Friday, 5 October 2012

Second Storm Raven Arriving

The Second Storm Raven, less weapons
In keeping with the "I started grey knights so I could have Stormravens" I'm onto my second storm raven. 

The model is much like the first, a grey body with red and gold details. The only major differences are blue minor details (missiles and orbs) and a bit of freehand on the one wing. 

The smudge
I had a little bit of trouble with the Windows on this flyer. I had a finger covered in glue and I managed to touch the frame. Now I have a huge smudge on the front - if you know a way to get rid of this, it'd be greatly appreciated!

Details in the wings
And here's the Details, including a free-hand powersword (done with a hand-made stencil) and "Alea Iacta Est". The fitting phrase of Julius Caesar, 'the Die is Cast' 

Like my other raven, this model is modified in many places. There are magnets in the side doors to attach hurricane bolters, magnets on the top hatch to attach different guns and remove the port, smaller magnets to remove the missile pods and a magnet to attach each gun on the nose-mount.

The Engine front also comes off. 

Details in a man
Of course, a Storm Raven wouldn't be complete unless every last thing was painted. With that in mind, the pilot and the secondary gunner are both painted, even though their faces will probably never be seen.

I like the storm raven model, begrudgingly. I wish the wings were bigger and the hurricane bolters wing mounted, but I like it. I like how flyers work and I'm looking forward to adding a few Stormtalons to my Space marines in the near future.

Suffice to say, I'm a convert if there ever was one.

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Castellan Crowe

I don't mean to crowe on, but...

This is my Castellan Crowe for my 2k Purifiers.

He's probably going to get no love, no tank and no protection, but that doesn't mean he can't be first blood in style. 

I removed his standard. Not because I'm lazy or I didn't like it, I loved it and was looking forward to painting it, but I felt it would be finneky. In this case, I've just removed it all together. The less 'failcast' to keep together, the better. 

Crowe himself. 
This is his cape.
To be honest, the cape was probably the easiest part. I could stand to have taken more time on it and refine it slightly, but I quite liked the end result.

Crowe is often going to be running on his own. But, he's okay with taking a lascannon to the face - really! I mean, any good leader knows that a cap will stop arrows, so why shouldn't it be able to stave off flashlights and laserpointers?

The sword
 The sword was a fun little bit to do. I basically painted it like a parchment, then covered it in red and blue washes to give it that slaaneshi look.

On the other hand, that sword is like the banner - brittle as all hell. It has a break (you may be able to see it) at the hilt which was really annoying for me to paint.

Otherwise, He's actually a slightly darker shade to the rest of the army. I wanted the impression that he was really a loner, so I wanted him to stand out a bit - The cape helps him do this, but less immediately, he looks like a more reserved and dark character as a result of his armours slight mis-colouration.

The front - notice the book's painting and the cape stylings
 At this stage, I was still hoping to do the eyes. I've gotta finish them!

Crowe is my first real attempt working with a resin model. Although he truly isn't the best piece of work out there, I'm happy with the end result. I think, although there's still a bit of work to do on him, he really gives an understanding of what a Purifier is meant to be (as a model, not a paintjob) and this is expressed in that cape.

Really, this model wouldn't be half what he is if he didn't have a striking red cape following him in flow. It really says 'shoot me'