Brushwork – Saturday 21st June

Bulleteer Armbots - click to enlarge

This week I found time to complete my remaining PanOceania models (I’m not counting the Military Orders models until I have replacement helmet aerials for them!). The last two to get painted are the pair of Bulleteer Armbots I picked up at the Spring Challenge.

With these larger models I went a step further than I have been going with the rest of my PanO, adding in a blending stage between the base layer and first highlight, just to make the transition a little more subtle. I didn’t do this with the second ‘wave’ of models I bought, and they ended up looking a little too bright for my liking, so it’s been nice to dial it back a bit for these two models:

Bulleteer Armbots - click to enlarge
Bulleteer Armbots – click to enlarge
Bulleteer Armbots - click to enlarge
Bulleteer Armbots – click to enlarge
Bulleteer Armbots - click to enlarge
Bulleteer Armbots – click to enlarge
Bulleteer Armbots - click to enlarge
Bulleteer Armbots – click to enlarge

Now that these are done, I’m going to turn my attention to my Gao Rael with Spitfire – here’s a shot of him alongside Aelis Keesan, who’s had a bit of greenery added to her base:

Aelis Keesan and Gao Rael with Spitfire - click to enlarge
Aelis Keesan and Gao Rael with Spitfire – click to enlarge
Aelis Keesan and Gao Rael with Spitfire - click to enlarge
Aelis Keesan and Gao Rael with Spitfire – click to enlarge

This has helped add a bit of colour to her base – it might appear a little garish at the moment, so I may add a thin wash of brown or yellow over it to tone the green down, although for now I’m quite happy with it as it stops the base looking too drab (and alien fauna might well be brightly coloured for all we know!).

Lastly for this rather short post, here’s a recent commission I just finished for a friend – he’s got an entire Guard army’s worth of these old-school metal Cadians, and he’s tasked me with painting them up, unit by unit. I’ve done about 8 or 9 units for him now (mostly Infantry squads, but a few Heavy Weapons units too), and this is the latest one:

Cadian Shock Troopers - click to enlarge
Cadian Shock Troopers – click to enlarge
Cadian Shock Troopers - click to enlarge
Cadian Shock Troopers – click to enlarge

These old metal Cadians have far more character than the newer plastic ones, so they’re quite fun to paint, as every model is telling a little story in its pose and facial expression. These have a single highlight over a wash on their fatigues – since they’re so numerous, it’s been agreed that they don’t warrant a huge amount of attention per model, as otherwise I’d never get any of them done! However, when I get given his smaller command squads and character figures, I’ll likely spend a bit more time on them so they stand out a little more.

Next on the commission pile are some Ultramarines which my friend often allies with his Guard – they’ll be nice to paint as I’ve not painted non-grey Space Marines in a while!

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5 thoughts on “Brushwork – Saturday 21st June

  1. fleshandmetal says:

    The blending on the Armbots has really paid off, they look fantastic! I agree about the old metal imperial guard, they have so much more character.

  2. sho3box says:

    Great painting on the ‘bots, that orangey colour is fantastic.

    There is no comparison between the old metal Cadians and the more recent plastics. The metals are nice models, whereas the plastics have a quite ugly sort of chunky look. I generally dont subscribe to the notion that newer GW output is automatically worse than what preceeded it, but in this case I think that its true. I must pick up a squad of the old metals myself some time.

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