The first character is of course the Chapter master Gabriel Seth. Allthough the official model is OK I have set a "rule" for myself that I may not use any metal parts (or any parts that are not plastic or green stuff) in my FT army. So I had to make my own version. I tried to keep it quite close to the original, but I changed a few things.
I thought long about whether to model the face after the old illustration (with hair and a metal plate) or the new version (bald). In the end I used the newer version as I guessed that would be more recognisable as Seth. It's also the current version of how he is supposed to look.
From the beginning I had ideas of having lots of spikes and blades on the model. I tested blades on the lower arms, feet and knees at different times during the building of the model but removed them all as they made the model look too busy or too chaotic.
I changed Seth's personal iconography the the Chapter symbol. I figured that if you are the chapter master you are the Chapter personified and have no need for personal markings. The Chapter's markings are your markings.
The original Blood reaver (the weapon) looked a little boring, like it could be one of many eviscerators. I wanted my version to look like a one-off relic. To get the feeling I made it much more non-symetrical. And I'm happy with the results. I also didn't make a name scroll on it. It wouldn't really work with the weathering and gore I applied to it.
I had the idea that the cape would be something given to all Chapter masters of the Blood angel successors in the Second founding. There is no background supporting that idea, but I thought it would be cool. Therefore I painted it without any Flesh tearer-specific symbols, but rather stuff that could be used by all BA successors. And the three blood drops with wings could be interpreted as the smaller drops (successors) breaking of from the larger one (BA).
This shoulder pad I tried to get as close as possible to the original.
The Iron halo in the shape of a Buzzsaw blade with a blood drop in the middle was something I've been wanting to try for a long time. And Seth seemed like the perfect character to try it on. The actual Chapter symbol protecting its master.
The eyes look a little strange on this picture as they are meant to look good when seeing the model from a normal gaming angle.
So, what do you think?
Edited by Mortarion, 30 October 2012 - 06:48 PM.