The weekend is here! And I have been looking forward to posting this update up all week. The Anvillus Pattern Dreadclaw Drop Pod is for all intents and purposes complete. I need to straight up apologise for the picture quality though, as the lamp glare is quite extreme in most of these shots, and I have no clue about photo shop etc I have to be honest, while I am very happy with the way this has turned out (note the blue is darker in real life), a part of me really wants to add some weathering pigments and oils to the equation, however I am not sure whether this will be over kill or a road to ruining this miniature.
A lot of people tend to go the route of blueish energy sources, in particular for thrusters. I went for the yellow/red option to break up the vast expanse of blue armour and to also give the Dreadclaw a more malevolent and sentient look. This really only comes into play when the model is on the flying base. When it is in 'drop' configuration though, all you really see is a spiky drop pod, again the light bleaches this out, but there are traces of heat stained metal all over the melta cutters, again for colour break against the expanse of shiny metal surfaces.
I might go ahead and add a final detail to the base, it all depends on how this sculpt turns out. If I get it right, I think it will enhance the look of the model tenfold and make for a impressive centre piece. In terms of full photos, the aim is to take proper photos and finally start the Night Lords section in Gallery #1, fingers crossed I will have time after work next week to do this, but as a definite by end of month.
Speaking of centre pieces...
I have a made a start on the first of my two new Super Heavy Tanks. As you can see the Glaive is already well into the cleaning/building stages. I have a lot of ideas to make this look more Night Lord esque, but will have to wait a week or so for the parts to arrive. I really cannot wait to paint this monster of a tank, it simply looks wonderful.
Sadly there has been a casualty of war, the Fire Raptor is no more! Well it's not as dramatic as that. basically; and I am sure I am in the minority here!; I don't really like the model much! The build was such a pain when compared to the Lightning Strike Fighter, that it put me right off painting the kit completely. The Fire Raptor though, is going to a loving Iron Hands home, and I am sure that I will pay for getting rid of this nasty aircraft in the future...
That's all for now! Plenty of stuff is 'ready for baking' as they say, with lots of big items ready for the priming and painting stage. This is just as well, as I am sure this week's Horus Heresy Weekender will give me all sorts of ideas, as to what to get next...
Thanks for reading,
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