View Full Version : Getting back into the game - An Imperial Guard blog

01-06-2006, 17:23
Ok, so it seems more time has passed since I last played this game than I'd previously realised. Last time I played 40k was 2-3 years ago, and last time I painted something was last summer (and that was only 10 crossbowmen). That was also the last time I played a battle of fantasy (proxying everything basically).

I own a TON of models, mainly Orcs, Empire, Skaven, Lizardmen and High Elves for fantasy (and that's at least half an army of each) and Steel Legion, Marines (both regular and chaos) and Eldar for 40k. I also have a few plastic boxes of about everything (Orks, Tau, Cadians, Catachans.. unfortunately the list goes on)

As you may understand a problem for me has always been to finish an army. My Death Korps (Steel Legion models), tyranids (sold them) and lizardmen are the only armies that were painted and finished to be playable, and that's not to a very high standard.

So I've decided to start again with (hopefully) a new fresh mind set. And, seeing as it seems to be what everyone does, I decided to start a project log to keep track of what I'm actually doing and to hopefully get some comments. This time I'm set to make at least a playable 500 points army for the summer campaign, and hopefully more than that. As I'm not too keen on buying any new models (I've already spent way to much on that) I've decided to re-do my Steel Legion models. I've already done a test model.

Keep 3 things in mind though:

1. This is the second mini I paint since a year ago.
2. The model was repainted without any stripping or even a new underscoat, I just painted straight on the old layer of paint (which thankfully isn't that thick thanks to almost no high lights [these models were speed-painted]).
3. This is not a definate color scheme. It's only an idea I had, and I'm looking for critisism and ideas for other colors.

Old Guardsmen:

..and with a new layer of paint.. New Guardsmen:

Some things I thought about myself:
-The cloak: I'm not sure about the color. It's graveyard earth and black highlighted with white, but it turned out very, very grey.
-The lense: not sure if it looks too evil and unnatural.
-The gun: I went for an all metalic gun, which is kind of looking good, but I'm not sure if a black one would look better. Maybe more inks?
-The helmet: Too light?

Comments on the color scheme, my painting, and just about anything appreciated!

PS. Sorry for any spelling errors, I'm only 16 and from Sweden so english ain't my main language.


01-06-2006, 17:27
It looks good Changer. The gun looks a bit odd against the dullness of his clothing though, so maybe either more black ink to down tone it, or paint the furniture black, or some other darker colour. The green helmet does look out of place, so maybe try and darken it, use a darker green or try shading it as is.

Hope this helps, its a good looking mini, a whole army of these would look good.

And the lens is ok as is I think, who says Imperials can't look a little evil??

01-06-2006, 18:56
Managed to take a slightly better pic of what it actually looks like in reality.. Some further comments on the gun would be appreciated.


I'll add a list of what models I own from the army and what I need to buy as well as some more models when I have time.


01-06-2006, 19:19
The gun does look rather shiny against an otherwise 'lower tone' figure. Maybe even just making the body of the weapon black, or a khaki colour would reduce the contrast. I notice you have gone for what looks like a rusted effect (the brown patches). Maybe a black wash to it, see how it turns out? Like what you have done with the rest of the model though

01-06-2006, 20:38
Sry, but I like the old paint job better, with a few highlights it would look cool.

01-06-2006, 20:50
Ok, I'm actually kind of feeling that way myself, so I'm really happy you say so. I think I'll do another test model tomorrow, more similiar to my old scheme, with a brown robe etc.

Any other ideas for color schemes? I've been thinking about dark red robes, could possibly look cool.

01-06-2006, 21:22
You could(this would take some work) paint them camo. I have always thought that would be awesome. And I mean like the modern army camo.


01-06-2006, 21:25
Can you elaborate? Do you mean like this:


If so, I think it could look pretty cool.. hmm.. may have to do a test model with some kind of camouflage as well..

choices, choices.. :skull:


01-06-2006, 21:49
Definitely keep the dark helmet, bright mask, dark gun from the first model. On anything else it's up to you, but these things look so much better on the original model. Plus maybe the dark gloves.

01-06-2006, 22:46
As was mentioned before, Dark is definitely the way to go. I think that the camo would look to busy, stick with solid colors.

01-06-2006, 22:58
I think the bone colored mask is the way to go. It looks very sinister and menacing.

Metal Fingered Villain
01-06-2006, 23:51
I agree, I like the deathkorps scheme a lot better as the skull mask looks far better and the dark scheme is just a lot more appealing. Although if your going with the second scheme then I would at least paint the helmet a darker color and change the color of the patch on the arm.

02-06-2006, 11:37
Thanks for the comments everyone.

Decided to do a little more painting on the first model instead of doing another. Tried a darker gun and helmet and a lighter gas mask.

My freehand sucks these days though, I guess it'll come back with a little training.



02-06-2006, 22:14
Much better. Now add some camo to the clothes and you'll have a model painted over tabletop level. For camo I'd suggest some lighter grey (Fortress?) patches and some black patches. If the model turns out too grey, change the black to some brown or green.

03-06-2006, 03:32
I'd say leave it, but thats just me I think that camo is a waste if your fighting on a death world, and to much time to paint.

05-06-2006, 11:57
So I've been a little distracted, and just wanted to show what I've been up to. I know it's not IG, but I thought it was fitting to post it here anyway.

The Ork..

..And his friend, battling it out for my attention!

I'm kind of pondering about wheter or not I want to do an Ork army instead of the Guard. I have the models for both, so it's only fluff and coolness factor that mathers to me.



05-06-2006, 12:05
I have(or had) the same kind of problem; Ork VS Guard. In the end, I went with Guard. So all I can say is: Follow your heart! ;) :p

PS. I think both figs looks great! DS.

Death Cat
05-06-2006, 12:12
Why not do both? As you say youve got models to do the two forces, it may be slightly more time consuming however you would have two great armys, and you could use what ever takes your fancy when it comes to having a game!

05-06-2006, 12:14
Also another question: On the Ork skin, should I go for the current light scheme or a darker Catachan Green skin?

EDIT: @Death Cat: I don't think I have enough time to do 2 armies, and I don't have enough vehicles to do both either.

(I have 2 Chimeras, 2 Rhinos, a Russ and a basilisk)

05-06-2006, 12:15
Also another question: On the Ork skin, should I go for the current light scheme or a darker Catachan Green skin?

I think you should stick to the current skin tone. :)

Death Cat
05-06-2006, 12:29
Well ide go with glennings advice then, as a guard commander i am inclined to say go guard its your duty:D. However i dont think there are enough ork players out there:angel: On the orks skin tone leave it as it is. Also the guard looks nice.

06-06-2006, 16:29
On the topic of which army to do....stick with Guard. I've had the same problem. Guard or Orks? After building 1500 points of each and play testing both, I went with Guard...Armored Co. to be precise.

Also, I happen to prefer your IG model over the Ork. Not that the Ork looks bad just not as eye catching as the Guardsmen.

The Orks will get revamped, in the next year, with a ton of new models. Wait until then.

Either way good luck.