Monday, February 28, 2011
Fortress of Arrogance
The sea-of-skulls mural on the sides was a bit trickier -- the original in the book used a painted mural, I'm not sure that I have the patience to paint that many tiny skulls and I decided that a bas-relief was more appropriate for a Hero of the Imperium such as Yarrick. The Basilica kit has several panels that feature a field of skulls, but the panels are quite thick --I didn't relish filing the panels down enough to use them as is, so I decided to make castings instead.
Ecclesiarch, I used 0.10 inch C-channel and added some rivets to make the frames. Ultimately, it looked better, so... I ended up pulling the murals off of the fortress and re-doing the frames in the same manner.
I realized late in the game that the command pulpit needs to have a book holder or something from which Yarrick reads his stirring oratory (Guardsmen's Uplifting Primer -- Armageddon Edition) -- and a teleprompter just doesn't fit the 40K aesthetic. The book is a bit from the WFB Empire hellblaster volley gun. The lectern is just some styrene tubing, sheet styrene, plastic rod and an eagle from the tank accessory sprue.
For paint, well it's basic black with a tin-bitz dry-brush to bring out the edges.