Monday, January 14, 2013

Imperial Guard - Leman Russ Executioner Painted

Got a lot of hobby stuff done over this past weekend, with the the build-out of a whole mess of Dark Angels goodies making up the Lion's share (hah!) of the effort. However, before I jump onto the DA bandwagon with both feet, I wanted to finish up and get a few pics taken of the Leman Russ Executioner that has been sitting on the painting desk in a half painted state for far too long!

In order to distinguish this tank from the Leman Russ Vanquisher squadron, I reversed the red and black on the sides of the tank and the turret. This brightens up the tank overall, and coupled with the yellow spot colors on the weapon housings, it's almost festive! ...In a unstoppable, plasma-spewing juggernaut sort of way. I tried my hand at doing a sort of "plasma pulse" look on the executioner cannon with mixed success. I'm not totally sold on it, but I'm unsure how to better convey the look.

I added a bit of decoration in the form of unit numbering and waterside transfers, and have just about got all the tanks done up to the point where I can begin the weathering process - I've been waiting to get them all done before I do that, in order to keep the weathering looking 'uniform' across all of the vehicles. They definitely need a little something extra, while the black and red is fairly striking, getting some dirt, grime and paint scraped back to bare metal should help to give them all a little more personality.

In other news, the army I'm scheming on for Adepticon was built over the weekend, expect to see a mess of Dark Angel posts over the next month or two. Get on that bandwagon and ride! Woo!


  1. Striking colour combo. Can't wait to see those with the weathering. And your'e part of the Dark Angels now! As the Ravenwing say: We don't just ride the band wagon, we f***ing drive it!

  2. Fetching colour scheme mate. I think the plasma coils look fine too.

  3. Thanks folks!

    @Zab: I definitely think the weathering will give them a bit more personality. Love the ravenwing quote - that's hysterical!

    @Dai: I appreciate it! I've definitely enjoyed using this tank on the battlefield, it is murderous on marines! Muah-haha!

  4. I especially like the blue glass on the viewports. Nicely done.

  5. Striking is the word. Love the use of bronze and yellow together, looks very distinctive!

  6. wow, it almost has a bit of a steam punk feel to it. The colours work incredibly well - great stuff.

  7. I agree with all of the above comments :) For me the real stricking point is the polished bronze look to the plasma guns! They really shine with energy!

  8. Thanks very much everyone!

    The polished bronze look is super simple. I start off with a layer of "Glorious Gold" (from the Vallejo line), making sure to get a nice even coverage - this usually involves a couple coats over a black primer. Once that's dried I give it a reasonably heavy wash with Ogryn Flesh/Reikland Fleshshade which turns the color a deep bronze, and once that's completely dry I'll give the extreme edges a really light drybrush of the gold again. It ends up giving it a nice reddish-brown tone in the recesses and helps give it some depth. Easy peasy!

    Cheers, everyone!