Thursday, December 5, 2019

On the Workbench [December] - First Legion Characters

Dark Angels Praetor WIP

On the workbench this December, I took some time to assemble and base the two new(ish) Forge World characters for the Dark Angels.  The sculpts are very detailed and will be loads of fun to paint.  Everything went together very smoothly and all the parts fit as expected.  Some minor heating was required to straighten the swords, but this is nothing unusual for working with resin models.  I detected no other warping in the other parts..

Dark Angels Praetor WIP

Forge World painted their model with the bare head, but I can't imagine why any Dark Angels player would forgo this amazing winged helm. Maybe because it's a bit too much with the wings given the shoulder pad and the shield??  The helm looks fierce, and very Dark Angels, so I'm keeping it.

Dark Angels Praetor WIP

All angles of this model are well detailed and in keeping with the Forge World Horus Heresy aesthetics we've come to know and love.

Dark Angels Praetor WIP

My Dark Angels characters are all mounted on custom cork bases so I did the same here. Vallejo Black Lava was used to texture the flat areas of cork to hide its inherent "corkiness".

Custom cork base for Dark Angels Praetor WIP

I'd have loved another weapon option for the Terminator's left hand.  Both the model and armor design for the hand holding the weapons makes a weapon swap with anther cataphractii terminator model unlikely. I'm not hating on the Volkite Charger (a fitting relic for the First Legion), but I might have chosen something more effective in game terms. but then who am I kidding.  I barely play so this is a display army in any case. :)

Dark Angels Cataphractii Praetor WIP

The attention to detail continues with this model.  Almost too much to paint...almost. I welcome the challenge. So many little details here.

Dark Angels Cataphractii Praetor WIP

I need this sword in my life.  I could use a whole pack of swords like this for the army, in fact. This is a true paragon blade for sure.

Dark Angels Cataphractii Praetor WIP

With so much back detail, I'm compelled to paint it and the inside of the cape, before assembling the model in total. I also like that one could leave the cloak off with no noticeable effect.  The cloak attaches to the normal armor and there are no modeled attachment points at all.

Custom cork base for Dark Angels Cataphractii Praetor WIP

And of course, another signature cork base, with skull...because, Grim Dark.

That closes out what I'm building this month.  With the Christmas holidays rapidly approaching, I don't expect to make a lot of time available to hobby.  I'm leaning on painting some Blackstone Fortress models...but damn, these Dark Angels are so sweet I may need to get paint on them sooner rather than later. Time will tell.

Cheers and Happy Gaming!

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Sisters of Silence Vigilator Squad - TO DONE

Sisters of Silence Vigilator Squad with Oblivion Knight

So at last the Sisters of Silence have been completed.  I was not able to make the time to squeeze in a post before the US Thanksgiving holiday but here is where I ended up.  After a great idea from Siph, I went scrounging through my decal collection for something suitable for a Silent Sister and came up with a Custodes icon which hopefully is subtle and obscure enough not to break canon.

Sisters of Silence Vigilator WIP - Cloak decal

With that little detail attended to (that cloak just has way too much open blue...), I set to the final armor highlights, some minor touch up to the hair, and some script on the scrolls and purity seals. That pretty much wrapped things up for me and after a coat of Model Masters Lusterless Flat lacquer, the ladies went for a photo shoot in the light box.  Probably shouldn't have used the brown background with the gold armor as things are fairly yellow...but there it is.

Sisters of Silence Vigilator - front Sisters of Silence Vigilator - back

The Oblivion Knight came out well with all of the writing on the scrolls.  I used a black .005 Micron pen and then added some color with a red .005 Micron pen. Might need to click through to the full size image to make that out.

Sisters of Silence Vigilator - front Sisters of Silence Vigilator - back

I think the dynamic pose on this sister is my favorite.  She is definitely ready to spring into action. Vallejo Silver was used as a final edge highlight on the sharpest lines of the armor and the blade edges.

Sisters of Silence Vigilator - front Sisters of Silence Vigilator - back

Posting these pics, I realize I didn't manage great focus.  Sorry for that.  I need to stop shooting models at the end of the evening when I'm ready for bed.

Sisters of Silence Vigilator - front Sisters of Silence Vigilator - back

Still waiting for the final decal for this lady's tattoo, but it's on its way.  I'm really loving the cloak.

Sisters of Silence Vigilator - front Sisters of Silence Vigilator - back

This Sister is certainly dressed to be the squad leader.  haven't decided though since I like the commanding pose of the first sister above.  After much thought, I decided to leave the fur cloaks alone in the simple shaggy grey.  I've dragged on these models and it was time to call it done and move on.  Perhaps in the future I'll try some spots or stripes.

Sisters of Silence Vigilator - front Sisters of Silence Vigilator - back

And last but not least we have the fifth sister.  I was going back to brighten the gold details on the cloaks, but then realized they work as is.  I wanted a sense of subtle thread work that might fade or fray with time.  So the gold is there, but not looking too painted on I hope.

And finally, as promised i a prior post, below is a picture with the ladies accompanied by a few Custodes for scale.  I hope you'll agree that I managed to make the Sisters fit in well with the Custodes while still remaining a distinct force of their own.

Sisters of Silence with Adeptus Custodes

Fun stuff! Now perhaps I'll get them on the table top some day to prove their mettle.  One of my gaming buddies plays Thousand Sons, so maybe some Burning of Prospero action - minus the Wolves of Fenris unless I start a new project...

So that's it for the sisters.  They get a big ol' seal of DONE for this hobby season.


Not sure where the winds of Hobby Fate blow next...might be Knights for Adeptus Titanicus, might be time to get some Blackstone Fortress models on the table.  Or I might dive back in to either the First Legion or the Blades of Vengeance.  So many cool projects to work on at the moment!

Cheers and Happy Gaming!

Friday, November 22, 2019

WIP: Sisters of Silence Vigilator Squad - Part 4

Sisters of Silence Vigilator Squad WIP

More work on the ladies to share today. The eyes really took a lot of my hobby time this week.  Each pair have been painted and repainted several times to get them to where they are.  I'm generally pleased with them now, but I don't promise not to retouch one or too before the project is done. So... tiny...

Sisters of Silence Oblivion Knight WIP - front

The Oblivion Knight was a particular challenge around the eyes and I'm not sure I'm done.  Enough of the face is exposed in the helmet's eye slits that one really must paint the eyes in there.  No cheating!  Her scrolls have been shaded and highlighted now.  The sword grip was painted and shaded, but not highlighted. Ropes and tassels were painted and shaded. Purity seals were completed.

Sisters of Silence Oblivion Knight WIP - back

Lot's of little detail work goes into painting these ladies. And I continue to find the odd purity seal or other detail forgotten under a section armor or behind the folks of a cloak, etc.

Sisters of Silence Vigilator WIP - front

The forehead tattoo decals have been added to four of the five ladies with bare heads.  Not sure why the decal sheet came with only four decals when you can have five models with bare heads...?  A quick stop by eBay has another sheet on the way so I'll get the last one completed at some point when they arrive by mail.

Sisters of Silence Vigilator WIP - back

As with the Oblivion Knight, many details have been completed now, including ropes, sword hilts, etc. And those many eyes...

Sisters of Silence Vigilator WIP - front

This sisters awaits her tattoo while I work on shading and highlighting her flesh.

Sisters of Silence Vigilator WIP - back

This cloak cries out for freehand, but the pleas fall on deaf ears for now.

Sisters of Silence Vigilator WIP - front

I like this sister a lot.  A certain fierceness and conviction came out of my ham-handed attempts to paint the eyes - at least at a distance. I rewarded her with a skull tucked away in a crack on her base. Just a little splash of the grim dark.

Sisters of Silence Vigilator WIP - back

As I work through the finished details the squad is coming together nicely.

Sisters of Silence Vigilator WIP - front

The tattoos solidify the Silent Sisters look for sure.  More shading of the face/head will soften them somewhat without blurring or obscuring them I hope.  Still working through what I want to do in my head. As shown here, the tattoo decals have simply been applied and then covered over with GW Lahmian Medium to protect and fade them into the head a bit.

Sisters of Silence Vigilator WIP - back

I haven't worked up to courage to got into this cloak with some freehand spots or stripes.  I feel a pelt like this deserves some extra attention. Unusual for an animal not to have some variation in its coat. The Oblivion Knight at least has the scroll papers down the back to break things up a bit.

Sisters of Silence Vigilator WIP - front

Another fierce warrior stepping in to deliver the Emperor's justice. Not sure how they will play in either 30k or 40k games, but they look damn nice on the table. :)

Sisters of Silence Vigilator WIP - back

And that's where I'm at so far.  I had optimistically planned to be at a completion point by the end of this week, but there is more work to do.  With luck I can tie this project off before I head out with the family on Turkey Day. It would feel good to go into December with something new. I like the results here though, so I'm not going to force or rush them.

I'll fit one more post in before Thanksgiving arrives here in the US, with luck.

Cheers and Happy Gaming!

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

WIP: Sisters of Silence Vigilator Squad - Part 3

Sisters of Silence Vigilator Squad WIP

Not much to share today despite my efforts.  Such is the way as a project turns from laying down base colors to highlighting and painting small details. I expect to have much more progress, if not completed models, to share by the end of the week so I'm opting to skip the individual photos today.

Sisters of Silence Vigilator Squad WIP

I improved the gold armor by layering on Vallejo Old Gold, being careful to preserve shadows, and areas where the armor would be under less light and therefore darker naturally.  This results in a nice sheen that helps the armor pop a bit.  The gems (which had been based gold) were then painted with the GW Spiritstone Red technical paint.  This mirrors the GW Soulstone Blue that was painted on the Custodes gems in technique and over all appearance.

During this stage, many of the fine gold details were picked out on the cloaks, loin cloths, fur wraps, gloves, etc..  The Ladies are definitely looking a bit more flashy now.Still more work to do, including silver highlights on the armor, additional shading on the details, final work on the swords and finally the heads and faces.

I really like the overall look of this force a look forward to sharing them complete along side a few of my Custodes.  I expect they will continue to stand out while still appearing part of the larger Imperial force.  They are really great models regardless and very fun to paint.

I'll have more to share in a few days.

Cheers and Happy Gaming!

Thursday, November 14, 2019

WIP: Sisters of Silence Vigilator Squad - Part 2

Sisters of Silence Vigilator squad WIP

I have more progress on the Vigilators to share today. The paint work advanced to a point where I could attach the sisters to their bases.  That's always a fun move as it really makes the project seem to advance quickly.  The bases were painted with a simple dry brush of various Vallejo browns.  The recipe is on the Custodes tab above. I used some 5-minute epoxy to glue the sisters down, pinning them with a bit of the brass rod that was previously binding them to the painting handles.

Sisters of Silence Vigilator WIP - front

The cloaks received two highlight and the heads were painted and then shaded with GW Reikland Fleshshade.

Sisters of Silence Vigilator WIP - back

The hair received two layers of highlights as well, using a simple dry brush technique. The fur on the cloaks was also dry brushed with Vallejo Ghost Grey.

Sisters of Silence Oblivion Knight WIP - front

The gloved hands and various gaps in the armor where the body gloves show were painted with Vallejo Dark Rubber and shaded with GW Nuln Oil.  The armored knuckled will be picked out next and some highlights added to the dark grey on the hands.

Sisters of Silence Oblivion Knight WIP - back

The parchment seals and ribbons where painted with P3 Menoth White. The will be later shaded with GW Agrax Earthshade and highlighted with P3 Menoth White Highlight.

Sisters of Silence Vigilator WIP - front

On the bases, the sisters are starting to come alive.  I think simple cork with the Black Lava sandy texture paints up well. I focus the lighter highlights around the sharp edges of the broken ground and the high points of the rocky rubble.

Sisters of Silence Vigilator WIP - back

I haven't decided yet what colors to use on the cloak trim and details.  Something that pops while not adding too much more chaos to already colorful models.  Possibly white to match the fur.

Sisters of Silence Vigilator WIP - front

The cloak highlights need some blending and cleanup in spots.  Every time I think I'm finally getting the hang of edge highlights, something goes blobby on me.  I'm feeling good overall though with the highlights on the sisters so far.

Sisters of Silence Vigilator WIP - back

More fun cloak details waiting for paint.

Sisters of Silence Vigilator WIP - front

I'm trying out some darker skin tones on a couple of the sisters to mix things up a bit.  It's a good opportunity to try new things and think about painting flesh in different ways.

Sisters of Silence Vigilator WIP - back

Yikes...another spot where the cloak highlights got away from me a bit. I'll go back and see about blending things in better on that center fold so I can sharpen the highlight.

Sisters of Silence Vigilator WIP - front

So much more detail and finish work to do on these ladies. I'm still thinking about adding stripes or spots or something to the long fur cloaks to break up the field of furry grey.

Sisters of Silence Vigilator WIP - back

And that's where the six sisters stand at this point.  I had to push through some serious painter's block to make progress on these ladies this week.  I thought assembling the knights for AT would be a good break, but it almost derailed the Sister's project instead. Getting the models on their bases helped motivate me to carry on. But these things happen. I have only self imposed deadlines to meet so the only pressure is to make some progress (however small) and keep the project moving forward.

Next week, these ladies should be looking sharp.

Cheers and Happy Gaming!