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Tuesday, October 04th, 2011
8:58 AM
Another week, another model finished.  But this time it's quite a bit smaller, and far more on the "horribly beautiful" side of things than the "creature feature" Talos.



Scourges start their lives as normal Dark Eldar, usually as part of a Warrior Kabal.  After accumulated significant wealth, they pay a haemonculus to alter their bodies: adding wings, and modifying bone structure to be more avian.



This (eventual) squad of scourges will feature a slightly different color scheme than the previous Talos - using olive green instead of bluish-black as the main fabric color.



Scourges carry shard carbines as standard, but can also be equipped with anti-tank weaponry (this squad will have 2 haywire blasters - think Star Wars ion cannons).



The Dark Eldar models continue to be an absolute joy to build and paint.  Especially these scourges, as they have tons of space on their base to play around with.  I have a great idea for some "decoration" that I can't wait to get started on.






Tuesday, September 27th, 2011
9:17 AM
Well, it's been a long time since my last post and a lot has happened:  finals, moving, unpacking, our webhost getting hacked... good times.  I'd like to show off some new work I've done, but first let me say that I did actually finish the yellow bikers of doom - I've just been unable to take any photos of them together that does them justice.  But I'm sure I'll get to doing a retrospective on them soon enough.  Now, onto the new stuff.

Way back when I first started the Imperial Fists, I also posted some photos of Dark Eldar Warriors.  Well, 9 months later most of the models for the new Dark Eldar line are available and I'm ready to start a new army project.  Typically, Dark Eldar lists are filled with fast Raider or Venom transports, supported by many anti-tank Dark Lances and plenty of Kabalite Warriors or Cult Wyches as their troops.  But there's another them Dark Eldar lists can take on, and while it may not be as strictly competitive as "raider-spam" lists, it's very flavorful and features some of the best Dark Eldar Models.  This list is the Haemonculous Coven list.



That's a typical haemonculous.  A master craftsman who's medium is flesh and bone, and yes, those are tentacles coming from under his cape.  In the coming weeks I'll start filling out the army with many Wracks, Grotesques, Scourges, and some devilishly well-designed models called pain engines.
Here's the first such pain engine, a Talos:









It's definitely a very different model than anything I've done before and it was a ton of fun to finish.  The kit comes with a ton of spikey bits and options that will really come in hand later when doing some conversions.




Wednesday, July 06th, 2011
7:58 AM
Whew, another busy month behind, but progress churns on.  I finished the Captain and Librarian (and a bit more ;) - but the rest will have to wait.  In the mean time, here's how they turned out:

First, the Captain:








And the Librarian:

Both the Librarian's force weapon and the Captain's relic blade were airbrushed with opposite halves being masked off.  I'm pretty happy with how they came out - particularly the force weapon shown above.  I also matched the Librarian's eyes to the colors in the weapon to show his psychic link with the weapon.







There's now only one squad left to show off here (the command squad) - but it might be another week until I get them up.  Until next time, space cowboys...








Thursday, May 26th, 2011
8:34 AM
Next up is a secondary HQ unit for the bikers; a librarian.  Librarians ("libbies" to the lazy) are powerful psychic power users - similar to the Space Wolves' Rune Priest.  In classic GW form, there is no model for a librarian on a bike.  Luckily, there are a few defining characteristics that librarians share - so the goal for making an iconic looking conversion is at least pretty clear.

Any 40k player would expect to see some combination of the following:

  • psychic hood

  • fancy looking force weapon

  • robes

  • books / tomes

  • skull with down-turned horns
Basically, this guy:
 

Except, you know, on a motorcycle.

Well, after much fiddling guitar string, green stuff, and spare parts, this is what I came up with:



He's currently sans head, to make painting the inside of the psychic hood not insanely hard.



Here you can see the guitar strings being used as cabling leading to the hood (made out of a spare shoulder pad), along with the green stuffed robe and horned-skull.



And the force-weapon; I imagined it as some sort of long-hafted spear / pike thing.  The two halves where pinned together and the arm is magnetized at the shoulder to make posing, storing, and transporting a little easier.

As with the command squad, I'm really excited to see this guy finished - so hopefully I can make that post in a week or two.





Thursday, May 26th, 2011
7:58 AM
Wow... it's been awhile since my last post (almost a month... nice job, Dave)... I'm going to blame it on the fact that I was sick for the better part of two weeks.  Anyways, I've managed to get a ton of painting done.  I've finished two more 6-man bike squads and a dreadnought - though there's nothing particularly different about them from other stuff I've posted on here, so I'll just skip past them for now.

I'd rather take some time to show off some work-in-progress stuff that I'm excited about - not only because it looks cool, but because it is the last squad I have left.

First up is a sample of one of my command squad bikers.



These guys are armed to the teeth, each with a special melee weapon (lightning claws, in this case) a storm shield, and an anti-tank melta gun.  This guy is missing the melta gun, which I think I'll mount on the side of the front wheel hub - it was either that, or model a marine with three arms... and the Emperor's finest don't take too kindly to things with three arms.



Just like the captain in my previous post, the shield is wrist mounted via magnets.  The roman style helm was made by combining some of GW's new Grey Knights helmets with crests from Eldar Dire Avengers.

As I said earlier, this is just one of 5 command squad bikers - I've got quite a bit left to do, but I can see that precious light at the end of the tunnel.



 
 
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