Sunday, April 19, 2015

Heresy Era Imperial Fists - Tactical Squad and Characters painting continues

It's been one heck of a week, Real Life(tm) has been kicking my butt so sadly not a whole lot of hobbying got done during the work week. However I did manage to get some brush time in over the weekend, and got the Tactical squad and the various characters all to the same stage and blocked in all the various parts that will end up being metal or black.

31 models in the batch this time around, which is pushing the upper limit of the number I can deal with in one sitting. Doing the blacking-in step nearly broke me, it's definitely the most time-consuming stage of the scheme, as I have to be very precise about the application. Once that's done however, all the remaining colors go on really quickly - definitely past the half-way mark from a time perspective on these models!

While I was at it I worked on the couple models that have unhelmeted heads. Pretty happy with how the terminator head is coming along, definitely needed to be painted separate from the model as it ends up really recessed inside the gorget and is hard to get a in brush to (as I discovered the last time I painted this model for the Iron hands).

Less thrilled with the other Praetor, he definitely ended up a little cockeyed. Gonna have to give his  face some more work!

On the other hand, I'm really happy with how Alexis Polux's face turned out - definitely a beautiful sculpt to work with. Hopefully the upcoming week will be a little quieter on the work front and I'll be able to press on with the army!


  1. Looking great man, eyes are so hard to paint but the rest of the face on the Praetor looks good! Really love these IF dudes you're doing.

  2. This army is looking terrific. I have to admit, though, I hadn't realised how much detail was on the forge world kits, especially the characters. They are beautiful models; they must be great fun to paint (or at least fun if the batches were fewer than 20 at a time!).

  3. Looks better all the time! Such great work!

  4. You crazy bastard! Did you put catch light reflection in Polux's eyes?! It looks like you did o_O Awesome work all around!!!

  5. Great work on all those dudes. I hear you on the pain of batch painting those details, I've almost have given up on projects because I could stand to look at the pile of models any more. Once you've touched up the eyes those faces will look fantastic.

  6. Polux's face is superb. It's only a small thing but I love the hair colour you're used, he looks very 'human' and I mean that as a compliment despite the fact he's supposed to be post-human!
    I think the word I'm looking for is lifelike!

  7. With just a little tidying of the eyelids around those eyes and they'll look even better.

    Very nice considering the time restrictions mate.

  8. @RED SCORPS: Thanks very much!

    @Smithy2727: Cheers man! The character series that FW has done for the heresy are all a joy to paint, for sure!

    @Greg Hess: I appreciate it, bud!

    @Zab: Haha! Good catch, I wanted to try to take Polux to the next level, so have been reading and watching all the 'painting faces' stuff I could - The white inner dot on the pupil thing was one of the techniques I wanted to try. Left eye turned out great, right eye is a little ropey. Sooo tiny that I'm afraid to try and clean it up!

    @Joe B: Totally man - I'm trying not to build a unit until I've finished one, having the big piles of unpainted models can be very demoralizing!

    @Phil Morris: Thanks man! Was trying for a dirty blonde, was very experimental but worked out in the end!

    @Dai: I appreciate it!

    Thanks very much for the kind words, everyone!