Terminator Librarian conversion finished


Here he is, all done. I really tried to go all out on this guy. He's the centerpiece of my friend's army and I wanted him to look the part.
Enjoy guys, if you have any questions, send them along and I'll do my best to explain how I did something.






UPDATE: This post is fairy old and I decided to go back and add a few links to expland on some of the stuff covered in the painting of this model.
Wet blending and how to do it (the cloak)
A look at zenithal highlighting (this model being my first attempt)

My Project Link: Space Marines Commission


Ron, From the WarpIf you've got any questions about something in this post, shoot me a comment and I'll be glad to answer. Make sure to share your hobby tips and thoughts in the comments below!

40 comments:

  1. Great paint job, I like the cloak.

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  2. Nice work, Ron.

    Q: the banner, how did that happen?

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  3. Love your work. But... Cyril? Oh wait, he is a librarian...

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  4. Thanks guys.
    John: The banner image came from my client, he wanted something to go with the background of his army.
    It was my job to match the colors with a Librarian and the chapter colors and make it all come together.

    As for bulding it, it's the technique I developed. The tutorial is in the Tips and Tutorials sections under Modeling/Banners.

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  5. He looks cracking Ron, excellent conversion and a lovely paint job.

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  6. He looks awesome, lovely paint job. I especially like the cloak the colour on it looks superb!

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  7. Great looking figure. Great overall color scheme. Keep up the great work.

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  8. just a very nice an highliy detailed work, great job!
    I hope somtimes my skill is as high as yours...

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  9. Very nice model overal. If I may I would suggest to put some more attention to the base because I think it lets down the overallimpression a bit simply because it is too minimalistic.

    Q: Have you thought of a way to give your excelent banners some motion like the cloak has?

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  10. He is sweet!!! I get the pleasure of facing this model on the battlefield as I play against the owner. I have seen the rest of the stuff Ron has done in person and I am jealous of his skills.

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  11. Cannonfodder: I'm working on that, I am trying to teach myself how to build them out of greenstuff and then get the image I want on there (with all the detail too).

    That way I could make them look like anything at all... flowing either direction and be as war torn as I want them to be.

    It will take time but I'll get it eventually.

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  12. Blimey Ron, that was quick. Excellent work once again. Love the gold detail on the cloak interupted by the torn cloak, nice touch. Does this guy need a slight psychic hood tho?
    And I second PTR, "Cyril"? Maybe that's the clients name?

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  13. Siph: That's the name the client chose. It fit's with the background and history of his force I believe.
    The decision was made to leave the psychic hood "off" for two reasons: 1. To keep that portion of the model open and uncluttered and 2. I wasn't too sure if I could pull it off as well as I wanted to for this model to be successful.

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  14. Great job. I realy like the highlighting on the armor, it really makes it look like metal, despite the non-metallic paint used.

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  15. Looks awesome! Are you gonna do a Chaplain now?

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  16. Superb all around, my favorite part, of all things, are the leather studded strips laying underneath those great shoulder pads.

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  17. Thanks guys.
    FoxPhoenix135: I don't know what's next... I suupose it's whatever my client asks for.

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  18. Very nice. He really looks like he's striding purposefully.
    That said, the flag/banner is a little "unruffled" considering the dynamism displayed elsewhere.

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  19. You guys are tough... but you're right.

    I need to perfect my greenstuff banners to be able to get that additioanl realism and I need to up the level of details on my basing as well.

    All good points guy, thanks.
    One day though... I'll have enough to get a Golden Daemon. I'm on my way.

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  20. Beautiful work as always. Out of curiosity, has there been any news on the wife's mini painting as of late?

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  21. Great work as ever Ron!
    Is the purple on the shield the same tone as on the cape?

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  22. jabberjabber: Yes it is, I just varied the highlights on each item depending on where the light source was.
    The cape has the highlights near the fur and the weathering at the bottom makes the purple change colors the whole way down.
    The shield is just highlighted at the upper portion and the lower (closer to the ground the way it's held right now) is the clean purple.

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  23. I like the blue of the armor, and it's really a sweet conversion.
    The purity seal is great too.
    I love the banner design, it really says "Ork killer librarian here".

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  24. Beautiful work as always, I love the work you do on banners.

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  25. Thanks guys, I just need to improve them a bit more. A little more practice is all I need.

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  26. Absaloutly brillaint! I've actually been working on my blending techniques (thanks to you)on spare bitz I have lying around... I'm still not that great, but using washes to blend togethor is a great help!

    Also that is a great name :P

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  27. Peter: When it cam to highlighting this guy, I just kept using successive "layers" of highlights that covered smaller and smaller areas until I worked them up to near white or the pure highlight color I was using.
    I love the effect, it just takes so much time to do.

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  28. This is a fine centerpiece your client should be very happy.

    Maybe carbon paper to transfer the image onto the banner.
    Infact I'd like to see how you tackle this because I end up freehanding any flowing banner I do.

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  29. BigWill: Thanks for the tip, I'm going to give that a try for sure. I'll post my results in the coming months. I have so much on my plate right now it's crazy!

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  30. Beautiful painting. Keep up the good work.

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  31. Hello Ron,

    Awesome model!

    Can you give us a rundown on how you painted the blue?

    Cheers

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  32. Dave: Give me a couple days to put something together. It's a fairly easy process, just time consuming.

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  33. Hello Ron,

    Awesome model!

    Can you give us a rundown on how you painted the blue?

    Cheers

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  34. Dave: I don't generally use GW colors but the process remains the same regardless of the brand.

    It's a basecoat of blue followed with a GW wash of Asurmen Blue.
    Then go back with the base color and clean up the model.

    Then I take my highlight color (a lighter shade of blue but not white) and add progressively more amounts of it to my base color and go back in and blend the highlights on the top edges of each of his armour plates.

    The final highlight is a thin edge or line of the pure highlight color.

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  35. WOW! I want to buy this for my toy collection.

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