The itch to start painting.
And since the completion of the ATHENA forward gallery depends on painted floor and wall, I decided that this would be the target of my scratch :)
Looking through the images I collected, I decided to use the Honorguard image as starting point. After priming with black, I drew the outlines with a pencil.
Then I traced them with a brush and a deluted white, to prevent any smearing or erasing of the pencil lines.
Next I did the base colors and background, so I'd get a feeling for the colors.
Then I did the highlights and shades for the blue.
followed by the red highlights and shadows.
Then I did the gold colors.
And finally the parchment.
Then it was time for some detailing.
and slowly but surely it came to completion.
Finally the slogan:
"Imperatus Vincit Omnia" - the Emperor is always victorious :)
Then I decided to get a final decission on the paint scheme. So I did a base color of Astronomican Grey
And then I looked at the cloud pattern suggested by Tommygun