tisdag 27 september 2016

Fallen Imperial War Dancer; CCW Knight

After the last blog post I got inspired and decided to finish of the CCW knight, aka War Dancer, with the missile launcher on the back, the melta guns and off course, the pilot. i think it turned out ok. It is not the best conversion work as I might have rushed it a bit to get to painting (or I am no better). This also goes for part of the paint work. From a distance it looks great, and also under natural light, but when photographed at close up one can see that it is not as neat as it might have been. This might have to do with me finding it harder to focus my eyes when painting and I thing the lighting in the hobby room needs some attention, or it is just me getting old and sloppy.

Well that is what it is. It will be better next time.

When it comes to the over all pose I am happy with the leg conversion. Just turning the joints at the hips upside down worked well. There where some issues with the pistons and cables, and there was absolutely no room for the banner but it gives the knight a different look, taking it away from the standard model. I think it looks more like the FW knights as the gate is more natural and it also give the knight a more menacing look.The addition of chains to the underside of the shoulder guard also worked out fine. I am however not to sold on the arcs with the spikes. I thin k the work on the shoulders and legs but the set on the hips really interferes with the torso. In a way that is good as it prevents the top form falling of due the imbalance caused by the shield. Which by the way is magnetized as I did not know if it would look to much out of place. The tentacles hanging from the back are also a bit out of place, and attaching them to the exhaust stacks were not such a good idea as it made the it hard to get them into the right place which in turn makes it hard to mount and remove the back carapace. The halberd sword turned out great and I think it was a good idea not to have two of them as I initially planed. Once again it could have been made neater, and I might have to remount the back balance as it is a bit squired.

With some hind sight I might have done somethings differently but over all I think it will make a worth addition to the Northern Ghosts, or the Legio Umbra Borealis.

söndag 25 september 2016

CCW knight, almost there

Almost there, there is not much left now on this close combat knight. All in all I am happy with the result. The shield is not as good as it could have been, but with paint is it looking better. I am tempted to switch to 3D printing instead of building stuff my self, as it will look more symmetric and generally more professional, It will however remove the hands on creative process in building stuff, and if I don´t practice I will not get better. And in the end I am just doing this for my self so the process of building and painting and in the end knowing that I did it all my self, is the real treat. And if someone else get inspired or enjoy the things I do, so much the better.

I will be back with pictures of the finished model shortly.

söndag 4 september 2016

CCW knight armor plates

I have not had to much time work on the Varangian these last weeks so this will just be an update on the CCW knight. What I have done is mostly to paint the armor plating for the body and legs. They are not large pieces but they take time as there are a lot of filed that require many layers of paint. I am sticking to the green layout with blue and white striped field, were the blue/withes are flaking of, leaving the green beneath to show. I have also tried to work in the maniple/legion insignia on the carapace and shoulders. All in all it is starting to look nice, not the best paint job I have done, but under the circumstances I am happy. Next up will be the weapons.