Thursday, November 29, 2012

Building a Better Typhus: Part 1

Hey everyone, a quick post today in what I hope will be a small ongoing series (if I remember to take pictures at all of the steps). I have always loved the Typhus model and artwork, my only problem was that the model was not nearly as awesome as the above picture. While a terrific sculpt its lacks all of the dynamism that the art captures. The lumbering behemoth tearing through your troop's lines.

As you can see it almost looks like he is posing for a school picture. When he was a giant chunk of metal it would have been way to much effort to extensively convert him, but now that he is Finecast that is no longer the case. I think this was the first time I was excited about a model getting re-released in Finecast. 

My Typhus model had no (!) defects at all. After cleaning the mold lines I promptly began cutting him up. My goal is to somewhat mimic the artwork. He will be stepping down off of something (not sure what yet) to try and give him a sense of movement without re sculpting his legs. The scythe will be stretched out behind him and I will be re positioning his other arm in front of him. While I would love to have him holding a guardsmen like in the picture the scale is just not right. I would need to bulk him out considerably to make it work, so right now the plan is to use the severed deaths heads from the Plaguebearer champion model. I also will sculpt his left shoulder pad (the fly one) to look like that totally sweet mouth thing. I am not sure on the head yet, originally I was going to make a new one that looks like the art, but I also kind of want to keep him consistent with my Forgeworld Terminators. Thoughts on this are appreciated.

Here he is after 40 minutes of cutting.

More updates soon (I hope).

Tyler M.

1 comment:

  1. Cheers for the update, very cool idea and I'll be following this intently! I think the head looks good as it is, I'm not too keen on the one in the artwork.