Thor’s Workbench: Chaos Lord Soulgore (PIP #1)

Soulgore - PIP #1After finally getting everything painted for the Standoff I decided to reward myself with working on my converted Chaos Lord on a juggernaut, Soulgore. I have no expectations of getting it done any time soon since I’ll be helping with getting trophies ready for the Standoff and I have no need to rush it anyway. I plan to take my time and work on him as I have the chance.

As you can see from the shot (which is better than my usual ones but not great), I haven’t gotten very far but it is primed and there is paint on him. For me, once I start a model it bugs me until it’s completed so this was my way of giving me motivation to work on it. Not that I needed much motivation as I’ve been looking forward to working on this model since I began building it.

To start I jumped right to the axe. I had an idea I wanted to try, what you see now, and I’m happy with how it’s coming out. I wanted this to be different from my normal power weapons, which are a glowing pink/purple, and represent the weapon itself, the axe of blind fury – a Khorne daemon weapon. I feel it fits the bill.

Dark EldarOne thing I’m struggling with is what to do with the bull. One idea I had is to line the ‘scales’ of the bull, like how the ‘eavy Metal Team tends to do Dark Eldar and to do it in reds. I think it would look cool but it’s also a metric-ton of work. I’m not opposed to a method that takes time on this particular model but I also don’t want to get burnt out half-way through the process either; there’s a lot of scales on this sucker. The easier option is to base coat it and then wash it heavily and come back in with some blending and highlighting. Thoughts?

That’s it for now. It will probably be a few more weeks before I have another update on this model.

  • Warren Falconer

    I have been waiting to see what you did with this guy, and secretly hoping behind the scenes he was done and ready for the bronze spawn at the standoff this year. I don’t think the dark eldar style would be as bad as you think. I mean it will be tedious but Dave Taylor did a nice post here on From the warp I have been meaning to try.

    Can’t wait to see more progress.

    • I was hoping to get him ready for the Standoff too but my inclusion of Hounds, a unit I had to buy, assemble and paint, threw off that hope. I could theoretically still pull it off but I won’t rush it either.

      I stumbled on that article when searching for the Dark Eldar shot but I didn’t read it. Seems simple enough.

      • I second Warren’s suggestion. A surface like that is perfect for the dry-brush and wash approach. Adding a line highlight on top of that will really make it pop. It will be a little tedious but the dry-brushed layers will soften the edge of the line highlights so they don’t have to be as perfect to look clean.

        The axe looks sweet, btw.

        • Thanks! That axe took way longer to do than you’d think, or at least longer than I thought it would.

          Yeah, the dry-brushing will really help the process. I was originally thinking I would just go go straight to edge highlighting, I wasn’t considering dry-brushing, and that just seemed like a ton of work. I agree, getting some dry-brushing in first will make the highlighting easier. Now I’m anxious to try it out. If only I could find more hours in a day…

          • JustHippie

            Also you won’t need to edge highlight as much of the model since the drybrush will take care of most of it. Just edge highlight the top and most visible(areas that would get most light on them).
            The Axe looks killer! The model looks good all assembled too!
            Thanks for the Help with Trophies.

            • That’s the plan: dry-brush the whole thing then come in with the highlights as you mentioned, top down but let the dry-brush handle the lower area highlights exclusively.

              Thanks. I’m very happy with how that axe came out the more I look at it. Also, even just having the model primed makes a difference; hiding all the greenstuff work and stuff and seeing it all pulled together.

              I’ll be starting on those tonight and should have it done by next week, the trophy tops. I figure I’ll finish them entirely on the bases and seal them and afterwards pop them off the base for you to pin. That work?

              • JustHippie

                Yeah, I can pop them off and deal with that if you want. And remember not Painting competition quality here, just simple 3 color min type deal so it stands out from all the Bronze.

                • I’ll have to curb my perfectionist urges but the goal is a base coat, a wash and a single simple highlight. I just have to decide what chapter the Marine is from. Maybe I’ll do him as a Templar, it will save me quite a few steps in painting.

                  • JustHippie

                    Last year Andrew did BA so don’t do that.

  • JD Brink

    That’s awesome so far. Nice work!
    If it were me, I’d do just like you said. Hit it with a general coat of color, wash that darker and into the recesses, then dry brush some highlights on the edges. Then do the final fine detail like the face and all. My philosophy (when i finally find time to paint) is look good but not kill myself on it. Let the wash and dry brushing find most of the details rather than you laboring to find them. Especially on a model that big that will generally big one color anyway.

    • Thanks.

      I agree as well. I want to spend some time on the model because it’s my favorite HQ but I also don’t want to get aggravated with the process either.

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