I was tasked with two models at the start of the Heroes of Armageddon project. I have been able to complete one of them. The Blood Angel Terminator Banner Bearer for the Blood Angels army. He may not be much, but if you're going to do one model in four armies, you better make sure he stands out from the crowd.
He's more eye candy than anything else. I'm not sure how he'll fit into the list in the end, but he'll look the part nonetheless. At this point, he is complete and I'm going to go through some of the process I did in building and painting him.
He started out as the metal Terminator Captain. Had we been a few more months along, I might have been able to pick him up as a Finecast model to do some experimenting on, but that was not to be the case.
I had to do the regular work to him, cleaning some mold lines, smoothing out some surface defects, etc. Being metal and holding a huge banner in the end, this guy needed to be pinned to his base so I took care of that early on as well.
You can see on the pic that his left hand has been cut away. Even though this guy might not take the field, I wanted him to be accurate enough that the winner can use him if he or she chooses to later on without any troubles. That meant giving him a storm bolter and replacing his normal hand with a plastic powerfist holding the banner pole.
I also had to trim away the bottom of his crux on his left shoulderpad since this guy was going to be a banner bearer and not a squad Captain. I also had to fill in the slot for his personal banner on his back since I wasn't going to be using that either.
A bit of greenstuff work in each area and I was all set for paint.
Painting this guy was fairly straight forward. I went with a slightly darker look both on the model and the banner as you'll see in an upcoming post.
He was primed a light grey color to help me with the reds. I started out with GW Mechrite Red followed by a series of washes to get the shaded areas. Baal Red, Thraka Green and Asurmen Blue for the darkest points. I wanted to keep away from using Black because I didn't want to mute my colors so much.
It's similar to my regular process for painting red with a few changes as I'm learning new things.
With the shadows in place, it was just a matter of working the highlighted areas back up to a pure red color. I elected to make his robes black since I don't see it often and the banner was going to be black in the end. I figured it would help tie them together somewhat.
This was going to be the toughest part outside of the freehand on the banner. The reason for that was the fact that the underlying area (the shoulderpad) had already been completely blended and any mistakes now would spell disaster.
Just as important as knowing how to do freehand is knowing WHEN to do freehand and what to expect when you go to paint it on your model at certain stages. I knew I was going to have to be very careful with how I added my design since I'd have very little room for error.
I started out with the blood drop in the center. Actually, let me back up and say that I went with the standard "banner bearer" design of the laurel. It's apparently what banner bearers wear after doing a little bit of further research on the topic.
I did alter it slightly to make the center gem into a blood drop instead. Once I had the whole thing blocked out, then I started adding the individual elements inside my outline. Each leaf was painted in and then shaded and highlighted along with the blood drop in the center.
I think it came out fairly well in the end and it follows the Codex for what those guys would have there on their armour.
Some final thoughts
If I'd been smart, I would have painted the base before attaching his left hand with the banner. It wasn't impossible to do later on, just a bit of a pain to work around all that extra stuff.
I decided his hair should be blond since I never do that on any other models and it just says "Blood Angel" to me. I don't know why, but I just imagine them all having blond hair for some reason.