Thursday, 12 February 2009

Tale of Painters Deadline 4: Met

For those who may be following my Tale of Painters progress, I am pleased to report that after jokering last month, I comfortably made this months deadline. 

This months 200ish points comes in the form of Belial, a Terminator Sergeant and Terminator Apothecary. Nothing you haven't seen before (bar the finished Apoc), but I must maintain the ToP diary!

Below is what I have completed in the challenge so far: 

It all totals 620pts out of the 1000pts target. 2 months remain, and I'm confident I'll be able to keep up with the deadlines - despite this being my final year of university. 

However, due to work time pressures, I can't promise much dramatic content on The Astronomican over the next few months, but please bear with me. I have a few interesting projects lined up for the summer, and there should be painting updates a plenty in the mean time. 

I'll leave you with a photo of the Apoc.'s repainted arm. The Simple Green worked perfectly, so thank you to everybody who suggested as such! 

Cheers for stopping by...

Friday, 6 February 2009

The Master Arrives...

Well, after months of procrastinating I can proudly present Belial; Master of the Deathwing: 

(Larger pics can be seen here, be sure to use the magnified view!)

First off, I am really please at how this model turned out!

As most of you know there is no existing model for Belial, Master of the Deathwing. Most make do with the standard Terminator Captain model but, as an old model, its significantly shorter than the Terminator plastics. To be honest I can't really see the Master of the Deathwing being a tad on the short side...

I dreamt up this conversion ages ago - when I got a free AoBR captain (in fact I hinted at wanting to use it in a post last September), which forms Belail's body. The real steal of this project came after seeing 73rd's stunning Dark Angels Company Master, which used the cherub/cloak from St. Celestine. 73rd kindly allowed me to nick the idea, saving me having to attempt to sculpt a cloak from Green Stuff; something I doubt would have gone well! 

I also Green Stuff a small mound on the base, giving him extra hight over the terminators he leads. 

As for the painting, I'm really pleased with how the Cherubs turned out (I used the method for painting Elf Flesh from the newest White Dwarf), and Belial is also the first of my Deathwing with bone highlights. The banner was done by painting the bone band, applying transfers and then painting red over them. The model does risk looking a bit 'busy', but that's how I think Space Marine heroes should look - pretty much weighed down by trinkets, banners and symbols of authority. Leave the subtle approach to the Guard!

Anyway, any comments or criticisms are welcomed. I'll leave you with a piccy of my favourite cherub. Perhaps I should name him. Any suggestions? 


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