Hey there, I’ve finished the marine with the combi-flamer and the sergeant over the weekend. It’s the two models in the middle. That means the veteran squad is almost complete! However, as I painted the old metal models about three years ago, my painting has much improved since. So I’m gonna take the time and and refine some of the highlights and freehands on the old squad members. So far I updated three of the five older models. I’m also gonna add brown static grass like I do on my Ultramarines lately. In comparison to the new plastic models, the old metal Sternguard sculpts are rough. Some of the proportions are off and the sculpting feels rushed in some areas. Not Juan Diaz’ best work I’m afraid…
anyways, how do you like the models so far?
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How many close combat options do you get in the box set Stahly? I've completed my 1st company and don't have a need for any more veterans. However, they would make awesome sergeants for my 2nd company.
I'm getting the itch to paint some Ultramarines because of your work.
Just the power sword in the hilt, a chain sword and a power fist.
I love the cloaks…maybe you can do a tutorial on cloaks in general? maybe in a few colors? could be awesome? hehe
These are really great. If GW ever opens up a 'Eavy Metal team position, you should be on it.
Stahly, how long on average does it take to paint one model to such detail? Blending with a brush is a lot more difficult compared to airbrush, but I'd be interested in how much you actually spend painting as an experienced modeller.
Those models are as detailed as it gets when it comes to Space Marines, and I always batch-paint. So it's a bit hard to say. I guess it comes down to around 5 – 6 hours per model, while regular Marines would be around 4 hours.
That sounds incredibly fast. Kudos!
I previously checked your earliest blog posts where you talked about quality brushes but I cannot locate them now. Can you also give a hint about your "arsenal" of brushes you use at the moment?
Hi Drez, at the moment I use synthetic brushes from The Army Painter for heavy duty work such as drybrushing or applying glue, series 1526Y brushes from daVinci for basecoating and washing (a german brand, basically these are budget kolinsky hair brushes) and Winsor & Newton Series 7 brushes for highlighting and detail work.
Thanks for the valuable info Stahly! I recently picked up a 0 and a 5/0 size Habico brand brush that I have to try out. The dealer insisted that the brand is the "best for miniature work".
Awesome work as always Stahly! Your line work is truly inspiring! Would love to see some more tutorials from you even if it's not a full tutorial! Just "quick tips" on painting blue or white or cloth would be amazing!
How are the golds done?
Hi, check out my Ultramarines tutorial: http://taleofpainters.blogspot.de/2011/11/tutorial-painting-ultramarines-stahly.html
What colours did you use on cloaks?
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More awesomeness from you Stahly. You and Garf have inspired me to kick on with my own Ultramarines.
I agree that the old Sternguard, while having plenty of positives (the Mk6 striding forward echoing the classic artwork from the last codex) can't compete with the new plastic kit – that is hands down the best Space Marine kit GW has put out.