+++ HQ Choices +++
The army rolls onwards towards completion! I will have a full 2000 Thousand Sons army for 8th edition if it kills you. In this WiP post we have the two Hq choices to show, Sorcerer Lord Heka himself and his pet Demon Prince.
Lord Heka is a sorcerer in terminator armour, armed with a force sword and combi melta. (Well until the codex comes out and we get some decent options) I have had him as the leader since I started my Thousand Sons.
The model is made up of the standard termi lord plastic kit, with a resin torso and shoulders that were kindly gifted to me by Mordian. Then the head and force sword are both parts left over from the Scarab Occult set. The base will have a coating of PVA and sand to help tie things in.
I included some books that Heka would have liberated on his travels, as the back of the model was rather barren. I plan on putting an Inquistorial symbol on the cover of the red book to rub things in.
Still lots to do with him but not sure what or how to start pulling it all together. Any thoughts?
Next up we have the joys of Heka’s favourite pet, a bound demon prince.
I am quite proud of how the wings and flesh turned out. Very much a bruised amd abused flesh look as I doubt the demon looks after it. It is equipped with a pair of talons and a warp bolter (check its mouth).
Both talons have a lot of work to be done still but the right hand one is coming along nicely. It will hopefully end up with a lovely green warp glow to match the armies force weapons.
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That green came out great on the force sword. If you want to step that up a level, run an edge highlight of white on it.
The Prince is looking good too. A fully glowing hand there is going to be pretty badass.
In general, I do feel your blues need more depth. I see a wash drying in one of the shots for the blue, but what wash are you using?
That is with an edge highlight of white on it. Might be my pictures letting me down again, crap.
The demon prince had a nuln oil wash on it. The sorcerer already has two blues on him but needs a wash as well, thoughts?
Every color on anything needs shading, in my opinion at least. It just adds so much depth, especially on the table where it matters.
What I like to do is paint the base color, wash it pretty heavily, and then come back with the base color to clean up and layer it again. Leave the wash in the recesses and where it makes sense. Then move on to highlights. When you get done with highlights you have a strong contrast between your shade and highlight.
Take this dude. The shading and highlights are strongly contrasting; something like that.
Or, the Skull Champion who isn’t blended like the Herald. On the Skull Champ you can still see the strong shading at edges and such compared to base coat and highlights.
Ah I getcha. I will have to continue to up my game so.
Cheers for the feedback chief.
At the end of the day it’s all a matter of style, developing your own, and painting how you enjoy. You don’t have to go as dark as I do with shading, or as bright with highlights, but both should stand on their own either way.
Yeah I follow this process for my shading, with the base layer as the first highlight again after the wash. It works very well
Will modify it for this mini and see about doing it for the next full mini I do.
Those MaulerFiend tendrils are among the best bits for doing techno-organic Chaos stuff. They make a great look for this guy, reinforced by the metal on his spine/tail.
Thanks chief. I am a fan of them for sure. So handy to have after building my Forgefiend. The others got used on the Scorpion defiler.
I decided to build two of my MaulerFiend kits with the Magma Cutters, in part because it gave me a bunch of those to use on other things. I’ve been kind of thinking about adding a ForgeFiend or three to my list lately. The possibility of getting a bunch more sets of Lasher Tendrils is definitely weighing in the decision 😉
Nice kitbash for the lord there Rory, he looks suitably mean and Egyptian-esque for the Thousand Sons 🙂
Every inch a sorcerer lord I think. Very flad with how he came out.
Nice Rory! I really like the conversions for the boss and the worn gold trim. It looks really cool. Also great work on the demon prince, using the defiler tentacle things looks cool on it.
Cheers Joe. The HQs are looking pretty solid.
Nice work! I’ll have to echo Thor on the blues, if you want to take it to the next level, you have to increase the contrast by adding a layer of shadows and an edge highlight.
That’s easier to say than do though, I’ve increased the contrast levels on my minis several times over the past few years but still get blown away by the work of some locals who get it to look way sharper than my own work.
No worries though, everyone has to pick his own level – in my opinion, as soon as you have a fully painted army, you’re set. IMO it’s often more difficult for oneself to be content with the skill level than it is for the other players!
Wings look great, larger surfaces need lower contrast and those just look perfect. Looking forward to the next update!
You’ve gotten a lot of work done while I’ve been on my 40K break. Keep up the good work.