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alexh
16-02-2013, 13:44
Back in November, I bought a full 1500 point mkIV space marine army from Forge World. As soon as I got home with them, I built them and then put them all in a box to be almost forgotten while I sorted out other projects. Yesterday, I was invited to go down to Warhammer World with a couple of friends on the 3rd of March and was told "it would be lovely to see your new army". To that end, I am now going to take full advantage of having a week off from college to paint said army. I've always liked The Ultramarines as they were my first 40k army so it was a natural choice for my new one.

What I have to paint:
Commander
Command squad
2 10 man Tactical Squads
5 man Devastator Squad
Deimos Predator
Storm Eagle
either a Storm Talon or a Vindicator.

Here's a couple of pics to whet your appetite
http://i730.photobucket.com/albums/ww301/alexhadfield/Ultramarines/tacticalsquad_zps6fa9f0bc.jpg
http://i730.photobucket.com/albums/ww301/alexhadfield/Ultramarines/predator_zps6f8383bd.jpg

alexh
16-02-2013, 17:26
I've made a start on one of the tactical squads
http://i730.photobucket.com/albums/ww301/alexhadfield/Ultramarines/DSCN0792_zps83f256f6.jpg
Still need to highlight the metals and the red, I'll probably give the blue an edge highlight too.

I haven't thought of what kind of base I want yet. Any ideas?

OutOfContext
16-02-2013, 19:11
Looks like a good start :) Nice to see more PH Ultras on here, I'm a big fan (if you couldn't tell by my log :P).

Mage
16-02-2013, 20:18
Keep it coming with the Pre-Heresy Ultramarines! The more logs like this the better! Also, kudos on the MK IV use, most people don't use too many of those in their HH armies.

alexh
16-02-2013, 21:45
Thanks guys, I've now given everything except the 'talon and vindicator a basecoat of blue and am now working through the rest of the first tactical squad.

Mage
16-02-2013, 21:49
Um, you doing transfers or using shoulder pads for the legion icon?

alexh
16-02-2013, 22:46
I was thinking about having a go at freehanding it on but I'll probably end up using transfers.

Mage
16-02-2013, 23:55
Freehanding can be a pain. You could always practice on spare individual shoulder pads, or paint over the transfers, or pencil in a rough design, or something. Personally, I go sculpted all the way, because freehand and transfers are a pain, to me at least. What's next on your painting station?

alexh
17-02-2013, 00:47
Once the tactical squad is done, I'll probably work on the predator. I'm thinking to alternate between infantry and vehicles will break up the monotony a bit.

Fizzy
17-02-2013, 01:01
I will be looking at this one. Like to look at enemy armies.

Mage
17-02-2013, 01:08
Once the tactical squad is done, I'll probably work on the predator. I'm thinking to alternate between infantry and vehicles will break up the monotony a bit.

Thats a good idea. I did all infantry with my Eldar, and now I am left with 4 tanks to paint, and I am not looking forward to it.

Fizzy
17-02-2013, 16:22
Tanks are more fun according to me to paint. I have 100 Pre heresy world eater marines to paint. That is boring.

Tiller5
17-02-2013, 18:40
I'll be running an Apocalypse campaign endgame on the 3rd of March at Warhammer World, so I might see these! Regardless, its looking like a great start and look forward to seeing more

alexh
17-02-2013, 20:49
I'll be running an Apocalypse campaign endgame on the 3rd of March at Warhammer World, so I might see these! Regardless, its looking like a great start and look forward to seeing more

You're not the guy who's bought a Reaver Titan are you? If so, you'll see a lot of them!! Back on topic, I made a start on the Predator today. All basecoated and shaded, just starting on the highlighting now so pics will be up either later tonight or tomorrow.

Tiller5
17-02-2013, 22:46
You're not the guy who's bought a Reaver Titan are you? If so, you'll see a lot of them!! Back on topic, I made a start on the Predator today. All basecoated and shaded, just starting on the highlighting now so pics will be up either later tonight or tomorrow.

I'm not, no, as sadly I have nowhere near enough disposable income for such a purchase!

alexh
17-02-2013, 23:03
I'm not, no, as sadly I have nowhere near enough disposable income for such a purchase!

Purely coincidental then as that's the reason my mate is going down (cheaper and safer than posting it).

alexh
19-02-2013, 13:55
I had a day off yesterday but now I'm back with updates!!!!
Here's a shot of the first tactical squad just waiting for insignia and basing
http://i730.photobucket.com/albums/ww301/alexhadfield/Ultramarines/DSCN0848_zps6fe1ead0.jpg
and some shots of the predator
http://i730.photobucket.com/albums/ww301/alexhadfield/Ultramarines/DSCN0847_zps2b1f970f.jpg
http://i730.photobucket.com/albums/ww301/alexhadfield/Ultramarines/DSCN0846_zpsc6109c4e.jpg
http://i730.photobucket.com/albums/ww301/alexhadfield/Ultramarines/DSCN0845_zpsbd0b3453.jpg
When I do the bases for the whole army, I'm going to add mud to the tracks.

As always, C&C is most welcome.

unwanted
20-02-2013, 00:03
Well-painted, with a bit of old-school flair thrown in. I like these very much.

alexh
20-02-2013, 00:16
Thanks unwanted, I thought the old school style would suit these well.

Paddy
20-02-2013, 08:24
What kind of bases are you going for?

alexh
20-02-2013, 10:00
Paddy, the bases are going to be bare mud and snow, although, I may add a few random tufts of grass if I feel they need them.

baphomael
20-02-2013, 10:31
Nice, colourscheme is old skool which suits the theme.

Though, just to be pedantic... predator annihilators are a post-heresy thing so its not strictly heresy era... but looks lovely none the less :p



Freehanding can be a pain. You could always practice on spare individual shoulder pads, or paint over the transfers, or pencil in a rough design, or something. Personally, I go sculpted all the way, because freehand and transfers are a pain, to me at least. What's next on your painting station?

To be fair, ive not found transfers too bad if you apply over a gloss varnish and dab a bit of rubbing alcohol onto it to help it set. The alcohol really helps set the transfer... looks horrifying while its reacting but once the alcohol has evaporated its perfect.

alexh
20-02-2013, 11:59
To be fair, ive not found transfers too bad if you apply over a gloss varnish and dab a bit of rubbing alcohol onto it to help it set. The alcohol really helps set the transfer... looks horrifying while its reacting but once the alcohol has evaporated its perfect.

Thanks for the tip, last time I used Ultramarine transfers, I found that by cutting out the middle bit they go on smoother too.

baphomael
21-02-2013, 12:34
Thanks for the tip, last time I used Ultramarine transfers, I found that by cutting out the middle bit they go on smoother too.

Yea a few tacticle cuts help. Originally I was told to use white vinegar for setting transfers, as that's essentially what microsol (or is it microset, cant remember) is. It helps a lot, but ive found the rubbing alcohol I originally bought as a wearhering fixative does the job a lot quicker.

Dont be alarmed first time you use it... I thought id ruined the transfer because the alcohol makes the carrier film start bubbling up and wrinkling. However as the alcohol evaporates it smoothes out again. Then a final coat of matt varnish seals it all in.

I would say though, that an initial coat of gloss varnish over the area you want to stick the transfer to is quite important. It gives a smooth surface to apply the transfer. Acrylic paint has a slightly rough surface which can cause tiny pockets of air to be trapped beneath the transfer... causing it to flake and chip. The alcohol helps here because it essentially melts the transfer onto the surface... but id still give a coat of gloss beforehand and a coat of matt varnish afterwards.

alexh
22-02-2013, 15:16
Another little update. Second tactical squad done apart from the sergeant's helmet.
http://i730.photobucket.com/albums/ww301/alexhadfield/Ultramarines/DSCN0851_zpsfeadf692.jpg
Command squad WIP
http://i730.photobucket.com/albums/ww301/alexhadfield/Ultramarines/DSCN0854_zps42c3b964.jpg
I'm wondering whether or not to paint the sergeants' helmets red since the Ultramarines were kind of following the Codex Astartes before the heresy, any thoughts?

baphomael
22-02-2013, 17:12
Another little update. Second tactical squad done apart from the sergeant's helmet.
http://i730.photobucket.com/albums/ww301/alexhadfield/Ultramarines/DSCN0851_zpsfeadf692.jpg
Command squad WIP
http://i730.photobucket.com/albums/ww301/alexhadfield/Ultramarines/DSCN0854_zps42c3b964.jpg
I'm wondering whether or not to paint the sergeants' helmets red since the Ultramarines were kind of following the Codex Astartes before the heresy, any thoughts?


The red helmets were, prior to Calth, a mark of censure. After Calth the red helmet became a mark of honour.