I have finished the highlighting stage for my Ultramarines. I first tried highlighting the Sergeant and Veteran’s helmets. I like the way they turned out but the technique I used would make batch painting very difficult. For the armour I followed a tutorial from Mini War Gaming which can be found here.
I used a glaze (GW Guilliman Blue) instead of a shade to blend the layers together. I was very pleased with the results and I’ll use the same technique with the Sauroters color scheme. I’ll be using sub-assemblies which should make the process easier. Here are some pictures of my completed Ultramarines.
I was pleased with the way they turned out but some of the transitions are a bit stark. The red helmets are also rather shiny although I guess a couple of coats of matt varnish will dull them down. I can only imagine the barrack room banter if it doesn’t.
As for the Sauroters color scheme, I have decided on Vallejo Panzer Aces Russian Tankcrew II (70.326) and Vallejo Panzer Aces Vallejo Highlight Russian Tkcr. II (70.330). They have the desaturated look I want and are designed to work together. Hopefully I’ll be able to get some good blends. I also want to use Vallejo Model Air Metallic Black (71073) for the weapons. I really like the color and I hope it will add some variety to the texture of the color scheme.