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lilloser2010
01-10-2013, 11:55
He who is brave, is free

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Hello and welcome to this blog charting my progress painting the Gorgon, Ferrus Manus.

I hope to litter this with useful information for those who will be attempting to build and paint their own miniature.

All feedback and comments are welcome. Hope to update soon.

Myles

Lil'Legend Studio (http://loserstudio.blogspot.co.uk/)
Lil'Legend Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/lillegendstudio)

gonzosbignose
01-10-2013, 13:59
As always Lil'Legend, looking forward to this.

I can't help but think that this model has a baseball quality to him, so... if you feel inclined to paint him in a Boston Red Sox outfit... I wouldnt be at all disappointed :-)

In the mean time!

Sincerest regards

My name is Daniel and I am a wargamer

shaw3029
01-10-2013, 20:14
Can't wait especially as your previous heresy models have been so great.

lilloser2010
01-10-2013, 21:10
@gonzobignose - Funny you should mention that - i'm not a baseball fan but I have been to a game. Last year I saw the New York Yankees play the Boston Red Sox, so I am by default and Yankees fan. I couldn't possibly paint Ferrus up as those sucky sox - they're bad (tribalist insult here).

Ferrus Manus day 1

Step one

http://i747.photobucket.com/albums/xx116/lillegend2014/DSCF6326_zpse2a87f01.jpg (http://s747.photobucket.com/user/lillegend2014/media/DSCF6326_zpse2a87f01.jpg.html)
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Step 1 - The Zenithal base coat.
This stages helps build contrast and also helps me plot highlighting and shading points. This stage also helps me visualise the end result. The head was undercoated grey first and given a zenithal blast of white directly from above.


Step two

http://i747.photobucket.com/albums/xx116/lillegend2014/DSCF6329_zps7d6d6dc0.jpg (http://s747.photobucket.com/user/lillegend2014/media/DSCF6329_zps7d6d6dc0.jpg.html)
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Stage 2; Airbrush

I use a cool grey mixing black white and purple with a touch of turquoise for the first thin layer which covers the black armour. I add a little more white and turqoise to highlight and then shade the armour with pure black mixed with a little black ink. I yo-yo between these stages until the undercoat layer has vanished and the armour is smooth.

I spray the base with the same grey as the armour but do not add the black shading. The dead Iron Hand undergoes the same treatment as his father primarch. The Emperor's Children are given a pre shade of dark blue, a mid tone of reaper master series clear purple and warlock purple for the contrast on the highest points of the armour.

The head is sprayed with a redish brown underneath and lighter, cooler shades of skin until I am practically spraying pure white straight down at his face.

Step three

http://i747.photobucket.com/albums/xx116/lillegend2014/DSCF6336_zps03dde584.jpg (http://s747.photobucket.com/user/lillegend2014/media/DSCF6336_zps03dde584.jpg.html)
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Step 3: The rest...

This stage is brutally short and needs expansion.

The armour was shaded with black, washed with turquoise and re-highlighted with white to sharpen the details.

The bronze was created by mixing VMC Air bronze and copper. This was then juiced with Tamiya clear yellow, red and green (to create a warm, murky brown - mis in more green for deeper shadows). The silver was VMC Air black (metallic), VMC air gun and chrome mised and blended together. This was washed with nuln oil and re-highlighted with chrome. Looking at the pictures I think the arms could benefit from a few more layers of Chrome to lighten them.

The face was given a wash of tallarn flesh and VMC skin wash ink. I applied shadows by mixing brown with blue (increase the blue for the deeper shadows). I used Tallarn Flesh and VMC Glacier Blue to highlight the skin. I gave Ferrus a smattering of white on the side of his head. Despite the super regenerative capabilities of a Primarch on the celluar level rendering them all but immune their hair from turning white, I thought he would look quite distinguished with a smattering of salt and pepper side hair.


That's your lot for tonight. Any feedback will be hungrily received.

Myles


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shaw3029
01-10-2013, 22:06
Fantastic so far. The undercoat method is something that I have been tempted to experiment with.

He is looks very good so far! The bronze has come out very well. How much so far is airbrush and how much is brush work?

Asdrubael108
02-10-2013, 17:09
AWESOME, love it gives a LOT of inspiration for me to start an iron hands army!!! :) :) :)

lilloser2010
03-10-2013, 20:46
Cheers Guys -

@ Shaw. Stage 1 is airbrush. The rest is paintbrush work. The airbrush is basically a glorified (abeit finer detailed) spray can.

Ready for finished pictures?




The Gorgon, Ferrus Manus, Martyred Father of the X legion, Iron Hands

http://i747.photobucket.com/albums/xx116/lillegend2014/DSCF6343_zpsa9822453.jpg (http://s747.photobucket.com/user/lillegend2014/media/DSCF6343_zpsa9822453.jpg.html)
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Preview pic

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This was a beautiful model to paint. The final photos for the Iron Hands Legion Primarch, Ferrus Manus. This is my first Primarch project and i'm relieved to have one under my belt. I own Angron and Fulgrim but indecision has forced me to put off the projects to later dates. Still wrapped up in the enthusiasm of Games Day I broke the seal and put primer to resin before I could let doubts settle.

I've written up a reflection on the piece for the blog. I hope you enjoy the pictures and any feedback would be warmly received (unless your a dick about it...)

Ferrus Manus X (http://loserstudio.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/ferrus-manus-gorgon-primarch-of-x.html)
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Myles

Karak Norn Clansman
03-10-2013, 21:09
I wasn't even aware that Ferrus Manus had been released. Early Games Day release, eh?

Your paintjob is so extremely good that it manages to do full justice to that masterpiece of a sculpt, and that's no small feat. Such quality deserves a bit of nitpicking. Probably the only things amiss are such details as squad and Legion markings, as well as some scrap of personal insignia on the Marines fallen beneath the Primarch. Such details would do much to bring them to life and appear less like faceless anonymous automatons at the Gorgon's feet.

Good write-up, by the way! Those Word Bearers already look promising

lilloser2010
03-10-2013, 21:19
@ Karak - Ah good point, I should include that in the write up.

I left off the insignia exactly because they are anonymous automatons in comparison to the creatures fighting. They are the faceless children of a broken god.

Karak Norn Clansman
03-10-2013, 21:46
It's a matter of taste, then. Personally I find dioramas (or book and movie scenes, for that matter) that much more lively and interesting if the extras of the cast have hints of little stories on them, as though they are creatures with a life of their own which is crushed in the relentless grind of battle that is the main story's focus. Won battle honours especially drives home the tragedy when they are applied to a corpse, as they seem to say something like this: "Here falls Battle-Brother Serr-Al, originally the son of poor pneumo-bakers from the world of Soltan. He survived the cybernetic implants and served for forty years, earning honours during the Ullanor Crusade and fighting on thousands of battlefields. Hero of Ullanor; Swordwright; bane of the Teal Warlord Anarr; villain of Istvaan. Serr-Al's life was crushed just like that by the hammer of the Primarch Ferrus Manus, in a blow which easily shattered two Astartes in a row on its trail toward his traitor brother."

Anyway, the diorama works regardless of such hints at personal stories amongst the extras in the cast. Your painting is sublime, and by the way, Hollywood seems to have shared your view on the importance of main characters for quite some years now, so obviously there is merit in that approach. :)

lilloser2010
03-10-2013, 22:15
@ Karak - I agree with you, but for this particular piece I don't think having a back story is appropriate for the auxilary characters - it's part of the tragedy.

Hector from the History Boys illustrates what I tried to achieve better than I can put into words.

Hector: "The important thing is, he has a name. Say Hardy's writing about the Zulu wars - or later - or the Boer War possibly, and ... These were the first campaigns when soldiers, common soldiers, were commemorated. The names of the dead were recorded and inscribed on war memorials. Before this, soldiers, private soldiers, were all unknown soldiers. And so far from being revered, there was a firm in the nineteenth century (in Yorkshire, of course) which swept up their bones from the battlefields of Europe in order to grind them into fertiliser. So, thrown into a common grave he may be, he's still Hodge, the drummer. Lost boy, though he is, on the far side of the world, he still has a name."

By not having a 'name' I am robbing them of a place in history, leaving them part of the unremembered dead. Istvaan has annihilated their history as it will rob them of their future. This is part of the silence of the witness in my write up.

I'm really glad you replied. You've opened up a debate that I'm interested in and I appreciate your counter argument that the scene is enhanced by the back history of the supporting cast.

Myles

gonzosbignose
03-10-2013, 23:02
Yankee's? REALLY???

*shakes head in disgust*

On a different note... HOW BLOODY FAST DO YOU PAINT!!! O_o

I have to say, I think you nailed it with Ferrus. Really nice scheme and finish, and the preview photos of the zenithal undercoat is a real lesson for people here, so i appreciate you doing that.

As for Lorgar and Erebus (im not a big fan of theirs... dirty turncoats...) i look forward to seeing a stirling paint job on them...

Little known fact... Erebus and Lorgar are Yankee fans!!!

Regards

My name is Daniel and I am a wargamer

lilloser2010
04-10-2013, 22:32
Cheer Gonzo!

gonzosbignose
04-10-2013, 23:57
I just want to pick up on the Karak vs lil loser debate.

I dont know if you have been privy to the books and/or TV series Game of Thrones.

One of the things with GOT is that it has a HUGE cast with many many named roles...

Its also a very blood thirst, the author George RR Martin a fan of killing people off, especially if you have formed a bond with them as a reader/viewer.

I guess what Im trying to say is, the 'unknown marines' whilst I like your notion of them being, one of the many fallen soldiers, become more impacting... more personal... fallen heroes as opposed to just another drop in the ocean, if you give them their own character.

That way their loss means something even more...

Regards as always

My name is Daniel and I am a wargamer

childsoldier
05-10-2013, 01:22
I'd have to agree with the "his name is Robert Paulson (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GCi_PIz5ekU)" brigade, the inclusion of little hints at the history of these fallen soldiers, great heroes of the Imperial expansion rendered insignificant by the might of the forces now unleashed upon each other, makes it all the more poignant and tragic. That said, you did an absolutely fantastic job on Ferrus, very well done. I particularly like the not-quite-gold, not-quite-brass colour of the trimming, hammer head etc.

Duke Danse Macabre
05-10-2013, 01:35
They are looking bloody great you talented ****.

Your painting has come along way in the last four years. ;)

shaw3029
06-10-2013, 11:26
Brilliant! And your mini photography skills are just as good.

You can really see the detail. I love the bronze / gold.

lilloser2010
09-10-2013, 19:54
I'd have to agree with the "his name is Robert Paulson (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GCi_PIz5ekU)" brigade, the inclusion of little hints at the history of these fallen soldiers, great heroes of the Imperial expansion rendered insignificant by the might of the forces now unleashed upon each other, makes it all the more poignant and tragic. That said, you did an absolutely fantastic job on Ferrus, very well done. I particularly like the not-quite-gold, not-quite-brass colour of the trimming, hammer head etc.


I just want to pick up on the Karak vs lil loser debate.

I dont know if you have been privy to the books and/or TV series Game of Thrones.

One of the things with GOT is that it has a HUGE cast with many many named roles...

Its also a very blood thirst, the author George RR Martin a fan of killing people off, especially if you have formed a bond with them as a reader/viewer.

I guess what Im trying to say is, the 'unknown marines' whilst I like your notion of them being, one of the many fallen soldiers, become more impacting... more personal... fallen heroes as opposed to just another drop in the ocean, if you give them their own character.

That way their loss means something even more...

Regards as always

My name is Daniel and I am a wargamer

I have indeed enjoyed the exploits of Game of Thrones. If I were to be hyper critical of your point I could argue that plenty of auxiliary characters die in Game of Thrones - nameless warriors without a name, or a voice. It's sad when a named character dies as the writing is so good it impacts you. If every person who dies in Game of Thrones had a back story worked up it would confuse the central plot and dilute the tragedy of the ones who do die.

By not including unit markings I am directing the viewer to the unfolding drama of the scene - one of two brother coming to mortal blows. Their conflict overshadows the lives of their spent legionaries and is indicative of the wider tragedy unfolding across the universe. By all means work up your own story for the dead characters - they are emotional blanks for you to fill in as you please.

I like to think of it as emotional shading. Take Harlequin patterning for example. Without careful attention to where you place the colours you can quickly confuse the outline of the model and make a mess of it by adding too many conflicting hues.

But I do appreciate the argument and I understand it. However I did not feel it was appropriate for this particular scene.

@ Duke - well there's an old face. Cheers man! We need to catch up.

@ Shaw - thanks man

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In other news this will be my last stand alone heresy thread. I will be consolidating my entire back library and upcoming work into one cohesive thread charting the Horus Heresy from start to finish. I will shut this thread after one week (give you chance to reply to what i've said) and move its contents into the new thread.

Myles

gonzosbignose
09-10-2013, 20:46
Well i for one look forward to your larger 40k spread of work...

also look forward to future debates.

regards

My name is Daniel and I am a wargamer

Duke Danse Macabre
10-10-2013, 18:14
Indeed it has been a long time old friend. ;)
You still just painting and converting or have you pulled your finger out and started gaming again since we last spoke?

Luckily I learned to green stuff since we spoke last as well. :P
You should give me a prod at some time, I'm normally on other forums more than here.

Still some great work there, i am doing allot for my iron hands atm, if your still in the game of commission painting I may be interested in requesting a Ferrus of my own done.
Hit me up with a PM mate at some point and we can talk costs. :)