Thor’s Workbench: Heldrake in Progress (WIP #1)

HeldrakeI absolutely love the Heldrake. It’s been one of my most consistently performing units game to game and I like the model as well. It has also been a model I have not been looking forward to painting because there’s a lot too it. I enjoy painting detailed and intricate models but this thing just has so much surface area that I know damn well it’s going to take me forever with what little time I’ve had lately for painting.

That being said, I did finally break down and start on the Heldrake. I played in a tournament this past Saturday and it did very well for me so it’s earned some paint. It is also a model I use in every single list and I naturally focus my painting efforts on units I use constantly.

The model is magnetized and so I’ll just take it one magnetized piece at a time and I opted to start with the head. Being the smallest part I can work on I figure it will give me a chance to work out my process to make doing the larger pieces easier. So, here’s a shot of the head which is complete.

Heldrake WIP 1 Heldrake WIP 2




If you’re wondering about the visible join line in the head it’s because the head is magnetized, each head half so it holds the weapon in place.

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I think the Heldrake model is pretty cool, well until you look at the arse end! In game it is pretty cool as well. I haven’t even started on mine (only undercoated it), my Iron Warriors are making mega slow progress – started them back in Oct and hardly done anything with them.

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Not too much to go on so far, but it’s really clean. I presume the half-black/blue is just because you’re going with the same scheme as the rest of the marines. What’s the skinny with the orange? Is that an OSL effect?


Looks like you are off to a good start. I look forward to seeing the rest of it come together.