Here is the end result:
If you like this look, keep reading.
I am slowly working on a small Imperial force, consisting of a squad of 10 spacemarines (Iron Snakes) and a modest Guard regiment, led by an Inquisitor. I have read pretty much all the Dan Abnett novels and in those stories it is really common to have all these guys work together. I have high hopes that the new IG codex will allow all this.
I love the sniper models, so those were the first to be painted. I am using a Desert Storm type color scheme with lots of browns and white stucco rubble. In painting these guys I used 5 or 6 different shades of brown, which is really fun.
Anyway, on to the the camo method:
start with a big brush with coarse bristles, put a generous amount of paint on it,
daub that in water and put your finger on it (sorry for my dirty fingers, they do get filthy from this)
and pull back to create this spray
You can do multiple sprays in different colors. It's fun because it is so random, which ironicly makes it look really well thought out.
On these guys I base coated in graveyard earth followed by a liberal wash of Devlan Mud. Then I did the spray in 3 colors: black, bleach bone and white. On one of them I also did scorched brown.
After that dried, I highlighted every line with graveyard earth again, but not more, as to not make it two distracting or obvious, in the end they are snipers and DON'T want to be seen. After the modest highlight I lined all the recesses with black ink.
Hope this inspires!
PS my next post will be about the basing of these guys.