Friday 19 November 2010

Vampire Counts - Varghulf

Varghulf from my Vampire Counts army, not much to say about it except that I had a great time painting this one. 

White undercoat, then several layers of various washes and drybrushes, not much "real" paint per Se. Still need to finish the skeletons we can see in the background. I also need to improve my photo technique and environment, using some kind of proper photo mini studio.

The 1,000pts army itself should be something like:

Vampire with at least crown of command
40 Skeletons, Spears, War Banner
3 Spirit Host
1 Varghulf 
10 Zombie or so
That's just a draft but I already feel I should add some Dire Wolves if I want to be able to quickly crash any shooting enemy unit. To be continued...

Tuesday 16 November 2010

Eldar Revenant Titan - Part II

I finished the pinning and did spray the undercoat. Not that easy as the model is not assembled yet. Thing is that some parts are going to be painted on their own before final assembling. That and the various body shields creating recesses and places where it would have been quite difficult to spray. This is an important part of the process, work it slowly, no need to flood the model with paint or you will loose details. Anyway, that's the box containing all the under-coated parts:
I also started thinking transportation and weapon destroyed damage, two situations where having detachable guns is highly preferred. Hence added some magnets in the Pulsar guns.
I briefly reassembled the main parts to check the coherence (Plus it looks way better in black already).

A quick word on a known issue with resin I had with the model.. Air Bubble... Frankly nothing to be worry about. Just a bit of green stuff and a file, problem solved. Before/After:

et voila, Green Stuff, FTW.

And to close this post, about the Revenant itself, Fluff speaking.. They do come in pair right? So as a direct result and before starting the actual paint, I need to assemble and undercoat his brother, here on the right. Just finished the cleaning, score!

Friday 12 November 2010

Eldar Revenant Titan - Part I

That's what it looked like when I received it. Content was split between 3 plastic bags.

Cleaning the parts, filing everything - I'd suggest the use of a dremel vs using a file - It's way faster and much cleaner when handled properly.

It did sit like that for weeks, just didn't know where to start. My first experience with resin prior to that monster has been an Avatar and a couple of twinlink EML for the Eldar Serpent. The Titan here is just playing in a different league.

So after a few weeks, and some reading trying to catch some experience from others. I started by the start.. One foot. Forgeworld is actually suggesting exactly that. Get an idea of the pose you want then build your way up.

Again here I'm using the Dremel, the manual drill in the picture is very handy to pre-drill but with the amount of drilling required it's not an ideal tool.

This is a very scary first step and probably the reason I delayed it so much. I mean that thing does not come cheap. Why would you voluntarily drill through such an expensive toy. Note that I used 1.5mm brass rod I later had to swapped for a more stable 2mm.

From this point on, again, just build your way up.

And again
The hip was a problem as nothing wanted to fit properly. At the end, after several unfortunate drilling I had to refill some holes with green stuff, drill again and glue as I don't want that part to be removable anyway. Just wish I could have painted it separately but it will have to be that way.

I also picked a base, that one is too small and too light.

And higher, still higher.

Time to change the base as I finally found something decent. I also replaced the 1.5 brass rod by this 2.0 Much, much more stable. Also added a few elements of scenery on the base.

Great moment, adding the pilot in his seat. Sort of the star at the top of the Christmas tree kinda feeling.

And that's where I stand now. I feel the most difficult part is behind me but I have no illusion that model is keeping some more challenges yet to be unleashed.