It’s Ben from RD Minis back again with the final part of the Red Scorpions showcase, last up it’s the heavy support.
I wanted to include several centrepiece models and Forgeworlds large models certainly fit that bill.
Both the Fellblade and Spartan are excellent models, some problems with fitting the tracks on the Spartan though and neither are for novice modellers really.
I added pintle mounted weapons and hunter killer missiles because you can never have enough guns on a tank surely, also as with all my models I’ve covered them in purity seals and other details to individualise them and show how ancient and revered they are.
The Storm eagle is another kit from Forgeworld and is a superb model which vies with the Fellblade for my favourite large scale kit in the force but again this is not a kit for novices and certainly isn’t the easiest to put together.
Both the Storm eagle and Stormraven (along with all the other transporting vehicles) have painted interiors and all the doors are able to be opened to view it, they also have fully painted cockpits and alternative weapons.
I used plenty of lighting effects on the Land raiders for dramatic effect and the Redeemer also has a heat damaged look on its sponsons which fades from the front using Kantor blue through Xereus purple to Balthasar gold, all thinned and glazed over the top of the base metal colour.
As with the Rhinos I tried to keep to the same paint scheme but adding various details and kits and using different weapon loadouts to create variety.
I’ve also added a firing missile to the Hunter using a sculpted green stuff smoke plume.
Both the Centurions and Deredeo have swappable weapons and the Deredeo has also been given the same detailing as the other relic models to give the impression of its age and status.
The two Devastator squads have Rhinos that can also be used as Razorbacks for flexibility.
Well I hope you enjoyed this look at my Red Scorpions over the past few weeks and I look forward to hopefully bringing you a shot of the full force all together (which may need some small amount of re working with the new codex coming out, not too much though by the sounds of it) as well as a guide to the paint scheme I used and further guides for special effects I’ve achieved in future posts.
I apologise for boring you but I would like to point out that every one of these photos were taken only a week or so ago and that the last model: the Deredeo was only completed a little before that.
Also over the last few years in which I've been building this force I tend to only showcase it like this at certain points and as I've now completed this project it seemed like a good time to do that along with the fact that I'm quite proud of the large amount of work which has gone into it but worry not as I'll be moving onto something new soon so you won't be seeing as much of these guys in the future, I'll just have to bore you with my next project then instead 😉
Well this is the first time I've seen this army and it's been a joy to behold. I also appreciate (unlike yourself) how much effort has gone in to producing a force of this magnitude, with the extra details and touches it was clearly a labour of love. Also your point is moot as there are some units here that have only recently been released so why don't you keep your "boring" opinion to yourself!
Don't feed the trolls Ben 😉
The amount of details and subtle conversion work is stunning, everytime you have a look you discover something new. Excellent!
Lol, I try not to but you've got to throw them a bone every now and then 😉
Cheers for the kind words by the way, always appreciated.
- Big Poppa Fresh
I've seen the army before and love the new additions as well as the up close detail on all the units. I also appreciated the write up to go with the pics. I've spent more time on these articles than the majority of recent tale of painters articles lately (no offense to other recent articles which I also enjoyed).
Hey Ben, don't need to apologize, for those who hasn't seen your miniatures it's a big deal, and a motivating thing.
You put a lot of effort the perseverance behind a project like this deserves to be showcased in all its glory!!.
Keep going man!!
Thank you, much appreciated 🙂
Ben great looking project, I like it a lot, thanks for sharing it with us 🙂
Would you be willing to share how you do the main blue-grey colour?
Certainly, I'll be posting a full painting guide on here soon and there's also one amongst the tutorials on my website: http://www.rdminis.com but in the mean time the grey is painted in this way:
Undercoat chaos black spray (or any black of course),
Base coat with Mechanicus standard grey,
Wash the whole area with Nuln oil,
Drybrush with Mechanicus standard grey then Dawnstone and finally Celestra grey.
When dry brushing make sure to remove as much paint as possible (I tend to drybrush it on a rough surface or cloth and then on the palm of my hand to really get it to a particularly fine level), you can always add more but it's difficult to take it away.
Also the last drybrush of Celestra grey needs to be particularly light so even less paint along with lighter strokes.
Hope that helps and glad you like them 🙂
Thank you Ben! From pictures it looks like there is some kind of blue like for space wolves, but apparently there is not 🙂
There is a blue tint to it but that's due to the layering of the paints, the Celestra grey in particular has a slight blue hue.
Hm.. yes on your site they look more grey-ish 🙂 Anyway I like a lot the results of how you build up the colour through drybrushing. I did some in the past already but didn't look so good. I will try it again on my space wolves I think 🙂
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I've seen this so many times its boring. Im guessing 3 years or something. Over and over the same photos. Great non the less , but so boring to keep seeing the ssme pics on every blog ever