He looks alright in the preview pic, but if you view the larger pic you can tell that I made a proper fist of his eyes (so, you know, don't view the larger pic). I was initially not gong to do the eyes, and in retrospect, perhaps I shouldn't have. All I can hope for is that adding irises (with a micron pen, natch) will make them look a little more alive.
Dead eyes, Chief. Like a doll's eyes.
Like some horrible pistol-packin' Betsy Wetsy. Clearly, his left side is his
I tried to do some highlighting and shading on this guy. I think it's a good start, especially on his coat. At this point I'm still afraid that I will push the highlights too far past the midtone, so I find myself playing it safe and stopping too soon. I know that to really make it 'pop' I need to get the highlights closer to pure white but I just can't bring myself to jump off the cliff.
But this whole thing raises a question in my mind- What about Space Marine junior officers? I mean, this dude is supposed to be a lieutenant, but there are no junior officers in Codex: Space Marines. It seems like they should be available as a cheap HQ option for low-point games, or something.