Thursday, 24 September 2015

Warlord Claw Scratchbuild

Where the "F" stands for FIST!

Now, as of this moment there is only one weapon for the warlord, and that's a travesty that I felt needed to be rectified. But not just any fist, because that would be boring, but a Saturnyne Lascutter. You don't see one of them everyday. Infact what does one even look like? Well I was thinking something like this.

I'm going to have to sculpt certain parts and hand build the majority from plasticard but it will be worth it. The cutter itself will be inset into the fist itself, much like an iron man style gauntlet.

So from my sketches there are certain parts that I can grab straight from FW kits with minimum fuss

The majority of the claws and main armament, that sits in the palm, are from a dreadclaw drop-pod.

 The eagle will have to be completely sculpted. I managed to find a rough wing sculpture on the cheap from ebay that I could press mould, then I sculpted in the feathers and details with dental tools. You can see the level of detail from the press mould at the bottom of the wing in the first picture.

I think I can use the main chunk of the Belecosa Volcano cannon as a large part of the biceps structure.

And the vents to sit above the fist as its power core.

The rest of the fist will have to be plasticard and greenstuff. Which is terrifying.

Happy painting all!

Monday, 14 September 2015

Hail to mars

Well that was nice! Summer is now over, no more BBQs

My dog can finish his first brit pop album

And I can paint without it drying on the way to the model.

So I thought I would ease back into it with a little distressed metal, some custom plasticard mechanicum logos and some classic hazard stripes.

Lessons learned doing this, Vallejo Air White is piss water. Which is a shame because the rest of the range is incredible. Maybe I've got a bad batch but 4 different bottles has put me off for life. Get a terrible spitty haze no matter how much I thin it.

So here is the process, with minimal narration.

Cut out logo and used tiny slices of plasticard rod for the bolts.

Then paint it silver and give it a coat of AK interactive chipping medium once dry.

3 types of red used, 4 types of yellow and orange used. For hazard stripes over a black undercoat.


Now I didn't leave this to dry properly. And the room I was working in was still too hot so the chunks came off in big rubbery lumps of paint. Which made me swear. Always let your layers dry.

A little orange wash on the stripes and a couple of little underhighlights and im done! This plate is edged with silver to make it pop a little more. While the rest of the titan is all soft colours and regal pomp, the party definitely stops with the Mechanicum. Business time.
Safety hazard markings?
Wait? Why!? Have you seen the size of that thing?
People need to know its not a step and has moving parts.

So here it is! Going to go over the white again and the final weathering will be done when its actually finished.

Happy Painting!