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27-10-2006, 15:20
Well, Ive noticed that I have gathered a few necron miniatures over the years, and only one has ever gotten finished, and Im thinking about doing a bit of a speedpaint practice with these guys. Im planning on codex style colors with dark metallic bodies and green details. The metals should be quick with a wash/glaze technique, I think. Proper metallics of course, no cartoon NMM stuff. :D The bases will be done with slate/sand for an urban look, maybe throw in some rusted metal in there too. I have ten warriors pre-assembled and primed, so these guys will be my first test subjects. Well, Im off to do a test piece, see how fast I can churn out these mofos. :skull:

27-10-2006, 15:32
cool, looking forward to seeing these.


27-10-2006, 16:00
You and me both Spiky.
I'm sure they will look great Mika.

You're a great painter.

27-10-2006, 17:57
Test model done! I didn´t like the plastic tubes, so I painted over them and ended up doing a slight light sourcing effect too. This was quite accidental, I was applying a sloppy basecoat of snot green on the tube and had some paint spill on the surroundings and it looked kinda good, so I tested out the effect. Turned out way better than I expected! The green parts are snot green, washed with green tamiya clear ink, then highlighted with snotgreen + white (maybe 4 layers) and glazed very carefully with yellow ink to finish the effect off. The rest is pure speedpaint, chainmail basecoat washed and glazed about five times with mixes of flesh wash, black and purple ink, followed by a quick and very careful silver drybrush, focusing on the edges of the armor plates only.

http://img54.imageshack.us/img54/4117/necron002rv2.jpg (http://imageshack.us)
http://img59.imageshack.us/img59/5397/necron006ae4.jpg (http://imageshack.us)
http://img212.imageshack.us/img212/5982/necron004li7.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

27-10-2006, 18:23
Great work, a very simple and effective scheme I like it lots. In actual fact its quite Dawn of War : Dark Crusade like.

Using a painted glow is so much more effective when done right than the coloured rods. My planned Soul Drinker Plasma Gunners might end up with something like this effect on them.

Look forward to seeing more of these.


27-10-2006, 18:38
very nice mika, how long did he take you?

27-10-2006, 19:00
wow mika Love your stuff and this is no exeption. It looks a bit detail les the mettal is great and green is perfect but it needs something more IMO kep it up Mika and let us see more

I hope this is the end of green plastic rods

Inquisitor Steinmann
27-10-2006, 19:03
Loving the source lighting.... its a great effect, much better than the coloured rod and it really helps give the weapon some "life"
And the metal is nice and smooth, much better than a drybrush.

One thing, this may be just my own personal preferance, but maybe the guass flayer could be painted either black (ala the codex) or a darker silver to differentiate it from the warrior?

Keep us updated with progress!

27-10-2006, 19:04
Wow, that is ace. Now I want to paint those spare Necrons I never got round to. Aaargh! Must focus... one army at a time :rolleyes:

27-10-2006, 19:05
I must say I'm impressed.
Back when I played Necorns I experimented with various light effects but this is....simple AND genious.


27-10-2006, 19:06
wow, that's really nice. the photo gave me an idea though, why not add some rust to the necrons?

27-10-2006, 19:29
Very nice painting there. :) I like the idea for the source lighting, it looks very nice on the flayer, very natural. However, I think the eyes don't look as good, the paint looks like it's painted on (duh :p ) rather than light emanating from the eyes. I also agree 100% with the suggestions for rusting on the necron, as it would make it seem that little bit more better, and the comment on the Flayer. Again, it would just improve the model that ittle bit more, and increase the selection of colours without damaging the speed painting process.

Nice model, and keep the good work up. :)

Getifa Ubazza
27-10-2006, 19:39
Thats a sweet looking necron. How long do you think it will take you to paint the whole unit. Post pics when you do please.

27-10-2006, 20:04
Thanks for the compliments gents! I´m not sure about adding rust, I could use more flesh wash with the glazing, but I´m pretty happy how he turned out. Painting time approx. 45 minutes, which is less than assembly/basing! These are a bit of a pita to put together, and since I´m a bit too paranoid about mold lines, prep can take longer than is really needed.. :D When I can do the rest in batches, it should be even faster, less time waiting for inks to dry, etc.. We´ll see.

28-10-2006, 14:07
first five warriors done, and the five remaining ones are almost done too. Pretty quick for me, although they are just tabletop standard.

http://img216.imageshack.us/img216/7756/necrons002bi8.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

bobert the great clen one
28-10-2006, 14:16
holy moleys !!! mind giving us a tutorial on the rod?

28-10-2006, 14:27
Oh yeah! You go girl!... Ehm, guy.
I would go for black guns myself, but that looks mighty fine as well.

Reign in Blood
28-10-2006, 14:29
Thats reall nice mate. Top stuff. Keep em coming, I wanna see some more. thats lighting off the rod is awesome. The eyes are heaps menacing too.


28-10-2006, 14:45
These are really cool, but I would paint the sides of the bases at least grey.

28-10-2006, 14:52
Very nice work. I'm gonna paint my Necrons this way when I finally get to them. Thanks for the inspiration.

28-10-2006, 15:49
those are very nice rods much better than the normal ones.

29-10-2006, 18:01
All ten warriors done, and it seems I´ve run out of warriors to do! Gonna try a lord or a couple flayed ones next..

http://img53.imageshack.us/img53/4035/necrons003df1.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

30-10-2006, 03:51
Wow, they look awesome !!!
My first army (i was 14 or so) was Necrons, when these newer ones came out. They're horribly painted (i was 14 ahaha) but now that i'm re-doing the army (along with a Steel legion one) im stealin' your paint scheme ahaha.

30-10-2006, 19:55
Wow just wow! A simple twist makes these models look brilliant!

Just wondering the ratio for the inks and how much water did you add, if any ? :)

Keep up the good work! :D

30-10-2006, 22:47
excellent mika, you'll have an army done in no time at all.


31-10-2006, 01:16
Flayed ones? With your skin-painting skill?
Awesome! :D

31-10-2006, 03:07
ITS incredible!!! Really good work there. I like them a lot. I dont think thats tabletop standard ( at least not for me ) The lightning effect is excellent. Mind giving us a tutorial????

05-11-2006, 10:32
Thanks guys, not much of a tutorial I can give on the lighting effect, colors used are already mentioned, just remember that light travels only in a straight line, the source is always the brightest spot (use the brightest highlight color only on the light source) and the effect looks best when applied on top of dark colors (something that does not always look right on these necrons)

I think I´ll change the plan a bit and do a wraith and ten more warriors next, so I should have a legitimate 401pt combat patrol army. Time to start conquering the galaxy! :D

05-11-2006, 10:56
That lighting effect is amazing, it really makes the models stand out from their surroundings

Good work

Getifa Ubazza
05-11-2006, 14:02
Man those are sweet necrons. I wish i could paint like that.

05-11-2006, 15:32
I can't wait to see more necrons. The wraith is my favorite so I hope you post it next. I was going to paint mine a different green and purple scheem but now think may be I should stick to the basics.

05-11-2006, 15:34
Mika, you should do what I did.
Replace the Wraiths claws with the ones from the Flayed Ones.
They look MUCH better.

05-11-2006, 16:41
These are really cool, but I would paint the sides of the bases at least grey.

I'd suggest something completely different, like Dark Flesh for example. I have noticed that bases often look better if the base trim is painted in different colour than the base itself - that is perhaps the easiest way to achieve striking contrast! Either way, black is perhaps the most boring option.

05-11-2006, 16:51
I think that black looks really stylish... Like a frame to a beautiful painting.
Graveyard earth looks great too.

05-11-2006, 16:57
I think that black looks really stylish... Like a frame to a beautiful painting.
Graveyard earth looks great too.

I agree 100%, I black ink mine to make them shiney. I never paint them anything else, to me the base should be that a base, the top can be narative but the base needs to be trimmed like a chess piece or something.

05-11-2006, 17:22
Awesome work Mika, I like the way how you painted lightsource rods :)
How did you made your bases? Can you give a quick tutorial?
Anyways they look awesome! Can't wait to see the lord and/or the flayed ones :)

07-11-2006, 19:22
Nice :D the Stargods are happy...keep up the good work

And remember: "We'll be back!" :chrome:

08-11-2006, 02:56
And remember: "We'll be back!" :chrome:

Sounds pretty funny coming from a forum necromancer.

In all seriousness, UPDATE!!!! WE NEED INFO!!!

08-11-2006, 03:37
Those crons looks sweet. I love the light effect. Its much better then the plastic rods. I think it would be cool if you added some rust to the crons. A little drybrushed tin blitz?


16-11-2006, 11:40
The necrons return! Not much of an update, but got this wraith done. It´s done with similar speed painting techniques as the warriors, but with this guy I think the glowing eyes work much better, and the red blood gives good contrast to them shiney green eyes.. Also, going to add some bits of grey rubble to bases from now on, this piece is from the good ´ole gothic ruin set.

http://img208.imageshack.us/img208/5591/wraith016fs3.jpg (http://imageshack.us)
http://img208.imageshack.us/img208/3933/wraith014qn7.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

Alex Under
16-11-2006, 14:15
OH.MY.GOD. :eek:

That has to be the best painted and most realistic blood I have ever seen. Can't wait to see the flailed ones... :chrome:

16-11-2006, 20:18
Ok, you should stop painting like that. you make all the other necrons look like nothing out there. I love the way you speed paint. In fact, i hope i could slow paint like that. Great blood and great lightning effect


16-11-2006, 21:04
Holy #^%@! Really good job. Like the blood dripping part (seems a bit jelly-like but its still incredible).

22-11-2006, 07:18
WOW please do a tutorial on that blood/gore

i could never seem to get it right!

cheers chris

22-11-2006, 11:42
Now THAT is how necrons should look like!!
Great job on the glowing effects and on the gore.
BTW, anyone who knows where i can get my hands on a good "how to paint glow effects" & Gore tutorial?

22-11-2006, 12:06
They look great. I always wanted to give that light soure thing ago on some Necrons.

What colours Did you use for the base on the wrath?

He looks great!

22-11-2006, 16:42
Hot damn those are sweet - i've gone from thinking of getting some Necrons to definately getting some Necrons!

I will be stealing all your ideas....sorry :chrome:

22-11-2006, 16:55
How the H*** did you make that blood?! Me want tutorial! Me want tutorial! :D

*Calms down a bit*
Really good work. I very much like the glowing guns (and eyes) and the dripping blood. The Necrons looks so much more menacing with the source lightning, nothing I would like to see at night. Just two glowing dots, and then suddenly seeing the gun come to life with that light. *shudder*
My only complaint is that I think the rods should be a little bit darker. Maybe try to wash them with som darker green? The eyes look better, but that could be because they are so much smaller.

22-11-2006, 22:34
How the H*** did you make that blood?! Me want tutorial! Me want tutorial! :D

I agree, please tell. I'm just about to paint some Necrons myself. I gotta say those are the best painted necron models i've seen yet.