The model I will be working on today is something you wouldn’t usually find in a standard space marine army and that’s exactly why I’ve chosen it.
I’ve always loved the appearance of Basilisks on the battlefield and the opportunity to field one of these nasty artillery pieces crewed by a space marine was too good to pass up.
I then dry brushed over the whole model with light silver (Rune fang Steel) and washed into the cracks with a mixture of black and brown (Nuln Oil and Agrax Earth Shade). The reason I went through the effort to prepare the metal areas to this stage was that some of the metal areas will be left showing after the green air brushing stage.
At this point I also found it useful to apply some brown India ink to the barrel of the gun which created the appearance of built up axel grease.
At this stage the model was looking a bit dull and didn’t match very well with the rest of my army because of the heavy application of washes so I went over the green areas with a dry brush of the original green mix to bring out a bit more brightness and detail. The rivets turned out particularly well as they retained their rusty brown edging and were highlighted on the top to stand out more.
The metals were also given a dry brushing using Rune Fang Steel to bring out the depth detail on the working parts of the tank. Edge highlighting the black areas of the model can be done at this point or at the very end but those areas weren’t given too much more attention.
These bits of battle damage were then accented by drawing a single black line on top of the White and Green mix line added in the last step. This gives the visual impression that there is a small hole or scratch and the light is catching the lower lip of it. It’s worth mentioning that the yellow hazard stripes were also hand painted onto the front of the dozer blade at this stage using Averland Sunset.
To add some character to the piece I painted on some squadron icons and kill markings to denote the vehicles as having been through some rough battles. Seraphim Sepia was applied heavily to the front of the dozer blade over the black and yellow hazard stripes to leave a gentle fade on the colours and leave a dark line of rust colour built up on the lip of the shovel.
After this step was dry I highlighted the yellow with a 1:1 mix of Averland Sunset and White Scar and then roughly wiped a brush across the dozer with Rune Fang Steel to make it look like the blade is used often.
Next up is a few small infantry models and then maybe something bigger and cooler (I’m looking at you Kabuki miniatures).