The passengers for the Land Raider Crusader are finally here, and looking pretty good, which you can always count on me to be saying myself.
Since last time
Well, as you can clearly see by comparing this post with the previous one of the same type, a fair amount of progress has been made. In fact, unless I come up with any brilliant new modelling ideas, I’d say they’re all ready for a session of spraypaint at this point. Let’s have a closer look at what I’ve done, shall we?
Why did I do that?
As there’s not supposed to be a sergeant in this squad, the fancy sergeant parts were (tactically) spread around to all of them. I’m happy with the amount of detail and personality they’ve all ended up with, but the process of creating a dynamic pose for these models is not particularly easy. I always wondered why the Terminators depicted on the box cover all looked so little, well, lively. The answer is that if you want every piece to fit optimally when gluing them into place, this is how you HAVE to pose them. Especially the small shields that are to be attached to the left shoulderguards (optional, I know) fit terribly if you tilt the arms above “oh my shield is so damn heavy-height”, or make the heads look more than 45° to the left. This annoyed the s*** out of me, but the end result was quite acceptable. Live and learn I guess, I just don’t want any of my Marines to look like they’re bored or stopping to answer a call of nature in-suit.
Basic tips n’ tricks
I made a deliberate choice when I decided to stuff my models full of accessories, part because I wanted them to look like decorated veterans, part because I just don’t view the Black Templars as especially minimalistic. Just remember that you don’t HAVE to use EVERY single sprue part, and that doing so contributes strongly to the overall look of the army.
Well, hopefully a game- or book review. If not, the next stage of painting on the Crusader. Stay tuned!
Comments in both English and Norwegian are appreciated!