After I dabbled in the Knight army at the latter stages of last year, I still had one of the bigger kits left over after somebody didn't pay - and I never got round to clicking 'relist'. As the Imperial Guard army has grown and a few games have been played, a gap in long range vehicle fire is a problem - one which I've solved with this little chap. With some pretty quick painting work in the last couple of days (mainly due to the Army Painter metallic silver spray), I got the paint onto the Crusader above I built last week. I think the weapon combo is also ideal (melta gun not attached yet, as it's fallen off somewhere).
My original plan was to do house Cadmus (green and yellow) but after getting some decals on, I really wasn't happy with the yellow as it made the model look a bit dull. So, I decided to change all the yellow to red and finish it up as a freeblade. That also allowed me to go a bit silly with a lot of decals (14 on the right shoulder pad alone) and weathering powders (rust and soot!).
The difficult came from the spray matt varnish, which inexplicably splattered some white dots all over many of the panels. Options were to individually retouch all the panels, or base the model... So, an ice tundra base!
This mishap has also helped me decide on how to base the IG army - a quick dip of a couple of the models into the flock/snow mix shows that the camouflage combination actually really works with the snow (although I'll need to do the edges in black). Overall, a successful couple of days - despite the f*** up from the varnish!