Sunday, February 26, 2012

Commander Dante Conversion

As im not much of a fan of the older Dante model, in particular in comparison with the Sanguinary Guard models, Ive decided to try and fix myself one. I wanted to keep the look and feel of Dante, while adding a few new elements. This is what I was able to come up with...

His axe looks more fitting for a chapter master, and his artificer armor is now as detailed as the sanguinary guard which will surround him on the battlefield. The old model did not do the commander justice... As you can see by the last photo, his old axe is about half the size, and half the power! Ive seen some really wild Dante conversions on the web, but I wanted to remember Dante is still a humble space marine, not a Primarch. Next time, I will be posting a how-to painting guide for the sanguinary guard. I spent about an hour getting Dantes torso separated from his legs with nothing but a dull set of wire cutters. A hobby saw would have been a wise investment.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Sanguinary Guard Complete

Squad one completed! I finished off the remained of the squad without the death mask, as I do need to find a better way to paint those eyes... Additionally, I modified the colors I used on the boltguns and added some light highlights. I also further worked with the glowing effect to enhance the jump packs and power weapons moreso. I also simplified the bases on this squad compared to what I normally do with the wolves, but I think it works in this case. Leave more feedback, as I am listening and trying to further refine the technique. Again, the goal here is to paint an army in a month! These guys took me about 3-4 days... FYI, the guys without the second arm is waiting for his banner! The glowing effect on him is my personal favorite. -Donzo

Monday, February 6, 2012

Sanguinary Guard Painting Session

Well, Ive gone and done it now... Just when I was loving the way my space wolves were going and I knew my next army was going to be Plague Marines I just had to give the non-metal metallic painting a try with an old sanguinary guard model. Well, it wouldn't cost too much to do a full DOA Sanguinary Guard - Dante led army, would it? I can keep it down to about 20 models, so well see...(EDIT: goal is to paint an army in a good to high table top quality in about 2-3 weeks, so Dante wing it is. )

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Thunder Wolf Lords Completed

Well, I finished two of the Mr Dandy Thunder Wolf models and I'm pleased with how they turned out. As you can tell however, the lord is the same on both wolves so I do have a little work left there... The wolves themselves were extremely easy to paint, using simple dry brush techniques. The lord however took a little more work, and I did make a mistake im not pleased with. I went a little to heavy with the red on the claw, and it did not turn out like the terminator lord seen below, which I much prefer... I also dont love the pose, but eh, ill deal with it. So this claw will likely be redone in the future and put into a new pose, off to the dunk tank! Overall however, im pleased with how it turned out.

While the models arent the most dynamic, for $15, Im not going to complain. They look great on the table top, and this lord here carved his was thru a squad of wraith guard just last week! Im hoping to get in another game this weekend, so well see what damage these monsters of the fang can do.