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08-05-2009, 10:25
I am intending to get this Valkyrie built and (possibly!) painted for a game on Tuesday next week. It will be an Inquisitorial one, but since the parts have not yet arrived from FW (brass etching etc) I will be adding these later.

Since the Inquisition don't get Vendettas I will not be making this into one, but I will be magnetising the various parts so I can do so in the future.

I started out painting all the interior parts (inc the sliding doors) separately, and then assembled them. This allowed me to get plenty of detail that would have been impossible otherwise - for example, there are kill markings near the heavy bolters and suitably gung-ho phrases scrawled above both side hatches. I imbedded a magnet in the ceiling - I will use this to clip on a simple green LED/ coin-battery assembly to light the interior.

I have not added the door gunners yet, and may not bother. Some FW servoskulls can man the guns just as easily as flesh and blood :skull:

Here are some pics:-




I used thick gloss varnish on some of the lights, buttons and panels. Should catch the light from the LED nicely.



The heavy bolters can swivel up and down as well as side to side - a strip of plasticard over the top of the hinge stops them from falling out.

More as I do it. The intention is to airbrush the exterior in inquisitorial grey with red and white markings - much like the one on the back of the kit box.


08-05-2009, 10:33
Very beautiful painting and very detailed.
Look fantastic Sholto.

Crazy Ivan
08-05-2009, 10:40
Looking very good Sholto! I was looking forward to seeing a Valkyrie being assembled and painted (helps me in deciding if I want one too :p). The painting is very neat, I look forward to seeing more.

08-05-2009, 10:41
Nice metal work, it's good to show you can get excellent realistic metals without the boltgun silver slathered look. I'll be watching this!

Looking good!

Krieg Marshall
08-05-2009, 11:46
Looks so good. Are you going to use the same schem for the rear ramp and what's the color of the interior?

08-05-2009, 23:37
Looks so good. Are you going to use the same schem for the rear ramp and what's the color of the interior? The interior is mostly black, with a heavy drybrush of Chainmail Silver followed by a wash of Badab Black. The floor is Fenris Grey, Badab Black wash and silver drybrushing. Dirt and rust have been added to the floor recesses and various details picked out (pipes, buttons, screens etc).

I have assembled the wings and rear section, magnetised the Hellfire missiles and made the internal light. My green LEDs have not arrived yet, so I used red ones.

The method for making these is simplicity itself. Take the LED and trim the legs down so that they are no longer than the width of the button cell battery you are using (mine is about 1cm diameter). Make sure to leave the + (positive) leg longer than the other, so you will remember later which is which. Then bend the legs inward a little. This will ensure they grip the battery on their own. Then slide the legs over the battery, making sure to match polarities. Voila - one light fixture. Even if the battery does not stick to a magnet (most don't), the metal legs of the LED are more than sufficient for the magnet to grip onto.

Here are some photos:-




Here are the magnetised Hellfire missiles:-


And here, just for fun, are some running lights:-


EDIT: since someone asked, I have also put magnets on the rocket pods. I will post pics of that later.


09-05-2009, 01:24
The lights just look so cool on the Valkarie. The magnets are great too. Great job on the interior.

segmentum solar
09-05-2009, 10:24
Great job on the interior, i like the " get some " love that quote lol. I like the led's too, im currently doing a valk on my =][= log, its a great kit to paint imo :)

10-05-2009, 09:24
Nice work, may have to poach a few ideas.

10-05-2009, 12:00
Now that's cool, those lights rock! Your painting is also very good :)


10-05-2009, 12:54
Very nice interior lights, I like it.
Your paintjob on the thing is very well done.

Now you have build in little turbojets and make it actually fly (activating lights and making flying sounds may be sufficient as well :D).

Great job!

10-05-2009, 13:59
This is very cool - I may have to poach some ideas from this for myself...

It's always cool when someone goes the extra mile when detailing a vehicle, especially one as nice as this.

10-05-2009, 15:19
Good interior and great ideea with the LED's...Your painting is perfect and clean and more photos...Tks

Krieg Marshall
10-05-2009, 15:28
My jaw felt on the floor...This is simply awesome...

10-05-2009, 23:39
Thanks for all the comments :)

Here are a few pics of the fully assembled Valkyrie. I have not glued the cockpit frame on yet, since I just primed it.



Here is how I magnetised the rocket pods. The pod walls are not thick enough to drill a hole in deep enough to seat my magnets (2mm thick). If I had not glued the ends of the rocket pods on already, I might have mounted some plasticard inside to glue the magnets to, but I had fully assembled the rocket pods and could not get inside them to do that. So I decided to simply glue the magnets to the outside of the pods. The problem with this is that the magnets can come off a bit too easily, so - I filed flat two sections of the connecting beam. I then took some plastic rod (Plastruct) with a 3mm internal diameter (ie. the same size as my magnets), cut a 2mm thick ring and glued this onto one of the two sections I had filed flat. I then glued the magnet inside the ring. The ring helps hold the magnet securely in place. Here are some photos:-




10-05-2009, 23:42
In case anyone wants to magnetise their lascannon/ multilaser and is seeking ideas on how to do it, here is how I did it:-



You might have been wondering who the figures were on the base of the Valkyrie in the first two pics in the post above. They are my plastic stormtroopers for my Inquisitorial force. I have 10 made and painted, and these two are the Sergeant and his pal from the 2nd squad. They all have shotguns from the Scout Marine or Scout Biker sprues. Here is a close-up of them:-


The guy on the left is saying, "See? You can hold a shotgun one-handed. That's why it's an Assault weapon." The guy on the right is just really, really glad he is finally getting to hold a chainsword in his right hand instead of his left. Man, that was getting old.


Lt Renen
11-05-2009, 01:12
Amazing thread! I cant wait to see this baby painted!


Commissar Lord Davril
11-05-2009, 04:39
Whereever you do gaming with that Valk, always ask to turn the lights off so those red lights stand out. Count it as night fighting! Just add a mini flashlight to your opponent's vehicles to make it fair!

11-05-2009, 05:14
So what paints/techniques did you use to paint the interior metals, looks great.

11-05-2009, 15:44
Whereever you do gaming with that Valk, always ask to turn the lights off so those red lights stand out. Count it as night fighting! Just add a mini flashlight to your opponent's vehicles to make it fair! Yeah - it does look pretty cool in the dark!

So what paints/techniques did you use to paint the interior metals, looks great. I mentioned some above, but not all surfaces were the same. The ceiling, for example, I simply painted in boltgun metal and then washed with Badab Black (very light coverage) and then quite a strong wash with whatever the blue one is called. I quite like the look of blue steel. I added some Devlan Mud in the corners and found an interesting trick to create stains. I put a big dollop of Devlan Mud down and left it for a few minutes. The very edges partially dried, leaving a ring stain-effect. I then spread the undried Devlan Mud around a bit, and found that the ring stain stayed in place. Looks quite good, I think.


22-06-2009, 19:48
Right - finally got this one painted. Once I sat down to do it, it took me a couple of nights and an afternoon.

I started by airbrushing on Vallejo Cold Grey, darkened with some black and tinted a little blue. This was the tricky bit, since I had already painted the inside and did not want any of the grey paint to spoil the interior paint job. I wound up using a combination of wads of tissue paper on the inside, sellotape and blutac on the outside and I used a C-clamp to hold the side doors tight against the hull, so the spray would not get past them.

After that I lined the panels with diluted black ink, and then did some drybrushing. Then I glued on the FW purity seals, skulls and etched brass and did all the detail.

Then I decided I wanted the woman from the penitent engine to be part of this, and there was only once place on the Valkyrie she would fit. That meant prising the sensor module off the hull and nose - a few hairy moments there, but since I used superglue in the assembly and not plastic glue eventually it snapped cleanly away.

The rationale is that she controls the heavy bolters. Why not, eh? ;)

The base is polyfilla and sand, and you can probably tell what all the other pieces are. There is some Vallejo Water on there as well, tinted muddy with inks.


22-06-2009, 19:52
Have to say, I'm impressed to hell with that!

Bloody good job!

23-06-2009, 01:13
Very nice job, both on the building and painting. The base looks awsome.

Crazy Ivan
23-06-2009, 12:59
Your aircraft has an actual woman strapped to the outside... Take that, people who think painting one on is good enough!

Seriously though, it looks great. Good work!

24-06-2009, 09:22
Your aircraft has an actual woman strapped to the outside... Take that, people who think painting one on is good enough! That's good enough to sig! :D


26-06-2009, 04:48
Supremely cool Sholto, as you know you have inspired me in my own Valkyrie building madness :D

Love the strapped on sister.