"Daddy? Will you paint my nails?" my 9-year old daughter asked. My daughters have only asked this particular service of me a handful of times. "Sure, sweetie. How would you like me to paint them?" After a few ideas suggested and rejected, she asked if I could paint Space Marine symbols. Have my ears gone insane?! Of course! An opportunity to nerd out and have daddy-daughter time? Oh, yeah!
Behold the results. I picked the Space Marine chapters for their basic colors, and she picked Hawk Lords because "she likes birds." I suggested painting her other hand as enemies and she loved the idea. She picked most of the enemies from the 40k rulebook. I wasn't really sure what to do for a 'nid fingernail, so I went with a warrior face. I did a basecoat of white enamel, followed by the design in acrylic, followed by a clear enamel sealant. All in all it took about 1.5 hours. She is absolutely ecstatic with the results. I am ecstatic that she is ecstatic. There is a lot of ecstatic here right now.