For over a year now, I have been converting
and making molds
for some Imperial Guard models with a focus on realism and scale, rather than ostentatious “grimdark” elements. While Eric quickly assembled and painted a few for Iron Sleet’s Thorn Moon Crusade
, they were more of a proof of concept rather than my final vision of the models. After a lot of consideration, I decided to paint my first of the Imperial Guard models as soldiers who excel in urban warzones. Although it was a slow process, I completed the first model and wanted to talk about the painting process!
|I restricted my color palette to convey a realistic uniform that would allow a soldier to covertly traverse an urban warzone.|
|Rather than painting broad “tiger-stripe” camouflage, I decided to replicate a more delicate digital camo pattern.|
My primary goal for painting the specialist was to create a believable urban scheme. Most important to the scheme was designing a camouflage suitable for an urban environment. I spent some time searching the internet for urban camouflage and found that digital patterns (a pixelated pattern of multiple colors) were common on modern military uniforms. With that in mind, I set about painting my best imitation of a digital pattern on the model’s uniform. I started with a base color of Thunderhawk Blue for the uniform. Next, using a small brush I carefully painted random pixelated patterns using Fenrisian Grey, Black, and Pale Greyblue (Vallejo Model Color 907).
|Rather than using GW’s Sector Imperialis bases, which I find to be overly busy, I created a simple one using textured plastic card.|
|Although I purposely kept the model primarily subdued blues and blacks, I did add a slight accent color by painting her bionic lens a yellow-orange.|
Aside from the camouflage fatigues, the guard have a lot of other gear such as straps, pouches, and gas masks. I opted to paint all of this equipment an unobtrusive black. For the black, I did a series of highlights adding increasing amounts of Ushabti Bone. I found if done carefully, this can create a subtle highlight without making what you are painting look grey. In addition to edge highlights, I spent some time adding scratches and wear marks on the black using the same greys.
|Although it is difficult to make out in the photos, I put a gloss coat over the boots to make it look like polished leather.|
|I used a stippling technique to make the stock of her shotgun appear to be textured.|
While it has been a long time in coming, I am really excited to have finished painting one of my converted Imperial Guard. It was really fun and rewarding to experiment with urban camouflage. Using a more modern digital style, rather than a tiger stripe pattern, was more difficult but also more striking. I am extremely happy with how the model turned out, thinking it effectively conveys what a trained reconnaissance soldier would look like.
- Adam Wier
Beautifully done, man - I really dig it! The camo in particular is absolutely stunning, fantastic work!ReplyDelete
Thank you for the kind words! The camo was pretty fun to do despite the time commitment. We w ill see how I feel about it when I paint more models, ha ha.Delete
Fantastic! Especially the digi camo!ReplyDelete
I am pleased I went with the digital scheme over the more commonly seen tiger stripe patterns. It will be interesting to try using the digital pattern with other color schemes...Delete
Absolutely knocked this one out of the park Adam! Cannot wait to see the rest of the unit!ReplyDelete
I can't wait to see the rest of the unit painted too! I have several of the models in the unit base coated. To the grindstone!Delete
That camo is amazing! How long would you say it took? Are there shortcuts you could take to get a full company on the table more quickly?ReplyDelete
I painted the camo in several different sittings. Overall it probably took a few hours. I think I can do it much faster now that I have a sense of how to paint it though. I will need to experiment a little and see if I can come up with some shortcuts.Delete
Absolutely fantastic. That camo looks great. How long did it take? Will there more (and more vehicles...?)?ReplyDelete
I have several more guard already assembled ready to be painted. Eventually I would like to paint an entire small army in the scheme. In terms of vehicles, the only ones planned thus far are some sentinel-like walkers. I would like to convert a few tanks too, but they are still not really planned out.Delete
Looks brilliant - while that style camo can be time consuming and look really off if you don't get your scale right, I think you have nailed it. Reminds me of a modern take on some of the earliest SAS photo releases where they were the men in black/blue complete with balaclava/face masks to hide their identity.ReplyDelete
The model certainly does have an SAS vibe to it. I am excited to paint a few models that are not wearing gas masks.Delete
Incredible paint work. You guys are always so damn good. I tried a digital camo pattern on some vehicles earlier this year (Hasslefree Grymn Walkers - beautiful little kits), but I made the pixels much MUCH bigger. More like football pitches than pixels. Your detail astounds me. Can't wait to see the rest of these guys. Especially the Sentinels.ReplyDelete
Thank you for the comment. I can't wait to start working on some vehicles. It will be interesting to transition into painting the digital scheme on larger models.Delete