So with the aid of a few free days and a bit of eBay surfing, I have decided on a little project. I’m going to cobble together a set of 1st edition Space Hulk and..... drum roll..... actually do some painting. I will no doubt be rusty as it has been a while but should be fun.
Here’s a starting photo of the parts I have so far. Will post updates.
So after a sort out I’m pretty happy with this first eBay lot. It is missing a rule book and has clearly been in an attic or garage as the pieces are quite dusty / a little degraded. The box alas has seen better days and has been eaten away by some fungus or other to the extent that I don’t want to keep it near my other games. Another eBay lot (yet to arrive) should fill these gaps however and give me more models.
So next job is a thorough dusting for the cardboard.
I also need to give the models a good wash I think. The glue holding the genestealers arms has degraded to the point that they simply came off as I was checking the models. I’m guessing an old toothbrush and warm soapy water will prep them well for gluing and spraying.
In a hobby project like this, I love all the little decisions one has to make. Here are my next two:
1) what colour scheme for the genestealers? I want to be traditional and potentially use the standard colour scheme for genestealers in 1990 which was the classic blue and purple. Part of me prefers the simplicity of whole blue genestealers though with claws picked out in bone colours. Hmmmm decisions.
2) the marines are all there but 4 are missing their antennae. Two of the snapped antennae have been thoughtfullly saved by the previous owner. Reading online blogs, this is normal for space hulk terminators as they seem to snap off quite easily. The antennae are also odd aesthetically as they are never featured in artwork or in other terminator models of the time or later.
So..... do I clip off the remaining ones? Do I have one squad with and one squad without? Several other owners of the game clip off the antennae and paint the mounting as a flashing light on top of the armour. Choices choices. Feel free to try to sway my thoughts below (that is if anyone is reading this!?)
Phew! That’s all the cardboard wiped down, all models washed and reglued
Decided to cut the antennae off in the end and go with the light idea - that way players can distinguish different squads from the colour of the light on the top.
I plan to follow the background in the mission book and paint the marines as Blood Angels. Will probably get myself down to GW tomorrow and find out the latest recommended way of simply basecoating and washing lots of red armour!
In addition, in the past I have always freehand painted symbols and squad numbers etc. I’m tempted to try out water slide transfers for these marines however.
Does anyone have any experience with these or have any do’s and don’ts?
Another question: At the moment, I plan to prime these with coloured primer spray. Back in the day, it was advisable not to spray when the weather is hot and humid. Is this still the case?
I have a bit more time today. Some base coat progress is happening.
Things learned so far:
1) some of the new GW kit is much better than the stuff I used to use. The current sprays are much more even and the new chisel shaped basecoat brushes reduce the need to swap brushes for finer work. The shade range of premixed washes also save a lot of time compared to self mixing washes and trying to keep it at the correct consistency. Not cheap but very convenient- not least because I don’t have to wait for delivery and can buy these things in town.
2) I can paint the same thing on a set of models only 5 times before I get bored and have to change.
Next decisions - am I happy with the red colour on the marines or do I want to brighten it up with more highlights than I was initially intending? How do I want to paint the heavy flamers? Hmmmmm