The gold on my Dreads looked funny so i spent some time playing with the gold here and I got it looking the way I want more or less. Based with Shining Gold, wash with Badab Black, 1st highlight 1:1 Mithril Silver : Shining Gold, 2nd highlight 3:1 Mithril Silver : Shining Gold
The Crux Terminatus isn't perfect, but with the limited paints i have i think it's the best i can do for now. Based with Bubonic Brown, washed with Devlan Mud, highlight with Bleached Bone. It could probably stand another highlight with a Skull White / Bleached Bone mix, but i'll leave it as is for now and come back to it some other time - things are taking long enough to get painted as is.
I keep looking at my highlights up close and thinking they are too strong - it's not until i hold the model away from me that it looks so dull... will do a 2nd highlight on all my models with Fortress Grey once everything is painted.
I varnished the white shoulder with paint on varnish (Jo Sonja's Matte Varnish) to keep it clean while i worked on the rest of the model. I'm surprised how well that worked, it brushed on effortlessly, washed off the brush with water, and dried hard and smooth in about half an hour. This way, if i accidently touched the brush to it i could just wipe it off without it staining the white.
The Sergeant had to have very Pale skin as he is a very old Veteran, having risen to this rank after centuries of service. Raven Guard have a few problems with their gene-seed, one of which affects their skin and hair color. A quote from Lexicanum (a confirmed one, i know Lex isn't that reliable).
"The Melanchromic Organ has a unique mutation that causes the skin of the Space Marine to grow paler. Eventually each Marine's skin becomes pure white while their hair and eyes darken, becoming black as coal."
So i base coated with Astronomicon Grey, washed Devlan Mud, highlighted with Skull White, washed Devlan Mud, highlighted with 1:1 Bleached Bone : Skull White. A little backwards but i was playing around to find a result that i liked. In the end i think it worked well, he's definitely a lot whiter than the Tactical Sergeant.
Thats it for now, will post again when the squad is complete.