The freehand on the ancient banner is a showstopper. Absolutely in love with the pose, the wings, the flames... you even got the embers rising into the night sky. Usually not one to gush but that is just stunning. Would love to see a similar mural type freehand on the side of a land raider or something.
And the spartan figure reminds me of your old Sanguinor conversion I remember from way back--before I became a member of the forum. I like to think the guys at forge world saw that and thought "yeah we're giving Sanguinius a spear"
Thank you! There are some other big freehand pieces coming up.
And as you mentioned my Sanguinor, I might as well post that. But first the other golden model - High Executioner Virgil Caine (counts as Dante)
When I started working on this one I wanted to really make sure that it was recognisable as Dante. Not a captain and not a sanguinary guard, but Dante. So when constructing it, I tried to stay as close to the look of the original model as possible. The only thing I wanted to change was to add more movement. Most of Dante's special abilities at that time suggested agility. So a quite static pose like the original seemed wrong. So I tried to stay close to the original pose but add some more movement. To make sure it looked like Dante I used a regular jump pack insted of a sanguinary guard one and a hand held inferno pistol instead of a wristmounted one. I also converted the death mask to look more like Dante's.
Painting this model was a big "leap of faith" for me. Normally when painting my Flesh tearers I just paint them like the rest of my army. Allthough it takes some concentration, I know how to do it and have quite a lot of experience in doing it after painting a whole army. With Dante I realised I had to paint him gold to separate him from a normal captain. And painting gold on a whole model is very different from painting gold on small details. On my sanguinary guards, I could get away with a simple gold technique as most of them were painted in my standard colours. Dante would not only be totally different from the rest of the army, but quite the opposite of the rest of the army. I needed to paint a shining gold armour that was still dark and "realistic". I had an idea of how it could be done but I had never tested it before. And after the first layer it didn't look that good. But I continued and in the end it actually turned out better then I had hoped for. It really reacts well to light (which is kind of hard to capture in a photo). And I also think I managed to capture the darkness and worn look of the rest of the army.
And then... The Exsanguinator (counts as Sanguinor)
With the previous named characters, I wanted to keep them pretty close to the original. But with the Sanguinor, that wouldn't work. I do like the original model, and it fits well in with the Blood angels. But an exalted and pure angel would seem quite out of place with my Flesh tearers. But I figured that if I got the pose and general appearence right, people would recognise it as Sanguinor and I could make some changes. The general idea was to make him more warlike. If the original Sanguinor is an Angel of Purity I wanted my version to be an Angel of War. The first thing I wanted to change was the weapon. The original sword looks kinda small for a twohanded weapon in 40K. I wanted something that looked really mean. A spear came to mind since it is a quite rare weapon in 40K and it looks like it could be wielded in two hands and yet not out of place when held in one hand.
The next thing I didn't really like with the original was the chalice. He's not equiped with a Chalice of blood, so why would he carry a cup? So I changed it to a shield. It fits quite well with the spear and also make him look more like a warrior. At first I was worried that it would look like a Storm shield, but it turned out OK. And at the time I built the model, Sanguinor had a 3+ inv. save.
The next thing on my list of changes was the head. The original model has a death mask, yet Sanguinor did at the time not have one in terms of rules. So I changed it to a helmet. Since I already had a model armed with shield and spear I thought it would be cool to make the helmet inspired by the greek/spartan helmets. It was made from a Chaos champion helmet with the horns, cabling and rivets cut off. I then added the ear/side-things from a normal space marine helmet. The crest is from a dire avenger with some green stuff added to make it fit better. And the thing on the forehead is greenstuff.
The parcements holding the Sanguinor in the air were also out of the question for my version. A broken pillar would take him to about the same height, but would fit better with my other bases. And would also support the greek/roman theme...