Sunday, June 12, 2011

Heresy Era Thousand Sons - Magnus The Red painting in progress

Still waiting for the renovations around my condo to be completed, with summer in full force around here the temperatures in my hobby loft have hit over 95 degrees (good thing I don't have any finecast! [rimshot]), so I haven't gotten much done up there of late. This is a piece that I'd worked on a few weeks back for my Heresy-Era Thousand Sons - The Primarch Magnus the Red.

Magnus is described as a crimson-skinned giant of a man in several stories, and I tried to capture a reddish/ruddy hued skin which turned out fairly decent - It's a simple coat of Dwarf Flesh, a light wash of Baal Red and a highlight of Dwarf Flesh and Elf Flesh. As far as him being a giant, I didn't include a model for scale, but suffice it to say that that's a 60mm base he's standing on!

As there's more than a bit on animosity between the Sons of Russ and the Sons of Magnus, I thought it would be only appropriate to have Magnus wear a wolf-skin pelt. The model required quite a bit of greenstuffing to mask various joins and gaps, and unfortunately while painting the model I've discovered several places where my GS skills left quite a bit to be desired.  I'm not sure how to go about repairing the remaining gaps, I guess I'll have to try and use a bit more GS here and there and hope I can paint over it without the paint flaking off or something...

I'm in the home stretch with a unit of Hellion and Reavers after a friend of mine graciously offered to let me do some painting over at his place where it's much, much cooler than the oven of my hobby loft. Pics soon!


  1. Very nice.

    I just listened to the audio book 'A Thousand Sons' recently. I'm still not clear on Magnus' appearance. At one point they mention him specifically having one eye in the center of his head, then later they talk about the skin grown over the place where his 'other' eye should be... implying that he has one eye, but in the correct place. I'm sure I'm missing something.

  2. Indeed - it's one of those things that varies from author to author. I'm going with the interpretation that as a Primarch, Magnus has one good eye and one eye that has grown/scarred over, but when he ascends to Daemonhood he ends up with one eye in the center of his forehead (ala the old epic miniature). The headpiece that he is wearing on the model has a gem in the center of the forehead, and I'm considering painting that up as a sort of eye/gem.