Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Imperial Fist Terminator

Thar she blows! I have finished my first terminator for the Fistwing army. I'm going to go with "Fistwing" until something better comes along. :)

You can see I have given this fella the converted TH/SS I had been working on, and they came out beautifully. I also went with a different paint scheme for this IF. I have switched from a vomit brown/flesh wash ink/yellow ink to Iyanden Darksun to Bad Moon Yellow with wash of Devlan Mud. Sometimes you need to explore where the whim will take you. That and I'm running out of Yellow Ink.
I was really pleased with my restraint on not making the shadowy areas any darker, subtlety can be it's own reward, huh?

I am also proud to say I have finally figured out how to get really good writing on my figs, I dropped the Micron ink pen and took a medium stiff bristle brush witha super fine point and some Chaos Black and did some understated squiggly lines on the purity seals, and on certain points on the armor. In the shot above you can see a better detail of the scratchbuilt storm shield from my last post. Bad-ass.

I got to use micro-sol/micro-set for the first time. I had to practice with it for a few times before actual use on the mini, familiarization is very important when your using a tool or technique for the first time. Save yourself the grief and tears and PRACTICE. I like the IF symbol, and with the MS/MS, the decal look beautiful. It literally has that "painted-on look".

This is a close up of the base. Not only did I change up paint techniques, but I also tried some completely different things with the bases. No more desert bases, I took a ball of GS and flattened it out onto the termie base, took a modelling tool coated in a lubricant and did a slate/flagstone design on it. It serves to not only expand my skill, but also gives the termies some extra height because of the GS platform they stand on. See ya next time!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Scratch Built Storm Shield

That's the finished product. I'm pleased it came so close to what I had envisioned. It's not that I don't like the basic storm shield, I just felt I could give it more character.
I started by removing the buckle that connects it to a normal shield.

The main portions were of course fashioned from plasticard, the back a thicker version and the front piece was a paper thin section. My wife handled the piece last and shifted the tail-piece without my knowledge. Supposedly accidentally. Women, can't live with them, can't keep them away from your figs.

Here's the rear where I placed the buckle from the standard shield, I bent it to purpose with some rubber bands and placed the buckle inside the curve so it would reinforce and adhere well.

I then drilled some small holes down the middle and placed some miniature beads(found in a household Brita water filters' filter). I battle damaged it quite a bit in hopes of taking the eye away from the misalignment of the thin piece of plasticard. Last of all, I put a large cluster of purity seals to cap it off.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Thunderhammer Conversion Work

I finished my deciding on what my next project will be! Loganwing army dressed as Imperial Fists! I picked up a package of CCW Termies and began the process of making things difficult for myself. I didn't feel the typical termies had enough character, likea blank canvas. They have lots of conversion bits for Wolf Gaurd, and the Deathwing, so how could I bring the "oomph" to these guys? Observe the picture above. Plain old thunderhammer, right? Yup.

These guys right here are a pair of spear points from Empire Knights and an Aquila from the IG vehicle options sprue. These are the beginnings of a more characterful weapon.

I removed the rear portion of the hammer, and the eagle head from the bottom of the haft.

The eagle was removed from the end of the haft.

I attached both spear points to the opposing ends of the hammer, they give it a really baroque, straight from the Heresy look. I cut the aquilla in half, folded it over and glued the two halves together for a double sided aquilla sticking off the back! Pretty happy!
Wait 'til you see the shield I'm scratch-building for this beast!