March to War 2018 – 8th Update

Hello and welcome to another update on our March to War challenge. This week it’s just me as Dave has spent the last two weeks painting his house. After that he was too sick of paint to swap the large brush for the detail brush. We’ll try and get a bumper update out of him next time. In the mean time you can see his work on painting his walls white below:Dave's-Wall


Now that terrible joke is out of the way, we can get on with how I’ve been getting on with the challenge myself.


Tomorrow is the first day of March. Where the hell did the last two months go? I panicked yesterday because I thought that I hadn’t done too much since I last gave you an update. I was also away for six of seven days last week. However, on second looks it doesn’t appear as bad as I had worried.

Progress has been moving on with the Dark Angels Tactical Squad. I’ve finished the metal parts by giving them a highlight of Citadel Runefang Steel. I then gave the black parts a basecoat of Citadel Abaddon Black (use two thin coats as even for a base paint it’s quite thin), then highlighted with Citadel Eshin Grey. I’ve then been working on the white chapter badges, with a basecoat of Citadel Celestra Grey, a wash of Citadel Nuln Oil, and then, so far, one thin coat of Citadel Ulthuan Grey:

Sadly I haven’t had a chance to do any more on the Deathwing. I will get on with these guys over the next week, as I think they’re the only way I’m going to make up the points for the challenge. However, I have managed to get some basecoating done on some Ravenwing bikes. As these guys have black armour, I thought that I would use them as kind of test models for when I come to paint my First Legion infantry. To do this I airbrushed Tamiya German Grey, then Tamiya Dark grey in zenith highlights (both thinned 1:1 with Tamiya Thinner), that is about 45º around the top of the model to make a colour gradient. Then I have been applying thinned coats (again 1:1, but this time with Forge World Medium) of Forge World Deathshroud Clear:

I’ve been trying to paint the black on the Custodes (weapons and bodyglove), but as you can see the black is very thin and requires another coat:Custodes-WIP

I have basecoated the Knight Warden and Inquisitor Greyfax using Citadel Leadbelcher Air paint. However, I may give both another layer of Leadbelcher before continuing:


You may remember that last year I painted a Flesh Tearers army for this challenge. Unfortunately the whole army wasn’t painted. Last week I found a Furioso Dreadnought in an army case so I have been working on basecoating it. The red is Vallejo’s Scarlet Red Game Air (You could use Citadel Khorne Red):Flesh-Tearers-Dreadnought

I’ve also been continuing with the Dwarfs, as you can see. I have given them a basecoat with an airbrush of Citadel Zandri Dust Air, as this is a perfect base for most of the other colours. Then the Runesmiter and Berzerker have had two thin coats of Citadel Cadian Fleshtone painted onto the skin. Then Citadel Retributor Armour on the ur-gold, and parts of weapons and armour, followed by (so far) one thin coat of Citadel Trollslayer Orange on the hair. I’ll then give the whole model a wash with Citadel Reikland Fleshshade:

There, disparate maybe, but not a bad effort. Here’s hoping I can pull some focus together for the last month and get some units completely finished. Come back soon to see how I get on!

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