Monday 1 February 2021

Dark Angels - Ravenwing Talonmaster build

Afternoon #warmongers and #warhammercommunity I've been #buildingwarhammer. Actually, I was doing this prior to my Tyranid VSG post and after I finished the Nurgle players. Building can be a bit of chore for me sometimes, but occasionally I get the genuine urge to build. Now the original idea, as so many seem to do, was to put the Ravenwing upgrade cloaked guy in the driving seat; but, it just looked too goofy him half in, half out, in a seated pose. So I decided to throw my limited greenstuff skills at making a lower cloak

And I have to say I'm pretty pleased with the results. Sure, it looks like he's wearing an old folks blankey to keep the chill off, but I surprised myself.

There were two main pieces, rolled out and then placed in place. I used a silicon tipped sculpting tool to press it into place, conforming around his armour and adding some simple creases and fold in some places. Some additional bits were added at the back, it looks messy but I'm hoping when it's altogether you won't really be able to see them so it's not too bad.

I then decided to magnetise the guns, which is a bit odd considering the Talonmaster will almost be an auto-include when it's complete alongside the rest of my Ravenwing.

Why on earth would I do such a thing? To be honest I don't quite know, but better to do it now than kick myself about it later. On the plus side, the twin assault cannons now pivot a bit too, which will make pics more dynamic.

These are my head choices, both knightly helmets, but the robed one for the master.

There's a certain symmetry to it that will help distinguish them yet further from a standard Land Speeder

These sorts of builds amaze me sometimes. In pictures not a lot appears to have happened. And yet, the amount of mental effort to get to this point, the fact I've had this model for 3-4 years and only just got to this stage. Of course I haven't been thinking about it constantly but even the simplest things require significant effort to progress. I have to acknowledge to myself that even this is massive milestone!


  1. Sometimes the planning takes way longer than the construction but it wouldn't have happened without the plan. Worth it, all the time is well spent I say.

    1. True, and the only downside to it is the length of time it takes to reach fruition. As I'm finding out with the void shield generator the end result makes it all worthwhile. I look at my Bastion and Skyshield and I question how I was able to achieve such a thing. And right now with the VSG I am doing just that. It's a real head spinner.

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    1. Why thank you. It is weird how this suddenly became a priority and I promise it had nothing to do with the [then] impending new Codex [supplement, sure we needed to add something to the name of the book]. It just felt right to make a decision and action it.

      Still haven't sprayed it inside and joined to together for another spray. Waiting for better weather, there's no rush, even if it is sat right here mocking me!

  3. Great work! Looking forward to seeing how it turns out.

    1. Cheers, I'm also looking forward to your review of the Codex [supplement, do you see how daft this is], so I know what's worth taking!

      It actually looks like everything is viable now, but making it work properly, I'll wait for the gamers to pass judgement.

      Meanwhile, beta ruleset for Maelstrom games in this month's White Dwarf, you'll be pleased to know!

    2. Yeah, I saw they were getting updated rules too. Very much looking to trying them out eventually.