fredag 4 januari 2019

Varangian's back is done

Christmas vacation is almost gone and I am done with Varangian's back. It has been an absolute paint to paint, it is large, heavy and full of small pointy green stuff horns that break easily. It is also a lot of detail on the inside of the ridges that are hard to get to with a brush. I know I have said it before and I will say it again, how can people paint this fully assembled?

All in all I am happy with the result. Perhaps not as clean as I would have thought but still ok. The intake cowls are now attached, at least temporarily. I might go back and to a more proper joint later on when I have rested a bit from this. I think it looks nice, a bit chaosy but not to much. I am glad that I listened to advice and skipped the rib cages. I am not sure that the lighter green on the ridges go to well together with the spine, to much of the same color to give a good contrast. We will see what it looks like once I get the void shield projectors done. I will probably make them also as bone to tie in with the spine.

As a small side project I also painted up one of the two chains that I 3D printed. The picture is a bit dark but I think it works. I ended up mounting them lower than I had planed so that the center would not cover up the emblem I sculpted on the armor. This leaves the old attachment points visible so I might remove them later on to tidy things up a bit.

When attaching the lid to the top I find it hard to get it all the way down now. It might bee that something on the inside it hitting something or it might be that the paint has added enough extra material to make it stick. I will have to look in to it later as I need to take the whole upper body of to do that.

Varangian is taking shape. Now I just have to finish the GS sculpting on the claw and the volcano cannon and start with the assembly of the shoulder weapons. Who knows, 2019 might be the year I finish this model.

söndag 16 december 2018

Varangian WIP

I have not really finished anything for the last two weeks as work has taken most of my time. But I have been working on the back piece of Varangian though, even if it is far from done yet. It is painful painting as the piece is to large to hold comfortably and there are so much details to do. So far I have put in the base colors and some initial weathering. The bones are prepared for dry-brushing. Then I will have to do the bronze borders and clean up the weathering. I also decided to try my hand at some free hand emblems on the sides of the reactor exhausts. I am not happy with how they turned out but I will leave them as is as removing them is a very large undertaking. I think the problem was that I did not have a real Idea of what they should look like so I improvised as I went along, and that shows. They are not as symmetric as I would have wished and the line work is not my best. Perhaps I should not practice such things on this model... but, well that has been the modus operandi for this model all along. I will not see it fully assembled until I have finished painting it, so there is really no way of telling how it will turn out. Hope fully I will be able to finish the body over Christmas so that I can get going with the weapons during spring. So if all things work out Varangian might be done to summer.

lördag 1 december 2018

Armiger Hellverin

This week I finished my first Armiger, about 7 month after buying my first one. If I keep that pace my detachment with Armigers will be done in 7 years....  lets hope I will not be that long. On the other hand it has taken me three year to finish three knights, and I have 6 more to go. And I have been working on the Varangian for two years. I really hope I can keep my focus on my mechanicum and not get side tracked by a new project. I might have to take a small break when the plastic sisters hit the stores though.

Well that is as it is. As for the Armiger I am happy with how it turned out. It is a fantastic model, the right size to make it interesting to model and paint but not as time consuming as a full Questoris. I used the same color scheme I am using for the Varangian with a light green under coat and dark green armor. This gives more depth to the model with out reverting to a metal skeleton and armor as most are painted. I am thinking about adding a small banner to the back pole to denote the squad. Eventually there will be three of the to the squad but I think only one will have a banner.
I think GW missed with the design of the back mounted stubber. I know it is the same as on the robots, but I think the Icarus autocannon design from the Knight kit fits better on the model so I used some spares from the night kitts. I also skipped out on the round shields on the main weapons as I don't see the point of them. I also think the designers thought of that options as the sight behind the shield has a small view port for a target camera. The legs can be poised in a large variety of poses once they have been cut up and re-assembled. I can figure out why GW didn't do them in parts from the start. The use of the removable positioning pegs should be enough to help the less experienced modelers to assemble the kit in a standard pose while leaving the option for the more advanced crowd to vary the pose with out risking their fingers in the process. So far I have built three static poses and it will be interesting to try out some running poses next.
I have started the painting rituals of the next Hellverin and I hope it will go faster now that I got the procedure down.

I have also painted a little on the inside roof of the Varangian back piece. It is a pain as it is really uncomfortable to hold it and it is very difficult to do any details. Masking the chevrons was nigh impossible with just one hand and hence the asymmetry. And that is after I repainted some of the parts to get it looking slightly better. But as it will be hidden eventually it might not be so important to get it super nice. There are still some minor details left but soon I can turn to the outside which will hope fully be a little easier to paint even though I dread the narrow space between the cooling ridges. That is it for now

måndag 26 november 2018

Void dragons WIP

After spraying the back and the in-take cowls I could not wait, but started on the heads of the Void dragons. I needed to see how they turned out and if I should go on with the rest. I think they turned out ok, they are the first large scale sculpts I have done, and quite frankly, at lot of the design was improvised. There are some parts of the sculpts that didn't turn out as I wanted but it is what it is now, and I think they look great. It will be nice to see them together with there rest of the spine and the back.

As for the back, I have already started the painting on the inside as it needs to get done before starting on the out side. It is taking time since the spike on the back means I can't put it down while I paint so my hand starts cramping. This means I can do to much before resting.
Well I am on my way to finishing of the body of Varangian.
and that feels great.

onsdag 21 november 2018

Green stuff knight pilots

Did a quick paint job on the two green stuff pilots I cast using green and blue stuff. I am happy with the result considering it was my first tries and that they will most likely never be seen. I will be back with some WIP pics on the Hellverin later in the week. It is taking longer to paint than what I thought.

söndag 18 november 2018

Varangian void dragons , WIP

The internet has spoken! After the last post about the dragons on the cooling ridges I asked for some advice on the design and in the comments I got some good advice. Like my wife the internet did not like the rib cages, so I decided to remove them and go with my original idea instead (it had already been started). So instead of having ribs the cooling ridges now has some spiked bone ridges between the side vents. In the end I agree that this looks better than the rib cages. Once this dilemma was sorted I got the mojo going and have been working on the rest of the pieces. I sculpted some horns for the dragon skulls, added some small spike on the eye bow ridges. I also sculpted the last vertebra to connect the spine to the skulls. To fit the void shield projectors with the spine I had to raise them up a bit. So they are now more like umbrellas hovering above the spine. This means I need to do some sculpting on the under sides to tie them into the rest. I also need to add some more of the back bone to connect things. I also added some chaos growths to the main vent exhausts. This means I am almost ready with the back piece and can soon start painting. Once this is done the main body of the Varangian will be done so I am closing in on a major mile stone in this project.

Apart from green stuff sculpting I have also been painting on one of my Hellverin Armigers. When I bought the Preceptor knight I finally got my hands on a "real" knight pilot. Since I am not bout to by a lot of knights just for the pilot I decided to try blue stuff casting some additional pilots as a test. I must say I am really impressed with the quality of the cast. I have tried press molding green stuff before from green stuff molds. But you can't leave the mold in place as the green stuff cures as you will not be able to remove it later on, and you also need some lubricant to release the green stuff from the mold, this has always lead to loss of detail and some warping. With bluff stuff you just let the green stuff cure in the mold and then you can just pop it out with very good results. I still have some problem with the amounts of GS needed to the cast so I get some unseemly mold lines, but they will not be visible once the pilot is in his/her seat. Since I have a good surplus of skiitari helmets I decided that they would work instead of trying to cast the real helmet. This process will save me much time in the future as I do not need to build the pilots from scratch any more (unless I want to off course), which will be good if I am to build a full super heavy detachment of armigers... (preceptor and 12 armigers). We will see if it gets that far... it is a hell of a lot of models to paint and build, but it would be cool as a scouting company for the rest of the knights and titans.

onsdag 7 november 2018

Varangian dragons, WIP

I have been working on some decorations for the cooling ridges of the Varangian. My initial thoughts were to have some rib like structures on the sides between the cooling vents. Then I came up with the idea of also having some sort of skull covering the intake cowls, which then off course led to the idea of having a full skeleton along the whole cooling ridge. But that also meant a ton more sculpting and I do not know if I am up to the challenge. Right now I am working on the skulls and some rib cages...  I already have spines going along the whole structure. I am not sure how much of the skeleton to actually make...  as it is now there will be skulls with a spine and some ribs. There is off course also the option to make some front and hind legs with the appropriate attachment points. My wife is however skeptical to the whole ribs idea and so and thinks it is enough with just the skulls... so I am a bit hesitant to put to much effort into this if it risks being scraped in the end.

The sculpting is far from done yet, but just to give a view of what might be...