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Hey guys, thought I would start up a new feature in which the guys (and maybe one days gals ohmygosh) of STC would update you, the loyal readers, on what we are painting, sculpting, and planning at the minute. This will hopefully become a semi-regular feature, where we can show that not only are we talented wordsmiths, but half decent hobbyists as well.
So, over the last week or so, I have been thinking about Games Day and Golden Daemon UK. This will be my first real shot at entering something that isn't crap and an excuse to get into the hall an hour early, and as always, planning is key. While I can't reveal the full lineup of entries just yet, I am planning to enter the WH Monster and LOTR Single Mini comps, as well as the 40k Squads, 40k Vehicle, and 40k Monster Category.
For the monster category, I have decided on entering my converted Destroyer Lord. I have never been much of a fan of the existing Destroyer Lord model, and with the new fluff depicting them as outcast maniacs, I am now even less so. After seeing the outcast Megatron in the latest Transformers movie, I liked the idea of a cloak/headscarf. As such, I set about making my own version. Using an old Destroyer body I had lying around (in hindsight a mistake, I had no idea how to put things together properly 7+ years ago) and the new Cairn Wraith plastic from the Vampire Counts range as a basis, I went to work, and here are the results-
The over arching spine is a big theme present on the current Destroyer Lord, and one that I wanted to replicate, so after heating and bending a spine from the Triarch Pretorian box set, I set to greenstuffing it, trying to give the impression that the spine has ripped through the cloak, and is now visible from the top.
With that done, I then set about adding the shredded cloak element around the bottom, and midriff, sculpting some tattered sleeves, then added some cables underneath and into the torso to reinforce the effect that he is an outcast, and has to patch himself up without access to the main tomb complex.
This is my first effort and sculpting anything other than marine legs and arms, so pretty pleased. Will show some updates of him being painted soon enough.
Next up, is my Contemptor for my White Scorpions army. With the investment of an airbrush, painting purple has never been easier, and after nearly a year and a half languishing unfinished on my desk, he is (slowly) nearing completion. Tring out P3 paints for the first time with this guy, must say that I am loving them, quite a difference that GW paints in both feel and control. Dead easy to thin for going through an airbrush too.
Looking forward to doing some freehand on the banner too, love telling a story with my miniatures and this one will be no different.
Lastly, is my contribution towards the Black Crusade 2012, an Alpha Legion Squad with accompanying Rhino. Was aiming for the blue-green pearlescent effect from the artwork in the third edition codex here:
Using Tamiya Clear colours airbrushed over a preshaded silver surface, and using lots of techniques from Forge World's Imperial Armour Vol. 2, here are the results:
Lenses and Lights still need to be painted, but pretty pleased with what has been done so far. The squad is in various states of assembly, but will post another update here and on my own blog when they are done.
The tank was weathered using washes and pigments from Secret Weapon Miniatures, and some enamel washes from AK-Interactive. I'll have a go at reviewing products from both these companies in the near future, as they will be getting liberal use on my GD entries.
Thanks for reading folks!!