Thought I'd post an update on my colour scheme trial; here's the rust layer on the Rhino door...
...and here's the finished article! I was fairly happy with it, but felt it was too muddy and wanted to preserve a bit more of the khaki colour. This was probably down to impatience on my part- removing the mask involves dampening the surface and I suspect things weren't entirely dry when I started the process- but also I think deciding to do the rust over the paintjob, rather than the reverse, played a factor. I did this because I was worried about putting too many layers of paint over the mask. Anyhow I had another go, but this time putting the rust under the paintjob, and the result is the door on the right. This is pretty much what I was going for, although I think I'll be a bit more subtle when it comes to the Thunder Warriors themselves. Every time I do this I get a better sense of how to get good chips, so hopefully I should have it off to a fine art!
On the right-hand door you can also see the symbol I'm using for my Thunder Warriors- it's the Vajra, the indestructible thunderbolt. This seems to fit the Thunder Warriors quite well...
Oh, and while I'm here, have a quick photo of the tattered remains of their regimental banner; it's a bit more blue in real life!
Well damn. Those Angels are lovely. Nice justification for the Ninth using Destroyers as well, it's definitely something I could see myself doing at some point if Seraph weren't all dead. Fingers crossed inspiration kicks your door in soon and we get to see the rest of the Kill team.
Thanks, glad you like them! Seraph were a big influence. I will finish them off eventually; one of my problems is that I'll find something extremely interesting and feel very motivated to work on it, but then that motivation will ebb very quickly without much warning in favour of something else, particularly if I encouranter a setback. I wasn't very happy with the paintjob on one of the Destroyers and so that sapped my interest; it'll come back the second I cock up something else!
I really like your work on the Thunder Warriors so far, but I have one gripe with the models: So far, the armour based on the Blightkings presents quite a departure from the regular Astartes look -- and rightly so, as Thunder Warriors should be wearing an older, proto-design of the later Astartes plate. But I do think you should go for more Astartes-like shoulder pads to have the models slightly more reminiscent of their successors. These wouldn't even need to look recognisably like established Astartes patterns, plus you could add some suitably feral and/or ostentatious decoration to them, but I think the models do need something to tie them together with the general Astartes look. The John Blanche artwork for the Thunder Warriors would probably be a pretty cool inspiration (it appears in this article, for instance).
In any case, keep up the amazing work!
I take your point, although I suspect when it comes to proto-astartes you may be coming a little further towards the Astartes end of things than I am! As I've been building these guys the way I've done the shoulders has evolved; I started off going for Cataphracti-style pauldrons using the Chaos Knight bits with chain links hanging down, but increasingly I ended up using larger and more rounded pads on their left. These are the Blightking pauldrons with their iconography shaved off, which seem broadly the same size and shape as Terminator ones. I think they look similar enough to broadly recall astartes, just in a far cruder form, much as the proto-bolters do; I also think it makes practical sense for them to have more protection on that side of their body. I'd take a photo but the models are undercoated and so all you'd get is a black blob at the moment- what this space.
I have to say that the Blanche Thunder Warrior concepts have always fallen a bit short for me (a very rare miss)- I think they suffer from being a bit too similar to Astartes, while at the same time losing some of the features that the old miniatures had to make them distinctive, like the helmets (I have to say, I like Blanche's helmets, but they aren't what I think of when it comes to Thunder Warriors). I really want to push the idea of the Thunder Warriors as techno-barbarians, with the emphasis on barbarian; very practical, non-standarsied and brutal, with little ornamentation. And also, as you say, remeniscent of astartes, but as a very crude first draft; these guys don't even have the advantage of Martian technology.
It's probably also worth mentioning that in background terms these guys are heresy-era, have been in (sort of) hiding ever since the Cerberus debacle and were some of the first Thunder Warriors to start with; so they are very old, hard-bitten and slightly tattered holdovers of a long past era.
Edited by EdT, 06 November 2014 - 01:39 PM.