I ordered a decent set of bits from GW to fill out my new updated Death Guard Loyalist armylist described below, and have been busy filing, assembling, glueing, and painting my new toys.
Here is a snapshot of where I am now,
First up on the far left is a 7-man assault squad of mixed Mk 2,4,5 assault marines, using the one Raptor-jetpack that is “techno” (with no screaming faces or any other chaos iconography). These guys have had 2 coats of Tamiya XF-2 Flat White and just got their “dingy brown” wash.
In the middle is the mail-order only helmetless techmarine with servo-harness. It turns out that with the doctrine: Flesh Over Steel, my shooting is really getting hampered. A techmarine with a Heavy Bolter servitor squad goes a long way towards aleviating that problem. He has been based white, got his dingy brown wash, and has 2 layers of drybrushed white back over it. This is the basic technique I have used for my entire Death Guard army (traitor and loyalist). I will be posting more pics as these squads move along so others can see how I build up these white legionaires step by step.
Did someone say servitors? On the far right is the squad of 3 HB servitors and a single tech servitor. This squad should spit out decent anti-horde shooting, and give me a 5+ with a reroll to repair any vehicle I put the Techmarine next to.
Regarding my use of Tamiya white for basecoating, I often use multiple layers or painting, washes, and drybrushing before the model is done. Often about 6-7 on my Death Guard. I HAVE to use a paint with maximum opacity and thinness so I will still get a nice smooth finish that does not obscure detail. While I use GW for everything else, for basecoating white, I haven’t found a better paint than Tamiya XF-2 Flat White. It goes on smoothly, is VERY opaque, and dries to a very thin smooth finish with no grit, even after drybrushing!