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PostSubject: Re: The Black Halo   Tue Jul 01 2014, 00:20

These are sexy. Awesome work!

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PostSubject: Re: The Black Halo   Tue Jul 01 2014, 05:29

Really exceptional army, you should be proud. The colors and patterns remind me of an Egyptian theme, like some Dark Eldar captured some fantasy Tomb Kings and were like...."these guys have some good ideas...kill them and take their stuff!". Lol but seriously amazing job!
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PostSubject: Re: The Black Halo   Wed Nov 05 2014, 22:25

Stunning army you have so far looking forward to what's next :-)
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PostSubject: Re: The Black Halo   Fri Jan 02 2015, 14:12

Howdy, long time no post.

I have to admit that after a tournament I went to in June my 40K mojo had dropped off quite a bit. I guess I just needed one of those breaks to come back fresh and ready to play.

That being said, one of my best friends set up a an Apoc. campaign and I am in it with my DE. So I needed to add a few things. Like a Sickle Squadron.


Up for review are my De razorwing jet fighters, still work in progress. The idea was to add something eye catching to my De so the menace would be more impressive. And while I do love my desert scheme, we cannot live in the desert for long so reinforcements from Commorragh have come in via portal.

The goal was to break up the typical look and to make an a very dynamic design so that the jet fighters are camouflaged and interesting to look at. I had originally thought of using spirals, but as I got to thinking about it more, I decided to add "teeth/sawblades" to the design and make them kind of like lightning bolts. The colors have been reversed from the prior look, with more black and less gold, however I am hoping the look will fit in well with everything else, at least the colors should match.

I embedded the halo design in black on the model in a very large pattern, at first I found it distracting, but as I looked at the model from a distance, it really stood out, where as it kind of drops off the closer you get to looking at it. Almost like an optical illusion. The more I looked at, the more I liked it.

As always, C&C welcome. Thanks







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PostSubject: Re: The Black Halo   Fri Jan 02 2015, 14:45

Hot damn, back with a vengeance!

Striking designs, I think my favorites are the top and bottom ones that show the desert colors more. Although, the black one in the middle is really growing on me.....

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PostSubject: Re: The Black Halo   Fri Jan 02 2015, 16:45

Man these things are wild... I really love em. Wish I was rocking an Apoc. campaign as well. I've always loved your army keep us posted!

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PostSubject: Re: The Black Halo   Sat Jan 03 2015, 09:51

those look awesome, particularly like the sawblade style patterns as contrast to the rest of the army.

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PostSubject: Re: The Black Halo   Sat Jan 03 2015, 17:09

Oh wow. I had seen pics of your army somewhere else online and I was blown away then. And now you've made even more progress and I'm even more impressed. Those jet fighters are looking wild.

On a side note, might your army's name be a reference to the album by Kamelot? If not, you really should give them a listen.

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PostSubject: Re: The Black Halo   Sat Jan 03 2015, 23:45

Your Razorwings look fantastic, GAR, very nicely done. First, the disruptive nature of the pattern works extremely well, many such patterns are disruptive in name only, but yours actually works. Secondly, it is a pattern unlike any I can remember seeing before, so big kudos for that. And third, it's execution just makes the fighters look even more kick-ass.

Can't wait to see them all finished!

Cheers.
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PostSubject: Re: The Black Halo   Sun Jan 04 2015, 20:01

Wow, when I saw you posted in your project log again, I had a feeling that I really liked your models (couldn't remember the scheme) but I wasn't prepared for this. Those fights look stunning! Really well painted and as sad before, it really works well!

Now the Apo campaign has to be awesome ;-)

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PostSubject: Re: The Black Halo   Mon Jan 05 2015, 07:34

Excuse me, but do you have 6 fingers on your right hand? Must be, because your army looks amazing!

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PostSubject: Re: The Black Halo   Mon Jan 05 2015, 16:58

I love your work GAR.

These craft demonstrate how inferior the human eye is compared with that of the Dark Eldar. Whilst we humans tend to go with blotches, stripes or spots to create camouflage, your vehicles use complex interlocking patterns, subtle use of similar colours and razor sharp details.

This leads me to think that your actually a Dark Eldar.

Amazing, cant wait to see them progress!
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PostSubject: Re: The Black Halo   Wed Sep 09 2015, 21:15

Howdy.

Been a while, so I will be dabbling in bringing this old thread back to life every now and again.

No real progress to report on my dark Eldar, but I did kind of lose my mind several months ago and picked up 6 wraithknights.

But I have to admit, I was never really all that impressed with the models as they were, so I did some major conversions on them.

So what I did was reconstruct the chest piece and add the large jewel/icon from the back of the wraithknight. I think it added some much needed character.

Secondly, I have a real personal problem with sticking these long elegant weapons on the forearms. I had nightmares about my sun cannons getting all bent up on the battle field and blasting the wraithknight back in his own face. Talk about your proverbial face palm, lol. so I did some reconstruction on the weapons converting some into shoulder mounted weapons and converting the others into 2 handed polearms.

I also wanted some variety in the poses of the legs, so I did some major cutting and refitting to get the legs to work in 5 different poses from the original.


And lastly, the head looked stupid. I kept thinking about the cone heads from Saturday night live and none of it worked for me. I was inspired by hellboy 2 and one of the characters in the movie who had the way cool head piece, so I constructed a head piece to go with my Wraithknight heads that I am very pleased with. It took about 10 or 12 iterations to get it where I liked it, but I am pleased with the results. I also had to recreate the neck so the heads would fit correctly in the pose I wanted. I made resin casts of the new neck, which is roughly twice the height of the stock part.

All in all, I like how they turned out. I think they are much more interesting to look at and more visually dynamic. I have 3 models with 2 handed sun cannon pole arms and 3 models with shoulder mounted wraithcannons.

So without further ado, here are the first set of Work in progress shots. I will post the next set of pictures shortly.

















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PostSubject: Re: The Black Halo   Wed Sep 09 2015, 22:15

First of all, you're a bad, bad man for having six.

Beyond that they are looking very, very sexy. Mmmmm. The head-pieces and weapons look very nice. Can;t wait to see them complete.
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PostSubject: Re: The Black Halo   Wed Sep 09 2015, 22:27

LOL, I only really play APOC nowadays, and the dreamwalker formation is really good at dealing with Knight titans, bandeblades and other superheavies. I don't think my buddoes ever want to see eldar again. Smile

Last time I played them I used a baneblade as a soccer ball.
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PostSubject: Re: The Black Halo   Thu Sep 10 2015, 02:30

@GAR wrote:
Howdy.

I did kind of lose my mind several months ago and picked up 6 wraithknights.



I'm getting some popcorn for this show! I really enjoyed painting only one, but you'll get an entire six pack of joy Twisted Evil

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PostSubject: Re: The Black Halo   Thu Sep 10 2015, 10:58

OH MY GIDDY AUNT!

.........................................SERIOUSLY AWESOME DUDE. I can't wait to see these finished. you have got the little cogs in my brain turning now. I want to do one (not six though Smile ). That head dress is especially cool, as well as the weapon mods you have done. Great stuff man.

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PostSubject: Re: The Black Halo   Thu Sep 10 2015, 12:32

I just bought a second hand wrath knight on eBay that I am going to hack up and turn into a carnival wraith knight. Super inspiring stuff man Smile

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PostSubject: Re: The Black Halo   Wed Sep 16 2015, 17:45

Howdy,

So these are still work in progress but its more than I had before. One thing I want to mention is all but 1 of the models is converted. I converted 5 of the wraithknights legs to the poses would be varied, but there is also re sculpted and modified hands for the weapons as well as re-positioning of the feet. Also each model in addition to the new headpiece also has an elongated neck so the head can be repositioned with a more forward and downward looking pose, which enables me to make the headpiece stand up taller and not so much straight back.

The faceplate was sanded down on each model, mostly because I am not a fan of the stock part.

I'm still working on how to properly mount the wraithcannons on the shoulders so they don't interfere with the rest of the model or stick out so far forward that the models view is obstructed.

The weapons took the longest to rebuild, most of it is sun cannon parts and a whole lot of plastic card stock and some thick brass tubing for the haft of the polearm weapons.

Let me know what you think of my solution to Knight Titan dominated meta Smile

By the way, the craftworld theme is Mymeara. I just really like the blue and greens.

















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PostSubject: Re: The Black Halo   Thu Sep 17 2015, 23:01

Pffft! I have 2 and you have 6! Holy snickers bars batman! I do love the colors you're using. The conversion work is spot on too. Can't wait to see completions.

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PostSubject: Re: The Black Halo   Fri Sep 18 2015, 07:14

I like the conversions a lot but what model of yours needs a cage to be stored in? Shocked

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PostSubject: Re: The Black Halo   Wed Oct 07 2015, 00:31

Really nice Razorwings!
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