I’ve been chipping away at my Dark Angels apothecary. The ivory and red sections have been brought back up after a heavy wash over almost everything, and the cape has been painted… although it’s tempting to put some freehand on there.
In my choice of colors, I’m trying to balance the light, healing, angelic aspect of the apothecary (he is the only model in the group with ivory armor) while also referring to his role as the ferryman and preserver of the gene seed.
I still have to do most of the doo-dads, the green armor, and the face.
As I began to explore the hobby of miniature painting a few years ago, I particularly enjoyed the basing element of the process. I had been instantly attracted to the amazing and diverse bases of many different artists.
That interest led me to spend a good deal of my hobby time creating purely scenic pieces. I’ve done urban scenes as well, but here I’m making a wild little place as a gift for my mother.
I think these mini dioramas or vignettes work quite well if you hide a lot of tiny details for the viewer to find. They’re a very fun escape from conventional miniature painting. And of course, all one needs to make a ‘scene’ into a ‘base’ is a nice figure! I hope you find this tutorial helpful or motivational. Continue reading “Scenic Diorama & Vignette Tutorial”
I’ve been busy with other things lately, but did find time to get this converted apothecary underway. He’s only at Step 1 here, but it takes forever.
Another terminator joins the Dark Angels! This one recalls a victory over the forces of Nurgle decades ago.
I think the painting is a bit neater than on the first, identical termie. This one’s got a bit heavier weathering, though. I still have a detail or two to finish (zombie beard), but he’s basically ready to roll.
Unlike their heavily-converted or kitbashed peers, these figures came straight out of the Dark Vengeance box. These terminators were some of the first times I’ve used an airbrush for basecoating.
I’ve followed a straightforward and consistent method in painting the Dark Angels for my 40k Kill Team. This produces a uniform look to my squad, even though the individual members have been painted over many months. I’ve done my figures one-by-one, since they’re each kitbashed & converted to create a unique personality for each, but this painting process would work equally well for batch painting. Moreover, the steps I employ can be applied to any Space Marine chapter, or indeed any 40k army. In this process I paint full faces (yes, for my whole command roster) and carefully pick out the many details added through conversion, but much of the mini is painted quickly and easily in a very elementary manner. I find that by drawing attention to the most important and interesting elements on the miniature, the lack of careful blending or other advanced techniques is easily forgiven, especially on the tabletop. This approach also gives a great opportunity to practice important skills, like painting faces, before you tackle that Commander you really want to nail. Kill Team, with its limited roster, offers a perfect opportunity to go nuts on conversion, detailing, and faces, without actually painting models to a display standard.
Here I’ll paint up a Tactical Marine, demonstrating each step of the process. Continue reading “Dark Angels Tabletop Painting Tutorial”
Here are several figures converted for our growing 40k universe. I should have a few more finished models for my Dark Angels kill team soon.
The prone plasma gunner was an interesting challenge.
Stories persist of human-like creatures living deep within the woods around ToadChapel. Though generally described as monstrous subhumans, a rare few are said to possess powerful magics and lore.