Wednesday, November 26, 2014

GALLERY: Screaming Skull Catapult

When I first started this project the Screaming Skull Catapult was not very high on my list of things to paint, but it actually was a lot of fun. Not only do I have some high quality pictures for you, but I also have some experiments in how I will present my projects in the future.

This model was pretty straight forward to paint. For the most part it was a lot of painting the same things I have painted in the past for my Tomb Kings. It was a lot of bone. A. lot. 

To make it easier I broke the bone down into sections, painting one "monster" at a time, one skull column at a time, and the claw arm on its own. Next was the wrapping which are based with Chardon Granite. I am carefully rationing out this paint since it is essential to my Tomb King scheme. I have to start coming up with a back up plan for when I run out. The mummy skin was painted the same way I painted the priest for the Casket. It turned out a little less grey, but that tends to happen when your main color is a mix of paints. It's hard to get it to be 100% consistent across several models. To be honest these two mummies were what I was looking forward to the most. They are such interesting parts of the catapult.

Once the catapult was done it was on to the crew. These models are so characterful, I wish the whole Tomb King skeleton range looked like these. I have an extra set of the crew due to some miscasts and I'm already thinking up ways to convert them to use them in my army. I'm thinking that champion will have a twin riding in a chariot. 

Again, it was a lot more of the same as far as the colors went. The addition of the loin cloth really helps balance out the colors since I can paint it white and tie it into my army's scheme more. 

I took some pictures of it in front of a black backdrop for a change. I think it really makes it pop. I am going to plan on using both a black and white backdrop for future models.

Oh, I forgot to mention the vulture. This guy is just full of character and really adds that extra bit of detail to it. The Screaming Skull Catapult tends to come across as cheesy and old school to some people, but after painting it I have to disagree. While I love all of the new models as well, you can really tell the difference in between these older, hand sculpted models and the newer computer generated ones. There are tons of little quirks and hidden details on it. The hand of the sculptor comes across a lot more.

Now this is part of my experiment I was talking about at the start. I hope to get a real motorized turntable soon so I can take 360 degree videos of my models, but until then I can make these GIFs. If this is something you would like to see more of let me know in the comments below.

Last but not least, the video. This is my first video I have made so I am still learning the tricks for it. I am using only free software at the moment and my choice of songs was somewhat limited by legal issues. If anyone knows some good royalty free (or cheaply licensed) songs that would fit both a Fantasy and 40k theme let me know. I hope to get a motorized turntable and HD camera at some point, so these videos will only improve from this point on.

Until next time,

Tyler M.

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