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so i wanted to try my hand at raven guard and choose a vanguard unit to start my army off, heres my test mini and him all based up and finished.







pics arnt the best was hard to get a good angle, but in the pose i wanted the feeling of him first stabbing the traitor in the chest to kind of pin him as his other claw took his head, like an assassination kill from the shadows.
 

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The arm that beheaded the traitor is a little awkwardly posed for the swing, but the painting and blood trails look awesome man.
 

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cheers guys , really enjoyed this model and it was really simple to do and didnt take long at all, agree the arm looks a bit awkward after thinking about it and the way he posed he would have had to behead the traitor first then stab him in a heart to make sure he dead lol
 

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Is this guy for display use or in game awesomeness? I've often wondered that when I see such massive efforts in basing (I don't mean to diminish the work here using that word, I just don't know a better one) individual models.
 

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Is this guy for display use or in game awesomeness? I've often wondered that when I see such massive efforts in basing (I don't mean to diminish the work here using that word, I just don't know a better one) individual models.
he part of my vanguard squad thats lead by capt shrike and ill use it in games, the rest of the squads on more a basic bases, but every now and again ill put a model like this into one my squads to try and spruce the army up a bit more.
the only models ive ever got that are purely display at the moment is the primarchs( almost finished angron and fulgrims all primed up lol)
 

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Really nice work kick, could you talk us through the process of getting the join between the two minis strong and how you did the blood effect.

Bloody stunning if you excuse the pun.
 

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The logistics of the poses don't seem right in my head, but then i remembered i don't really have any frame of reference for what would happen if someone got decapitated by a lightning claw :grin:

That aside it looks epic! As has been said, the blood trails are fantastic. I'm also a big fan of the light green purity seals, they really pop against the monochrome armour colours.
 

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Great work man.

But I gotta disagree with everyone saying the pose is awkward. Basically (as I see it) He stabbed the Traitor in the chest and at the neckline and ripped the head off with an upward flick of his claws while leaving the other in to support him as he disengages. hence there is no clean cut that is visible.

I think it looks awesome man. My one nitpick on this however is that the posing of the traitor looks a little too rigid. Maybe having his feet pinted downward to show him lifted of the ground by the blow would fix it. and the Base is very simple for a Piece of this caliber. I would expect something a bit more intricate.

But those are just my two cents Mate. make of that what you will
 

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cheers guys thanks for the comments, i love the explanation SwedeMarine of the pose and really works i think. with the feet i wasnt sure how to pose them tbh, but the base i wanted to be quite plain so it fits in with my city of death based raven guard army im just starting, but also i didn't want it to take any attention away from the model if ya know what i mean.

the pose and join of the miniature was really simple and i was surprised how strong it held, i started at the bottom( traitors legs) got them glued onto the base at an angle as i needed to create a good angle as a counter balance for the raven guard, once dry i took the traitors torso and cut a hole in its chest where i wanted the lighting claws to enter him, then glued it to the legs. Next i took the lighting claws and put them in the chest, i did no cutting of the claws at this point as i wanted to use them as a pin into the other model, coated them with superglue, inserted and it created a really strong bond, i then glued the rest the raven guard together once the claw and traitors chest join was dry, i got quite lucky at this point as the angle i glued the legs at and the angle of the lighting claw going into the chest created a really good balance.

the blood effect was really easy, i took some wire and attached the traitors head to it , then also attached the other end the wire to the traitors torso, left this to dry in place, then proceeded to attach strands of the wife's hair between the claws and head to create the stringy effect, once dry i coated the hairs with pva glue, done this in a few different lairs to get the effect i got, then for the colour i used different inks from the gw old range as it gave a nice shine, i painted the blood khorne red once dry i put the inks on i had mixed up, formula i use is, brown ink, red ink and flesh , this gives me a good choice and range of colours from bright blood to really dark blood.
 

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cheers guys thanks for the comments, i love the explanation SwedeMarine of the pose and really works i think. with the feet i wasnt sure how to pose them tbh, but the base i wanted to be quite plain so it fits in with my city of death based raven guard army im just starting, but also i didn't want it to take any attention away from the model if ya know what i mean.

the pose and join of the miniature was really simple and i was surprised how strong it held, i started at the bottom( traitors legs) got them glued onto the base at an angle as i needed to create a good angle as a counter balance for the raven guard, once dry i took the traitors torso and cut a hole in its chest where i wanted the lighting claws to enter him, then glued it to the legs. Next i took the lighting claws and put them in the chest, i did no cutting of the claws at this point as i wanted to use them as a pin into the other model, coated them with superglue, inserted and it created a really strong bond, i then glued the rest the raven guard together once the claw and traitors chest join was dry, i got quite lucky at this point as the angle i glued the legs at and the angle of the lighting claw going into the chest created a really good balance.

the blood effect was really easy, i took some wire and attached the traitors head to it , then also attached the other end the wire to the traitors torso, left this to dry in place, then proceeded to attach strands of the wife's hair between the claws and head to create the stringy effect, once dry i coated the hairs with pva glue, done this in a few different lairs to get the effect i got, then for the colour i used different inks from the gw old range as it gave a nice shine, i painted the blood khorne red once dry i put the inks on i had mixed up, formula i use is, brown ink, red ink and flesh , this gives me a good choice and range of colours from bright blood to really dark blood.
Great thorough explanation, will have to give this a go one day even it's just to tell my wife i need her hair for models :grin:
 

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thanks , i kind of advanced on my wife without explaining and i wouldn't suggest it i didnt get a good response lol
 

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i kind of advanced on my wife without explaining and i wouldn't suggest it i didnt get a good response
:laugh:!!!!!! Did you ACTUALLY creep up on her with scissors????

...cuz every female I have ever known would throw down if you did that to them.
 

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:laugh:!!!!!! Did you ACTUALLY creep up on her with scissors????

...cuz every female I have ever known would throw down if you did that to them.
well not with scissors i wouldnt be speaking now if i did that ha ha, just kind of creeped up behind her and started looking for stray hairs without explaining what i was doing lol
 

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well not with scissors i wouldnt be speaking now if i did that ha ha, just kind of creeped up behind her and started looking for stray hairs without explaining what i was doing
This conversion just got that much better.
 

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ha ha thanks guys for the comments, one thing i did forget to mention is where my idea come from, now im a fan of the black library books but not so much there audio dramas but i got my hands on labyrinth of sorrows for anyone that dosent know it about a squad of brazen minotaurs they land on a plague ridden planet in search of something, and unbeknown to them a squad of raven guard are clearing a path to their goal, and i love the way the raven guard in it kill from the shadows and wanted to form that into a model.
 
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