Saturday, 18 January 2014

Raven Guard Jump Pack Commander

Hello hello, Macca here, one of the three Prime Evils who works on this blog,

First up, I'm going to start with my Raven Guard. I spent a solid couple of weeks working on these guys, experimenting with a few new techniques. Overall, I am very happy with how they came out, but I will let you decide.

 This guy is a jump pack commander. I built him before Forge World released their MK II and III power weapon kits, so in order to get suitable lightning claws, I cut and filed a set of Warp Talons. This took a while as their was a lot of trim to remove. Once the trim was removed, I thought it would look great to add some rivets to the claws, just to add to that heresy era vibe. The rivets are just small pieces of round plasticard, and they were attached VERY carefully with poly cement.

 The main body is off an Emperors Children Palantine Blade, as I love the pose, it also provides a very characterful looking set of armour, which combined with the dynamism gives you a really 'come at me bro' look.

 At this stage the model has been painted, and hit all over with a gloss varnish. The reason this is done is so that the washes I add to it sink into the crevasses in the model. I use No.1 medium mixed with the oils, at about a 15:1 medium to oil ratio. The models throughout the Raven Guard are painted grey, the black oil is used to add depth to the grey (view the post on Abaddon for how the grey was done here ), as plain black is too boring. If you use No.1 medium, you will need to wait at least 8 hours between applying it and varnishing over the top. If you use No.2 medium (a slower drying medium) prepare to wait between 24 and 36 hours.

With decals applied. It is very important when you play with decals to thin them and seal them correctly. I am not going to go through the process right now, but keep an eye out for a future blog...

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