3rd Edition Space Hulk - Painting Project
Posted by SamuelF –
Here's a couple of minis from the 3rd Edition of Space Hulk that I've been painting up. I've managed to do one squad of Marines, the Librarian and a hand-full of Gene Stealers.
I've chosen to use quite a popular method that I had never tried before: The Stain Dip
That's right. Dipping those gorgeously sculpted collectors pieces into a pot of gloopy crap. I must be mad.
^ Genestealer number one. Classy.
^ Librarian. Before and after dipping in "gloop".
Many of you will have encountered this before. I chose this method firstly because it was said to be really fast (and I don't have loads of time for painting unfortunately), secondly because I curiously quite liked the look of the minis it produces, and thirdly it incorporates a protective coating into the process, which is great if the minis are getting a lot of use.
These guys come off the sprue a dark blue already, so it just got a rough dry-brush with regal blue before highlighting the edges of the armour with hawk turquoise. The flesh areas got a lich purple base, dry-drushed with mixes of purple and skull white. Claws black. Done.
These guys also come off the sprue the colour I want them; bright red . This chap got a rough dry-brush with blazing orange before doing the details. All the bone, parchments and flesh tones are done in bone white. The pads are regal blue highlighted with the hawk turquoise (an inversion of normal librarian colours), with codex grey for the crux terminus. The loin cloth is bestial brown, anything silver is mithril, and the gold is shining gold.
The "dip" I use is Homebase Walnut glossy-interior-varnish. One important thing to note is that I tried literally dipping a scrap mini in the pot and shaking off the excess, and the result was very poor. I therefore use a brush to thinly apply the stain, making sure to mop up any large drops before leaving to dry. I also found that the gloss looks a little shiny in places so I applied a little clear matt varnish to areas of the marines armour and he stealers body.
I must say that after the first coat on the first marine dried I was pretty relieved.
I don't know whether or not I'd use this method again, but I would say that I'm really quite happy with the result for the Space Hulk minis. I'm not a great painter, the best you could say is that I'm 'neat', so I think things are turning out quite well for the inhabitants of 'the Hulk' all things considered..
ps- I'll see if I can get round to taking pics of the rest of the squad.
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