I managed to get all the varnishing, flocking, and blood effects and photographs all in the one session!
I have to admit I'm rather fond of him 'sans' faceplate, you can see much more of his face [obviously] but the eyes in particular become a focal point.
Whereas when he's got his face on much of the detail is hidden and also the continuation of the green from the cowl makes the whole head somewhat lost. I'm considering retrofitting some magnets into the front of the head, or alternatively drilling a hole and putting a small rod into the back of the face plate [like I've done on the carapace hatch]. I can just slot it in place then and remove at will.
The white hot glow might be a bit too far but I think it's much more effective on his carapace than the Cerastus was.
For the time being I'll be leaving the faceplate off but it definitely needed the OSL glow on the inside to even remotely make the eyes work.
I've still to do the alternative weapon options but there's no immediate rush for those, he's AoP complete and I can move onto the remaining elements.
I did try to do proper 'heat bloom' on Thermal Cannon, with blues, purple and orange but I foolishly believed I could do it with paint and not inks/washes. It did not work so I was quick enough to wipe most of it off and just slather on sepia Soft Tone for the orange/brown and then drybrushed it black for the burnt smoke stained charred muzzle as I did with my Dreadnought. I think it turned out all right in the end, saved it from dragging it down at least.
Still dubious about the banner, and it does get in the way of moving the model around as I keep catching it when I grasp the leg but hey, ho!
The view from above.
A Guardsman's eye view.
And again, without cropping off the top of the carapace ;)
And finally he's done.
And with that I get my second Big Purple Stamp of Approval! He's been a really long time in production, make the six months on the Cerastus laughable but he's done and I'll get the other weapons complete soon enough as some of the elements also need the same painting as what I need to do on the bastions and Quad Gun so I'll batch them simultaneously. But so far so good for the season!
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Amazing job on this. Good use of colors, weathering, battle damage; it all comes together extremely well.ReplyDelete
I'm very close to being done my own Knight, and I know exactly what you mean about being close yet seeming so far off. I always falter at the end of a project, but start off so well.
Painting in assemblies means you don't always have that grand overview but it has indeed come together quite well. It's a very misleading model. Large and daunting but relatively easy to paint when you treat the core structure separately.Delete
Good luck with your own, you really have to push O through the home straight. Better to persevere and finish than leave it stalled and on the shelf!
That looks fab Dave I'sure your you must be more then happy with it.ReplyDelete
Very satisfied, there are things that could be improved - the verdigris and I'm still not sure the chipping is quite right (and too much) but the glow effects worked so well and it's such a nice model combined with any project being complete is a huge deal. So yeah, more than happy :)Delete
Looks amazing, What did you do with the head in the end. I only just had chance to look through the spares on the sprue and couldn't work out which bit it was you were after so sorry it took so long to get back to you.ReplyDelete
I haven't done anything aside from balance it in place :) I need to decide about the faceplate before anything else as if I'm drilling it, it can't be on the model.Delete
well the offer is still there. ping me a message through google and I'll get it sent over.Delete
Amazing job again Dave, I personally think the white hot glow on the carapace vents is spot on. Great stuff. Nice ichor mess too, gotta love those Stomp attacks!ReplyDelete
Cheers Siph, what else was I going to do with a couple of 'half-a-gaunts' ;)Delete
You might not remember me but I had contacted you months ago about using your blog text to build language model for speech recognition! :P I just want to let you know that our website about that work is online, and you can take a look via the link below if you are interested :P
Thank you again for your contribution! :)
Wish you all the best!
Hey Yulan, I indeed remember in fact it pops into my head quite regularly [unbidden of course] because of how unique a request it was. I'm glad it was of help, I've wondered how useful it was and although I can't really follow the data it certainly looks interesting. Hopefully it helps going forward but if you create a megalomaniac AI from it don't blame me ;)Delete
Great Job Dave, it really has come together fantastically well! I especially like the squished termagant on the base.ReplyDelete
As for the faceplate, I agree that it looks more menacing without it - perhaps you could mount it as part of the base, as if the knight has discarded it on purpose for a better view (like jousting knights sometimes did at the lists when their helmet was damaged or covered in mud/blood)?
Alternatively, have a 'squire' of some sort carrying it at his feet?
A watcher in the dark perhaps :) some nice suggestions. I've magnetised it now so they're still a possibility.Delete
Love this model and glad it's finally finished. The use of oxide I particularly like and the weathering. I vote no face plate. Surely a knight should be a major stamp??ReplyDelete
Ha, ha, the major stamps were for someone else. The original intent was not to get too bogged down with what specifically it was I'd achieved otherwise I may as well adopt painting points which just made my brain hurt:Delete
That said the Great Build stamps are verging on this but I justified it on the basis I'm often reluctant to build or feel it's an interruption to painting. It is however necessary in that without building I will have nothing to paint so I wanted some reward for getting stuf fbuilt and try and remove the guilt I feel in the process.
so cool xDReplyDelete
I love the smashed gaunts on the base hahaha
Cheers dude, I think it still needs moar gore!Delete
Formidable. The base is brilliant too.ReplyDelete
Still debating if it's as good as the Cerastus base but it did turn out pretty good.Delete