The Court on Parade
After a couple of years painting them and a few weeks creating their display board, the Court of the Fisher King were finally ready to be submitted for the 2020 Armies on Parade online competition!
|Shock Manta prepares to enter the drop zone while Trench Runner leaps from his own platform|
|The court stalking down the shoreline to enter the icy depths|
|I created the staggered board so that all of my knights can be seen at once|
|The most challenging part of the whole build was getting the platforms to line up correctly with the base cut-outs; particularly as the water levels were also different for each of the knights!|
|Deep Dive and Barracuda Squall perch on a rocky outcrop where they can be easily seen above the knights on the shoreline|
|There's a real feeling of intent now that all of the knights are moving toward the ocean as a united force|
|Trench Runner is jumping into the depths from a vertical aqua deployment ramp (a knight sized diving board...)|
|From a more elevated position, you can better see the transition from sandy cliffs to shoreline platforms to the ocean itself|
|I love this image so much! The smaller knights picking their way forward while the lancers easily traverse the cliffs up above!|
|It was important to me that the Fisher King took the prime spot, higher even than Reef Thresher; fitting as the most senior member of the Court, he can be seen towering above them all|
|Reef Thresher marches with the King on the top tier|
|The diminutive Mudskipper working his way down the flank|
|Quake Hydra towers over Mudskipper!|
|Sacristan Nautolex watches his mechanical charges deploying for battle|
|Shock Manta appears to be taking one last look at the horizon before his drop|
|I even managed to find a place for Snapper who is found near a cliff face entry hatch|
Building the display board
In my last post, I showed a few images of the poly sculpting I was doing to get the basic structure for my display. Here are some more images covering off the rest of the process!
|The rather naked looking polystyrene shapes!|
|The next part of the build was to add all of the platform cut-outs and other plastic details which I made while poly sculpting. I hot glued these in place then began the process of coating the display with external filler (on the cliffs) and plaster on the water areas|
|This stage was extremely messy and it was difficult not to get filler and plaster on the plastic elements!|
|The base coat of glue and paint took a whole day to dry fully, but it was necessary to seal everything, strengthening the plaster and foam|
|It was then just a case of painting the rocks, sand and sea to match the army!|
A torture engine like no other!
I realised a couple of weeks ago that with all of the knights and titans on my blog, I have completely neglected to produce anything even vaguely resembling a giant monster for some time and that I needed to remedy this by finishing some of my kaiju backlog!
As a result, I finally completed my Drukhari Wrack Knight with a lick of paint! I'm so pleased with how this monster turned out; he's so unique while fitting perfectly into the coven.
|My Wrack Knight in all his gory glory!|
|Not as bulky as a regular Wraithknight, he is still an imposing presence!|
|The bladed sails jutting from his back project a shadow field over this mighty monstrosity|
|Just like his smaller kin, this Haemonculous' creation is studded with dark technology|
|Double jointed legs give this construct a much more alien feel|
|As with all servant of the Haemonculi, the creature's face is hidden behind a Wrack mask|
|A twin disintegrator cannon makes for a devastating secondary weapons array|
|While disintegration is scary, the thought of being killed by a titanic husk glaive is terrifying!|
|What Wrack is complete without an exposed spine and hunch back?|
|Like regular Wracks, the Knight wears his torturer's apron with pride. The hooks at his back are used to hang trophies during battle|
Where the Hex are the rest of them?
As I've not shown them on the blog recently, I thought I'd also take a few group shots of the Coven so far - enjoy!
|The Hex in all their dark majesty|
Last but not least...
I decided it was time to dust off the Tantalus and start painting...