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04-01-2008, 09:41
First thread, here, and I hope to make a good impression right away.
Some of you might know me from the CMON forums, but, I present myself here, too, with my latest works: a FW Eldar Revenant Titan and a Vampire Hunter spacecraft, both completely built from scratch.

It has been about 3 months of work, now, and I am a pretty advanced stage, but, for blog's sake, I won't post the whole 3-month-progress, in one single post (I don't even think I can... technically), so I'll just create posts, as I get along, and receive feedback from you guys.

Before I begin, here's where I am now with the Titan:

for post's sake, I dive this post in two different ones.


04-01-2008, 09:41
and open top:

and the Vampire Hunter:

Later, I'll post pics of the first stages of the processes.


04-01-2008, 09:51
i have just one word for you


Dark Apostle
04-01-2008, 10:42
Mighty cool! I'm really impressed.

Lost Egg
04-01-2008, 11:05
Whoa...well impressive!!!

Am looking forward to seeing them finished


04-01-2008, 11:10
Are they drinking straws for arms and legs of the reverant? If so I'm impressed they actually hold the wieght, if not, what are they?

But damn they are both awesome

04-01-2008, 11:18
all your questions will be answered withing the next few days... here are the early WIP steps (very early)

But let me begin from the beginning:
in an Italian board, Titans were coming out as mushrooms, and lots of people asked me to build one.
At first I said "no thanx, I have too much of other stuff to do", but one of them, a double crossing friend of mine :) started a "scratch built titan competition"... and I couldn't miss out.

Everybody was doing Warhounds of all sorts, using templates, so all lookalike.
A couple were already doing a hierophant; the net is full of Stompas (some good, most bad), but no one was doing a Ravenant.
So, since I had to go for social suicide, I decided I might as well do it good, and began the project.

here are some sketches of the legs and feet:

I had a hard time figuring out how to make these parts, and, while at first I wanted to self sculpt them from scratch, I opened a drawer in my bathroom and found my toothbrush

I cut it, gave it some detail (according to my sketches) and, after a lot of sanding, here is the result:

I then made a cast of it, and fixed some flaws with putty:

04-01-2008, 11:18
for the upper part of the legs, I grabbed more toothbrushes and cut them in the right length:

and here is a mock-up of the legs so far, with added feet and kneepads (the ball in the middle is there for distance-reference):

and it fits.

stay tuned for more WIPs in the next few days.


04-01-2008, 11:26
Someone posted WIP parts of that Revenant here earlier, and the final is amazing! The toothbrushes were a brilliant idea. The Vampire's also amazing. Hope you plan on painting them.

04-01-2008, 11:55
Is the Vampire Hunter made from plasticard?

04-01-2008, 12:00
Is the Vampire Hunter made from plasticard?

Yes, I made templates out of cardboard, using pics taken from the FW site, and I had this:

I then made some changes, and I de-assembled everything, and transfered all the templates to plastcard.


04-01-2008, 14:21
This looks really good! Keep up the good work ;)

04-01-2008, 14:53
yay the toothbrush titan!
the vampire hunter is awesome too, look forward to seeing it finished
(this is Fallen Angel by the way)

04-01-2008, 16:11
That looks really awesome, I tried building a valkyre for my dark angels from cardboard but it turned out horrible:cries:. I hope you will show some more steps:D

de Selby
04-01-2008, 16:22
They are really remarkably good. Well done.

04-01-2008, 17:02
Ah, the toothbrush titan, truly inspirational.

The eldar super heavies still look just as great and ingenious over here Ikim ;)

Look forward to more progress on the Vampire


05-01-2008, 11:38
very nice work, look almost perfect. i wish i had the talent.

05-01-2008, 17:18
Thanx to everyone for the kind words.

@Pekel: someone posted my titan in warseer also? cool? in which thread?

@Corai and Morbus: nice to see you guys here too... lol

here are the subsequents steps of the titan-build: chest and hips:

The chest was done using a paper model, to see the fit. The aim was to use plasticard to make a cone shape, 3,5 cm opening on the top, and 3 cm opening on the bottom, with 2 round shapes on the sides, oval on the top, and round in the bottom... Not at all easy.
If you think I don't even have a real Ravenant Titan for reference, but some 2D pictures I have to try and print to match the 1:1 scale... the thing got even harder.

After 2 whole hours, I managed to find the right shape: a half moon line shape, I cut out of paper, at first, then on 0,75mm plasticard. I bent it, I glue it and I got a torso. I added details and plaques, and I have myself a nice looking Ravenant torso.
I glued 2 stripes of plasticard inside the empty torso, and glued the chassie of a pen, which I stuck into the hips I made yesterday.

The torso was, later on, filled with milliput to make the shoulders.

The hips were done using those caps that come with toothbrushes, to cover the bristles, cut to fit, with added "wings" of brown stuff (which is a lot sturdier and stiff than grey stuff and green stuff).

The 2 little white wings just over the hips will be holding a pair of reactors, which gave me a hard time to make, being a very difficult shape.

But, 'nough talking, and more pics.
The titan couldnėt stand, since I still had to drill holes for the pins in the hips... so here is a lying pic:

and here are 2 reference size pics:

I will have to add all those stupid gems, and a lot of details.. etc.

Uh.. I almost forgot, I added gems to the feet too.
While I like the gems added to the heel, I was not too convinced about the gems I added to the foot: it made it look like an insect, so ditched this idea.

C&C are very welcome.


07-01-2008, 14:36
moving along.

More work done, and here are things done in this stage:
1.I was concerned about the sharp angle of the top most chest plaque; so, with my dremmell, I filed it to make it round-ish. I am very satisfied with the result;
2.I added gems all over (I'll add more in the future) and details on the cest;
3.I built the hip shields;
4.I created the general shape for the shoulders: I will have to file them and add more layers of detail;
5.I made it stand up.

and here are the pics (keep in mind the feet are not attached yet, and that pics were taken while the legs weren't fixed, so don't mind the pose, which is so, only to make the model balance and stay erect.


As usual C&C are very welcome.


09-01-2008, 08:23
Wow, this looks fantastic...
What are the overall dimensions of your Vampire?

09-01-2008, 08:44
@So.Sad: the VH has a wing span of about 45cm and stands at a length of 32 cm: it is pretty big, actually, and when finished, it will also be quite heavy, since it will be filled with plaster, in order to create some sturdyness for the huge pins that will hold the wings and body together.

Ok, more updates n the Vampire Hunter:
I have: 1. added details under the wings; 2.finished the air sockets on the wings; 3. preped the body of the aircraft to be filled; 4. found a decent and sturdy base for the model (it will waight more then 1KG, when finished).

What I still need to do is:
1.fill the body of the aircraft;
2.add detail under the main body;
3.add all those little gems and details over and under the wings.

and here are pics of the spacecraft ATM:


As usual, c&c are very welcome.


09-01-2008, 09:52
5 stars + subscribed

12-01-2008, 00:55
Bravo, truly inspirational work

my only criticism on the revenant is the wings...They're too straight. All the Eldar wings I've see have a very long, slight interior curve. I would suggest experimenting with 3-5mm plasticard; draw out the arms with that distinctive eldar curve, and use a fret saw to cut it out, all as one piece. then just file it round to finish it off

The only bad thing I can say about the vampire raider is...nothing! Looks absolutely perfect, just like the FW one ;)

keep up the good work!

12-01-2008, 01:05
Those are awesome. Pure awesome. Make me one for my birthday please lol.

14-01-2008, 16:16
Thanx guys for the words of appreciacion.

Ok, where were we? Yes, now I remember (I only had to go to page 1 of this blog... lol)

At this sage, where I have legs and body, I ordered the bits of the Eldar Warwalker: the cockpit, to be precise.
These pieces took quite a long time to arrive, and this is when I started the Vampire Hunter project.
Meanwhile, I did the pulsar cannon, and here is a shot:

The pulsar cannon was done using a 13cm brass rod, to which I roughly applied some putty. After the putty had dried, I attached the rod to my electric drill used it like a lathe, using lots of sandpaper.

Afterwards, I made a mould with sylicon, and a cast with resin, to assure the symmetry of the whole model.

Then it was time for the pulsar generators.
I made a sigar shape with milliput, and when dry, I added putty and plasticard, to give it the desired shape.

then, like the cannon, I made a cast of it, and here is the result:

Next up will be, what I call, the "Head Soap Opera"!!!

stay tuned


14-01-2008, 17:19
Both projects are what I'd describe as Chuffing Awesome.

Nice one.

15-01-2008, 08:34
More updates... this time about the Vampire hunter and a new project...

I pinned the wings on the Vampire hunter... nothing too fancy, and the wings are still a bit crooked (they are only pinned, since I still have to add lots of detail, which will be a bit hard to do, with the wings on), but it gives a rough idea on how the model will be like, at the end.
The "flying" base is nothing but a plastic house-perfume bottle my wife was hanging around the house. I am still unsure weather it will be definite, or not, but, for now, enjoy these pics:



15-01-2008, 08:39

But here is the real news... a new project.
I started building a Scorpion Type II Super Heavy Tank, starting from 2 Eldar Falcons (actually it is on Falcon plus the left over pieces from the Falcon I used to make the Vampire Hunter).

here is the body of the Falcon:
which was cut into several pieces:

15-01-2008, 08:40
then, using 2 Falcon frames, I made the main frame of the Scorpion:

Lets see the fit:

and with plasticard:

for now, this is it...


15-01-2008, 08:56
I'm looking forwards to see this one. I'm really impressed with the revenant btw.

16-01-2008, 02:57
OMG why cant i do this...lol i could prolly try and fail Amazing work man that Vampire hunter is amazing you should make like eight!
toothbrushes *smacks face* "Genious!"

16-01-2008, 12:04
Sorry is this double posting?

But umm do you have templates for the vampire hunter? if you do could you pm me?

17-01-2008, 09:04
@Malant: PM sent.

Last night I worked a little more on the Scorpion... even though it was to resist this:
with this:

Anyhow, I studied a little bit more how to create the main structure of the vehicle, around the air vents: this part is much more difficult than anything I have done before, even more than the vampire, even more than the Titan.
The shape is very odd, with recesses and bumps, with some flat surfaces, and lots of details.

Something like this (in terms of difficulty) is very similar to the hip reactors on the Titan, yet, this time, it is much bigger, and involves the most of the vehicle's body, and, mainly, a central focal point, that I won't be able to hide, in case it were done wrong.

So it has to be done right, right from the beginning...

Anyhow, I tried making it out of plasticard, but i just didn't look good; I thought to make it all out of putty (milliput), but that would have meant using too much putty, and having a model too heavy (in terms of weight).

So, I decided to go halfway: make the flat part out of plasticard, and use putty to make the part around the air vents. I even thought about using the original vent frames, but probably wont, since it will be hardly to make the 2 I don't have equal to the "original" ones.

Anyhow, no pics, yet, but tonight my wife will be at a yoga class, so more work will be done.


17-01-2008, 15:21
Amazing stuff! keep it up ;) Lets see that scorpion! Got some proof of good painting talents as well?

17-01-2008, 16:07
Amazing stuff! keep it up ;) Lets see that scorpion!

Expect new Scorpion pics tomorrow.

Got some proof of good painting talents as well?

I consider myself more a sculptor/converter than a painter, but, since you asked for it, here are a couple of minis I have converted AND painted:

3 ogre maneaters I selfsculpted and painted for a local competition (with OSL):
I arrived second... bummer...
link to bigger pic: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v111/ikim/New%20greathead/Ogrishow-off.jpg

and my famous Tyranid army:
This I had to sell, 'cause of lacking space in my house... :cries:
link to bigger pic: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v111/ikim/Nids/nidsdisplaybase.jpg


17-01-2008, 18:44
is that a trygon With wings!? lol if it is its a brilliant conversion and your painting is ace lol it sucks that you had to sell it..=/
cant wait for an update

17-01-2008, 18:54
is that a trygon With wings!?

LOL, no, it's a Flying Tyrant (aka Flyrant), made (like every monstrous creature in the army) using the Carnifex model (yes, even the walking Tyrant).
I turned upside down the fex body, extended the head, added a long tail, used schyting talons instead of the legs, among adding a bunch of other details, and placed it over a Space Marine statue.
So, no Trygon model.


17-01-2008, 19:08
Lol ok it looks like one and you could probably proxy it as one the conversion is ace (i wish i could do that..lol) Keep it up


17-01-2008, 19:30
Wow! it never ceases to amaze me...the things on people on these forums can make....and the materials they find to do it with. I'm really...tooth brushes?! thats just awesome! Both models are fantastic! Keep us posted!

- John

17-01-2008, 22:30
OMG that Tyranid army is sex and win times over 9000! Love it! Makes me wanna start nids now god damn you :p

18-01-2008, 09:25
Thanx a lot for the words of appreciacion, regarding the Nid Army... the buyer which bought the army asked me to make him more nids, so the Hive Fleet Esmich (as I called it) has grown a lot, since then... What I like best about that army, is the display base, with all the subtle little hidden things... has anyone noticed a lictor, anywhere?

He is my transparent lictor, ready to attack a poor SM...

But, back on topic.
As promised, here are more pics of the Scorpion.
I couldn't work as much as I wanted, since I left my office at 8,30 PM, and by the time I got home, it was time to eat.
But I prepped the model, so I can start the putty work around the air vents.
I also made a mock up of the model, with the turret: bear in mind, that it is only tacked, and I will not only add details, but I will make it much bigger.
And thanx to Butchuloz, who posted the measurement, and to Hommus, for the pics of the original model, I now have enough info to proceed with the project.

but, enough talking, and more pics:

hopefully, I will add putty this weekend.


18-01-2008, 09:28
Yeah I saw the lictor. Well actually I didn't see it, I saw the marine and noticed he was on a base, then noticed the base was attached to a bit of wall and *BAM* the lictor! Cool stuff.

18-01-2008, 09:51
Yes, here is a close up of the invisible lictor:


18-01-2008, 22:39
Yes, here is a close up of the invisible lictor:

I must say i actually spotted the lictor quite easily on the display base, mainly because of the shots from above. But I didn't realize just how good a job you did on it's camo untill you showed that pic. I think it's an insane paint job! I can hardly make out some parts of the lictor even though I am looking right at it!

19-01-2008, 13:42
Yeah that camo is really cool ;) And nice ogres too. Looking forward to your eldar paintings ;) Nice work on the Scorpion!

21-01-2008, 00:21
How did you make the Revenant's Head? How did you scale it accurately? Why not use resin?

21-01-2008, 01:01
Any updates Ikim? i really want to see this scorpion =]

21-01-2008, 06:15
must...resist...urge to chop up my falcons!

awesome work!

21-01-2008, 09:06
@DarkAzrael169: the revenant's head was a difficult process, which took me a total ammount of 7-8 tries, before getting it right. Later today I will post these intricate steps, and show how I made it, but, believe you me, it wasn't easy.

What do you mean when you say " Why not use resin?" I have epoxy resin, at home, to make casts, but it is as liquid as water, so it needs a mould to be used... do you have anything specific in mind, something to elighten me... any new tips are very much appreciated.

@Malant: last night I worked on the scorpion, and sculpted with putty the frames around the air sockets; though it was late, and didn't have time to take pics; though I will tonight.

@Lyonator: before chopping anything up, have clearly in mind what you want to do and how you want to do it. If you need any help or tips, ask up, and I'll try to walk you through any project you have in mind.

@All the rest: thanx for the kind words.


P.S. before I leave you with the revenant head process, let me give you a sneal peak on other units of my Apoc Eldar Army, which will include, apart the superheavies aready seen, 2 wraithlords, 1 Fireprism, 1 autarch on jetbike, 8 jetbikes, and 2 vypers.

Well, after seeing the new eldar jet bike:
I made a conversion using the normal jetbike... pics will be taken after my lunch break, so expect news on the afternoon (Italian time).


21-01-2008, 09:36
And here it goes: the hardest sculpting process I've done yet: the Revenant head.

I ordered the bitz of the cockpit of the warwalker, and, when finally these arrived, I started the assembly.

1st pics, after 4 tries:

As I said, this was the 4th try... so you can immagine how the other 3 were...
Need less to say, I didn't like any of these, but everything has to start somewhere.

21-01-2008, 09:40
The morning after, I made a slight change, yet the head still didn't convince me at all:

But that afternoon I was home, with temperature, so I worked a bit more on the head, starting all from zero:
This is the main head (as you can see, a lot smoother than the previous one):

and this is the face mask:

Someone, over at CMON said it looks like a robot from the movie Robots!

yet, I didn't like it at all, still.

21-01-2008, 09:44
So, that night, I had an idea: since the old mask was obviusly too big, I decided to use it as a mould: the cast that would have been cast, was sure to be smaller; in case it was still too big, I would have used it as a mould, again, and made a smaller one, 'till I'd get it right...

so, here is the process:
I pushed some grey stuff inside the old face mask



The mask, here, is still without face details, but you can see the pencil markings I made.

21-01-2008, 09:48
I didn't need to go anyfurther: the face was good and worked, so I added plasticard to make the face detail, and putty to make the "frame" around it:
here are pics of the face, as you know it (actually, later on I sanded it a bit, to smooth out some bumps and hollows):

this is the original face, so you know how close I went:

On the next episode of "A Revenant story", jet packs and back fins. Stay tuned


21-01-2008, 11:18
Wow just wow!

I love the work on your scorpian so far, heck I like all your work so far.

Just curious FW haven't started, at least as far as I'm aware, work on the other Eldar Mark II superheavies, would you be willing to try doing one of the others using artwork and the GW Epic scale Mark II's, they would be something to behold. Not that your Scorpian wouldn't be of course.


The Void Spinner(I believe these also appear in some of the apocalypse book artwork)

The Storm Serpent(Falcon turret):

The Cobra:

The Void Spinner is just a turret swap from the Scorpian but the other two require some structural changes, to the main body.

The Gothic Me
21-01-2008, 11:19
Wow, that's incredible. At first glance I actually thought it was a forge world one. Your ability to scratch build is god like.

21-01-2008, 14:26
As promised, lots of news, today.
Here is a conversion of the eldar jetbike I made yesterday, when I saw the new jetbikes (and got angry for having bought the apoc box of jetbikes, instead of having waited).

Anyhow, since I will make 9 of these, I decided to go easy on the conversion, and use only parts that come with the jetbike sprue.
Bear in mind, it still need to do some putty work, and fix some "holes" and imperfections, but it gives you the general idea:


21-01-2008, 14:30
and here are the promised pics of the Scorpion:

it still needs some sanding and fixing, but overall, the frontal part is finished.


21-01-2008, 15:56
nice the scorpion looks great and the jetbikes are interesting

21-01-2008, 16:38
You sir are amazing... yes you say you are a converter and scratch builder... but you ARE a painter too... don't deny it... you ARE a painter!

Your work is simply amazing! Thank you for sharing all this with us. I will subscribe and keep an eye on this.

Thank you again for sharing!

Lost Egg
22-01-2008, 09:24
ikim you continually amaze me with your projects.

Keep it up!


22-01-2008, 10:25
Thanx a lot, guys, for thekind words.

Here is a mock of the model so far: last night I did the "wings" (or what ever you call them), and added the rear reactors and the side fins.
The work is still long, but I'm getting there.



22-01-2008, 11:40
OMG WOW!! ikim thats amazing! *i wish i could do that...*
Lol Keep it Up

22-01-2008, 17:11
more work done: I almost finished the bottom part of the "wings", and tomorrow I will start the turret.
but here are pics:



22-01-2008, 17:13

and this is near a normal Falcon:

As usual, C&C are very welcome.


22-01-2008, 17:54
You're crazy! This is so cool :)

22-01-2008, 18:06
Hi, there

first of all very impressive. I got one question, what materials did you used for the structure under the "wings", some kind of left over parts of a sprue?

Anyway keep up the awsome work. :)


22-01-2008, 18:07
Ikim once again this scorpion is amazing!!! Jw arent th copper poles supposed to be parallel to the body? (constructive criticism) Still i couldnt do that its amazing

23-01-2008, 09:21
Very very nice!! Subscribed this thread.

I guess you're quite good getting size ratios fitting, bacause it all looks nice and smooth and very decently fitting together.

24-01-2008, 04:13
Absolutely gob-smacking incredible! You, sir, are an undoubted master. I shall continue to follow your work closely.

Peace: through superior firepower.

24-01-2008, 04:57
you are the best.
Of all the modeling and converting I have done so far, well it looks like if I practice modeling every day of my life from this day foward, I might be able to make 1 of them when im 79 (im 14 right now)
* <gold star

24-01-2008, 12:31
I have been following this thread for a little while and am most inspired by all you have done =D

I have been planning to build a scorpion from scratch myself and this has given me a few ideas to add to my own =D
Keep up the good work man I look forward to seeing the finished product =D

24-01-2008, 12:39
bah, nice, could of been done better.

24-01-2008, 16:09
@Yaspro: well, we never start learning, so, I agree: it could have been done better, but, what can I say, I like my models the way they are; but thanx for the criticism.
BTW: I see you are a Quake fan... I am too: gotta love that game.

@Everybody: thanx for the kind words.

Since I have no new photos of the Vampire (which has been finished, but the wings are set to dry, so no pics yet) and I don't pics of the Scorpio neither (even though I have started building the turret, here comes another episode of "A revenant story": the creation of the missiles (aka shoulder), fins and back jet packs:

missile support on the shoulders

here are the jetpacks:


24-01-2008, 16:14
and here are the fins: these are boxes of the mines of mechanical pencils (0,7 and 0,55mm): here is test the fit, white tac:


as usual, C&C are welcome.

Stay tuned for finished pics of the Vampire Hunter and Titan (I have added the gems, and a few details, since the pics shown in the beginning of this thread) tomorrow.


24-01-2008, 16:37
Wow, your use of random everyday type products astounds me. Looks great!

I don't know what yaspro's problem is... maybe he knows he could never do better...

Keep up the great work!

24-01-2008, 17:24
bah, nice, could of been done better.

he said "nice" so I would assume it's a compliment overshadowed by sarcasm.

I have to go along with the other folks though that are just amazed at your ability to use everyday objects to create such an awesome titan!


26-01-2008, 17:16
The Vampire spread its wings, and is now flying (among his super heavy friends):



26-01-2008, 17:17


that black-green dot is a space marine, btw.


26-01-2008, 17:18
and this is the finished Titan, with added jems:



26-01-2008, 17:37
Nice... I was just counting a bit. I guess you saved approximately 500 bucks on the set... that's really worth it. only thing I need now is somebody who is gifted and can make this stuff as nice as yours (or better...) :)

26-01-2008, 17:47
A beautiful trio!

26-01-2008, 18:55
brilliant stuff, love the scratch build work


26-01-2008, 19:28
really great stuf there. Scratchbuilding Eldar hardware is really impressive.

I thought about doing this myself but didn't dare to. What material did you make them from (Scorpion, Vampire)? and how did you do the curved surfaces?

maybe you could give a more detailed how to.


26-01-2008, 20:07
I really want to see what these will look like once they get painted. More pics please?

26-01-2008, 20:09
IKIM! THATS AMAZING! that trio is just divine lol your really reall good at this if i was still doing eldar i might try this (id mess it up somehow lol) oh well keep it up and is the scorpion turret done yet i want to see lol

26-01-2008, 21:05
Do the Vampire weigh much?

27-01-2008, 00:12
Thanx guys for the kind words.
and here are some answeres:

@Darakesh: each model cost me not more than 20 euros apiece, counting mouling material, plasticard, putty (the thing that cost me more were the 2 falcons, which I got on ebay, for 18 euros apiece).

@Shallowain: I mainly used plasticard (the white parts), Procreate putty (the grey stuff) and milliput (the white putty stuff). The yellow parts you see on the Titan (pulsar and pulsar generator) are resin casts, from moulds I made.
Regarding the rounded surfaces, I used several techniques... I thought I explained it quite good in my previous posts, but if you need me to be more specific on certain parts, ask up, and I'll do my best to me even more specific.

@Malant: the Scorpion turret is only at the beginning: all I did was to add the right side, to make it symmetrical, and add plasticard on the bottom to see how high it should be (the plasticard will be replaced by something else); and, of course, I will have to add the back side and the "wings", and make it bigger all round.

@Leonathion: not much, really. The Vampire structure was empty inside, and it is was filled with foam, which gave it sturdyness, yet being very light. I have waighted the model, and, not counting the base, it stands about 360 grams (800 with the base).


27-01-2008, 11:22
Thats great! Good job! Now lets see some painting ;) What colours do you plan to use? Got a scheme yet?

27-01-2008, 14:48
My main problem is, that I have not much experience in using plasticard. How do you bend it without snapping it?

On another note, could you make the templates available? good would be with information on the thickness of the plasticard you used for the pieces.

27-01-2008, 14:59
@Leonathion: I will paint the army in the Saim-Hann color scheme: red with black stripes... the superheavis, though, will be the other way around: black with red stripes.

@Shallowain: I have used many tipes of plasticard: from ,05 mm to 2mm.
Here are some exemples:
vampire hunter and scorpion wings: 2mm
titan chest: 0,75mm
titan shest plaques: 1mm
vampire hunter upper details: 0,5
vampire hunter chassie: 0,75

I usually bend by making several bends, very close one to another... but the thinkness I could bend were only up to 1mm: 1,5 and 2 mm thinknesses are hard to manage.

You could also try with a strong hairdrier, or a free flame, but that I didn't try.

Hope I helped.

As far as templates go, I have made some cardboard templates (the red ones you see in the early stages of the project), but nothing digitalized.
I know LackOfBetterName posted vampire hunter templates on a yahoo group. I haven't seen them, but you should ask him.


02-02-2008, 14:12
Finally, I found time to fix the shoulder reactors. I still need to add jems, but here are the latest pics:



02-02-2008, 14:12


as usual, C&C are welcome.


02-02-2008, 14:15
Ikim You are amazing! the revenant is superb (i want one lol) keep it up, and i have to ask again how is the scorpion doing?

02-02-2008, 14:22
love the vamp!! can we have some close ups of it please??

02-02-2008, 14:28
WOW!!! fast replies!!!

Thanx to both.

@Malant: I haven't worked on the scorpion, this past week (I could barely find the time to make the 2 reactors). This weekend, I will build the rest of the army and then, I will proceed with the scorpion.

@Gloryseeker: the vamp is quite big: any specific requests for close ups?


St. Apollo
04-02-2008, 15:27
What is your advice for scratch-building because your creations is AMAZING AND UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

04-02-2008, 23:54
wow! always overwhelming what some guys can do with scrath built... GREAT JOB! :)

05-02-2008, 09:05
Thanx for all the enthusiastic replies.

Since the titan is mostly done (apart a few details and gems on the shoulder jetpacks) and the Vampire is mainly finished; before I will continue with the scorpion, I decided to proceed with the rest of the army.
Apart the test jetbike I built and shown some time ago, here are the 2 wraithlord I have assembled.
For the poses I was inspired by NeoGenesis Evangelion pics: these are some greatly dynamic poses:
wraithlord 1:


05-02-2008, 09:05

wraithlord 2:


Lost Egg
05-02-2008, 09:42
Whoa, I love the dynamic poses! The only thing I would say is about basing them. The first looks like it would be a bugger to keep stable but weighing the base is easy enough. The second has a huuge stride which might be a problem unless if your going to make your own base. Apart from that they are really cool. I'm looking forward to seeing what you come up with next!


05-02-2008, 12:02
Wow ikim i really like those wraithlords the poses are great (my wraithlords were never dynamic like that lol)

05-02-2008, 15:40
Great poses!

One question... how are you going to fit them on bases? The first is going to have to be counter-balanced quite a bit, and the second is going to need two!

Love them!

05-02-2008, 15:55
Thanx for the kind words.

The first WL will be pinned in a forward position, so the base itself will countebalance the mini; the second fits just right in his base (the toes are the only parts that are outside the border).

thanx and stay tuned for more updates in the following days.


Lord Blood the Hungry
09-02-2008, 13:43
thats pretty ace.
really like what you've done with the titan.

09-02-2008, 17:37
I thought that first wriathlord was pretty neat, but then I scolled down and the second one blew me away!

Did you pin the newly positioned joints, or just re-glue them?

Keep up the great work!

11-02-2008, 09:36
Thanx, VDS. The joints are only glued together. I will have to add putty to fill in the gaps, though.


11-02-2008, 14:31
Proceeding with the Eldar Army project, I have converted and built the 2 Vypers and the other 9 jetbikes.
I decided to change the jetbike conversion, to make it more "bulky" and less "frail": if you look at my test model above, you'll see what I am talking about.

The Vyper are not something I made out, but a copy of Hortwerth's (awsome army, man... truly inspiring) design (I made some slight changes, but the main conversion is totally his idea):



11-02-2008, 14:32

the bikes (I'll show one, as they are all lookalike) are these:

As usual, C&C are very welcome.


Light of the Emperor
11-02-2008, 16:46
Very cool conversions! What that jetbiker needs is the swept back helmet that cyclists wear.

11-02-2008, 18:42
Yeah, the helmet kind of goes against the sleekness of the bikes. Iīd love to see something other than that spear in betwen the jets, perhaps a common shuriken catapult on its back, pointing back from the bike (just as a fill out for that flat space).
God looking models!
Keep it up ;)

Lost Egg
12-02-2008, 09:01
Nice! Good to see something a bit different.

The Vyper is very cool, my only comment is it looks a bit front heavy. What if the shuriken cannon was moved back a bit...more central, to evenly distribute the weight.

I love that look for the jetbike, it just oozes speed! One idea for the helmet could be to swap for the guardian helm as its not quite as tall and much sleaker than the jetbike rider. I think the jetbike rider could do with some pedals (I can't see any if there are some) or his feet are just hanging.

Great stuff!


Brother-Captain De Angele
12-02-2008, 09:52
i cant wait to see how you do the pulsars on that scorpion and those jetbikes are awesome

12-02-2008, 17:21
Great job. keep going

12-02-2008, 18:33
i cant wait to see how you do the pulsars on that scorpion

I think I am going to cast both the pulsar cannons, out of the pulsar I made for the Titan


In fact, I made the second pulsar, moulding and casting the one I made, in order to keep things symmetrical, but, unluckly for me, at that time, I made a bad mould, and had to throw it away.
Now I have got more sylicon, and will make a proper mould, to cast both pulsars for the Scorpion.


12-02-2008, 20:08
you sir are a GOD!!!! i wish that i had 1/4 of the sculpting ability that you have.

overall these are, hands down, the BEST scratch builds that i have ever seen.

thank you for inspiring an aspiring converter.


13-02-2008, 01:03
Looks great, you have amazing sculpting ability!
John Galt

Mike KK
13-02-2008, 09:12
ye this is really cool...my favorite has to be the vampire hunter

maybe bit ambitious with regards to getting them wraithlords on a normal supplied base

13-02-2008, 09:36
Thanx for the comments so far, guys: these are the type of posts that keep me motivated, even if the project is long and difficult.

I am still doing some blue-print work on a secret project I have in store, for this Eldar army..
and, in the mean time, I am also thinking of a color scheme.
I know I said I was going to do a Saim-Hann color scheme, but, after some thinking, I thought that Saim-Hann would be too common (almost all the Eldar players I know, play Saim-Hann), so, I went for a totally different color scheme:

black-brown with azure details appeals me too much, to let it go.

So, after looking for a way to incorporate this "earth" tone with the eldar culture (which is, indeed, very bright and colorfull) I stumbled upon this pic:

and thinking that the falcon is a bird of pray, I thought about using this color scheme: so brown, black, with azure details and the brown will have details as the bird shown...

The scheme also works, since the army is mainly a flying army, fast and slik... so, see how everything just fits!!

as usual, C&C are very welcome.


13-02-2008, 10:33
Seems awesome, the guardian painter scheme looks really cool! But I really think you should go for more striking colours on your centerpieces... perhaps that blue/azure + black as a base and then some brown gems and details?

Letīs see some guardians! Nothing is as inspiring as seeing how the colours come out :)
Goodie Lucky!

13-02-2008, 11:50
Seems awesome, the guardian painter scheme looks really cool! But I really think you should go for more striking colours on your centerpieces... perhaps that blue/azure + black as a base and then some brown gems and details?

Great idea... and looking at my titan, I decided to keep the general color scheme, even if it is the WIP color scheme,


and came up with this:



13-02-2008, 13:00
Absolutely amazing work, and I have to say that your plasticard skills make me very, very envious. May I ask how you do the detailing on the plasticard wings? Do you start with one layer shaped as the wing and then add a second layer to produce the reliefs, or do you use the 2mm plasticard and use a blade to cut into it?

Truly inspiring stuff, it thread like these that keep me painting.

13-02-2008, 14:38
Absolutely amazing work, and I have to say that your plasticard skills make me very, very envious. May I ask how you do the detailing on the plasticard wings? Do you start with one layer shaped as the wing and then add a second layer to produce the reliefs, or do you use the 2mm plasticard and use a blade to cut into it?

Truly inspiring stuff, it thread like these that keep me painting.

Thank you, for the kind words.

To the top most part of the Vampire Hunter chassie, I added a layer of 0,5mm plasticard to make the indents, cause I forgot to make the indents, before assembling the parts;
in all other parts, the indents where done using a 2mm sheet of plasticard, carved with a tungsten (sp!) metal tool I got a hardware shop for 2 euros.


13-02-2008, 15:22
Thank you, for the kind words.

To the top most part of the Vampire Hunter chassie, I added a layer of 0,5mm plasticard to make the indents, cause I forgot to make the indents, before assembling the parts;
in all other parts, the indents where done using a 2mm sheet of plasticard, carved with a tungsten (sp!) metal tool I got a hardware shop for 2 euros.


I assume some sort of etching tool? Could you show us a picture of it for reference, please? How did you transfer the etching designs onto the plasticard - or did you just freehand it?

Also, it's hard to tell from the pictures...are the Vampire wings relatively straight and attached at a slight downward angle, or did you somehow build them curved?

Could you tell us how you transferred your designs to the plasticard? Did you make card templates, cut them out, and trace them on the plasticard?

Can you give a little more detail on how you bend the plasticard to get such nice, even curves? Do you just do slow, repeated gentle bends until it matches the frame? Do you heat the card up any? How difficult is it to get two symmetrical curved pieces to match?

Sorry for all the questions...I'm just finding myself inspired and considering starting my own forays into scratch-building this sort of stuff.

13-02-2008, 16:36
No problem, it is an honor to be of inspiration to anybody, so, here are my answers (I'll try to be the more specific I can):

I assume some sort of etching tool? Could you show us a picture of it for reference, please? How did you transfer the etching designs onto the plasticard - or did you just freehand it?

the tool looks pretty much like this:
http://www.novarametalli.it/contents/media/l_349305.bmp which is a tool used to cut floor tiles.
the process is very simple: I drew the design with a pencil, directly on plasticard, than, carefully (very carefully), I carved it, following the lines.
As you can see, in certain points, the tool slipped... oops!

Also, it's hard to tell from the pictures...are the Vampire wings relatively straight and attached at a slight downward angle, or did you somehow build them curved?

The vampire wongs were done using 2 pieces of 2mm plasticard, pinned and attached to the body of the aircraft. The wings were pinned at a 25° angle, matching the other Eldar vehicles.

Could you tell us how you transferred your designs to the plasticard? Did you make card templates, cut them out, and trace them on the plasticard?

You can see the first draft of the model in the very first pages of this thread: I made the model using cardboard, than I de-assebled it, and transfered all the parts to plasticard.

Can you give a little more detail on how you bend the plasticard to get such nice, even curves? Do you just do slow, repeated gentle bends until it matches the frame? Do you heat the card up any? How difficult is it to get two symmetrical curved pieces to match?

It depends upon the thickness of plasticard: I can "dry" bend plasticard up to 1mm thickness, exactly how you explained, so making many small little bends. I also used free flames, heaters and such, but I cannot seem to have enough control over the melted plasticard... so I dropped this idea.
I didn't even try to bend 1,5 and 2mm thickness plasticard.

It is not hard at all, to have to matching bends, it takes some eye, but it is a pretty easy thing to achieve. Certain bends were achieved using plastic donuts, around which I glued the plasticard (see the shoulde pads, for instance): get 2 donuts the same diameter, and you have yourself 2 matching bends (it's mathematical ;) )

hope I was specific enough.


15-02-2008, 14:53
As promised here are pics of the Scorpion Type II.
I have added the back fin (which still needs to be finished, but it gives a general idea of the model (and how big it is).


Yesterday I made the mould for the pulsar cannons (using, of course, the pulsar I made for the Titan).
As soon as I have the pulsar casted, I will post pics of the turret WIP.


Lost Egg
16-02-2008, 09:24
Thats a monster! Looking good.


Dark Apostle
16-02-2008, 10:31
This log is very inspiring! The conversions are just soooo cool, it really takes some skill to achieve the smooth, rounded curves of eldar vehicles and titans.
The only thing I'm not too fond of is the proposed colour scheme for the titan. I think it looks a bit boring, the black and the blue doesn't really complement each other that well. Making some of the black areas blue instead could help (which, incidentaly, would make it look more like my eldar colour scheme ;)). I also think the dark brown gemstones aren't that hot - maybe you could try a more yellowish brown?
Or try a completely different colour that really sets the gems of from the rest of the colours.

Anyway, I'm looking forward to see more pictures of the scorpion!

19-02-2008, 22:33
Woah ikim you snuck an update on me lol that looks very good and extremly well executed like all of your other creations! i have actually thought of trying to make a revanant (even though i dont think i could ever do that lol) it looks amazing keep it up!

(p.s what brande toothbrushes did you use for it lol)

20-02-2008, 08:27
@Malant: I'm looking forward to seeing a Revenant from you: I saw your Trygon and it looks awsome. I used Colgate toothbrushes for the calfs, and some random toothbrush I got a supermarket for the thighs.

@Dark Apostole: I actually thought about what you said regarding the Titan color scheme, and I rethought a new look for it, more along the line of the army.

But, until then, I tried out a scheme I had in mind, on a test model.
I am not entirely satisfied, yet, though.

If you have thoughts, ideas, or else, post them.

but here are the pics:


20-02-2008, 08:28


20-02-2008, 11:38
Ikim the freehand on those jetbikes is amazing and which trygon did you see i have 2 lol
yeah the revnant is going to take awhile i srill need to get some miliput (thats what you used right?) and a whole load of plasticard lol and a 56$ set of casting material lol i hope it'll atleast look like yours onl im going to do the sonic lance variant.
keep it up!,
(Edit: The only problem i forsee with the revanant for me is the head lol -Malant)

20-02-2008, 15:12
Looks really good! Nice frehand on the jet. The only problem I see is that the yellow kind of blurs on black, itīs really difficult to paint it up from black, takes a lot of layers to get the real colours out. Perhaps a warmer yellow as base would make the highlights more striking?
I have to say though that I liked your brown/blue/black colour scheme better...
Im intrigued to see some more! Really nice, keep it up!

20-02-2008, 21:11
Hey ikim can i ask the dimensions of the revnant if it wasnt to much trouble i just need to know the bodies width and hight, upper and lower leg, upper arm head, and pulsar lengths if you could do that it would help me so much!

21-02-2008, 08:38
Hey ikim can i ask the dimensions of the revnant if it wasnt to much trouble i just need to know the bodies width and hight, upper and lower leg, upper arm head, and pulsar lengths if you could do that it would help me so much!

I will take measurments when I get home, but, what I suggest to do is to open the ForgeWorld site, on the pages of the Revenant, and print all the pictures that show the Revenant, as a whole.
Then, enlarge (or shrink) these pics, until the revenant is 30 cm (12,5 inches) to the top of his head. If you achieve that, you have all the proportions right, since that is how tall a Revenant is.

My Revenant is a bit shorter than the original one (about 2-3 cms) because I messed up the pics, when I first started the project... but nothing too seriuos, after all.

Anyway, expect the measurements later today.


21-02-2008, 10:04
You have some very creative work here. I don't think I have ever seen a scratch build Eldar titan any where before. Great job.

21-02-2008, 11:48
Thanks ikim i recently started making a mock-up body and most of the other plasticard parts of him and i think there looking good, thanks for the dimensions,

21-02-2008, 12:07
Very stunning work, i can't wait to see the scorpion when it's finished :D

21-02-2008, 14:29
here is another test model I made last night: this is the first time I do freehand (apart swirls and patterns), so be gentle... I still need to sharpen few things, but the look is there, IMO.
now, it's up to you: as usual C&C are very welcome:



21-02-2008, 15:29
wow that looks amazing!!

21-02-2008, 15:33
I think it looks really nice! As you know, freehand faces is my taste ;) Some quick tips:

Use a picture or photgraph showing something similar to what you want to paint, itīs really nice to see all thee spots of highlights and were the deepest shading goes. For skulls I use the skull from a backpage of a white dwarf, the one that came before the tyranid revamp, I think its a genesteeler skull coming out of the dark or something similar.

Next thing is to use as many shades of the colour of your choice as possible, that way, it much easier to get that blend you really desire on a freehand.

I use to paint in these steps:
1. Basecolour up from a dark version of original colour.
2. Highlight up to where you see were the final highlights are going.
3. Shade, starting with base(dark colour) going to black in the end.

A tip for the jetbike: If you want it to look black, the highlights often looks really good if the are youst thin strokes on the edges, not drybrushing or shading. Look at how GW does their Black Templars, it takes no time and gives good, black, dark results.

Hope something of this inspired you... You got a good control of the pencil, youst need to get some control of the colours as well (easily fixed!) ;)

Looking great and going! Keep it up ;)

21-02-2008, 15:54
you've got some great scratchbuilds here - eldar stuff isnt very easy to do cuz of the curves, but you really pulled it off.

like the jetbike conversions too. simple, but very effective

21-02-2008, 16:25
Thanx Leo; in fact, I precisely know what Tyranid pic you have in mind, and I thought about the same pic, though I have that WD issue at my mountain house, otherwise I would have used it too... I searched the web, and found good alternatives, though.

The bike, apart the side corners of the hull (which only have a slight codex grey highlight) hasn't been touched. I will definetly use the Dark Angles' tutorial on the GW site.

Thanx for the great tips.


26-02-2008, 08:47
This past weekend I painted another model: I don't consider it a test model, anymore, since I have focused the design, but I like the fact that I am trying something totally new for me, like freehands, and I like to test with new techniques.

I also refined the previous model.

The new one is more subtle, methinks, with more brownish colors and less bright and yellow than the previous (which is much better).
Needless to say, I still need to paint the rest of the bike and the pilot, and don't mind the un-smooth hihglights on the hull of the bike, which will have to be retouched.

but, less talk and more pics:


as usual, C&C are always welcome.


26-02-2008, 08:55
outstanding work!

26-02-2008, 17:51
Its looking good, I think it would look twice as good if you combined those two pictures together, ie: Paint with a lot more layers of highlights, from a much darker colour (almost black) to almost white.
It's looking great! I really think you can do it, it youst takes some time...

Are you satisfied with the skull design? There are many designs on skulls, some might look better on a jetbike, but its totaly up to your own preferances!

Cheers mate and keep up the good work!

27-02-2008, 10:35
Are you satisfied with the skull design? There are many designs on skulls, some might look better on a jetbike, but its totaly up to your own preferances!

I am quite satisfied with the second design, which looks meaner than the first one.
Though, I am open-minded to new design: do you have anything in mind? Do you have/use other reference pics (apart the above mentioned tyranid skull)?

Thanx and cheers

28-02-2008, 16:38
I dont know really, I dont have much prefernces... The main thing I was thinking about is perhaps that the shape of the skull looks a bit unrealistic in its design, but by all means that isnt necessarily a bad thing! I would probably try to paint some skulls on plain paper first, with that tyranid pic or any other photo of a skull infront of me. Things you will notice is that eye sockets are usualy much more square than you might believe... Perhaps the best practise is to paint a lot of them, but try to use any pic (photo) you can find as a preference...

I'll stop my ranting for a while now, I hope you find what you are looking for! Keep up the painting, its going the right way! :)

03-03-2008, 08:35
Thanx a lot for the comments so far.
I opted for the color pallette of the second skull: I want to keep the army on a black-brown scheme, and the first one ended up being too yellow.

This weekend I worked on other bike hulls, and here is the result:

And here is a progression (from left to right), from the first bike I did to the last one:


03-03-2008, 09:04
Yes, I made templates out of cardboard, using pics taken from the FW site

I then made some changes, and I de-assembled everything, and transfered all the templates to plastcard.


Is there any chance you could put those cardboard pieces on a flat bed scanner and up load them as templates to warseer? I would love to try and make one of these.

Lost Egg
04-03-2008, 09:30
Hey ikim I love the bikes. Are you planning on continuing having different skull designs on each bike? I think I prefer the latest design as it fits the sleek shape of the hull best but I do like the fact that they are each different.


04-03-2008, 11:03
@Tommygun: I will try to make templates, but, I heard LackOf BetterName pubblished some Vampire hunter (or was it Vampire Raider) templates on a yahoo group. I haven't seen them, but I heard they are pretty decent.

@Hairy: thanx. I will try to have different skull design on each bike, but the skulls will be on the Wraithlords, on the vypers, and possibly, on everymodel.

I hope to finish off the bikes (all of them and every part of them - not only the hull) by next week; then I will begin painting the vypers and the Wraithlords, and then will build and paint the DA and FD.

I'll keep the superheavis till last.


04-03-2008, 12:07
@Tommygun: I will try to make templates, but, I heard LackOf BetterName pubblished some Vampire hunter (or was it Vampire Raider) templates on a yahoo group. I haven't seen them, but I heard they are pretty decent.


If you have the time I would appreciate it. If you want I have a dozen templates of different 40k vehicles. PM me your Email and I will send them to you.

04-03-2008, 16:29
The bike furthest to the right looks best IMO. You have come a long way! I really like the way they look. Great work! I hope you are satisfied with the designs :) Keep it up!

Im loosing my nerve on my warwalkers right now, I could never imagine GW made such detailed vehicles... it has taken three weeks this far and Im not really satisfied with the results. How many models do you have to paint??


04-03-2008, 17:43
How many models do you have to paint??

Well, I have to finish off all the bikes apart one (which makes 9): the hull is the most difficult and time consuming part, but the rest will have to be at the same standard.
Plus, I have to paint 2 vypers; 2 wraithlords; 20 dire avengers; 6 fire dragons; 1 falcon; 1 Avatar (I still have to get it, but probably it will be the FW one); Eldrad (which will be converted from a Dire Avenger model); the Revenant titan; the Vampire Hunter; the Scorpion type II (which still to be finished).

how's that for a to-do list?! :cries:


06-03-2008, 02:05
YOu can do it ikim lol if you could make that beautiful vampire then you can paint those minis lol
Keep it up,

06-03-2008, 02:19
i totally like the first bike that you painted A LOT better than the last few.

just thought i would throw that out there.

other than that, everything is AMAZING!!!

06-03-2008, 09:29
i totally like the first bike that you painted A LOT better than the last few.

Thanx a lot, BLARAG!!! I personally like the skull design better, but I won't change the first bike, 'cause my wife likes it too, and she threattened me to divorce, if I cancelled it.

@Malant: thanx man, I appreciate it.


07-03-2008, 22:16
awsome bikes, next time continue it all over the model

08-03-2008, 01:14
those colours look much nicer, flow better and seem to blend better as well...they are also more fearsome!


13-03-2008, 10:41
Thanx guys. Though, I have stopped the painting project, to follow another crazy scratchbuilt project.

Anyhow, we all know that our hobby costs quite a lot, and since the last thing I want to do is to spend 60-70 euro for a single model, I decided to self sculpt a ForgeWorld Eldar Avatar, proven the GW model is awfully painful, and the FW one is way too expensive.

So, as I have scratchbuilt half of my Eldar army (Revenant, Scoprion and Vampire Hunter), I might as well follow the flow, and selfsculpt the Avatar.

This is the first time I ever try sculpting not only this big (the model will be around 12cm in height - now it stands about 10cm to the shoulders) but something with human features.

But, enough talking.

This was the model last night:


13-03-2008, 10:42

and this is this morning:

The calfs are unpurposly done a bit bigger than the rest, since these won't be covered in molten iron, like the rest of the model; the breast muscles are still non existant, and I will add details in the following days, along with the details.

I am slowly building up the muscles, and the hardest thing to do are the cracks: if you look closely, I have used three methods in making cracks, over the arm, over the butt, over the left thigh.

As usual, C&C are welcome.


13-03-2008, 12:20
Very ambitious, are you going to make him just like the Forge World one or are you going to customize him? A different weapon maybe?

13-03-2008, 16:23
I did some more work on the "little" dude: I did the left arm; the chest; part of the rib cage and the abdominal muscles.

here are the new pics (with a centimeter for scale):



13-03-2008, 20:20
dam ikim thats amazing the 'little' dude is coming along great! looks just like the frogeworld one
keep up the great work,

13-03-2008, 23:56
ikim, you are mad - in a good way of course. I remember seeing a lot of your stuff underway on CMON but it has really improved as you have finished bits off - particularly the Vampire Hunter.

Next up, a Phantom titan!:p

14-03-2008, 00:12
The Avatar looks great so far! Are you going to scultp the Avatars head from scratch as well? I imagine that could be pretty tough.

The jet bike conversions look 100% better than the regular assembly, imo. The freehand skulls look perfectly menacing, too.

Good luck with the Avatar and all your painting.

Next up, a Phantom titan!:p

And after that, a Craftworld! :eek:

14-03-2008, 01:19



15-03-2008, 15:14
thanx guys, for the kind words, guys.

here are new pics, taken last night:

Today I started the head and the cloth.


15-03-2008, 16:17
that looks awersome. Quite looking forward to seeing more. Really like the way you you kept the eldar theme with it. The ribs look different which i dont know if its a good or bad thing. Gives it a wider look in the chest??

15-03-2008, 16:56
looks great but the ab muscles come up too far imo

liking your work tho!

16-03-2008, 06:22
:eek:Nice work man! These scratchbuilds are killer, and the avatar is coming along very nicely. what product are you sculpting with?

cant wait to see more.

16-03-2008, 15:57
keep it up bro, best eldar log on here me thinks

Lost Egg
18-03-2008, 15:57
Your Avatar is looking damn impressive!


18-03-2008, 18:05
omg all I can say is awsome i love the titan its looking reli good
u reli can work wonders with a toothbrush. I love the avatar to thts coming along nicly, why the hell can some people sculpt amazing minis the first time they try??? pees me off lol.

Also u mentioned moulding pieces yourself could you explain to me how you did it, possibly give me website addresses for the resin and silicon thnx

18-03-2008, 20:03
Thanx for the comments, so far, guys.
I am sculpting the head of the avatar, ATM, but, unfortunatly I have no pics, yet; plus some fever and a lot of work are slowing down the project a bit.

@Yayale: the net is full of tuts on how to make moulds and casts.
if you look here: http://youtube.com/watch?v=47Y8GW3AW7c you'll see a video on how to make moulds.
This link: http://www.hirstarts.com/moldmake/moldmaking.html also helped me a lot.

I got my molding material at a hobby and craft shop, near my office (I live in Milan, Italy) and it is a 2 part epoxy sylicon; the casting material is epoxy poliuretanic resin I got from a company in Italy (I have like 5 gallons of that), but I am sure you can get it in almost any hobby shop.

Hope I helped


20-03-2008, 09:49
Here I am again.
I did the head (this is my third try, but, finally, I nailed it). I also did the Tony Manero collar; the chest symbol; the cloth with flames, and the "horns".

Here are the pics.


as usual, C&C are welcome.


20-03-2008, 11:47
Dam thats impresive ikim my only nitpick is his cheeks its like there sagging alittle kinda makes him look a little like a really old person, but thats just me idt i could ever do that lol. other then that hes really amazing and very well done.

Keep it up ikim,

22-03-2008, 20:20
Thnx for the moulding info and yeh i agree with the cheeks they r saggina lil bit they need culking out a bit I rekon otha than tht looking absolutly awsome :D

22-03-2008, 20:25
This Avatar is amazing....


25-03-2008, 10:11
Here I am again, after the Easter Holydays, that I spent in bed, ill and with temperture.

Anyhow, I re-did the head (the one before looked too big and "strange"); then I did the shoulde pads, and the details on the calves, the arms, on the shoulderpads and on the horns, and, finally, I did the hand.

here are the pics:



25-03-2008, 10:12


as usual, C&C are welcome.


25-03-2008, 10:17
Freaking awesome....:eek:

Where did you learned to sculpt that good?

25-03-2008, 15:21
Ikim thats bloody amazing! it looks just like the forgeworld one....as do all of your models...lol how are you planning to do the sword/spear/hammer/or axe weapon?
Keep it up ikim its coming along quite nicely,

25-03-2008, 17:02
WOW just WOW
not much more I can say it looks freekin awsome tho.
I vote spear it wud look reli cool if hes posed bout to throw it
wots happening with the eldar titan? has it kinda stalled to make way for the avatar?
I've started building an Ork stompa why not check it out, feel free to give me tips since ure so awsome at sculpting and scratchbuilding.

25-03-2008, 17:32
wots happening with the eldar titan? has it kinda stalled to make way for the avatar?

Why do you say so :confused: the Revenant is, indeed, finished and only needs paint, as all the rest of the army.

here is a pic of it finished:

you can find more pics of the finished titan, in the previous pages of this blog.


26-03-2008, 10:40
Looking very good m8, I personnally don't like the face on the avatar that much but that's my opinion. you're a gifted modeller!

26-03-2008, 12:55
Wow ikim, you just keep churning out wonderful models!
The revenant and vampire are amazing. I have been considering a scratch built revenant for my next eldar force. How many hours (approximately) has it taken you from start to finish?
The avatar is also very realistic, and a lot like the forgeworld one.

I would like to ask about how you create the models. Do you use scale plans from the imperial armour books or is it all done by eye. I ask because the proportions all look very accurate. Do you measure or just fiddle until it looks right?
My experience with scratch building super-heavies (see my log (http://warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=78588)) is that it is a long and slow process trying to match the forgeworld models, and i was working from scale plans.

26-03-2008, 16:58
Thanx Graham.
The Revenant took me, working on and off, from design to finish, 4 month, but most of it was realizing what materials I could use; making molds and casts and waiting for the warwalker cockpit bit to arrive, so, having mind these things, assembly took me about 40-50 hours.

I don't have the IA book (the only FW book I have is IA Apoc book). I get the measurements from the FW site and from pics from around the net.
Before I start building, I print the model I want to build in 1:1 scale, and I work from there.
It is, indeed a slow process, since, before creating the various parts with plasticard, I usually make paper templates, so, actually, it is a build, destroy, and rebuild process.

I saw your orca drop ship (I think I even posted in your blog) and I love how you are proceeding with it.

I hope I answered (clearly) to all your queries.


28-03-2008, 00:18
ah yeh i must of remembered wrong cos I didnt think ud finished it quite soz lol. avatars looking fine tho

02-04-2008, 22:58
Hmm hey ikim updates on the avatar? Ive been looking forward to that spear lol anything new?

03-04-2008, 08:22
@Malant: a couple of nights ago I did the "wig" for the Avatar, and done the spear... I just didn't have time to take pics. Though, I am not at all satisfied with the spear head, so I will re-do it.
Last night I also finished painting the jetbike units.
Anyhow, expect pics today or tomorrow the latest.


03-04-2008, 11:23
I love the Vampire Hunter! Is that a Falcon hull on the front?

03-04-2008, 11:35
I love the Vampire Hunter! Is that a Falcon hull on the front?

Thanx. Indeed it is, cut to pieces, I used the frontal fins, the cockpit and the turret cockpit.
The rest (apart pulsars) is scrathbuilt.


03-04-2008, 15:33
I have finally managed to upload pics (I had some issues with photobucket).
You'll notice I exchanged the normal convernted riders with converted guardians I got from ebay for 7 euros.
Here are the 3 squadrons of jetbikes:


and the whole set of jetbikes together:

I really like how the gems came out. I wanted to keep the bikes and the riders fairly dark (with a black-brown main color scheme) but with "flashes" of lighter colors (the white helmets and the blue gems.

Next up will be the wraithlords, with intensive OLS.

Stay tuned for pics of the Avy with the wig on (I know I should pick on a god, but those hairs look too much like a wig!).


03-04-2008, 15:40
Nice work there ikim, those look like they'd be terrifying to fly.

03-04-2008, 18:37
Nice job man those jetbikes look really nasty! Hey have you seen my revanant? Hmm cant wait for the 'Wigged' avatar lol hows the spear coming?

03-04-2008, 22:27
looking gd I havnt yet tried doing free hand on quite as extravagent logos as the skulls uve done yet but I can't c my first atempts being anyway near as gd as ures r.

03-04-2008, 22:35
Now we're talking!!! Bring it baby! :D Paint scheme looks amazing when amassed like that, and, of course, the conversions too!

03-04-2008, 22:36
You should get some kind of pedals or footing for the legs, I think it would make them perfect! (the last finishing touch)

04-04-2008, 08:18
You should get some kind of pedals or footing for the legs, I think it would make them perfect! (the last finishing touch)

You're right: I thought about that, when I looked at the pics, and saw that the feet were hanging out... It won't take much, and some small pieces of sprue will do the job.

thanx to all for the kind comments.

@Malant: I have seen your Revenant, in fact, and, IIRC, I even commented on it, didn't I?!


04-04-2008, 09:04
Brilliant work ikim. I'd be fething pissing (as in not laughing) myself if thtey were flying towards me accross the battlefield!

04-04-2008, 15:11
@Shadowphrakt: thanx for the kind words. In fact, I wanted to give a meaner look to my Eldars, and leave behind that sissy look they usually tend to have.

Anyhow, here are some pics of the Avy wearing the wig.
The lance is not of my liking, so, it will be redone this weekend.
As usual, C&C are welcome:


Dark Apostle
04-04-2008, 16:04
Now that's a pose to put all this worlds famous opera tenors to shame... ;)
Seriously though - it's a darn cool sculpt! I like the idea of a flaming spear, keep the flames when you redo the weapon!

Maybe you could add some dripping blod from his right hand? Either sculpt it or make it from glue or something simliar when painting it.

04-04-2008, 16:17
I honestly dont like the flamming weapon, i think it should look like the wailing dooms blade maybe some flames at the tip but i dont know, it really is an amazing sculpt ikim!

04-04-2008, 16:33
Now that's a pose to put all this worlds famous opera tenors to shame... ;)
this cracked me up: indeed, look at the pic :D :


Maybe you could add some dripping blod from his right hand? Either sculpt it or make it from glue or something simliar when painting it.

I will, after I have finished the spear, add blood spills.


04-04-2008, 17:08
wow, that is a very impressive sculpt! your bikes are beautiful too, ridiculously skilled freehand!

04-04-2008, 18:10
your jet bikes are amazing, such deviation from the norm I love it!

05-04-2008, 12:50
I like the idea of the flaming spear but I think it could use a little less flame so you can see more of the spear tip. I think the main thing which is wrong with the look of the spear other than the flames is the binding after the hand should either be shortened or the bit at the back of the spear which is wider should be removed.

14-04-2008, 12:36
Very nice job on the avatar, Ikim. It's good to see you are so widely skilled in all aspects of modelling. I'm still waiting to see your finished scorpion though!

p.s. Happy birthday!

14-04-2008, 15:15
Thanx Codename_greendawn, especially for the happy birthday.

I am waiting for some bitz to arrive, in order to finish, once and for all the Avy (that I can't wait to start painting), so I proceeded with the paint job on the rest of the army.

Here are the 2 Wraithlords (I will have to figure out a name for these guys: any ideas?):
here's WL n.1:


14-04-2008, 15:16
and here's WL n.2:


14-04-2008, 15:17
and here's an early stage of the WIP I am working on while watching TV:

he will be an Autarch, based around Prince Yriel's pose, but built using an extra guardian I had liyng around, avenger head, autarch right arm.
I will work on it more in the next following days.

C&C are always welcome.


Lost Egg
15-04-2008, 09:20
How about Annihilate & Decimate...you could call them Ant & Dec for short, lol :p

Those WL look cool and I love what you did with the glow for the power sword!

That Autarch is looking promising :cool:


15-04-2008, 12:45
I quite like the ant and dec idea lol they have pretty awesome poses and I like your source lighting from the swords, i've only just started playing around with source lighting so I would love to know how you achieved yours.

18-04-2008, 15:10
@Hairy: thanx for the name ideas... I'll see how the army develops, and I might even follow your lead.

@Yayale: Sorry I couldn't answer, but I had some medical issues to take care of.
OLS is not SO hard to do, just follow some guidelines:
1.the light source is always brighter (white, or almost white) than the parts lit;
2.it is usually easier to have a light source that is a dot (like a single flame), instead of a line (like a blade): this way you can make a perfect sphere, and see which parts are light, and which parts are partially lit and which parts aren't lit at all;
3.all parts that are the same distance from the light source should be lit (and colored) in the same manner;
4.blending: this is the most important of all (and I haven't achieved it 100% yet). If your color transitions are smooth, the whole effect will look a lot better (even if you didn't follow 100% the above guidelines).

Anyhow, try it out and show your progress: there are a lot of people here, more experianced than me, who can you even more insights on how to make OLS.

If you want to have a look at some great OLS minis, google Victoria Lamb: she is the one who invented it. Or look on CMON for the author VIC in the article section: that girl is amazing.


18-04-2008, 17:16
ah yeh has she bin in white dwarf before.
k so blending colours, I've ony done it on one mini so far and I tried drybrushing but it didn't come out that bright.

20-04-2008, 19:00
Thanx for the comments, guys.
Due to some medical issues, I managed to stay home, and finish the Avy. Thanx to a friend who shipped the GW avatar's sword blade, I could add to my Avy, since that was a part I tried to self sculpt, but was never satisfied with.

Now he is finished, with a self made custom lava base.

As usual, C&C are welcome.


Lost Egg
21-04-2008, 08:31
Hes looking good...lets see him painted!


P.S. I like the use of the sword, its looks much better

21-04-2008, 11:20
I'm very impressed with all your scratch building, you have inspired me to try and extend my eldar force with some scratch built stuff some time in the future.
Your a very talented sculptor, that avatar looks amazing.
I notice you have used several types of putties in this log (brown stuff, milliput, procreate and i assume you have used green stuff at some point in your conversion career as well). What are your opinions on the different putties? which do you prefer? do you prefer certain putties for certain types of work?
I'm interested as i have no experience with putties, and am unsure what i should purchase.
Thanks =)

22-04-2008, 20:55
looking good cant wait to see it with a livk of paint, should be interesting considering your other models!

22-04-2008, 21:30
Fantastic work, keep it up. Love the dynamic pose on the Wraithlords. Gives me some ideas for the one I'm just about to put together.

23-04-2008, 10:11
Thanx for the comments, guys.
First off, here are some answers:
@m4n715: you are correct: I have used a lot of types of putties, according to the work I need to do.
Milliput is rock hard, and, being quite cheap, is bestly used for large bulky things. It keeps detail very good and can be sanded very good once dry; though it cannot be cut or modelled, once dry, since it usually crubles.
Greenstuff is great for organic material. It is very soft, even when it cures, and thus cannot be sanded after it dries; though it can be cut for great effects, after curing.
Brownstuff is the harder version of greenstuff. It is hard to cut once cured, but can be sanded and works best for the creation of armour and weapons (edgy stuff).
The material I use 99% of the time, though, is Procreate. I buy it from Heresyminiatures.com and not only it costs a little less than the usual greenstuff, but combines properties of both Greenstuff and Brownstuff all in one: all you need to do is change the % of the 2 elements, to have this or the that putty properties.
With this, you can't go wrong: it is very good to use and easy to smooth. It holds detail very well, and can be modelled and sanded once cured: it is all a modeller needs.

@DSwede: I am glad you like the WL poses. I took ispiration from the NeoGenesis Evangelion models. Google "Evangelion" and you'll find hundreds of images of dynamic nipponese robots you can replicate with the WL model.

And here are the news.
Being stuck home, with a clinical problem, with doctor and office that tell you to stay calm, DO NOT work and relax, means I have a lot of spare time on my hands, so, I worked a lot on the Eldars, in the past few days.

I have finished the Scorpion (well, almost: I stil need to add the gems, and all, but, all in all, it is done).
I have also done more painting on the army and have started the avy with a cool new techinique I thought about...

though, unfortunatly, no pics yet, since photobucket is under maintainance, and I cannot get the links from them.

Hopefully, later on today.


23-04-2008, 11:09
Ikim, your scartchbuilds are simply unbelievable, first time I saw that Avatar I thought you had gone and bought the forgeworld one, thats how awesome it is! Such ungodly talent there sir, Im surprised you haven't been whisked away by the Dark Gods to further their own schemes! Major bow-downage to you!

23-04-2008, 19:17
Thanx for the GREAT comment, Tiller5... I am flattered.

Ok, photobucket is back on, so here are the promised pics:


23-04-2008, 19:19
and here are the WIPs of the Avy's lava base:


23-04-2008, 19:57
But since I have a lot of time to spare (being told not to go to work due to some clinical issues), today I worked on painting the rest of the army.

Ready? 'cause there are quite some pics following:
army so far:


23-04-2008, 19:58

here is the Falcon (I still need to give it the windshields):


23-04-2008, 19:59
Here are the 2 vypers:


23-04-2008, 20:01

Here are the WLs, with bases:


Dark Apostle
24-04-2008, 07:43
Amazing! The scorpion is really a masterpiece, and the wraithlords simply rock, both the painting and the dynamic positioning. The OSL effect on the base underneath the sword is also very cool.
The lava base for the avatar looks great too, and the skull motif on the vypers, with the gems as eyes, looks really menacing.
So, in how many ways can you express that you really like something? I'm running out of synonyms for "good", but if you can come up with any, please feel free to apply them to your army on my behalf!!!

26-04-2008, 19:51
Thanx DA.
Ok, I have finished painting the Avatar.
It took me 3 days, but finally, the molten magma dude is here.


26-04-2008, 19:52

and here is a pic within the rest of the army:


26-04-2008, 20:06
That Avatar skin looks excellent, though I think that the dark parts look a bit monotone. He has a wraithbone symbol on his chest, so why not paint it bone colour and have coloured hair (like the old school green with a white stripe, etc).

But all in all, a cracking paintjob worthy of the excellent sculpt.:)

26-04-2008, 20:31
The first WL looks awesome but the second... I have to say that the skull looks kind of... goofy.


Lost Egg
27-04-2008, 13:12
Whoa the lava skin is awesome! I think I agree with Daemonslave that the black bits of the armour are a bit monotone though.


27-04-2008, 13:17
I actually really like the black, it adds to the whole 'unnatural' look.

27-04-2008, 13:23
Me agrees the black looks fantastic like it's actualy metling on the cloth.

28-04-2008, 09:50
Thanx for the comments, guys.
The black isn't actually black: all the black parts (wig, blade and "boots") have been highlighted with a slight touch of red, giving, IRL, a look of OSL from the magma.
If you look closely (I know pics don't show it really good) the bottom tip of the wig is a bit red-dish: IRL it shows a lot more.

I will try to take better pics.


28-04-2008, 10:00
Forgeworld my ass ! Start your own company :)

29-04-2008, 20:12
On the Wraithlords, I'm trying to figure out a good way to hold both main weapons in their hands. It only comes with a right hand pistol grip. Maybe I should just go with the idea of wrist mounting them and then do something else for the flamers... Maybe main weapons on top of the wrist and flamers on the bottom..hmm.

Anyway, your work is brilliant and I'm quite jealous of your freehand skills.

Dark Apostle
29-04-2008, 20:59
That avatar is hot! You pullled of the effect incredibly well.

29-04-2008, 23:22
good lord man, I could cry at how awesome this stuff is. Can't wait to see some paint on the supers!

30-04-2008, 09:57
Thanx guys for the comments.
@DSwede: thanx. Can you believe that these are my first tries at freehands? This means that, with a little effort, anyone can pull off some nice freehands.

Anyhow, here is Eldrad, converted from a normal farseer, with added sword (from the Avengers' sprue).
As usual, along with the army "theme", I have added blue OSL, to reppresent the powers of the sword and staff:


30-04-2008, 11:10
your modeling and painting skills are totally awesome, i didnt evan think it was possible to build a reverent titan before

01-05-2008, 20:42
I've got to say the magma effect on the avatar is amazing, i must say im not to keen on the black but I will take your word on the fact that it looks far more awsome in real life.

02-06-2008, 17:56
Finally: I got back from the hospital, and before I leave again, I'll post some pics taken 2 weeks ago, of the first 5 Dire Avengers

02-06-2008, 17:58

Sorry the pics are not THAT good, but I hope to give you an idea of where I am heading with these guys (15 more to go!!! OUCH!!!)

02-06-2008, 18:00
Hi there,

first of all amazing glowing effect on your models. Am I right in assuming that the shining effect on the body is done by drybrushing?

Keep up the good work.


02-06-2008, 18:05
They banner on the autarch (exarch????) is really great. The light bouncing off the world in the painting is breath taking. What gave you the inspiration to do such a thing?

02-06-2008, 18:09
great work ikim!
I'm looking forward for more.