Well, it's not going too badly. I've finally managed to finish my first batch of Mk IV Maximus armor SMs, and to take pics of them with a more natural lightning (though it's quite cloudy today here). This is the end result:
In case anyone is interested in the "recipe", this is what I'm doing:
- Armor: Prime using Army Painter's Plate Mail Metal spray. Wash the whole mini with Citadel's Nuln Oil Shade. Clean up the armor with Army Painter's Plate Mail Metal Warpaint. First highlight of the armor/guns/stuff with Citadel's Runefang Steel Layer paint. Final highlights for the armor/etc with Citadel's Stormhost Silver Layer paint.
- Guns, knees and shoulders: Citadel's Abaddon Black Base paint, highlight mixing it with a bit of whatever white you have at hand (the shoulders are just black, no highlights)
- Pouches/gun holsters/straps: I've used Citadel's Mournfang Brown because it was the one I had at hand, but I'd use a variety, to keep them from getting too similar. Shade with Army Painter's Strong tone ink, clean up with base color again and highlight with a lighter brown with the same hue.
- Gold Highlights: Paint the shoulder borders and the CC weapons' handles with Citadel's Basthasar Gold Base paint, wash with Army Painter's Strong Tone Ink, and highlight with Citadel's Liberator Gold.
- Danger stripes: This is much easier than it looks: over a black base, just put the gun/chainblade at 45º and paint straight lines upwards using Citadel's Averland Sunset Base paint (two thin layers) and after that with Citadel's Yriel Yellow Layer paint (again, two thin layers to build up a rich yellow), trying to leave as much black as you're painting yellow. If you fuck up, just paint a bit of black again to clean up, and done.
- Glowy green visors: that's dead easy. Two thin layers of Citadel's Waywatcher Green Glaze paint over the metal you've already painted and highlighted. That's it.
- Weathering for guns/knees: Really easy again. Using the "sponge" method (in case you don't know how it works, there's a very good tutorial on it at Warhammer TV, look it up :P), just appli two layers, one with Citadel's Mournfang Brown Base paint and another using Citadel's Runefang Steel Layer paint. Apply with caution ;).
And that's it, folks. It's dead easy, TBH, mainly because that was my motto when choosing the scheme: "as fast and easy to apply on batches as humanly possible" :D