Last week I mentioned I was working on some Space Marines in the colors of the Space Sharks. I got three more completed. As I said, they're fairly easy to paint. There are however some bottlenecks in the process.
The biggest time consumer was finishing off the bases. It's a four step process involving two different Citadel textures, a wash, and a drybrushing. I can't argue with the finish though. Because it utilizes two textures and a wash, the base finish takes quite a while to complete. It is essential that the cracked earth texture be completely dry before adding the gritty sand texture. Then that has to dry, and then the wash gets added and that has to dry as well. It can take over three hours for the bases just because of the drying time involved.
The other bottleneck is the Nuln Oil wash that pushes in all the shadows for the majority of the model. It's like a magician's trick because things look kind of awful until the wash is applied. I also push in shadows on the brassy bits by going over them lightly with Seraphim Sepia. The rivets can feel like it takes ages if there's a lot of them (like there is on Mk III armor).
I haven't forgotten that I've promised a step by step of how to paint one of these guys. I've been working on it. It is time-consuming to prepare the steps, as I'm used to just moving on to the next stage. Instead I have to force myself to stop and take photos of the model. See you next week.