The scouts are finally done!

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Ready to snipe!

Man! It only took me a month to get these bastards done! So I suppose it was inevitable that progress would slow down; painting is time-consuming.

Plus, sad to say I’m getting mighty sick of painting Blood Angels to the exclusion of everything else!

On the other hand, I think these fellas turned out alright:

Next up, as promised- the Predator tank!

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“I’m here! Shoot me! Kill me now!”

After the Predator, however…it’ll be something TOTALLY DIFFERENT.

Scout squad: Work in progress

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What do you mean “We don’t blend in?”

Space Marine Scouts!

Who doesn’t love ’em?

How do any of these assholes survive to become full-fledged Space Marines?

I’ve decided to paint these guys in traditional Blood Angels scout colors, even though white clothing (and white gloves on at least a couple of them) doesn’t make a whole hell of a lot of sense for a stealth┬áunit.

But it’s the Grimdark Far Future┬« so who cares, right?

Anyhow, the primer was layered so thick on some of these figures that I had to strip it off and start from bare metal.

My paint-stripper of choice is the highly toxic, yet highly effective Goof Off. Beware, it will eat plastic like a hot knife through butter!

With some luck, I’ll have the rest of these guys done by next week, then I guess it’s time to start on a vehicle.

Maybe the Predator?

 

Death Company have arrived!

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We might be insane, but damn do we look fabulous!

I’ve finally finished the first ten (of fifteen) Death Company miniatures!

All of ’em will be Jump-Pack marines, because when you gotta get someplace to hack something up, why not fly there? Sure, I guess they could take a Land Raider, but I feel that goes against the “totally batshit insane” fluff of the DC.

Man, these suckers were a bitch to paint, and that’s without doing all of the lining and shading that some people do. (which, in my opinion is kinda batshit insane. I’m not trying to win the Golden Demon award here.)

Still, not too shabby looking, I guess.

I still have five more to paint, but for the moment I’m going to start on something else, that being a Scout Squad!

And even better, those guys are PRIMED WHITE!

Tactical Squad one is ready!

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This flock looks like shag carpet! Whatever, for the Emperor!

Two units down, eleventy-billion to go!

I will admit that working with the black-primer miniatures was a lot easier than I thought it would be. Those Citadel base colors really do their job!

The basing flock was from the original owner’s collection, and that’s what the other painted miniatures were based with, so I’ve stuck with it.

It looks better in person than in pictures, actually.

So next up will be…

DEATH COMPANY!

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)

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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:

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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…

First Squad, we’re going in!

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Have Lightning Claws, will travel. And then kill things when we get there.

Alright! The first unit is officially finished!

Well, except for the protective coat.

But you’d never know that if I didn’t just tell you, right?

Man, I really love painting Terminators! So much open space to work with! And guys armed with Lightning Claws?

Hell, that hardly takes any effort at all!

Altogether, I think we’re off to a fine start here.

I guess this means I have to start on the second unit, though. (This whole blog idea will be pretty short-lived if I don’t)

Next on the painting block will be…

 

Tactical Marines!

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Sure, we’re basic troops, but Goddamn we kick ass!

I was kind of torn here, to be honest, because normally I prime white, not black, and I was thinking about stripping and re-priming these suckers.

The main problem with that is my paint-stripper of choice, Goof-Off, will eat the plastic like it was nothing, and as those arms and bolt-guns are plastic…bad idea.

The other option was to just spray white primer over the black, but that covers up detail, so I’m gonna bite the bullet and paint over black.

We’ll see how that goes.

Next time will be a primer on primer!