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The Normandy Commission Complete *Updated* April 2, 2022

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Could this be it? The Normandy is complete? The detailing ended up being the red windows along the middle of the hull and the black lines all across the hull to make it looks like the ship has armour panels. I tried to slightly shade within those panels to make them look a bit 3D rather than lines I painted on after blocking in the main colours.

I added intake ports on the top and bottom of the ship, I assume they are some kind of intake port. Since they aren’t part of the printed model, I needed to paint them on freehand. Though I made a stencil to use for each one to make them as similar as possible. Hopefully they come out a bit 3D looking.

The stand is another 3D printed piece with a magnet in it. I painted it black so it might blend in with space backgrounds.

I was asked to add some lettering to the engines for some last details. Now I will be sealing this model for protection and sending it to its forever home.

The Normandy Commission Update #2 – Colours  March 17, 2022

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The next step on the Normandy is in progress. I have finally gotten the yellow strips to where I want them. I spent a painting session adding in the red squares for the window lights. I will be brightening the windows to yellow or orange and then bring it back with a few washes. I want the red glow to be much darker and the pin pricks of light to really stand out.

The Normandy Commission Update #1 – Masking March 1, 2022

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This is one of the larger models I have gotten the chance to work with. First rounds of cleaning was a lot of sanding and adding a bit of filler to get those striations as minimal as I can. After that, I primed the model in black and white, in generally the areas I wanted. There are a lot of angles in the design of the colour scheme for the Normandy, so masking was necessary. I did the black first, so now I’m masking that to do the white.

The scheme with the yellow splashes has more of a warmer white, so I will be going for that when I build up the layers. I have to admit, I made a mistake in doing the yellow strip in the front. It’s supposed to zig and zag, but I only made it zag. I will have it fixed after I finish the white.

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!

Commander Shadowsun & Broadside Commission Update #2 – Shadowsun & Drones September 17, 2021

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The next step in the Shadowsun squad. Commander Shadowsun herself and drones. I increased the brightness of the purple and put a bit more red into the trim. Since this is the reverse scheme of the rest of the army, the Broadside is going to be mainly orange with purple trim.

This is my first time painting her new scuplt. And I must say, Shadowsun has come a long way from her pewter origins. She looks so cool!

Commander Shadowsun & Broadside Commission Update #1 – Shadowsun & Drones WIP September 10, 2021

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We have a small commission to change things up between doing many dozens of diamonds. Here is a WIP of Commander Shadowsun and her drone buddies. The regular scheme for this army is ochre/orange as the primary and purple as the secondary. But, as is tradition with Sahdowsun, I am doing the purple as the primary colour instead.

At first, I was going for a flatter ochre colour, but the shading lended itself to a more NMM look, so I went with it. I think I will work on the purple highlighting a bit more. I want to brighten it further so the blue shading I did on her isn’t so lost.

Orange Diamond Harlequins Commission Update #13 – Troupes WIP & Jetbike Group Shots September 9, 2021

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I have finally got around to doing group shots of the completed jetbikes.

The past few stream sessions I was working on other stuff, but I haven’t forgotten about the Harlequins. I did all the bases for the infantry. The characters will be done separately, but the regular troupers get to be part of this batch.

Orange Diamond Harlequins Commission Update #12 – More Jetbike Complete September 1, 2021

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The last of the jetbikes are now done. Here are the final 6 models, complete with their riders. The riders haven’t been

Orange Diamond Harlequins Commission Update #6 – Star Weavers Complete May 9, 2021

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The last of the Star Weavers are done. I haven’t done enough of the crew to man all of them yet, so I’ll take another set of group pics when they’re done. I’m very impressed with the sphere magnets and the joints they fit into. I would have thought the vehicles would be swerving around as they’re moved, but the friction holds them pretty well together.

The stencil I used for most of the diamonds started to break apart so I got another one and I think it made it easier to keep the diamonds looking like diamonds on the rounded surface.

Orange Diamond Harlequins Commission Update #5 – Star Weaver 3 April 12, 2021

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Progress on the Harlequins is slow but still going. The third Star Weaver is now done. I’m particularly proud that I’ve managed to keep the diamonds in mostly the same spots as previous ones and the colour transition is nice and smooth.