Rank & File Month #2: 2 mobs of 6 Bad Moon Boyz with 2 heavy plasma guns apiece : 248 pts
Running Total: 428 points of 1000
|da ba dee|
I thought I'd gotten away with it.
I thought that walking away from the black trim would give me a little breathing room, that an actual colour would be a little more forgiving.
I failed to take into account just how vibrant Ultramarine Blue is, especially when you're putting a layer of heavy early-noughties Blue Ink over the top, especially especially when you're also using it for mohawks and stuff, plus especially when your plasma coils are turning out more or less the same blue.
Oddly enough, I have produced some paint jobs I'm very happy with this month: they're just not these ones.
|da ba di|
These all-over blocks of bold colour, saturated with ink - they might be very authentically mid-1990s but I moved away from that style some years ago. I wish I still had some photos of my Warmachine armies, just to prove that I could do this once. I used to wet blend and everything.
|da ba dee da ba di|
I don't usually take photos of the backs of these Orks and this is why: without the boltgun held over the chest and the attraction of their winsome little faces, there's nothing to hide the mess I'm making of the body colours. It's not even the yellow that gets me, although that's supposed to be the hobby destroyer; it's finding an accent colour that doesn't bleed, dominate and overwhelm it even if I do manage to stay inside the lines.
On which note, while a bad workman does as ever blame his tools, Windsor & Newton brushes have really gone downhill, haven't they? My oldest ones, a gift from a kindly grandmother-in-law six years ago, are still in great nick and saved the faces on these Orks from total ignominy. The newer ones I bought myself last year? Useless. Especially the #2, which fishtailed the moment I got it out of the tube. I don't know if W&N are generally rubbish now or if they just put the ones that wouldn't pass quality control in the multi-packs, but I am sore distressed.
|before I ruined everything|
Not to sink to a complete whinge-fest though: I am happy with the skin on these boys. This is the Complete Citadel Paint Experience: Waaagh! Flesh basecoat, Niblit Green drybrush, Ork Flesh Wash, then another quick flick of the Niblit Green if someone's looking a bit dreary. So that bit's going fine. We're figuring things out, batch by batch.
The next thing I have to figure out is what the hell I'm going to do with my Blood Axe contingent, as the Land Raider should probably match up with them. Camo will look naff on their ribbed-and-trimmed tunics, olive drab is just going to disappear into the green skin, and grey is off limits because I don't want to get grey fatigue while I'm still working on my Middlehammer Wood Elves.
Maybe that can just wait for a bit longer and next month will either be the Warboss and co. (finishing the Bad Moons contingent) or the Goffs (a return to a familiar colourscheme, even if it's still high contrast shenanigans). Yeah, that sounds like a plan. Then the Blood Axe Boyz, and then finish on the Land Raider, possession of which is the reason I'm doing all this to begin with.