As promised.... Proto-Kroot
The idea for this project was highly inspired by the Protoss from Starcraft universe. I always thought it would be cool if some Kroot feasted upon powerful psykers multiple times and after "shaping" themselves, they would turn into extremely potent psyker assassins, able to appear, eliminate the target and then disappear while sowing fear into the ranks of the enemy.
As far as the modeling process itself goes:*The main part is a standard Kroot carnivore. I filled his beak with GS to make a terrain for the bandana over his face (otherwise the GS got sucked into the cavity in the beak and it deformed).
*The blade itself is a cast i made from my instant mold and imprinted into it one of my Infinity miniatures. Since its rather thin, not only do i have to use higher ratio of the blue GS 3:1, but i also added a thin wire inside, just to add some structural integrity to it.
*The cape is a standard thing i do for almost all of my infantry Tau models, and i wanted to test it out to see how it looks, since the shape is rather dynamic and doesnt cover much of the miniature (which i would prefer so next time i might just hand sculpt it properly)
*Blade trinket I cut of the knife from the left arm, broke it slightly in the elbow a twisted it (just a little). GSed the rest, made a "container" for the blade to attach to, and added the tiny circlet from my Samurai miniatures box produced by the Wargames Factory.
*Red cloth piece Using the mold a made an imprint from an Dire Avengers Exarch waist cloth, made it from GS then filled it till it was thin enough. Attaching it to a "battle damaged" Tau shoulder pad.
*Adding loincloth made from Greenstuff, with a type of "belt" (more like a rope), (even though the Kroot kinda.... well don't need it really) to give him a slightly more civilized look. Also made the jacket a tad bit longer.
The Color scheme was rather random, and i changed it drastically while painting, to more of a color scheme fitting to my army. Added high amount of highlight markings to enhance the mystical look. The blade itself is me, trying the wet blending technique for the very first time, so i know its not all that great but one has to start from somewhere.
The base is not finished yet, as i wanted to go for standard rock/grass base, but then decided to go with snow themed one, and have yet to get the actual snow first.
Now for bigger pictures:
Taken without lighting
Pictures taken with lighting
This one is my favorite, to me personally this picture is really bad ass (might even force me to change my Avatar Icon
) Especially the eye looks like its glowing - i tried to do the glowing effect but didnt turn quite well, though its not a complete waste either.
I am really proud of this guy - it was a shot in the dark with me undergoing this project, but finishing it, helped me a lot to see the scale of my current abilities and the time and preparation required to do something like this.
I really enjoyed this, and will sure as hell do more of the Proto-Kroot miniatures, with varied more original dynamic poses, and maybe even the two handed Protoss Dark Templar psi-scythe.
I will be also adding a completely customized "Codex Entry" page for them soon. Currently i have a rough version of it ready, need to get down to write the backround story and clean it up. With the whole fluff, and an actual stat line as they are supposed to be much more than just a simple Kroot (game wise not, but fluff and model wise.... yeah baby ! ^^ )