Sunday, September 22, 2013

Howling Griffons Sternguard Squad, Part 1

I was under the impression I wouldn't be painting any more Space Marines in a quartered pattern, but I was wrong.  After rifling through the bitz box, I managed to scrape together a 5 man Sternguard squad with two grav rifles and three combi-gravs.

In order to paint the chest eagles, I left the weapons out and am painting them separately.

I used more gold instead of white and silver.  This shows their veteran status, along with the tabard and ornament on the backpack.  I'd considered making the helmets white to show veteran status, but dividing the model evenly into two colors is most impressively shown on the helmet.  I'd also considered painting an olive wreath onto the helmet, but that would have been far too easy to mess up, thus ruining the model.  Know your limits!

The pistol holsters for all of the models, which will be shown in later updates in the series, are all sculpted out of green stuff with a pistol grip added after the sculpt had dried.  They turned out well enough so you can tell what they are, which is the important part.  I added them to the model to add a bit of bulk around the midsection, which always looked far too thin to me.

More to come, stay tuned,

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