First off, to indulge those who are here to gawk at the pics:
Hopefully you will notice that the standard of the painting on these is better than the previous squad I posted. That is because I face-lifted squad 'Martis' from my first AOBR mini's, hence the incredibly wide line highlights. I am much more pleased with 'Dimicatio'.
You may have noticed that my Ultra's are not quite the same as most others out there. I eschew the bright blue armour and keep my palette 1 - 2 shades lighter than the GW style, which I hope lends less of a cartoony feel. I find it also helps the highlights pop a little more, and the white to shine out nice and pure (just like Ultramarines should be).
Another little stylistic quirk that is quite unusual is my technique for tanks. You should be able to see what I mean from this picture where the effect is somewhat pronounced;
The technique I use at the moment is to use a very large, stiff bristled brush to stipple on the paint, but this does leave a *very* slight texture to the finish. When I paint the next one, I intend to use a sponge to try and create the same effect, and hopefully save some time in the process. I'll keep you posted on how that goes when I finally get 5 minutes to try it.
Till next time...