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    Radical paints Space Wolves and Knights. Woo!

    After many years of reading and occasionally posting, time to give back to the community with: MORE CONTENT!!

    Theory of the Wolves is that they're a great company that don't give a duck. They like the knightly aesthetic of the marines of yore, and are all about efficiency on the battlefield. Kill enemy, move on. No pelts jamming up weapons or armor here. (JK there's a lot of pelts haha.)

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    Major hobby inspirations are Lack0fBetter name for their incredible titan builds and incredibly customized armies, Blackadder for their ongoing pursuit of hobby glory with the best Imperator on the web, Wispy for their epic conversions and light grey Wolves, (No longer on B&C, find them at @kaygeebeeamarok on insta.) GiantSw0rd aka Valbjorn, has tons of great content and tutorials on YT/Insta, and right now the hottest converter around.
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    Current project is actually two Armiger Helverins of House Hawkshroud.

    Mechs and walkers are what got me into 40k between Warhounds and Wraithlords, so this project has been a nice return to some of the themes and designs that got me into the hobby. I'm also a big fan of Gundams, and a lot off the Helverin design inspiration I'm tapping into are inspired by the mechas from the Gundam universe.

    I've just tried out the Vallejo air metallic series for the first time and the review is solid/solid. They flow great, good coverage, a very dark metallic look which is exactly what I was going for. Better dropper bottles to boot make them a must have for anyone with an airbrush imo. Other major hobby learning on this one is to thin metallics with either airbrush thinner or a lamia medium. Compared to the standard acrylics which I've traditionally used water for, the chemical composition of the diluting agent really helps the coverage and smoothness of the metallics.

    Anyway though, on to pictures!!

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    The lore story is that House Hawkshroud (Which I'm told has a history with the Wolves, not entirely sure how though... ) has once again teamed up with their staunch allies, the Vlka Fenryka, and hunt down the enemies of humanity. As their traditions hold, while fighting in battle with allies, Hawkshroud takes on talismans and honorifics from their shared struggles. Although they have not yet started draping wolf pelts and bones on their warmachines, they have been honored with runes and sigils to display on their Knights, referencing glories in combat, and providing protection in future battles.

    I liked Hawkshroud for a few reasons, first their lore of being staunch allies, honoring their word, and always lending a hand appealed to me as a "Good Guy" player. Second their rules for better bracketing just seemed like the most competitive option for the house traits. Finally, yellow has always been held as a tough color to paint, and over the last few years I've gotten on with a friend about the pain of yellow while they painted their way through an angry marines army, so I figured this was a great opportunity to show them up with a super clean and smooth yellow scheme. In this regard, the airbrush has been a lifesaver.. I would only imagine that trying to hand paint the whole kit would be much more of a challenge. I'm all about efficiency though. Use the airbrush, and ezpz.

    Left to do on these knights, tidy up the trim, and then move on to the main body and limbs to add bits of color and make the model really pop when you get close up. The cables will end up blue and red and green for some splashes of color. Similarly, some copper bits to break up the monotonous silver. Lights and lenses and switches. Finally, some grease and grime with washes of agrax and friends.

    Lots of work left to do, but I'm quite pleased with the progress.

    Conceptually, I like to represent the juxtaposition of a warmachine built to slaughter and the knightly lineage that Knights evoke. To that end, the torso and weapons should be all utility, grimy, greasy, and ready to kill, while I'd like the armor panels and the trim to represent that the pilots of these craft care deeply about ritual, appearance, and a notion of honor in presentation. The brightness of the silver trim and yellow panelling should hopefully stand out against the more toned down and grimy torso and limbs, as the "business bits" just need to be ready to kill. In a warzone of the far far future, they're gonna get dirty.

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    Re: Radical paints Space Wolves and Knights. Woo!

    A great start Radical. I am always impressed whenever painters get such a nice solid yellow.
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    Re: Radical paints Space Wolves and Knights. Woo!

    Nice work!

    Like Codsticker said the yellow is very smooth.

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    Re: Radical paints Space Wolves and Knights. Woo!

    Base and snow effect and varnish left to do, but the paint is done.

    I'm particularly chuffed with the overall cleanness of the paint, not too much globbing or pigments.

    My theory of the armor is that if you're spending 12 years on a ship flying across the galaxy to kill aliens and chaos worshipers, you have plenty of time to repaint your gear, and buff out any scrapes.

    In the future, I'll probably work on some more battle damaged looks, but this model was all about nailing the fundamentals. Thinned paints, a few different colours to really bring out the details of the model, strong shadows and subtle highlights.

    Should pass the camera test, but also the tabletop test..

    The lore bits are the wolf guard yellow black knee pad, as well as the company icon, and the runes on the hip plates. Otherwise, pretty simple. Storm shield with the skull because this guy racks up the kills. Jk aoc made cannons suck..
    The company icon for those that know, is the Vertex icon from Halo 2 onwards. That was my icon of choice with the red background and the white foreground. It's a pain to paint because you're working with red and white, and the lines are so thin and swirly..

    The new corax white is pretty neat though! Definitely a grey base, so I still went over it with one of my good pots of ceramite white, however I wasn't too impressed with it's performance as a "pure white" even after using white scar over top. I'll need to test it a bit more, but with just the layer paint on top it still seemed like there was grey showing through. Not necessarily an issue on a larger space, however especially for a logo, it was important that it was completely, stark white.

    Additionally you can see a primaris Grey Hunter.

    The termi is magnetized at the armpits so the weapons can be swapped out. Only have one set right now though... Future project.

    They were also given moon boots with a bit of credit card cut out for standardized boosts, and then green stuff sculpted around to that uniform thickness so that the models would stack up a bit better with primaris scale stuff.

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    Re: Radical paints Space Wolves and Knights. Woo!

    Looking awesome so far!

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    Re: Radical paints Space Wolves and Knights. Woo!

    Nice solid clean painting.
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    Re: Radical paints Space Wolves and Knights. Woo!

    Good feeling progress over the last few weeks. Step back in time to the priming of the terminator crew. Magnetized arms included. (Did I mention that they have magnetized arms? Pretty neat, I know.)

    Progress shot of terminator two. There's a fun backstory about terminator two and an unpictured terminator from their previous un-magnetized lives. I'll share that at a later date though.

    All that's left with termi two is to tidy up some of the red highlights, shade and highlight the hair/face, slap some eyes on, scribble on the purity seals, and we're done. (Basing and varnishing excluded..)
    After that, on to terminator no. 3! Whole squad is 6 including Arjac, who will be painted last. 2 THammer SS termis remaining and one claws beside.

    Thank you for reading!

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