Thursday, July 7, 2011
Space Sharks - early stages
Some more test figures for the Space Sharks using already assembled figs I had left over from secondhand lots.
I tried a different method, starting with a medium grey spray, followed by black wash, several layers of wet/drybrushing progressively lighter greys, other colors and another black wash.
Side view, showing examples of the little phrases that may adorn part of their armor or weapons.
For the most part the Space Sharks are going to be fairly plain and utilitarian, much more in the line of living weapon/ruthless efficient killers per older aesthetics and less the blinged-out shining knight look that more recent kits have moved towards.
While some of the test figures have chest eagles, I'll be avoiding those on the actual figures. There will be some insignia and ornamentation like the above phrases, chapter symbols, unit markings and the like but I'll be going more for "utilitarian brutality" over "walking cathedral".
Original test figure. This one was a simpler procedure, starting with a black base and only two wet/drybrush steps followed by a black wash.
I don't really see significant differences to the end result, so will probably use the simpler and quicker method going forward.
In the more recent batch I went with black helmet lenses, but I think I'll return to the yellow ones. Takes away from the "Hey, I'm a shark!" look slightly, but I think it pops a lot more and an extra bit of color on mostly drab grey/black figures should help keep them from looking plain.
Back view. Again, I don't see significant differences to justify the extra steps.
Baggied up bits for the infantry, ready for assembly. I also have the bikes and vehicles but they're still on the sprues.
Back in the day, I originally planned on them being all-beakie, but since I have my all-beakie Silver Skulls I'll use a variety of heads on these guys. I'm not really fond of the Mk VII helmet, so likely few if any of those, but some alternate heads and repurposed CSM heads should feature.
Very WIP of Captain Mako on his Kromlech jetbike.
Fiddling around, trying to make him look suitably fancier while maintaining the utilitarian style.
That's all for now, but likely next week there should be some more assembled Space Sharks.