Hobby Update: Custodes II, Valoris Completed, and Death Guard Depart.
It’s been a hectic couple of weeks but if you’re reading this it’s for the hobby content, so let’s get right into it.
Sadly I’ll start with the sale of the Death Guard. It did not take long to sell them, but I find it hard to let something go you’ve worked on for a really good amount of time. I honestly don’t know how “commission painters” do it on a regular basis.
Onto the new projects we have my restart of the Custodes! How could I possibly do this?
Well I really enjoyed putting extra effort into that army, and playing it. When I restarted it I wanted to put more effort into the golds, and adding more ‘pop’ to the none metallics as well, and see if I could get an even better result this time.
So I started with three bikes:
From here I wanted to finalize my approach on golds using more ‘purple’ hues than before, and bring the brights to a nearly ‘blonde’ type of gold.
As I’ve been working on the Bikes, I have put a lot of time into Trajann Valoris and he’s finally done after several weeks of working on and off with him:
Valoris is a big challenge. Doing him right, without going too far with the armour is challenging. I wanted to give his base a more dynamic OSL treatment as well.
I think everywhere this dude walks, the floor pretty much lights up around him.
I went a slightly different route with the Axe this time, going closer to a ‘crackling’ lightning technique. Also the Lion’s head got more attention this time.
Working with various sand type colours I wanted to explore bringing out the furry texture of the Lion’s head.
I find his cape can be a bit time consuming. There’s a lot of repair work to it as well I find. Comfort can be found in the liquid green stuff. (Not drinking it, but working with it!)
So a different approach on the face, and feathers going with more purples, and browns in general.
So the big man is done. I’m really happy with him overall and I took my time to tie in tutorials on this fig describing most of the steps.
I hope to have a simple, easy to use method up on his axe as well.
Thank you for reading!