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    Ssilmath paints Thousand Sons / Chaos

    With the release of the new Rubrics, I've once again started building up my Chaos forces but with a new paint scheme. My previous scheme was black, silver and blue, but my skills and available tools have improved a bit since I finished them a couple of years ago. With a bit of encouragement from my better half, I've embarked on a new paint scheme to go along with the new sculpts that are coming out. I was also inspired by the painting logs on here (especially those by Tzen) and thought it would be nice to track my progress and show off a little bit.

    I started by doing a test scheme, and needed to get an old model for the task. To my surprise, I had actually painted almost every Chaos model in my collection, with only a couple of Chosen from the Dark Vengeance set not already primed and painted. So I built one to act as my test model, and built my three Exalted Sorcerers for painting as soon as the test was done.



    The second step has been to find the right color for the armor, which has turned out to be a blend of Lothern Blue and Warpstone Glow. Using a glaze Medium from Vallejo, I worked the armor plates to be more green at the edges and more blue towards the center. Next step: NMM gold on all the armor trim.




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    Re: Ssilmath paints Thousand Sons / Chaos

    Worked on the NMM Gold on the Chosen. Started with a base of Rhinox Hide, then 3 coats of Scrofulous Browns(Vallejo), 2 coats of Yriel Yellow, 1 coat of 50/50 Yriel Yellow and White Scar and a coat of White Scar. All of the layers were mixed with Glaze Medium, and the recesses were shaded with Druchii Violet. I'm not 100% pleased with the results, and will be looking for other NMM tutorials, but it's better than any of my previous attempts.





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    Re: Ssilmath paints Thousand Sons / Chaos

    The NMM looks pretty good to me (its something I've always been too scared to try).

    I look forward to seeing the finished model.
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    Re: Ssilmath paints Thousand Sons / Chaos

    Finished the corrupted flesh, horns/claws, eyes, cabling and exposed steel. Flesh was blended from Emperor's Children to Genestealer Purple to Xereus Purple to Kantor Blue to Lothern Blue. Horns/Claws are Karak Stone with a wash of Devlan Mud, Ushabti Bone and a highlight of White Scar. Eyes are Genestealer Purple and Emperor's Children with a wash of Druchii Violet. Cabling is Dawnstone and Ulthuan Grey. Steel is Boltgun Metal and Runefang Steel with a Nuln Oil wash. I'm liking how the model is coming together, hopefully it'll be done and ready to base in a couple of days.





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    Re: Ssilmath paints Thousand Sons / Chaos

    Model finished with a bit of leather, the boltgun and the tabard finished. Lined the armor plates with a bit of Biel-Tan green, and cleaned everything up a bit. Lessons learned from this work, before moving onto the Exalted Sorcerer:

    Start by working on the NMM Gold, it's easier to cover it up with the blue/green mix than to try and keep completely within the lines.
    Don't make the NMM Gold so stark, use more mid-tones.
    Don't use too much Glaze Medium, it is hard to put down layers and can make the paint look chalky.



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    Re: Ssilmath paints Thousand Sons / Chaos

    Started work on the Exalted Sorcerer a couple of days ago, and it's done except for the base and some cleanup. I had some inspiration for the cloak from Skits's Ahriman, though I didn't realize it until I was scrolling through their plog.

    First up is the model with just the NMM gold completed. I think this one turned out much better than the last attempt.



    And here is with everything else painted in, from the front and then the back.



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    Re: Ssilmath paints Thousand Sons / Chaos

    The cloak looks great! Square bases?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vazalaar View Post
    The cloak looks great! Square bases?
    Just for painting. It's held on with a tiny bit of glue for ease of transfer to a round base. I had them just floating around the bits box, figured they'd make a good temp painting platform.
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    Re: Ssilmath paints Thousand Sons / Chaos

    Quick update, got the base mostly done. Just working on some crystals to spice it up a bit and need to paint the symbol onto the left shoulderpad.

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    And here's the finished product for the first Exalted Sorcerer. Really pleased with how it turned out.

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    Re: Ssilmath paints Thousand Sons / Chaos

    I'm very impressed! When I finally get around to my own Rubricae I'll have to have a go at replicating that starscape you've painted on the cloak - though I doubt it'll be quite as well done!

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    Very cool, I'm loving the cosmic cloak! And the base really helps to pull the whole model together.

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    Re: Ssilmath paints Thousand Sons / Chaos

    They're so bright! I love it!

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    Re: Ssilmath paints Thousand Sons / Chaos

    Your golds are really impressive, I've been playing with my approach to nmm gold recently, do you mind sharing your technique?

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    Re: Ssilmath paints Thousand Sons / Chaos

    Sure thing. The base is Rhinox Hide, which is where I am at in the picture below. Next is two very thin layers of Vallejo Scrofulous Brown, with the second layer used to start pulling out the highlights. Then two thin layers of 50/50 Scrofulous Brown / Yriel Yellow, a thin layer of Yriel Yellow and finally a thin layer of 50/50 Yriel Yellow and White Scar. All layers except for the Rhinox hide is thinned down 50/50 with Glaze Medium. I also set up the highlighting by imagining a light coming from above and slightly in front of the model. Hope that helps

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    Re: Ssilmath paints Thousand Sons / Chaos

    Some great looking 1k sons here, love the star cloak, that is insanely cool! Bright chaos makes a most welcome change.
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    Re: Ssilmath paints Thousand Sons / Chaos

    Alright, after a term full of stress and woe, I was finally able to base the models I've finished. First up for posting is my second Exalted Sorcerer.





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    Re: Ssilmath paints Thousand Sons / Chaos

    In addition to the Exalted Sorcerer, I finished the (half) Rubric squad pictured a couple of posts ago.











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    Re: Ssilmath paints Thousand Sons / Chaos

    Beautifully done, I love the crystals on the bases too very Lord of Change

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    Re: Ssilmath paints Thousand Sons / Chaos

    The amount of patience it takes for you to paint these guys is exceptional.

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