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Orange Diamond Harlequins Commission Complete January 23, 2022

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They’re all done, done I say! Pictures needed to be done on the kitchen table because I don’t have enough room for all of them on my desk. There’s only like 50 or 60 minis in the commission, but all the magnetized options really increased the time it took by quite a bit! But I didn’t do the assembly on this one. All the basework was made of chunks of plastic Eldar flooring. Almost all the models have been magnetized and/or converted in some way. The bikes and Star Weavers are on ball magnets so you can rotate them as you want.

I put on all the riders for the vehicles and bikes. Most of them are not glued on or they are magnetized to keep them in place. The windows on the Star Weavers haven’t been glued on, but they can still show off the pilot I painted on the inside. Part of the challenge in painting the diamond design in different sizes is to make the layout relatively consistent even though they are being painted on different sized models. I really wanted there to be a center column of diamonds to anchor the design across all the models. I think it came out fantastic.

For all the infantry, it was a combination of diamond and vein designs on their chest, arms, and legs. Since they are orange as well, it looks like they are a lava or fire scheme. I felt like the scheme needed a small pop of blue and you can see traces of it on the different models. Either as a weapon and grenades, the baby blue colour really comes out and pops against the black and orange of the rest of the model. Some of the models have cloaks and I made them a dark blue and grey to add contrast against the orange. Those ones, I think, get more depth to their black as a result. Even though there are a few varieties to the same scheme in the army, the models are so dynamic and unique, I think it would have looked out of place if the models were too “same-y”.

The characters are pretty unique. A bunch of them are converted and look great. You can see a couple of them were kitbashed.

Look at all those extra arms to equip the troupers how you want!

Orange Diamond Harlequins Commission Update #22 – Arms, lots of arms January 11, 2022

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The rest of the commission is arms. All the arms of the Harlequin troupers. I don’t know what anything is called, but there is a variety of weapons for the arms. Swords, guns, hand, all the things for a 40k unit. Only like 3 more baggies of these.

Orange Diamond Harlequins Commission Update #21 – Final Characters  December 24, 2021

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The last characters are done for this army! A couple of these are converted wonderfully and make for great alternatives for the heroes.

Each of the Shadowseers have been quite different and I think this one is actually the closest to the original model kit.

The Death Jester was converted so he looks like he’s just about to vault over the rubble. Such an interesting pose! Like the other Death Jester, I gave a leg, and the cloak and cowl the diamonds.

Finally, the show-off Troupe Master/Solitaire. He walks as if he owns the place. The hands are magnetized so he has a selection of weapons and empty hands.

All that’s left are all the arms and weapons for the painted Troupers.

Orange Diamond Harlequins Commission Update #20 – More Characters  December 14, 2021

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3 more characters are now done. The first is a Troupe Master with magentized arms, an old pewter Death Jester, and a Shadowseer.

The Troupe Master gets a variety of arms. Holding a knife, different guns, or just an empty hand. He is one of the only models in the army without a mask. I think my favourite loadout is with an empty hand so it can look like he is barely balancing on the rubble.

I painted the Death Jester like the others. His cloak is black instead of a dark blue, but I gave that dark blue treatment to his jester cowl. Lots of diamonds as usual.

This was a unique Shadowseer. Fancy floating robes with smoke, fancy huge staff, and big hair. I went for a pale blue smoke with some purple shading. This took me a while to figure out. I knew I wanted the smoke to be blue and purple, just not the tone or brightness. I went for the higher contrast of a bright pale blue to separate it from the cloak.

Orange Diamond Harlequins Commission Update #19 – Accessories & Characters December 6, 2021

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I forgot that I didn’t post these pictures earlier, I had finished these a couple weeks ago.

First, we have 3 of the heroes. A couple Troupe Masters and a Death Jester. Next are the accessories. 3 turrets for Star Weavers are done as well as the weapons and windows. I wanted the windows to look like they are shielded or holographic so I added a bright blue glow to the top. I think it makes it look like the window is being projected out. I have also finished painting a bunch of hands and arms that were magnetized. I just need to figure out who can have what weapons.

Commander Shadowsun & Broadside Commission Complete November 16, 2021

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So this commission comes to a close. Shadowsun and Broadside Battlesuit are now done and posing together.

Next up, more Harlequins.

Commander Shadowsun & Broadside Commission Update #5 – Broadside Complete November 16, 2021

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The Broadside and accompanying drones are now done. His primary weapons are magnetized and painted.

I thought I did this scheme in a clever way. The ochre colour I have is a little too yellow for me and all my oranges are too orange. I ended up painting it all in the ochre colour and then glazing the whole area in transparent orange. That way, the orange warms up the ochre to the tone I was looking for. The highlights I kept as bright yellow to hopefully convey the hard material of the battlesuit.

The shield drones also follow a similar scheme. I also gave their midsection a bit of a glow as if they are radiating their shield auras.

Commander Shadowsun & Broadside Commission Update #4 – Broadside WIP November 13, 2021

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I’ve got most of the way on the Broadside and drones. As mentioned before, the scheme is going to be the reverse scheme to Commander Shadowsun. Where she was painted mostly purple with orange as the secondary colour, the Broadside is painted orange with purple as the secondary.

When I’m done the rear dial and the shield drones, I do want to add a bit of blue glow effects around their pale blue parts.

Commander Shadowsun & Broadside Commission Update #3 – Magnetized Broadside November 8, 2021

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This has been sitting on the back burner for a bit while I was focusing on the Harlequins, but I finally did get around to magnetizing it. Just the main armaments are have magnets so it can switch between the railgun and heavy missile system.

Orange Diamond Harlequins Commission Update #18 – Final 13 Troupes November 8, 2021

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The final 13 troupers are now done and they do sure look happy to be dancing around. Most of then still need their arms which are being worked on. With these done, all that’s left to do are the characters and some turrets for the vehicles. I can see the end!