My Centurions are finished. These models took just under 3 weeks to assemble and paint. More pictures after the jump including a comparison shot.
These models will form part of my new company I’ve started painting. I’m going for a completely classic 2nd company which will feature flames, skulls, lightning bolt free hands. I converted the legs on this model to make it look like he is striding.
This guy is the sergeant. His red helmet and red skull in his Chapter symbol denote his rank. I liked his striding pose and his heavily ornamented armour so I made him sergeant.
To really hammer home the second edition theme, I’ve painted hazard lines, bright yellow chest eagles and red gun casings. I’m even painting small army badges onto the right greave. All the icons are painted freehand. This model also had slightly converted legs with a cut at the hip and repositioned feet
Comparison shot. The Centurion is mounted on the new 50mm base and is actually an absolute beast of a model. My Centurions have a greenstuff spacer at the waist and I mounted them on slate but it’s still big and wide. The centurion above is using his hand to show how tall the terminator is.
So, the big question… do you like the new Centurion sculpts?
I love the centurion models, your's look awesome and I like them original aswell. I got 6 of them myself!
Off topic question, It has probably been asked before but will you make a tutorial for ultramarines paint scheme aswell?
By the way, I want to thank you and the others for an awesome site I have learnt so much and improved my own painting from all the tips and tricks you've shared!
Last weekend of October will see the Ultramarine paint tutorial hit the blog. If you can't wait until then my tutorial is in this month's White Dwarf. Two whole pages of paint splatter show how I painted my 4th company.
Thanks for the kind words.
- Kurt Mifsud Bonnici
I like the models and the paint work is top notch. The only problem for is how these new models (centurions and contemptors) clash with the established fluff. Dreadnoughts and terminator armor should be a chapter's most prized possessions. Doesn't look that way anymore.
Tactical Dreadnought armour is still cherished by the chapter. It's an honour to wear Terminator armour or be interred into one of the chapter's dreadnoughts.
Centurion warsuits are manned by a power armour wearing marine from either a devastator squad or an assault squad. These war suits are more like equipment rather then revered relics. They're more akin to a thunderfire cannon then terminator armour.
I personally don't think it affects the fluff in the slightest.
- Keldon Raven
As I always understood it pretty much all tech was revered relics, for example the imperial guard loading litanies thus showing that even a weapon is a vital relic – Although most armour is more reveared than the weaponry and vehicles this new kit does seem to mock the long established order in the grand scheme of things. It does rather smack of GW wants more money so to Hades with the back story let's pump out new kits so we can make the punters buy em.
Loving your work, nicely done conversions and paint work there.
They can be a little limiting in terms of posing but I've found them to be far better models than initial impressions suggested, they're well detailed (as are all the new kits really) and I'm quite digging the chunky exoskeleton look after putting a few together.
I've included a link below to my FB page which has my take on the Assault variants (I'll be painting up the Dev versions as well in the near future), if it's a problem feel free to delete the comment but I thought it might interest you 🙂
- Edmund Normal
Absolutely love the centurions.
Love the blog. A daily source of interest and inspiration. Thanks a mil, guys.
They have turned out looking fantastic. I love the size comparison photo for all the different models, and the photography is top notch. Good stuff.
I love the old school style on these new models. This is the first time that I have thought I might actually like the centurion models as is – rather than as a conversion like Dave Taylor's.
One thing that keeps throwing me off is the exhaust pipes. The carbon scoring really needs to be re-done. Try using washes instead of paints.
Washes pool and leave tidemarks. I can't see that working for for smoke damage.
Washes only pool if you apply too much volume. What you do is apply a small amount of wash and move it around so that it blends from light to dark. Basically you use them as a glaze not a wash.
The retro paint scheme is top quality, but I am still not sold on the Centurions themselves.
I have found that they bring out the lead guitarist in everyone as people will look at them and each time will have a different idea on how to make them look more to their liking. I don't think I have ever come across as kit like this one in that respect.
Same as a guy above :
I really love your paintjob, particularly the OOP flavour with red weapons and yellow trim, they are really a pleasure to see
I am still not sold on the centurions sculpts. They are kind of grotesque if you ask. I know now that it is not a matter of paintjob (since yours is great), but just the sculpts …
They look fantastic! I have been following your work since you made those great The Hobbit tutorials. I saw your work in the White Dwarf. You really deserved that!
Hey thanks Mattijls Pals. Glad you liked the Hobbit tutorials. I'll let you into a little secret… there will be a new Hobbit tutorial this Saturday on the blog.
Great! I am looking forward to that!
Great work as always Garfy. The old school paint job looks ace. I really like the bones and skulls on the bases, would you mind sharing your recipe for them?
As for the Centurion sculpts themselves? well there are some parts of their design that I like and other parts that I'm not too keen on (namely the three Large plates at the top of the legs).
The bone recipe is steel legion drab then Zandri dust and finally ushabti bone.
These look amazing. I've always really enjoyed your style of painting and always get inspired by what you do.
Would you mind describing how you paint the yellow and black power cables? I've tried the effect, but just can't seem to ever get it right
Thanks for the kind words Ryan. The power cables are first basecoated with Averland Sunset and then I paint Yriel Yellow over the top of that. To paint the black you need a steady hand and some patience. Thin the black paint with a little water so it flows from the bristles nicely and the brush doesn't feel like it's dragging. Once the stripes are on paint a thin white reflection line along the length of the cable.
Hope this was useful dude.
Wow. I hadn't even noticed that reflection line on the cables. I had thought that you covered them with a gloss coat or something. Just top notch.
I think these new models are very cool, they particularly benefit from your conversion. I love the classic 2nd company paint scheme.
Any advice for a classic 2nd company scout paint scheme? Obviously a yellow chest eagle and red bolter, any other thoughts? They're the same scouts as the one in your size comparison shot…
Where can I find the tutorial for these guys? I've been painting my Ultramarines second edition style and I'd love some pointers.
These models are inspirational as this was the time frame that I first played 40k.
I saw how you paint the blue, but how did you do the yellow trim?
Hi William, thank you for the kind words. Here's a tutorial for yellow.
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they are definitely growing on me. i love the sense of nostalgia your painting has brought, awesome work