I've been a regular visitor to this site for over two years now, but only recently decided it was time to make an account of my own and take part in the community. One of the motivating factors was the loss of my "hobby mojo", an affliction that would see me sitting at my desk staring blankly at the many, many projects cluttering its surface. So, in an attempt to motivate myself, I've made an account in the hopes that the advice and critique of the many skilled brothers here will stoke the fires of my creativity again.
And where better to start than a redux of the model I once considered my finest work?
When Gathering Storm first hit the scene, my two brothers bought the set including Guilliman, Cypher and that Grey Knight chap whose name escapes me. One claimed Cypher, the other took the Grey Knight, but neither particularly wanted Papa Smurf, and so his sprues were given to me to feed my bitz addiction. Though many of the components of the Guilliman kit indeed went straight into the bitz box, I saw an opportunity to give my 30k Imperial Fists (and its allied squad of Custodian Guard from the Prospero kit) a worthy leader. Naturally, when the Custodes got their own 40k codex, I set about building an army around this model.
Though I'll happily throw this model down on the tabletop, over the last few months I've found myself squinting at it, unable to quite pinpoint why I feel dissatisfied with it. I only realised the truth a few nights ago, when I was looking at some of the INQ28 models I've made recently: I can do better. I tried re-painting parts of the armour, but the mix of varnishes I used will not allow any paint to enter the recesses, which will only result in the fine detail being clogged and lost if I were to continue.
And so, I begin anew.
Tell me, brothers, how can I improve on my previous work? What changes in stance and pose would make my new creation a more fitting depiction of the Master of Mankind? Or, if the stance is suitable enough, what should I do differently when I come to paint it?
Any and all suggestions would be appreciated!