So, the "stars" of the 40k universe are clearly the Space Marines. They're big, they're shouty, they have ridiculously big guns and even bigger shoulderpads, and from a painters point of view probaby get the lions share of "love" in terms of variety and fun figures. When I was restarting I forked out for the Assault on Black Reach set, because it comes with a load of (uncustomisable) figures that I could practice with. And indeed I did; some were OK, some i made a right hash of. More importantly they were all Ultramarines, who are terribly, terribly dull.
So if I want to paint up some more SM stuff, I need to settle on a chapter, or more importantly, settle on a colour scheme that it fun to work on and looks good, as it's not like these guys are going to see a lot of action, and even if they are, I play for fun, not min-maxing whatever rule is broken at the moment. So all the Ultras went in a big bath of paint stripper (Fairy Power Spray, to be precise) and came out clean and new, ready for me to repaint in some novelty colours.
I should emphasis that as paint tests, these are a little rough around the edges.
My first idea was a desert theme. After all, the Tau are blue themed, and the IG are urban themed, so yellows/browns seemed a good change. I came out with this.
Its OK, but a little "beige", like they're designed to guard their local Ikea. I quite like how the "flame" effect on Terminator's badge worked out though, so I'll steal that for something else.
After this I dithered and thought about some of the more well known chapters. Dark Angels? The green and white is a nice scheme but I have a freind who is a Dark Angels / Deathwing fanatic and more importantly much, much better at painting than I am. Space Wolves are just plain silly. Blood Angels have never grabbed me, fluff wise. And then, that last thought gave me a flash of inspiration and I knocked these guys out.
Blood Ravens, from Relic's Dawn of War series. Its even more geeky than just painting 40k figures, its painting 40k figures based on a computer game! Perfect!
I even had a slightly cack-handed go at the Chapter badge.
Thankfully Forgeworld make transfer sheets for the Blood Ravens so i can at least save myself further embarrasement on that front! Also some of the touch up (or lack thereof) shows the hazards to trying to get something ready for a picture late at night when you're being told to put down the toys and come to bed!
My only problem now is that if i want to paint a Blood Raven squad, I'll either have to re-strip the other guys (which i suspect the figures won't take well) or buy some more. So first I'll finish off the "pending" list..