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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Dark Eldar Tantalus joins the Kabal

 The Tantalus joins the Blood Rain Kabal today.  There remains only the naming but that is true of the rest of the fleet as well.  The sail has the Kabal rune as well as the campaign badge from the Chaos Gate Campaign which this vehicle did not actually fight in.... someone in accounting is certain to take issue!

 The sail itself turned out to have a wrinkle in one of the spars that was smoothed out via the warm water method but returned, albeit to a lesser degree, after the painting was completed.  The sail is removable so I may end up making a modification to correct the defect .



The lower Blade Vanes are so low that I had to use the tallest flight base stem and tilt the vehicle  back from level to avoid scraping the tabletop.

Speaking of bases... the Kerr and King 60mm weighted Flight Base is performing well.  The order time from the UK was around a week and while drilling the hole for the flight stem I struck one of the weights which appear to be a non ferrous metal.  They really are heavy and the model is surprisingly stable in spite of the size and distribution of its mass.  One potential issue is that the model and the base are both heavy enough to place stress on the standard plastic stem that holds them together.  Its a bit like a dumbell joined by a straw.  We'll see how it holds up to moving but I am expecting to have to remount the stem at some point ans possibly replace it with something more durable.

Moving the model on the tabletop will be difficult at best.  It is quite large, there are few points of purchase, the forward Blade Vanes have little clearance making any sort of terrain a bit dicey due to the great length of the model, and the rudder has even less clearance due the the tilt.

It is a beautiful model and will spend a lot of time in a display case alongside the Reaper.



4 comments:

  1. Fantastic paiint job on a fantastic model! Great job! This is the first DE Tatalus i've seen on the blogs.....shame really!

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    1. Thanks! It really is a great kit and such a fanciful design.

      I'm surprised that I haven't seen more of them done especially as its a heavy choice for 40k and not restricted to Apocalypse.

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    1. Thanks Sendraks! I really valued your comments and suggestions during the build especially when I was chewing over the deck color.

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