Friday, July 22, 2011

Heresy Era Thousand Sons - Seraphis, Librarian Dreadnought Complete!

I'd solicited some advice from you lovely readers regarding what else Seraphis needed to make him stand out a bit, and The Inner Geek made the excellent suggestion that he needed a bit more scroll work and so forth on the armor plates to make them a bit more interesting to look at.


I took this to heart and dug out my old Realm of Chaos books to find some inspiration on mystic runes I could use. With those as a guide I broke out the paint and set to work adding a mess of runes and appropriately eldritch looking squiggles.


Once I was relatively satisfied with the coverage, I went back over the plates with a Baal Red wash to tone them down a bit and help blend them in. I'm really pleased with how it turned out - the red of the runes brightened up the model overall, bringing it more in line with the brighter red shown in the Horus Heresy art books but still keeping the slightly darker tone I am going for. Thanks to The Inner Geek for this excellent suggestion!

10 comments:

Hendrid said...

Fine looking model, the runes help the model immensely, very nice and nicely done.

oink said...

Agreed...

I really like the exhausts!

Mordian7th said...

Thanks folks!

@Hendrid - I owe The Inner Geek all the credit for the rune idea, it definitely makes the model 'pop'!

@Oink - The exhausts are painted in an attempt at 'heat patina'. I started off with boltgun metal, then drybrushed bestial brown and shining gold around the top. After that they were given a wash of ogryn flesh and badab black to dirty them up a bit. Next time around I think I'll use more brown and less gold, but the overall feel comes across, I think.

sonsoftaurus said...

Very nice! I agree that the sigils add a lot.

D'nyarak said...

great looking model, The Inner Geek's suggestion was great, and you really made it work. The scroll work gives interest without distraction. great work on the model and looking forward to what you have planned next for the thousand sons!

#2501 said...

I love it! The only thing that bugs me is the stark white loincloth; needs some scrollwork or a sigil or something. My eye gets drawn right into that expanse of white.

Mordian7th said...

Thanks!

@#2501 - Good call. I'm hesitant to do more runic script, but perhaps the legion symbol in red on the white of the loincloth to contrast against the white symbol on the red armor...

The Inner Geek said...

You're certainly welcome for the suggestion. But it was you who carried it out so well!

I think it looks awesome. And more befitting a 'sorcerous' army.

Vitor said...

Very nice model! Love the runes and the exhausts, way to go.

Mordian7th said...

I appreciate it!

@The Inner Geek - Indeed! Of course, now I'm committed to doing the same on all the psykers in the army. I think the extra effort will be worth it though, thanks again for the idea!

@#2501 - I went back and added the legion symbol to the loincloth. Of course, that means that I'm going to have to do a post called "Librarian Dread Completed-er". Heh.