Monday, 21 November 2016

The Antares Initiative - Part 3 - C3 Painting Guide


The Antares Initiative - Part 3 

C3 Painting Guide

 Hi guys,
               back again for the next part of our Antares journey and this time its my go to talk about painting.

Got to say it, but I did have a bit of a problem with the Gates of Antares figures.  Yes, the models look great, yes they were easy to put together, that wasn't the problem.  Where I had issues was actually just picking a colour scheme.

You see I've been playing historical games for a long time, be it WW2, Normans or Napoleonics. One good thing about painting them was that you just had to copy what they had on at the time.  Not much imagination required.

Gates of Antares is the first Sci Fi game to tempt me away and it has actually forced me to think for myself when it comes to colour schemes.  That was tough and slightly painful.

So 4 goes later I finally hit on the colour scheme that suited what I was looking for.  Our games are based on the frozen world of Exonnin where they will be a lot of fighting in rocky areas and underground. 

So I wanted something dark but still had the clean look of fresh C3 troopers.


Here what I cam up with.
  • AK Interactives  Xtreme metal AK471 Black Base was applied with an air brush.
  •  AK Interactives  Xtreme metal AK472 Gold was applied with an air brush.
  •   Any areas I was wanting to keep gold were masked off.  At this point I thought about putting a gold stripe down the shoulder pad and down one leg.  In my head it was going to look good but in reality it just didn't stand out enough so a change was made which I will explain later.
  •  Next AK Interactives  Xtreme metal AK474 Metalic Purple was applied with an air brush.
  •  The masking tape was then removed.
  • At this point I block painted in the rest of the base colours.  The shoulder and leg stripe I mentioned above were now painted over in white.  As I said this wasn't my intention but I'm glad I did it as it really helped with the winter look. The visor was painted in VMC 969 Park Green. Plasma coils in VGC 023 Electric Blue.  The gun and vents were painted in VMC 868 Dark Sea Green.  The armour joints and gloves were painted in VMC 992 Neutral Grey.
  •  The full model was given a wash with GWs Nuln Oil
  •   The base coats mentioned above were all re painted and then high lights were applied by adding a bit of white for each layer.  I wanted to keep the guns dark so then only had a single highlight layer.  The gloves and joins had 3 layers as I wanted then quite bright. Some of the gun details were picked out in white.
  • I did take a bit of extra time on the visors  as this would be the focal point of the model.  I always feel this helps with models where the face is covered as this is the area your eye is drawn too.  The high lights on the visor were painted brighter as you get to the edges and kept darker in the middle.  A very pale  green/white paint mix was then used to apply lines along the top, down one side and then diagonally across the visor.  This doesn't need to be exact on all the models, just keep the lines thin and going in the same direction.  This helps to make it look like glass.

  •  To give a glowing effect a small amount of Electric Blue was applied with an airbrush round the gun and reactor

  • As I wanted to keep the metallic shine of the armour I applied a coat of satin varnish for protection. The base was also painted with the VGC 023 Electric Blue.

  •  A thick coat of GWs Agrellan Earth crackle paint was applied.
  • Once dried this paint gives a very nice rock effect with the blue ice showing through.
  • This was then painted with VMC 992 Neutral Grey
  •  The base was then given a wash with GW Nuln oil.
  •  The base was then given a rough dry brush of VMC 992 Neutral Grey and then the same again in white.  I find it best if you are not too consistent with your dry brushing on bases.  A patchy uneven look is more natural. The edge of the base was painted in white.
  • To finish off some modelling snow and grass tufts were added.

And there you have it.  I am very pleased with the figure and the basing.  It keeps the clean appearance I wanted for my C3 troops and has the rocky winter look I wanted for Exonnin.

Please feel free to add any questions in the comments below.

I'll leave you with some pics of a few complete figures.

Until next time.

Gazza




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