Saturday, March 6, 2010

Imperial Fist Squad Robs Bank!

Another Tactical Squad hits the table! These guys were quite a job...they seem to take forever! I guess that's all part and parcel of being a painting masochist. All credit goes to Wil Davies across the pond in England, his beautiful techniques for painting yellow make my boys shine! Bling, bling! Oh yeah, I went there.
These are some alternate poses I worked out with my models.

Here's a flamer wielder True Grittin' his fire spitter, getting ready to share a grenade with some close friends. Sharing is caring!

This is a beaky reloading his bolter. Easy enough conversion, I just cut off the magazine of a bolter and placed it in the open hand of a standard marine.

Funk dat. This yellow fellow has adopted the wisdom of that old adage "Only a heretic would bring a knife to a boltgun fight." Well, ok, it's not an old adage. And that's not an accurate qoute of the real deal. But you get the point. This guys battle-plan consists of two parts; shoot-shoot-shoot, stabby-stab-stab. Simple, elegant, violent. Just like all the best plans.

This is the sergeants leg, in close up detail. In the lower left hand box is his company/squad designation, above is a laurel of valor. Tucked into the upper right is a small tactical squad symbol. Since he didn't have a kneecap to paint on, I opted to paint half of his lower leg in panoply. See other photos for a detail on the kneecap squad designation.

Like this one here! I only included this detailing on the left leg of the squad members. I like assymetry on my miniatures, they appear alot more dynamic that way.

The rear of the right shoulder pad, company designation.

Front side, squad designation.

Please note the free-handed aquila on the side of his helmet. I like to think of the Fists as having lots of ex-gangers. And if there is one thing gangers love, it's tattoos!

I grabbed a Cadian head off the Cadian Command squad sprue for a more characterful face for my sergeant. I hit him with some LOVELY bleach blond hair. I tend to like it alot more than the standard fare of "bald guy with scowl."

Did my best here to give my heavy weapons operator an ace marking over his eye, maybe you can tell, maybe you can't, but I did my best!


  1. Nice tactical squad. Interesting how a color like yellow creates more variations than let's say green, blue, and red. At least that is my experience:)

    What's your recipie for yellow btw?

  2. It's friggin' complicated! Basecoat black, solid vomit brown coat, line in all the crevices and interiors with a brown ink(I know this ink doesn't exist anymore, you could maybe try a brown citadel wash with multiple coats), highlights are vomit brown/bleached bone 3:1, then a smaller highlight vb/bb 1:1, mix in some skull white and bring only to the very edges doing consecutive coats until you have nothing but skull white. Here's where the magic starts; grab some yellow ink, water it down to about 10:1 with H2O and put a brushheads worth of dish detergent to break up the surface tension of the ink DO NOT FORGET THE DETERGENT. You will know you may have added too much detergent because some areas have a blotchyness too them as opposed to a beautiful smooth ink coat. Ok, I digress, apply the yellow solution to the model. You might want to make sure you mount this thing prior to painting because the ink is prone to wearing off with too much handling. I've found that 4-5 coats just about does it, you're gonna want a rich deep yellow. Apply as many coats as you desire to get the right yellow just for you. Reapply the 1:1 highlight of VB/BB and the skull white highlight as well, as they will have been dulled down by the the yellow ink. There you have it!

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