This Chaos Land Raider project has been in progress since May of this year. I had bought it years prior to starting on it as well. So, I guess you could say this has been a project for quite some time.
Well, it’s finally done and the Chaos Land Raider is complete.
Chaos Land Raider (Beast)
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I’m happy with how the Land Raider came out. I will admit that it’s not my favorite work, and there’s a few reasons for that. Long story short, I did a lot of learning on this model. There were a few things, the biggest being the weathering, where I went back and redid it. While I like how the weathering came out, I would do it differently if given the chance. However, as many painters know, at some point you have to say fuck it and move on, and that’s what I did.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I don’t dislike my work here. Ultimately though, I just feel that this was more of a learning experience for the painting and less of a showcase.
That being said, there’s a lot of value in that. In order to get better we have to learn and we have to experiment. I, like most of you, don’t have spare models to learn on. So, I’m always learning while I’m painting something I need. Sometimes that goes great, other times not so much, but it’s valuable in either case.
That out of the way, there are parts of this that I’m really happy with. I think the conversions and sculpting worked well on the model. It’s one of the few times where I was able to actually translate a vision of mine accurately to a model.
The flesh was used to hide horrendous gaps, which is why you mostly see it at the seams. I got the model used and it needed some love. The rest of the sculpting work was just for fun and to learn.
I’m pleased with the painting of the teeth, the Khorne door, the red lights/lenses, and the daemonic flesh in general. As a whole I feel the model did come together well.
If you haven’t been following along, I tried to represent each of the Chaos Gods on the Land Raider. My warband, the Disciples of Twilight, are an undivided one. So, I thought it would be fun to show each god. Therefore, on the top is an eye for Tzeentch, left side a claw for Slaanesh, also left a pustule for Nurgle, and lastly a bloody door for Khorne.
Also, for those unfamiliar, the snow added on is to tie this into the rest of my army that has snow basing. I think the snow came out well on the Land Raider as well.
While I may not be as ecstatic about this model as I could be, I am happy with it. I learned a lot working on the Land Raider, and those lessons will be applied down the road to create even better models, so I have no real complaints; it’s still a success. If nothing else, this thing has character.
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