I have finally knocked together a test miniature for my Iron Snakes Sternguard, and he looks a little bit like this:
He is a little rough; I didn't bother stripping him back when I made mistakes. In fact, there are two paint schemes underneath the final one! I am happy to consider this guy as "the first pancake", anyone who likes making pancakes will know what I am talking about.
The bulk of the miniature is from the Forgeworld Mk III armour and boarding shield kits, whilst the helmet, shoulder pad and combi-weapon are from Chapterhouse.
Paint scheme-wise, I started off with a black spray undercoat on the torso and a white spray undercoat on the shield. The armour was painted Leadbelchers (the old Boltgun Metal) with Runefang Steel highlights (Mithril Silver) and a black wash. The weapon and various trim components were painted Tin Bitz with Kabalite Green highlights. Enchanted Blue was used to paint the eyes, Iron Snake symbol, plasma coil and octopus.
I have another nine of these guys to paint, with four more free-hand shields to do of varying difficulty. One of them is a sergeant who will look a little bit different, but I'll save that surprise for later. Let's just say the inspiration for him was Odysseus' conversation with Achilles in the underworld (Homer's Odyssey). Overall, I am happy with the scheme and look forward to seeing a block of these guys dumping out of a Rhino, Land Raider or drop pod and unleashing spears of plasma at the foe.
See you across the table,