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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Dark Eldar Beastmasters and Gluttony WiP

The Blood Rain Beastmasters arrive.  I'll have to set up a picture with the Beasts and the Beastmasters all together.

Some minor conversions were made to vary the appearance of this single pose.  I also seem to have left the 'safety strap' off the models. The models are metal and the supplied standard flight bases may not be a great mounting for them  so I'm thinking about moving them to 30mm round lip or 40 mm beveled bases.

  Since the models are actually bigger than the bases I don't think that upping the size of the base footprint will have any adverse game effects.

When doing the glider scheme I misjudged the area that would be covered by the rider so the Kabal signature fractal pattern is almost entirely covered by the rider.  In retrospect I think adding the pattern to the, otherwise simply red, drapes would have been more effective.  I'm thinking about adding that in.  I'd left it largely plain to accommodate campaign and Kabal badges but those could still be accommodated after patterning and overflow badges could be easily be moved to the glider vanes.  

Next up is the Legendary Sci-Fi Gluttony. 

I started out with washing the base colors and then layered up from there.  At this point there are three layers on and there will be one or two more edge layers for illumination. 


 The trick with the cartoony approach I'm taking to Nurgle is to make the models look decayed and diseased without being to muddy.   I'm considering adding some powders at the end of the cartoon process, mostly in the flab folds,  to distress the whole, add texture, and convey an 'unclean' feel.
 The arms are gaining definition at this point.  Sigils and symbols are getting some illumination and various details that are a little bit shallow on the cast are getting drawn in with washes.  The shoulder flesh of the left arm needs 'pinking'  as it seems to be in motion around the faces so I want to pick it out a little bit differently than the main bulk of the flabby skin.
The wings have only their initial washes at this point.  The Secret Weapon washes I used for this have been interesting to to work with.  They are very strongly colored and the pigments separate out rapidly making it very important to store the bottles in an upright position as the pigments tend to settle in the dropper neck and solidify.  Its easy enough to remedy and the colors really are quite nice.

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