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Corvus Corax, Raven Guard Primarch

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , , , , on October 8, 2016 by Sean

Corvus Corax, Primarch of the Raven Gard Legion, is done. I will work on him nevermore

This guy was rough. Aside from the detail and normal level of work on the model, it was also very fragile and unbalanced to build. I envision the wings being broken within a week, but here’s hoping. Forgeworld’s sometimes questionable resin once again rears its head… The wings themselves are extremely fiddly; the castings were not great at all, and required extensive cleaning and reshaping with a knife. Even then some of the details were warped or rough. Hopefully the paint job will cover these deficiencies.

Aside from the construction problems, I like the model. He’s very dynamic and actually looks like he’s just touched down with force (the splintering flagstones are a great touch). The interaction with the Night Lord Marines is great too. His face is very characterful, with a proper Eastwood squint from Spaghetti Westerns (am I right about that inspiration, seeing how he’s got a pair of pistols in cowboy holsters ?)

I took lots of pictures from various angles to show off Corax’s details and pose, as well as him mounted in the scenic base. Like the other Primarchs the scenic base is pinned to lock together around the smaller character base.

I’m not sure which Primarch is next, but looking forward to whichever one drops in my lap.


Corax, penultimate

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 6, 2016 by Sean

Corvus Corax, Primarch of the Raven Guard Legion, is nearly done. Like all the other Primarch miniatures from Forgeworld, he is very complicated and detailed. This means he has taken some time to finish to a high standard.

Here he is nearly completed. I mounted him to the character base, that will in turn fit in the scenic base. I painted him on his own before I mounted him, because he’s big enough already, and the base would have presented an unwieldy grip. Plus, there would be a higher chance of tipping and breaking (plus rubbing paint off the base piece).

I took pics from several angles, to highlight his detailed armor. His armor plates are smoother than his Primarch brothers, with inset base relief surfaces and decoration resembling Celtic knotwork (similar to some of the Heresy-era Raven Guard decoration seen on the standard Marines and vehicles from Forgeworld). The only things missing from the completed model is the pair of wings on the jump pack and his other holster and whip (left off for ease of painting).

Being Raven Guard, he of course wears all black armor, the only contrasting color being a shiny silver for armor trim and weapons, some gold, leather pouches, and white/bone decoration. A few spots of bright blue show up in the jewels in his Legion symbol and the exhausts of the jump pack. The lightning claws got a blue wash and highlight with pure silver to make them very eye-catching.

Before I mounted Corax to the base I took a pic of the Traitor Marine he’s posed in the act of shooting. This one was painted as a Night Lord in Mark III armor, with the standard deep blue plating and bronze trim. He got a skull Death’s Head ‘mask’ on his helmet and a winged skull Legion symbol. A few lightning bolt effects on his armor break up the flat plates. I really love the posing on this model. He’s sprawling back, a hole punched right through his chest, shrapnel scoring the underside of his faceplate. His weapons are just barely attached to the model, showing them about to fly free once he falls back. He brings some needed color to the full Corax model, but his smaller size means he won’t upstage the Primarch.

Next up, the finished Corax!

Corax Bases: The Perch

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , , , , , on September 23, 2016 by Sean


The next big Primarch project is Corvus Corax, Primarch of the Raven Guard Legion of Space Marines. As with all the Primarchs I’ve worked on, he and his base are very detailed, and very complicated to construct.

Like the previous Primarchs, I’m working on his base first. His base (the first pic) is a rise of twisted concrete and metal, buckling under his feet as he lands. A nice split Imperial Eagle alludes to the civil war of the Horus Heresy. The rusted girders and reinforcements serve to break up the general grey color scheme. The tiled surface gets a bit of a beige highlight to differentiate it from the broken concrete.

The perch fits into a 50mm scenic base that hides its own 40mm base (second pic). The colors are the same as the normal base. Corax’s scenic base will eventually feature a Traitor Marine being blasted by Corax as he lands. This will come later.

Corax is a complicated piece, so I’ll paint him in stages, just like the other Primarchs. More to come!

From the Shadows

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , , on June 21, 2016 by Sean

The Raven Guard Space Marine Legion sneaks back in to my painting queue…

Joining the Raven Guard I’ve done for a client, these Marines are part of a Mor Deythan Strike Squad from Forgeworld, elite infiltrators for the Legion. The cloaks were given urban camouflage, a splotch of grey with specks of grey and black. Their armor is kept simple black, with minimal extra colors and very narrow highlighting.

The second pic is a detail pic of some of the members, with a shot of their cloaks. The white helmeted Marine is the squad leader. The lightning bolt symbol from their right shoulder is repeated on the leader’s left knee.

Next up for the Raven Guard is the Primarch, Corax himself.

The Raven’s Storm

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , , , on April 10, 2015 by Sean

The Raven Guard are getting more Marines for their force.

However, I’ve digressed to paint up a Contemptor Dreadnought for the Chapter. This nice fellow from Forge World is the Raven Guard-specific model, with cool symbols and Celtic knot work carved into its armor plates. His color scheme matches his Marine brothers, with black, white, and red being the only real colors, with bronze and metal as additional colors. A few transfers gave him the final iconography.

Contemptors are a much cooler design than the standard Marine Dread, though they really do stand out stylistically from the rest of the vehicles and equipment.

The Unkindness of Ravens

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , on March 13, 2015 by Sean

More Raven Guard arrive!

First up is a Captain / Chapter Master, armed with Thunder Hammer and Lightning Shield. He has the same details as the Honor Guard (in previous posts), with the custom ‘Raven’ masked Corvus helmet. His shield and tabard are nice contrasts from his black armor.

Joining him are some members of an Assault Squad. They’ve forgone their jump packs for foot-slogging. The Marines got a few extra details, mostly in the form of added decoration, shoulder pads, and honors (all from the Vanguard Veteran set). The squad gets a lightning bolt as a squad symbol. Compared to the rest of the Raven Guard I’ve painted, these Marines are positively spartan in detail.

Raven Guard Vets Redux, Redux

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , on March 5, 2015 by Sean

The Raven Guard Company Veterans squads get rounded out with some more members.

First up are a few more Honor Guard members, with the distinctive ‘winged’ helmets of the squad. The squad leader gets a horsehair brush crest to mark him out.

After that are the remaining members of the Sternguard. More plasma death for any foes in range, with a pair of combi-plasma bolters and a pair of plasma guns. For a bit of versatility, the squad also has a member with a combi-flamer bolter just in case. I included some shots from front and side to show off all the extra detail. All the Honor Guard and Sternguard were built from the Sternguard Veterans box set, with additional helmets.

Next, the Captains!