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So the army I got from "Lothlann" (see www.gamesummit.ca/forum to decipher the names I use - I post under "CA$H") was in good condition, with some minor breaks and such to deal with. Even though the Fire Prism was in 3 pieces, I elected to start with highlighting and "black-lining" the vehicles. I am a fan of the look you get when you black line the armor panels on a vehicle - it really makes the cammo pattern pop when it's on the table top. It involves putting black paint or wash between the crevasses in the armor of a vehicle (or any model for that matter). It can be tedious and time consuming, but I think the results speak for themselves. On the model below, Lothlann had completed the bulk of the painting, the cammo work, and the detailing. I added the light highlights, finished a few gems that were not completed and did the black lining. I would love any feedback:
See how the armor plates are really well defined? I am a firm believer in the "2 foot rule". Since I play table top war games, the models tend to be a few feet away. If they look good from 2 feet away, they are well painted. I just want the army to look good before it gets destroyed. So work progresses, and I will update with more photos as things improve. Tomorrow night I am testing out my forces at the local Games Workshop store against Kilroy's Boots (another gamesummit forum guy) and I will post a recap and result (hopefully with pics) tomorrow night. I am going up against Salamander Marines, so this should be interesting, flamers and melta-guns everywhere. Stay tuned!