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The Ordos Majoris - Hobby, Painting and Modelling => Painting and Modelling => Topic started by: Alyster Wick on July 13, 2014, 10:43:23 PM

Title: Wick Does 54mm
Post by: Alyster Wick on July 13, 2014, 10:43:23 PM
Been a while, (literally) dusted off the ol' models to try and put together a couple full warbands to go with the terrain project (the goal being to play a full game with painted terrain and minis).

First up, finally finished Magos Biologis Ganymede:

(http://i744.photobucket.com/albums/xx83/alysterwick/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_1301_zpsd9285c51.jpg) (http://s744.photobucket.com/user/alysterwick/media/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_1301_zpsd9285c51.jpg.html)

Right side (http://s744.photobucket.com/user/alysterwick/media/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_1302_zps4065f17a.jpg.html)

Left side (http://s744.photobucket.com/user/alysterwick/media/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_1303_zpsbe2b120a.jpg.html)

Some Progress on my Namesake:
(http://i744.photobucket.com/albums/xx83/alysterwick/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_1306_zpsedd64948.jpg) (http://s744.photobucket.com/user/alysterwick/media/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_1306_zpsedd64948.jpg.html)

Some work on a chaos acolyte gifted by the gods (and surgeon):
(http://i744.photobucket.com/albums/xx83/alysterwick/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_1305_zps36ee3e1e.jpg) (http://s744.photobucket.com/user/alysterwick/media/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_1305_zps36ee3e1e.jpg.html)

Some work on the Nomad. Experimented with his skin tone, not super happy. He looks kinda like John Boehner:
(http://i744.photobucket.com/albums/xx83/alysterwick/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_1309_zps78a90bd4.jpg) (http://s744.photobucket.com/user/alysterwick/media/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_1309_zps78a90bd4.jpg.html)

Back (http://s744.photobucket.com/user/alysterwick/media/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_1310_zpsdc3ca2de.jpg.html)

Right Side (http://s744.photobucket.com/user/alysterwick/media/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_1311_zps0d170e74.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Wick Does 54mm
Post by: Heroka Vendile on July 14, 2014, 12:03:37 AM
all looking very good so far  :)
Title: Re: Wick Does 54mm
Post by: MarcoSkoll on July 14, 2014, 12:50:52 PM
I shall echo Euan, as while I don't have very much to add (although I do like the Nomad's skin tone, even if you don't), I don't want you to think it's gone unnoticed.
Title: Re: Wick Does 54mm
Post by: Van Helser on July 15, 2014, 09:07:24 AM
Only one minor criticism of the Magos is that the upper right arm doesn't look like it's taking the weight of the flamer. Does that make sense? The flamer looks like it's being held aloft too easily, as if it's very light.

Ruaridh
Title: Re: Wick Does 54mm
Post by: Alyster Wick on July 17, 2014, 01:37:17 PM
Thanks for the comments!

(although I do like the Nomad's skin tone, even if you don't)

You know it's growing on me. I was trying to do something a little different as I tend to have a lot of craggily white dudes with the occassional racially ambiguous mutant. My initial reaction was "wow, faux tan" but I'm gradually beginning to like it.

Only one minor criticism of the Magos is that the upper right arm doesn't look like it's taking the weight of the flamer. Does that make sense? The flamer looks like it's being held aloft too easily, as if it's very light.

Ruaridh

Fair point. His arm is huge but the 28mm SM hand is rather small. You can chalk that up to laziness when I was modeling, shouldn't have taken so many short cuts. That can go onto the "to fix list" along with his woefully undersized holster, but first things first I want to paint up the five or six models that have been languishing for years with a base coat. Then there's the matter of my shelf of pieces that need one or two more mods before they can be basecoated, then the barely assembled, then the piles of bits that look good together. Sigh. (good problems to have I suppose)

Anyway, so as to not leave you all with nothing shiny, I only have the coat, hair and gubbins left on Alyster (though I may revisit his red coat):

(http://i744.photobucket.com/albums/xx83/alysterwick/photo_zps62486a7c.jpg) (http://s744.photobucket.com/user/alysterwick/media/photo_zps62486a7c.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Wick Does 54mm
Post by: Alyster Wick on November 08, 2014, 05:29:35 AM
Eesh, been a while. Here are some WIPs. Also, I just realized there are some new painted pieces I never bothered to post, will have to rectify that tomorrow:


As yet unnamed Acolyte -
(http://i744.photobucket.com/albums/xx83/alysterwick/IMG_1416_zps85294788.jpg) (http://s744.photobucket.com/user/alysterwick/media/IMG_1416_zps85294788.jpg.html)

(http://i744.photobucket.com/albums/xx83/alysterwick/IMG_1417_zps04e68e55.jpg) (http://s744.photobucket.com/user/alysterwick/media/IMG_1417_zps04e68e55.jpg.html)

Skitari Warrior Yang:

(http://i744.photobucket.com/albums/xx83/alysterwick/IMG_1415_zpsb2497c1c.jpg) (http://s744.photobucket.com/user/alysterwick/media/IMG_1415_zpsb2497c1c.jpg.html)

(http://i744.photobucket.com/albums/xx83/alysterwick/IMG_1414_zps88f92b15.jpg) (http://s744.photobucket.com/user/alysterwick/media/IMG_1414_zps88f92b15.jpg.html)

(http://i744.photobucket.com/albums/xx83/alysterwick/IMG_1413_zpsc39ae96b.jpg) (http://s744.photobucket.com/user/alysterwick/media/IMG_1413_zpsc39ae96b.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Wick Does 54mm
Post by: Van Helser on November 08, 2014, 01:04:50 PM
Interesting conversions. The mask on the acolyte looks really good.

Ruaridh
Title: Re: Wick Does 54mm
Post by: seaglen on November 10, 2014, 12:12:20 PM
Love the Skitaari - the head is very original.

what are you running the gun as in games?
Title: Re: Wick Does 54mm
Post by: Heroka Vendile on November 10, 2014, 02:58:47 PM
nice conversions for me though I think the skitarrii's head looks like it could do with a tiny bit more bulk, especially at the back, at the moment it looks too robotic to me.
Title: Re: Wick Does 54mm
Post by: Alyster Wick on November 11, 2014, 06:36:58 PM
what are you running the gun as in games?

Pre-backpack it had been a long-las (in her one appearance on the table). Honestly I don't recall her firing it, as her most remarkable feat of the game was jump-kicking an NPC in the face and sending him flying off a raised platform. It was a real show-stealer.

Moving forward it'll be a hellgun (if/when I dig up the rules for hellguns).

nice conversions for me though I think the skitarrii's head looks like it could do with a tiny bit more bulk, especially at the back, at the moment it looks too robotic to me.

I'm playing around with ways to add pseudo-mechanical dreadlocks. Damien's flails fit the bill well but it's hard to make them flow well given the proximity of the backpack. I may experiment with guitar wire, perhaps if I'm feeling adventurous I'll try some GS. Thanks for mentioning though, her head could use some work. I'm not entirely opposed to how it is now since it's not so small as to be comical, but small enough to appear as though some organic elements have been removed to facilitate mechanical bits.

Anyway, hopefully I'll have more pics later today.
Title: Re: Wick Does 54mm
Post by: Alyster Wick on November 28, 2014, 06:22:07 PM
Bit longer than expected, but I took that advice and added more gubbins to the head. Not only am I happier with the result, but the new bits have added a lot more to the character of the model.

(http://i744.photobucket.com/albums/xx83/alysterwick/IMG_1459_zps9e6ef33d.jpg) (http://s744.photobucket.com/user/alysterwick/media/IMG_1459_zps9e6ef33d.jpg.html)

(http://i744.photobucket.com/albums/xx83/alysterwick/IMG_1461_zpsa5ca5241.jpg) (http://s744.photobucket.com/user/alysterwick/media/IMG_1461_zpsa5ca5241.jpg.html)

(http://i744.photobucket.com/albums/xx83/alysterwick/IMG_1460_zps4a0f5721.jpg) (http://s744.photobucket.com/user/alysterwick/media/IMG_1460_zps4a0f5721.jpg.html)

Next up I have some of my mutant/hive scum models. Not 100% sure they'll have a place in upcoming war bands, but they'll definitely see some play as fancier NPCs:

(http://i744.photobucket.com/albums/xx83/alysterwick/IMG_1462_zps73946055.jpg) (http://s744.photobucket.com/user/alysterwick/media/IMG_1462_zps73946055.jpg.html)

(http://i744.photobucket.com/albums/xx83/alysterwick/IMG_1463_zps1f9c7003.jpg) (http://s744.photobucket.com/user/alysterwick/media/IMG_1463_zps1f9c7003.jpg.html)

And finally, I'm looking to rerun the scenario I detailed in my "Hunt in the Underhive" battle report, but this time with a much more interesting foe. Here he is, very early on. As you can tell, this "Experimental Praetorian" definitely has some parts from non-sanctioned sources...

(http://i744.photobucket.com/albums/xx83/alysterwick/IMG_1465_zpsd02570a9.jpg) (http://s744.photobucket.com/user/alysterwick/media/IMG_1465_zpsd02570a9.jpg.html)

(http://i744.photobucket.com/albums/xx83/alysterwick/IMG_1467_zps11b22278.jpg) (http://s744.photobucket.com/user/alysterwick/media/IMG_1467_zps11b22278.jpg.html)

And his gun. I'm counting this as an Imperial version of a gauss flayer (using the rules from the actual rule book). I'm pretty happy with it as the piece melds very identifiable Necron and Imperial aesthetics.

(http://i744.photobucket.com/albums/xx83/alysterwick/IMG_1464_zps19a9bf3e.jpg) (http://s744.photobucket.com/user/alysterwick/media/IMG_1464_zps19a9bf3e.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Wick Does 54mm
Post by: Heroka Vendile on November 29, 2014, 03:11:10 PM
The extra bits on Yang's head really help break up the silhouette. The mutants look great too, I believe that's the first time I've ever seen someone do a foot-swap on Damien legs to give them boots.
Title: Re: Wick Does 54mm
Post by: Van Helser on November 30, 2014, 03:02:31 PM
I do like those NPC muties a lot. Best part is the attention to detail on the bases. All that junk really finishes a model off.

Ruaridh
Title: Re: Wick Does 54mm
Post by: Alyster Wick on February 17, 2015, 01:11:37 AM
Since I've always enjoyed the conversion end more than painting, I had forced myself to finish the NPCs before moving onto anything else. As that project is rather far behind me (and I'll just be shifting the White Rat over to this thread as he's more character-y anyway) I'm going to toss up a shot of my current projects. These five are ready for undercoating (though they are not from the same warband, they're an assortment of adding to old warbands and starting new ones).

Anyway, you're all here for the pics ;)

(http://i744.photobucket.com/albums/xx83/alysterwick/IMG_1579_zps68daf103.jpg) (http://s744.photobucket.com/user/alysterwick/media/IMG_1579_zps68daf103.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Wick Does 54mm
Post by: Van Helser on February 17, 2015, 11:41:43 AM
What a gorgeous collection of freaks. I would love to get close up shots of Mr Flamer and Mr Tubes.

Ruaridh
Title: Re: Wick Does 54mm
Post by: MarcoSkoll on February 17, 2015, 12:30:44 PM
Since I've always enjoyed the conversion end more than painting
I've always had almost exactly the same problem.

Anyway... much though I like Reaper's Belladonna as a model (she's definitely got the Escher vibe going), is there nothing you had in mind to individualise her up a bit? The bare model just seems a bit out of place in amongst all your other creative converting.
Title: Re: Wick Does 54mm
Post by: Alyster Wick on February 17, 2015, 02:16:43 PM
much though I like Reaper's Belladonna as a model (she's definitely got the Escher vibe going), is there nothing you had in mind to individualise her up a bit? The bare model just seems a bit out of place in amongst all your other creative converting.

I go back and forth on this. She's a great model and quite unlike anything else I have at the moment, so I didn't feel that bad not converting her. I considered chopping off her head and swapping out a Severina/Sevora head, but the way her hair flows makes that a bit of a chore, both cleanly removing it, sanding down the armor it used to cover, etc, and the actual transplant, which would require resculpting significant parts of the hair.

The other side is that I didn't have much that I wanted to do to the model, I liked her personality as is and didn't want to convert her just for the sake of it. I am still a little torn, as she may well be the only stock model in my collection.

What a gorgeous collection of freaks. I would love to get close up shots of Mr Flamer and Mr Tubes.

Ruaridh

Asked and delivered!

(http://i744.photobucket.com/albums/xx83/alysterwick/IMG_1565_zps76ba50cf.jpg) (http://s744.photobucket.com/user/alysterwick/media/IMG_1565_zps76ba50cf.jpg.html)

(http://i744.photobucket.com/albums/xx83/alysterwick/IMG_1566_zps2f396011.jpg) (http://s744.photobucket.com/user/alysterwick/media/IMG_1566_zps2f396011.jpg.html)

Mr. Tubes is an MIU implanted servitor for one of my Techpriests (who is a bit of a coward). Long story short, over the last few games it became clear that Narciss (the techpriest in question) was lacking reliable help in the defense department and it just didn't fit him. Enter this fellow. He's a living force field generator that has a rather nasty attack capability (once I get to writing the rules). My plan is to use the shield generator rules from one of the early Fanatic articles and to add a dynamic in where the servitor can "use energy" meant for the shield to generate a powerful attack. In this instance, the tech priest would probably use actions to manually operate the servitor via MIU (from the fantastic Techpriest article generated from this forum, kudos to whoever wrote it, was it Kaled?). Anyway, enough of that.


(http://i744.photobucket.com/albums/xx83/alysterwick/IMG_1568_zpsf939a75f.jpg) (http://s744.photobucket.com/user/alysterwick/media/IMG_1568_zpsf939a75f.jpg.html)

(http://i744.photobucket.com/albums/xx83/alysterwick/IMG_1569_zps2c11c059.jpg) (http://s744.photobucket.com/user/alysterwick/media/IMG_1569_zps2c11c059.jpg.html)

No specific plans for this guy. Over time I kept hacking him up and reposing him and I'm pretty happy with how he turned out. Been meaning to make a flamer-armed fellow for a while now.
Title: Re: Wick Does 54mm
Post by: seaglen on February 17, 2015, 02:24:29 PM
Love both these guys. very interesting concept for the living shield generator!

my only comment would be to maybe change the space marine shoulder pads - just a personal taste thing, but I always think they look a little out of place on 54mm miniatures (maybe just that they are so iconic of the marines, its hard for me to see them as anything else!)
Title: Re: Wick Does 54mm
Post by: Van Helser on February 17, 2015, 07:12:24 PM
Thanks for the pics. I see now that the base model for Mr Tubes is an ogre. I really do like the the eye/visor. The shield-generator is a cool concept. Oh, and it was Kaled that wrote the Ad Mech article.

Mr Flamer looks like he has a bit of a bare chest. Any plans for further details?

Ruaridh
Title: Re: Wick Does 54mm
Post by: MarcoSkoll on February 17, 2015, 09:02:09 PM
The other side is that I didn't have much that I wanted to do to the model, I liked her personality as is and didn't want to convert her just for the sake of it.
Fair enough. It's not common, but I've been in a similar case a few times, where there's a model I just like as it is.

I've sometimes ended up buying two copies in this case - one to convert, one to paint - although they usually have to be fairly cheap if I'm doing that.
Title: Re: Wick Does 54mm
Post by: Alyster Wick on June 15, 2015, 12:58:01 AM
Reviving my 54mm thread and putting up some better pics of my Storm of Brushes efforts.

Group shot!

(http://i744.photobucket.com/albums/xx83/alysterwick/IMG_1907_zpscuifdhqp.jpg) (http://s744.photobucket.com/user/alysterwick/media/IMG_1907_zpscuifdhqp.jpg.html)

Better shot of Quentin:

(http://i744.photobucket.com/albums/xx83/alysterwick/IMG_1908_zps3lr8ynbt.jpg) (http://s744.photobucket.com/user/alysterwick/media/IMG_1908_zps3lr8ynbt.jpg.html)

(http://i744.photobucket.com/albums/xx83/alysterwick/IMG_1909_zps3pcroxtm.jpg) (http://[URL=http://s744.photobucket.com/user/alysterwick/media/IMG_1909_zps3pcroxtm.jpg.html)]Left side[/url]
(http://i744.photobucket.com/albums/xx83/alysterwick/IMG_1910_zpsxhfilzjx.jpg) (http://[URL=http://s744.photobucket.com/user/alysterwick/media/IMG_1910_zpsxhfilzjx.jpg.html)]Back[/url]
(http://i744.photobucket.com/albums/xx83/alysterwick/IMG_1911_zpsckozzgvm.jpg) (http://[URL=http://s744.photobucket.com/user/alysterwick/media/IMG_1911_zpsckozzgvm.jpg.html)]Right side[/url]

Droog:
(http://i744.photobucket.com/albums/xx83/alysterwick/IMG_1912_zpsuzmapepq.jpg) (http://s744.photobucket.com/user/alysterwick/media/IMG_1912_zpsuzmapepq.jpg.html)

(http://i744.photobucket.com/albums/xx83/alysterwick/IMG_1913_zpsb9z9adv9.jpg) (http://[URL=http://s744.photobucket.com/user/alysterwick/media/IMG_1913_zpsb9z9adv9.jpg.html)]Left side[/url]
(http://i744.photobucket.com/albums/xx83/alysterwick/IMG_1914_zpshevbklik.jpg) (http://[URL=http://s744.photobucket.com/user/alysterwick/media/IMG_1914_zpshevbklik.jpg.html)]Back[/url]
(http://i744.photobucket.com/albums/xx83/alysterwick/IMG_1915_zpsanarenpg.jpg) (http://[URL=http://s744.photobucket.com/user/alysterwick/media/IMG_1915_zpsanarenpg.jpg.html)]Right side[/url]

King Gogol:
(http://i744.photobucket.com/albums/xx83/alysterwick/IMG_1916_zpsk5yoteri.jpg) (http://s744.photobucket.com/user/alysterwick/media/IMG_1916_zpsk5yoteri.jpg.html)

Here's a terrible picture that shows a better view of the blood decorations. During battle, the Gogol clan covers there right hand in the blood of their first kill and puts it to their chest (thus the bloody hand print). He also drew a bloody grin on his face. You can also see blood covering Gogol's right hand. As Borak pointed out in another thread, it looks like his third grader put lipstick on him. I'm up in the air, I kind of like the crazy look. It is also totally accidental that he ended up looking like the Joker. Anyway, more shots:

(http://i744.photobucket.com/albums/xx83/alysterwick/IMG_1918_zpsd58bwzva.jpg) (http://s744.photobucket.com/user/alysterwick/media/IMG_1918_zpsd58bwzva.jpg.html)

(http://i744.photobucket.com/albums/xx83/alysterwick/IMG_1919_zpsle41pdsv.jpg) (http://[URL=http://s744.photobucket.com/user/alysterwick/media/IMG_1919_zpsle41pdsv.jpg.html)]Left side[/url]
(http://i744.photobucket.com/albums/xx83/alysterwick/IMG_1920_zpsitsekzal.jpg) (http://[URL=http://s744.photobucket.com/user/alysterwick/media/IMG_1920_zpsitsekzal.jpg.html)]Back[/url]
(http://i744.photobucket.com/albums/xx83/alysterwick/IMG_1921_zpsd11dcaqc.jpg) (http://[URL=http://s744.photobucket.com/user/alysterwick/media/IMG_1921_zpsd11dcaqc.jpg.html)]Right side[/url]

Now, I finally cleared two models out of my queue that have been languishing, almost finished, for a couple years. Here's the newly renamed Khal Doman (partially adapted from the old Nomad name):

(http://i744.photobucket.com/albums/xx83/alysterwick/IMG_1925_zpspdfba1n2.jpg) (http://s744.photobucket.com/user/alysterwick/media/IMG_1925_zpspdfba1n2.jpg.html)

Here's a better shot of the tattoo. I was mostly really, really happy with it but the eyes and nose got a little messy. I learned some valuable lessons and it's good enough for me.

(http://i744.photobucket.com/albums/xx83/alysterwick/IMG_1929_zps4ff8etdm.jpg) (http://s744.photobucket.com/user/alysterwick/media/IMG_1929_zps4ff8etdm.jpg.html)

(http://i744.photobucket.com/albums/xx83/alysterwick/IMG_1926_zpsziwcojir.jpg) (http://[URL=http://s744.photobucket.com/user/alysterwick/media/IMG_1926_zpsziwcojir.jpg.html)]Left side[/url]
(http://i744.photobucket.com/albums/xx83/alysterwick/IMG_1927_zpswah8eztu.jpg) (http://[URL=http://s744.photobucket.com/user/alysterwick/media/IMG_1927_zpswah8eztu.jpg.html)]Back[/url]
(http://i744.photobucket.com/albums/xx83/alysterwick/IMG_1928_zpsyhaybjvi.jpg) (http://[URL=http://s744.photobucket.com/user/alysterwick/media/IMG_1928_zpsyhaybjvi.jpg.html)]Right side[/url]


Now here are a couple shots of Investigator Mycroft (also newly renamed). Not much is new, just polished off a few details with the gun and hair.

(http://i744.photobucket.com/albums/xx83/alysterwick/IMG_1932_zpsipeezjxe.jpg) (http://s744.photobucket.com/user/alysterwick/media/IMG_1932_zpsipeezjxe.jpg.html)

(http://i744.photobucket.com/albums/xx83/alysterwick/IMG_1934_zpshch5if7e.jpg) (http://s744.photobucket.com/user/alysterwick/media/IMG_1934_zpshch5if7e.jpg.html)

Also, I couldn't help but throw in a shot of Cyclos in the pose of that iconic shot from the Inquisitor Rulebook (all credit to Gav for the brilliant sculpt):

(http://i744.photobucket.com/albums/xx83/alysterwick/IMG_1941_zpsaic3frfn.jpg) (http://s744.photobucket.com/user/alysterwick/media/IMG_1941_zpsaic3frfn.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Wick Does 54mm
Post by: Heroka Vendile on June 15, 2015, 12:57:29 PM
all looking very good
Title: Re: Wick Does 54mm
Post by: Dullmohawk on June 15, 2015, 03:49:00 PM
Ooo, shiney new pics of your muties and valiant heroes! They look good, I'm loving Gogol (also, really digging the name, Gogol is a favourite author of mine). I don't think I've seen Slicks torso on the Damian legs before, and it makes a lot more sense than I had figured it would.
Title: Re: Wick Does 54mm
Post by: Alyster Wick on July 11, 2015, 04:07:45 PM
Had a few minis almost through conversion phase that I've finally finished up. Here's my Xenos Inquisitor:

(http://i744.photobucket.com/albums/xx83/alysterwick/IMG_2014_zpsc0jdmosq.jpg) (http://s744.photobucket.com/user/alysterwick/media/IMG_2014_zpsc0jdmosq.jpg.html)

(http://i744.photobucket.com/albums/xx83/alysterwick/IMG_2015_zps6qsusvkm.jpg) (http://s744.photobucket.com/user/alysterwick/media/IMG_2015_zps6qsusvkm.jpg.html)

(http://i744.photobucket.com/albums/xx83/alysterwick/IMG_2016_zps6rsidqqz.jpg) (http://s744.photobucket.com/user/alysterwick/media/IMG_2016_zps6rsidqqz.jpg.html)

(http://i744.photobucket.com/albums/xx83/alysterwick/IMG_2017_zpses5wqylq.jpg) (http://s744.photobucket.com/user/alysterwick/media/IMG_2017_zpses5wqylq.jpg.html)

Super happy with her. Looking forward to getting her painted up.

And here's her creepy psycher:

(http://i744.photobucket.com/albums/xx83/alysterwick/IMG_2012_zpswhrdhurx.jpg) (http://s744.photobucket.com/user/alysterwick/media/IMG_2012_zpswhrdhurx.jpg.html)

I'm making teams of two to start out for a potential campaign. This pair are part of a radical Xenos faction, they'll be gaining a crazy mechanicus warrior with a TBD tech virus. It'll be unclear whether it's necron or obliterator related, but she'll be fun :)

Finally, I tore up this Praetorian and started again from scratch. Those with a keen memory will recognize it as the former Sychophant Praetorian from a few years back. Before:

(http://i744.photobucket.com/albums/xx83/alysterwick/IMG_1992_zps6ga3lilf.jpg) (http://s744.photobucket.com/user/alysterwick/media/IMG_1992_zps6ga3lilf.jpg.html)

After:

(http://i744.photobucket.com/albums/xx83/alysterwick/IMG_2020_zps0v8bqgio.jpg) (http://s744.photobucket.com/user/alysterwick/media/IMG_2020_zps0v8bqgio.jpg.html)

Really excited about how he's shaping up. This guy will be the one PC I work on over the weekend while I'm otherwise occupied w/ the NPC thread. I am left in a quandary though, as right before I decided to tear him apart I finished his old base:

(http://i744.photobucket.com/albums/xx83/alysterwick/IMG_1989_zpsgqsojfey.jpg) (http://s744.photobucket.com/user/alysterwick/media/IMG_1989_zpsgqsojfey.jpg.html)

It was supposed to be a marble floor with some cracking from his weight. He was intended to be in a group of folks with matching marble bases, which won't exactly fit into the warband I intend to put him now. So at this point I have a giant base that looks like marble (well, as close to marble as I can manage right now anyway) and no model to put on it. I'll figure something out to put there eventually...
Title: Re: Wick Does 54mm
Post by: Lord Borak on July 18, 2015, 08:56:31 AM
The Inquisitor looks fantastic. The necron arms really scale up well for her. The Servitor thing looks pretty epic as well. I was trying to think of ways to make some Servitor Bodyguards for my Magos and I think I'm going to have to pinch your idea as I have about 12 sentinels sitting about in bits.
Title: Re: Wick Does 54mm
Post by: Redsunz2000 on July 21, 2015, 05:58:17 PM
Hi Alyster, some awesome conversions there. What model is your female Xenos Inquisitor based on?
David
Title: Re: Wick Does 54mm
Post by: Alyster Wick on September 21, 2015, 12:34:42 PM
Hi Alyster, some awesome conversions there. What model is your female Xenos Inquisitor based on?
David

Reaper's Master Series Finari, Crusader Heroine (54mm). I believe there's a 28mm version as well, so make sure if you order her to get the 54mm one!

Speaking of which, I have some paint on her and her acolyte. I'm on the road for an extended work trip and managed to bring some minis and paint. My picture isn't the greatest, but oh well, I'm happy enough to be making progress. I'm experimenting with white undercoats, different base coats, heavier inking/more painting stages, and metallics (or at least using metallics for more than just a random weapon here and there). Mixed feelings so far, hopefully once they're finished things will come together. In the meantime, any progress is good progress!

(http://i744.photobucket.com/albums/xx83/alysterwick/IMG_2430_zpsl0yysla3.jpg) (http://s744.photobucket.com/user/alysterwick/media/IMG_2430_zpsl0yysla3.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Wick Does 54mm
Post by: Cortez on September 21, 2015, 02:42:34 PM
I like your conversion of Finari. I've considered getting that model to use for some time as I've always liked Reapers Master Series stuff (shame they seem to have given up with the range), but was never sure what to do with her. What arms did you use for her bionics?
Title: Re: Wick Does 54mm
Post by: Alyster Wick on September 23, 2015, 03:00:46 AM
What arms did you use for her bionics?

Necron Deathmarks. It's a great kit and as soon as I find the time I'm going to be using those bits on a variety of conversions. I'm convinced that one of the torsos can be bulked up with only minor conversion and used to make a tall spindly techpriest that'll actually fit the range decently well.
Title: Re: Wick Does 54mm
Post by: RobSkib on January 14, 2016, 11:42:56 AM
*ebays Necron Deathmarks*

There's some great stuff here - it seems like I go away for a bit and everyone gets much better at painting! Tell me, what is your Ordo Xenos Inquisitor's gun made of? I can't place the bits...
Title: Re: Wick Does 54mm
Post by: seaglen on January 14, 2016, 12:10:36 PM
I must confess that I have completely and utterly stolen the Finari model conversion you have done - it i genius.
My girlfriend wanted me to make an Inquisitor and when she saw this model she totally went in for it!

Apologies for the absolute shameless plagiarism, but I couldn't not do it (the powers that be basically said "i want one like that one")

(http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/1024x768q90/910/ABWx2U.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/paABWx2Uj)

(http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/1024x768q90/911/xjpUjo.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/pbxjpUjoj)


I am just in need of a Necron arm now...

P.s - can anyone help identify the gun I have used on this - think it's Eldar?...
Title: Re: Wick Does 54mm
Post by: RobSkib on January 14, 2016, 12:16:43 PM
A fusion gun of some sort? I'm no filthy Eldar expert (*spits on floor*) but it looks like something the Fire Dragons would be equipped with.
Title: Re: Wick Does 54mm
Post by: Alyster Wick on January 16, 2016, 09:03:29 PM
*ebays Necron Deathmarks*

There's some great stuff here - it seems like I go away for a bit and everyone gets much better at painting! Tell me, what is your Ordo Xenos Inquisitor's gun made of? I can't place the bits...

It's a Death Mark rifle, just with the middle bit cut out. Rather than a rifle I wanted something that looked more like an alien SMG. Cutting the weapon down did the trick!

I must confess that I have completely and utterly stolen the Finari model conversion you have done - it i genius.
My girlfriend wanted me to make an Inquisitor and when she saw this model she totally went in for it!

Apologies for the absolute shameless plagiarism, but I couldn't not do it (the powers that be basically said "i want one like that one")

...

I am just in need of a Necron arm now...

I'm flattered! I quite like your version. Looking forward to seeing it completed!

On that note and in regards to the Necron bitz, PM me, I'll send you a boatload of them (well, maybe not a boatload but I have spares I'm definitely willing to barter for).


Moving on, I'm going to work on finishing up the paint job on Finari and her companion today/tomorrow. In between painting I'll be working on GSing some of my Redemptionist warband. Some of them will have to wait for Borak's beautiful sculpts to arrive (yay!) but I've gotten Marta almost completely together. By a show of hands, should the right arm be up, or across the body? See options below. FYI, once the arms are on she will be getting some appropriately 40K shoulder pads.

Up:

(http://i744.photobucket.com/albums/xx83/alysterwick/IMG_2719_zpsjn5pj3uw.jpg) (http://s744.photobucket.com/user/alysterwick/media/IMG_2719_zpsjn5pj3uw.jpg.html)

Down:

(http://i744.photobucket.com/albums/xx83/alysterwick/IMG_2720_zpsokzoea7h.jpg) (http://s744.photobucket.com/user/alysterwick/media/IMG_2720_zpsokzoea7h.jpg.html)

I'm pretty happy with her. I tried an experiment with a strip of GS across her eyes to make a Judge Dredd-style visor, but I quite like the combination of the bionic and natural eye. It gives a little bit of humanity to her. I'm going to depend on the paint job to tie her into the rest of the robed nutters, but that shouldn't be hard. I'm going to try going be black armor (maintaining her personality before she joined w/ the redeemers) with some red detailing here and there (to show that she's down for the cause but hasn't totally given herself up to them).

Also, I'm super happy w/ the shock maul and shotgun, thought the maul is a bit on the heroic side versus the more realistic shotgun, so I dunno if they imbalance each other. PS I'm going to try GSing on a grip on the front end of the gun to show the pump action. Sidenote, I actually went all out and gave her the proper # of shells visible on her body to represent all of her reloads, which is a big step for me into WYSIWYG territory.

(http://i744.photobucket.com/albums/xx83/alysterwick/IMG_2721_zpswfllz2on.jpg) (http://s744.photobucket.com/user/alysterwick/media/IMG_2721_zpswfllz2on.jpg.html)

(http://i744.photobucket.com/albums/xx83/alysterwick/IMG_2726_zpsvl0ttxeq.jpg) (http://s744.photobucket.com/user/alysterwick/media/IMG_2726_zpsvl0ttxeq.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Wick Does 54mm
Post by: Alyster Wick on January 17, 2016, 10:45:25 PM
Okay! Good amount of work done with the painting, some of it experimental. Turned out I'm much better at doing white on armor rather than cloth (then again, my cloth game is pretty weak in general). I've never done metallic metals on such a large surface area, so I'll say that I'm pretty happy w/ the results.

The duo together:

(http://i744.photobucket.com/albums/xx83/alysterwick/IMG_2739_zpswjtova4p.jpg) (http://s744.photobucket.com/user/alysterwick/media/IMG_2739_zpswjtova4p.jpg.html)


More shots of the Inquisitrix:

(http://i744.photobucket.com/albums/xx83/alysterwick/IMG_2737_zpsw61ysg3b.jpg) (http://s744.photobucket.com/user/alysterwick/media/IMG_2737_zpsw61ysg3b.jpg.html)

(http://i744.photobucket.com/albums/xx83/alysterwick/IMG_2732_zpsbrlb2utk.jpg) (http://s744.photobucket.com/user/alysterwick/media/IMG_2732_zpsbrlb2utk.jpg.html)

(http://i744.photobucket.com/albums/xx83/alysterwick/IMG_2731_zpsfgvqpdhp.jpg) (http://s744.photobucket.com/user/alysterwick/media/IMG_2731_zpsfgvqpdhp.jpg.html)

(http://i744.photobucket.com/albums/xx83/alysterwick/IMG_2730_zpsn9vhubl6.jpg) (http://s744.photobucket.com/user/alysterwick/media/IMG_2730_zpsn9vhubl6.jpg.html)

So I was trying to give her a white facemask with black around the mouth and eyes. My first attempt at the black was a total failure so I had to redo the white and may just redo the entire thing as the white got a little messy.

The biggest outstanding piece w/ the Inquisitrix is the gun. There are blue-ish grays in a couple different parts of her armor and I was thinking of doing black metal w/ blue-ish gray tron-style highlights on most of the gun with a few different parts being gun-metal. There would then be some blue ambient light coming from a few different sources. That said, while the blue would match well with the overall aesthetic, part of me wants to do an alien green glow that is totally mis-matched to emphasize the other-ness of the weapon. With the black metal w/ blueish highlights it'd still mostly fit in. I could also try doing something completely different, maybe having the whole thing in a tau-style tan ceramic color scheme and green or purple light. I'm very torn.

For the mutant, I'm considering adding some glowing purple writing into his otherwise boring (and, I'm prepared to admit, ham-handedly painted) robe. Rule-wise it'd confer some bonus to his psychic abilities (maybe an added layer of protection, or "Heroic" if he's using a psychic power that turn. I wasn't planning to make him a very powerful psyker, so an ability like that would make him much more practical).

Title: Re: Wick Does 54mm
Post by: Inquisitor Vale on January 18, 2016, 08:09:54 AM
Good grief man, ham handed! He has the cheek to say ham handed!  ;D I think they're my favourite pair of miniatures I've seen on the Conclave as they look as if they've stepped out of a John Blanche painting. Utter genius.

Is the base head Cherubael? I think the hand is from a Dark Eldar kit and I'm not sure about the gubbins at the waist.

Note to Self: Stop inquiring about a dozen projects and get three done!
Title: Re: Wick Does 54mm
Post by: RobSkib on January 18, 2016, 11:41:21 AM
Awesome stuff - like Vale said, it's very Blanche-esque. I'd stick with that colour palette for the gun too - avoid blue if you can.

On a related note; are you planning on tidying up the rims of the base at all? It'll make the whole composition look much neater.
Title: Re: Wick Does 54mm
Post by: Alyster Wick on January 23, 2016, 02:55:01 AM
Good grief man, ham handed! He has the cheek to say ham handed!

Ha, thanks for the compliment! The back of the robe is really the part I have mixed feelings on. I'm going to try my hand at a purple Endless Knot in the center of the back and (if that goes well) do a diamond-ish chain pattern around the border. It'd be the most ambitious freehand I've tried yet in terms of scale, so we'll see how it goes!

Awesome stuff - like Vale said, it's very Blanche-esque. I'd stick with that colour palette for the gun too - avoid blue if you can.

On a related note; are you planning on tidying up the rims of the base at all? It'll make the whole composition look much neater.

I think you're right. Blue would look too busy. I may go with a more subtle purple to match the mutant's robe. Color-theory-wise it should work out (or so says the googles) and if I keep it low key enough it shouldn't take away too much from the Blanchian-feel.


Anyway, nothing to report back on the painting front, but I did get a burst of creativity with sculpting. Here is the WIP of Brutis of Golgath. The base of the torso is actually the torso of my old Imperial Decreeist (emperor rest his soul) which was 100% scratch built, so I can legitimately say I sculpted the entire thing:

(http://i744.photobucket.com/albums/xx83/alysterwick/IMG_2745%202_zpszu2d85ki.jpg) (http://s744.photobucket.com/user/alysterwick/media/IMG_2745%202_zpszu2d85ki.jpg.html)

(http://i744.photobucket.com/albums/xx83/alysterwick/IMG_2746%202_zpsjcx6hc0u.jpg) (http://s744.photobucket.com/user/alysterwick/media/IMG_2746%202_zpsjcx6hc0u.jpg.html)

The back is so flat because he has a backpack going on to fuel his burning sword/torch. Work has begun on those parts, but I'm keeping the drama and will reveal all once it's complete  ;D


On to Marta, whose shoulder pads (while simple) make me quite happy. Together these two are my tests to make sure I can do different torso components. They aren't perfect, but I'm gaining confidence that I can get a full mini together that doesn't look like garbage.

(http://i744.photobucket.com/albums/xx83/alysterwick/IMG_2747%202_zps3bunwgnt.jpg) (http://s744.photobucket.com/user/alysterwick/media/IMG_2747%202_zps3bunwgnt.jpg.html)

(http://i744.photobucket.com/albums/xx83/alysterwick/IMG_2749_zpsfhceoooa.jpg) (http://s744.photobucket.com/user/alysterwick/media/IMG_2749_zpsfhceoooa.jpg.html)

(http://i744.photobucket.com/albums/xx83/alysterwick/IMG_2751%202_zps77eamkex.jpg) (http://s744.photobucket.com/user/alysterwick/media/IMG_2751%202_zps77eamkex.jpg.html)


Now for the last bit. Folks may recall that some time ago I got a cheap press-mold kit and did up a bunch of heads. Facial detail was quite good but things went a little off the rails where the two halves of the head met. I actually had a lot of success just cutting away those pieces, but as I kept having left over GS from other projects I slowly started playing around with adding detail. I'm quite happy with the four heads. They aren't all complete, but they're getting there.

(http://i744.photobucket.com/albums/xx83/alysterwick/IMG_2752%202_zpsonc3pkmw.jpg) (http://s744.photobucket.com/user/alysterwick/media/IMG_2752%202_zpsonc3pkmw.jpg.html)

Before I get into the rest of it, I'll just say that the biggest challenge I've found with sculpting isn't the detail, it's getting the proportions right. You could make a beautiful head of hair and fantastic cheek bones, but if the eyes aren't set right or the mouth is too big it all look terrible. Thus the quickly molded heads are a godsend in terms of practicing the small details, but the real challenge will begin when I try it from scratch.

From the left working right:

The first guy needs lots of work, but I've gotten the hardest parts (teeth and nose) and the rest is just minor variations on skills I'm already quite comfortable with. The goal is to end up with something akin to Skeletron from Turbo Kid (a fantastic homage to childhood, exploitation films, and the 80s. avoid the trailer and just watch the movie) http://turbo-kid.wikia.com/wiki/Skeletron

Next is my attempt at a military balaclava. I want to use it to create something similar to a picture from the rulebook. I can't recall the page, but there's a piece that has a bunch of shotgun wielding black ops looking dudes in dusters descending from a flying transport in a gunfight with mutants. I'm going to pair it with the armored torso from Borak's parts-pack and some trench coated legs. I'm looking forward to this one as I've wanted to riff off that piece of artwork for YEARS!

The next I want to use to make a friend of mine's character. He's a minor psyker and full time cult leader. I want to add some scarring to the bare side of his head to go with the wires and general baldness. I like the asymmetry.

Last is perhaps my favorite, or at least best, conversion. He was initially meant to be a ratling for another friend's warband, but that character has been abandoned/changed, so now I have a fun bearded head and no character to go with it. I'm sure I'll find a home for him eventually.

That's it for now! I hope to get some more work done early tomorrow since my work trip this coming week got extended. If I don't post tomorrow it'll be a while before I find the time.
Title: Re: Wick Does 54mm
Post by: KaptiDavy on January 23, 2016, 09:29:01 AM
Nice, that death cult head fits perfectly with the arbites body - and Brutis seems like he's going to live up to his name too
But: Mart's gun is rather fiddly (or how should I say this??) I'd reattach the different bits, until it gets straight enough

Do you plan to make moulds of those heads? Maybe you should...
Title: Re: Wick Does 54mm
Post by: Lord Borak on January 23, 2016, 09:00:45 PM
Those Sculpts are looking very nice indeed. I especially like the head with the beard and goggles! There's not enough decent beards in the 41st Millennium. The arbitess looks nice as well. The HEad works really well but gives her that sinister feeling that perhaps you REALLY don't want her interrogating you.
Title: Re: Wick Does 54mm
Post by: Alyster Wick on January 24, 2016, 10:13:33 PM
Thanks for the kind words!

Nice, that death cult head fits perfectly with the arbites body - and Brutis seems like he's going to live up to his name too
But: Mart's gun is rather fiddly (or how should I say this??) I'd reattach the different bits, until it gets straight enough

It's mostly the barrel. The grip and gun itself line up quite well, I think it's a trick of the camera. The barrel is definitely a bit dodgy, but I didn't know if I was being OCD. Since you spotted it straight away, I'm going to have a go at reattaching it.

Do you plan to make moulds of those heads? Maybe you should...

You know, I had originally wanted to only cast up bits that were 100% original, but I am liking these. Just in case folks were curious (though it may be obvious), the base heads respectively are Covenant, Eisenhorn, the alternate Arbites head, and Slick Devlan.

Onto the fun stuff, I did some painting and here are the results!

(http://i744.photobucket.com/albums/xx83/alysterwick/IMG_2753_zpsl23x9ylc.jpg) (http://s744.photobucket.com/user/alysterwick/media/IMG_2753_zpsl23x9ylc.jpg.html)

(http://i744.photobucket.com/albums/xx83/alysterwick/IMG_2761_zpsw3domufw.jpg) (http://s744.photobucket.com/user/alysterwick/media/IMG_2761_zpsw3domufw.jpg.html)

I'm super happy with the freehand, beyond the fact that the darn thing is so off center. It's essentially a blanket wrapped around him, so I can certainly justify it by saying that he just isn't wearing it in a centered manner, but it still irks me. At this point there are other projects on my bench so I'm not going to bother redoing to freehand and a giant chunk of the robe just to appease my compulsion.

For the Inquisitor, I swear to you all that the gun actually looks quite good and the picture is just awful. I swear to you, there is lots of subtle shading leading up to the light spots (for that matter, the spots also have much more shading to them then is evident from this photo) and there's actually a nice build up on the purple.

They're both done enough for the time being. In the future I may continue the mutant's knot pattern as a single chain around the edge of the robe. For the Inquisitor I would want to do her eyes a different color than plain white and add some "make up" to her mask (I want black eye liner and around the lips, like the Crow) and I'd also like to add some text to the various pieces of parchment (including a nice big =I= on the front one). But again, I have lots of undercoated minis to paint and half-assembled minis to convert (plus the wonderful stuff from Borak).

Anyway, that's it for now!
Title: Re: Wick Does 54mm
Post by: MarcoSkoll on January 25, 2016, 02:47:14 AM
I love that knot pattern. It's got me wondering which of my incomplete projects I'd planned some freehand for...

Before I get into the rest of it, I'll just say that the biggest challenge I've found with sculpting isn't the detail, it's getting the proportions right.
That tends to be a stumbling point for a lot of people (whatever the type of art). A lot of modellers who can sculpt in detail will always sculpt over another model (often leaving little to none of the original detail showing) and never try tackling faces.

Good news is it's not actually that hard to start to learn an artist's eye - even if it takes a lot of practice to master. See the old anecdote about: "But it only took you five minutes"; "No madam, it took me my entire life".

(The bad news is there's a lot of terrible art teachers out there who utterly fail to explain the psychology and observation of art to their students and instead expect them to repeatedly draw bowls of fruit and discarded boots - which is utterly useless unless you understand why it doesn't look right).
Title: Re: Wick Does 54mm
Post by: Inquisitor Vale on January 25, 2016, 10:42:14 AM
Really good stuff, Mr Wick -- I look forward to seeing the Church of the Red Redemption painted.

Marco -- that's very true, in my experience. I cannot draw and was told, politely, don't come back, in S2 (14, I think) from art class, but I never recall being taught how to draw -- you were given a bottle or a boomerang and told ''draw it''. which is about as much use as the proverbial chocolate teapot. Very galling as I have a fairly potty imagination I should like to put on paper.

Sorry for digressing -- Alyster ''keep 'em coming''. The gun looks much better in purples that it would've in blue -- I'm not a fan of bright undulled colours.
Title: Re: Wick Does 54mm
Post by: Van Helser on January 30, 2016, 08:49:30 AM
Delighted to see the colour theme for your models continuing and improving with each one. Great freehand on the Scarn conversion.

The judge conversion is great. The assassin head works very well there - the smaller heads from the Inquisitor range do look out of place on many of the other base models. It gives a good spec-ops look to the model. I am sure the shotgun will look right when its painted. The jarring of metal and plastic together in weapon conversions always tricks the eye a little I find.

Going way back up the page, Seaglen's conversion has an Eldar flamer for her weapon, from the depths of the nineties.

Ruaridh
Title: Re: Wick Does 54mm
Post by: Alyster Wick on February 16, 2016, 12:24:00 AM
Got some updates here, just to show that I haven't abandoned everything for the community sculpting project :)

The backpack for the massive flaming sword is ready! I've decided to ditch the torch part that I included in the rules for Brutis. There was a great brutal bit that would have looked spectacular spouting flame from the backpack but it just wasn't coming together with the clean look that the rest of the weapon has. Rules-wise I'll probably cut down the ammo that the backpack carries (it looks a bit more modest) and I may just have the sword carry all of the special rules load (as it's turning out to be more impressive than I had originally thought).

(http://i744.photobucket.com/albums/xx83/alysterwick/IMG_2836_zps4iawtaqw.jpg) (http://s744.photobucket.com/user/alysterwick/media/IMG_2836_zps4iawtaqw.jpg.html)

And here's the sword itself, complete with some crude MS Painting to show how the handles will fit into it. Overall the kitbashing turned out very well, though I do need to straighten out the blade and I may redo some/all of the flames (or I may just add some more, placed strategically to make it more interesting/make it look more organic).

(http://i744.photobucket.com/albums/xx83/alysterwick/IMG_2833_zpsmcjovknm.jpg) (http://s744.photobucket.com/user/alysterwick/media/IMG_2833_zpsmcjovknm.jpg.html)

Sidenote, I hope that one day our two flame-sword wielding champions will meet, Van Hesler. A Redemptionist versus a Xanthite, probably on some catwalks in a dark factory with the primary light source being their weapons, would be epic indeed. :)

Title: Re: Wick Does 54mm
Post by: Van Helser on March 01, 2016, 02:59:21 PM

Sidenote, I hope that one day our two flame-sword wielding champions will meet, Van Hesler. A Redemptionist versus a Xanthite, probably on some catwalks in a dark factory with the primary light source being their weapons, would be epic indeed. :)

That would be quite the scene. Perhaps one day one of us will get to cross the pond for a game!

For sculpting flames, I would cut back the areas closest to the blade, so that there's a nice smooth transition from the blades surface and into the billowing flame. They look a bit lumped on there as it stands.

Ruaridh
Title: Re: Wick Does 54mm
Post by: Alyster Wick on March 21, 2016, 02:00:26 AM
Plugged away at Mr. Tubes for a while today (haven't been getting as much Inquisitor paint time recently). While I'm happy with everything so far on a technical level, I'm realizing that the color scheme I selected was less pale adMech and more grungy nurgle. It doesn't help that he's cyclopean. I'm hoping that I can reverse this with some tattoos and the lighting effects that'll come from his shoulder things, belly-orb, and left arm thing.

(http://i744.photobucket.com/albums/xx83/alysterwick/IMG_2928_zpsgv2npygj.jpg) (http://s744.photobucket.com/user/alysterwick/media/IMG_2928_zpsgv2npygj.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Wick Does 54mm
Post by: Lord Borak on March 21, 2016, 12:21:51 PM
He's looking great. The skin looks like the part of a mechanicum servitor. AS soon as you start putting other colours on there it will probably start looking less Nurgly. At the moment the tubes are looking a bit  tentacle-like which is probably what's giving it that look. Maybe, if it still bothers you once he's done, you could repaint them in metallics?
Title: Re: Wick Does 54mm
Post by: Alyster Wick on March 22, 2016, 02:29:39 AM
At the moment the tubes are looking a bit  tentacle-like which is probably what's giving it that look. Maybe, if it still bothers you once he's done, you could repaint them in metallics?

Confession time, I over-weathered 60% of the cables (that do have metallic bases). Once most of them are highlighted up I think it'll fix the problem. However, there are two cables that I wanted to try and make look organic to give a gross overall feel to the mini. Specifically I wanted them to look fleshy (and fresh!) in a way that was healthier than his actual skin. I really want to put some dark blue veins in the two fleshy tubes (I trust it's clear which ones I'm talking about) to see if that helps. It might only make matters worse. Blue should be a healthy vein color. Meh.

We'll see, I'm hopeful that the electric-blue orbs/pyramids of power will sort things out. Jury is still out on the color-glass for his viewing port. I'm thinking of going for a dusty yellowish/orange. I'm open to suggestion, I just don't want to do more blue (though I could see clear to doing a high contrast blue-ish grey).

ALSO POLLING: Should he get a barcode on the back of his head or perhaps a cog? I could try a mechanicus skull w/ "barcode" teeth? My major reservation with barcodes is that a couple minis have them on their left should (because they spent time in the Sector's penal system, and that's how prisoners are marked) so it's already kind of a thing.
Title: Re: Wick Does 54mm
Post by: Alyster Wick on March 27, 2016, 10:09:44 PM
So I tried an experiment with "lighting" and it went terribly. I'm considering applying a few coats of dark blue wash then (if it causes the lighting to fade enough) highlighting it up from there. But yeah, I applied a variety of techniques in slapdash fashion and I hate it right now (though the "gun" and the shoulder pyramids aren't terribly, the belly-orb is just way too distracting).

Anyway, pictures!

(http://i744.photobucket.com/albums/xx83/alysterwick/IMG_2935_zpsj7r3evrv.jpg) (http://s744.photobucket.com/user/alysterwick/media/IMG_2935_zpsj7r3evrv.jpg.html)

(http://i744.photobucket.com/albums/xx83/alysterwick/IMG_2936_zpsrvs3it9f.jpg) (http://s744.photobucket.com/user/alysterwick/media/IMG_2936_zpsrvs3it9f.jpg.html)

(http://i744.photobucket.com/albums/xx83/alysterwick/IMG_2937_zps8t6duaul.jpg) (http://s744.photobucket.com/user/alysterwick/media/IMG_2937_zps8t6duaul.jpg.html)

(http://i744.photobucket.com/albums/xx83/alysterwick/IMG_2939_zps9aqiujrt.jpg) (http://s744.photobucket.com/user/alysterwick/media/IMG_2939_zps9aqiujrt.jpg.html)

And here he is with his master:

(http://i744.photobucket.com/albums/xx83/alysterwick/IMG_2940_zpspf50tbgz.jpg) (http://s744.photobucket.com/user/alysterwick/media/IMG_2940_zpspf50tbgz.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Wick Does 54mm
Post by: Lord Borak on March 27, 2016, 11:08:02 PM
For an idea, here's a link to a similar effect that you could use on the shoulder things.

http://www.librarium-online.com/forums/attachments/projects/55418d1454967462-zentradis-wip-spiderf.jpg

It's not my work, just a chap I know from another Forum (yes, I feel like throwing my models in the bin every time he posts).

I'd also have a look at this thread on how to do lighting effects. It will be a good idea for the orbs and maybe point you in the right direction.

http://warhammer-empire.com/theforum/?topic=10116.0


I've always found that, with lightning, you should keep the actual lightning as thing as possible.  You can start blending black through to dark blue from far away but keep those light blue highlights to an absolute minimum. You only want to use pure white as 'dots' or very fine lines at the source of the lightning or where it hits something. Take a look a real lightning to get a better idea....it might help to decipher my ramblings.
Title: Re: Wick Does 54mm
Post by: Alyster Wick on March 28, 2016, 02:08:06 AM
For an idea, here's a link to a similar effect that you could use on the shoulder things.

http://www.librarium-online.com/forums/attachments/projects/55418d1454967462-zentradis-wip-spiderf.jpg

It's not my work, just a chap I know from another Forum (yes, I feel like throwing my models in the bin every time he posts).


Thanks for all your advice and links. I must say, I also want to throw this thing in the bin seeing the Warp Spider lighting effect. While I wasn't able to replicate it (and honestly that is exactly what I'd want to do under ideal circumstances) I feel MUCH better now:

(http://i744.photobucket.com/albums/xx83/alysterwick/IMG_2941_zpslfmv8xsz.jpg) (http://s744.photobucket.com/user/alysterwick/media/IMG_2941_zpslfmv8xsz.jpg.html)

I ran out of steam to do all eight panels of the pyramids, but I feel I'm on much better footing now. I'll probably do far fewer stages in the panels just because there's a lot less space to actually blend, so those should go quicker some time later in the week.
Title: Re: Wick Does 54mm
Post by: Lord Borak on March 28, 2016, 06:28:09 AM
That is a vast improvement. The lightning on the gun/weapon/shooty-thing looks great. He looks far less Nurgly with the blue on there by the way.
Title: Re: Wick Does 54mm
Post by: Van Helser on March 29, 2016, 01:52:24 PM
The difference between the two pictures is great. The lightning effect looks vastly better now.