Warhammer 40,000 – I've been hit with a deluge of Warhammer 40,000 commissions lately, which I take as a good sign for the game. It seems that locally people are flocking back to the game as something tried and true after being disappointed by the latest hotness too often. I have to say I'm glad as 40K was my first real mini game and it still remains one of my favorites.
My latest commission job is an interesting one. My client has been picking up Grey Knight models for a while now and have amassed quite the collection. One of his more recent acquisitions was a nicely painted force done up in a non-metallic metallic scheme. He asked me if I could paint up the rest of his army to match this scheme in color. His challenge was he didn't want to pay for more than a basic three-color + wash level (which seems to be standard for army scale).
Always up for a challenge I took the job and then set about figuring out the best way to replicate it. He gave me two different models to use for color matching; one of the fancy non-metallic ones and another blue-grey version he had done by another painter. My client informed me he just wants something that looks similar when he puts it on the table, he's not overly concerned with being an exact match just close enough to not stand out like a sore thumb.
After looking at the models for some time I put together a plan to match up the scheme. Starting with a light grey base coat that I followed up with a Nuln Black wash I was able to get the models in the same color family as the model I was trying to match. (Hooray for matching on the first try!) After that it was just a matter of painting the details and basing the models.
My client was thrilled with the final result and is sending more components of the force my way to get painted in the same style.