights to paint in. I threw some of the white freehand in with all the sept markings on the helmets and guns. The shoulder shields were a big pain. I'm going to have to figure out a different strategy moving forward, because I just don't have the patience to paint 3 coats of thin white over everything to get it neutral, 4 if it will be white, and then 3 coats of thin Ashen Blue over the top. I realize the top painters do that all the time, but I'm just trying to field a decent looking army here. This black work on the icon was time consuming, but I'm really happy I did it.
Finally glued some guys together. I'll finish clear coating tonight so I can wash everything and then do my highlighting on the armor, followed by a few little cleanup details and these boys will be ready to roll.
What's everyone else working on? Got a project blog of your own? Let us know in the comments.