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  1. Hi folks, Following on from my earlier Imperial Knights I've finished two larger versions - these are both the Cerastus Knight Lancer, which is a 1/200-ish rendering of a 32mm scale resin kit produced by Forgeworld. Thankfully the little version is in nice robust styrene. These are one-person fighting suits in the usual 40K gothic style, armed for close combat. You can get a sense of the scale by looking at the little cockpit hatch on the top of the carapace - in the usual Warhammer scale they're pretty big models, here rather less so They were slightly easier to build than the smaller nights, with a simpler breakdown of parts, but about as time-consuming to paint. The larger (50mm diameter) bases also invited a bit more attention to ground work and I've tried to present them striding over derelict industrial machinery of the 41st millenium. The base details are mostly offcuts of sprue with a couple of tiny 1/35 AFV parts, the knights themselves are otherwise out-of-the-box. I airbrushed them with Alclad metallics and then painted in all the coloured panels with Citadel acrylics, generally needing about three coats to cover the metal. I used a mix of kit decals, found decals, and some modified and overpainted decals for the House Cadmus banners between their legs. There are quite a lot of different gloss levels on the models - the coloured panels are quite flat, the trim is slightly-dulled Alclad and then things like the sliding parts of the lances were polished with graphite powder and given several coats of a glossy brown wash to create an oily sheen. I also made a fair bit of use of a Citadel weathering paint called Typhus Corrosion - this is a warm dark brown and has "bits" in it. I wasn't sure it was useful at first, but it's great for creating build-ups of grease and gunk when combined with their matt and gloss washes. The copper areas are also pretty bright, with a combination of Hashut Copper (Citadel) and Vallejo liquid metal copper, I'm not sure how well that all shows up in pics, I should try some on a dark background with a key light at some point. Anyway, despite being a bit labour intensive they were fun to build and paint, and look good next to their smaller friends: I will probably start a Titan (bigger yet) soon but I feel like I should address something unfinished first. We'll see... If you want to see the step-by-step, you can click on the photos and read the captions on Flickr, or have a look at the WIP thread here: Thanks for looking Will
  2. Hi all, Between computers at the moment as my out of warranty Surface went back to MS for replacement owing to a hardware fault they *finally* acknowledged. So I'm a bit behind on the forums. I haven't done much modelling over Christmas but I did put some stuff together and finally got some paint on some of it. I know I should really be finishing unfinished things, but these are pretty cool models and have been calling to me for a while. They're two varieties of Imperial Knight from GW's new Adeptus Titanicus line. I really tried to avoid this because it doesn't have tiny tanks, just stompy robots. But I failed obviously, mainly because I read a novel about Titans by Dan Abnett which was really rather good. I'm quite fussy about my sci-fi so I was surprised how much I liked it, and it kind of sealed the deal on a purchase. The smaller Questoris knights come three to a box on a single sprue, and are pretty easy to build thanks to a sensible parts breakdown. They capture many of the details from their 40K scale brethren but are just 40mm high. The larger pair are two to a box, also on a single sprue, and are maybe an easier build with fewer fiddly parts. They also have nice non-poseable legs which put the feet in stalking positions which rather suit their lanky look. I primed them black and airbrushed the metallics freehand with Alclad. I think I used Jet exhaust and exhaust manifold for the dark areas, and light aluminium for the trim. I realised when I started painting details that I missed quite a lot of trim as it was hard to read the surface of the model in black primer. Copper bits are Exhaust Manifold with Copper over it, and the reactors are Brass and Pale Burnt Metal. After that I started filling in all the armour panels with thinned Loren Forest and Averland Sunset (oh, and Eshin Grey for the black bits). The green and grey covered in 2-3 coats, but the yellow needed 4-5 despite being a "base" paint because I thinned it quite a bit. The idea was to use the surface tension to find the edges rather than having to line them all individually which mostly worked OK. I was able to remove any blobs on the trim using a wet cocktail stick because the Alclad is quite tough. With most of the armour and weapon areas painted I washed the green with Athonian Camoshade, the yellow with Casadora Yellow, and the black with Nuln Oil. The yellow and black look nice and I like the colour of the green but I had some problems with the matting agent clotting and leaving little lumps in/on the surface which I've had to pick off and clean up. Luckily it only happened on one model, I think I probably picked some wash from the rim of the pot and got some dry bits with it? It's hard to see when you're doing it as they tend to have bubbles. I then spent a long time lining all the carapace panels and grilles with Agrax Earthshade and a fine brush. Which is quite impactful in real life, but not in this lighting. I might seal it and add some enamels, not sure yet. I've also been round the edges of some of the armour panels with this wash as well which looks quite good but is time consuming and invites more cleaning up. I'm currently trying to make the backs more interesting with some dry-brushing and detail painting, we'll see how that looks tomorrow. Cheers, Will
  3. Hi folks, These were supposed to be quick but have ended up taking almost a month in elapsed time. I blame the summer, which has been extremely hot and sticky, to the point that there was a (smallish) brush fire at the other end of the hill we live on. Thankfully no damage but it took out a logged area which I regularly run through. Probably they should've done more than just leave a giant pile of wood chips behind. But I digress, Imperial Knights are here: They're painted in Alclad metallics (freehand) and then the coloured panels have all been filled in with a brush. I used a mix of transfers (mostly) and paint (little bit) for the insignia, GW acrylics for the colours, and a mix of enamel and acrylic weathering. The bases are done with one of the GW texture paints (better than expected!) plus scrap sprue and plastic sheet for the concrete bits. I'm quite pleased with the end result - I can see lots of things that could be better/more finished-looking, but it's mostly about where I decided to paint them in a "minis" style with highlights and such, and where I didn't. And frankly there's just so much detail that it was easy to get fatigued by the process. As you can see, they're quite little: I have two more which are a different (larger) pattern and about halfway-done at the moment, so I should probably finish those while all the steps are fresh in my mind. Thanks for looking and to all those who joined in the WIP thread, it's always appreciated! Cheers, Will
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