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I've loved the Eisenhorn and Ravenor books since I first read them, and despite intending to make a proper Eisenhorn warband, it took the Black Library celebration model of Eisenhorn himself to push me in to it.

Dramatis personae
Spoiler:
  • Gregor Eisenhorn - the whole point of the show, and a double-hard scary person (even for an inquisitor, apparently)

  • Uber Aemos - Eisenhorn's ancient savant, inherited from his mentor Inquisitor Hapshant

  • Midas Betancore - Glavian pilot, friend and confidant to Eisenhorn, and surprisingly handy with a needle rifle or pair of needle pistols

  • Torres Vibben - Former ganger from Tornish. She doesn't last long, so there's not a lot to go on for her appearance

  • Alizabeth Bequin - Psychic null, who of course becomes Eisenhorn's unrequited love interest. Of all the characters, she's going to most challenging to model, as she never seems to settle with a particular appearance or preferred set of weapons.

  • Godwyn Fischig - An Arbites Chastener who grows on Eisenhorn after he gets saddled with Godwyn by the local government on Hubris.

  • Harlon Nayl - Former bounty hunter, he features in both Eisenhorn's and Ravenor's warbands

  • Gideon Ravenor - Eisenhorn's Interrogator, and later leads his own warband as full Inquisitor.

  • Arianhrod Esw Sweydyr - Expert Carthaean swordswoman; tall, imposing, and short-lived as only a plot device can be. Fortunately her niece gets a little more play in the Ravenor trilogy.

  • Medea Betancore - Midas Betancore's daughter, she's just as good a pilot and expert shot as her father.

  • Geard Bure - Master metallurgist, formerly of Ryza, and ally of Eisenhorn's mentor, Inquisitor Hapshant

  • Kara Swole - Former acrobat-turned-skilled-agent, she's described as short and curvy, and able to use nearly as many weapons as Harlon Nayl

  • Cherubael - Unusually powerful Daemonhost

  • Librarian Brytnoth - Member of the Deathwatch. Much is made of his refined warrior-poet bearing, but as far as I know his chapter is never mentioned. Probably an optional extra.
    Captain Cynewolf - Also a member of the Deathwatch, we know even less about him than Brytnoth. Also probably an optional extra.

    Ravenor only
  • Carl Thonius - Ravenor's Interrogator. Ponce, dandy, poppinjay, obsessed with his appearance, and pretty handy with computers.

  • Zeph Mathuin - tall, dark, handsome. Oh, and one of his hands plugs in to a rotator cannon. Also a willing Ravenor-puppet

  • Wystan Frauka - Another psychic null, this time with an on/off switch

  • Maud Plyton - Former Marshall, she joins the warband when one of Ravenor's investigations goes south, and sticks around afterwards

  • Patience Kys - A telekine with a secretive past, she's handy with up to 4 kineblades, but not above a gun here and there

  • Angharad Esw Swedyr - Arianrhod's niece, and there's definitely a family look going on here. Fortunately, that means I can get away with one model for both of them!




  • Arianhrod Esw Sweydyr

    Spoiler:
    Introduced in Eisenhorn: Malleus, Arianhrod is described as an imposing woman, well over 2 meters in height, her long silver hair plaited with beads. She was clad in a leather body suite embossed with bronze studs, over which she wore a long tasselled cloak of patchwork hide. She's pretty much a plot device to get Eisenhorn access to Barbarisater, an ancient force sabre nearly 1.5 metres long, although her romance with Ravenor speaks to a fairly long service with Eisenhorn before Malleus. Despite her lack of screen-time (so to speak), I've always liked her as a character. Her nearly identical looking niece Angharad turns up in Ravenor Rogue with another ancient force sabre called Evisorex, so I can happily use the same model for both warbands
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    Question
    The model is pretty much finished, but she's got an odd join between forehead and hair (the image below shows it best). I'm not sure whether to:
    a. Leave it alone
    b. Greenstuff the hair forwards to eliminate the gap
    c. Attempt to shave the forehead gap out of existence (which probably has most chance of going wrong at this stage)

    What do you think I should do, and why?





    Magos Geard Bure

    Spoiler:
    Onetime friend and ally of Eisenhorn's mentor, Inquisitor Hapshant, Bure is responsible for one of Eisenhorn's most iconic weapons, his potent force staff.
    I liked how the robed arms from the regular Magos model looked, so blatantly stole them for Geard.


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    Just finished building Harlon Nayl, the team's main muscle. He's a former bounty hunter, and well known for having plenty of useful kit (magnoculars are specifically mentioned, so he had to have a pair of those). The carving on the back is a little crude, but it came out pretty much as I'd hoped it would.







    What do you think? Have I captured Harlon's essence?

       
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    Nayl looks great, but I am sure he is described as having a goatee.

    Also you need to add Drusher and Macks from the new Magic novel.
       
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    Looking good! I would do the greenstuff with the hair. Shouldn't be too hard. My technique for hair waved back is to take a rectangle of GS the appropriate size, hang it from the forehead top like down the face and press it to stick it to the crease between hair and forehead. Then flip it up and back over the beginning of the hair and shape it. Don't forget that used in tiny bits, superglue will stick soft GS so might help you start the process. The crux is going to be using only a small amount of Greenstuff. Not identical hair, but this is how I used the technique to sculpt.
    https://www.dakkadakka.com/gallery/images-102599-52201_Ogress%20Bodyguard.html


    (Edit: Forgot to say, love your stuff, please keep sharing!

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    Keeping the hobby side alive!

    I never forget the Dakka unit scale is binary: Units are either OP or Garbage. 
       
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    beowulfhunter wrote:Nayl looks great, but I am sure he is described as having a goatee.

    Also you need to add Drusher and Macks from the new Magic novel.


    Thanks Beowulfhunter! I can't remember a goatee being mentioned in the Eisenhorn trilogy - was it something he gained later, or did he always have one? Good point about Drusher and Macks - it'll be a challenge to keep Macks and Maud Plyton distinct enough. Definitely going to have to re-read Magos to make sure I get them right.


    edwardmyst wrote:Looking good!

    (Edit: Forgot to say, love your stuff, please keep sharing!


    Glad you like it, and I certainly plan to keep going until I catch them all (or is that a different franchise?).

    Thanks for the advice on the hair - it certainly looks good on your Ogress. I've got to sculpt some hair for Midas Betancore too, but perhaps I should focus on the simpler in-fill of straight hair before I move on to his "unruly curls"...

       
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    Ok, May was a really slow month for modelling, courtesy of a busy rest-of-life. I'm back with it now, so here's the first member of the warband for this month: Maud Plyton (Ravenor picks her up during the events of Ravenor Returned).






    Automatically Appended Next Post:
    I guess I wasn't kidding when I said June would be more productive.

    Meet Alizabeth Bequin, psychic Null, and would-be paramour of Eisenhorn (if he could stand to be close to her, that is):






    Just for fun, this is how all the girls look together so far:

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    Great bits of modeling and an ambitious project! I really like Maud from the latest batch.
       
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    Thanks youwashock - I was rather happy with how Maud came out too. I'd initially hoped to use the armoured bodyglove look of the Van Saars for Nayl and Zeph, but the bodies are just too small.

    I've just realised that I've not posted pictures of Kara Swole before. She's the leftmost person in the group picture above.


    Next. a bit of a problem. I've made a start on Eisenhorn himself, and I was really excited to finally have a proper model for him. Thing is, the resin seems to have warped, leaving me with a huge gap along either side of the two main body pieces:




    As far as I can see, there are three options
    - Put the back half in hot water, and hope I can bend it to fit without melting all the detail.
    - Whittle down the area where the two halves meet, until the gaps go away.
    - Glue as is, and sculpt in the detail.

    I'm least fond of the third option, especially as I kind of expect a £20 model to actually go together, and the book is a little too detailed for me to be confident matching.

    Has anyone else had this sort of problem with their Eisenhorn model, and how did you solve it?

       
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    It's been a hectic month so far, but progress has been made. I present the shortest-lived character in the whole series - Lores Vibben:








    She's described as gang girl from Tornish, a latent psyker, and has a fondness for crude scrimshaw on weapon inlays. Not a lot to go on, so I've taken most of the inspiration for her from Johannus's rather excellent Juve Punkette (http://s3.zetaboards.com/The_Ammobunker/topic/7676229/7/), rather than the lackluster render in the Eisenhorn: Xenos computer game. I'm not completely sold on the monocle - thoughts welcome on that.



    In other news, I finally made the plunge and soaked Eisenhorn's cloak/coat in rather hot water, and after a few goes I think I've got it to the point where it only needs a little of the usual gap filling rather than re-scuplting fill-in detail. Goodness only knows which idiot was behind the decision to make a model with such warping potential in resin rather than the much more reliable plastic! Hopefully that means he'll be assembled soon, then I can get the GS out, patch up anyone who needs it, and get moving on the painting!

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    SmallChanges wrote:
    Thanks youwashock - I was rather happy with how Maud came out too. I'd initially hoped to use the armoured bodyglove look of the Van Saars for Nayl and Zeph, but the bodies are just too small.

    I've just realised that I've not posted pictures of Kara Swole before. She's the leftmost person in the group picture above.


    Next. a bit of a problem. I've made a start on Eisenhorn himself, and I was really excited to finally have a proper model for him. Thing is, the resin seems to have warped, leaving me with a huge gap along either side of the two main body pieces:




    As far as I can see, there are three options
    - Put the back half in hot water, and hope I can bend it to fit without melting all the detail.
    - Whittle down the area where the two halves meet, until the gaps go away.
    - Glue as is, and sculpt in the detail.

    I'm least fond of the third option, especially as I kind of expect a £20 model to actually go together, and the book is a little too detailed for me to be confident matching.

    Has anyone else had this sort of problem with their Eisenhorn model, and how did you solve it?


    I had that problem, plus HORRIBLE bubbles in mine. I got a replacement, and the bubbles were only slightly improved.

    Anyway, I just kind of found where the two halves were making contact on the back side and filed them down until I could get them to come together nicely. The gap on Eisenhorn's left side would never quite get as nice as I liked, though. I did have to fill it with some Vallejo plastic putty. If I remember I'll post some pics of him--he's primed and awaiting his turn in the painting queue.

    Update w/ Pics. Sorry for blurriness, my phone just refused to focus yesterday. Shoulda grabbed the camera, but I'm lazy and that's extra steps:









    I'll also post pictures of the first torso I got from GW of him--it was horrible:



    This model has great detail, but the finecast method they use is TERRIBLE. Bubbles, non-fitting parts, etc. I don't know if someone does QA on these, but if they did, then they should be ashamed. The sad thing is that my replacement was better, but still had about half as many bubbles . You would THINK that if someone complained about bubbles in their model, they would at least check to see if the same problem exists in the replacement they're sending. There were few enough that I could fill them without completely losing the detail, though, and I didn't want to wait another month for a replacement, so I just kept it

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    Wow Quazistellar, I think I got lucky compared to your experience! Your first one looks like a Nurgle cultist started making cheap knockoffs.

    I've been slowly painting up the first five - Maud, Kara, Bequin, Nayl and Vibben. Black, grey and metalics are pretty much complete, but I've got a way to go with the faces/flesh, hair and spot colours as I'm barely up to block colours. I'm trying to make sure each model has a little bit of red somewhere to tie them all together a bit tighter. Kara's hair, Vibben's sleve stripes, Maud's shoulder pad markings, and I'll find something on Nayl and Bequin later.




    Any tips on painting blonde hair are very welcome!


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    Well, it's been a while, but after I got a little real life out of the way, I set my hand to Librarian Brytnoth, Captain Cynewolfe, and their Kill Team brothers:



    They're not quite finished, but I won;t get another chance to work on them until the weekend (perhaps later given I'm picking up my Blackstone Fortress tomorrow).

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    Oops, I've moved on to the next thing without showing you where I got to with the first four Eisenhorn/Ravenor henchmen/women:



    I'm not that happy with how dark and overall dull they are at the moment. I think I'll take Bequin's coat over to brown leather all over, and maybe have some fun with stripes on Vibben's leg(s), but I'm at a loss for the others...

       
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    They are drab, but a well-painted drab. I like them. Very black-ops.
       
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    Dan Abnett, Ravenor Returned: wrote:
    “...unusually short and wide, a dwarf by human standards. His hair flew back behind him in a great crest. His thick chin sported a shaved-back goatee. He was dressed in a dark red bodyglove armoured with suspended metal plates."


    This is how Sholto Unwerth is introduced, and is probably the most comprehensive physical description we get of the little man. I've decided to show him later on as he might appear in Ravenor Rogue, once he's earned his place in Ravenor's warband. He's stuck with the machine pistol he used at the end of Ravenor Returned, but he's had some (assumed) work done to replace the fingers Lucius Worner's interrogation cost him. The tools help keep his technically adept side visible (the can of WD40 on his left hip will be painted in appropriately clashing colours), but where I'm really stuck is the head.


    Of the two possible heads, neither really has a "great crest" of hair, but they do have a goatee. The bigger one seems more in-keeping with the amount of hair he's described as having, but the smaller one seems better sized for the model. I'd rather not try to sculpt a "great crest" of hair on, but I'd be willing to consider a transplant from a suitable other model (if only I had some of the big mohawk space wolf heads left). What do you think?




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