Thursday, December 18, 2014

Converting Tomb Prince Selketta

Along with the skeleton archers, I'm adding a tomb prince to my Undead Legion. Prince Selketta is converted from the Tomb Herald model. I'm working on two versions of the character, one for use in a Tomb Kings themed force, and one to accompany my Vampire Counts army.

First, I removed the head, sword and banner pole. Then, I touched up the leg grieve and extended the cape with modeling putty. The collar also needed to be resculpted.

I wanted to build a unique head, so I combined a plastic skeleton chariot head with a metal Blood Bowl Khemri team head.

The result was a helmeted head with a scorpion motif. The tail and stinger of the scorpion are made from the tip of a skeleton bow and part of a skeleton horse tail.

I was pretty happy with the head, but it seemed a little out of place for the aesthetic I was going for, so I set them aside and went with a more traditional head using the same chariot skeleton and the heavily modified top of a Grave Guard helmet. The final touch was an Egyptian beard, sculpted over a piece of thin wire. I'll save the scorpion helmets for the Khemri version of Selketta.

The sword is from the plastic Wight King, and the little skulls on the shoulder are from a Khemri banner.

The new scabbard is from the classic metal Black Knight. And the fur collar on the cloak ties it all together with my Vampires. One of the final changes was to replace the left arm with a pointing hand. I couldn't decide on the style of shield to give Selketta, and it seemed kind of pointless anyway, since Tomb Princes only have light armor anyway, an extra +1 isn't going to help protect him against anything that can reliably kill characters. The pointing arm also works better with my intentions, since the tomb prince can confer his fighting ability on any unit he joins.

Now back to painting those skeleton archers.

'Til next time!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Real Skweel

I took a break from the undead to knock out Skweel Gnawtooth. I converted my own version of the character a while back, which you can see here, but Andreas Massonne as kind enough to send me the actual Skweel model. It's been in my project queue for a about a year, so it's nice to finally finish him. Now I have one in my Clan Skryre colors and one in Clan Pestilens colors.



The only thing I changed on the model was the warp lash. The original whip had a bend to it that i didn't really care for. It was just a weird pose, so I clipped out the middle section and replaced it with a length of floral wire.


I played with the angle of the whip a little and when I was satisfied I drilled out the hand and the lash to pin the whip in place.


Here are the detail insets, a little larger and uncropped:



'Til next time!