In the great tradition of huge delays between posts, I figured it was now time to make another Warhammer-related painting post. Also, there was a long delay between any actual painting, so that might be part of it as well.
Inspired by our most recent Warhammer get-together, I spent the majority of this past weekend painting and assembling miniatures. I assembled my warbuggy, my nob squad, and all of the Black Reach Orks that Neil so graciously gifted me when I was visiting. I haven’t yet assembled the remaining trukk, but hopefully I can get around to it soon. Once that was all done, I turned my attention to my marines. In the previous posts, I mentioned that I was having a lot of trouble getting the white paint to look decent and in comments I mentioned that I was considering stripping them and starting over. Well, after much humming and hawing, I finally got around to buying some Simple Green at Home Hardware in Brooklin and began soaking my miniatures in batches. Overall, the paint came off quite well. Only a few had remnants of old paint left after scrubbing them with a toothbrush under running water. Regardless, it wasn’t enough to lose detail when painting over it. Only a few actually had the primer removed by the Simple Green, so if you’re looking to do this and reprime them with a different color, be aware that you might not be able to get the results you want this way.
I finally settled on the Howling Griffons for my paint scheme. Originally I found it a bit ostentatious and loud, and it evoked imagery of ketchup and mustard, but it’s grown on me over time, especially after seeing some great examples of the scheme in action. Before settling on standard livery, I was thinking of doing a night-world variant army, which is all black armour except for the shoulders which are quartered in the red-yellow scheme, but I didn’t want another black army on the table, especially not if Chris’ army ends up being Black Legion. I then figured a dark grey would look cool, but I was still undecided. I did some test paint jobs of each of the two of the Griffons’ schemes.
I quite liked both schemes, but after seeing the great examples around the net, and hearing input from friends and family, I decided that the standard livery was the best way to go.
So after having a great time at the latest Warhammer weekend, I didn’t want to let things fall by the wayside again (AGAIN!), and used that excitement as inspiration and fuel to get started with painting up all of my models.
So that’s what I did for the majority of the weekend. What you see in the picture isn’t the entirety of the army, but I did manage to get ever last model started. I’ve done the base coat of the red-yellow quartering. Now I have to go back over them and fix minor details, paint their bolters, etc. Then it will be a matter of using washes to make their armour look weather worn and to bring out the shadows. After that, I may or may not highlight them. I’m not 100% sure yet. The one mini I’ve done the wash on looks good as-is, so I may leave it that way. We’ll just have to see. I also found a transfer sheet online of Griffons’ symbology that I can use, and that’ll be the last step.
Also, I considered doing the grey livery for the veterans and captains in the army, but as I got through painting all of them, I decided to just stick with the standard armour colours for the marines. It’ll look better overall when they’re done.
And that’s it! I’m looking forward to having the finished products finally ready for everyone to see, and I hope you enjoyed my update. How about everyone else? How are your armies coming along?