I figured I would give this guy his own post so I could add a few more pics about him and explain how I painted him. The day I saw this model, I loved it. For a plastic Librarian, I think he's great. I saved this guy for last when it came to painting as a way to reward myself for finishing the rest of the set.
He's painted up to match the White Dwarf version with a couple minor exceptions.
Being blue sets him apart from the rest of the Terminators, but the bigger issue is how he is painted. He's much more "high contrast" than the red models. Everything I figured out when it came to painting the red was no good at this point. Since I didn't know how GW painted theirs, I had to sort of make up my own process as I went along.
I started with a light grey primer and then a real dark blue as the base color. Once I had that down in a smooth coat, I started with blending in the slightly lighter highlights around all the edges of the armour plates. That's the point I'm at in the pic above.
Then it was a wash of GW Asurmen Blue to tone that all down a bit. With that dry, I went in with a bright blue and carefully highlighted just the edge of a few key armour plates to draw attention to his face and chest. The actual model has it all over, but I wasn't going that route. This guy was supposed to be painted to tabletop standard to begin with, but I wanted to see how close I could get in matching the feel of the White Dwarf version.
Then I went back and cleaned up some highlights with the first blue and left it at that.
The freehand scared me at first. I put it off until the very end. That and the blade on his power weapon. Between the two, the freehand worried me more.
I got real lucky with painting it. The shoulderpad was complete when I started, meaning the shading and highlighting were all done. Any mistakes would be real tough to fix at that point. One of those things where you get one chance to paint it right or you start all over from the beginning, no saving your work half way.
I blocked out the whole shape with dark brown first. Then I went in with a middle value tan and blocked out the interior shapes (face, neck and hair shapes). Then I went in with my dark brown again and added the lines on the face. Then it was a matter of taking a light tan and adding the highlights to the hair, forehead, cheecks and neck.
Sorry, no step by step pics since I was frantically painintg at this point and had a number of colors out that I was switching back and forth between to get the right look to the face. All in all, it took about 15 minutes to get it to the finished state.
This is what my workspace looked like towads the end. I usually have the middle clear, but I was working so quick that I ended up pushing myself out of my own work area.
Some things I learned with this guy:
You can duplicate the White Dwarf "look" of models if you're willing to take the time. I don't understand why they paint some things the way they do, but that's another story I suppose. This guy too a solid afternoon of painting to do.
Power weapons look best when you give them a little attention. The technique for this guy's weapon required 3 colors with 6 blends in a span just over a half inch on both sides of both blades. You really need to be patient when working out something like this.
Washes are great. The cloak he's wearing started as an insanely bright pink color before I added the series of washes and then went back in and highlighted it. Success in the end, but I wasn't sure when I started.
Just a little bit of freehand can make a model stand out. It doesn't have to be complex either. Something simple and clean is all it takes. Even a decal will work.
All in all, I really like this guy and would love to get my hands on one for my army. Don't get me wrong, I love the metal Terminator Librarian as well, but I much prefer playing with plastic. This guy can use a good bit more work to get him up to speed as there are areas that are "lacking"... but for the purposes of the game and fitting in with the rest of the models in the project, he fits the bill perfectly.
If you guys have a question about how I did something on this guy in particular, I'll try my best to answer it since I didn't post many WIP shots of him.
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