Luckily I had my Imperial Knights to focus on and with no real reason to be painting them the end result and the decisions needed to get there were broadly irrelevant.
Which is a wonderful learning experience -you have freedom to explore with no expectations and no targets to meet.
Although it helped I wasn't trying to follow a style it was a slight hindrance in that I had those questions about soft fabrics and wrappings.
So I'd definitely recommend doing something purely frivolous if you can fit it in amongst 'must do' tasks.
And as a palate [or even palette] cleanser it's also helpful in setting up your next project. It gives you renewed purpose having explored new territory.
Good old Garrek, he's a beast of a model in fact. As a sculpt it's really quite clever how subtly he's elevated to the leader status
The hair was almost by accident that I used purple to shade it. In fact I used it on the skin and all the armour plates. I'm not even sure if it's apparent but I felt like it was tying it all together.
I should have got a close-up of the decapitated head, it was one of the last things I did and really rough but came out quite cool - clearly newly severed.
Now, the scars... I'd had them all red but they looked too understated so I went purple on them and maybe they've gone too far the other way.
Possibly a couple of more washes, even a black might have made them less cartoonish but I wanted something else and that's what I got...
This guy's brand looks more like and open wound - the Tamiya Clear Red X-27 really came into it's own on these.
And just adding the gloss varnish on his helm I felt was a nice touch.
Come at me bro! Some black wash was added to the Tamiya Clear Red X-27 blood to make it darker. it also makes it matt, so you have to offset that with another dab of Tamiya Clear Red X-27, or gloss varnish.
A touch of blood from the spines rupturing out of his back - little touches just add more drama to the mmodel.
I don;t know why but I think this is my favourite of all the reavers. Maybe it;s because I think he looks like Willem Defoe?
The white background pics.
Individual character shots
And the Big Teal Stamp of Approval for giggles.