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Saturday, November 7, 2015

"IT IS DONE."

A few weeks ago I teased these books on Facebook. My plan for Nagash was to have the nine books breaking open, swirling around him in a tornado of hellfire. I glued each of the book halves in an open position and sculpted pages using Brown Stuff epoxy modeling putty. The single pages in the middle were cut from thin styrene card.

 

 

The books were then modeled into the flame trails that I had sculpted over the original spirits. Extra licks of flame were sculpted around each book and on the pages. Fine chain, coated with thin super glue to make it rigid, was used to build up the breaking chains, and thin wire was used for the breaking ties around the books.


 

 

 

 

Everything was primed black and the flames were sprayed white so the bright color of the fire could be easily achieved.


 

Here you can see how I had the model broken down for painting. I even made the right hand removable, pinned in place so I could swap between the spirit and the flaming book. I have a spare set of robes and spirits, and I plan to make a second base with a Tomb Kings motif because I am insane. The second base will use the unmodified spirit trails, and I'll swap out the hand so the model will feature either all flames (for the Legion of the Infernal Skull version) or all spirits (for the Tomb Kings version). The body will remain the same between the two and will not be glued into the robes so it can be swapped back and forth.


 

This thing took forever to paint. But here he is, finished, with all his body parts glued together:


 

Initially, I wasn't sure how to handle the transition from the fire to the robes. I decided to paint the holes in the cloth as though they were burned away. I'm really pleased with how it turned out.


 

The hand has a double pin to keep it from spinning. I completely forgot about the spines on the back when modeling the flaming pages. Fortunately, the book just barely clears the spine on the right. That could have been a disaster.

 

 

The torso clips into the robes, and the centerpiece of his belt is magnetized.


 

The base was detailed with unearthed coffins and tombstones. I built the coffins around the skeletons in the flame trails so it would appear as if they were being pulled out of their graves.

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

And here's the final model in all its glory:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now to tear apart my hard work and put him on a round base...
 

'Til next time!

28 comments:

  1. That is so damn impressive, The open books are a great idea brilliantly executed and worked into the model.

    And the skeletons being pulled from their graves is perfect.

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  2. Taken a great model and turned it up to eleven. Great work.
    I wouldn't bother with the round base. Though I suspect your not 100% serious.

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  3. Taken a great model and turned it up to eleven. Great work.
    I wouldn't bother with the round base. Though I suspect your not 100% serious.

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  4. Incredible, the flame sculpting is wonderful and the books such a good idea. Bravo.

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  5. Fantastic work
    The flames are excellent.. as is the rest.

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  6. One thing that always bothers me - the flames should be red on the outside, yellow/blue on the (hotter) inside. Mind you, it's probably GW's history of getting this wrong that#s to blame.

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    1. My painting of fire is influenced by Ghost Rider comics and applies to how the flames are used: I find the darker orange contrasts better against the white/ bone of the skull, and then fades to yellow at the tips. And so that's how I paint all my flames.

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    2. Thats a great decision to make based on the scheme you went with here man. Reality and fantasy should always bounce off color theory, mood and composition on figs IMO.

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  7. I painted Nagash once. I used to be proud of the results. No longer - this is insanely good, and a massive improvement over the original!

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  8. Totally AWESOME !!!! The idea for the books : genius ^^. Great Job

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  9. Lovely work. I especially like the burn holes in the cloak, an excellent touch.

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  10. love your work and this just shows why! great work on sculpting the flames into and around the books. especially like how you painted up the robe

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  11. oh my so all the flames are brown stuff? would you happen to have pictures or video of you sculpting the flames? hehe

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  12. A magnificent piece, .... Nothing more to say about it.

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  13. That is just amazing Rob! wow!!!

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  14. Crikey. I don't even know where to begin congratulating you on this. Everything about it is spectacular. Well done indeed!

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  15. Thanks, everyone! I appreciate the kind words, and I'm glad you all enjoyed the model!

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  16. Amazing job, fantastic details!

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  17. Oh my Lord... I'm looking at it, but can't believe the result! Amazing job...

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  18. Ummmm...words fail me. Brain fails me....wow.

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  19. I've been looking forward to seeing how you approaching doing Nagash. As expected, I am not disappointed. Glorious.

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  20. Yep. Awesome work as usual, Rob. Opened books/pages are the best part of an entirely beautiful job, although the flames are a close second. I suppose it should come as no surprise given your army theme, which I've been following since I was... 12 years old? But you are truly the master of sculpting flames.

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  21. Hey this is amazing!

    What thickness card did you use for the pages? And how did you manage to keep them in a fixed position. I want to try something similar and don't want to end up buy far too much card for the sake of it.

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  22. Thanks, Bear!

    The card is about 1mm thick I think (maybe .5mm). think. There's no trick to keeping it in a fixed position; If you curl the pages they will basically hold the curl. Then I super glue it into the sculpted pages.

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  23. Thanks, Bear!

    The card is 1mm thick I think. (Maybe .5mm, I can't remember.) There's no trick to the card holding its shape; if you curl it a little, it will hold the curl. Then I just glued it into the sculpted pages of the book.

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