I'd like to talk about their bases for a minute. There are tons of resin bases out there and with a little work, you can even make your own.
But I elected to pick these up from Secret Weapon Miniatures for one reason really. They are plain. I know that runs counter to what most people look for in a base, but hear me out.
I deliberately chose these because they were not loaded to the edges with every kind of space debris you could think of. There is a downside to that though. There is not much on the base. And that's ok in this case, because I'm going for more of an open look on their bases to showcase the models.
With a bit of careful painting, I'll be able to make the light colored models really pop from the dark metal base. The squad is for display as well, so I don't have to worry about them being "gamer friendly" and holding up to the rigors of game play (meaning I can add delicate elements). There are those occasions where your base can make your model tough to use on the tabletop. It's rare, but it's out there.
The one thing I'm not too fond of is the lack of exaggeration on the base. By that, I mean the elements on the base are scaled down and more accurately reflect real life elements. They are not enlarged or exaggerated for effect like most things in the 40k world. This is good and bad.
In the end, it'll make the models look all the better since the environment they'll be in will look even more real than an exaggerated base would do, but I'm going to have to be real careful painting these. Too heavy with the paint and it's bye bye surface details.
It's an additional challenge when it comes to working with things like this. Forge World pieces have this same issue. With so many details being scaled down and included, you have to be careful when it comes to painting. It's definitely worth it, but these bases may not be for you if you're not confident in your ability to pull out all the subtle details on a model.
If you're looking for that extra bit of realism and you've got the ability to add your own touch to your bases, then these are perfect for you. It's the best of both. I'm really looking forward to getting them painted, adding a few of my own details and coming up with something nobody else can buy for their army.
I spent today painting one up... well at least part of one to see how the color scheme might work out for the armour.
I really like the look. It has the cool shadows and the warm bone color where the light hits the armour. This is a rough paint up too, so don't mind the brush marks in some places on his leg.
The grey and the bone color are the same value so it's easy to blend the two of them together (well not easy) and the value stays consistent. Then it's a matter of adding a highlight into the warm areas and a shadow to the deep recessed areas.
For a "white" model, he's got tons of color on him.