Monday, March 9, 2015

WIP: close combat terminators

More work on New Year's resolutions! Close combat terminators after the break!

Have had these sealed in box for over a year. I swore to manage my grey tide this year, and here we are.

Like my Tau pathfinders, Crisis bodyguards, and Necron Deathmarks, I wanted to paint this squad in a different (but complimentary) scheme to set them apart from the main force. Dark Angels terminators are a great example of this concept.

Instead of oil washing the parts and wiping them, I actually just used GW shades and a very fine brush to darken all the details and panel joints. Whenever it got a little out of control, I just waited until it dried, and touched it up with white.

I kept the models in sub assemblies to allow me to reach all the small areas. Working around a completed model can sometimes be more hassle than it's worth.

Having the heads and arms separate and pinned to corks allows me to rotate the piece to any angle I need, and makes detailing much easier.

These guys should be wrapped up and table ready by the end of the week!



  1. Nice use of shades to pull those details out trip! (great example is that shoulder pad with the well done red cloth with your gold just poppin right out in the center!)

  2. yeah, that red cloth is great. You undercoat your models in white, right? Do you think that helps make the colours more clean and vivid? My marines always seem to turn out drab and dirty looking which annoys me.

  3. a white primer definitely makes a difference in the saturation and chroma of the base coats on top of it. I only use a black primer on metallic parts or the larger tyranid carapaces.

  4. Grey tide - I love it. I guess mine is growing into a tsunami.

    Excellent work on the cloth and shield. Can't wait to see them complete!

  5. Your whites and blues are always so crisp and clean.

    Do you think it's possibly to do this with spray primer or a paintbrush, or would an airbrush be the best bet?

    1. It's absolutely possible with a paintbrush, it just takes a lot more time/skill. Airbrush just makes the job easier.

    2. spray primer would definitely deliver a smooth result if applied correctly. Brush would be very time consuming, as you would have to apply dozens of water-thin layers to prevent brush strokes.