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So, it's about time for pictures of the gargant I started so long ago make their way up onto here. I can't find the old WIP thread it was in right now, but if I do find it, I'll post a link.
It's taken me far too long to get it to this point, but at least it's reasonably finished. I entered into Gamesday Baltimore 2008's Golden Demon and made it to the finals, but didn't manage to place - there was some excellently painted competition, and the GD is after all a painting contest. I'm waiting for the day when GW opens up a conversion category! Anyway, I've been keeping photos of the finished product hidden until after its Gamesday debut, so now is as good a time as any to post them up.
The general theme for the model, as it always has been, is a 'giant walking scrapheap', cobbled together from bits and pieces of what was lying around over time into this bolted-together, rampaging thing. To that end, most of it is rusted, dinged, dirty, and grimy, with the occasional plate 'lifted' from another source such as a downed imperial vehicle. Much of this is simply done with washes, though as I've mentioned in previous posts about the model I also used chalky pastels to help really get some weathering on it.
Let's get to some pictures.
The back of the model's got a pretty reasonable amount of detail going on, so it was one of the more complicated areas to deal with while painting. A lot of work went into this area.
Next up is the base, which is now attached to the model through the grounding foot with the help of two screws and a pair of nails leading up the leg into the frame of the body. I quickly discovered these were necessary after I attached it to the base the first time and the whole model snapped off at the ankle - it's a lot of weight for one small area to be supporting, so I took advantage of the fact that the model was broken and added excessive amounts of internal bracing to the leg. I could probably club someone with it now and it wouldn't break, though I don't have any plans to put that theory to the test. The guardsman came out okay - I am terrible at painting human skin simply because I've never done it before. The guardsman's uniform is based on the scheme a friend of mine uses, since he was nice enough to provide me with the model that is being stepped on.
In hindsight, I probably should have painted the base a grey/concrete color so that it didn't blend so much with the rusty browns of the gargant itself. In my defense, I didn't exactly know what color the gargant was going to be while working on it.
This is a pair of detail shots that show the grot pilots, as well as the torso area. A lot of people I talked to at Gamesday didn't even realize these little dudes were in there!
The eyes do still work just fine, but these photos were taken outside, so they're not as bright as they might be on, say, a gaming table.
So there you have it. The diorama base is not yet done being painted, but I don't know when or if I'll get around to that - it's apparently too big to allowed in GD, as it's longer than 18", so I've not got too much motivation to work on it right now.
It's a nice feeling, having this painted. I should try it more often.
I just want to conclude with a thank-you to all of those folks who contributed to my WIP thread for this thing and offered continual encouragement. I really appreciate it.
Dude, I read that thread from beginning to end. It was nothing short of amazing
The completed models is equally as awesome. Have you gotten a chance to use it?
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Glad to see this project was never forgotten. That's an amazing centerpiece to an ork army.
Absolutely awesome dude! remember reading the WIP thread a while back, so good to see it fully finished!
Back in the zone!
Sleeping, not dead.
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Finally, ein, finally! Damn well worth the wait, without doubt.
When you do get around to do the diorama I hav eno doubt that it will be sweet. But with your past habits I suspect we will see many more modelling projects from you before that happens!
Absolutely gorgeous! I too, read the old WIP thread beginning to end, I'm glad to see it finished.
Please get started on another!
I love you and thank you for being awesome.
We've waited for this to be finished ever since you started with the sketches and the name JamsessionEin.
Congratulations. Love it.
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