There it is, my first big project of 2017. If you would have asked me a few years ago whether I would ever add a Wraithknight to my collection, I would have answered with a firm “no”. I really love the Wraithknight’s background, it’s so very much Eldar, but I think the model suffers from a few weird design choices. For example, I don’t like the shape of the head and the blank face plate, the undersized shoulder exhausts, the back section, and the abundance of oval blips. Compared to the elegant Revenant Titan, the model feels busy.
Fortunately, FW released the Skathach knight variant a while ago, remedying most of the things I didn’t like. With a couple of minor alterations, like the removal of the large oval blip shapes from the legs, I’ve come to like the model. It’s still no Revenant Titan, but it will make a nice centrepiece for my collection nevertheless.
Assemby took me over a week – surprisingly time consuming was the removal of the blips. Cutting away the large ones on the legs and arms will leave holes that need to be filled. I used regular green stuff first, and then liquid green stuff sanded with a very fine grit sand paper, which I repeated five or six times for each spot. It’s still not perfectly smooth, but it will do. I also repositioned the legs, and magnetized the arms.
So far I applied the base colours and highlights with an airbrush, then I’ll work my way from bottom to top, finishing one assembly group after another. I also need to create a base… stay tuned.
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Holy cow! Beautiful! What colors are you using for the turqoise?
Looking great so far. It is a pity that the Skathach does not fix the pigeon chest issue, which aside from the head is my main complaint about the model.
- Andy Hicks
Long-time follower of your Eldar, Stahly – this looks like it will be another beautiful addition to your Iybraesil force. The colour scheme you use is fantastic!
I had many of the same reservations about the Wraithknight kit; the head shape, the back vanes, the abundance of blisters/blips. I also find it to be very barrel-chested and the shoulders are too broad. Weirdly, the side-profile concept sketch that Jes Goodwin did looks much better than the final model – I don't know if something was lost in the process of translating that to a fully-realised 3D model. Or maybe Jes's sketches always look good regardless!
This was my attempt at "correcting" the kit – http://eldar.arhicks.co.uk/miniatures/eldar/craftworld/wraithknight_1.php. The Skathach goes a long way to correcting some of the design issues as you said, but it's interesting to see that you've also removed a lot of the larger blisters from the legs as well.
Keep up the good work, I look forward to seeing the next update.
Hi Andy, I follow your work for quite a while as well. I admire your splendid conversion and sculpting skills. Very inspiring stuff! In fact, your Wraithknight modifications were what inspired me to give the model a try. Love the back vanes you sculpted. Keep up the great work!
Can I ask you some generic airbrushing questions, not necessarily related to this project?
1. What paint are you using? If you are using citadel how do you thin it?
2. If you are thinning paints what tools are you using? Eye droppers, syringes, Bottles? Where do you get those tools?
3. How is Vallejo Game Air? Is it worth it over mixing? Is there any other airbrush acrylics that are any good?
4. How is tamiya clear red or other clears? Is it a good place for a newb to start if I wanted to do preshading and then get good results?
5. Are there any good youtube channels or online tutorials to watch?
Thanks for any help
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Labour of love even before the painting starts. Looks good, looking forward to see the finished article.