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The Wolftime: Leman Russ, Primarch of the Space Wolves

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , , , , on February 17, 2017 by Sean

I’ve finally gotten to work on the Primarch of the Space Wolves Space Marines Legion for the Horus Heresy 30K, the indomitable Leman Russ.

Russ is a great miniature, and it was fun to paint him. He has a lot of animation, with a swirling motion throughout the whole figure, starting from his base of shattered stone to his whirling wolf pelt cape and long braided hair. His dagger sheath even swings out away from his body with his momentum. The motion of the model follows his eyes, with Russ turning his head to face of against an unseen foe (or searching for another), and his leg planted to begin his turn in that direction. This pose does make the minie difficult to photograph, but it does avoid any problems of a miniature ‘in-the-round’ being dull from some directions.

His armor is of course pretty elaborate, with lots of studs and spikes and ‘Viking’ design on armor plates. I went with a cool dark grey for his power armor, and kept most of his color scheme a cool temperature, from his armor, weapons, and even the wolf pelts. The base has some warmth to contrast, with reddish terracotta showing through the facades.

His paired weapons are a highly decorated sword, painted with violet and blue washes to separate it from him, as well as a big axe worked to a shiny polish with blue and silver.

I show one pic with Russ on his normal 40mm base and then inserted into the scenic base, as well as a pic of just the scenic base. Like the other Primarchs, he has his own little diorama on a 60mm base. In Russ’ case this is some palace floor on Prospero, when the Space Wolves fought the Thousand Sons Legion. You can see a discarded scroll and Thousand Son helmet among the rubble of magic wards and inscriptions. Russ has a few of the same metals from the scenic base used on his armor to tie him visually to the base.

More to come. Looking forward to Sanguinius and Dorn.

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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.

Roboute Guilliman: Primarch of the Ultramarines

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , , , , on February 26, 2016 by Sean

 

The next Primarch from Forgeworld arrives- Roboute Guilliman, the Primarch of the Ultramarines.

This figure was very detailed, like all the other Primarchs I’ve done. He’s got all the typical eagles and skulls, and the Ultra symbol of course. Unlike the others though, his ostentatiousness is somewhat toned down. He’s got a very limited color scheme, with just a spot of green, red, leather, and flesh to diverge from the blue and yellow metal. The gladius got a wash of blue ink and highlight with silver. I had to keep the armor lines clean, and the white cape was a strong contrast to the armor.

The scenic base was fun. I haven’t done much marble, so I had to do some experimenting to achieve the effect. It has that nice Roman feel, which of course matches Roboute’s decorated armor (he’s really ready to conquer Gaul here).

Next up: Corax!

Ultra!

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , , on October 23, 2015 by Sean

I’m working on a squad of Ultramarines Invictarus Suzerains from Forgeworld. They are intended to accompany their Primarch Roboute Guilliman when I finish him (next in the queue).

The Suzerains are all equipped with power axes and combat shields. Their armor is highly decorated; the only change is an additional horsehair brush on the helmet for all members. I haven’t done Ultramarines in some time, but luckily blue is a forgiving color. The blue is actually P3 Cygnar Blue with GW Macragge Blue for mid-tones and highlights. I made the shield a marble white to give maximum contrast with the armor.

The rest will be along shortly.