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Sanai's Vampire Counts Paintlog- WIP Test Skeleton wearing flayed skin!

Sanai

Stylish Deviant
True Blood
#1
Welcome to my Imperial Guard Paintlog for the Tale of X Gamers. I will post up "before" pics as soon as I have finished priming all the minis. (My black spray ran out! Noooo!)
I will be doing about the first month of the painting while housesitting with my friends (who will no doubt be like wtf are you doing sanai?) But the good news is this will mean alot of time to spare to paint em all. I may be expanding my pledge depending on what the end date is, and will definatly put in optional bonus parts to reward myself if I complete things early.

HQ
IG Company Command Squad
Company Commander with Power Weapon
Veteran with Medi- Pack
Veteran with Plasma Gun
Veteran with Regimental Standard
Veteran with Vox Caster
Master of Ordnance
Officer of the Fleet
2 Bodyguards

Lord Commissar
Plasma Pistol, Power Fist

ELITES

Storm Trooper Squad
Storm Trooper Sergeant with Plasma Pistol
Storm Trooper with Grenade Launcher
8 Storm Troopers

TROOPS

Veteran Squad
Veteran Sergeant with Plasma Pistol
Veteran with Vox Caster
3 Veterans with Sniper Rifles
Veteran Missile Launcher Team
Forward Sentries Upgrade (Camo Cloaks/Snare Mines)

Veteran Squad
Veteran Sergeant with Power Fist
Veteran with Heavy Flamer
Veteran with Vox Caster
Veteran with Demo Charge (demolitions upgrade)
6 Veterans with shotguns


Infantry Platoon A


Platoon Command Squad

Captain with Power Weapon
Medic
Vox Operator
Platoon Standard Bearer
Plasma Gunner

Infantry Squad

Guardsman with Grenade Launcher
Vox Operator
Sergeant
7 guardsmen


Infantry Squad

Guardsman with Grenade Launcher
Vox Operator
7 guardsmen

Special Weapons Squad

3 Flamers
3 Guardsmen

Special Weapons Squad

3 Meltagunners
3 Guardsmen

Infantry Platoon B


Platoon Command Squad B
Platoon Commander with Bolt Pistol
Medic
Platoon Standard Bearer
Vox Operator
Guardsman

Infantry Squad

Commissar
Grenade Launcher
Vox Operator
Sergeant
7 guardsmen


Infantry Squad

Guardsman with Grenade Launcher
Vox Operator
Sergeant
7 guardsmen

Special Weapons Squad
2 Meltas
Guardsman with Demo Charge
3 Guardsmen

Special Weapons Squad

3 Flamers
3 guardsmen

Infantry Platoon C

Platoon Command Squad
Platoon Commander with Bolt pistol
Medic
Vox Operator
Mortar Team


Infantry Squad

Commissar
Grenade Launcher
Vox Operator
Sergeant
7 guardsmen


Infantry Squad

Grenade Launcher
Vox Operator
Sergeant
7 guardsmen

Heavy Weapons Squad

3 Autocannon Teams

Heavy Weapons Squad

3 Mortar Teams

Heavy Weapons Squad

3 Missile Teams


edit: Pledge Updated to take in the 6 month nature of the tale.
 

Sanai

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#2
RE: Sanai's Imperial Guard Paintlog

Okay, time for some before pictures. Due to my black spray running out, priming everything black is taking longer than expected, so not everything is primed black yet. Will post before pictures as things get blackened.

Tomorrow, I will be undercoating more squads, and touching up those I have seen as not being fully undercoated in these pictures (pics reveal so much that my eyes do not see at first)

edit: Updated this post to have a picture of each of my units.

Lord Commissar with Power Fist/Plasma Pistol and Platoon Commissars

All Commissar's Except Lord Commissar to be replaced with newer Commissar Models

Company Command Squad with Regimental Standard, Vox Caster, Plasma Gun, Officer of the Fleet, Master of Ordnance, 2 Bodyguards and Medic.

Officer of the Fleet and Master of Ordnance to be replaced with Metal Regimental Advisor Models

Stormtrooper Squad with Plasma pistol and Grenade Launcher

GL and one Normal Stormtrooper to be replaced with plasmagun armed stormtroopers

Forward Sentries Veteran Squad with 3 sniper rifles, missile launcher and plasma pistol

Catachan Sniper Models to be replaced with Cadian Sniper Models. More camo stuff to be added to squad

Demolitions Veteran Squad with Power Fist and Heavy Flamer


Platoon Command Squads A, B & C




Steel Legion Plasmagunner to be replaced with something else


Infantry Squads (A1/2) (B1/2) (C1/2)






Flamer and Melta Teams (Attached to Platoon's A & B)






Last Chancer and Catachan Meltagunners to be replaced with plastic cadian versions.

Heavy Weapons Teams (Platoon C)



Steel Legion Missile Teams to be replaced by plastic cadian versions.


Crazy Armywide Shots



 

Sanai

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#3
RE: Sanai's Imperial Guard Paintlog

Okay, so there was a complication today. I ran out of black paint! Tomorrow I shall see if my housemate is willing to drive me to the shops so I can buy a can of black spray (And some pots of black as well). And a stick of salami.

I have undercoated squad B1 and its attached Commissar, but will save taking a pic until I have undercoated squad B2, as each platoons 10 man squads will be fielded merged into 20 man squad so that I only need one Commissar per platoon to benefit all my infantry squads. It will also enable me to make orders affect larger amounts of men (gotta love IG squad merging)
Also, I am going to be replacing some of the various metal models in my army with cadian versions at some point in the future to make it more cohesive. Examples include my melta squads (I have 4 different types of melta model in my army) (2 are "animal" from the last chancers, 1 is a catachan, 1 is from the metal cadian command squad and 1 is from the new plastic command squad and is yet to be assembled, which makes it a bit hodgepodge.)
Also, one of my commissars is actually a last chancer in a greatcoat with a lasgun and laspistol, who is acting as a stand-in until I buy a 3rd Commissar model.
 

Onikaigo

Vampire Lord
True Blood
#4
RE: Sanai's Imperial Guard Paintlog

Sweet. Got the Grunts of the 40K Universe here.

I like it, and wish you the best. Since it's now 2146 Japan time, It's time to go make that announcement....

Start painting. :) you've got 6 months from today. Muahaha! Sanai is the first to know.
 

Santawraith

Master Liche
True Blood
#5
RE: Sanai's Imperial Guard Paintlog

Lunch thinks the hive tyrant. for imperial guard are nice and tasty treats, not all pokie and crunchy but tastie. Look forward to seeing them painted. Soo how many you got done since u got told first to start.
 

Sanai

Stylish Deviant
True Blood
#6
RE: Sanai's Imperial Guard Paintlog

Today I went to the shops and bought some new black spray and black paint, and finished undercoating everything. I also realised I was short 2 vox casters, a grenade launcher, a flamer, a melta and some guardsmen for my last squad, so I assembled the above using spare bits. Then once I had my entire army lined up in squads ready for photos.... cameras batteries were dead! So now I need to find some new batteries for it or a recharger. There is no sunlight left for me today, so tomorrow I shall begin painting.............. *Drumroll*......... I dunno...
So, what shall I paint first? My two ten man veteran squads, each a mixture of cadian plastics and old metal last chancers? My 10 metal stormtroopers? My special weapons teams? My command squads? My heavy weapons teams? My cannon fodder infantry?
Whoever makes the first suggestion will see their suggestion come true in the form of me starting my painting on the unit they suggest.
 

uga bug

Black Knight
#8
RE: Sanai's Imperial Guard Paintlog

Wow.
Thats a lot of guardsmen! You must by far have the largest pledge. I look foward to seeing your prgoress.
 

Sanai

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#10
RE: Sanai's Imperial Guard Paintlog

My pledge is about... (does quick maths) 140+ models, 10 of which are 2 man heavy weapons teams.
Internet was not working yesterday, and I was busy watching season 4 of house with my cute housemate. Today, the internet is back up, and I have bought new batteries for the camera. Expect before pics of the rest of the army, and armywide before pic and some pics of progress on platoon C (I have decide to start at the back end of the army, doing platoon c (10 heavy weapon teams, 20 guardsmen, a commissar and a command squad)
Then I will do B, A, Veterans, Stormtroopers, Command.
 

Sanai

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#11
RE: Sanai's Imperial Guard Paintlog

Okay, started painting platoon C today (thats the one with all the heavy weapons)
No pics yet, seeing as how it seems the camera I am using only accepts rechargable batteries, so I need to recharge them either by taking them home on friday night and using the battery charger at home (and stealing it for when I come back to housesitting after saturday) or by buying a battery charger tomorrow after tafe.
I began on platoon C by
1# Repairing lasguns. The previous owner of some of my second hand guardsmen decided to make guardsmen into shotgun armed veterans by snipping the barrels off the lasguns. I am repairing them by snipping the barrels off spare lasgun arms and carefully gluing them on. One ended up wonky, so I wrapped part of the lasgun with gs behind the barrel to look like the soldier had wrapped some kind of cloth or something around part of the barrel/body of the gun, like what you sometimes see on sniper rifles and the like (I assume for camo purposes). I may later replace this gs with some kind of meshy kinda fabric or material for a more authentic look.
I have also converted this guy
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(This is a pic of someone elses "that guy", I will show you pics of my one when I have a working camera)
I replaced the lasgun with a chainsword, and the laspistol I have carved up and changed into a bolt pistol, to bring his equipement in line with that of a commissar. I am considering adding a breastplate from the VC skeletons kit or attempted to gs some ornamentation to further commissarise him. In any case he is likely a temporary selection until I buy another commissar to replace him.
I then painted one squad and the autocannon squad with their first coat of catachan green. Next step is to paint the other squad, the mortar teams, the missile teams and the platoon command squad with a coat of catachan green, which will be followed by a second coat of green, this time using Tamaya Olive Green (which is almost imperceptably darker but mostly the same) After that, it will be time to paint the black areas of the minis (weapons, boots, straps, belts, etc) with chaos black.
Am currently deciding a few things., which are...

Shall my guardsmens grenades be black, dark angels green or light green?

Will pouches/packs/holsters like the above be green, black or brown?

Anyways. Give you pics tomorrow if we are lucky.
 

uga bug

Black Knight
#12
RE: Sanai's Imperial Guard Paintlog

In regards to the commissar you have converted, he need not necessarily have a metal breast plate on show-it could be beneath his coat! The sache the model is wearing may look a little odd if he has a breastplate on his front and not his back.

I think you should do the grenades green and the packs/ammo pouches brown.
My choice here would be influenced at all by the colours i painted my guard of course xD
 

Santawraith

Master Liche
True Blood
#13
RE: Sanai's Imperial Guard Paintlog

I second uga bug. but also seem to remember seeing a commisioner that looked like he had a breast plate. Now I need to try and remember where.

A light brown ammo pack would look right I feel. But some of that depends on how your painting your army too.
But definantly green gernades.

I look forward too seeing ur converted commsioners.
 

Disciple of Nagash

The Perverted One
Staff member
#14
RE: Sanai's Imperial Guard Paintlog

Yay, another previous army of mine here. I agree, get as much troops as you can out of the way, leaving the other stuff for when you fancy a break or something special.

Great pledge Sanai.
 

Sanai

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#15
RE: Sanai's Imperial Guard Paintlog

Thanks y'all. Now for another camera issue. I decided not to buy a battery recharger, because tomorrow night I have the opportunity to steal one from home :).
Anyways, had to help my housemate clean up the house today (she actually made me wash dishes! I have not hand washed dishes in years! how could she!)
Anyways. Once I have finished reading through the tale plogs (I go through at least once a day reading every new post in the tale of x gamers) I shall go forth and paint some more :)
 

Sanai

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#16
RE: Sanai's Imperial Guard Paintlog

I have decided to spice things up a bit (and kill spare after dark time in which I don't paint) by starting to include little bits of story and fluff for my Imperial Guard Army in the plog. Here is one such tidbit. (Soon to feature cool photoshopped backgrounds and effects for these bits of text, to make them look like computer entries, written orders, etc)

The diary of 1st Lieutenant John Morden

Date: Chronological Data Corrupt. Date of Entry Unavailable.

Location: Commandeered Merchant Transport, new designation "Steel Rain". Deck C, Officers Quarters. En route to Normandy Prime.

Thought for the day: Hope is the first step on the road to disappointment.


We will be home soon. After 2 years of travel, and 3 years of combat against dark eldar raiders and rebellious colonists, we will soon be back on our beloved homeworld. My regiment, the 19th Normandae Rifles has been recalled for restructuring and reinforcement into what should be a far more effective combat unit. Also, due to the critical injuries sustained by my immediate superior, Captain Julius Flax, the Major has recommended me for Company Command Training. If I am accepted, I will learn how to manage and command a full company of imperial guardsmen, as well as how to co-ordinate with supporting units of armour, artillery and specialist troops. Our Regiment suffered heavily from the events that destroyed the regimental transport, taking heavy casualties. It is likely that we will have to deal with a large amount of greenhorns in the unit. Hopefully we will be able to temper their inexperience with the experience of our surviving veterans and the extensive training regiments raised on our world have the privilege of benefiting from. The Emperor Protects.

--1st Lieutenant John Morden, Acting Commander of the 9th Company of the 19th Normandae Rifles.--
 

Sanai

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#17
RE: Sanai's Imperial Guard Paintlog

Okay, so have updated the thread with pics of the entire army. Notice that I have already started painting Platoon C green.
 

Sanai

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#18
RE: Sanai's Imperial Guard Paintlog

Okay, so I have started painting up the 2 grenade launcher armed guardsmen from Platoon C. These two are pretty much test guardsmen for uniform colour, pack colour and grenade launcher colour.
The pants on them are painted in streaks of chaos black, khemri brown and tiny bits of goblin green over catachan green background. Am unsure about the goblin green.
The armour will later recieve a coat of a different green, probably knarloc green (when I find some).
Packs and stuff are done in scorched brown, with water bottles in green. The actual caps of the bottles are boltgun metal.
Weapons are normally chaos black with boltgun metal details, but the GLs I am testing 2 schemes. Both feature chaos black bodies and green ammo drums, but one has a boltgun metal barrel, the other has a green barrel with boltgun metal support thingies.
I have yet to do the skin on these two.




edit: As usual, when I posted up the pics, I noticed that i have missed bits and etc. I really need to get myself a magnifying thingy or something.

p.s. please give opinions on the paint schemes, particularly between the two grenade launchers.
 

Sanai

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#19
RE: Sanai's Imperial Guard Paintlog- Test Grenade Launchers added!

Okay, so I have made some more progress on those two GL armed guardsmen, including skin and eyes. Please not that they are not yet finished (some bits need touch ups, I always am thinking of using inks/washes on them as well, and I still need to decide which grenade launcher scheme to use)

Once again, ideas, feedback, advice is all much appreciated.

 

uga bug

Black Knight
#20
RE: Sanai's Imperial Guard Paintlog- Test Grenade Launchers added!

You are painting the eyes on your guardsmen?! You are crazy!!

In regards to the grenade launcher colour I think the metalic barrel one looks better; more realistic.
 

Sanai

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#21
RE: Sanai's Imperial Guard Paintlog- Test Grenade Launchers added!



Well there is the GL that the IG one matches up to closest. The green barrel is actually growing on me the more I look at it. And yes, I am painting the eyes on my guardsmen. All it is is a white dot with a black dot in the middle, so it isn't that time consuming.
Also, I have decided that for Platoon C, I will paint in batches of 3. That being 2 guardsmen, and one HW team or Character. Its a way for me to get guardsmen painted as well as be able to paint more interesting things as well. For these 2 guys, the 3rd model is a mortar team, the one that is part of Platoon C's command squad. Note the Salamander Crewman model in use here.
Also note the fact that the previous owner of these mortar teams has filed alot of the cool details of the guardsmen's helmets for some reason.





With that, I am calling it a day, as my sunlight is fast dwindling.
 

Sanai

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#23
RE: Sanai's Imperial Guard Paintlog- Test Grenade Launchers added!

Thanks DoN. Its a really easy and effective camo technique that my dad taught me.
 

Bishop

Master Necromancer
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#24
RE: Sanai's Imperial Guard Paintlog- Test Grenade Launchers added!

Yeah :thumbsup: the camo pants look nice. Breaks up the bland uni-green colour common in huge IG armies. I prefer metallic weapons, the coloured ones (in general) look weird to me.

Though, you really should spend a bit (more?) time removing mold lines! I imagine that'd be very time consuming for that many minis... but the end result will be much better.
 

Santawraith

Master Liche
True Blood
#25
RE: Sanai's Imperial Guard Paintlog- Test Grenade Launchers added!

I too love the camo pattern, it looks alot better thent he purple and grey I did as a commision. (shudders) Keep thema rolling forward, your doing a great job.
 
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