Ah. Feels nice to be back in the saddle. Finally got to throw some paint on these models after 3 weeks abroad. Here's how I go about basing my Grey Knights.
They say you can't build a strong building without a good foundation, and that's what I aim to do with this paint setup. By throwing on a few different layers of base with the airbrush, I give the models some depth and shading before ever breaking out my brush. Here's my process. Nothing ground breaking, but it helps a lot. First- you'll notice I put some BlueTac over the shoulder and arm joints. Trip swears by the Revell plastic glue, and that it goes through paint, blah, blah, blah. I haven't had that luck. With any plastic glue. Maybe it's the metallic flake in the three layers of paint here, but I need to give myself a clean surface to glue to. If you feel like trying this out, you'll want to do the same. Onward:
Step 1: Primer. Duh.
Step 2: Vallejo Black Metal
Step 3: Vallejo Gungrey- sprayed fairly liberally from the top-down only. Never go past about 30 degrees from straight top-down.
Step 4: Vallejo Steel - sprayed sparingly. A little goes a long way. Remember that we usually look at these models from well above them, so whatever colors are facing up tend to be the color that our eye sees, and our brain assumes that they are. I want Grey Knights- not Silver Knights, so I try not to overdo it.
Now, you may be saying right now, "I barely see any difference between the three. Why bother?" Here's why:
See the difference now? I didn't do a model in plain Gungrey without the highlights and depth tones, so you'll have to take my word for it, but this adds pretty significant depth to the model. You can already see on some of the text on his shins, etc, how much separation there is between the tones. This will only be magnified when I start putting on washes.
For this squad, I'm toying with the idea of putting a blue wash over all the metal before I move on to basing the other colors. I've seen others do it and I like the extra hint of color on what can otherwise become somewhat monochromatic models. I should've sprayed an extra part to experiment. Oh well. No guts, no glory.
Also on my table currently, a little modelling project I've been threatening Trip with since we first started playing. I was so eager to get back to hobbying that I couldn't handle down time and dusted this old thing off while waiting for paint to dry. I'll leave you most-assuredly salivating on the edge of your seats for that one until next week or later.