Well, this is the twelfth update for the March to War challenge. April is almost upon us, and with only three more days to go this is the final chance we have to show you what we’ve been up to. But don’t worry, there will be a final summary post coming up soon so you can see all of our combined efforts:

Mike:

I’m not going to complete the challenge. There, I said it. Now it’s out in the open I feel a lot better. I’ve had a lot on these last few months, but I won’t bore you with that here. I think the main reason that I didn’t complete the challenge was because I tried to go with infantry. Last year I included a Land Raider, two Rhinos and a couple of Dreadnoughts, which were not only easy to paint, but upped the points quite nicely. So, next year that is what I will do.

I’m going away tomorrow to Eastercon, so this is definitely it for my March to War painting, but I thought I would still show you what I managed to do. This all gives me some nice basecoats, and things to finish off over the coming months, so you will see more of this stuff in no time at all.

I have gone over the silver on the Deathwith Terminators with another layer of Leadbelcher, this helps create the shade, but not make it look too dull.:Deathwing-Terminators

I then made sure that for all the characters, I had given them a recess wash of Nuln Oil. To do this I used a small layer brush and carefully painted the Nuln Oil in to each recess. Use a pallet as it will help you control the amount of paint on your brush:

Dark-Angels-HQ

I may not have managed to get much done, but what I have finished I am really proud of. Firstly the Dark Angels Squad in my previous update are probably the best Tactical Squad I have painted. And I am so proud of this Custodes Squad, I can’t wait to show you all the step by step progress and more detailed pictures:Adeptus-CustodesAlthough not finished, I’m also really happy with my two Duardin characters. This week I added another shade of Carroburg Crimson to the deeper parts of the hair. Painted the black Abaddon Black, the Silver Leadbelcher, and the cloth Khorne Red, then gave them a wash of Nuln Oil:

Inquisitor Greyfax also got the red and wash treatment;

And when Forgeband turned up, I just had to put together this little guy. I don’t normally put new models together when I get them as it’s a supposed to be a bit of a safety net to make sure I paint old ones, but I just love this model:

Armiger Warglaive

That’s all from me for this week.

Dave:

Well, real life got in the way, again! Since out last update, I’ve been down with a rather viral illness, which I’m still recovering from and I haven’t really been in a fit state to pick up a paintbrush. The spartan Shadespire gang are still sat, unprimed, on my desk where they were photographed a fortnight ago.
I’ve been saying for the last few weeks that I wasn’t going to finish the challenge, so it shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone following our progress that I am now officially not going to finish it.

Mike looks to have made some good progress since our last update though, hopefully all the pictures he’s taken will make up for my complete lack of anything to show you. I’m looking forward to sharing more progress on my Sylvaneth force with you in the future, but perhaps not in another painting challenge – I don’t have the best record there!

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