[Hauby Lauby] – Sons of Medusa Terminator Squad WIP: Days 13-15

Part of an ongoing WIP series.  You can find the rest of it under this tag:  Sons of Medusa Terminator WIP

I spent my painting time over the weekend getting an undercoat laid down for the various metallic parts that’ll be on the models.  It was fairly tedious work, so spread it out a bit to preserve my interest in the project and my sanity.

Though I did start the weekend off with a little treat for myself.  One of my favorite parts of the Vindicators that I did was that they have these fun, hazard stripped dozer blades.

They were a blast to paint, relatively easy and added a ton of visual interest.  So I thought I might like to carry that theme on to the rest of the ‘army’ as it were.

We start our adventure with some masking tape!

This is some stuff I’ve had for ages.  If I remember correctly, it’s a product used for masking RC car bodies for painting.  No idea if that’s relevant, but the tape itself is much thicker than the yellow stuff I was using a few days ago and made out of plastic.  Doesn’t stick or seal as well to small areas either – but it comes in the width I need.

I’m just using it here as a rough guide.  There will be a fair bit of touch up with some black paint once the lines are laid down.

I opted for the ‘ton of work’.  On old pot of Iyandan Darksun (drastically thinned) gets the job done on a base coat.

Since I’m starting on a black background, I need to build the yellow up from a nice, solid base.  That’s kind of the ‘trick; to painting a good yellow – since yellow paint is, almost across the board, cursed with poor coverage, you need to either start over a white primer base or be prepared for a ton of work.

The Iyanden provides me with a vaguely yellow starting point.  Now I need to build it up to past the light ochre color.  Sulfuric Yellow is one of my favorite colors and perfect for the job.  This gets me well into the transition from brown to actual yellow.  Most of the Iyanden is covered up since it’s just a base coat.

Next I layer on some Sunburst yellow to make it pop (the sulfuric yellow is a dingy color at the end of the day).  In this case I do a few thin layers and leave plenty of the previous layer showing.  I’m also putting it on fairly streaky (on purpose) as a kind of weathering technique.

I top it all off with a last little bit of layering with some Ice yellow to add a bit of definition to the top edges. Though looking at my picture, it may not have been necessary given the future weathering that will happen.

Next up is probably one of the two most tedious parts of the project – base coating the metal areas. Generally speaking, you usually want to paint metallic paint over a dark base coat.  This does two things for you. First, it helps make the metallic colors pop.  Second, it makes the metallic paint go on a bit easier – fewer layers and what not.

Additionally, since I’ve got myself a nice green base right now – and one that happens to be glossy at the moment – a flat, dark paint will do wonders to keep the silver paint from sliding all over the place.

For this, I break out the wet pallet.

A know a lot of the pros use these things, but don’t let that scare you off.  A wet pallet is useful for any level of painter.  The biggest part of that is that a wet pallet drastically ramps up the working time of your paint. Which means that when you thin paint down to the consistency you should be using, the paint will stay usable for longer.  For those of you who use paint in dropper bottles, this really is the end of your frustration with paint drying out before you’ve had a chance to use it.

I could go on for days here, and if anybody wants me to in the comments, I will.  But for now – GO GET ONE OF THESE!

Ok.  Got it?  Good.  Back to the base coat.

I decided to with a dark brown paint for my metalic undercoat.  SS German Camo brown from vallejo. Normally, I’s use a flat black but this time around I wanted to try out somethig I saw on Massive Voodoo. On top of that, it turned out that since I’m using black as a main color, the brown will better help me remember what I wanted to be silver.

So, the close combat arms god down on Friday.

The shooty arms on Saturday

And the bodies on Sunday.

Honestly, it’s almost a shame I’m going to paint over the brown.  This is a pretty rad color scheme.  Maybe for some forest related thing in the far future.

And there we are.  Once I get the metallic paint on, the main colors should be laid down and then it’s on to details, weathering and then finishing touches.

Given the pace I’ve been working at – I estimate that I’ll be painting things silver for at least two days.

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