So I painted the first of my Penal Legion Troops. It was a lot easier to paint than build! I was really happy with him, loved it in fact, but then I started mucking around with a few highlights and I can't shake the feeling that I have ruined him somehow. They definitely add a bit of depth to the model, but I'm not very good at them and I'm starting to wish I hadn't bothered. Looking at these photos they don't look too bad and just under the normal energy savers they look okay. I think its because I'm looking at him under my bright modelling lamp that I get freaked out by how severe they look, where as if there were a few guys together under normal daylight maybe I have got it right? I'm not really sure, but I definitely find it a real hard skill and doesn't matter how many well painted examples I see to use as a guide, I never feel I'm getting it quite right!
But one thing is for sure, the other five of these I have ready to go are getting painted this week because A) its a really simple job and B) I love them! Not very Praetorian I know but if I get another 4 together at least I will have a completed squad before March! (touch wood). Unfortunately with work and other time consumers I have a snail pace modelling timeline!