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Smart Resin Models: Ethernal Eagle (the Big E himself), Alternative Heads

In a previous post I showed Emperor with his helmet on. I am working on the alternative heads…

I have to say the heads look a bit tiny compared to his body. I left the eyes just white- it suggests some big psychic force, plus saves me trying to paint the iris… Looking at the photos I also need to work a bit more on the skin, but hey, until the new power claw arrives I have some time.

Smart Resin Models: Ethernal Eagle (the Big E himself), WIP 2

I guess He will be a constant participant for this blog, as I have some heads to finish, and I also am waiting for an alternative weapon to arrive (I do not necessarily like the flaming sword).

Anyhow, this is He, the Master of Mankind, at his present state. The sword, for now, is only attached using blue-tac – to be magnetized later. The heads are already magnetized.

I was thinking about doing some object source lightning on the flames, then I just said, nah. I like how he turned out and would not risk ruining it…

If you buy the larger version of the miniature, you can add LED lightning to them as they come in a transparent form.

Forgeworld: Magnus the Red

Finally it seems like the curse has been broken, and I managed to find inspiration to finish Magnus.

As I mentioned the white cape did not turn out well; I repainted the whole thing in French blue (AK Interactive), and did some shading using wet blending methods (so I do not use oils only). I found some of the parchment strips hanging from his coat (I have been with this figure since two years ago, and it has moved countries with me half-painted). I painted the details using water-soluble oils, though – they give a nice, transparent effect.

I tried to give some of the iridescent effect to the feathers; I think they turned out OK. I also played with the skin-tones: I did some shades using purple. I have read a long time ago someone mentioning this -and surprisingly it works.

Anyhow, it is finished, and took its place in my cabinet. Off to finishing off the big E, and the other running projects. God, help me find strength not to start new ones until I do.

Artel W Miniatures: Angron, the Red Angel

Well the last one finish first, I guess. (The Emperor is getting ready, and I have trouble with Magnus‘ cape.)

I worked on his face and arms for a little bit more and decided he was finished. (My approach of painting skin tones is to start with dark, and layer on increasingly lightened skin tones, wash, start over, and keep doing it until something approaches acceptable comes out.)

A bit chaotic method, but it is mine.

I know it is not a Golden Demon contender, but I am really pleased how the armor came out, and I even like the skin on this guy. The mini itself is simply great; it is well-cast, has great detail, easy to assemble, and more importantly: it captures Angron’s rage while does not simply paint him as a monster. You can see his pain behind the rage – unlike in the Forgeworld version where he looks more like Gene Simmons with an alternative facepaint. (The book Betrayer is a great one about his character.)

Artel W Miniatures: Angron, the Red Angel, WIP

I normally do not do WIPs for figures because a.) I am not a great painter b.) they are not the main focus of this blog.

But since I have been working on a few since, well, for a while now, I decided to do three WIPs. This is the third: Angron, the Primarch of the World Eaters by Artel W Miniatures. Who did plently of wrong but he never really had a chance. I like his character because he actually had a reason to rebel, and did not just get a lame “touch a daemon possessed sword- boom, you are corrupted” treatment.

I much better like Artel W’s interpretation of him than Forgeworld’s

It just does not look as good

…not to mention the pose is the exact same one as Kharn’s… They both look like they are in a hurry to reach the end of a queue.

The armor was a combination of AK’s True Metal paints in several layers, with washes and oil paints. The leather was done using different browns, and the skin is left to be painted. (I tried oils on there as well, but they did not stick.) I added some chains to the chain-axes (as a gladiator he chained his weapon to his wrist, a custom that was followed by his Legion -and Sigismud, of all people.)

I just need to finish his skin, and I am all set. (I also have Artel W’s bust of him… back when I had more disposable income :D)

This guy will be featured here for sure. One day.

Smart Resin Models: Ethernal Eagle (the Big E himself), WIP

I normally do not do WIPs for figures because a.) I am not a great painter b.) they are not the main focus of this blog.

But since I have been working on a few since, well, for a while now, I decided to do three WIPs. This is the second: The Emperor of Mankind, The Saviour of Humanity, the Epitome of Perfection, who, nevertheless, severely lacked basic parenting skills despite of being, you know, The Epitome of Perfection.

The armor was a combination of AK’s True Metal paints in several layers, with washes and oil paints.

The mini comes with several heads (helmeted, serious, angry, cool -I call him “the Dude”, Space Jesus) and some extras as I ordered the pre-order version; I magnetized them, so they could be switched. (You can order the set in three sizes -this is the smallest, 28mm one. I really wish I had the largest one, but unless I get lucky in the EuroMillions, it will not happen.) I also ordered a set of power claws after the fact to switch it for the flaming sword. (I hope they will come out with a post-heresy version of the Emperor, too.)

I painted the stand using oils on an acrylic base. (Dark primer and blue oil paint.) I am pretty happy with the results – I think I will use oils a lot from now on. The cape is still need to be painted… it is still a bit sticky of the oil paint I used, even though it has been drying for three weeks now- obviously I need to learn a bit more about using oils, and the extra bits also need to be finished. I am pretty happy with the flaming sword- I used oils to make smooth blends here, too. It seems like an easier way than using acrylics.

Forgeworld: Magnus the Red WIP

I normally do not do WIPs for figures because a.) I am not a great painter b.) they are not the main focus of this blog.

But since I have been working on a few since, well, for a while now, I decided to do three WIPs. This is the first: Magnus the Red. Who did nothing wrong. (And I stand by this statement.) This is the pre-heresy form of him; not yet a broken daemon thing with boob-horn-armor.

I left out the whole swirling rubble-thing from the kit because I do not find them convincing; essentially he is done. His knee horn got missing over the years (I started him in the UK a long, long while back), and he has “only” his coat left to paint. Which is going to be challenging, as it has iridescent feathers, and I am not very good with coats anyhow.

I am experimenting with oils for blending.

The armor was a combination of AK’s True Metal paints in several layers, with washes and oil paints.

I quite like how the dark, broken, iridescent glass turned out to be -again, oils dabbed on.

Avunculus Fragili

OK, so here is this imperial knight conversion. My 18 month old daughter, when she first saw the “skeleton” without the armor on (pretty hideous sight) cried happily “Uncle Fragile” (or “mister Fragile”, depending on the translation), and started hugging it. She had a concept of my toys being fragile and that it was a male… She is very empathic, by the way. I have Angron himself under painting, and she calls him “Uncle Crying”, and keeps kissing the figure telling him not to cry. Which is both sweet and funny.

Anyhow, this is how the knight looks like presently. I do not like it at all; the paintjob is just the base so it is not finished, but I am not convinced it actually looks the corrupted, twisted parody of its original self.

I wanted to introduce him to the world, and I also welcome any suggestions how to improve it with further painting/weathering; I do have some ideas. We will see how it turns out.

Loken and Abaddon

I painted this set about seven years ago, but only now did I get it out of its box… This is a renderition of the final battle between Abaddon and Loken– two members of HorusMournival. An epic, tragic battle which ended with the (supposed) death of Loken, marking the end of a heroic Astrates who stood up against the corruption of everything he believed in, by the hand of his former battle brother. A great scene fitting to a Greek tragedy- until Black Library decided to void the whole thing, and “resurrect” Loken for no good reason whatsoever.

Pity.

Anyhow, the mini is produced by Forgeworld. I made a “small” change: since on the original Abaddon held the sword in a way that ensured that he missed Loken completely, I simply added a second power claw. This way he is reaching out for him, ready to crush his chainsword/face. It also makes simple tasks, like operating switches or rubbing one’s nose impossible, but WH40K was never about practicalities.

Here is an awesome paintjob on the original setup. OK, I am very far from this level.

In the original, if you take a look at it, the swing is already on its downward phase, which will end up with Abaddon being completely defenceless by the time they clash together with Loken. And when I mean clash, I do mean running into each other. The pose would work well if you use the miniature on its own: it looks like if he was using his sword to signal an attack, but with Loken present it looks a bit disjointed in my opinion. I also left out Loken’s cape as I completely agree with Edna.

Airfix Bentley box cover

I bought a half-assembled 1/12 Bentley for 25 quids on Ebay quite a while ago. I ran into several problems with the kit (it was quite botched, I did not manage to build it into an acceptable model), but the box itself was quite something. For one, it looks good. And it is also from 1974… someone bought it in Harrod’s, for the sum of 4.5 GBP…

I had to frame it.

 

https://imgur.com/QGaGd1F

 

Anyhow, once I get myself to finish it up, I will post some photos, just to show it. The chrome parts look less-than-chromish, as they were narred by glue, so I had to sand them, and re-spray them -while they were on the car. (As I said it was half-assembled.) The chassis is warped, so there are fit issues, and the surface of the model was covered with thick paint I had to polish off and then re-spray it; the results are less than smooth, unfortunately.

I had to order new decals and a new tire from Airfix, which they promptly sent. (Great customer service for sure.)

As for the rest of the builds…

The Markgraf is finished (sort of… no rigging is installed yet.) In the near future I will finish up the Centurion, the T49, the Sheridan, and the T-90 from the 1/72 range, the Das Werk radar I received as a review sample, and the Hobby Boss EBR-10. I also started to work on the Takom Panther, as I noticed some spider actually built a web inside the hull. Once that is done, the RFM Panther will be the next, and then I will do a second comparison review. With all that I also have a couple of Warhammer figures to finish -I finally want to learn “proper” painting. I managed to do a quite nice golden armor on Magnus as a study for the Emperor figure, so I am actually quite looking forward to it. (There is also a Horus figure waiting to be finished; the mace he held was broken during the move to Hungary, and after a few attempts of re-gluing it I just gave up on that figure. He may get the second sword Big E comes with; he already got a new head, after all…)

This will keep me busy for a while I assume.