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Character Models – Marco Columbo & the Solar Auxilia

About two years ago, I went to the Birmingham GW Games Day event, 2014. Amongst other things, the event included an exclusive model (as they often do)  of Marco Columbo, this is apparently the second version of the character they’ve done, this one in finecast resin.

I set to work, figuring I’d try and change up my style to a more brightly coloured pallete. Hah.
About an hour into painting it I realised I wasn’t having any fun with it, set it aside and worked on something else.

Cut to Two years later.

GW:Manchester runs a Speed-Freaks competition, paint a model within one week and include the specified colour (in this case Xerius Purple) somewhere on the model.

I figured I should dig out Marco again and have another try at painting his purple britches.

This was on the saturday evening, the competition being judged on the sunday afternoon.
I spent five or ten minutes gluing the parts together, spray-based it in black and took it into the store the next day.

Two and a half hours of painting later, I submitted it to the competition.

I’m given to understand that it was a very popular result in the judging, but set aside simply because it was an exclusive model no longer sold, not for its painting standard.
So I feel pretty happy with that 🙂

I’ve been painting character models pretty much ever since.

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After having done Marco to my satisfaction, I went ahead and painted Perturabo (as previously seen) and now more recently got around to some of the models of my Solar Auxilia command squad.
I’ve painted the Vexillius and the Legate Commander.
I’m particularly pleased with the freehand on the banner and the mix of tones on the cloaks and coats.
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