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post #21 of 32 (permalink) Old 01-30-11, 10:34 PM Thread Starter
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Well a bit of a major update here. I've been working on Abaddon a fair bit the last couple days.

That's an over all shot of the model thus far. here are some more detailed shots:

I completed the trophy rack by adding a Sorcerer-ish looking helmet, that's been properly beaten and broken of course which is mounted atop a Geanstealer's skull. IN the back is a Necron head mounted on top of a Dark Angle's helmet. For some added grotesqueness I attached a pair of tethered skulls to the back of each of the exhaust stacks of the back of the model.

I figure Abaddon would be a fairly decorated fighter and thus would carry signs of such decoration in the forms of talismans and icons. TO show this, I've attachs a couple hanging Icons on the armor. There's a Khorne icon hanging from his right knee while a Chaos undivided talisam adorns his left hip plate.

Here are some shots of the converted Talon prior to attachment. I think it pretty well speaks for it's self.

Next step... the head. Oh this is going to be fun.

I have to say, this project has been really challenging. Firstly because this is the first time I've put this much forethought and planning into a conversion. Seriously, about 85% of the work I had laid out before I purchased the parts. But secondly because of the level of detail I'm putting into the conversion. I mean I've done detailed conversions before, but something about this one is different. This isn't some random commander I decided to make a name and model for. This is Abaddon. Love him or loath him, everyone knows him. His model has been a staple of Chaos Marine Codexes for more then a decade. I've always felt a certain amount of trepidation about converting an established character and this was no exception. Thus far I have to say, I'm liking how this is turning out.

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Absolutely incredible work, loving the SG helmet in his fist as well as the storylines behind each of the trophies upon his rack. This is turning out to be quite epic!

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I've had a really great time on this project. I'm giving thought to expanding the project to include Lords of the Chaos Legions. So it'd be a series of 9 models, one from each of the traitor legions using the same concept of approach I used for Abaddon, planning out details before begining conversion and developing the idea behind the model in the planning stage.

So I'd be building a Word Bearers Dark Apostle, an Iron Warriors War Smith, a World Eaters Lord, a Night Lords Terror Monger, a Thousand Sons Sorcerer lord, an Emporer's Children Perfected Lord, an Alpha Legion Commander, A Death Guards Plague Lord, and Abaddon the Despoiler (Not sure if I'll do a new model, or use the one I'm building now).

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You have done a magnificent job so far. The attention to detail is most impressive. But as you said, it is the most recognisable character in the chaos stable. Got to say that you have done him justice so far. The talon is magnificent.

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Default I present, Abaddon the Despoiler

I present to you the scourge of the Galexy, the prodigal son of Horus the Warmaster, the Champion of Champion of Chaos, the Lord of the Black Legion, the Bane of the Imperium, the being who's name is a blight on a thousand world, The Leader of the Black Crusades...

Abaddon the Despoiler!

There are a couple tiny areas I need to fix up with green stuff, but the project is 99% complete! I set out on this project with a personal drive, to update Abaddon to a form and size that A- Matches up with the newer models, B- is iconic and unmistakable, and C- Does the character justice. I feel the final product of this project has succeeded in meeting these goals.

I'm not stranger to doing conversions, but in the past I've had some trepidation about converting new versions of existing models. Will my conversion be recognizable as the character? Will it look as good? Will I get all the War gear on him he's supposed to have? When I set out to update Abaddon all of these questions were on my mind, and truthfuly the fact that it is Abaddon made the challenge all that much greater.

I admit, a year ago I wouldn't have done this. There was just something about about rebuilding a model that's already been made that seemed.. I donno, arrogant. Like I'm saying the original model isn't good enough. Perhaps it was Tzeentch weaving it's magics about me that offered an opportunity for change. A while back I had begin hosting Conversion challenges. While each challenge was different, there was always the challenge of each that people seemed to enjoy immensely.
Well life kinda came up and smacked me in the face for a bit and I was unable to actually host the 4th challenge in the series.

Well, WarInHeaven decided to run the challenge in my place. As luck would have it, I managed to have about 6 days open up and was able to enter the challenge. Something about the challenge made updating an existing model just feel different for me. It didn't feel quit so... arrogant now. I entered a hastily converted Abaddon. While the initial conversion was decent, I knew I could do better. So now I was personally challenged.

The result is what you see before you.

The single largest point of inspiration was the cover image of the Eye of Terror Codex:

How'd I do?

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at least 2.5 times better then the current abbaddon model (Thing is really starting to show its age.).

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That is an impressive model, clearly outshines the current Abaddon and I imagine it'll look even better painted.
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Agreed, rocks the 'proper' models socks off.
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post #29 of 32 (permalink) Old 02-11-11, 12:06 AM
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You need to do something about that loin cloth.

It looks 'stuck' on. And it's at a dodgy angle.

I'd suggest GS'ing your own to get some flow in it.
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post #30 of 32 (permalink) Old 02-11-11, 12:30 AM
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He looks like he's suffering from dwarfism.. pass a message from him, he's a homo and will be for eternity.. the current GW model states it too!! LOL all kidding aside, the torso does need to e extended at the mid section to fit with the rest of the scale. Nice work though man in all honesty. You did some great work, but I think some added effort to the mid section will really show off your modelling skills that you posess!

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