SITREP – Test Painting Enforcers

Last week’s paint session was me finally getting some paint on the first of my Enforcers. It’s taken me a while to work out which scheme I actually wanted to do, but I finally came up with one that I think is suitable for a group of Space Faring Mercs in the 41st Millenium. Dark green armour and tan clothing evokes the traditional Cadian 8th colour scheme from the Imperial Guard (or Astra Militarum if you want to be on brand), something that a successful group may want to emulate – it looks good to the client if your group turns up looking like the bees knees. The other colour reference with this combination of colours (especially with leather boots) is it definitely evokes the American airborne of WW2 which I admit I quite like.

The colour list for this scheme so far is

  • Black Undercoat
  • Russian Uniform – Armour
  • Iraqi Sand – Cloth
  • Mahogany Brown – pouches + boots
  • Leadbelcher – metal
  • Black Templar Contrast – pistol grips + optics casing
  • Sand Yellow – colour stripes
  • Khorne Red – antenta optics

In terms of techniques, I tried out a few specific things:

  • Rather than only a single wash, I decided to double wash just to double down on the effects (making the dips darker)
  • After the wash, I went back to the armour and highlighted the raised portions with the base colour, just to make it stand out a little more from the washed areas. this can be seen especially on the shoulder pads
  • Using contrast paint over metallic leads to a really nice lacquered effect, making it look like plastic compared to the bulk of the metal
  • The base was done the same as my Eldar bounty hunter’s except I repainted the edds

Next week (or today when this goes up), I’m going to get to work on my next enforcer. Seeing as I only have a small number, I’m only going to paint them in very small batches – I don’t need to rush this, and I want them to look as good as I can make them. I also haven’t varnished this guy yet, purely so once I’m done, I can go back and do any touchups that might be required (such as neatening up the shoulder elements).

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