Cheers for the positive coments, I am still slowly working through this army, but unfortunately don't have that many new photos to show you.
This week I have mostly been paintin' the underside of my Vendetta white......
And it's taking aaaages.....
Anyway, I should answer some of the comments.
@ Outcast Valkyrie: All of my vehicles are hand painted using a combination of very thin layers of drybrushing followed by line highlighting. This gives a semi airbrush finish without me having to do loads of masking off. It also allows me a bit more control, although to be honest I do have an airbrush and do intend to start practising with it soon.
This method is normally pretty quick, I can do several vehicles in a couple of hours, however it really hasn't worked on the Vendetta this time around. This is mostly because it needed to be painted in several sub assemblies which meant that the shading was a bit off, but that's easily corrected.
The biggest problem has been hand painting the underside, which to be honest wasn't one of my better ideas but it is looking good now it's almost done. However next time this will most definitely be done with an airbrush.
In terms of more infantry the plan is to add 2 squads of veterans, one of which will definitely have 3 melta guns, I am not sure on the loadout for the second squad. The plan originally was for plasma guns, but playtesting has ruled this out unless I give them carapace, but this is just too expensive.
The first squad is supposed to be coming back from behind enemy lines. They have performed some sort of special operation and are limping home scathed but triumphant!
I am not entirely happy with them so far, I am not happy that the melta hangs over the base, but short of removing the piping there isn't much I could do. Might rethink this particualr mini.
But here are some photos of the work so far (I have only done the sarge and 2 special weapons). These are not yet totally finished. A bit of greenstuffing and then extra equipment will follow.
The sergeant is meant to be consulting his map, whilst his squad mates take time to rest and strip their weapons. I am not sure about the pose on the sarge's map hand/head, might redo that, and as I say the melta gun overhangs the base which I am not too happy about.
I am also undecided on their transport. Originally I had wanted to have them in Valkyries, more for cool value than anything else, but the Vendetta has taken up so much time that I am now thinking of just having them in Chimeras. Plus playtesting has also shown that the Valkyrie's lack of fire points makes a Chimera a better prospect for special weapon toting Vets.
@Artcore: Cheers, I have to admit that painting faces is my favourite bit, but I am gutted as GW have withdrawn some of my favourite colours from their flesh range, meaning that I am going to have to come up with a new colour recipe soon. I might try C'Oat D'arms paints firts and see how similar the colours are.
And how are your Ultras coming along?
The brass etch is painted over. I must admit I did think about just giving it a wash, but this doesn't really work as the washes won't sit on the metal. I think it maybe has some sort of mold release agent that repels the paint, and they are a bit too fragile to wash as they scratch easily. Once undercoated they paint up fine though.
@ Those: Cheers mate, I will pm you this week about meeting up, just need to sort my post Christmas finances out first!
As always cheers for looking.