Yep, I've gone and built another Sarpedon model for another Client of mine. Of course one of the first things I tell someone when they ask for something that I've already built is that I will not build the exact same thing. It can be very similar, but not the exact same thing. In this case, that was not a problem and I was given free run on some areas of the model.
You can see the amount of detail in his psychic hood above. Since building the first one, my skills have improved over time and I am able to get more detail into smaller areas that I just wasn't able to do a year ago. Goes to show you that if you keep at something, you can improve.
The metal power cables come from Dragon Forge Design. I went over my thoughts on them a while ago. I decided to give them a go on this model instead of sculpting them to see how they would hold up. I do like that I was able to use two different sizes of cables and have them be consistent. Trying to sculpt the different sized cables would have been problematic to say the least.
This model is based on the same leg conversion as the previous one. It put's him on a 60mm base which can be quite large considering he is only a character model, but I've found it to be the perfect fit for this guy. This base comes from Secret Weapon minis (the Desert Wasteland series) and was a spot on match for my Client's basing theme.
If you look closely at the pic above, you can see a new element added to this one that was not on the previous one. That's the addition of hip plates. Where I sculpted them (only a rear one) on the first one, I used a Terminator waist plate for the back portion and cut plasticard for the sides on this guy.
Add to that the theme of the base is more open and uncluttered and there is nothing to "attach" the model to. With some careful positioning, I was bale to get a leg into position and hide the pin holding it in place. I try and get at least three points of contact so this guy will hold up to regular game play and the owner doesn't have to worry when using him in games.
But it's the Soulspear that seems to draw the most attention and have the most problems. Here's where I was given free run on the model. Since I know nothing about the Soul Drinkers, I started doing some research about his weapon. You know, how it came about, where it came from, etc... anything I could find on it really.
And here's what I came up with.
From what I could find, I discovered this is a very old artifact that was gifted to the Soul Drinkers by the Imperial Fists. That meant I wanted it to have a Pre-Heresy feel to it however that was going to work. It's so rare and powerful that the Adeptus Mechanicus "borrowed" it... forever. That gave me the idea to make it look like a Necron Lord weapon. Put those two ideas together and this is what I come up with.
It's definitely a collection of bits. But I think I was able to pull it off and make a single weapon (artifact) that looks like something you might find in an Imperial force. It took me forever to build this thing too. I can't begin to tell you how many different blade combination and setups I went through.
Here's the completed model.
Make sure to check out these posts as they might help:
Modeling power cables, a few different choices
Converting a psychic hood