After 2 weeks of 4-6hrs a day working on it the job is done. I am really pleased with the results despite initial frictions with the model and paint application. It has come out lighter and more worn than my other tanks, fitting in with it being an older, rarer war machine. I am very keen what people think about the finished model and where I can look to improve on upcoming projects, namely more infantry elite units, a Storm Raven and a Fire Raptor.
The streaking grime has worked well I think alongside the graded mud/dust up the side of the tank. This is one of my favorite products and is fun to use on the model. I think the balance between the clean chipped Grey and Blue against weathering and powder/dirt is fair and not too over powering.
The stencils I made came out very well and I do have a preferred side of the tank if that’s possible – the XIII side; I think that and the OSL/burnt metal features are some of the stand out points on the model. The roman numeral comes about from the Ultramarines being the 13th Legion. A tank of this size would probably be a Legion asset as opposed to a specific company asset. That said, it is attached to my second company army hence the second company yellow spot marking. Being critical I would make the Ultramarines ‘U’ larger on the other side and should have been more adventurous, not worrying so much about the stencil not laying flat and paint splatter escaping the stuck down area. The heat ports on the engines are also not perfect but after 3 re-visits I stopped, as I was beginning to run the risk of ruining the thing completely.
The burnt metal cannon is in my opinion the best bit of the paint job – I will look to use it again on the aircraft engines and the assault cannon for my upcoming Dreadnought (currently 5th on my to do list – i.e. months away!).
The Vallejo Bright Bronze colour is also pretty awesome and comes up really nicely with a light silver drybrush.
Having stupidly missed the sales of Forge World Open Day 2014 tickets, if I can get one off eBay I will try and get this entered into the painting competition on Sunday 30th March. It will be interesting to see how it gets on in what is likely to be a very high standard of competition. Still, you need to be in it to win it and I think its worth a punt!
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