I'm really pleased with how these have turned out, some of my best work to date, and I'm especially pleased with the banner bearer. Having a challenge with some friends and a painting competition to aim for really push you to develop your skills.
With the rhino I wanted to try my hand at stencilling again, and having large flat areas on a tank really allow you to give this a shot. I printed out a Grey Hunter icon from the internet an cut it out with a scalpel. I then stuck it to the tank with masking tape and used a sponge to dap thinned red paint over the area.
This is Hvarl Red-Blade, my wolf lord. I took his name from the Wolf King novella (he doesn't actually seem to appear in the novel, despite being named). At the time I figured they are unlikely to release a miniature for him so I had a named character, yet had free reign to depict him as I wished. They've since released rules for him in Book 7, and he's now the Wolf Lord of the 4th Company, but I've named him now... I'm not sure what to do...
You may notice that despite being named 'Red-Blade' he has a hammer. I liked that hammer (A mash up of the limited edition boarding marine head and the shaft from a thunderwolf cavalry hammer/axe), so strapped a sword to his back. This is a Wolf Lord that picks the best weapon for the task at hand (smashing Thousand Sons witches in this instance).
I really pushed a lot of boundaries and tried a few new things out with this guy, tricks that have now become second nature when painting my army. The weathering powder, transfers, gem paints, open source lighting, blood... the only thing I still can't do is eyes.
Here's one of my dreadnoughts. He was the first 30k miniature I painted, based on an image from Collected Visions. Buy he needed an update, so I have swapped his base, added some more decals, weathering powder and highlights. I still love him. That image from Collected Visions is one of my favourites.
Lastly is my banner bearer. This is the first time I have ever applied a banner-specific transfer to a banner (from the big GW Space Wolves transfer sheet), and man I think it went pretty well.
I like having dead XVth legion marines at the feet of my Space Wolves as red is my spot colour, so it ties in well.
Let me know what you think