Counts-as Huron Blackheart: Ready for Paint

I have wrapped up the sculpting and converting on my counts-as Huron Blackheart model so it’s time to move on to painting. However, I do have a question for you all. Everything is magnetized on this model but I’m curious to know which of the poses you prefer. Even though it’s magnetized and I could change up the pose at will, I shade and highlight based on a pose I determine and that’s the pose the model takes. So, I’m trying to determine which pose I prefer for when I start putting paint on him.

Pose #1

Pose #2

The only difference is the position of the power axe. That lightning claw arm looks odd in any other position; it’s just sculpted to be raised up like that. I have my preference on the pose but I’d like to hear yours :)

Pose aside, you’ll see I wrapped up the tabard from the last update. I’m pretty happy with how it came out. I know I could do better with some more practice but it’s not bad so I’m not going to scrap it just to try again. For a first attempt I’m pretty pleased.

Which pose do you prefer?

  • BenitoSenence

    I like the second pose, nice job. Looks great

  • Pose #2: His legs are moving forward, as if he is running towards a target to eviscerate. With both arms in the air, it kinda of looks like he is joining the bureau of silly walks.

    Tabard looks great!

    • The idea was that he’s leaping and thus raised his arms but the rest of the body pose doesn’t lend itself to it. I also prefer #2 and it’s good to see others confirming.

      Thanks. I’m happy with the tabard. The method I used for it really makes it a much simpler process than what I’ve done in the past.

      • I figured that was what you were going for. It looks like a leap from some angles, but not all of them. The second pose definitely goes a bit better with your concept and idea. Maybe he’s pushing off, in which case both arms wouldn’t be up (run around the house and practice hehe).

        • “(run around the house and practice hehe)” – I do this sometimes! We’ll, I don’t actually run but I will strike the pose I am trying to envision to see where it feels most natural. I am sure it looks very silly so I make sure nobody is around when I do it!

          Anyway, I agree that #2 is the more natural looking pose. It looks more like he’s lunging to take a swipe with the claw then follow up with the axe. I think it would look even better with the claw angled forward a little more but it sounds like the arm might not cooperate with that. Pose #1 could be a convincing tackle but when you’re as well armed as this model and not very likely to chose the less lethal option why would you go for the tackle?

          • I actually did that this morning, posed like I was running. Ah, we nerds…

            I can angle it down a bit but once I start getting the arm level with the ground it looks odd because of the bend at the elbow and it looks unnatural. Plus, I like having it up a bit like that to show the heavy flamer nozzle. Trying to balance the pose a bit with properly showing the weapons.

          • TheRhino

            I’ve actually been tempted to buy an artist’s mannequin for laying out poses. But a really good one with correctly articulated joints is a little more expensive than I feel like paying right now.

  • TheRhino

    Second pose. It’s more balanced. The first, with both arms in the air, looks like he’s doing a Superman leap. Because of the way the arms are lined up, it doesn’t look like he’ll be ready to land a hit with either when he arrives. The second pose looks like he could land safely, balanced for a hit with the claw.

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