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Well, it's been about seven years since I last painted a space marine, and I have to confess that seeing all the amazing work on the new Primaris Marines was making me want to give it a try again. I have long thought it would be cool to do a chrome (or SENMM [Sky-Earth Non-Metallic Metal]) Marine, so I finally gave that a shot! The technique itself is painfully slow, but I had a lot of fun, and I'm pretty happy with the results! Oh, and I did do a little bit of conversion work by swapping in some old Dark Angels bits, in case anyone was wondering! Thanks for looking! Hopefully, after ReaperCon, I'll have time to do a YouTube tutorial on how I did the chrome for those of you who are interested!
Hi everyone! I feel like I've been a horrible forumite lately in terms of posting (lots of busy life stuff, such as the birth of my daughter, but that's still not a good enough excuse ), and I need to get a WIP started again! Now, some of you may have already seen this guy on my FaceBook page, but I'll try to get this WIP caught up quickly as there is still plenty more to do! First off, though, background: Like a good number of people in this hobby, it was seeing Space Marines for the first time that really got me into this hobby. They were just so cool (like good-guy Stormtroopers!), and my brothers and I had to have some. We obviously weren't very good painters, however, and so even my most recent Space Marine (now about seven years old!) is from quite a different time in my hobby career! During these last seven years, I became thoroughly dissatisfied with GW's treatment of the hobby and ended up leaving Space Marines far behind. However, in my opinion at least, GW has seemingly repented of some of their sins of late, and acts such as the resurrection of Blood Bowl have helped me become at least interested enough again to want to revisit a Space Marine now that my talents have improved. Along those lines, a Primaris Marine seemed like a perfect option! I did an easy arm swap, slapped on some extra Dark Angels bits, and replaced the helmet with a good ol' beaky one, but otherwise the craziest thing I wanted to do was with the paint scheme. After thinking about it for a long time, I absolutely had to finally do an entire Marine in SENMM (aka. Sky-Earth Non-Metallic Metal, or, simply, chrome)! With that goal chief on my mind, I started by priming the mini in white, and then airbrushing him blue from the top and brown from the bottom. Even though all that gets covered up, it can help to see the horizon-line while painting, and I sometimes like to have some colors other than white down when I begin to paint these days. Having other colors around right from the start helps me keep contrast from getting out of whack as I move piece-by-piece through the mini. Finally, I began the painfully-long process of painting SENMM. First, I painted Blue Liner into all of the cracks and crevices between plates and then drew in the horizon lines with Brown Liner before opposing them with Ghost White. Then, I simply (but painstakingly!) worked the earth in as gradually-lightening shades of orange-brown before working the sky in as gradually-darkening shades of blue. Some quick lines of Blue Liner and Pure White formed the scratches to complete the look, and I did some edging work with Pure White and some very light brown whose name I cannot recall at the moment. Here's a few steps along that journey: Now, since this is totally just a for-fun mini, I'm feeling some flames on his shoulder pads!!!
Kuro Cleanbrush posted a topic in Show OffHey everyone! So sorry I've been gone from the forums so long (I miss you all badly and will be catching up with life on the forums again now!), but life has been a very wild (but also very good!) ride this summer/early fall, and I just let projects pile up and kill my motivation. Consequently, I decided to push everything aside and just paint a simpler mini that I've long wanted to work on in order to knock the rust off my painting skills! Plus, seeing the excellent James Wappel painting all of his cool Archangels while mine languished in their blisters was just too much for me to take! She definitely has some flaws, and my blending is not as smooth everywhere as I would like, but she was a fun mini, and I loved working on her! Thanks so much for looking, and I'm so glad to be back with all my painting friends!!!