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  • AMotW: Freehand Ultramarines Land Raider By demonherald

    This week's feature is demonherald's magnificently painted Land Raider, an absolute no-brainer for an article. What is so alluring about this particular model is the variety of designs from stylized imperial eagles to the Ultramarine logo, and the vehicle's tracks are reflective of a war-torn future, which are the very essence of 40k.

    Demonherald has done it again.

    One of the harder aspects of freehand painting is what you paint, and the use of colouring. I almost completely avoid attempts at painting blue freehand over a blue background, considering the difficulty involved in shading and the myriad of technicalities. But here, demonherald has surpassed the difficulties in painting freely, with some excellent designs and accurate shading. In this way, the background is distinguishable and has considerable contrast to the freehand paintwork.

    The battle damage is flawless, as far as I can tell from these pictures. Rust and dulled metals have been applied accurately and appropriately, and the tracks appear as authentic as one can get with a plastic body and acrylic paints (and perhaps a little modeling putty here and there). I am hoping for some insight for the flecks of dried mud near the lower hull.

    There are so many stand out details here, and there seems to be a lack of weak points, making it a hard model to critique. Still, the transition on the scorched lascannon barrel to red isn't so subtle as the rest of the model, which brings me to the OSL.

    The close-ups show that the twin headlights seem to have the light-sourcing painted a little too dimly, at least when compared to the smaller light beside aside the built-in storm bolter gun (at centre).

    And lastly, I find the colours to be a little too cartoony for my tastes; what with the tank being manned in by superhuman warriors in the war-torn, but that is just my personal opinion. After all, traditional marines were blue, red, and gold; and the green complements the blue and red well, especially since demonherald went along the 'brighter' route.

    All told, this is surely demonherald's best CMoN submission yet, and it has been a pleasure reviewing it.

    AMotW: Freehand Ultramarines Land Raider By demonherald receives 9.2/10.

    Ainu

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    Comments 7 Comments
    1. AinuLainour's Avatar
      AinuLainour -
      You can view the page at http://www.coolminiornot.com/article...by-demonherald
    1. freakinacage's Avatar
      freakinacage -
      nice work dude. thats one hell of an undertaking!
    1. Dragon Forge Design's Avatar
      Dragon Forge Design -
      Well I first want to commend hiis skill and patience at doing something like this. But, I find its totally to busy and random for my tastes. Theres no real pattern..its just random graphics. Also I find the green distracting. I think this style of painting might suit a Chaos vehicle more better as if a crazed tech priest went insane and scribed it with his madness.

      I think if DH was ever \"mad\" enough to do a second one, and this time to care to develope a pattern, it would be increadable.

      Hey don\'t hate me for my opinion, its just how I feel as look at the piece. The quality of the work is off the board, Im just not crazy with the end result.
    1. demonherald's Avatar
      demonherald -
      Firstly ainu cheers yet again much appreciated:redface:

      certainly was a bit of a challenge..

      DFD I agree with everything you say to be honest....
      As mentioned in the blurb on the piece this was purely and simply a practise piece..It started out as a bit of practise at doing shapes and went from there. The randomness of the pattern is a reflection of this basically it\'s been at my desk and used as a kind of sketch pad.There was no real plan at the beginning of what the end result would be... trying out shapes trying out patterns .. If you have a scan through some other pieces in my gallery you might spot some of the shapes from the hull on other models.
      In the flesh the colours are a bit more muted the blue looking more darker but the freehand stands out the same as I wanted ....The photos make the whole thing look a little brighter ....

      As it goes I am currently starting another \"more controlled\" piece that will step up a notch from this one .. The key thing about the whole thing is it has helped me redevelop and get my eye back into painting display style minis after a fair few years of army painting.

      btw Ainu the mud mix was ......scorched brown dark flesh mig rust dry pigment vallejo grey pumice texture paste a pinch of static flock and some pva...This makes quite a thick paste with texture. This is spread onto the painted tracks then washed ith a little water to fill into the shapes...The flecks at the end are from building up bits carefully with the brush.
      when dry the mixture is drybrushed with bleached bone then washed again with brown ink......
    1. supervike's Avatar
      supervike -
      Well done Demonherald!

      You skill is amazing enough, but add to that your productivity....thats mind blowing!

    1. demonherald's Avatar
      demonherald -
      cheers Vike I wouldn\'t want to say my full productivity safe to say probably not even an eighth of what I do reaches this site....all good fun.:drunk:
    1. AinuLainour's Avatar
      AinuLainour -
      Originally posted by demonherald
      btw Ainu the mud mix was ......scorched brown dark flesh mig rust dry pigment vallejo grey pumice texture paste a pinch of static flock and some pva...This makes quite a thick paste with texture. This is spread onto the painted tracks then washed ith a little water to fill into the shapes...The flecks at the end are from building up bits carefully with the brush.
      when dry the mixture is drybrushed with bleached bone then washed again with brown ink......
      Thanks for, I\'m starting a Sherman and need it to be as gritty as can be If it worked for you, it can work for me
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