The Poison takes effect!
A little late on the write up and apologies. Real world takes priority and spent some time with the family, possibly to be able to buy more kits down the road? Hehe!
Yes, the poison of the GW-WH40K virus has taken effect! Merely after the Stormhawk, I went out and got the Armiger pair. Opted for the Warglaives as I loved that chainsaw weapon of total blood and gore!! It’s fairly pricey but you do get 2 kits and since I don’t play the game, I could have loads of fun painting them to my fancy!
The build was, as always, straightforward. Details are superb and so much one can do to paint them! So much so that I always get confused as to what I really want to do! I can have an idea today, look at it tomorrow and another idea comes to mind! Need to practice control.
I opted for building in sub-assemblies planning how the painting approach was going to be. Once again I found the dreaded GW proof reader not doing his job and missing part numbers on the instruction sheet left me in a momentary journey of dumbness. The jumbled part numbers on the sprue don’t help either. In hindsight, it’s largely due to me being spoilt by Japanese model kits and their dedication to well drawn out instructions and thought infused sprue layout. I’m a modeler, so I should be able to figure this out shouldn’t I?
The choice to paint one was easy. I wanted a Royal, Medieval, grand kinda look and after scourging the web for examples, settled on a Red/Blue/Gold scheme. Next came the choice for the head. Your given a few types and deciding upon one, the painting began.
Once again it was totally Citadel paints and I have come to love using them a lot! Coupled with a wet palette, ease of use with water, several prepared paint types to serve a finish, the process was quick. The pigmentation of Citadel paints is pretty good and covers quick.
Leadbelcher was done on the entire mech like frame, arms and legs. Nuln Oil wash followed. I went back with leadbelcher to bring back some lost highlights and then a dry brushing of Necron Compound with Stromhost Silver to pick out some bits. Belthasar Gold was used to paint the exhaust funnels and this color makes for a nice copper! Agrax Earthshade was used to wash over the exhaust ports.
Next came the main carapace and pouldrons. I glued them together as one and did the Gold trim first with Retributor Armor. Then Maccragge Blue and Mephiston Red was laid on to start the coloring process! Leadbelcher for metal bits on the armor and then came the tiring process of picking out highlights!
Armed with my trusty headset of magnification, edge highlighting began. At first attempt, I didn’t get the paint consistency right and it was a chore. The brush ended up being loaded thick and the edge lines were too thick as well! Letting it dry and re-covering the mistakes with the base color, I mixed a little more water with the paint and this time, it was easier to maintain a sharp pointed brush and the paint flowed nicely to cover the single stroke. Yup, learned something new again!
At this point I decided to do the lower armor bits in the 2 colors and did an alternation just to give the model more appeal. The feet armor were done similarly and trimmed with gold as well! From here, it was touch ups from strokes going astray and shakey hand moments.
Following that, the mandatory GW washes! Nuln Oil and Agrax Earthshade where needed. The next descision was how to weather it! Taking a step back, I realized the model looked pretty colorful and busy as is! The temptation to give it a battle worn look was so strong then it took me some days to decide fully! HAHA! Yeah, it got that critical.
This was when I decided to open up a Gunpla kit and look away! Helps I guess when you have kits in storage. So finally went with No weathering, and I’m pleased that I did. It just didn’t feel right to be weathered and would have been to messy in a busy, rainbow of paint all over with scratches, chipping, rust, etc etc!
The arm weaponage had the most moments of touch ups since painting in between detail is always never neat! This is where Citadel’s bold pigementation in their paints shine! One brush stroke and the offending error disappears! YAY!!
Thus it came to assembly and started to scrape away paint on the areas where Glue was gonna be. I plopped the carapace on to the frame and then realized it was a dumb move! With the pouldrons already on, the arms couldn’t be slotted in nicely to lock into place with their slots!! ARRRGH! The Tabs to align the arm to the body was just off! Now I know why they use magnets!!
As a little yellow bear would say “What to do, what to do.”
The glue had already dried and I didn’t want to risk forcing anything apart. So opted to clip away one of the tabs and managed to strategically and methodically get the arms in! Minus one tab the arms felt a little loose, but not lop-sided so I just went for it! Maybe down the road if it causes issues, I will glue them down permenantly. And Note to self, do not do that again for the second Armiger!
Finally happy and satisfied, it was glued to the base which was a little warped! Some hot water soaking and heavy books left overnight helped! Hehe! I left the model as is for I had no idea what to do for the base. I wanted to try Citadel’s texture paints and held off till I did get my hands on them.
After a week, with some time to spare, I bought the Texture paints and just went for a simple ‘slapping on’ of the paint with some bushes and pebbles. I’m no Diorama person and need more brain matter and stored ideas in this area of modeling.
Using the crackle like paint of Agrellan Earth I was amused like a child watching paint crackle..HAHA! Yeah, its those little things! Mistake I made was not laying it on thicker. Too conservative in the approach…sigh**
Painted the base with some dry brushing shades of brown and yellow Ocre from Vallejo’s Mecha Color. Didn’t use any Citadel here as I didn’t have any brown shades for basing and I already had these bottles of Vallejo. Didn’t want to spend money here for sure.
Stole some small bits of bush from my wife’s Terrarium store (shhh!) and pebbles too (SHHHH!)! Stuck them on with drops of CA glue and it was done!
Overall, happy and satisfied. Mostly had FUN apart from some ‘goof-ball’ moments! However once again the GW-WH40K kit does its job and well too! I can pick it up, paint one color, done in 5mins, clear up and head out with the family! Unlike my Gunpla where several parts need to be painted immediately, a WH40K kit, with everything already molded on, makes the approach easier and fast! With a wet palette, you can still pick up paint from a day or 2 ago and use it to pick out little details here and there and still be done in 5mins, …well about 10mins.
I find it weird, that how a kit with everything molded on, could be easy to paint and finish! Normally a small piece like a pipe, or joystick needs to be clipped, painted separately and then glued on, which would take a longer time, yet with a WH40K kit, its pick up, paint, done!
So would I recover from the GW-WH40K virus?
I dunno and don’t think so! There isn’t a vaccine yet to be discovered! Perhaps till someone comes up with a new range of poison that is affordable and can be this easy to finish and admire, I guess I’m stuck with the dreaded thing in me for some time!!