I am on travel for business, which is often a great time to get some hobbying done. With the bad weather on the East coast, I'm getting to spend a lot of extra time in the hotel room.
|My workspace while on business|
|Too. Many. Bits|
I started with the two torso haves unglued. I then simply carved out the lower arm slot with a hobby knife.
I had to scrape a bit beyond the thinnest portion, but eventually I got it to the point where the carved portion would cradle the magnet.
Once this was done for the back piece, the same was done for the front, though much less needs to be carved out here. Once that was done, I test fit the magnet and then glued the pieces together.
Next up were the arms themselves. I would be using a smaller magnet for these, so started just by drilling a pilot hole with my hand push drill (a nice, cheap little pickup).
Once I had the pilot hole, I widened it with a hobby knife until it was big enough for the magnet.
|For size comparison. The larger magnet was used in the torso, the smaller in the arm.|
And just like that I had five Raveners. For the two metal models, I opted to glue arms (one rending, one scyTal). I also glued one of the plastic raveners with Scything Talons since 1.) that's probably the more common configuration and 2.) I messed up trying to magnetize this one and just needed to glue it after my failed attempt.
As I prepared to paint the Raveners, one cool thing I picked up from JJ at H2lat40k, was to use the magnets to hold the arms on one place for airbrushing. Being on the road, the best thing I had to hand was a file, which worked perfectly.
I opted to base the minis with sand before priming to try to seal the sand a little.
Primed with my airbrush and Vallejo's Surface Primer German Panzer Grey.
After touching up the prime coat with some black from the airbrush. I did a light teal airbrush (very thin coats on highlighted areas) which gave very subtle first highlights to the skin. From there I painted the carapaces Khorne Red. Highlighted the carapaces with Mephiston Red using a feathering technique.
Following the carapaces, I did a second highlight of my teal on the flesh, followed by a 1:2 White:Teal mix on the upper highlights. Next was the fleshy bits with Putrid Green, with a highlight of 50:50 Putrid Green and White.
Some touch ups, drybrushing the bases grey, painting the teeth bone, and then affixing static grass, and they were done.
These guys were kind of quick and dirty, and I finished them in probably about 8 hours all told. I was a little sloppy, but was able to go back and clean most of it up without too much added time. In the end, I am happy with them, and very glad to have another unit ready to go. I have a game scheduled for tomorrow and I'm shooting to have my Hive Guard ready, but that could be a stretch.