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Since I was snowed in this weekend I decided to get a start on painting the first wave of stuff from the mercs recon kickstarter. so a quick overview first.

 

There's EU inc, who I assembled but haven't started to paint yet.

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Then there's Kezai Waza, who are not entirely primed yet.

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CCC is partly painted.

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There's also a mountain of secfor. 5 copies each of these 4 sculpts. The men are all primed, and the shotgun guys have their base colors the shotgun women are all unprimed except for the one in the photo, because they kind of have a bad case of no nose. Havent decided if I want to try and sculpt noses back on like I did in this picture, or if I just want to do head swaps

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last of all there's my favorite group Kemvar. I started with these and they're clearly a lot further along than the others. I am mostly sticking to the official colors except I changed the glow from blue to pink/purple.

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The heavy with his crazy twin guns. Still needs a lot of shading.

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The Engineer, a little further along, but still needs some work.

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The Leader and his sword. He needs more highlights on his green, and on the sword.

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The assassin. He's pretty close to done, may just neaten up a few panel lines. I also took a picture of him next to his metal counterpart. It really made the transition to plastic pretty well.

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The shocktrooper here is the reason I started on Kemvar first. She's just such an odd mini I wanted to get started on her.

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did a little more work on the Kemvar minis, mostly smoothing out the highlighting on the grey parts of the armor. I also brightened up the green a little bit, though I still think it is a bit too dark in the mid tones and highlights. I also changed the color of the side packs, which I had previously mistaken for part of the hard armor.

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I really like the contrasting colors. The pink contrast nicely with the green. Plus they have good contrasting values with the darkness of the green against the bright pink. The only suggestion this old pro would have is to add a couple light layers Of washes to the entire model. You did an excellent job With washes On the armor itself, but it could use a little contrast around the armor to make it pop. I would do two or three Very thin Washes To achieve this.

Plus you did a good job with the dynamic lighting, giving the weapon a genuine glow. Know lots of guys and gals doing this for years and still haven't figured that out. Keep up the good work :-)

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Did some more painting, a little more incremental work on the Kemvar, took Titan's advice about the washes. But they're not quite ready for another set of pictures yet.

 

Instead here are pictures of the Secfor 2s in all their cloney shotgun toting glory. These are probably just going to get some antishine and some basing and then I'll call it done for them.

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