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Decrepit Dakkanaut






Mostly, on my phone.

Great news! Joe is out of intensive care and up on the cardiology ward, with a view towards eventual escape! So relieved - though still wary. Thanks for everything guys!

A side effect is that I've started thinking about the project again. A mate very kindly Gave me all his black reach marines which increases my stock as it were. My further thoughts are:
Scopes on everything - don't know whether to make these from scratch (tips anyone?) or raid bits stores/dakkaites

Mk8 armour - this fits ultra tech fluff I think, probably going to make a gorget out of plasticard and gs the pipe cover.

List wise I'm thinking of hq librarians (again, space teachers), tac squqds teleporting, scout bikes and speederstorm as core units. I want to avoid vehicles w with tracks as they are "old tech " ditto droppods. Oh, and assaults with auspexes as time-shifters.

Thoughts and opinions?

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Decrepit Dakkanaut






Madison, WI

Excellent news IMGI! A big hoot & hollar commin' your way from the US of A.

Scopes really make the figure look nice, I've put them on all my sternguard and haven't regretted it a bit. Some bolt guns come with them which can be picked up occasionally on the internet. I scavenged most of mine from sniper rifles (also off the net), and I think there's an upgrade kid available with one in it... this is all very expensive though for an entire chapter. I BET you could make your own out of two different sizes of plastic bits (a u-shaped channel and a tube) and a piece of wire. That way you could make as man as you need for nearly free.

I'm working the Mark VIII angle for specific units in my army. Think it works with yours perfectly.

Best, and am so glad for the good news... my kids have been asking after your boy. Delighted to be able to tell them the good news.

   
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Decrepit Dakkanaut






Mostly, on my phone.

Ok, so, wife's away with #2 son in hospital (who's much, much better but needs to reestablish feeding routine), can't sleep, did a little test sculpt (obviously); 3 possible shoulder pad designs:

They're a little rough and ready still, but I'm happier I think with the slightly more stylised, larger look of these than the previous little one. These should be fairly easy to crank out by hand with suitable consistency. Which do folk prefer? What other detailing would folk like to see?
C&C as ever, folks, much appreciated!

Yellowbeard: "Shop 'smart', shop Graven-mart!"
Casey's Law: "Graven: Speaking the truth and providing the rofls since '09."
Solar_Lion: "Deep in the bowels of a forge world lies a machine so terrible and purposeful that its very existence is only rumor and myth. It never sleeps and always hungers. Never satiated. Always creating, always churning out more and more. Never satisfied. It’s purpose long forgotten. It only lives to build more and more of the truly insane. The Deus ex Gravenator. Your only hope is to die in your sleep so save the last bullet for you!"
cormadepanda: "You suffer from creator syndrome."
Theophony"... and there's strippers in terminator armor and lovecraftian shenanigans afoot." Solar_Lion: "Man this sums up your blog nicely."
Anpu-adom: "being Geek is about Love. Some love broadly. Some love deeply. And then there are people like Graven. :-)
 
   
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Decrepit Dakkanaut






Madison, WI

Glad things are going well my friend, good news.

Kind of hard to make them out (old eyes), but from what I can see... my vote goes to the middle one.

   
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Decrepit Dakkanaut






Mostly, on my phone.

Not old eyes mate, just I have forgotten how to properly use the macro settings on my camera...
I agree, incidentally, the middle one is my preference, as well as being quick and easy to sculpt, but it's always interesting to see what others think straight out of the gate.

Yellowbeard: "Shop 'smart', shop Graven-mart!"
Casey's Law: "Graven: Speaking the truth and providing the rofls since '09."
Solar_Lion: "Deep in the bowels of a forge world lies a machine so terrible and purposeful that its very existence is only rumor and myth. It never sleeps and always hungers. Never satiated. Always creating, always churning out more and more. Never satisfied. It’s purpose long forgotten. It only lives to build more and more of the truly insane. The Deus ex Gravenator. Your only hope is to die in your sleep so save the last bullet for you!"
cormadepanda: "You suffer from creator syndrome."
Theophony"... and there's strippers in terminator armor and lovecraftian shenanigans afoot." Solar_Lion: "Man this sums up your blog nicely."
Anpu-adom: "being Geek is about Love. Some love broadly. Some love deeply. And then there are people like Graven. :-)
 
   
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Screaming Shining Spear






Bedfordshire, UK

The middle one looks a little like he has a skull-nose. Any chance of some closer images?
I've been following this for a while now - I intend to make some Mentors for a future SM project I've got swirling around my head.

Glad to hear everything's looking up.

   
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Arch Magos w/ 4 Meg of RAM






In the Wasteland

I prefer the 1st one. can't see it clearly, but I THINK that one has a beak. The more detailed something is the cooler, IMO.



 
   
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Decrepit Dakkanaut






Mostly, on my phone.

Joe's home! Can't quite believe that only ten days after open-heart surgery we've got our boy back! Thanks for all your support over the last three weeks!

Both 1 & 2 have beaks. I'll endeavour to take better photos asap.


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Yellowbeard: "Shop 'smart', shop Graven-mart!"
Casey's Law: "Graven: Speaking the truth and providing the rofls since '09."
Solar_Lion: "Deep in the bowels of a forge world lies a machine so terrible and purposeful that its very existence is only rumor and myth. It never sleeps and always hungers. Never satiated. Always creating, always churning out more and more. Never satisfied. It’s purpose long forgotten. It only lives to build more and more of the truly insane. The Deus ex Gravenator. Your only hope is to die in your sleep so save the last bullet for you!"
cormadepanda: "You suffer from creator syndrome."
Theophony"... and there's strippers in terminator armor and lovecraftian shenanigans afoot." Solar_Lion: "Man this sums up your blog nicely."
Anpu-adom: "being Geek is about Love. Some love broadly. Some love deeply. And then there are people like Graven. :-)
 
   
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Arch Magos w/ 4 Meg of RAM






In the Wasteland

that one looks very nice too.



 
   
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Newbie Black Templar Neophyte





Torquay, England

Am very glad to hear the wee man's home and safe mate. The sculpts are looking great. Looking forward to seeing some painted up.

 
   
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Thunderhawk Pilot Dropping From Orbit






London, England

Ditto glad your lil one is getting better by the day IMGI.

The models are looking great, I did look at Mentors for a time but settle on a templar style instead, nevertheless I'm still v.intrigued by this project and more that a lil miffed i didn't stick with my convictions.


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Decrepit Dakkanaut






Mostly, on my phone.

Ok, a test model: an assault Marine, with auspex/time-shifter and mk8 bits.


Close up's a little blurry sorry; I'd be lying if I said I was happy with sculpt. I really think earlier smaller logo better; but, c&c folks, please!


Yellowbeard: "Shop 'smart', shop Graven-mart!"
Casey's Law: "Graven: Speaking the truth and providing the rofls since '09."
Solar_Lion: "Deep in the bowels of a forge world lies a machine so terrible and purposeful that its very existence is only rumor and myth. It never sleeps and always hungers. Never satiated. Always creating, always churning out more and more. Never satisfied. It’s purpose long forgotten. It only lives to build more and more of the truly insane. The Deus ex Gravenator. Your only hope is to die in your sleep so save the last bullet for you!"
cormadepanda: "You suffer from creator syndrome."
Theophony"... and there's strippers in terminator armor and lovecraftian shenanigans afoot." Solar_Lion: "Man this sums up your blog nicely."
Anpu-adom: "being Geek is about Love. Some love broadly. Some love deeply. And then there are people like Graven. :-)
 
   
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Phanobi





Gosport. UK

http://www.games-workshop.com/gws/common/xLargeProductImage.jsp?mWidth=873px&mURL=/MEDIA_CustomProductCatalog/m2030105_99060101419_MentorsShoulderPads_873x627.jpg&mAlt=Mentors+Chapter+Shoulder+Pads&mHeight=627px

This is the mentors pads.


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DJ @ http://www.rockindocradio.net
Mon, Thursday+Fri 06am - 09am EST

We refuse to take sides in this anymore. And we refuse to let you turn us against one another. We know who we are now, we can find our own way between order and chaos...

It's over because we've decided it's over. Now get the hell out of our galaxy! Both of you.

"Whoever takes purple sash is purple, and follows purple leader." I follow purple tau. Theophony
 
   
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Decrepit Dakkanaut






Mostly, on my phone.

Cheers, but (1) I want to use old mentors logo which is an owl, not a la Raptors and (2) I would never press mould, never. Honest guv

Yellowbeard: "Shop 'smart', shop Graven-mart!"
Casey's Law: "Graven: Speaking the truth and providing the rofls since '09."
Solar_Lion: "Deep in the bowels of a forge world lies a machine so terrible and purposeful that its very existence is only rumor and myth. It never sleeps and always hungers. Never satiated. Always creating, always churning out more and more. Never satisfied. It’s purpose long forgotten. It only lives to build more and more of the truly insane. The Deus ex Gravenator. Your only hope is to die in your sleep so save the last bullet for you!"
cormadepanda: "You suffer from creator syndrome."
Theophony"... and there's strippers in terminator armor and lovecraftian shenanigans afoot." Solar_Lion: "Man this sums up your blog nicely."
Anpu-adom: "being Geek is about Love. Some love broadly. Some love deeply. And then there are people like Graven. :-)
 
   
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Decrepit Dakkanaut






Mostly, on my phone.

Okay folks, here goes:







I can't tell whether it's the close-ups or just that I suck, but I'm not happy with the paintjob at all. Still, the insignia seems to have worked okay, though I think I'm going to add a laurel to it also.

Yellowbeard: "Shop 'smart', shop Graven-mart!"
Casey's Law: "Graven: Speaking the truth and providing the rofls since '09."
Solar_Lion: "Deep in the bowels of a forge world lies a machine so terrible and purposeful that its very existence is only rumor and myth. It never sleeps and always hungers. Never satiated. Always creating, always churning out more and more. Never satisfied. It’s purpose long forgotten. It only lives to build more and more of the truly insane. The Deus ex Gravenator. Your only hope is to die in your sleep so save the last bullet for you!"
cormadepanda: "You suffer from creator syndrome."
Theophony"... and there's strippers in terminator armor and lovecraftian shenanigans afoot." Solar_Lion: "Man this sums up your blog nicely."
Anpu-adom: "being Geek is about Love. Some love broadly. Some love deeply. And then there are people like Graven. :-)
 
   
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Arch Magos w/ 4 Meg of RAM






In the Wasteland

very nice. But maybe the insignia needs a bit more detail qua paint?



 
   
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Decrepit Dakkanaut






Madison, WI

Very nice Blackhand... really striking. I agree with Scrazza, the emblem needs... something... to differentiate the detail, otherwise it just looks like kind of a red blob.

That color combo looks really good though. Great job!

   
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Decrepit Dakkanaut






Mostly, on my phone.

Agreed. Need to highlight more; I also think a laurel (green, probably) will make it pop. Anyway; don't know whether this looks any clearer:

Cheers chaps; keep 'em coming (I feel less demoralised about paintjob right now...)

Yellowbeard: "Shop 'smart', shop Graven-mart!"
Casey's Law: "Graven: Speaking the truth and providing the rofls since '09."
Solar_Lion: "Deep in the bowels of a forge world lies a machine so terrible and purposeful that its very existence is only rumor and myth. It never sleeps and always hungers. Never satiated. Always creating, always churning out more and more. Never satisfied. It’s purpose long forgotten. It only lives to build more and more of the truly insane. The Deus ex Gravenator. Your only hope is to die in your sleep so save the last bullet for you!"
cormadepanda: "You suffer from creator syndrome."
Theophony"... and there's strippers in terminator armor and lovecraftian shenanigans afoot." Solar_Lion: "Man this sums up your blog nicely."
Anpu-adom: "being Geek is about Love. Some love broadly. Some love deeply. And then there are people like Graven. :-)
 
   
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Phanobi





Gosport. UK

try it in another colour?

http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/463976.page (Space Sharks and Tau)

DJ @ http://www.rockindocradio.net
Mon, Thursday+Fri 06am - 09am EST

We refuse to take sides in this anymore. And we refuse to let you turn us against one another. We know who we are now, we can find our own way between order and chaos...

It's over because we've decided it's over. Now get the hell out of our galaxy! Both of you.

"Whoever takes purple sash is purple, and follows purple leader." I follow purple tau. Theophony
 
   
Made in gb
Decrepit Dakkanaut






Mostly, on my phone.

Okay, so just not at all happy with pad, had a think and went back to the termie version for inspiration, and the original art for colours. Now have this:


Much, much happier with this; the detail's better, the colours better, all good. I've also repainted the white cream, with white highlights, which isn't at all obvious but looks much smoother and crisper in reality.

On reflection, I think the Mk8 gorget's too high (fine for this guy though), and I'm going to try and different paint method too, next.

Yellowbeard: "Shop 'smart', shop Graven-mart!"
Casey's Law: "Graven: Speaking the truth and providing the rofls since '09."
Solar_Lion: "Deep in the bowels of a forge world lies a machine so terrible and purposeful that its very existence is only rumor and myth. It never sleeps and always hungers. Never satiated. Always creating, always churning out more and more. Never satisfied. It’s purpose long forgotten. It only lives to build more and more of the truly insane. The Deus ex Gravenator. Your only hope is to die in your sleep so save the last bullet for you!"
cormadepanda: "You suffer from creator syndrome."
Theophony"... and there's strippers in terminator armor and lovecraftian shenanigans afoot." Solar_Lion: "Man this sums up your blog nicely."
Anpu-adom: "being Geek is about Love. Some love broadly. Some love deeply. And then there are people like Graven. :-)
 
   
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Storm Trooper with Maglight





he looks good can't wait to see more!

I apologise to anyone who interacted with me around 2009-2012.  
   
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Arch Magos w/ 4 Meg of RAM






In the Wasteland

Yeah that new shoulder design looks way better.



 
   
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Phanobi





Gosport. UK

Much better

http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/463976.page (Space Sharks and Tau)

DJ @ http://www.rockindocradio.net
Mon, Thursday+Fri 06am - 09am EST

We refuse to take sides in this anymore. And we refuse to let you turn us against one another. We know who we are now, we can find our own way between order and chaos...

It's over because we've decided it's over. Now get the hell out of our galaxy! Both of you.

"Whoever takes purple sash is purple, and follows purple leader." I follow purple tau. Theophony
 
   
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Decrepit Dakkanaut






Madison, WI

Looks terriffic inmy, nice contrast and form!

   
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Newbie Black Templar Neophyte





Torquay, England

Lookin' good mate. A big bag of win!

 
   
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Dakka Veteran





Darkest Kent (England)

Looks good - I like the shoulder pad but it could look better in a red/brown - dark flesh to start?

I am not a fan of just using auspexes as your jump packs - I reckon that hover boots would look awesome with auspexes being the controls. But, hey, it's your army.

Okay, I've been on a bit of a hiatus 2011-14

Currently working on my Riot Guard.

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Thunderhawk Pilot Dropping From Orbit






London, England

I think the marine is a foot slogging assault marine Cosmic don't think its meant to be a jump pack, but I could very well be wrong.

@IMGI - Great model and pose but for me the white could do with some work, maybe a less extreme shading using washes or inks. What is the method that you used for it?


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Decrepit Dakkanaut






Mostly, on my phone.

Auspexes as Time-shifters, counts as jump packs. Just something different, basically. Each to their own

I agree on the white, so here's the revised version:




Primed dark grey, badab black wash, layered drybrush codex/fortress/white, MP cream highlighted into white. Still unfinished, but muuuuch happier.

Yellowbeard: "Shop 'smart', shop Graven-mart!"
Casey's Law: "Graven: Speaking the truth and providing the rofls since '09."
Solar_Lion: "Deep in the bowels of a forge world lies a machine so terrible and purposeful that its very existence is only rumor and myth. It never sleeps and always hungers. Never satiated. Always creating, always churning out more and more. Never satisfied. It’s purpose long forgotten. It only lives to build more and more of the truly insane. The Deus ex Gravenator. Your only hope is to die in your sleep so save the last bullet for you!"
cormadepanda: "You suffer from creator syndrome."
Theophony"... and there's strippers in terminator armor and lovecraftian shenanigans afoot." Solar_Lion: "Man this sums up your blog nicely."
Anpu-adom: "being Geek is about Love. Some love broadly. Some love deeply. And then there are people like Graven. :-)
 
   
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Thunderhawk Pilot Dropping From Orbit






London, England

Have you checked out Les' video on the white scars btw? He uses a Tamiya weathering compact that you may find useful for adding some soot and such like to your marines. Of course that all depends on which side of the 'clean vs dirty marine' fence you sit, lol.

I also tried the grey for the undercoat but I personally found that it took too many coats and looked a little powdery (even with thinned down paints) to make it an effective method for me. Have you thought about a white undercoat with a bluish grey wash, then neatened with white. I've not tried it myself but it could give you quite a cool effect. I'll see if I could test a model for you (although a lot of my stuff is still in pack boxes :( )


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No trees were hurt in the making of this sig, however many electrons were disturbed.
 
   
Made in gb
Decrepit Dakkanaut






Mostly, on my phone.

That's an interesting idea on the wash; I did a green/grey test but it just didn't work for me. Cheers for ideas!

Yellowbeard: "Shop 'smart', shop Graven-mart!"
Casey's Law: "Graven: Speaking the truth and providing the rofls since '09."
Solar_Lion: "Deep in the bowels of a forge world lies a machine so terrible and purposeful that its very existence is only rumor and myth. It never sleeps and always hungers. Never satiated. Always creating, always churning out more and more. Never satisfied. It’s purpose long forgotten. It only lives to build more and more of the truly insane. The Deus ex Gravenator. Your only hope is to die in your sleep so save the last bullet for you!"
cormadepanda: "You suffer from creator syndrome."
Theophony"... and there's strippers in terminator armor and lovecraftian shenanigans afoot." Solar_Lion: "Man this sums up your blog nicely."
Anpu-adom: "being Geek is about Love. Some love broadly. Some love deeply. And then there are people like Graven. :-)
 
   
 
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