At last some detail work! I use the term detail very loosely because the engines are the same length as a Land Raider and the Turbo Laser is the length of a Rhino APC. Read on for some close ups of the Thunderhawk’s guns, engines and landing gear.
I painted all the metals by brush (a very large one). Everything received a solid base coat of GW Warplock Bronze. Then the metal areas were painted with Leadbelcher, washed with Nuln Oil and then dry brush highlighted with Ironbreaker. The Bronze areas were painted with Hashut Copper washed with Agrax Earthshade and then drybrush highlighted with Brass Scorpion. Very simple but effective way to paint such huge areas.
What to paint next? Well the there are a few Imperial Aquila icons on the model that need painting, and the door detail needs painting, so I think raised icon details are next. This also means I need to paint the name of the thunderhawk onto the nose scroll work, any suggestions for names greatly appreciated, not too long please. Thanks.
I still have to start work on the base. My acrylic rod and forstner drill bit arrived so at least I can construct it. I was thinking about content for the base and I’ve decided for the desert theme I’m going to have a skeleton carcass sticking out of the sand. Now I just need to find a toy dinosaur skeleton.
So much still to do.
if we are doing latin i would like: Aquila that means eagle..
i like the paintjob on the engines, nice burned effect at the back 😉
whats the latin term for "better late than never"? that would be an awesome name.
all in all its looking very good!
regarding toy dinosaur skeletons, i have no idea…
Garfy, Checkout http://www.thedinosaurmuseum.com/acatalog/dinosaur-for-kid.html – bottom of page is a Make Your Own Dinosaur Skeleton kit, possibly ideal as its a puzzle form (i.e. in pieces, and even comes textured !
"Lance of Jove" after the Thunderhawk from Space Marine
I originally purchased a T-Bird back in 2011 for my Wolves and followed your early work extensively along with another blog by cruorangelussillicus on youtube and heresy-online.
Glad your back on with it and it's pushed me back into finishing mine as I had previously got to interior and base coat!
Would be interested to know what your using for your base – and where you got the acrylic rod from?
Gary – I like Absortio. I'm going to go with that! Thanks.
Korhain – Aquila is a bit too vanilla marine. Nice idea though.
Marsekay – haha, not sure if that's a reflection of how long I'm taking on this project or not. Reminds me of the mock up shield and motto I did for friends at work. I used a latin translator to say "you confuse me with someone who gives a shit" lol
Adrian – Hmmm, that skeleton isn't bad for roughly £4. I might pop into London and visit the natural history museum soon, I can get one in there probably. Thanks for the link.
Taffeh – I'm pleased I've invigorated someone else to return to their hawk. It's so daunting to paint it's untrue! Just need to keep chipping away at it mate.
When I start the base, I'll take looks of stage by stage pictures and include links to where I bought the bits. But for now searching ebay for Acrylic rod is a start (I bought 20mm thick and 300mm long.
Thanks everyone. Glad the project is going down well. I really appreciate your feedback. 😀
P.S. @ Anonymous – I read that as Lance of Love… these aren't the emperor's children you know 😉
"Lance of Jove" with a "J" is actually correct. However, the name's too long for such a short parchment and the final name's already been decided, so it doen't really matter.
I love the work you've put into the T-hawk so far. This thing is going to be amazing when finished!
- Andy - bG
Looking absolutely stunning already and you haven't even detailed it! Cannot wait to see even more of this.
In my honest opinion Absortio sounds a bit too Harry Potter for me. I can imagine Hermione saying it (whilst looking hot of course).
The names of the UM Thunderhawks that have been published to date are
Gladius – Capt Sicarius' personal Thawk
Thunderstorm – from Damnos incident
So it looks like a mix of semi Latin and modern 40k Gothic/English rather than all Latin names – ie Gladius meaning Sword.
The model is still looking well nice though!
I think Gladius is the name of the Suzuki sv650 isn't it? I wonder if I should name the hawk thunderhornet after my own bike 😉
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The bronze contrast on the metal looks sharp. Also, I nominate "Absortio" for the name. Roughly translates to "overwhelming victory" in Latin.