Two months since I last posted work? That can't be right. Can somebody call a Fio and get this checked out?
So I haven't been totally inactive, I did finish restoring a second-hand Hammerhead, now I'm on the lookout for another upgrade prue, if any one knows where I can score one (besides ebay) let me know!
So here's what I've been working on: Pathfinders! Camo Pathfinders!
As is typical I assembled the models almost completely save the gun-arms. The tricky thing in my mind about this new kit is that the arms come together ina very fiddly way. Enough so that I custom fit each arm to the other and to that particular torso. The result is they look great together, but I now have to track each piece indivdually throughout the entire process. For the models I simply mark the underside of the base but for the guns I have to be a little more careful.
I've come to the conclusion I quite like basing the model before I spray-prime it and that's what I did here:
I really wanted to give these guys a little something extra to make them seem more like an stealthy force and not just a de-armored Firewarrior. So here's my attempt at doing a camo pattern. I started with the base cloth color and then began adding stripes/blobs of Adeptus Battlegrey. After that I added smaller touches of Camo Green making sure it always touched the Battlegrey. Final I added small dots of Space Wolf Grey at places where the Battlegrey and Camo Green intersected. I finished it off with a wash mixture of 50% Agrax Earthshade and 50% Nun Oil. This was more of a targeted wash verses a general sloshing on. The end result I'm rather happy with.
So a couple more little tid bits. I was looking for a quick and dirty glow effect for their backpack. I hit the high areas with a bit of Camo Green and the washed the low areas with a darker green. Is it the most super-duper-awesome-amazing glow effect I've ever seen? No. But it took about 20 seconds per model in a squad of seven so it's good enough for me. Plus when held at arms length it actually looks pretty decent!
Finally, the red tabs on their helmets: Even with the camo pants and being a seperate model the Pathfinders were still looking a lot like my Firewarriors. To help pick them out on the table I felt they need an extra little bit of flair. So I painted the end of their helmet red. It looks pretty cool and after thinking about the XV-9 I did with an red head I realized I could tie this together fluff wise rather well!