Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010
12:38 AM
After I finished building Logan I set about the slightly daunting task of painting him.  Then I realized I had to fix him.

You see, because I salvaged the terminator legs and chest from previously assembled models, the torso and arms were already magnetized.  I decided to leave things like this, simply because it would take more work to undue it (the arm from the Grey Knight was also already magnetized).  However, in my impetuousness, I decided it would be fine to play around with the arms, trying different poses and what not.

Well, the torque from constantly pulling the arms off had pretty much destroyed the bond between the legs and torso (great job, Dave!). 

So this time, I took the time to do what I should have done in the first place, and pinned the torso and legs together.  I also used the repairs as a chance to bulk Logan out a little and add a little height with some green stuff.

Logan grew a few millimeters during repairs.

Painting took me about 4 nights, one for each arm, one for his body, and one for his base and touch ups.  I pretty much used my standard formula for the blue armor: 50/50 mix of Fenris Grey and Space Wolves Grey, a wash of Asurmen Blue, highlights with Space Wolves Grey.  Though this time I went back and did a little extra shading with the 50/50 mix.

I got the inspiration for how to paint the axe Morkai from the 2009 Space Wolves codex (which features a differently painted Logan from the previous GW version).  Basically, it was base coated black and worked up mixing Chaos Black and Scab Red, then highlighted with Blood Red and Fiery Orange.  I used the same method for Logan's cape.

Probably the most blending I've done on any one model so far.

The last detail I tackled was Logan's company symbol shoulder pad.  Traditionally, the Great Wolf adopts the symbol of a white wolf on a black background with a yellow star.  However, as fate would have it, I had only 1 right shoulder pad for terminator armor and that happened to be a wolf howling at a full moon.  This was actually Logan's personal heraldry before he became the chapter master of the Space Wolves.

Luck and bits; key ingredients in conversions.

The star on the shoulder shield was added to provide some link to Logan's more traditional symbols.

After all this, he was pretty much done.  Though I had to do some minor touch ups with gloss finish when my normal matte clear coat went a little haywire.

Uncle Sam's got nothing on him.

Over all, I'm pretty pleased with how he came out.  I would have been happier if I didn't run into the issue with the clear coats (which I think lessened some of the effect of the washes on him) and if I could have fit the traditional white wolf on the shoulder shield.  I learned a lot about blending colors, especially about how to limit the range of colors you blend between.  I am definitely looking forward to fielding this guy on the table.