November 16, 2011

Raven Guard Plastic Venerable Dreadnought.

Here we are again to present you my lattest addition to my Raven Guard army: a venerable dreadnought made from the plastic space marine Venerable dreadnought.

As you can see it is build with a plasma cannon as well as painted to match the scheme of my Forgeworld Raven Guard Venerable Dreadnought.

I´ve opted to build it in a classical style instead of make use of the other sarcophagus, which show the helmet of the "pilot", that is ´cause I like the columns bits, in the sarcophagus as well as in the torso, cause it lets you freehand something between the "columns" but sadly up to date, I haven´t been able to find a design that I want to freehand in it.

That doesn´t mean that there is not a freehand in the mini, as you can see the legs bits are quite freehanded, except for the raven skull and the Raven Guard icon (etched brass, you know).

Here you have a side view of the dude and how the white raven seems to be much brighter than it should be, I don´t know how to achieve this effect but I like it pretty much.
One of the things I like from my new miniatures is as simple as the use of Citadel´s Boltgun instead of Vallejo´s Chainmail, cause the Boltgun metallic colour has a "greased metal" look that I like pretty much, and because the citadel colour is pretty uniform when correctly painted, without bubbles or lumps and every ink you put in it seems to correctly place itself so it gets the most of the metallic colour.
There is the plasma cannon, is painted as ever, Vallejo Torquoise, highlighted with vallejo light turquoise, highlighted with vallejo green blue and with a white dot in the edges (yes, the "shoulder" needs some details, I know)
Here you can see the effect on the plasma cannon and how the boltgun metal and the badab black make me happy every time I combine both :D
A detail of the right "kneepad" so you can see the freehand decoration around the skull.
The same for the left "kneepad" and the bit in the... Groin???

A detail of the lenses on the dreadnought, turquoise as well, because I think it makes a nice contrast with the redness of the rest of the army.

As you can see this isn´t the classical dreadnought arm, that is cause the fist is make with four blood angels blood claws, to differentiate this dreadnought from the standard one.
But the thing is that the BA claws fit perfectly in the plastic standard dreadnought arm, but not in the venerable dreadnought arm so if you are going to try this you have to be cautious glueing it (if you take a look you can see a bit of glue in the center of the fist).
Just another thing: any ideas of what can I freehand in the torso and sarcophagus???



Asmodai said...

When I look at those blank areas on the torso, I think of looking through a church window from the inside out. You might be able to do a battle scene that flows from one panel across to the other side. I know this would be difficult for me to do, but I think you could do it.

Anonymous said...

Plain white might be nice, I'd start there.

Old Shatter Hands said...

This is really great work. You're improving with every piece. Your highlights are just perfect and the freehand is mind blowing.

I'm not sure what you could put on the church windows (as the other commentors mentioned). The space is extremely small and broken up.

The base needs all your raven guard, but I am guessing you've decided to keep it as is because the whole army is done that way and you want it uniform.

There are some very visible gaps that you really can't fix at this stage, so I would recommend focussing on gap filling on your next model.

Really great work and it's really cool to what you over time, constantly improving and doing better and better.

AoM said...

Stained glass.

Grajo said...

.- Asmodai: Yep, I thought about this, but I think it is a job that exceeds my current freehand skills.

.- Anonymous: talking about white I´ve think about freehand one half of the RG icon in each part of the torso I have to think how to do it but is one of the prime options.

.- OSH: Many thanks.
That is the problem, the space is so small that anything I put there has to be not so detailed and look nide drawn in three parts.
Exactly, the uniformity prevented me from change the bases, but I´ll change this in my next armies.
Gaps? where?.

.- AOM: Hehehehe, I think this is too much for me at the moment :D

Deadestdai said...

The gap on the plasma cannon arm is letting down an otherwise wonderful paint job.
Have been looking through your Raven Guard submissions and I'm exceedingly inspired to get back to painting my own Raven Guard force.
I hope you don't leave this project alone for too long, I'd love to see more!

- Dai