Saturday, December 10, 2011
Retake on the Death Wing WIP - Constructive Criticism Required!
Alright, so after the disaster, I realized that without weeks-worth of stripping every last speck of paint of my minis, I would never be able to get the smooth finish I wanted for the Death Wing. So my next move was to try something different. I thought of an army of the dead (kind of like Legion of the Damned, but less fire and brimstone. So I went with a two tone bronze-brass idea, using a 50/50 snakebite leather/ Tin Bitz as a base and Dwarven Brass as the zenithal highlight. I then washed everything Delvan Mud and started playing with the Patina, which is a recipe borrowed from Les Bursley.
The concept of tarnished looking Termies seemed cool and Ghostly Death Wing seemed like an interesting take, but as I move through this WIP model, I am not sure. I really think it could conceptually look cool, but I am at a point where I need somebody else to let me know what they think, so here I am. Click the photos as they are raw images from my camera and should get fairly large.
The hammer is blank right now because I want to do an airbrush effect for the hammers. The areas where there is boltgun metal, I am thinking of changing to a bright rust (with a little texture) using powders. I think that orange could pop and add to the theme. At that point, the glowing eyes would move to glowing blue as would the power weapon. So with that in mind, try to visualize that with what you see here.
The model on the left was the first test I did just to see if I liked patina at all, the model on the right is where I used the effect across the model. The white symbols are there because I felt like it offered contrast and could represent purity despite the decrepit state of the surrounding armor. The white right now is literally a base and wash, but obviously would be taken up a few steps in the process.
So with all that being said, I need criticism folks, so keep it constructive, please and fire away. Any ideas are welcome and this community has some great folks out there who may be able to really help, so I am looking forward to your thoughts!
PS: I figured these guys would be the ghosts of former Death Wing, who in death has received the Emperor's forgiveness only to serve him as they did in life. I imagine them bailing the current DW out of a harsh situation, only to be thought Fallen and just when it looks like the living DW will attack them, Ezekial steps in with his ability to see guilt and sins and knows that they are Forgiven - and poof, the whole Forgiven force vanishes like smoke only to be seen in battles across the galaxy - even where the Dark Angels are not present. Don't consider that part open for criticism, I know its cheesy!