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spikyjames
06-11-2006, 22:47
Well the time has come for me to start building this thing as it's been sat in my spare room for the last couple of months gathering dust whilst i got on with other things.

so a few pics
here's how it arrives
http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d42/spikyjames/WIP%20Stuff/100_1304.jpg
not very exciting but fun to rumage through(with my wife ensuring that i know exactly what all the strange little bits are for and not just weird random stuff). anyway once all the bits were checked and accounted for it's onto the building part.

throughout this project i'll be building and painting the nessecary parts once at a time so as i can get into all the nooks and crannies, so first up it's the cockpit.
parts-
http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d42/spikyjames/WIP%20Stuff/100_1305.jpg

all cleaned and washed and ready for spraying(ouch that looks sore)
http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d42/spikyjames/WIP%20Stuff/100_1306.jpg

so now it's onto the painting for these parts, i should be able to get this done by the weekend, but due to the fact it's the 40k GT heat 2 this weekend it might go a bit slow until then.

enjoy

james

Mrlemonjelly
06-11-2006, 22:55
Yay, I love thunderhawks :)

Those seated space marines could make for some interesting conversions/dioramas.

Deadleyheadley
06-11-2006, 22:57
Cool ,Im looking forward to more updates ,the Thunderhawk will make a nice center piece for such a cool army ,will the Thunderhawk at the next GD :)

Steel_Legion
06-11-2006, 22:58
its a right beast of a model right enough, you painting it like your other marines yeah?

spikyjames
06-11-2006, 22:59
will the Thunderhawk at the next GD :)

possibly, you may also see it elsewhere before then;)

and yes it'll be painted similar to my other vehicles

monstallion
06-11-2006, 23:04
Cool, really looking forward to seeing this project:D

Do wish forge world did a smaller flyer for marines as a bit scared to buy a thawk due to size and the cost as my missus would hurt me a lot!

devolutionary
06-11-2006, 23:06
Faster man, FASTER!!! You do the best marines here, and by God I want more! That nad seeing your version of a THG would be very nice, so be quick about it :D


Though I gotta admit, the coolest thing I could ever see you do is build an Ultramarines army ;)

spikyjames
06-11-2006, 23:10
Though I gotta admit, the coolest thing I could ever see you do is build an Ultramarines army ;)

your wish is my command-
http://s32.photobucket.com/albums/d42/spikyjames/ultra%20tournament%20army/

this was the precursor to my mentors not a great deal of conversions but yeah definatley ultras:D (they've all been posted to the states for the last few months via ebay:( )

devolutionary
06-11-2006, 23:17
See? That's how good I am! I can make things happen in the past. That's the real gift of forum control :p

Ya know, I've seen some of these before. How on Earth did I forget them? Oh well, carry on! Got a time frame for the Thunderhawk?

Mrlemonjelly
06-11-2006, 23:18
your wish is my command-
http://s32.photobucket.com/albums/d42/spikyjames/ultra%20tournament%20army/

this was the precursor to my mentors not a great deal of conversions but yeah definatley ultras:D (they've all been posted to the states for the last few months via ebay:( )

Those are superb! I love the dreadnought :)

spikyjames
06-11-2006, 23:35
Got a time frame for the Thunderhawk?


it will be done by the 2nd of december:)

schoolcormorant
06-11-2006, 23:44
it will be done by the 2nd of december:)

hmmm... i may have doubted a lesser man... e.g. me! lol.
the thunderhawk is one hell of a kit, but seeing a lot of your work i don't worry about that ;).
i'll be watching avidly.

SC

UnRiggable
06-11-2006, 23:46
twelve dollars says he wont finish by the 2nd :)

Machinepriest
07-11-2006, 02:20
Twelve dollars for the Thunderhawk when it's done!:)
Can't wait to see this done.

spikyjames
07-11-2006, 08:41
twelve dollars says he wont finish by the 2nd

yeah i'll take that bet

anyway, i never managed to get anything painted last nightdue to having a scratch on my eye from rugby training so i got on with building the next part, the lower fuselage

here's the parts
http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d42/spikyjames/WIP%20Stuff/100_1307.jpg

surprisingly the kit doesn't seem as complicated as it looks, fairly straightforward tp be honest.

this is it put together with the nose that'll be added once the cockpit is in
http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d42/spikyjames/WIP%20Stuff/100_1308.jpg

and a couple of interior pieces for you
http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d42/spikyjames/WIP%20Stuff/100_1309.jpg
http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d42/spikyjames/WIP%20Stuff/100_1310.jpg

james

KayvaanShrike
07-11-2006, 14:16
The detail on this model is awesome, and I have every faith that you will do it justice SpikeyJames. What colour are you going to paint the interior? Bone-ish or metallic?

spikyjames
07-11-2006, 14:28
the interior will be dark grey with some metalics

Pfreck
07-11-2006, 14:41
Since you're painting skills are awesome i'd be sure this is gonna be the best Thunderhawk ever!

schoolcormorant
07-11-2006, 15:48
errm, i've looked over the thread so that i wouldn't look a fool... why change the habit of a lifetime huh?! so i couldn't find anywhere where you may have said it. is it a transporter or a gunship? if it's a transporter is it with 2 rhino's or the LR?

SC

citizenkade
07-11-2006, 16:07
twelve dollars says he wont finish by the 2nd :)
I'll see your bet, and raise it two bucks that he not only finishes it, but takes a photo of it with an assortment of pastires. Not only does he paint wicked good, but he's a real man... scratched his EYE?and still plugging away! Wow!

spikyjames
07-11-2006, 16:07
this is the gunship version:)

citizenkade
07-11-2006, 16:10
I meant pastries...

Inquisitor lorr
07-11-2006, 16:17
Looking at the state of it now i don't really believe you'll get it done.....and yet i know you will,somehow..:p

Looks cool-i really want one :D

spikyjames
07-11-2006, 16:36
Looking at the state of it now i don't really believe you'll get it done.....and yet i know you will,somehow..:p

Looks cool-i really want one :D

just so you all know although the thunderhawk is my own it's not my personal deadline i'm working to, so i really have to get it done by the 2nd of december.

james:)

Inquisitor lorr
07-11-2006, 16:37
just so you all know although the thunderhawk is my own it's not my personal deadline i'm working to, so i really have to get it done by the 2nd of december.

james:)

Is it a gw deadline...??

And how mAny points does the thunderhawk make your mentors now?

spikyjames
07-11-2006, 16:39
4000 :)

it's a nice deadline

FearFrost
07-11-2006, 18:23
First thing first, Im really excited about seeing this kit realized...despite being a gamer/painter for like half of my 26 years, I have never tried anything half as large or tough. I think you are going to do a great job on it...it really fits your Mentors having a massive high tech death-birdie.

squigsnok
07-11-2006, 20:33
it's a nice deadline

Hmmmm...... Intriguing. Well we're all on the metaphorical edge of our seats here. :D

Inquisitor lorr
07-11-2006, 22:23
Are you gonna be crazy enough to convert it any way...?

spikyjames
07-11-2006, 22:27
nah it's gonna be pretty standard.

tonight's progress= heavy bolter mounts cleaned and glued and under carraige bits cleaned. i'll post pics tomorrow as i'm at work until midnight(hence no painting) and hopefully get some painting done as long as i'm still in one piece after rugby:)

james

Endemion
07-11-2006, 23:04
Oooo, looking forward to this one, should be one hell of a centrepiece

Deadleyheadley
07-11-2006, 23:23
I know its a long shot mate ,Any chance of seeing all the bits that came in the kit ,So that I can get a idea of how much resin you get for your money :D

spikyjames
07-11-2006, 23:24
i'll see what i can do mate. i'm at work at the minute so it'll probably have to wait until tomorrow night.

james:)

Deadleyheadley
07-11-2006, 23:27
i'll see what i can do mate. i'm at work at the minute so it'll probably have to wait until tomorrow night.

james:)

That would be sweet mate ;)

spikyjames
07-11-2006, 23:35
just done a quick count there's approximatley 98 pieces:)

Deadleyheadley
07-11-2006, 23:41
just done a quick count there's approximatley 98 pieces:)

not bad ,Whats the instructions like ? ,Ive been told that the old instructions on the big FW kits were poor but for the Gorgan ive got its 4 pages ,out of intrest mate are you painting with a brush or a airbrush ?

spikyjames
07-11-2006, 23:48
not bad ,Whats the instructions like ? ,Ive been told that the old instructions on the big FW kits were poor but for the Gorgan ive got its 4 pages ,out of intrest mate are you painting with a brush or a airbrush ?


the instructions are 5 pages for this one, basically pics of it made in stages, for some of the smaller parts you need a fairly keen eye(the missus is good for this). i dont really consider them poor i found them fairly easy to follow.

i'm gonna be painting it with brush, it should be easy enough as i'm trying to keep it in manageble(sp) parts

Deadleyheadley
07-11-2006, 23:54
the instructions are 5 pages for this one, basically pics of it made in stages, for some of the smaller parts you need a fairly keen eye(the missus is good for this). i dont really consider them poor i found them fairly easy to follow.

i'm gonna be painting it with brush, it should be easy enough as i'm trying to keep it in manageble(sp) parts

Looking forward to seeing so of the bits painted and how you go about this build It might give me the push to buy one for my marines :) When I can deside which chapter to go with.

mattrs
08-11-2006, 10:12
I have been really looking forward to this :D

I watched your last project log which was just awsome, and have been waiting for the thunder hawk log ever since and here it is.

If its anywhere close to your marines its going to be top notch

Look forward to more updates

spikyjames
08-11-2006, 15:17
well my rugby match has been put off until tonight so i thought i'd show what i got upto last night while i've got a few minutes to spare.

firstly i went to task on the heavy bolter mounts
http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d42/spikyjames/WIP%20Stuff/100_1320.jpg

and here they are cleaned up and assembled to the extent i need them to be for painting
http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d42/spikyjames/WIP%20Stuff/100_1322.jpg

next up was the under carraige and top of the hull, here's pic's of them both uncleaned, they have both now been made ready for building. i've also cleaned up the main hull part but don't have a pic at the present time.
http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d42/spikyjames/WIP%20Stuff/100_1321.jpg
http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d42/spikyjames/WIP%20Stuff/100_1323.jpg

feel free to post comments

james

schoolcormorant
08-11-2006, 15:38
did you get chapter specific doors, are there any for mentors?

SC

spikyjames
08-11-2006, 15:44
yep, however their the imperial eagle ones as the didn't have raptor ones on the drop down list on the website, they'll still go very well though.

james

schoolcormorant
08-11-2006, 15:48
yep, however their the imperial eagle ones as the didn't have raptor ones on the drop down list on the website, they'll still go very well though.

james

in the best possible way, no one will be looking at the doors :p, they'll be looking at an awesome paint job, and trying to fake their own death so they can cash in and buy their own!

SC

pompeyladbfp
08-11-2006, 19:05
good work, seems very tempting, maybe after the death korp and eldar...

Aquilla
08-11-2006, 20:49
Fom seeing your army at GD all I can say is that I'm really looking forward to seeing this project progress.

synapse
11-11-2006, 11:08
hmm no pics of completed stuff :( i was looking forward to seeing that cockpit painted up.

a quick question - do the sponsons/turrent turn loosely like the LR crusader Asscan? or are they stiff, like the plastic heavy bolter? dont know if youll know what im on about here really. heres hoping you do :p

The Keeper of Secrets
11-11-2006, 22:32
YOU MUST BUILD MORE NOW!!! I CAN'T WAIT!!

*back to sanity*. Yeah I pity you, having to clean all that resin. I hate cleaning things....

The boyz
11-11-2006, 22:46
Nice start on the Thunderhawk Spikeyjames, I cant wait to see more updates.Good luck.

Mrlemonjelly
12-11-2006, 00:27
are they stiff

*shudders*

spikyjames
12-11-2006, 22:38
hmm no pics of completed stuff :( i was looking forward to seeing that cockpit painted up.

a quick question - do the sponsons/turrent turn loosely like the LR crusader Asscan? or are they stiff, like the plastic heavy bolter? dont know if youll know what im on about here really. heres hoping you do :p


the sponsons are very loose whilst the turret style ones are fairly stiff.

there will be updates within the next 4ish days, with a large update at the weekend.

thanks for the comments.

james

Machinepriest
12-11-2006, 22:55
So, you still think you can finish it within the timeline?
I'm sorry if this has been asked already, but what comes after the Thunderhawk?

Maybe a little help for the Mentors from a Titan Legion? ;)

spikyjames
12-11-2006, 23:57
a break comes after this i think, yeah it'll still be finished in time.

spikyjames
13-11-2006, 23:49
cockpits done just needs varnishing-

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d42/spikyjames/WIP%20Stuff/100_1364.jpg

james:)

shaw3029
13-11-2006, 23:56
That looks great. I love the subtle highlighs you done on the cockpit. Any chance of some closer shots?

schoolcormorant
13-11-2006, 23:57
looking forward to seeing it all, the difficulty of building in stages is that i can't see it now! :cries:
i know what you mean about weekends though, a bitch to work in the evenings :( life doesn't make much space for hobbies IMO

SC

Deadleyheadley
14-11-2006, 00:05
Looks sweet mate ,are you painting all the bits then building the Thunderhawk ,Im interested to see how your going to do this because Im a bit confussed how people paint there models which have detailed insides like the Thunderhawk or the Valkarie then spray the out side of the model with out damaging the inside paint job.

spikyjames
14-11-2006, 09:17
basically i'm painting each part individually made up, once a part has been done it will them be attached to the rest of the model next up is the lower fuselage.

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d42/spikyjames/WIP%20Stuff/100_1365.jpg

i'm going to paint this inside then out and once it's done the cockpit will be attached.

i'll get more pics of the cockpit in a couple of days.

james

Aquilla
14-11-2006, 22:27
Wow nice job on the twins.
Will the entire interior be painted like that?

spikyjames
14-11-2006, 23:17
yep the entire interior will, and currently is (no phot's due to being at work will get some tomorrow).

as mentioned above i'm at work, busying myself building this thing and the whole lot apart from the missiles has been cleaned and partly glued. sorry deadly, i've not had a chance to take pics of the whole lot but i will take pics of the parts and let you know how many pieces are in each.

so hopefully there should be alot of pics to be posted tomorrow.

mmm... it's only needing painted now, about 2 weeks should do it:)

james

Deadleyheadley
14-11-2006, 23:22
No worrys mate :) Looking forward to seeing this baby built ,Im sure it will sway me to getting one for my marines ,The perfect center piece.

The_Flip
15-11-2006, 00:48
Looking great so far. Especially like the white Marine pilots in the black ship because of how well they stand out.

spikyjames
15-11-2006, 18:58
ok so i promised and update tonight and here it is, firstly i have completed the lower part of the hull and attached the cockpit. there should be a roof between the rear of the cockpit and the wall the rear of the compartment, i found whilst test fitting the upper hull that this hampered a smooth fit so as you cant actually see it once the things put together i decided to leave it off.

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d42/spikyjames/WIP%20Stuff/100_1367.jpg

next are a couple more pics of the twins
http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d42/spikyjames/WIP%20Stuff/100_1366.jpg
http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d42/spikyjames/WIP%20Stuff/100_1368.jpg

any questions please feel free to ask.

james

spikyjames
15-11-2006, 19:10
and another up date, basically these are the rest of the parts that i have cleaned up and glued.

first up is the upper hull, if you look at the rear you'll see the air brakes these are 2 part and fairly easy to fit. at the front you'll notice a pointy bit, this is for re-fuelling similar to today's military aircraft. this is optional.
http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d42/spikyjames/WIP%20Stuff/100_1369.jpg

next up we have the rear fuselage and weapons and comms array.
the rear fuselage is in 2 parts fuselage and engine exhaust.
the weapon and comms array is in 4 parts, sight, comms array weapon barrel and mount.
http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d42/spikyjames/WIP%20Stuff/100_1370.jpg

next we have the main wings each consits of 5 parts main wing front and rear engine, and 2 flaps.
http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d42/spikyjames/WIP%20Stuff/100_1371.jpg

next we have the rudder and 2 small front wings, the rudder is in 2 parts with 3 flaps and the small front wing are 2 parts each, wing and flap.
http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d42/spikyjames/WIP%20Stuff/100_1372.jpg

any more questions please feel free to ask.

the only thing i have left to put together are the missile's that can go under the wings if required.

james

Zodiac
15-11-2006, 19:26
Looking awesome! Its just freakish how you are so busy with detail on a miniature, but on a BIG miniature, its even more freakish... overall.. you made me want one! :D
yours will be soooooooooooooooooooo much cooler though

Lord of Skulls
15-11-2006, 19:33
Looking very good as always, James:) You have no idea how much I'm looking forward to seeing this done...

One thing: I've been planning to build a Thunder Hawk for my Marines (from the CoD parts, for that gothic look;) ) and I've had trouble figuring out where the different weapons are mounted, and the approximate firing arcs... Do you think you could give me some pointers about that when you're done assembling yours?

Good luck, and I'm eagerly awaiting more pictures;)

Maus
15-11-2006, 20:08
How are you painting it -- are you able to get away with drybrushing, or do the large flat areas prohibit that?

Looks great, by the way :D

schoolcormorant
15-11-2006, 20:49
is the entire craft piloted by two marines? i know they are superhuman and all... but?

looks amazing, the paintjob on the marines is stunning, it's be a shame if they got covered up at all! when finished it'll be awesome!

SC

spikyjames
15-11-2006, 22:08
How are you painting it -- are you able to get away with drybrushing, or do the large flat areas prohibit that?



yep drybrushing's looking fine, i've finished the nose, ramp and cockpit cover.

the upper body has been base coated and will be finished tomorrow night, so it should start looking more like what it shoud soon.

james

McMullet
16-11-2006, 12:10
is the entire craft piloted by two marines? i know they are superhuman and all... but?

A 747 (or any other large transport aircraft) is piloted by 2 guys (plus a navigator/flight engineer), and they aren't superhuman...

I assume the guns either have separate crew, are fired by the passengers or have machine spirits to operate them.

Anyway, it's looking great so far and you're fairly rattling through painting it. Most impressive.

Rikkjourd
16-11-2006, 12:36
They really only need one pilot. He flies the craft with his steerin'-stikk and then he has a button that sets off all the dakka-dakka-dakka-DAKKA-dakka-DAK-KA-dakka at once. Simple!

sralialo
16-11-2006, 12:56
I'm really looking foward to seeing this done! Looks good, as allways with your projects, spikyjames.

spikyjames
16-11-2006, 21:53
ok then. tonight's update, the main hull has now been assembled and painted. it's actually starting to look like a thunderhawk at last oh and i've given it a name aswell "Tempest". so on to the pics.

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d42/spikyjames/WIP%20Stuff/100_1373.jpg

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d42/spikyjames/WIP%20Stuff/100_1374.jpg

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d42/spikyjames/WIP%20Stuff/100_1376.jpg

anybody still think i won't get it done for my deadline?
i know at the minute it's still looking fairly bland but there will be white soon. i'm really enjoying putting this thing together after painting lot of small stuff, one massive bit of advice i'd give anyone who gets one of these kit's is make sure you dryfit all pieces before you paint them (i haven't had any major problems, fingers crossed) and you may need to exert some pressure whilst glueing.

as always any questions please feel free to ask.

james

ionfish
16-11-2006, 21:59
Looking good there, I like the slightly mottled effect, makes it look like it's been in action and isn't straight from the foundry.

Deadleyheadley
16-11-2006, 21:59
please stop its Spikyjames please ,Ive just spent 300 pound at FW and your making me want to spend more :(
I looks sweet mate :) looking forward to seeing it with all your marines and tanks :)

spikyjames
16-11-2006, 22:10
please stop its Spikyjames please ,Ive just spent 300 pound at FW and your making me want to spend more :(
I looks sweet mate :) looking forward to seeing it with all your marines and tanks :)

cheers guys, deadly i can't wait to see it with them either.

james;)

HiredSword.
16-11-2006, 22:14
wow, this army of yours just gets better and better spiky...

Damokles
16-11-2006, 22:41
looks really great, the colour on the hull looks very hm, lets say natural, not so artificial as many large single-coloured surfaces do when a thick layer of paint is applyed

but what strikes me when looking at that last picture with the ramp lowered is the idea of installing red leds in the interior, you know, like the alarm lights you see in theses WWII movies inside the carrier-planes shortly before the paratroopers jump off, it would make the interior better visible and make it an even more astonishing sight when the marines leave their thunderhawk in a red gloom... what do you think? probably too late, is it?

Lord Gordonis
16-11-2006, 22:47
Looks totally amazing spiky!!

tagsta
17-11-2006, 03:23
looking forward to see it finished ;)
My thunderhawk is called "Tempest" too :D

Mrlemonjelly
17-11-2006, 11:22
This is starting to look ace!

Rules wise, how many marines can you shove inside?

Captain Ardias
17-11-2006, 11:32
Looks great James, I'm looking forward to see it completed

Fenriz
17-11-2006, 11:42
Looking very very nice. Ill be keeping an eye on this. :)

spikyjames
17-11-2006, 12:35
This is starting to look ace!

Rules wise, how many marines can you shove inside?


i don't know to be honest, i do know that it cost 870 points though. i might have to try and get my hands on imperial armour 2 at some point.

again thanks for all the encouragement guys.

james:)

heldane
17-11-2006, 13:31
Hey.

Looking good James.

What brush are you using for a drybrush? mine always seems to be a little obvious and streaky when i do it.

As for the thunderhawk holding capactiy...its 30 points worth of marines.

Power armour counts as 1 point, terminator armour as 2 points, bikes as 3 and dreads are 10 I believe.

Can hold more than one squad aswell.



Hope this helps.


Dan

D3N14M
17-11-2006, 13:42
Dude, that's some really good work, I like how it's going.

I know that this is the "stupid question" of the post, but.... Which Chapter are you painting on the TH? Because I believed that was Dark Angels, but since the pilots are white-armored, I'm a little confused :$

spikyjames
17-11-2006, 14:10
Dude, that's some really good work, I like how it's going.

I know that this is the "stupid question" of the post, but.... Which Chapter are you painting on the TH? Because I believed that was Dark Angels, but since the pilots are white-armored, I'm a little confused :$


it's the mentor legion, have a look here for a few pics- http://s32.photobucket.com/albums/d42/spikyjames/mentor%20leigon/

the brush is the GW large flat drybrush, just make sure you have it very dry, it's a good idea to brush onto a piece of tissue once you have removed most of the paint this will let you know how heavy it's going to be(hope that makes sence).

james

Mrlemonjelly
17-11-2006, 16:26
As for the thunderhawk holding capactiy...its 30 points worth of marines.

Power armour counts as 1 point, terminator armour as 2 points, bikes as 3 and dreads are 10 I believe.

Can hold more than one squad aswell.


That's decent. I want one now :)

But 870 pts is loads. Still, both my dreads and a 10 man assault squad spilling out of a thunderhawk would be ace!

spikyjames
18-11-2006, 12:43
another quick update, finished these bits yesterday, just the wings and weapons to do now.

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d42/spikyjames/WIP%20Stuff/100_1378.jpg

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d42/spikyjames/WIP%20Stuff/100_1377.jpg

james:)

Jormangundr
18-11-2006, 12:51
Question James ....It looks great ! is it just drybrushed or have you done selective highlights too ?

EmperorsChamp01
18-11-2006, 12:55
Great job man. Makes me want to ask my parents for one for X-mas! Keep it up man

Deadleyheadley
18-11-2006, 13:00
Looking sweet mate :) What size brush you using for the Drybrush :D

spikyjames
18-11-2006, 13:41
the brush is the GW large flat drybrush, and it's only drybrushed no other highlights:)

james

Bloodthirster90
18-11-2006, 13:54
can we get a size comparison to a rhino or something like that?

KayvaanShrike
18-11-2006, 14:09
Spikyjames, I don't like you anymore!! You keep putting me off my essay because I keep wanting to look more a this wonderful model you are gracing us with! Are you going to paint white on the wings, or will you paint white on areas of the fuselage as well?

I noticed the small Mentors symbol in between the cockpit windows, did you just GS that on?

McMullet
18-11-2006, 14:49
Holy moley, that's looking mighty impressive. I second the request for a size comparison (with a Land Raider or something).

gotta love the aerodynamics of that thing; it's just so Imperial. None of this reducing drag nonsense. Just look real mean, and the air will get out of your way.

spikyjames
18-11-2006, 15:04
i'll dig out a tank of some sort later when i give another update.

the chapter symbol is a gs mould that i've made for my own use.

james:)

Kittah
18-11-2006, 15:19
As has been said, it's looking bloody impressive. Can a Rhino really fit into the front of it?

spikyjames
18-11-2006, 16:33
not a chance, i think this may be the reason FW have done the transporter version. i would like to get my hands on one of those aswell.

spikyjames
18-11-2006, 22:40
ok then tonight's update. as requested here's a pic of it with a predator

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d42/spikyjames/WIP%20Stuff/100_1380.jpg

and the other side, just one point to note on this, if you have a look at the wing mounting areas you'll see that i've had to cut a small piece out this is due to the wing mounted engine getting in the way, it's no real problem, just letting you all know so that if you get one for yourself you know what to do.
http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d42/spikyjames/WIP%20Stuff/100_1381.jpg

next we have the attack wings. sorry about the crap pic. these will not get mounted until the main wings are on.
http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d42/spikyjames/WIP%20Stuff/100_1382.jpg

as always feel free to ask any questions.

main wings are primed ready to be painted tomorrow, then it's just the heavy bolter mount and missile to go. i think somebody might be owe me $12:D

i will do a short summary once the model is complete.

james

Deadleyheadley
18-11-2006, 23:07
Its looking cool mate ,If you get the transporter will you be getting the LR or the Rhinos.

spikyjames
18-11-2006, 23:11
probably the rhino's, but it'll be a long way off. i'll have to do alot more commision work first.

james

heldane
18-11-2006, 23:36
Completely off topic. That predator in the pic has extra armour? It looks home made? any chance of a run down on it?



Cheers

Dan

spikyjames
18-11-2006, 23:57
i'll put it on my list of things to do. cant promise it's gonna be soon though. sorry. it's basically plasticard cut a the right shape and just stuck on, the front plate is from the bin that would go on the turret if it had an autocannon, worked quite well.

james

Anvils Hammer
19-11-2006, 00:23
Im very impressed by this thunderhawk, and by your mentor chapter in general, keep up the good work, and may your whites always come out perfectly smooth!

schoolcormorant
19-11-2006, 00:40
i was astonished when i read through 2 pages when the last time i checked was Wednesday - your whizzing through this mate!
the size is just insane, i really love the look of it.
green suits the model really well i think.

one question, the gun on it, if gun is not an undestatement, what is it called, it looks very like the stormsword/stormblade (not sure which) gun, neither do i own IA 2-5 (only 1) so i was just wondering??

SC

heldane
19-11-2006, 01:03
one question, the gun on it, if gun is not an undestatement, what is it called, it looks very like the stormsword/stormblade (not sure which) gun, neither do i own IA 2-5 (only 1) so i was just wondering??

SC

If memory serves its a turbo laser, although you do have the option of upgrading to a battle cannon if you should so wish.



Cheers

Dan

spikyjames
19-11-2006, 09:40
yep the gun's the turbo laser, thought it looked better than the battle cannon.

james

Deadleyheadley
19-11-2006, 12:00
The rate your going mate ,You be finished before your deadline :) ,Its looking sweet mate

spikyjames
19-11-2006, 18:21
ok a little update, he can now fly

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d42/spikyjames/WIP%20Stuff/100_1384.jpg

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d42/spikyjames/WIP%20Stuff/100_1385.jpg

all that's left to do now is the heavy bolter's and the missiles:D

i make that about 2 weeks ish. when did i start this thread?

james

Lord of Skulls
19-11-2006, 18:27
That looks absolutely fantastic:)

And you started this thread 13 days ago.

Inquisitor lorr
19-11-2006, 18:33
Thats fantastic and in such a short time...well done. :)

Bloodthirster90
19-11-2006, 18:33
he? you call it a he? strange...usually ships/aircraft/transports of any kind are called she.

Deadleyheadley
19-11-2006, 18:43
Looking sweet mate :) 13 days :D Credit to you mate

spikyjames
19-11-2006, 18:51
he? you call it a he? strange...usually ships/aircraft/transports of any kind are called she.


well he does have a big pointy thing:p

to be honest guys the pics don't do it justice, it's a great model and i think it's so impressive i really can't wait to see it with the rest of my army. it's really making me want to get the transporter now, i'll need to start working hard, anybody got an army they want painted?

thanks for the feedback, as i've said i'll do a summary of sorts once it fully complete.

james

orangesm
19-11-2006, 19:22
Well done... looks very nice.

schoolcormorant
19-11-2006, 19:23
you should finish them between now and tomorrow, then you can say "i'm SpikyJames, builder and painter of a thunderhawk gunship in2 weeks!"

he/she looks awesome i really like the shading, i.e. the black-silver hazing line on the outside of the engines on the wings, that looks really well done.

SC

spikyjames
19-11-2006, 19:48
oh yeah i just remembered i was at uk gt heat 2 last weekend aswell so you can knock 3 more days off of that time as i was in nottingham fri, sat and sun last week.
and i only started painting it on monday 13th:)

james

chunk
19-11-2006, 20:10
If I didnt see you putting it together last week, I'd barely believe this was possible. Great work

Chunk

Guilliman
19-11-2006, 20:26
Great work there Spikyjames!

How did you do the metal? I'm preparing myself to paint my titan. I'm starting with the legs and would like to try as many methods as possible to get the best result.

spikyjames
19-11-2006, 20:29
the metal was fairly simple, just bolt gun metal over a black undercoat the a 50/50 wash of black ink/water with a little drop of washing up liquid added to force it into the recess's. if it pools anywhere just give it a light drybrush with boltgun metal and it should cover it up.

james:)

Zodiac
19-11-2006, 20:34
Whats next on the painting list mr. James?

Railgunner
19-11-2006, 20:34
Looking fanastic!!
Would you say it is worth the money you pay for it?

Railgunner

spikyjames
19-11-2006, 20:40
next on the list will be another 3 terminators for the mentors just to make them up to exactly 4000, they're actually a bit more but these are for the army i want. once i've done these i will be finishing up the last few bit's from commisions i still have running. then i will be doing a few random bits i have lying around and after that i'm thinking of doing another marine army. pretty sure of it composition but just can't decide on a chapter. any suggestions?

worth the money, definatley. it's given me a great sence of achievement getting it done, as i said i'm really looking forward to seeing it with the rest of the army.

james:)

Still learning
19-11-2006, 22:57
well done, but i can't believe you didn't do it with and Airbrush>?

Maus
19-11-2006, 23:02
Make sure to post a group pic when everything's ready!

spikyjames
20-11-2006, 00:13
Make sure to post a group pic when everything's ready!


unfortunatley i don't know when that'll be as i'm not in possesion of the mentors at the minute.

@Still learning, air brushes cost money paint brushes are a fair bit cheaper:)

james:)

Zactar
20-11-2006, 01:29
Thats just amazing..... I'm all out of words.... ... .. .

Captain_Wolverine
20-11-2006, 01:51
did you just slap on the boltergun metal or did you dry brush before the ink went on

Maus
20-11-2006, 03:30
unfortunatley i don't know when that'll be as i'm not in possesion of the mentors at the minute.I'm in no hurry :)

D3N14M
20-11-2006, 08:11
Wow, very interesting choice of colors for the chapter. I think that you just won the bet, lol. Great work.

For suggestions, looking how good are your paintings I say that you could do a Iron Hands chapter, or maybe a Black Templar one.:chrome:

Damokles
20-11-2006, 13:25
... and after that i'm thinking of doing another marine army. pretty sure of it composition but just can't decide on a chapter. any suggestions?

what about a pre heresy army, maybe thousand sons, would surely look great with your painting skills

schoolcormorant
20-11-2006, 13:45
yeah, do something really different, thousand sons is a nice idea, or Iron hands - or my particular favourite SM chapter, (not especially different, original) is the Crimson fists, they have awesome background.

SC

dave is the best
20-11-2006, 17:50
why not try Blood Ravens?

Dave

Pfreck
20-11-2006, 18:05
Awesome work James! I really like how it turned out, do you have some more detailed pictures perhaps? That would be awesome.. :)

Tom
20-11-2006, 19:05
Ooh, I think your converting method would suit the Iron Hands perfectly.

spikyjames
20-11-2006, 19:06
did you just slap on the boltergun metal or did you dry brush before the ink went on

the boltgun metal was a complete coverage of the area.

for my next marine army i was thinking about "scythes of the emperor" them yellow and black dudes.

i will do more detailed pics once it's completely finished, i have three more large icons to do and attach:D

thanks for all the support

james:)

Captain Ardias
20-11-2006, 19:41
That's amazing James, just amazing.

HiredSword.
20-11-2006, 21:59
spiky, please please please do Celestial Lions for your next marine project, there's enough black armoured marines around and the lions are just begging to be made into a great looking army!

Tom
20-11-2006, 22:11
Hmm.


Ooh! OOH!

Novamarines!

(Quartered Regal Blue/Bleached bone for the win!)

spikyjames
20-11-2006, 23:15
well that's him about finished, i'm not too fussed about attaching the missiles for the time being, he just needs varnished and that'll be it.

what do you all think, not bad for about 11ish days all in, just to point out that i do also work a full day during the week so the only full days i had on this was last saturday and sunday:)

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d42/spikyjames/WIP%20Stuff/100_1386.jpg

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d42/spikyjames/WIP%20Stuff/100_1387.jpg

more detailed pics will follow in the next couple of days.

james

Deadleyheadley
20-11-2006, 23:29
Its a credit to your skills mate ,All you need is his big brother for your landraider ;) And for the next marine project I vote for the Legion of the dammed :D

stormtrooper154
21-11-2006, 07:01
Ive been keeping an eye on this project log and its turned out amazing. Top job! I second the vote for Legion of the Damned!

Jimbobjeff
21-11-2006, 13:31
WOW...just WOW! now I want one! this is all your fault!

asmodai_dark86
21-11-2006, 14:45
Good stuff James as always

And scythes... well I'd like to see someone do a good job of them because so far I've seen relatively few good looking models (no one good looking army) so I say those guys. With lots of terminators!

Congrats and good luck

Boss_Salvage
21-11-2006, 16:22
Good stuff James as always

And scythes... well I'd like to see someone do a good job of them because so far I've seen relatively few good looking models (no one good looking army) so I say those guys. With lots of terminators!

Congrats and good luck

Agreed on the superb work, Spiky.

As to the Scythes: Great choice for your next marine army! Stuart Morrison's Scythes were the first marine army that I saw online that blew me away, and he had some solid fluff pieces and a solid website to accompany his army. Sadly, this (http://www.geocities.com/Area51/Shire/4010/) is all that is left of his Scythes site ... Also, as far as I knew the Scythes have nearly no terminators, having lost nearly all of the chapter to the 'nids who ate their homeworld, and most of their first company in the process.

I could be wrong, but looking forward to your take no matter :D

- Salvage

KayvaanShrike
21-11-2006, 21:43
Awesome work James. I was tempted to (if I ever got one) paint a Thunderhawk in Salamanders 2nd Company markings, purely so I could call it Thunderbird 2!!

Those symbols are awesome James, very well done. I vote Iron Hands or Scythes for your next army.

Althanan
21-11-2006, 22:48
Awesome work James, simply awesome. I can't BELIEVE you finished it so fast and so gorgeously!

spikyjames
23-11-2006, 20:07
ok so i've taken a few more close up pics, there not the best and i've had to tinker with them slightly, but here you go-

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d42/spikyjames/WIP%20Stuff/100_1389.jpg

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d42/spikyjames/WIP%20Stuff/100_1390.jpg

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d42/spikyjames/WIP%20Stuff/100_1391.jpg

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d42/spikyjames/WIP%20Stuff/100_1393.jpg

spikyjames
23-11-2006, 20:23
and a few more

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d42/spikyjames/WIP%20Stuff/100_1395.jpg

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d42/spikyjames/WIP%20Stuff/100_1396.jpg

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d42/spikyjames/WIP%20Stuff/100_1392.jpg

and that's about it for this project.

ok then brief summary.
in hindsight, next time i will clean the model completely and dryfit it to make sure all the parts fit correctly, only once i'm happy with this will i then start part painting it.

the kit itself is fairly easy to put together as long as you follow the instructions. it takes a pretty keen eye to recognise where some of the smaller bits go at first but once you start putting it together it soon becomes apparent where they all go.

i was happy with painting it in parts and will do it again on whatever i get next, i think this makes perfect sence on such a big model as it's easier to handle smaller parts, if you do it this way make sure any colour mixes you use are very accurate.

overall i'm very happy with how this project went and the final outcome. i do plan on getting the transporter in the hopefully not too distant future.

any questions please feel free to ask.

thanks for your support

james:)

now where's that $12

dave is the best
23-11-2006, 20:23
Verry nice!
Dave

monstallion
23-11-2006, 22:17
Really nice to see it all finished.

Only shame is that you may need to change your sig to reflect the prodigious speed you completed this project:p

Cheers Kev

UnRiggable
24-11-2006, 01:42
Thats freaking incredible. Awesome job. Well, guess I'll have to comply with the $12 bet I did...

Sparda
25-11-2006, 13:56
This is defintly the best thunderhawk i have ever seen, i love the green on it.:)

old guard
25-11-2006, 17:19
hugely jealous!!!! mainly of having the time to do something like that . Do you actually work!?! ;) or have you got a limitless stach of ready cash which means you dont have to too hard?

fantastic job up to your usual high standard. Good one mate.

Pfreck
25-11-2006, 18:25
Too bad I didn't beleved that you could finish it in time.. missed that $12..
Very nice these close-up's James! Very good use of the Raptor icons too.. So what's next for your Mentors? or did I heared something about another Marine army? :D

Maus
25-11-2006, 18:29
I want more threads like this!

As someone who lusts after FW stuff but can't currently justify the expense, it's great to see one being built and painted in such detail. Thanks for sharing :)

BodhiTree
25-11-2006, 18:39
It looks awesome, James. :) Hopefully one day I'll be able to spring for a model that awesome.

I also vote for the Scythes, as they and the Legion of the Damned are the two obscure Chapters I like the most. After the DA Codex comes out, I want to do a Damnedwing army. Skeletons, flames and Terminators, yum.

spikyjames
25-11-2006, 21:04
hugely jealous!!!! mainly of having the time to do something like that . Do you actually work!?! ;) or have you got a limitless stach of ready cash which means you dont have to too hard?

fantastic job up to your usual high standard. Good one mate.

yep i have a job where i do basically 0730-1700 five days a week and sometimes longer, it pays fairly well. i wish i had a stack of cash then i'd be getting my transporter straight away:(

cheers for all the kind words guys, my next army won't be started for a while as i've got a few other bits i want to get done first.

james

AinuLainour
25-11-2006, 21:14
This is defintly the best thunderhawk i have ever seen, i love the green on it.:)


http://ca.games-workshop.com/Community/Events_Coverage/Vancouver-0506/Warpstone/40kLarge.jpg

Handpainted from the skulls to the Dark Angels symbols.

spikyjames
25-11-2006, 22:50
i bet he/she took longer than 11 days though?

oh yeah i thought this was my project log, if you want to post pics of other peoples work for other's to see please post elsewhere and at least try and post an opinion as opposed to just a pic!!

Railgunner
25-11-2006, 22:54
I actually prefer Spikyjames' one...that one looks a little too..erm..clean, if you get what i mean.

Railgunner

AinuLainour
26-11-2006, 03:39
i bet he/she took longer than 11 days though?

oh yeah i thought this was my project log, if you want to post pics of other peoples work for other's to see please post elsewhere and at least try and post an opinion as opposed to just a pic!!

I've lurked through your project log since near the beginning, and I guess that I forgot to say congrats :D You've got the second best Thunderhawk I've ever seen ;) (The one I posted took 45 hours, and was done by a professional.)

AinuLainour
26-11-2006, 03:41
I actually prefer Spikyjames' one...that one looks a little too..erm..clean, if you get what i mean.

Railgunner

If you mean 'clean' as in, not a drybrushed hull with no freehand work, you'd be right. Afterall it was painted up for 1000 big ones, so it would have to be.

devolutionary
26-11-2006, 04:07
If you mean 'clean' as in, not a drybrushed hull with no freehand work, you'd be right. Afterall it was painted up for 1000 big ones, so it would have to be.

Wow are you here just to unleash little snide comments about how great somebody else's work is, or are you actually interested in commentary on the work at hand?

Captain_Wolverine
26-11-2006, 04:48
Well spikyjames is better, for one he has choosen a lesser known chapter, the painting is just quality, the Dark angel one is to clean by which I mean clinical no passion and love put into, not worthy of being tabletopped or displayed I'd pay Spiky to do mine any day, but if I could afford a thunderhawk I'd paint it myself.
AinLainour you should use peoples threads to place constructive critism if any needed at all, so you know where you can stick your DA thunderhawk and I am positive many of us who love spikyjames would love to show you.

All hail Spikyjames Thunderhawk, death and damn nation to the other one
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Death to the false Thinderhawk!!

Captain_Wolverine
26-11-2006, 04:59
If you mean 'clean' as in, not a drybrushed hull with no freehand work, you'd be right. Afterall it was painted up for 1000 big ones, so it would have to be.

And the guy over paided, anyone paying 1000 what ever is over paying and needs his head read.

I have the number of a good shrink he should call him!

spikyjames
26-11-2006, 09:52
@AinuLainour, obviously your getting people's backs up, including my own initially, whilst i like to hear people's opinion you don't seem to give one? and has been said just post snide comments. please feel free to start your own project log where we can give you some constructive critism on your work. if you want to chat anymore PM me.

please guys keep it civil, i don't really want to lock this thread.

cheers

james

chunk
26-11-2006, 09:55
Whats wrong with dry-brushing if you get an effect like that?

lee
26-11-2006, 10:40
thats one cool thunderhawk well done spikey:D

proximity
26-11-2006, 11:17
@AinuLainour, obviously your getting people's backs up, including my own initially, whilst i like to hear people's opinion you don't seem to give one? and has been said just post snide comments. please feel free to start your own project log where we can give you some constructive critism on your work. if you want to chat anymore PM me.

please guys keep it civil, i don't really want to lock this thread.

cheers

james

I sorta said to myself "please tell me hes spikys not gonna just sit back and take that..", im glad you didnt :P

DarkstarSabre
26-11-2006, 11:42
I've lurked through your project log since near the beginning, and I guess that I forgot to say congrats :D You've got the second best Thunderhawk I've ever seen ;) (The one I posted took 45 hours, and was done by a professional.)


Done by a professional?

Now that made me chuckle.

Simply put? This is spiky's log, not yours. Try not to stir anything up.

And spiky? Drybrushing works. Thunderhawks are meant to be dirtied up and battered. They do after all plummet from the atmosphere with their cargo so I should imagine they get a bit chipped and burnt up.

Kahadras
26-11-2006, 11:51
Thunderhawks are meant to be dirtied up and battered. They do after all plummet from the atmosphere with their cargo so I should imagine they get a bit chipped and burnt up.


I agree. Scorch marks and the like from reentry would look really cool IMO. I've never been that good a painter (I tend to go for neatness nowadays rather than trying anything flashy) but I reckon people with more 'skill' could make it look exceedingly good.

Kahadras

noneedforaname
26-11-2006, 12:50
Go easy on ainulainour he is only a kid and can be a bit full of himself, but then again im sure we all where at his age.

Here is a pic of his work if that helps anybody.

http://www.warseer.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=15336&stc=1&d=1164545323

Great work james, i know you set yourself a deadline to finish this and suceeded, but are you leaving it at that or are you planning to revisit it at a later date.

Maybe roughen it up a bit with some MIG weathering pigments to make it really diiiirrrtttyyyy!!!! :evilgrin:

cookiescrumble
26-11-2006, 16:50
That is one cool Thunderhawk, Kudos to you Sir. Also nice to meet you Saturday.

schoolcormorant
26-11-2006, 23:49
Spiky,
the finished thing is just, well it's just great, i'm not going to get into this argument with ainulainour as i have just read the past two pages and am pretty sure i've missed something,
it seems fitting (though i hadn't noticed it until the close-ups) to have eagles or hawks (birds anyway :rolleyes:) on the thunderhawk, if there is one thing in the GW/FW range that deserves eagles on its the thunderhawk.
for 11 days work it looks like months of painstaking freehand 'tempest' for example. and i think that it's now your duty (hah duty...) to do another Project log and beat the 11 day mark with the transporter - actually i'm fairly sure you'd want to go a bit slower on the next one huh?! so well done.

SC

Romanus
27-11-2006, 02:45
Mate absolutely beutiful work. You'll have to post a pic of it with some of your other mentor stuff so we ca truly appreciate it. Any ways good effort all round, and for doing it in 11 days is truly amzing.

Cheers, Rom

Gaz
27-11-2006, 03:54
very very nice. I now hate you however because its 3.53am and I should go to bed, but I saw the first painted picture you put up and I had to read the entire thread :P lol . Do you have a link to any more pics of your stuff? I definatly want to see more of them.

proximity
27-11-2006, 05:01
Go easy on ainulainour he is only a kid and can be a bit full of himself, but then again im sure we all where at his age.


when i was a kid and stepped out of line like that i got a clip around the ears and it worked, dont see why anyone else shouldnt :P

Brother Loki
27-11-2006, 11:38
Stuart Morrison's Scythes were the first marine army that I saw online that blew me away, and he had some solid fluff pieces and a solid website to accompany his army. Sadly, this (http://www.geocities.com/Area51/Shire/4010/) is all that is left of his Scythes site ... Also, as far as I knew the Scythes have nearly no terminators, having lost nearly all of the chapter to the 'nids who ate their homeworld, and most of their first company in the process.

I could be wrong, but looking forward to your take no matter :D

- Salvage

I think this is his new site - http://www.the-scythes.com/ - there was some problem with his old domain registrar or something.

You might get some inspiration from here as well, although I suspect you'd do them a lot better.

http://www.howlinggriffon.co.uk/scythesoftheemperor.htm

Cheers
Pete

AinuLainour
27-11-2006, 16:00
And the guy over paided, anyone paying 1000 what ever is over paying and needs his head read.

I have the number of a good shrink he should call him!

The price was including the cost of the actual thunderhawk.

No need, props for digging that up.Then again that was about 2 two years ago... (http://www.easternfrontstudios.com/index.php?n=modules/forum&a=3&d=4&o=14&q=181)

Anyways, I don't want a flame war, I was just trying to show a Thunderhawk painted better (or at least I thought so), but I know I shouldn't have. Sorry.

Chaos Lord Primus
27-11-2006, 16:07
Well sir, your dedication and skill serve as an inspiration to those of us who lack one or both.

The T-Hawk rocks!

spikyjames
27-11-2006, 17:46
thanks for all the feedback guys, it's good to see the scythes stuff has been found i'll have a good dig through that later. probably wont start them for a few months as i've got a few smaller bits i want to get done and also about 3000 points of ogre's that are crying out to be painted.

james:)

Steel_Legion
27-11-2006, 17:57
fantastic thunderhawk, really like it, and doesn't look drybrished to me, looks best, best i have seen i recon! good job... go on, you know you want that transporter...secretly!
Gav

AinuLainour
27-11-2006, 18:15
Spiky how on earth are you a lazy squig?

Finishing a thunderhawk in approx. a month is the best I've heard someone do it. Grats. :)

Looking foward to your ogre/scythes log.

Maus
27-11-2006, 18:38
Mmm, those scythes are a nice scheme. They're one of those where if you'd just descrobe it to me I'd think it was awful, but actually seeing them they look lovely.

Destris
27-11-2006, 18:50
Spiky how on earth are you a lazy squig?

Finishing a thunderhawk in approx. a month is the best I've heard someone do it. Grats. :)

Looking foward to your ogre/scythes log.

I think it was a bit under a month, about 13 days of actual work on it and working most of the day on a lot of those wasn't it Spiky?

This looks absolutely fabulous, probably one of the best Thunderhawks I have ever seen, and I can't beleive how quickly you did. Just out of interest, what colours did you use for the green?
Someone also mentioned dirtying it up a bit due to the atmostspheric drops. I have to say, things do look especially awful after atmostpheric entry, the Shuttles always need a new coat of paint (we've started having bets on who can do the most damage to the NASA logo on the wing :p). However, I think this would be perfectly fine as it is, the Imperials probably have some kind of uber-heat-resistant paint. Anyway, dirtying the white up on that could spoil it, and personally I think it looks brilliant as it is.
Congrats again,
Steve

spikyjames
27-11-2006, 19:14
9 night's, between 3 and 5 hours work per night. and 2 full days about 12ish hours work per day.

the green is my usual mix. dark angels green followed by 50/50 DA green/goblin green, then goblin green and finally 50/50 goblin green/skull white.

james

spikydavid
27-11-2006, 23:09
Very, very nice mate - well done

Scorpio
30-11-2006, 02:43
Spiky i might have missed out on when you were actually making it but now i must add that it is the best thunderhawk i've ever seen. And doing it in 11 days is amazing. Awesome job!

-Scorpio

synapse
15-12-2006, 13:01
Damn ive been away for a few week and look what i miss!

sorry to bring this backfrom the dead but i have a few observations, comments.
1)thanks Spikyjames for answering my question. at least im warned now when i buy my own :)
2) i think it would look nicer if there was more white in it. as it is now it looks a bit too Dark Angel - the white doesnt seem to stand out much (in the pictures at least)
3)i like the painting on it - a model that big is great to drybrush, very quick process and great results!

good work. and im looking forward to seeing the transporter

spikyjames
15-12-2006, 16:51
no probs mate, i am planning to put a bit more white on some of the vehicles i'm currently planning. i will do a transporter probably later on next year.

got a fair few plans before then though, and it would be nice to do a different army to try and get away from green and white (damn dark angels i'm gonna have to do)

there will however be a new mentors thread in the new year with all the extra bits i want to get done.

james:)

EarlGrey
15-12-2006, 17:58
This is fantastic! I love how you've drybrushed it; I feel drybrushing adds a sort of weathering effect, which goes well with large models.
Really tempted to get a "big thing" now.