Tactical squad nearly online, sir!

Hoo Boy!

I’m working my way deeper into the mound of miniatures, and now I’m close to finishing Tactical squad number one (of three)

finished

Ready for action!

It seems that Citadel Paints Mephiston Red really does the trick for tackling black primer; at least it’s working for me. Now what do I do about yellow when I get to the assault marines? (for their helmets!)

I’m certainly no Golden Demon award winner, but like I said, i can at least do a decent tabletop standard. Here’s the rest of the lads:

halfway-there

We’ll fight so much better once we’re properly based!

I stumbled across some Nuln Oil gloss wash, and thought I’d give it a try. Results are…meh.

shiny

You say shiny, I say oiled and ready for action! Wait a second…

NEXT time will be the battle report of the Crimson Fist marines vs the Iron hands!

Maybe.

It’s a lot of writing, and I’m somewhat lazy…

Priming today for a better tomorrow!

truth

With all of these things to recommend it, how do you say no?

I’ve met a handful of people Heretics who do not prime miniatures, and that always shocks the hell out of me!

My God man! How can you not prime? It’s one of the elementary principals of miniature painting!

Anyhow…

If you have been following this project, then you know that I purchased a large Blood Angels army from an estate sale.

Over half of the army was assembled and primed, but it was primed in black, which to me presents a challenge.

white-prime

Apart from the crappy priming job, look how crisp our detail is!

 

I prime my miniatures predominantly with white primer, because I think it makes it easier to see (and therefore pick out) detail.

I realize that there is a time and a place for black primer, and for me that is if I plan on doing a large amount of dry-brushing, like I eventually plan on doing with my five hundred or so Zulu warriors, whenever the hell I can find time for that project.

Every great once in a while, I’ll prime with grey, but that’s usually because I’m out of white primer and I’m too lazy to run to the store to buy some more.

This is one place you can go a little cheaper!

I really mean it!

I’ve used the insanely expensive GW primers (only once) and I have to tell you, the four-dollar stuff works just fine.

I’ve never had any problems with it, and I’ve been priming this crap for twenty-odd years!

Okay, I picked up the somewhat more expensive Pitt Bull paint at the Porter Paint store near my house, because it was closer than Home Depot, but that’s laziness kicking in, and not thriftiness.

Rust-oleum is about four bucks a can, and works quite well.

Anyhow, I’ve decided to forge ahead with this tactical squad using our Fallen Gamer’s original black primer, just to see what results I’ll get.

in-progressbolter-and-flamer

 

I’m not entirely displeased with the results, but I’m not entirely happy, either.

All of these are works-in-progress, so maybe I’ll be happier with the finished product?

I suspect I’ll be re-priming the rest of this stuff white…