I only just finished
converting my jetpack-wearing mercenary for Mare Solum, a less than a week before the event is taking place. This only left me with a few days paint the model, a schedule much faster than I normally like when painting a model. Despite this, I took challenge and even found time to test out a few new techniques!
|To keep with the setting, I decided to paint the mercenary in drab, realistic tones.|
|I used various Scale75 silver and gold paints to paint the metallics on the model. These were then enhanced with a series of GW shades and Ammo of Mig oils. |
When planning out a color scheme, I knew that I wanted the focal point of the model to be the mercenary’s helmet visor and chest lamps. I envisioned the mercenary stalking their prey through rusting shipyards, an eerie glow emanating from their helmet. To achieve this, I painted the helmet visor and lamps with a paint that I created with a glowing pigment called Lit
from Stuart Semple. I had never worked with the pigment before, but it was not difficult to mix some with the base they sell and paint it on. I feel that I could experiment with the amount of pigment that I use to get an even more dramatic effect, but as it is, the visor (and lights on her chest) glow quite brightly in dim lighting.
|To add some additional visual interest to the model, I painted certain details, like the grenades a deep red.|
|I used light grey to paint details such as the tread on her boots and the textured grip on her pistol.|
For the rest of the color scheme I chose a combination of drab military greens and beaten silvers, something grounded in reality and not so overbearing to take your attention away from the model’s face/helmet. To speed up the painting process, I applied all of the base colors (green and silver) with an airbrush. Once dried, I used a brush to apply highlights to the greens and silvers. To add more visual depth and shadows to the model, I used a series of oil paints which I blended with an odorless thinner. To add a little contrast and interest to the model, I painted a few elements red, mainly the grenades she has at her belt and an arm band.
|The visor and lights on the model glow!|
From start to finish, including the build and painting, this Mare Solum mercenary took a little less than 2 weeks, a record considering my slow and exacting pace! I am really happy that I was able to take part in the Mare Solum project, even in such a minor way. It was a great opportunity to explore a cool setting and try some new painting techniques. Now I am just excited to watch Dark_Tech_’s
Instagram account for updates on the game!
- Adam Wier
I remember using glow-in-the-dark acrylic paint to the bones on the original Legion of the Damned miniatures from the 90's. Nifty stuff! :3ReplyDelete
That sounds like an awesome idea. Perfect for the Legion of the Damned! I will try and use the glowing paint every opportunity I get!Delete
I need Lit! No idea why but I need it. Great job, she looks great.ReplyDelete
You do need to get some! It was fun to experiment around with. I want to soon see just how much pigment I can get into the paint mix. The more the better!Delete
So good! Also that is amazing turnaround time for how amazing of a model you have made. It speaks very highly of how versatile those guard are!ReplyDelete
The turnaround time for the model was really fast! The model was a good learning experience and helped me start developing faster painting techniques.Delete
Brilliant work! I cannot get over how much the paintjob has made the infiltration specialist look like MGS4's Old Snake (he definitely needs a grimdark Metal Gear Mk. II as a personal famimilar now!). And the jump pack trooper is a really inspired conversion that is delightfully Big Daddy-ish, but not so much as to be distracting. Maybe his callsign could be Delta? ;)ReplyDelete
Thanks for the kind words! The infiltration specialist does look like Old Snake. :)Delete
My brothers and I have discussed converting a Metal Gear Mk. II equivalent for the operative. He he
She looks great! I particularly love the glowing paint.ReplyDelete
Excellent female representation, as usual.
The glowing paint is a nice addition to the miniature. :)Delete
The more realistic looking female models in Warhammer 40k the better!
Excellent--nice find on the glowing pigment--one always picks up something new on your blog!ReplyDelete
I am excited to try out the pigment on other models in the future. I am glad you found the post informative!Delete