Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Space Marine Captain Complete!

At long last, a commission that I took a while ago is finally finished. You can see some of the WIP shots here. This update is going to be a photo gallery for the most part. I'll post a bit of explanation for some of the cooler stuff on the model.

This model represents a Captain of the Sky Wardens Chapter, a Blood Angels successor chapter. To show that the Captain is one of Sanguinius's noble progeny, I painted a blood drop icon on the left shoulder pad. The purple is plainly visible on the dark red, while not distracting from the model as a whole.

At the time of the commission, the Sky Wardens had no chapter symbol. I was honored to be able to work up something for my client. The symbol is a stylized volcano, which has to do with their homeworld. You can read the fluff my client wrote about them here.

The suit of power armor the Captain is wearing is a modified Mk.III suit I sculpted out of Green Stuff. Instead of the standard chest plate, I sculpted in pectorals to make him look more "Blood Angely." To enhance the age of the armor, I did some bits of scroll work, showing former owners, past accomplishments, different engagements, or whatever would be written on a suit of armor likely thousands of years old.

More scroll work on the back of the Pre-Heresy style jump pack. To show wear, after painting the jump pack, I did a relatively heavy drybrush in Chaos Black around the exhaust vents.

The power sword was designed as a fencing foil, which would've been almost impossible to do without having thickened out the blade. This also gave me an opportunity to try out a technique I learned reading the From The Warp blog. The relevant tutorial on how to do the "power lightning " effect can be found here. As always, thanks, Ron!

Lastly, the base. A good base can make a model, bringing the entire effect together. On the other hand, a bad base can break a model, making it look anywhere from not quite right to downright horrible. The base on this particular model served two purposes: Showing his homeworld is a pile of volcanic ash, and elevating the model, making him stand out.

The base is flocked with play sand before painting. After priming, the sand is painted black, then drybrushed with Adeptus Battlegrey and an even lighter drybrush of Fortress Grey. The bit of debris the model is standing on serves only to elevate the model without relying on wire or a flight stand. It got a coat of Chainmail, washed with Devlan Mud, then some highlights were picked out to make the bit of debris look old and worn. The skull inset on the debris was painted with Dheneb Stone and washed with Devlan Mud.

After the model was completely painted, I added a bit of scrub to the base, just to break up the grey. It's this little bit that I think really sets the base off.

Now that I've taken photographs of this model for my own enjoyment, I can now box this bad boy up and send him off to his rightful owner. Mr. Client, this project pushed me in more ways than one, and I thank you for this opportunity.

Blood and Rage,

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Webway Portals!

Edit: The second portal is finished. It's the green one in the photo above.

At the request of a friend, I created this Webway portal for his Dark Eldar army. To make it easier, I consulted the annals of the From The Warp Archives and found this article. Thanks, Ron!

The portal is made out of half of a knock-off Wiffle ball I bought at the dollar store earlier this afternoon. The portal isn't quite the right size, clocking in at almost exactly 2 1/2 inches, but it serves the purpose, nonetheless.

Most of the painting was done with spray paint I bought at my local Walmart. After roughing up the surface of the Wiffle ball with sandpaper, it got primed with Krylon grey primer. As always, I highly recommend it. After the primer dried (about an hour, just to be sure) I hit it with gloss black spray paint from Walmart. I don't know the brand name, but it's the stuff you get for 96 cents. Again, I let that dry for about an hour.

After the black coat was dry, I taped off a swirl pattern on the portal. After the tape was secure, I hit it with the gloss blue spray paint. More letting paint dry. After everything had dried, I broke out the large dry brush and went over the blue swirl with a stippling of Ultramarines Blue paint from Citadel to bring out the contrast between the black and blue colors. A sort-of highlight for the swirl was done in Enchanted Blue.

Next, I grabbed my old detail brush (recently replaced, and about time, too) and began making star-like patterns on the surface, more-or-less at random with Skull White paint. After this was done, I used the same color and brush to create a lightning effect on the surface.

Too easy, right?