Quoth the Raven, “Nevermore.”
Enter the Raven Guard!
Hulking, towering icons of the Warhammer 40.000. Everyone’s favorites that can be done in so many different ways. I just couldn’t keep my hands away from them. The longer I eyeballed my halfway done Hawk Lords the more I wanted to restart my Space Marine project, this time truly artscaling the adeptus astartes instead of taking the easy path. More dynamic poses, more realistic painting style, more henchmen, scouts, aspirants, serfs to accompany them to do justice for the greatest subject matter. And most of all a true challenge to better my sculpting and painting skills.
The palette I chose to go with is quite traditional, mainly black and white with some browns, blues and reds thrown in to the mix. Metallics were painted in similar fashion with the exception of couple golden details. I had a huge dilemma while painting the power armor. When painting I’m constantly struggling between realistic painting style with zenithal lighting etc. (which I prefer) and the more traditional miniature painting with harsh highlights (super clean and competitive miniature painting kinda look that I eschew), and it was emphasized as I painted the ceramite. I wanted the armor to look truly black to enhance the silent and deadly operator look I want the Raven Guard to have and to create a feeling they easily blend into the shadows and darkness. The shoulderplates were a bit easier though and a great lesson for blending. I also got to paint again my favorite head again.
Converting. What can I say. Instead of just filling some gaps I had to rework the whole body and sculpt the torso, legs, buttplate, fill in massive crevasses, work on huge chipped pieces, you name it. It was consuming and took a lot of time but now i feel confident to finally start miniatures that need a good deal of sculpting.
Enjoy the pictures and speak your mind!