I managed to get all my 3000 parts primed. Now to test color.
I bought some new paint colors specifically for my Alpha guys. Tough to buy paint from pictures online, but I think I got pretty lucky. I picked out swatches from the Vallejo Catalog and ended up with medium blue, light turquoise and blue green.
I based this guy in medium blue, then gave a quick overhead pass with the light turquoise. Looking good but could be mistaken for Ultrasmurfs in the wrong light (not necessarily a bad thing for Alphas, mwuhaha). To get those green tones in, I did a quick wash of all details with the Secret Weapon Algae wash.
That's a good start, but still not as green as I want. I followed it up with a broader tonal wash at the edges of panels with GW Athonian Camoshade. Here it is midway through.
Now to get some contrast, I started picking out details in grey. These will be NMM steel eventually, but I just wanted contrast for now. There's also a touch of blue green edge highlighting here.
And for the final touch, some nice orange rust to contrast the blue. This is done with my favorite Modelmates Rust Effect. There will be more later, but this gives you the idea.
I was a little nervous at first, but I think it's coming together. It'll look even more menacing when I darken up some of that grey and have a little more contrasting trim. What's everyone think? Hoping to carve out a few hours this week to do all my airbrushing. Tough to find a good multi-hour block to paint this many models.