|Dead industrial atmosphere.
|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