I've now painted my third Ultramarine! I used a Grex airbrush that I picked up at NOVA for most of this guy. As a test model this guy got to experience just about every technique there is. Total painting time including basing is under an hour, so I expect a full squad would not be that bad to paint. The problem is that the model is not really speaking to me. It could be that using AoBR models as test models is so overdone now that it colors my view, but I think there is something wrong with the color scheme.
- Should I darken the model? I could mix black into my regal blue base and use a darker base color before shading with ultramarines blue.
- Should I skip the edge highlight? My inclination is to let the airbrush shade the edge, and then use washes to make areas pop.
- Should I paint the shoulder pads a color instead of a metallic. That would differentiate the gold chest eagle from the trim. I had hoped all the gold would make the model more regal, but it feels a bit monotone.
- Do I keep the dusty stone bases? The model looks like he is straddling the base. Maybe I need to make wider ones.
I've got a whole squad stripped of paint ready as a test squad. I may go ahead with it, or I may do a few more test models. Any advice is appreciated!