While we were down in the depths of the Black Library checking out their video trailer for The Unkindness of Ravens, we had a browse around some of the desks to see what models people were painting. One desk that particularly intrigued us belonged to Michael Knight (no, not that one), who had painted up some impressive Ultramarines. We thought they were perfect for the blog, and so we started taking pictures. Just before we did, the second Ultramarines omnibus somehow snuck behind the miniatures - no one quite knows how, but it's a cracking book, just in case you wondered, and coming to a Hobby Centre near you soon. Anyway, here's what Michael had to say about how he painted his miniatures and what inspired him.
Mike: Although I work for Black Library, I was a Hobby Centre manager for two years and a committed hobbyist for 5 years before that. Over that time I've collected Eldar, Dark Eldar, and Orks, and in the heady days of my youth, I collected Tyranids and Chaos. So when my colleagues in the Black Library office suggested a painting challenge, I felt it was about time the loyal servants of the Imperium got a bit of my attention.
With my decision to paint Space Marines made, all that was left was to choose what Chapter. Around this time, we were gearing up for the release of Horus Heresy: Know No Fear and with that, my decision was made. It was time to march for Macragge!
Now, I don't tend to use the most standard colour schemes. I love the challenge of taking something recognisable and putting my own slant on it. So that's how my Ultramarines took on their pastel shade. I started with a basecoat of a 3:1 mix of Astronomicon Grey (Celestra Grey) and Regal Blue (Kantor Blue). I then gave the model a shade with Drackenhoff Nightshade. The next stage was a heavy drybrush with Skink Blue, followed by a glaze of Gulliman Blue, and a thin wash of Gryphonne Sepia (Seraphim Sepia) with a little bit of blue and red mixed in. I then lightened them with a drybrush of Etherium Blue.
The new paints have really helped me get a consistent look to my models and dispensed with the laborious layering process I used for my initial colour tests. For the lighting effect on the tanks, I turned to the new dry paints. A quick base coat of Hawk Turquoise (you could easily use Sotek Green) was followed by three successive drybrushes of Skink Blue, Hellion Green and Praxeti White. It really couldn't be simpler.
While painting the last squad (MKVI) I listened to the new Ultramarines audio drama Eye of Vengeance. Listening to Sergeant Telion's exploits while weathering some Ultramarines really got me in the mood - and I think it paid off.
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