The biggest challenge I faced with Calistarius was finding the right colour blue. A librarian is always marked out from the rest of their chapter by the blue armour that they wear, with the chapter's colours reserved only for the pauldrons. The blue is the defining feature of the model, so it had to be just right. I didn't want it to look Dire Avenger blue, so Regal Blue was out of the question. I definitely did not want him to look like an Ultramarine, so that ruled out Enchanted Blue and Ultramarines Blue. I even scoured Reaper Miniature's line of paints that were on the counter, but none of them looked quite right either, too "old jeans" blue or "Crimson Fists" blue. I finally settled on Mordian Blue from GW's Foundation series. A sort of indigo blue that was just deep enough to say "Librarian Blue" to me. As the pictures show, I was quite pleased with the results.
Captain Ingemar. I didn't use anything different technically, but I would like to remind any novice painters that to do this technique, always use a short tipped, fine point paint brush that has been dampened first. Take out the colour you want to use for your lightning, spread it out on something flat, clean and preferably paintable like a palate, and water down the paint first. Once the brush has enough paint near the tip, roll the flat side of the brush somewhere on the palate that doesn't have paint on it until the brush has regained its sharp point. To get the best results, dip only the very point of the brush in the watered down paint where the pigment is the most concentrated. The proceed to paint small dots in a random pattern to get that lightning look.
I am a big fan of Darren Latham's version of Calistarius on GW's site, which meant that I had to do something entirely different with my rendition. It didn't come out entirely terrible and I'm quite happy with the colour choices I made. Being such a beatiful sculpt, I spared no expense paying attention to all the little details that he deserves. I just wish he didn't suffer the same mold blurring that pretty much every terminator model suffers. But despite this, he's still an excellent miniature and was as much a pain as he was a pleasure to paint. As always, don't be afraid to post your comments, questions concerns, flames or feedback down below. Until next time!