My first Primaris out of the Indomitus boxset! I followed my test with the Terminators to paint this one… But with the things I took from that, I was able to cut a couple of corners… Basically by doing things in a better order and having a finished result in mind, and a bit of audacity where I deviated… Like the conversion, freehand, and hand-painted OSL.
My thoughts on the new huge-marines… Their shapes are more friendly to be painted than the classics, but the scale I feel it was Games Workshop dropping the ball, here… As if somebody decided that was cheaper to spend more plastic per mini, than actually upgrading their technology to bring more detail at the right scale. They probably foamed a bit too, at the idea of every player updating the whole range to a new scale, but I seriously think they shot themselves in the foot, by allowing 3D printing to catch up to them way faster this way. In fact, 4K resin prints might already be there!
So… Since now I know about the Mentor Chapter (or Mentors, by the newer denomination) Not only I liked their scheme, but their lore background I found very appealing! That inspired me to do some conversion on the dude. To represent their targeting web tech, I cut off one of those helmet lamps/cams/cyber-eyes from an old plastic marine, shaved the side of the head and joined the two with my most delicate and seamless application of green-stuff to date… Then I went for a hood… because everybody knows that hoods mean knowledge! And they are all about testing, learning and teaching. So, magnets… because options!
And that was my first non-Nurgle cloth that I modeled! I struggled a bit with having the right shape and not screwing the texture, since I made it from an actual thin flat piece of greenstuff that I folded like a real cloth would do, instead of maybe blocking out and then modeling the cloth look (like a pro would?) The curing time of green-stuff is between long and forever, and since bake-curing it was a no-go with plastic in the mix, I just gave it a coat of super-glue and got it ready to paint in minutes instead. (trading in sanding it or anything like that.)
It’s going to be delicate for some time, but it will resist but the most energetic drybrush you can throw at it… Of which there was none, since this time, I adjusted my initial oil-wash to be more diluted, so that both the contrast loss, and the clean-up of excess was way less this time, which didn’t stress the base acrylic that much, this time, and no post spray either, just glaces and edge highlights. Got much to learn on that field… Lots to practice on ahead!
The little scratching I did on the terminators got destroyed by the enamel, last time, so I left it to the end, here, and never really tackled it in the end. I will practice it down the line, and maybe then revisit this one. But I should have, since the few I did on the exterior of the shield, and the work on the leather, held to the end, this time… (Key thing was not wiping or dubbing cottons, microfiber nor sponges, but just brushes with turpentine) and they look better if modulated by the same general washes and pigments than the rest of the miniature. If I do it now, they might stick out too much.
I dared me some freehand, here, too… The small eagle on the besagew it’s a transfer from the box’s sheet, but I added the two thin white lines, the Mechanicum warranty policies scrolls, and tried the falcon head on the left shoulder-plate. Not very crisp… and a bit squanched… maybe next! Instead of eyeballing it, I could set it better with a calc, stamp or even a stencil, before actually painting it.
Did I say no drybrush? Preposterous… The general glow of the Volkite pistol was achieved that way, with hotspots painted by hand on corners or metallic surfaces in the general direction of the glowy bit, and after based, a little touch of neon yellow out of the severed Necron head at his feet.