(I meant to throw this up the other day, then got distracted.)
Mrs. Rushputin and I hit the GW Pender opening the other week. There was a pretty good turnout (really, it was super-crowded), which isn’t a bad thing.
The new location’s somewhat less convenient: I used to be able to pop in to Fair Oaks on the way home (just a quick detour off and then back onto 66), now I’ve got to push down a bit further down the Fairfax County Parkway. It’s not enormously out of the way, mind you, but it is a ~600% increase in out-of-the-way and a jump from 0 lights to 3. And, since an extra five minutes at that end of the commute turns into ten by the end… it’s less convenient.
Anyway, among everything else, they were doing a grab-bag thing: take a grab-bag, paint the tactical marine in it like a pre-chosen chapter on the Chapters of the Adeptus Astartes Poster to bring in the next day. I figured “why not,” saw all the low-hanging fruit was already taken, and ended up settling on the Taurans.
I figured the I could do the black and bone and do something interesting with it.
I’m pleased with it. The black is 1:1 Black and Cryx Bane Base base, 1:3 Black and Cryx Bane Base layer, Cryx Bane Base highlight. The bone is Cryx Bane Highlight base, Khaki layer, Menoth White Base highlight. So, the black’s not that black and the white/bone is more khaki than anything. The freehand on the pauldrons is so-so, but it was a quick turnaround, so who cares?
Not in any danger of starting a new Space Marine army or anything, but I enjoyed knocking it out. I think it took, like, four episodes of The Americans, to get it from on sprue to varnished (not counting time spent letting glue, primer, or paint dry).
I’d forgotten there was a contest component to it, which (as it turns out), I won. So that was cool.