Today I can present you the finished Promethium Relay Pipes. I got a lot of interesting feedback when I posted a WIP picture of them, hopefully I made the best out of it. Check out more pictures after the jump.
Painting these pipes was very interesting, because it was my first serious attempt at building and painting terrain (believe it or not). When I paint models, I painstakingly pick out every detail, but for these I chose a different approach. I took a lot of inspiration from the terrain you see in the background of the photography you see in GW publincations, as well as ThirdEyeNuke’s painting style. For me, it was a welcome change of pace.
The pipes were primed black and then hit with a dark red zenithal highlight with my airbrush. Then I did some heavy drybrushing to highlight the details, and added sponge weathering. All in all, they didn’t really take very much time to paint, just a couple of hours in total.
While you’re reading this, I already started painting the Manufactorum pieces I featured in my recent post, and I’ll take pictures of every step to explain the paint scheme in more detail in a dedicated tutorial post. So stay tuned for that.
All in all, I’m quite happy with the result, the dark muted red doesn’t steal the show from my models but fits the Mechanicus aesthetics very well. I’m not completely happy with the weathering though, I think it’s a bit too random. In hindsight, I should have sticked to the edges.
How do you like the pipes and the paint scheme? Would you like to see a tutorial for this paint job?
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He/Stahly is busy with some Cities of Death Manufacturing pieces. So they won't look that random/on their own for too long. 😉
I think the pipes look good, though I would prefer an extra highlight on the red. I think your extreme highlight is now some kind of blood red, and I think what you need is the colour your flash (or whatever light source is producing it) is now reflecting on your pipes as an extreme highlight (some white-redish, which means pink, but make it a dull pink, not a bright).
You nailed it, don't worry about the weathering. I like the dent/scratch thing. Some ork with a forklift almost detonated the refinery….
My own scheme is black pipe with red banding and silver bolts. Features in yellow or gold. And if you wonder which GW colors those are…I don't know. I use Testor's enamels unblended, thinned on occasion.
You can find all the techniques and paints I used for this model in this tutorial: http://taleofpainters.blogspot.de/2015/10/tutorial-how-to-paint-manufactorum-from.html Cheers.
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They look a bit too random just sitting on the base to me , need some form of building structure on there as well so the pipes have a reason for being there .