Friday, January 15, 2021

Dark Angels Indomitus Deathwing Master - TO DONE

 

Indomitus Dark Angels Deathwing Master

Greetings.  It's time to call the Indomitus Dark Angels Master I've been working on DONE.  I could keep picking away at details here and there, but I like where he's at and I need to look at something else...and I guess you folks would probably appreciate that too!  He's a fun model with a lot of interesting areas to work on.

With the big seal of DONE out of the way, here are a few more shots from the light box.

Stay safe out there.

Cheers and Happy Gaming!


Indomitus Dark Angels Deathwing Master

Indomitus Dark Angels Deathwing Master

Indomitus Dark Angels Deathwing Master

Indomitus Dark Angels Deathwing Master



Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Dark Angels Indomitus Deathwing Master - WIP - Part 2

 

Dark Angels Indomitus Deathwing Master WIP

The Dark Angels Indomitus Deathwing Master continues his slow progress towards completeness this week. It is time to look at the little details now.  There are many and each is sort of a mini project in its own right.

Dark Angels Indomitus Deathwing Master WIP

I decided this Deathwing Master carries the blood of a predecessor, or perhaps as rumor say, it's some of the Lion's own, passed down through the centuries. 

Dark Angels Indomitus Deathwing Master WIP

I decided the skulls on the armor would be made of the same grey material as the Indomitus campaign symbols I've been painting on this force. Here, the intake ports on the backpack are painted a steel color and shaded with GW Nuln Oil as well. I believe some touchup and additional highlighting have gone into the tabard as well.

Dark Angels Indomitus Deathwing Master WIP

Then it was time to get the head painted, particularly the mostly covered face. I think I picked out reasonable eyes this time.  Still working to get satisfied with eyes on these models. Also, you can see where I picked out the prayer beads that the vial of sacred blood hangs from.  The alternating beads are easier to count during prayer and the colors tie in with the checkers on the tilting shield. Some cleanup went into the artifacts hanging down the front of the tabard as well.

Dark Angels Indomitus Deathwing Master WIP

Then more work into the shield, picking out the little details and cleaning up the shading to draw contrast between bone and non-bone items. The iPhone is washing out some detail here, but it's coming along. I can't decide what to do with the hour glass.  The particularly observant (or kind) may notice my attempt at putting a light gray sand in the glass.  I'm still working on how that would look here in paint - sort of a 3d freehand going on. But that's perhaps making my efforts sound a bit too grand.

Hopefully one more session this week to get this hero done so I can move on to the Judiciar and Chaplain models that complete the force. I'd like to finish before Squaduary 2020 in February, but otherwise I really have no need to rush these well sculpted heroes. I want to look back on this project and feel good about the aunt of work I put into them.

I hope you and yours are well and being safe.

Cheers and Happy Gaming!


Friday, January 8, 2021

Dark Angels Indomitus Deathwing Master - WIP

 

Dark Angels Indomitus Deathwing Master WIP

Greetings!  The work on the Indomitus Captain model continues.  I know that Belial is the current Master of the Deathwing, but he still needs a stunt double.  I decided that it was time to put a little more work into these Indomitus models so they'd read as Dark Angels.  The paint work and transfers go a long way towards that, but you can't beat a few simple conversions that draw the eye.  Siph suggested earlier that I look for feathers, and I think I will at some point, but I have a bits box full of other Dark Angels icons and such (no feathers sadly) so I got right to work.

Dark Angels Indomitus Deathwing Master WIP

Here is where I started from.  As a push fit model, I haven't glued anything yet, so it was easy to pull the model apart and look at its head.  This, in particular, looks like every other space marine helmet out there - at least for an Indomitus captain - so for a Master of the Deathwing, it had to change.

Dark Angels Indomitus Deathwing Master WIPDark Angels Indomitus Deathwing Master WIP

I tried an assortment of heads, and even looked at putting these wings on other helmets.  In the end, adding these Dark Angels helmet wings to the Indomitus Captain helmet captured everything I was looking for. With a little finessing, they fit and accommodate the raised helmet visor just fine. I very much like the style of the Indomitus helmet for a Knight of the Deathwing and I wanted to keep the different look of this Indomitus armor and not bring in a helmet from earlier armor marks that might look out of place.  The wings change it enough to clearly call out a member of the Dark Angels.  Simple!

Dark Angels Indomitus Deathwing Master WIP

With that one change, I could get back to work painting.  There are enough other details that already match a Dark Angels look (the little shrines, prayer beads, etc.) that I didn't feel adding more would help out.  I'll look at adding green stuff feathers at some point - right now I just need these guys finished to a good standard to I can get on with other projects.

Dark Angels Indomitus Deathwing Master WIP

I was feeling all proud and bad-ass about converting this helmet when I ran across a few on the internet to bring me back down to earth.  There really are no new ideas...at least I put this together BEFORE seeing other examples.

Dark Angels Indomitus Deathwing Master WIP

Back to painting; I had fun with the base.  My buddy's old Necron force used this green shoulder pad motif, so this will be a good natured tie in to our past battles.  I don't know if he maintains that with his new Indomitus Necrons.  I still have to pick out the chest icon on this poor fella.  I liked how the pose has this fallen Necron looking directly up at the Captain standing over him. So I gave him Terminator-like eyes that show he hasn't fully shut down yet...maybe he's about to reanimate? Or perhaps he'll bite him on the leg?? Lots of story here.  Probably should have used green glowing eyes on Necrons, but baleful red just looks meaner and scarier to me.

Dark Angels Indomitus Deathwing Master WIP

I continue to paint power swords using my version of Duncan's technique for Custodes. It reads "something special here" enough to make the power weapons clearly visible on the table.  Nothing really realistic about it; but then we're painting far future space soldiers so what's the worry, right?

Dark Angels Indomitus Deathwing Master WIP

I had fun painting the little tilting shield.  Some freehand checkers with a few transfers from the Indomitus sheet. I needed to get away from green and beige/bone so this element would stand out a bit.  I wanted to nod back to the 1st Legion origins of the chapter too for a Deathwing Master, even if this fella is one of Cawl's vat borne Primaris brutes.

Dark Angels Indomitus Deathwing Master WIP

I ran out of Indomitus Deathwing decals, so I grabbed one from a prior large GW Dark Angels sheet. It's a tad bigger than the Indomitus ones, but he's a Master. Probably should have the biggest...er...company/chapter badge, right?

There is a surprising amount left to do.  So many little bits and bobs on this guy. That little vial hanging from the arm-scroll behind the shield, for instance.  Lots of little things.  Don't glue this guy before painting him.  It's been great to pop of the arms and backpack to get at all the fine details.  So much easier that just jabbing the brush in to a tight spot and hopping to get it right.

 With luck, I'll get this guy wrapped up next week.  I have the Chaplain and Judiciar left to go and Squaduary 2021 is fast approaching.

Stay safe out there.

Cheers and Happy Gaming!

Monday, January 4, 2021

Dark Angels Indomitus Deathwing Ancient - TO DONE

 

Dark Angels Indomitus Deathwing Ancient

Greetings and Happy New Year!  For my first post in 2021, I have the Indomitus Ancient painted in Dark Angels Deathwing colors.  This one gets the big seal of DONE for the 2020/21 hobby season, leaving three more space marine characters from the set to paint.


The Indomitus models have some great details.  I really could have kept on painting this guy, but at some point it's just time to put a model down and move on.  For instance, my eye keeps coming back to the purity seals where I neglected to paint on any sort of text.  This is the freehand painter's version of not drilling out the gun barrels for me.  And I'll probably have to come back and address that at some point.  But for now, enough is enough.

Below are a few more shots in the light box.  

Stay safe out there.

Cheers and Happy Gaming!

Dark Angels Indomitus Deathwing Ancient

Dark Angels Indomitus Deathwing Ancient

Dark Angels Indomitus Deathwing Ancient

And the non-filtered originals...my iPhone SE goes way into the yellow when looking at Deathwing models, despite a gray background and white LEDs...

Dark Angels Indomitus Deathwing Ancient

Dark Angels Indomitus Deathwing Ancient

Dark Angels Indomitus Deathwing Ancient

Dark Angels Indomitus Deathwing Ancient



Thursday, December 31, 2020

Dark Angels Indomitus Deathwing Lieutenant - TO DONE

Dark Angels Indomitus Deathwing Lieutenant

 Greetings and best wishes for a happy new year!  For my final post of 2020, I have a completed Lieutenant to add to my Primaris Dark Angels from the Indomitus boxed set.  This model brings me to 20 complete models from the set, with four left to paint for the year.  So I won't succeed my goal this year, but I made great progress and got most of the Marines from the box painted.  My friend, who took the Necrons, also didn't finish so it's all good from a challenge point of view.  For now, I'm happy to give this models a big seal of DONE for the hobby season.


I put in a little more time on the Deathwing Ancient as well, but didn't complete him. Here is where the model stands at the end of the year.


He's coming along well enough for now and should be finished soon as we move into 2021.  Let's hope the New Year brings us a better time than 2020 did; I mean come on, that's a pretty low bar to beat, right?!

I'll wrap up with a few more pics of the Lieutenant from the light box.

Stay safe out there.

Cheers and Happy Gaming!

Dark Angels Indomitus Deathwing Lieutenant

Dark Angels Indomitus Deathwing Lieutenant

Dark Angels Indomitus Deathwing Lieutenant