Thursday, 25 February 2016

Spartan Challenge 6 - One down, three to go

So, here we are, almost at the finish line (19th March). I didn't actually think I'd finish this but starting the blog and posting our progress has been a huge motivation to crack on and even try some things I haven't tried before.
Without further ado I present to you my Vlka Fenryka Spartan, vehicle No. 229 (my legion tanks get numbers, not names. like most equipment during the great crusade, tanks were disposable and often didn't live long enough to earn a name, never mind a saga of their own).
Since my last update I have dry-brushed the gold and silver elements, added weathering powder all around, painted the lights in a similar fashion to the glow I used on my jump packs (I just wanted to see if it worked. And it certainly looks different to the way I used to paint lights and lenses, let me know what you think).
In terms of pack markings and kill markings I have done two things:
Firstly I added the red 'jags' that I have been applying to all my vehicles using masking tape and a sponge.
The secondly, I added some icons from the new Space Wolves transfer sheet. The problem I found with these is that my painting style is dark and dirty and those decals, particularly the golds and reds, are SUPER SHINY BRIGHT!!! I went round with weathering power after they were set and toned them down a bit.
My colour scheme is pretty simple: grey, gold, red and brown. Lots of Agrax Earthshade, lots of sponged on mud and chipping. I think I'm fairly happy with the way the tracks have turned out. Believe it or not there's a total of 4 different shades of brown applied there, including the textured paint, weathering powder and wash. I didn't want one dimensional mud, I wanted some depth and realism (man, that's a long sentence about painting mud!!)
What I don't want is my 30k wolves to be as blingy as their 40k counterparts. I've always said that 40k is for kids and 30k is for the adults. What I mean by that is that it's slightly more realistic looking, less cartoony. More akin to painting model soldiers like your granddad would have. More serious (if that word can be applied to a fantasy space soldier board game). I don't know if anyone else agrees with that?
What do you think of these new SWs transfers? I think the details look pretty good. I think the one below was designed for a door or banner. I stuck it on the door. My only issue is that the red of the transfer isn't as muted as the red of my pack markings. I've applied some weathering powder over to dull it down a bit but I don't think it's helped that much. Still looks pretty cool though.
This prancing wolf icon is also from the new sheet. Quite big so thought I'd put it on the door. the photo makes it look like it's off-centre to the golden relief but its not.
You can also see the brown weathering powder around the hull adjacent to the wheels, and black soot weathering powder around the vents.
Have I raved about Tester's Dullcote enough in other posts yet?! I used that again on this tank after everything was finished and I just can't believe how useable it is. The day I sprayed it, it was a bit humid. If I'd used GW's Purity Seal on that sort of day I guarantee some form of frosting. this stuff went on like a dream, no frosting, no loss of detail. Any can's of Purity Seal I find lying around are going in the bin. I wish I'd found this stuff 10 years ago, so much heartache could have been saved!!
Anyway, that's me done with this one. Time to dig something else out to paint in advance of next months battle (maybe the second of my two Spartans?..). I can't wait to see what the other Dads come up with!!


  1. The weathering and decals certainly tell a story. They avoid looking like they were added just for the sake of adding them, like many over weathered vehicles. Or the clean tanks with so many symbols them they look like there is an imperial art quota to fill.
    Tough, brutal, used is the feel I get here. Love it.

    1. Thanks Rabidchild. I try not to go overboard with the decals but at thd same time I did want to use this as a test piece for the new decal sheet

  2. Looking good.

    1. Cheers matey - got another to do yet!