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by Darkenedsquire on Nov.22, 2009, under

Sorry I haven't posted anything I have been painting it's just currently my photo station has some sort of festive tree on it. I will be putting up pictures soon after Christmas as I will be aquiring a light box and I will show you all I have been painting (mostly Blood Angels as I've restricted buying anymore Dark Eldar in case anyone gets me anything for Christmas).
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Dark Eldar individual shots

by Darkenedsquire on Nov.22, 2009, under

Here are the requested individual shots. The squad is nearly finished just a few details left to do and then they are finished.








Well there they are comments welcome as always.
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Dark Eldar full squad

by Darkenedsquire on Nov.22, 2009, under

This is the armour plating done on the entire squad complete with off source lighting on the eyes, I'm glad people like the scheme and that is it suitably menacing.

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Xenos sympathising...

by Darkenedsquire on Nov.22, 2009, under

I recieved my Dark Eldar megaforce on Friday and finally I have had a chance to stick together and start work on a colour scheme so I thought I'd share what I have done so far.




Please let me know what you think.
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Assault marines continued

by Darkenedsquire on Nov.22, 2009, under

Here is the finished white/cream parts of the marines such as chest aquilas and shoulder pad iconography.

The way I do this is as follows:

1. Base coat with Khemri Brown
2. Wash Devlan Mud
3. Highlight with Khemri Brown
4. Highlight closer to the edgeswith bleached bone  leaving the Khemri brown showing
5. Highlight the very tips with skull white
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An apology

by Darkenedsquire on Nov.22, 2009, under

Sorry for not posting for the past few days been hectic at work (I work in retail and Christmas can get a bit much) and my other half has been home so I have spent time with her doing some Christmas shopping. I will be putting a few updates up today to quench your thirst though.
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Here's one I made earlier

by Darkenedsquire on Nov.22, 2009, under

Before I started this blog I bought two DC boxes and decided I would make them into fancy assault marines to see if it could be done. This was before I used army painter as a base coat and instead they're hand base coated over a Chaos black spray undercoat.

They have blue "Gems" on their armour to denote squad so I can pick out squads of assault marines easier from my carry case.


I'm a huge fan of the Dawn of War series and I loved how the jump packs glow so I decided to try to emulate that and this is the result I ended up with. I will be putting up stage by stage pics of how I did this once I get around to painting them on my current project (which as you can see in the background has received some brown onto the bits that will end up cream).

As a final note I would like to say thank you to Paul from totalwargamer.co.uk for actually managing to supply me with the Dark Eldar megaforce I ordered. After hearing there where only 20 being made available to online retailers I started to worry but they came through for me and made it happen. So if you are in need of some models for yourself or Christmas presents for family and friends I highly suggest checking them out their customer service was excellent and their prices phenomenal.
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Yellow helmets painted.

by Darkenedsquire on Nov.22, 2009, under

I have painted the yellow on my assault troopers helmets in the brief time I had to paint over the weekend.

There was a thread on Bolter and Chainsword about how to paint yellow and a lot of people seem to have a problem with this so I'm going to share my method:

1. Base coated black
2. Cover the helmet in Iyandan Darksun
3. Wash Greyphone sepia ink
4. Glaze with Iyandan Darksun leaving the recesses darker
5. Edge highlight the helmet with a 1:1 mix of Iyandan Darksun and Bleached Bone






I will take more pictures soon my camera ran out of charge mid way through shooting and the batteries are currently charging so bare with me. I just wanted to put something up to go with the "painting yellow" guide so people can see the effect I achieve with it.

As another note if you are interested in marines of the first legion (the Dark Angels) check  out this blog Roninmodern. I have been following it myself after seeing some awesome pics on Bolter and Chainswords painting forums and it's well worth sharing with all of you.
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1K views!

by Darkenedsquire on Nov.22, 2009, under

Thank you to the 1000 people who have looked at my site it's really been helping me to stay motivated even if I just do a little each day.
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Assualt squad tutorial continued.

by Darkenedsquire on Nov.22, 2009, under

Part 3: Edge highlight all the armour plating with blazing orange.

Part 4: This stage is completely optional but I however do it due to them being based on lava and I like to give the impression of flames flickering around them. I put small line highlights using elf flesh at the most prominent parts of the model such as hard 90 degree edges.
That is the effect you will get if you use that method I know it isn't to everyones taste but I enjoy the look it gives what do you guys think? do you have a better way to achieve the effect I am after?
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Assault Marines WIP part 1

by Darkenedsquire on Nov.22, 2009, under

Here are the steps I have been using to paint my marines first I spray with Army Painter pure red spray before sticking on the helmets and bases which I spray black using GW Chaos Black primer and then stick to the model.


The next step is to wash the entire model with Devlan Mud painting attention to the recesses of the model.
Next thing I do is black out the bolt pistols and chainswords and apply a blood red glaze back over the armour plates leaving the Devlan Mud showing where shadows would naturally fall.
 More following in part 2.

Please leave comments below tell me what you think. Anything you would have done differently that maybe I should try?
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Comment changes

by Darkenedsquire on Nov.22, 2009, under

To increase people commenting because I would love comments and criticism, tips and ideas anyone can now post comments without signing up to google or anything else. Please keep it friendly I will be moderating posts.
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Death company HD

by Darkenedsquire on Nov.22, 2009, under








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Army painter review

by Darkenedsquire on Nov.22, 2009, under

As I have just started My unit of regular assault marines I thought it would be a good time to do a review of some of the products I use starting with Army Painter spray.


The can is the standard size that GW use 400ml and this is a "pure red" primer I use this colour over the dragon red that many use as I like to wash down the colour a bit and still have it as a vibrant orange/red when finished. Due to my models being based on lava bases I like to give the impression they are slightly illuminated by their surroundings.
         This is a really high quality product and would highly recommend it to anyone who needs a nice flat colour base coat, they do many different colours and I'm very tempted to try their new "alien purple" for my 'nids. This is a great way to do space marines or vehicles anything with large flat surfaces really benefits from this spray the colour is rich covers well is perfect consistency and doesn't discolour in the cold like some other sprays (this is important as I live in a rather wet town next to the sea where it gets rather cold in the winter and the air is rather salty). Another big plus is my other half really dislikes the smell of spray paint and solvents in general but the Army Painter spray has a rather pleasent smell to it, a sweet "candy" like smell would be the best way to describe it.
         All in all this is the product I would recommend to people looking for a premium solution to their base coating needs. You can find them over at Army Painter where they also do a great range of scenics for your bases and a range of dips (which I personally haven't used but have heard great things about and seen some really nice quick results from others who have).
       
Just as a note I do not get paid anything or have any privileges for this recommendation. I just want to share cool and useful things with the community and give my two cents on them.
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Update

by Darkenedsquire on Nov.22, 2009, under

Good morning (evening/afternoon depends where you are I guess and when you read this). I have just finished glueing together a regular assualt squad ready for priming which is what I'll be doing next however I might not get around to it today as I'm having to go into hospital but more than likely you should see a flurry of activity from me over the next few days as I recover.

        On another note I have just ordered a Dark Eldar Megaforce an extra raider and the DE codex from totalwargamer.co.uk I have never used them before but they where by far the cheapest for the megaforce basically allowing me to get the codex and raider extra for the £130 asking price.

        This army contains the following: 1x Venom 1x Raider (2) 1x Ravager 9x Reaver jetbikes 5x Scourges 10x Kabalite warriors and 20x Wyches.

        I'm thinking of using this as a base for a Wych cult based army in a winter theme though as of yet I am undecided on a name for the army the main colours will be dark blue with lighter edge highlight blue. It will be a fast raiding type army as I love that piratical nature of the Dark Eldar if anyone has any ideas for a name for my cult something cold or wintery please leave a comment below.
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Pimp my Rhino

by Darkenedsquire on Nov.22, 2009, under

 Wow that was a marathon painting session, I really enjoed painting this Rhino for my Death Company and just sat and painted it in a day very happy with how the design has come out.

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Death Company finished.

by Darkenedsquire on Nov.22, 2009, under

 Sorry about not adding over the weekend I work over the weekend so time was a bit short and I wisely used my free time to break one of my molars. Protip: don't do that. Anyway here are the finished standard bolter DC I'm going to get to work on a rhino for them today and then a chaplain. I'm still debating whether to use my old "Blood Angels Death Company" chaplain I've had laying around in a blister pack for about 5 years or whether to buy one of the nice new finecast ones as they are much more durable and easy to work with.

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Death company part 5

by Darkenedsquire on Nov.22, 2009, under

Bone sections and faces finished.
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A tribute.

by Darkenedsquire on Nov.22, 2009, under

This post is a tribute to celebrate my 7th anniversary with my other half Tiffany who has always tried to keep me happy and get involved in my interests hence the following model which is her first ever attempt at painting. Thank you for all the happy memories.

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Death company part 4

by Darkenedsquire on Nov.22, 2009, under

 Highlighted the red with blood red and and edge highlight of blazing orange. I do gems by base coating mechrite red then highlight blood red in the bottom right of the gem then a smaller patch of blazing orange then a dot of skull white in the very corner and then at the top of the gem.
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death company part 3

by Darkenedsquire on Nov.22, 2009, under

Red parts basecoated with Mechrite red.

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Death company continued.

by Darkenedsquire on Nov.22, 2009, under

First codex grey highlight on the death company and washed back slightly with Badab Black.

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A sea of black

by Darkenedsquire on Nov.22, 2009, under

 Just got finished assembling a squad of death company with bolters + chaplain and a unit of regular assualt marines made these two squads using a box of tactical marines and two boxes of death company to give their armour more variation. They are just basecoated black at the moment so the details are a little obscured but I wanted to post WIP shots of them so you can see how I do things.
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