Monday, January 5, 2009

Red Platoon, reporting for duty!

Huzzah! I finally finished Red Platoon, including their attached Commissar. Thirty-six soldiers, four Troops choice. Oi.

Here's Red/Command:

I'm kind of ambivalent about the Commissar, honestly. I can't highlight grey to save my life, and my attempts just looked terrible, so I left the coat flat black. The rest of the guys I'm pretty pleased with, though, especially the dude with the tomahawk. The blond and red hair turned out a little cartoony, but I'll live.

And the full platoon:



  1. The speed of your painting is astounding, its like you were born to be a guard player!

    Very good work mate, any tanks on the way?

  2. Try doing black with shading by mixing 50:50 codex grey and black, single coat, then shade using Badab Black wash - it will sit in the recessess and therefore 'highlight' your ridges. A thin line of pure codex grey will further highlight if you feel adventurous

  3. Thank you! That's quite a compliment. :) Honestly, after years of Marines, working on the Guard feels really...natural. They cover all my bases: infantry, historical references, cool narrative potential and lots of big guns.

    There might be a Leman Russ coming this month, if I can figure out how to Yukoni-ify it.

  4. Thanks for the tip on painting black. That sounds easy enough. I'll give it a go. :)

  5. I think the Commissar is a nice touch to the squad. He looks good and he stands out enough to break up the regular color scheme of the army.

  6. You could try Darren's method of highlighting black, the one he used on his Black Legion army. Prime Black I imagine then paint the entire area you want black with the Foundation paint Adeptus Battle Grey, then slather on the Black wash.

    That's it.

    I've tried it but of course I put another level or two of lighter grey highlights.

    You can't get easier than that...

  7. Awesome!

    I wish I could paint fast, I really do. As for grey? I hardly ever use it, because it always just looks flat. (I'm not good at highlighting, either)

    - Drax.

  8. The speed I'm painting these guys at really has everything to do with the washes and the Foundation Paints. They have really revolutionized the way I paint. Fabric, flesh, metal... they're all a flat colour and a wash. It's so awesome, and it's so much more motivating to be able to whip off a squad of Guardsmen in two nights, especially compared to the "old days" of spending a week or more on five Marines.

  9. Mate, if I were starting anew I'd do it all with those new washes! The foundation paints have really sped up my painting as it is!

    Mind you: I still go at the pace of a catatonic snail!

    - Drax


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