In my last post I showed you guys the pictures of Kabuki Miniatures’s Celestial Knight AKA The Emperor of Mankind, from package to built model. Well, guess what, I finished painting it a while ago and personally I am very pleased with how he came out.
The model has a lot of delicate details on the armor, from top to toe. His cape also looks very nice. A lot of work in edge-highlighting and even drybrushing, washing and glazing went into the armor. Upon completion I think I used about 12 steps of painting until I was satisfied with the shade of gold and the blending of the colors and such.
The only adjustment I made to the made was swapping it’s original scenic base with the spare one I had lying around from the Horus model I convertd to Abaddon. In the end it gives a cool look when placing Horus and the Emperor towards eachother, as if in some epic stand-off.
Anyways I hope you guys like how it turned out. I am most pleased..
Like I promised, there were some exciting things happening (for me that is). Today my order at Kabuki Studio was delivered. A week ago, I ordered their Celestial Knight miniature which, as some of you may already know, represents the God-Emperor of Mankind.
Better even, it represents the Emperor in his prime, being in the Horus Heresy. So to start with this, I opened the package and checked the parts.
The model is just packed with details, but keeping in mind that his entire armor will be painted in gold, this would give me a lot of edge-highlight work to do. Looking at the models’ parts I also noticed that there were very little to no mouldlines at all (here there some small, but that what you get when casting with moulds and resin). Same goes for flash, which was almost not present, except for the parts were certain parts were close to eachother, like in between the feathers of the eagle and in between his arm and the guard of the sword. Also,included with the model is a base with a round lip and unusual size to Warhammer (which would be used for gametypes like Warmachine and possibly Infinity) and a scenic base of some sort of flight deck or walkway. Overall, the parts look excellent. They were not casted with a block of resin underneath, like I am used to when ordering models from Forgeworld. What you see in the picture is how it is actually delivered.
After all the parts were cleaned up, I started to assemble the model. One of the things you’ll notice when opening the blister as well is that it does not come with an assembly guide of some sort. But the model is so straightforward in building, all the parts are self-explanatory. If need be, check the card/blister front for the exact location of the parts. But I put this model up in under 5 minutes. Once it’s done it really looks awesome. Ball-jointed shoulderjoints allow you to pose the model as you see fit regarding the poses of the arms and the same goes for the head. In his lightning claw is a small slot in which you can attach the foot of the double-headed eagle that comes with it. I personally chose not to attack the eagle, but I still assembled it, just for fun and to show you guys the set in it’s entirety.
I will fill the slot up with some greenstuff and after that he will be basecoated and put into the paintline.
So that’s it for now. I hope you enjoyed this as much as I am still enjoying it. All in all, this is a fantastic model detail-wise, it’s super easy to assemble and it’ll give me a lot of fun painting him. I hope that I can start working on him soon and show you guys how it turned out.
It’s been a while since my last post. My apologies. Over the past few months I’ve been very busy with work (switched jobs last October) and caught up with a lot of personal issues that have now been resolved. But that doesn’t mean I have not been working on some Warhammer 40,000 goodness. Actually, I have been very busy with that as well. So let’s take a quick look at what has been done so far.
Half year ago I started with painting the model of Roboute Guilliman. That has been finished, though pictures will be made and posted in a seperate post, since I always give my personal view and experience on the Primarch models and want to keep doing it like that.
Then, 4 months ago, I took on two paid commissions, one for a White Scars themed Space Marine army and one for a collection of Daemons of Slaanesh (and a Beast of Nurgle). These were finished and both clients were very happy with the results, as was I.
The beginning of a new army!!!! Whut? Yes. 2 months back, a friend of mine was selling his models, for the reason of quitting the hobby because of the lack of time and money. So I bought these from him and until this very day I am trying to give them a nice paintjob. The first models I actually painted however, were the Tactical Marines from the new re-issued Tacticals set. A new addition to these mini’s were 32mm bases instead of the overly known 25mm, along with some extra parts and details (which are awesome!!). the change of base size gave me one issue. Every other miniature from my friend were still glued to 25mm bases, and as I saw no desire in breaking the models of completely, chancing to break the models themselves, I ordered some laser-cut MDF conversion rings (only 300 of ’em) for 30 dollars, which I think is a steal if you compare that 10 bases cost about 1/3rd of the price. Imagine buying 300, plus the fact that your models break while seperating them from the bases. I think I have stated my point. Anyway, I glued these rings around the original bases and personally, I think they are great. It adds a little more space to the bases, allowing for a little more details to be added, giving a little more support to certain models (metal, models with banners, models hanging over the base edge, a combination of any of said reasons). The only extra work it gives is filling up the creases in between the inner ring of the conversion rind and the outskirts of the plastic base, because the rings are straight edge on the in- and outside. But for the way I am basing my Space Marines, it is only ideal.
Oh right, and I am painting my Space Marines in the colorscheme of the Blood Ravens. Bases will be made to represent some sort of ice/snowy fields, much like Aurelia. The picture below shows my first Blood Ravens model, a Librarian, which was actually the model for Tigurius of the Ultramarines. Base here isn’t done yet but the picture showing the Tactical marines has completed bases but the Marines missing their chapter and company details. However I am very happy with the result of how the Tacticals came out of this.
Working on another board, representing Aurelia.
I also did 2 fun conversions a while ago. While I am a big fan of Chaos in it’s entirety and have always played Chaos Space Marines, I never liked the model GW supplies for Abaddon the Despoiler. In lore, he has bulked out even above Space Marines proportion because of the powers granted by the Chaos Gods, and he is wearing standard 40K terminator armor with a Chaos-y feel to it, while when reading books and lore about him, he was wearing Cataphractii Pattern Terminator armor, like seen on his model from Forgeworld. So I decided to convert a model to Abaddon, specifically Horus’s model. Why? I just love the way Horus’s armor looks (basically being enhanced Cataphractii armor to house Horus’ bulk). That being said, it would aslo perfectly represent Abaddon’s current stature, as he would have grown by Chaos boons and such. I added some bitz collected from a friend of mine, did some greenstuff sculpting (his entire back and the shoulderpads) and voila, I give you ”true-size Abadon”. He was reposed and built following his entry in the codex, depicting him in his current state.
and then there’s the fact that the current Chaos Space Marines tacticals are outdated as hell. So just for fun, I ordered 20 Chaos Raptors and some Black Legion metal shoulderpads and started reposing these. Added some spare arms and weapons from other sets and voilá, Chaos Marines with dynamic poses and decent details, instead of the simple, static models GW currently sells. Only thing I still need to add are the backpacks, but seen as this is a fun conversion project, I am not much in a hurry with finishing these.
So that’s just a ”quick” recap on what I have been doing over past time. Hope some of you are still watching me, because over the course of the coming months, I plan to make pictures of some stuff that will be finished soon, and I think there will be some pretty interesting stuff between all that.
Hope I didn’bore you to much and to see you in the next post.
It’s been a while since I last posted something. I am very sorry. The last year has seen some major troubles, domestic and personal, so I had little time and motivation at that point to keep this up. But I am back, alive and kicking, and to jump right in, I got something for you.
halfway through this week I finished my next Primarch model. Here’s Vulkan, Lord of Drakes, the Promethean Son, Primarch of the XVIIIth Salamanders Legion.
First things first. THE DETAILS!!!! There are a lot on this Primarch. And as if that wasn’t enough, there had te be extra details on the details. Vulkan has several flame-shaped trims on his gunhand, chest and shoulderguard, which were first painted in several shades of gold, but then there had to be actual flames painted, as if those colors were merging with the gold. After a few attempts, I was happy with the result and used this on the rest of the details as well.
Then there the cloak, which should represent drake scale taken from the Great Drake he had slewn back on Nocturne. For this I started out with a specially mixed dark shade of green, washed and glazed it with washes and green glaze untill I was happy with the base shade, then drybrushed with a lighter green, and fianlly drybrushing only the bigger scaled parts with karak stone, to give it that sense that even the scale is starting to age.
But the base color of his armour was a trick. I didn;t want to go with just one of the basic colors GW supplies, so I had to mix the color from 3 different paints, covered the entire armour with it, then washed and glazed it with several colors of washes and glazes until I was happy with it.
Overall seen, I had a lot of fun painting him. It was a bit of a challenge for me, since I have never painted Salamender before and this model is just packed with details, but I think the result is satisfactory. What do you guys think?
Last time I uploaded a post, I showed you the first piece of a board I am painting that will be mostly used for Horus Heresy games. In this post I will be showing you the next piece of the board. I had a lot of fun painting this, not only because the tile is so detailed and such, but because it came with a small personal challenge. The surface of this board would have to be painted in the same way as the crashed Thunderhawk so that both tiles could be laid next to eachother and not see any difference in shade, texture and such. And I am very pleased to say that it worked out very well.
The piece I am talking about is the Primus Redoubt, redubbed the Iron Redoubt to stay in theme. The surface of the board is, explained, painted in the same theme as the crashed Thunderhawk tile, a desert styled environment. I knew I wanted the bunker itself to be a medium light grey so it could be drybrushed with a light grey so I could give all the edges and detail some extra attention. And don’t think the bunker is just some straight-on, flat surface, because when you would look at the bunker closely, you can easily see the very concrete-like look it has.
This tile has something more than the CT tile, which is a certain amount of craters and piles of rubble. These were painted in a medium grey, washed with black shade and drybrushed with a lighter grey but leaving the inside of the craters untouched, giving the idea that the inside is where the missile/projectile has exploded and the ground has not recovered from it since.
All the metal on the board, like gantries, ventilator shafts and such, were painted in a medium iron metallic, washed blue and drybrushed again with the medium iron metallic, then a soft drybrush of light iron metallic to add more chipping effect to it. Ultimately, the entire bunker was then drybrushed with a very light sandcolor drybrush paint on places whereyou could imagine the wind would have swept up sand and landed on the bunker itself, so mainly the outside of the bunker close to the ground and here and there some patches on the inside, to help give it a nice weathered look, like it’s already been there for a while.
And then there is the ”eyecatcher” of the redoubt, the Double-Barrelled Destructor Cannon. This one is very similar to the one you would find on a Legion Falchion, so very cool.
I painted it in the colors of the Iron Warriors Legion. First painted it in a medium metallic iron, the washed the entire thing blue and drybrushed it back in iron, giving it a nice, cold metal kind of look. Then, I painted the black and yellow hazard stripes on the major ”hull” so it would really stand out from the bunker. Next painted all the small details like computer and stairs on the side in the same medium metallic iron and, using GW’s glazes and tamiya clear colors, painted the screens themselves in the colors of my desire. Then, I painted the trims in a brass color, washing them with a sepia multiple times untill it was the shade I wnted it to be. This gives it a real nice weathered, old look. Then ultimately, when the entire cannon was completely painted, the last thing to do was decals. I found an old sheet of GW’s Chaos Space Marines decals and took the Iron Warriors emblem from it twice, one for each side. I applied it using Humbrol’s decalfix. Then I took a decalsheet from the Imperial Guard Baneblade set and cut out the number 23. This alsonwas applied using decalfix. After that was dry, I used a brush and a small amount of black paint and covered the edges of the decals, blending it in completely to the model, no edges visible anymore. The cnnon and the bunker are now dedicated to the Iron Warriors Legion, 23rd Grand Battallion.
If you find that the hazard stripes give you some trouble, go check my previous post on the Chaos Warhound dubbed ”Titan from the Warp” I explain how to paint hazard stripes very easily. You van apply them on anything of your liking and this way has helped me a lot. It may take a while but I am sure you will find the endresult most pleasing.
So that’s it. Down here you will find the pictures of the Iron Redoubt. Go check them out, and next time I will be uploading the next parts of the board.
It’s been a very long while since I last posted something here. I’m sorry for that. Reason is that I took a break of unknown length from everything Warhammer 40.000 and Horus heresy modelling, painting, etc. But guess what…. I’m back!!
A while ago, I ordered some tiles from forgeworld to create a gaming board. Now, we all know that the tiles forgeworld sell all look very cool and detailed, and so you can imagine I was/still am a bit worried I can do these tiles justice looking at the amount details, both structural as well as enviromental. But guess what. I finished 2 tiles already and the comments so far are surprisingly exceeding my hopes. So I figured I would show you what I’ve been working on and see what you guys think of them.
First up is the Crashed Thunderhawk. I had a huge amount of fun painting this tile.
I chose to paint it in the colorscheme of the Iron Warriors, as these tiles will be mostly used for Horus Heresy games, plus I just love their colorscheme. The enviroment itself was painted in a more neutral look, not dedicating it entirely to a specific planet or location so the gaming board could be used to recreate all matters of battle missions, from the desolate wastes of Isstvaan to the sludge infested grounds of Tallarn and so on.
I hope you guys enjoy how it looks. More will be uploaded soon through the course of the coming weeks. I promiss I will keep you updated on this as much as possible.
Lately I’ve been working a lot on my Sons of Horus models. So much I finished everything I have so far. But to just make pictures and show them off like I did with the primarchs isn’s the way I want to do it.
The last thing I finished was a gaming board that also functions as a display board for my Sons of Horus models.
I am going to try and show you guys the models I painted in a sort of story style, making pictures and showing the models from different sides while they’re delivering some action. For me it’s a completely new way to show you what I have so far, but it should be fun. (at least, for me it will be)
For now, you’ll have to do with this awesome piece of artwork, but do not fear, pictures wil come soon enough.
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