|Hail to the king baby!|
I finished most of Deep Dive some months ago, but never got round to tweaking the last few elements and taking some decent pictures. Unfortunately I didn't take any WIP images, but you should be able to make out most of the details in the images below...
|Deep Dive is an ancient Knight Magaera pattern Knight armour piloted by Mad Old Baron Pellinore.|
|The additional armour plating on his thighs makes Deep Dive appear heavier and thicker set than other Questoris knights.|
|Deep Dive's huge Siege Claw is complemented by a prehensile tentacle which can be used to pull smaller prey toward his crushing grip and a rad cleanser to 'purify' areas at range.|
|The bronze plating at the back of the hull is intended to give the impression of a diving bell.|
|The deadly lightning cannon...|
|Deep Dive's face was a straight swap for one of the now out of print Forgeworld alt heads. I think this head really fits the theme of the force, having the look of a modern robot submarine about it.|
|At Deep Dive's feet is a combination of industrial plating and sand - a common sight on a world where artificial and natural land masses go hand in hand. The base is finished off with a little sea snail!|
|While at the back of the base, a small eel-like creature is hiding in the grates|
|Reef Thresher is piloted by Countess Caelia Hiralden, wife of Count Octillus Hiralden. The Yin to his Yang. The cheese to his pizza, etc...|
|I wanted Reef Thresher to be a little more feminine to contrast with her counterpart. The pose makes here appear lighter on her feet than the Fisher King.|
|Putting the knight up onto the toes make it appear to be skipping forward lightly.|
|Reef Thresher is armed with a brutal looking drill which I converted from the Genestealer Cult Tectonic Fragdrill set.|
|The large torso lamp was an intentional nod to Gypsy Danger from the Pacific Rim movie|
|I installed a pressurised hatch into the Knight carapace, adding a nice feature to the clamshell armour|
|I used individual links to make the hanging chains on Reef Thresher - they look great but drove me slightly mad by jingling the whole time I was painting her!|
|I wanted the gauntlet to be different from the Fisher King, so I added long talons to the fingers; this had the added benefit of looking more feminine than her partner's stumpy digits. Note the kill markings on the inside of her shield.|
|Again, I came up with a transparent shield design to bring her in line with the theme|
|I added extreme rust and weathering along with some sculpted barnacles to Reef Thresher's shin and knee pads, simulating the look of a machine that has spent long periods of time knee deep in sea water.|
|I added a lot of texture to the rusty areas to replicate the fuzzy look iron takes on when it starts to disintegrate|
Here are some WIP images I took while making Reef Thresher...
|I spliced the drill with armour plating from a Knight Warden Gatling cannon, adding a small harpoon gun where the heavy flamer would normally live.|
|Stage 1 of painting Reef Thresher - spray silver then texture and weather the whole model liberally...|
|...this stage is always scary as it feels like you could ruin the miniature if you go too far!|
|This image shows all of the sub assemblies used to make Reef Thresher's shield. Each component had to be fully painted before assembly otherwise I'd be risking marking the delicate transparent plastic|
|Getting everything to line up when assembling the shield was very tricky - there were a ton of dry-fits before anything was glued!|
What the future holds....
Mudskipper is the third Armiger class knight which I've made for this force, adding the long-range armament of a Helverin Knight
I have a further two Knights in progress, but I'll be saving them for a future post.
For now, enjoy a couple of group shots - thanks for reading!
|One big happy family!|
|I can't wait to use my Lancers to take on a titan!|