Chaos Knight – Closer to Completion

Anyone else find that as they near the end of a project that is just goes on seemingly endlessly? I had seriously thought that after my last update here that the following update would be a showcase, not more WIP. It feels like all my projects are like that, the big ones anyway, where those final steps to completion just keep coming.

Anyway, on to what I have been doing.

These shots are over various stages. Those who follow Creative Twilight on social media will have seen these, but I thought I’d collect them to share here, as well as chat a bit about them.

Foe-reaper Chainsword – Now in Pink

I decided to give the Foe-reaper Chainsword a bit of love. I thought that the eye-catching blade would help balance out the Ion Shield’s eye-catching nature. Plus, I just love doing the purple/pink power weapons.

The Foe-reaper Chainsword adds +1 to the D table when fighting other super heavy vehicles or gargantuans, and I figure it’s because of the pink power blade :)

Smile for the Camera

Next up is a quick shot of the Knight put together. I did this once I had the Chainsword arm closer to being done, so that I could see the balance of things. Not much to say about this one, other than I think he’s very damn close to being done.

chaos-knight-wip

Preparing for Snow

Lastly, the work I was doing last night, basing.

Nothing really special about this stage. Some dry-brushed dirt and such. The part that will make the base great is getting the snow on there, and some icing effects. That’s the very final thing I do though, so that will be a while.

I am happy with how that’s shaping up though. My favorite part of this is picking out the rocky areas. When I had originally glued down the sand, and then seen some areas without sand once it dried, I had the idea to pick it out as rock. I wasn’t sure if it would look good, but now that it’s done I admit I like it a lot. I feel it just adds a level of realism to it, and helps breaks things up.

The other thing is the trees. I know Greg knows how this goes, but you wouldn’t believe how many steps were involved in getting those trees to look that way. Something I learned a long time ago when painting trees for gaming scenery is that trees aren’t brown.

If you paint a tree brown and wash it, it kind of looks terrible. Tree bark has so many subtle hues to it like reds and greens that sit in the deepest part of the bark. The bark at higher levels is an interesting grey with browns, reds and greens mixed in. It’s really intriguing. Seriously, go look at a tree’s bark up close.

Anyway, so that’s what I was trying to replicate here. I won’t walk you through all the steps (unless you want?), but basically I started off with grey and glazed and washed it down with brown, red and green to get what you see here. I’m happy with the end result.

That’s a Wrap for Now

There you have it. The current progress on my Chaos Knight.

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Honestly, all that remains is finishing touches. I’m going over both arms to finalize shading, and get the highlighting complete. Every time I do that I find something I missed, some small detail. So, the process has been longer than I though, but hopefully in the next few weeks I will have him done.

Oh, I decided on a name for him too, but I’ll reveal that when I finally get the showcase done :)

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  • Tease with the name. Wonderful look to it at the moment and the foe-reaper has lovely blends on it.

    • Thanks, just don’t ask how long that blade took to paint. Better have come out decent considering!

  • Damn, that blend! Looks like you put a bit of effort into. Looks great.

    • Thank you.

      I know it’s cool, and easier, to do it with an airbrush, but I prefer brush-work. The time, patience, and skill, needed to blend well with a brush just makes me a better painter all around.

  • jack shrapnel

    will echo the “wow” on the blending… man that’s nice! I like the basing as well.

    • I appreciate it.

      Getting the snow and ice on that base is going to really nail it home. I can’t wait to get to it.

  • It looks really great. The shield doesn’t feel as dominating with the arms attached but still adds to the composition. I definitely think it was the right choice to paint the shield the way you did. It adds some extra character.

    My favorite part has to be the blending of the pink part, looks pretty much flawless in the photos.

    • Yeah, that shield looks less out of place with everything on there. I agree, it add some interest to model and breaks things up.

      I assure you, the blending is not flawless. That’s the beauty of photography, take the picture far enough back and everything looks good ;) Still, I did put a ton of work into it, and I’m happy with the results for sure.

  • Looks awesome, but I’m going to have to ask you to stop it. It makes me want a knight of my own, and I just can’t do that right now. Lol.

    • haha, thanks!

      These things are a pet project, and will consume so much of your time and patience. However, winter is coming, so that means more free time for such a big project, right? ;)

      • I’m sorely tempted. After the Standoff I’ll have my Raven Guard to 1750 playable points, and could conceivably take a break for a Knight. Or do my Harlequins instead. No idea.
        Someone spoilered your Knight’s name on Facebook :(.

        • Yeah, B took the shot and asked if it had a name. I wasn’t about to say it was a secret, felt a bit lame. However, that’s a small group who see that, so it’s all good.

  • Very nice pink blending – and the whole boy of course-! Well, I think that doing that blending with brush is more harsh than with airbrush, but if you do it in the right way (like you), there is no game between the results , brush wins – also in term of satisfaction-. Great job.

    • I agree, more satisfaction in doing it by hand than airbrushing. Way harder to pull off well, but once you get the hang of it, it’s just a matter of time to get it right.

  • Fantastic job on the blade! Clearly it gives +1, maybe even +2 for being so pretty :-)
    I can appreciate the details are the time and soul killer because it seems like there is always ‘one more thing.’
    On the flip side, finishing things like the blade can be invigorating as you can see things really start to pop.

    • The power of pink!

      I agree. That’s why I jumped to the blade, to break up what I was working on, and to see something completed. It’s something I knew I could pull off, and would be happy to see finished. With projects like this, you have to take small victories where you can get them.

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