Painting up an Epic Ultramarine force - Time to get dirty!

As you might have taken from my previous posts, I'm really into weathering and battle damage, I just love the look of a well rusted vehicle that looks like it really has seen some use on the battlefield. Some people seem to be under the impression that the Ultramarine Techmarines have incorporated Teflon or something similar into the battlesuits and armour of their vehicles and therefore they always look impeccable and fresh. I'm here to proof these people wrong, Ultramarines get dirty, too! Mine have been on a long crusade and have seen a lot of fights with no time in between to get the shoes polished...

My basing theme is toxic wasteland. To make the Ultramine blue stand out better I chose to paint them up a with mix of red, brown and orange. After having a go on a Rhino and a Land Raider it was now time to paint up my first formation, so may I present, the Vindicators:

When painting up the Rhino and the Land Raider I got thinking, wouldn't it be easier to use decals for the markings? At least I wouldn't have to worry about messing up my tanks any time I shakingly start to freehand some tactical markings onto them. So I went on the hunt for cool decals, forgeworld and GW both have quite nice ones for their 28mm Space Marines. However scale-wise I wasn't sure if the ones that go onto the shoulder pad or knee would work on my 6mm tanks and I wasn't prepared to shell out about 20 EUR for one sheet of decals where hardly half of them would be the correct size for my planned use, if at all. After some reassuring comments concerning my freehanding from friends and the obivious fact that you only get better at something if you train it. I decided to give up on the decals and keep on freehanding. And the fun thing is I'm getting better pretty quickly and it's really fun.

Here are some close-ups (I love closeups of these little guys. Wow, they now have the size of a 28mm Vindicator on my screen), Hope you enjoy them!