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As some of you know by now, I'm building an iron snakes chapter. I'm trying to make it as close to the book 'brothers of the snake' as possible, so I've got a squad Damocles, etc. Now I'm thinking of modelling Petrok, the Chapter Master Librarian. I've scanned the book to look for bits that mention what he should look like and this is what I've got so far but if any of you have any other suggestions, I'd love to hear them. Can't say when exactly I'll get around to doing this but when I do I'll probably stick it in my WIP thread.
So here goes:
- 'black locks bound up behind his head'
- 'tall and broad, even for a space marine' (Terminator Armour?)
- 'gunmetal grey armour, lined on the edge with white and red' - so same as most of the others then.
- power sword called 'Bellus', who's edges 'smoke like coals'.
- wears a big cloak
- has an 'ornate helmet' but is often seen without it (unarmored).
- has a team of servants but I don't think I'll be modelling them anytime soon.
- At one point in the book he's wearing a snow-bear pelt but that wasn't when he was in battle, so I'm ignoring that.
I guess this is somewhat open to interpretation, like anything but I'd like people to look at the model (who've read the book) and say 'oh yes, Petrok!'. So, I think:
- make him broad and big.
- see if I can make the blade either smolder or look on fire.
- give him a massive cloak
- paint him chapter colours but stick the standard goat-head symbol on the left side.
- make the armor somewhat ornate... ?
What do you think?
I don't think its gonna be so easy to make a Librarian that is distinctly Petrok and not just a random (if you can use that term for them) Librarian. The most notable thing out of the descriptions (and yes I have read Brothers of the Snake) is infact the bear cloak that you plan to leave out.
The imagery for the Iron Snakes is kinda a mix between Vikings (the long ships and sea monsters) and ancient Greeks (the spears and round shields: Hoplites) so the bear cloak actually does fit with the theme rather well. This is the most individual part about Petrok. You're right that it really isn't a part of his normal gear but it would give a lot of character to the model and make him distinguishable from the 'normal' librarians.
As for the chunky look of him, I wouldn't do him in Termi armour but rather space out his joints a bit with plasticard. saying you use a plastic model as the base. Place a small plasticard tab between the torso and the arms, the legs and torso and build up the souls of his feet with more plasticard. It doesn't have to be much, just about a .5mm thick piece at the arms and feet, maybe a bit bigger at the waist. This adds a bit more hieght and width to the model which makes him look more imposing
BTW, do you plan to have a go at the Chapter Master? Now that would be a very interesting and individual model
I have some of the old Warhammer Monthly comic books with the Iron Snakes comics in them, if you'd like I could scan the pages which have Petrok in them? Though these are set when he is a lexicannium to Nector, but that shouldn't be too much of a bother, should it?
It's been a while. Had to work on my sculpting a bit and do lots of practice - especially for faces but here is what I've got so far for my Petrok cheif librarian model:
Apologies for the awful quality photos.
So rather than building the whole model from scratch -which was an option but would have taken a lot longer. I set myself a more realistic, half-way goal. I took a really nice model I had lying around of that jumping chaplain, which I'd never got around to doing anything useful with and basically adapted him instead. This meant having to model the head, hand, sword and trimming as well as the cape. I used a new technique I discovered with plasticine to help model the cape and keep it thin but away from the body and all... 'swishy'... if you know what I mean.
The hard part was the face - this is version 5 - the only one that made it into production because it was roughly the right size and proportions. Ok, it doesn't quite look like the face in the reference material I have but that was of a much younger petrok, when he still had all his hair. Oh, and the ponytail is still gluing, which is why it's propped up like that, I'm going to drape it around the front a bit. I took your suggestion - well I compromised: and added a little bear fur on top of his cape, like a sort of scarf or something. I also adapted the scull on the left nae to be the librarian symbol and added a chapter symbol on the left rather than just painting it, to keep in theme with the whole 3d nature of his very ornate armor.
There's still a few things I might decide to do next but we'll see. Any comments and suggestions?