Well, back when I engaged with the TOEMP challenge (see logo, right) I posted a list of things I wanted to get painted. As it happened, 73rd's ideas involved specific challenges - for example, painting up Fast Attack or special character choices this time - but that's less of a priority for me as I simply have to plough through the grunts.
And I'm getting there. Below are a few pics of my Armoured Fist platoon HQ. Like the rest of my A/F platoon, they're old metal Cadians, and they're horrible to paint (bland detail; huge hands; cruddy facial features) so they're hard to actually care much about when painting, but here they are:
If you're wondering about the officer's colour scheme, there are two reasons behind it: (1) he was already painted (ebay purchase) so although I touched up his face and re-did his eyes he's still got a sallow complexion and a mottled uniform (the ill-advised red webbing straps are a 'Drax' thing); and (2) he may occasionally proxy Al'Rahem, so the different 'look' works okay.
I enjoyed the challenge of giving two of them grenade launchers. I really love the look of the kneeling one - it looks like FW Elisian equipment - but the other one's not so great. He's got a plastic left arm:
On a brighter note, here's an old favourite of mine - my original hardened veteran sergeant with a sculpted cap:
This is what he used to look like (from this post) - you can see I've improved his skin tone, got rid of the awkward bolter and finished his shoulder pads. The cap was my first ever attempt at sculpting:
Finally, here's a work-in-progress shot of my veteran heavy bolter/autocannon team (the weapon's interchangeable) - if the loader looks dark it's because I've not done his skin yet: