So it's time for a Mexi-Marines update! I've had them on the backburner- a lot of real life stuff got in the way, and the real truth: I got stuck.
TheDude had his brilliant color scheme in mind, I went at it like gangbusters. I did the jetpacks and they turned out absolutely brilliantly. Here's a good example of the final pack:
I painted happily along and got them all done. Things were pretty good until I got to the details. Things like: hoses, belts, weapons, helmets, etc. With the exception of eyes, TheDude is letting me do whatever I think works.
Finding a balance with this color scheme is pretty tricky- I don't want any one element to overwhelm the already schizophrenic look of these guys. I tried something subtle- grey hoses. They sucked. See?
TheBoy suggested a tan or leather look- something suggestive of having torn apart bandoliers to use as makeshift hoses until something else could be cobbled together.
Here's what I've got so far. I think it probably needs a light drybrush or highlight, but I like the look much better.
I have to figure the "hoods" and "housings" for the Termies- I've got them Astronomicon Grey right now to keep them neutral until I get a grip on what I want to do. My next problem is weapons, which look like crap.
I tried a light coat of Gunmetal with a Griffon Sepia Wash, and it looks terrible. I'm not sure where to go with it, but this isn't it.
You can see a bright spot on this guy- I didn't screw up the chest eagle!
I'm saving a lot of cleanup and finalization for after I get a better sense of how everything will "fit together" and have all the parts figured out if not painted. So, yes these guys are messy. I advertise myself that way!
So the update is over- now, for something completely different! A couple guys are trying to seel their armies and I figured I'd throw out a word to the masses and see what happens.
There's an absolutely beautiful, wonderfully painted Eldar army up first (yes, it's the one I considered a while back). My buddy is trying to find a home for the following force:
(All painted unless noted otherwise) $350.00, grav tanks, webspinner, and two Codexes (Eldar & Eye of Terror) for free, plus old rulebook
4 Farseers with various weapons
8 Warlocks with various weapons
4 Dark Reapers
1 Dark Reaper Exarch
5 Warp Spiders
7 Howling Banshees
Jain Zar, Howling Banshee Exarch
20 Guardians w Shuriken catapults
1 Lascannon & crew
1 Starcannon & crew
1 D-Cannon & crew
1 Webspinner (unassembled/unpainted)
10 Dire Avengers
2 Old school War walkers
2 Vyper jet bikes
6 Jet bikes
2 Falcon grav tanks (partially assembled/unpainted)
1 Fire prism (partially assembled/unpainted)
1 Resin Wave Serpent kit (turns a Falcon into a Wave Serpent)
His army is lovely! And a deal. Email with questions or interest.
This same buddy has a WHFB collection of goodies. They include:
Warhammer Fantasy Battles
Cult of Slaneesh Dark Elves (140 figures) $300.00
1 Dark Elf Champion
3 Dark Elf Sorceresses
24 Witch Elves
22 Dark Elves with repeater crossbows
40 Dark Elf Spearmen (2 regiments of 20, includes standard bearer, musician, and leader)
7 Dark Riders
2 Reaper Bolt Throwers & crews
7 Cold One Knights (unassembled)
6 Daeomanettes on Steeds of Slaneesh (unassembled)
Morathi on Dark Pegasus (unassembled)
10 Daemonettes of Slaneesh (unassembled)
Chaos Warriors Regiment (12 figures, unassembled)
All old Warhammer books (thrown in for free)
Again- let me know and I'll help you get in touch with him.
Next up, a different friend has a Tau "Cheese" Army to get rid of ASAP. No price listed- but if you're interested, let me know and I'll get you in touch with him. Most items are unpainted but are in various stages of completion.
List is as follows:
10 Crisis battlesuits
4 Skimmer bodies (enough to make 2 hammerheads and 2 devilfish)
9 Stealth suits
May also part with several Forgeworld Battlesuits as well:
2 XV-9 Battle suits
4 magnetized XV-84 Battlesuits
3 Forgeworld Broadsides
That's done, too. Next-
I am trying to understand CSM. I don't like them. I think they are UGLY, UGLY, UGLY, and some more, UGLY. However, they get all the good bitz and the best conversions I've seen are CSM. I'm finding myself perhaps straying into just the slightest, oh so slightest, interest in those crazyed dudes of all directions.
Is there any cure? I don't want to like them- and honestly, I don't. But I love their TOYS!!!! What's a girl to do? I mean, really- they have the best accessories this side of the Warp. How can I resist? Help. Please; please, please help.
Maybe drooling over my Holy Exarchs will help. hm....Emperor's Chosen, I'm over here. Love that visor... Ok, that worked, for now.
Tell me all the bad stuff about CSM so I can make a file to reference while I wait for my dudes to arrive. I'll need it!