Monday, July 4, 2011

A walk on Dusk

Where oh where has the time gone?  May, June, and now July. Seems like this summer is flying by. Yesterday started our group star wars RPG. Set in the era of the Old Republic, our heroic jedi are flying off to save the galaxy or meet there destiny. Today, though is not about the RPG but some different tid bits from the far dark future. After ordering the Gaunts Ghost set in the mail and receiving it a few days ago, i was able to assemble it yesterday finally adding Corbec, Milo, Mad Larkin, Doc Dordin and a tanith trooper into my tanith 1st and only. Now this squad will be my new Company command squad and with the lay out of weapons, i will be able to use them for many different pieces of wargear and options. Milo comes with a bagpipe set  which i believe would make a excellent regiemental standard and Doc Dordin would make a excellent character for my medic upgrade (should i take it).  Colonel commisar Gaunt is of course being used as a Lord commisar or a Company commander based upon the point value. More on that later....

Today i was able to make a few hour into painting time and paint the death cult assassin ive been meaning to work on for a friend of mine. In our Dark Heresy game, this character is being run as assassin from the feral work of Dusk. The client wanted the colors of purple and green for the main robes and clothing so i decided to try something different on this.

Having worked on mostly tau and guard (to some extent) i decided to go for a feral look and the way to make this work was to make the clothing look ragged. This proved to be tougher than expected and preharps i should have gone green over purple instead of purple over green. I was able to get the look down eventually and tried to figure out how i would do certain colors due to limited paints avaible to me. Thanks to a friend of mine, i was able to secure the use of the purple (lich purple) and Thraka Green in order to to get the look just right....


....However upon use i noticed that the green dried a darker color then i had been expecting. This was a shock but only a minor set back as i had been thinking over the color scheme for a few weeks now.

Alittle background on the world this assassin comes from. Dusk is a planet in the calixs sector bathed in low sunlight where almost every form of life is from fungal strands. From the Lexicanum, It reads:

Elana the Unshaken, an Imperial missionary who made it her lifelong goal to bring the word of the Emperor to the dark places of the Imperium. It is said that she bore a scar for each world she visited, and that upon Dusk she was savaged by predators whilst travelling in the wilderness. 
Having read the background, I finally finished up the character, leaving a few pieces of itesms sparled at his feet. a las pistol holder and a few items of interest his target was carrying.

The blades were my favorite part to work on for the whole project. Just alittle chain mail metal and one good stroke got the look just right. The throwing daggers proved to be more of a hassle but i was able to turn what was a mistake into a rusted look thereby saving the paint job.

Hopefully, Soon i will be returning to the Tanith, They have been ignored for some time now due to the DH characters. The inquistor Urmaus is done now and solidfied, however i am not yet pleased with the way he looks. I hope to have him figured out as well soon.  Once thats done you can expect to see him on this blog and he might even get a paint job if he turns out to look really good.  As for the arbities and others, well only time can really tell.....

Finally i leave you all today with some thoughts on the working of building this model. While learning more about my own painting skills and what it takes to handle a paint brush, i was thinking about this characters back story. Walking on a world in darkness with your tribe and eventually being able to go out into the larger galaxy seems galaxies apart in terms of life styles. One being the day to day survival of your people, the other, the day to day survival of your species as a whole. When you look into it, This assassin is just doing what he know, but on a much larger scale.

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