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Modelling: Sword Brethren Terminator Assault Squad – Part 2

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.

Quite a bit more detail added since last time!

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.

Next time

Well, hopefully a game- or book review. If not, the next stage of painting on the Crusader. Stay tuned!

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Modelling: Sword Brethren Terminator Assault Squad

Not to worry, the Land Raider has not been forgotten, but making sure the passengers will be ready at the same time seemed like a good idea.

So far, so good! And I guess you can spot what I've got in the background?

Since last time

While painting the Land Raider Crusader, I felt like starting on the passengers at the same time. That way the blog gets more varied posts, and I get to prove that I’m capable of multitasking! And the objects in the background of the picture? Yep, that’s right! I’ve got Forgeworld Black Templars Terminator Storm Shields!! Really looking forward to both attaching and painting them. But not all of them will belong to the Terminators. As you can see, one of them has a pair of Lightning Claws. I’ll explain more after the images:

Why did I do that?

I wanted at least one Terminator with Lightning Claws, first of all so that not all of them would have Initiative 1. To have one Terminator capable of three attacks that are all Initiative 4, ignores Armour Saves and re-roll To Hit, should be good for dealing with a larger number of foes, or a not-so-tough (but fast), multi-wound character. Also, I really wanted to spend the pair of Claws in the sprue that are longer than the others (normally meant for the Sergeant). The surplus shield will be given to a character, or modified to fit as decoration on a vehicle (the Land Raider?).

I’m quite happy with the posing so far, but my ideas will be more evident when the heads are in place. For the details I have Templar shoulder pads from the Black Templars Chapter Upgrade pack, and also some Etched Brass Black Templars Symbols from Forgeworld.

Basic tips n’ tricks

When posing, try to get some variety in the angle of the torsos. That way you’ll be able to choose arms that “match”, and together create a particular stance. When trying out different arms, don’t be too quick to glue after picking a pair. Try out different “tilts”, especially if the model is to have a weapon/shield in each arm. Think about which way the head is to face, and imagine yourself being the model. Why not try the pose yourself? If you have problems keeping your balance, you might have to re-think the pose (or get a jetpack if the model is flying). 

Next time

The Land Raider? Probably…maybe…possibly…we’ll see!

Comments in both English and Norwegian are appreciated!


Modelling: Land Raider Crusader

The first true modelling post is finally here! Im taking on a Land Raider Crusader, let’s see how it turns out!

This is my current workstation, conveniently also occupied by the computer.

What I have clipped out and assembled so far. Everything that will be facing inwards has been sprayed.

The reason I’ve sprayed some of the pieces black at this stage is because they will be facing inwards, which means, first of all, that they will be hard to spray after the vehicle is complete. Secondly, it also means that it will be close to impossible to actually paint them together with the rest. “Why bother painting them?”, you probably say. Well, that’s just how I do it, simple as that. As I’ve already mentioned, the Black Templars are to be my “detailed army”, so if there are things to be painted inside a vehicle, I’ll be damned if I don’t finish the job.

Let’s have a closer look at the assembly process itself. The most important thing for me is to rid the pieces of any mold lines and whatever might be left from the sprue. This is achieved through the use of a scalpel and a small file. Nothing fancy-looking, just to even out the surface. You’ll never get rid of the “wounds” from the sprue that way, but they will be completely covered up when sprayed. Most important is to get smooth surfaces where individual pieces are to be joined with glue. Take a look at the pictures below:

Next time I will be assembling more of the actual vehicle, but before that the interior parts are to be painted.

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Here are the candidates

I’ve got an entire army impatiently awaiting some layers of paint. Here is a selection.

Now that the new Model Gallery is up and running, I thought I’d take the opportunity to show you some of the models that will one day get there.

Notice in particular the Necron Lord: The “lightning sparks” in his hand were made by attaching some of those tiny metal pieces that you have to remove from most metal models. They are most likely to be painted white, hopefully it will look good! 

The body of the Necron Wraith was bent carefully to achieve the curled snake-look it has now. Be extremely cautious when doing similar modifications, those metal models are annoyingly frail.

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Creative modelling

Converting your models, or “creative modelling”, as I like to call it, doesn’t need to be all that complicated.

 

Here is a couple of examples of how creative thinking and a little careful modification can help personalise your army.

The Templar on the first two images is being handed a new missile for his launcher by the robotic arm attached to his backpack. Normally the arm is in a retracted position, so I had to, very carefully, cut it in half at the middle joint, making sure to follow the curve of the joint. Gluing it back together was easy, and a spare missile was placed into the hand of the marine. The arm I used is the type that usually supports a bolter, or a similar weapon. The thing that pleases me the most is that the robotic arm doesn’t actually look like it’s been modified in any way. It just looks natural.

The strap holding the bolter on the back of the bike, seen in the next two images, is actually just a tiny plastic lace. A strip was cut from a small, medium thick, plastic bag, and simply glued onto the bike in two positions. The bolter is not actually loose, by the way, it was also glued to the bike.

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