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Raven Guard Vanguard Veteran Sergeant by Belazikkal Raven Guard Vanguard Veteran Sergeant by Belazikkal
The Raven Guard is done. After many months of inactivity.

And as I put him together, I realised the super-glue had gotten so old it could not get out of the bottle. It was viscous but flowed so badly it just wouldn't budge. I have to get new glue if I am to continue with Finecast and metal minis.

Speaking of Finecast, this mini was so miscast it had to be basically rebuilt. Left shoulder pad had to be resculpted in places, the left hand with chainsword exchanged for a new one (it's a slightly modified one from the Chaos Space Marines plastic frame) and several tiny jingles and jangles had to be removed altogether (hence the ugly as feth purity seal on the left leg).

So, colour:

Black was easy: Black base -> edge highlight of 50/50 mix of Chaos Black and Codex Grey -> finer edge highlight with Codex Grey -> Extreme edge highlight with Fortress Grey.

White was a bit harder:
Fortress Grey base colour -> Shade with Badab Black wash -> Retouch the Fortress Grey -> Highlight with 50/50 mix with Fortress Grey and Skull White -> Edge highlight with an off white, which was essentially 20/80 mix of Fortress Grey and Skull White respectively -> Extreme edge highlight with Skull White.

Metallics were made with Vallejo Model Color metallics. They suck, btw. Don't use them. Citadel Colour metallic paints are better, even if the pots are arse.

If you have any further questions, don't hestitate to ask. I am always happy to answer them.

Space Marines and Warhammer 40k are Games Workshop Ltd.
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Olivier2302 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love it. I was thinking on using enamel metallics, do you know if its something good ?
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Belazikkal Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Never heard of them. Brand?
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Olivier2302 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Uh... i dont know any, yet. Enamels are something like oil paints.
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Belazikkal Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Never used oil paint for anything apart from a few regular paintings. And some really old airplane models where the only result was ruined brushes.
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Olivier2302 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lol. clean them with white spirit?
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Belazikkal Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That is what killed the brushes in the end... Sable does not like spirits.
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Olivier2302 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
soap afterwards? What are sable brushes anyway?
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Belazikkal Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Sable is the stuff the brush is bade of. Kolinsky sable being the finest hairs from the tail of a critter found in the Kaukasus mountains.
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ColonelYeo Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
He looks pretty good to me. :)

I usually don't use grey as a base for my whites.... makes it look more artificial. I usually work up from a shadow grey. But in this case it does look good. I gotta give credit for the edge highlights and especially the reds on the purity seals and the gemstone.
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Belazikkal Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I used Shadow Grey as the start for white on my High Elves. I think the reason Fortress Grey works here is because: a) it's a neutral grey and I needed that, rather than more cold colours, b) it's used in the black highlights as well and c) the Badab Black wash did a lot for the colour, further tying it together with the black armour parts.

Gemstones; something I learned to an exact art thanks to above-mentioned High Elf army! :lol:
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