|Burn, baby burn.|
I stayed up too late last night finishing my Salamanders Contemptor. This makes for painted dreadnought number eight. I...I think I may have a problem...
This was a fun way to get back to my Salamanders for a bit. This article, courtesy Dark Future Games, was a big help in terms of modeling and posing my Salamander Contemptor. I don't think I necessarily did a great job with the dynamism, but I'm glad I forced myself to try. I'm super guilty of putting things in quite static poses. In addition, I tried out brass etch for the first time. I didn't go too crazy with the stuff, but I like the detail it adds. I particularly like the flame icon on the kneepad.
Painting this contemptor was fairly straightforward. It all started with black primer, followed by a basecoat of the Salamanders standby, Snot Green (using my airbrush). After that it was a matter of blocking out metallic or black areas, and painting on details. The 'silvery' areas are my usual Boltgun, Badab Wash, Boltgun drybrush, and finally a Mithril Silver edge highlight. Gold areas start with a 50/50 mix of Scorched Brown and Shining Gold. I then do a heavy-ish drybrush of Shining Gold. Wash Devlan Mud, then light drybrush and/or edge highlight with Shining Gold again. This also included all the rivets on this dude (ugh).
The multimelta and heavy flamer both show my standard scorching. After painting the metal, I drybrush Shining Gold, followed by drybrushing of Scorched Brown then Chaos Black.
Like all my dreadnoughts lately, I weathered this model using sponged-on Chaos Black, followed by stippling of Boltgun Metal. I then went the extra step on this guy and highlighted the stippling with Mithril Silver. I also highlighted all the edges- green areas got a mix of Snot Green and Golden Yellow with a drop of Menoth White Highlight. I think I didn't make the mix as bright as usual, which means the highlights are harder to see. But they're on there, and basically there was no way I was doing a 2nd layer of edge highlights on this guy. I was reaching my limit with this model already. I prefer subtle edge highlights anyway.
So that's it for me. Looking forward to seeing the remainder of these contemptor dreadnoughts!