Today's entry is all about my paint scheme. For the Guardsmen it's very simple, and you'll find it below, in order of painting:
- Undercoat: Chaos Black (spray);
- Base coat, and then the combats ("fatigues" for our cisatlantic cousins), weapons and webbing: Catachan Green (sometimes with an airbrush;
- Armour, helmet and greaves: Dark Angle Green;
- Blades, buckles, buttons, aquilas, barrels and sights: Boltgun Metal;
- Belt, boots, butt, muzzle, bayonet handles and pistol grips: Chaos Black;
- Flesh: Varies. Almost always just one flat colour though;
- Lasgun aquila (plus sergeants' fittings and rank flash): Burnished or Shining Gold;
- Then I touch-up any details, facial features etc. (I'm a messy painter);
- No shading; no inking; no highlighting; no drybrushing. I can't be bothered.
- Transfers/decals: ("24" on left shoulder; aquila on right; extras for sgts and medics);
- Spray Varnish: Purity Seal. I know it dulls the metals, and it sometimes goes on a bit thick, but it really protects the models well;
- Basing: PVA ("white") glue sticks small gravel on, I paint it thickly with Chaos Black, then drybrush Codex Grey onto the gravel. I then touch-ip the rim (and the boots!) with Chaos Black, put a 4mm coloured panel "flash" on the back (judged by the torso's facing), and use a 0.05mm black pen to write on the squad number.
And that's it. And it takes me bloody ages.
Officers are mostly the same, except in Desert Yellow combats/fatigues, and with a little more detail.