Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The Bull God Part IV: Minotaur Daemon Prince/ Greater Daemon Final WIP!

TJ AKA Old School here with my last WIP on the Minotaur/ Bull God conversion prior to painting it. This model has been a lot of fun and has taught me a couple of things as all ambitious projects tend to do. Let's take a look at the model as we talk shop ...

Alright, so I got the beast together in time to actually game with it over the weekend and looking at it on the table, there was something off, so I sat back down with it before posting this and made some changes.

If you open up the photos and look closely, there are ports in the flesh that I sculpted in to help break up the larger sections of muscle. In case you were wondering what plugs into those ports, check out the cable trailing back from the creature's leg in the photo above.

One of the things I wanted to achieve was defy the nature of the Ghorgon kit by beating back its beast like nature and give it a daemon/ machine feel like some kind of Dark Mechanicus abomination. The back here I think just captures the mix of flesh, pistons, armor, hoses and machine. No matter what else I do with this model, that is the effect I was looking for and I finally felt like I hit it when I sculpted the final details.

With the model being so large and tilted hard on the base, I had to elevate part of the base to accommodate the pinning network on the bottom, so I used some miliput over a layer of Green Stuff and I also hid big metal washers on the top of the base under the cork.

Here is another port on the creature's side. I want to imagine that this may be the manifestation of the Black Carapace inside the beast.

When you look at the cables that are trailing behind him (from the back leg, the neck and the jump pack), you are actually looking at parts from the Doom Scythe kit. I dragged it out for another project and those hoses were just looking at me. The flow and movement in them was meant for something greater than causing subliminal hatred for the French (haha).

Naturally when I got the idea to add the sockets in the flesh, I grabbed a hose, grabbed a piece of plasticard tube the same size and went to work!

Overall, I am thrilled by this model and honestly ... didn't know I had it in me. I am going to go over it again before priming and touch up any little deficiencies I find with some Miliput.

I am pumped to put it back on the table top painted, but I am also working on another model at the moment, so it may take a little longer than normal to turn this one around. Also for those interested, the Green Cabling was done with the Tentacle Maker by Green Stuff Industries, please click the link for more info on the Tentacle Maker. It has been a cornerstone tool in my work, like a hobby knife or like Green Stuff itself.

With all that said, please check out the other entries to this WIP if you haven't seen it yet by clicking THIS LINK.

I would love to hear what you all think about it as I have put a lot of work into it and would love to not only see what others have to say from around the community ... and don't worry, there is at least one more priest, a few Soul Grinders and plenty of gribbly daemon conversions to come!


  1. Man, that thing looks awesome. Great work!

  2. after seeing your first work in progress i thought i would give it a go myself let me know what you think still got some wotk to do on it but im getting there


  3. Nicely done Luke. I too am a big fan of just getting into the bits box and getting creative with what you have on hand and you have done so! That is really what my entire daemon army is about. After years of collecting, I have tons of bits and peices of monsters and daemon engines laying around that I am just now taking the time to put together. It is one part inspiration and one part Tetris, just trying to use all my peices without buying new ones and incorporating them into these creatures while maintaining a theme of daemon possessed machines.

  4. 1. I hate you
    2. Why do you make me redo stuff!

    Looks awesome - more cables on the back will help hide more things - I think the head and chest look great the back has some flat bits that could use more cabling and other bits. Some cool looking drug tubs or other holders might be cool.

    Still looks awesome!

    1. As I looked at these photos, the wide lats (back muscles for those non-gym rat readers) seemed a little flat to me and I think I will go back to touch some of those areas up.

      The drug tub idea actually sounds interesting. What would you use for something like that? I was going to add to the spidery veins (which are on pars of the upper back and legs, but don't look good in the photos), but I am also open to stim injectors and stuff like that.

  5. Awesome work, TJ! That guy is truly a brute.

    1. Thanks GSI. I have to say again how great the Tentacle Maker has been for my projects! I have added a link to the post above and as always, feel free to use picks in your own galleries to help market it. It is a permanent part of my gear, like a hobby knife or clips.

    2. You have no idea how happy that makes me! I'm glad there are folks out there who getting that much use out of them. Keep up the amazing work, sir!