Saturday, 30 June 2012

Ultramarine Terminator Squad

Well, I finally finished painting the Ultramarine Terminator Squad from Assault on Black Reach. It was meant as a mini-project to inject some variety into my painting schedule. But unfortunately it has taken more time than I intended and set me back on my Chaos and Ork army progress.

 
 
I tried using the simplest painting technique I could think off to finish painting the squad in the shortest time possible. Here's what I did.

1 Basecoat
 
For the basecoat I painted a thin-layer of Regal Blue for the main armour; Boltgun Metal for the metal bits; Chaos Black for the sword blade; Scorched Brown for the leather armour; Scab Red/Graveyard Earth for the Purity Seal; 1:1 mix of Scorched Brown:Shining Gold for the iron halo and bullets; Astronimican Grey for the white parts; and Bleached Bone for the skull.   

2 Wash
 
Badab Black wash was used on the armour/metal bits while Devlan Mud was applied on the skull.

3 Midtones & Highlights
 
For the Midtones, a 1:1 mix of Ultramarine Blue:Regal Blue was applied to the armour; successive thin layers of Skull white was painted on the white parts; Shining Gold was applied on the iron halo; Blood Red/Bleached Bone (purity seal); a 2:1 mix of Scorched Brown:Bestial Borwn (leather armour); Dwarf Bronze (bullets); and 2:1 mix of Chaos Black:Boltgun Metal (sword blade).

For the highlights, Chainmail was used on the bolter and sword blade; 1:2 mix of Mithril Silver:Shining Gold was applied on the iron halo; and a 1:1 mix of Space Wolves:Ultramarine Blue was used to highlight the raised areas of the armour. Details such as the wording on the chest area of the armour was done using a pigment pen (thanks to help from a local forum.  

First attempt at painting a miniature face (human)
The Terminator Sergeant was my first serious attempt at painting a human face using Game Workshop techniques so they turned out just ok with plenty of room for improvement.

Basecoat of 1:1 mix of Vermin Brown:Scorched Brown
1:1:1 mix of Dwarf Flesh:Vermin Brown:Scorched Brown leaving deep recessed areas in basecoat colour
Pure Dwarf Flesh on raised areas + Wash of Orgryn Flesh
Finished off with a 2:1 mix of Dwarf Flesh:Skull White
Guess I no longer have any excuses to put off painting my Chaos and Ork armies.
Thanks for reading!

9 comments:

  1. Those are nice dude. Esp the sgt pic at the bottom. The eye is amazing. I've never been able to paint faces...been avoiding it coz i know am not good enough.
    You've really stepped up your skills. Well done.

    Love the step by step pics. Always enjoy seeing that :)

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    1. Thanks man! Appreciate the support. =)

      Don't deserve the praise for the eyes though as I used a pigment pen for the pupil. While I mananged without before on a Chaos marine, for some reason I didn't feel so confident this time round.

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  2. These look great, nice job. Looking forward to seeing progress on your Orks and Chaos armies. Your step by step guides are awesome aswell!

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    1. Glad you liked 'em. XD Hopefully its helpful to fellow noobs who are starting out as a pro would find these how-to's a yawn-fest!

      Photos are a bit blur though ... my LG phone camera is just not good enough for extreme close ups. =(

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  3. Awesome, nice tutorial =)

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    1. Thanks limp! I am looking forward to seeing your finished Golden Kris submission =)

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  4. Great work on those guys!
    Ron, FTW

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  5. Thanks Ron! Appreciate the support.

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  6. Lovin' it! I am an Ultramarine fanboy since the year 1992, and always happy to see well painted 'smurfs'. I am also a huge fan of Terminators (and super-excited about the new rules making them AMAZING!), so this post has made me all-too happy!
    Maybe I'll bust out the 'Guardians of the Temple' (2nd company) again at some point. But Lorgar has me a bit distracted these days... :-)

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