The project is to construct and paint Arkhan the black, together with a staff of Negash and liber Mortis.
To construct this, I have used parts from;
- Tomb King with great weapon
- Helblaster volley gun (part of staff)
- Vampire counts skeleton (skull)
- Bretonnia peasant archers (shield on staff)
- Tomb king skeleton archer horseman (left arm)
- Vampire counts Necromancer (base)
- Book from forgotten figure!
When last we saw the figure, I had painted on some very basic colours. I do this to set a colour tone. I find that if I complete a whole part of a figure in isolation, from a black undercoat, I end up with an overly dark piece, which I then need to lighten considerably when I complete more of the figure. Conversely if I work up from white undercoat, I get a very washed out look. By painting the whole figure in simple colours I can establish a tone for the figure and hopefully find those colour combinations that are just not going to work on the finished figure.
In the end I opted for a very simple red & blue combination of colours to give him a very classic GW look.
I tried to keep the reds on the cloak and book quite subdued to accentuate the brighter red of the gems.
I tried hard to draw the detail up to the face area so that the viewers eyes would be drawn here. I think a character of this kind should have a prominent face and hopefully I have achieved this.
Does not look quite so good when you blow it quite so large!
Most of the conversion work went into getting the staff of Negash to look similar to the inside cover art on the Tomb King book. Hopefully I have achieved this, you can be the judge. In hindsight I made it a little large, but not sure how I could have got it much smaller...
The worst part is the Liber Mortis. I kept the writing in the book nice and vague, but maybe more work was required.
Hope you enjoy...