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Made in gb
Dakka Veteran





Darkest Kent (England)

Yeah, I thought that they were counts as jump packs, sorry.

The auspexes work, but might be unclear unless pointed out before the game.

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

Currently working on my Riot Guard.

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[DCM]
Acolyte of Goodwin






The Burbs of the Great White North

White can be a b**ch... I suggest prime white, wash with a watered down black in the recesses, re-apply a 50-50 white codex grey, then a pure white again in a really thin layer.

I also think that the doing the green darker would contrast a bit more strongly and help definition. Maybe have the base color be the darkest green you can get your hands on and leave a lot of it showing?

Keep trying with the white, it's all just practice! hours and hours and hours of frustrating, coats so thin i can't tell if it did anything practice!

   
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Decrepit Dakkanaut






Madison, WI

Hey graven, don't know if you've seen it... but Ifalna's been working on a Shrike model and has a blog on her progress. Her white is really astounding... you might check it out if you haven't already.

http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/30/307516.page

That being said, your current version looks very nice. The figure really pops now. Good going!

   
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Decrepit Dakkanaut






Mostly, on my phone.

Okay, so, in order to try to stay on top of stuff I'm merging my blogs together. Recent distraction has been this Doom Eagle Dante for Gitsplitta's Thing#1:


Bit of touch up required, but nearly there and pretty happy. Rubbish photography as ever. More to come - Hellhammer, Ogrun and Mentor Legion a-go-go!

Yellowbeard: "Shop 'smart', shop Graven-mart!"
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Decrepit Dakkanaut






Madison, WI

Looks gorgeous graven, he's gonna love it!

   
Made in gb
Decrepit Dakkanaut






Mostly, on my phone.

So, put together a rudimentary light box, which still needs work but nevertheless strikes me as a good plan (basic idea stolen from Blackhand). Been finishing of a Great Marine Swap figure, here's a bit of a detail view:

Had hoped you could see my primitive first attempts at OSL from the plasma coil, but no. Still, it worked well enough for me to continue to work with. This guy was done shading Cream up to white, which has produced a very crisp finish.

My other idea, which will be the next experiment is:
Prime Vallejo Grey
Badab Black wash
Airbrush White
... and detail accordingly. I don't know if this'll work, any comments or experiences appreciated.

From a construction point of view, most of the army is now built, although I need to make gorgets for 2 Dev squads, Command Squad and a couple of randoms. Am going to be salvaging a conversion beamer from an old mini of gitsplitta's for my MotF, whilst gradually cobbling together another techmarine with servo-harness from spare parts.

Also finishing off a swappable turret for my one and only tank, a whirlwind/razorback (lc/twin-plasma); I noticed that there's a little blob on top of the whirlwind's mounting plate that could easily be replaced with a magnet; the mount for my razorback turret (which is all made from bits) fits over the top and has a magnet for security. Pics anon, alongwith a semblance of a list.

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

Hey graven, great to see the Legion getting some love. He looks really great!

Glad you got a light box, that will help tremendously, my photography has really improved since I got mine. Just from looking at the picture I can give you some advice. The yellowish cast to the photo is due to the white balance being out-of-kilter. There are several ways you can address this issue.

1. Change the bulbs to "full daylight" bulbs.
2. Adjust the white balance on your camera (I can do this on mine including manual tweaking of the setting. I just changed the bulbs in my lamps & then took a bunch of "bracketing" shots, where you take a pic at every setting so I could choose the most natural looking exposure.) From the looks of it, having your white balance set on "incandescent" should help.
3. If you have it... use the "remove color cast" feature on photoshop to make the whites white again...

Like so...


   
Made in ca
Incorporating Wet-Blending






Canada,Prince Edward Island

Very cool Dante conversion!

   
Made in gb
Decrepit Dakkanaut






Mostly, on my phone.

@gits: Cheers for advice on lightbox; I've tried to take that on board on new pics (vid. Mantis packs)

@Cain: ta!

Slightly distracted by stuff for gitsplitta today. Was going to look at making these into servitors and thieving the arms for my techmarines:

Thoughts?


Automatically Appended Next Post:
I should've specified - by arms, I meant the pointy ones on the back of the Cephalyx (fetish dude).

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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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Phanobi





Gosport. UK

chaos medic

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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.

Very much so; but actually thinking of using it as a mystic for my inquisitor.

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. :-)
 
   
Made in gb
Decrepit Dakkanaut






Mostly, on my phone.

Okay, some WIP work on Techmarine:



So parts from all over the place, but really happy with how he's going; need to add more detailing on the halberd and pistons/teeth to the giant arm; tempted to have some xenos or other in there, though I'll need to go on the bits scrounge...


This will be my MotF; the lovely gitsplitta's providing me with a classic conversion beamer, so that be going over the shoulder.


In keeping with fluff, wanted a funky turret; had picked up a cheapo whirlwind, and this fits over the top of the hatch cover. In the end this'll be a fully swappable rhino hull, hopefully.


And lastly, as made by my not-quite 3 yr old (all parts chosen by him, some help with glue by me:

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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Nurgle Chosen Marine on a Palanquin






Whangarei , New Zealand

Sorry bud, I think the dozer is the best of the lot!

I do like the way the techmarine is consulting a dataslate instead of watching the battle going on around him

 BobtheInquisitor wrote:
I tend to glue metal models with a combination of BSI cyanoacrylate and my tears of frustration.
 
   
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Decrepit Dakkanaut






Madison, WI

Sweet Graven. Soon as that sanguine backpack arrives I'll get your bits packed up (including the con beamer) and get them off to you! Would hate to think that your fine MoTF was being held up on my account!

Dozer is great BTW!

   
Made in gb
Death-Dealing Dark Angels Devastator





England..

Hey bud,

Just read through your blog and really impressed with you Mentors, Sculpts ands Conversions..

Will be following this one..

Jim.



"Only the DEAD have seen an End to WAR" - Plato


2010 W:3 L:4 T:5
2011 W:3 L:4 T:3 
   
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Snivelling Workbot



St. Albans

inmygravenimage wrote:


Hi Im just wondering where you found these. They look ideal for electro priests / Arco-flagellation victims.

p.s. Its great seeing some of the older lesser know chapters getting some love .

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Who wants to live for ever?!  
   
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Decrepit Dakkanaut






Mostly, on my phone.

Cheers for support lads. The pictured models are a Cephalyx and drudge slaves from warmachine. The Cephalyx minus back bits will be a mystic for my =I= retinue, and the drudges are getting turned into servitors.

It's fun doing a proper old chapter: I remember getting issue 99 of WD (adverts for other companies!) and being blown away. Ah, youth, etc. In order to make my vehicles look a bit more high tech, I've decided to file off all the rivets - yes, we have knowledge of WELDING! I might even invest in some mk4 armour and a LR Prometheus to continue the rare/high-tech theme.

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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Massive Knarloc Rider





In west Philadelphia born and raised On the playground where I spent most of my days

Until someone does a rainbow marine army, I shan't be swayed by all this old school wave.

That said, loving the mini's. Techmarine seems a bit OTT though.

 unmercifulconker wrote:
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Made in gb
Decrepit Dakkanaut






Mostly, on my phone.

Inspired by the mighty Blackhand, I decided to try to knock together a owl-style helm:



I'm worried that it's rather more parrot than owl! I wonder about making it more tapered at the front and adding a ^ groove about half way up to create a more defined V beak below it. Thoughts? C&C?

In other news, the first of the new test batch of marines has been part-painted and I'll try to get a photo up of him soon as.

graven

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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Lead-Footed Trukkboy Driver







You've got some great stuff here, really liking the MotF.

For the owl helm, it might make it a bit more owl-like with "ears" like the Night Owl suit: http://www.scifiscoop.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/watchmen_night_owl.jpg

Just an idea.

   
Made in gb
Decrepit Dakkanaut






Mostly, on my phone.

Good call. I've experimented with adding owl-like brows on a vanguard too, which I might do on this guy. It's very WIP; I just don't want to over do it. Once settled, I've got some polymorph, which I'll try to do a mould from.

Glad you like the MotF, too; whilst I love my crazy techmarine, the MotF has a (relative) simplicity which I'm really happy with.

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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Nurgle Chosen Marine on a Palanquin






Whangarei , New Zealand

Great start to the helm, definitely think the "eyebrows" are the way to go, have you thought about enlarging and "rounding" the eye a bit..not too much but enough to suggest the owl's large eyes?

As for the beak, narrow and hooked is what I think of when I think of owls parrots have a wider more rounded shape...not that any of that helps

Oh and your package arrived today! gotta say thanks again! I will do my best to get some thoughts down on paper and GS in the next few weeks for the banners.

 BobtheInquisitor wrote:
I tend to glue metal models with a combination of BSI cyanoacrylate and my tears of frustration.
 
   
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Journeyman Inquisitor with Visions of the Warp





Mentor legion, the brainy marines! funny i was looking at this pic the other day thinking they would be a nice chapter to create. and i also noticed the olw logo. great work here on bringing ghosts to life.

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Willing Inquisitorial Excruciator






Looking forward to more on this. Grreat work. So much inspiration in the P&M blogs.

A lot. 5K +
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3K
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Back to 40K after a 6 year absence. Grey Knights and a new SM Army planned.
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Decrepit Dakkanaut






Madison, WI

Looking good graven. I concur with the rest on modifying the eye area, either with brows or brows and rounding. Keep in mind that in many species the "brows" actually continue around the eye all the way back to the cheeks, forming what look like plates that frame the eyes. Google a photo of a Barn Owl if I'm not describing it well. It's more extreme but on such a small object it might get you a more recognizable image.

   
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Decrepit Dakkanaut






Mostly, on my phone.

I'm going to try to do a broad arching V across the brows, going down the sides in a sort of 7 shape - much like the Night Owl look, though adapted. If I get some time tonight I'll give it a whirl. Cheers lads!

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. :-)
 
   
Made in gb
Decrepit Dakkanaut






Mostly, on my phone.

Okay, a revised helm:






The roughness around the edges is super-magnified, it's smoother in the flesh, as it were. How do folk feel about this version?

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. :-)
 
   
Made in nz
Nurgle Chosen Marine on a Palanquin






Whangarei , New Zealand

Definitely more owl - less parrot, I'm liking it.

 BobtheInquisitor wrote:
I tend to glue metal models with a combination of BSI cyanoacrylate and my tears of frustration.
 
   
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Courageous Space Marine Captain





Chicago, Illinois

Good job!

Ah, Sir, a novel is a mirror carried along a high road. At one moment it reflects to your vision the azure skies, at another the mire of the puddles at your feet. And the man who carries this mirror in his pack will be accused by you of being immoral! His mirror shews the mire, and you blame the mirror! Rather blame that high road upon which the puddle lies, still more the inspector of roads who allows the water to gather and the puddle to form. -- The Red and the Black by Stendhal -

laem yreve retfa hsurb dna ,selbategev ruoy taE


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Decrepit Dakkanaut






Mostly, on my phone.

An attempt to photo what's on my desk just now:

We are space teachers, therefore we must have... Librarians!

I'm using only power/force axes (just cos, right?) and liked the look of the HE Lion axes for force; quite pleased with how they look.

Not a lot going on with this old chief librarian, but the axe head's a nice fit, I think:



Rubbish photo notwithstanding, very happy with this, my counts-as Korvyddae:


Termie Lib off a classic GK:


Chapter Champion - love the Calgar Guard models:


A very WIP counts-as Sicarius:

Like the glaive here, will probably do something similar to AOBR commander.

Termie Serg WIP:



And for variety, a Sternguard Heavy Flamer (who I've just noticed has lost a cable).


So, toddling along!

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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