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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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Nevesmose Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011
Oho, looks awesome. :meow: How difficult is all the highlighting?
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Belazikkal Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
It requires a steady hand. And good blending knowledge. Otherwise, not harder than most mini painting. Just highlight the ridges if you are unsure about anything.

White is always hard, mind. Always. I've painted more than 200 High Elves in my day, all of them with white on. I have nearly 100 Space Marines with a black and white colour scheme too. The colour is still a bastard to do.
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zen133 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012
couldn't agree more. i always dreaded using white. Like you said, they are a bastard to get the right covering.
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purpleshadowbooster Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Wow look nice :la:
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DorianM Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011
Fine work there! The miscasts are not even visible (with the slight exception of the top right part of the backpack). I still have no finecast minis, and expect to get my first one in a couple of days. I hope for better luck with it...
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Belazikkal Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
What I have found is that the longer Citadel has had time to practice, the better they get.
The Raptors I bought before summer were awful. The ones I got after summer were practically flawless. So it highly depends.
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DorianM Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011
That is, indeed, good news!
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Nightbringer24 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011
Is this our christmas present?
If so, love it!

Although how would you rate the Vallejo non-metallic paints?
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Belazikkal Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You can say it is ;) For my watchers, or at least the 40k fans.

Vallejo non-metallic paints are made of love and awesome. Good coverage, easy to blend and fantastic bottle design. GOTTA CATCH THEM ALL! :icondawhatplz:
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Nightbringer24 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011
I've seen people on the net saying they used them for guard and they look good.
Although the prices in some of the shops in Britian turned me off of buying them.
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Belazikkal Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Which is weird. You get more paint per bottle, as there is practically zero risk it'll dry out like in the Citadel ones. I think they're cheaper than Citadel colour here in Sweden though. I think, being the operative words.
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Nightbringer24 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011
I've seen them sold for about £2 here in the UK.
Although it could have been because it was one of those smaller, specialised stores.
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VagueMonkey Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011
I've found them in the UK for 1.50 a bottle... just have a nosy around in supermarkets and the like. I found mine in Boyes Home Bargains :p
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Belazikkal Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
In Sweden, from the store I get Vallejo color, the individual pots are 29 SEK and the Citadel pots are 34 SEK.
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