Blogging isn’t a huge priority for me–it’s just something I do to track my progress, so having a multi-stage work in progress set of posts isn’t exactly my forte. Of course, when dealing with green stuff, you have delays forced upon you, so I wind up with some downtime between stages. This is why this particular model has wound up being the subject of more than one post.
I also don’t use tags very much in my blog, but now that I’ve had multiple posts on the subject, I decided to implement one called “Tyranid Fortifications,” so you could see the entire build from start to finish (plus I threw in the one post I had about my Aegis Defense Line into that category as well).
But this particular post isn’t about the tag–it’s supposed to be about hatches. When I first picked up the base model/toy, I thought that I could probably just paint it and dip it “as is,” and it would suffice, but I opted to take it a step further and customize it a bit.
Well, after cleaning it up and covering it in tentacles, the idea of leaving hatches with metal bits and rings on them seemed out of place. Originally I figured I’d dismiss it as saying it was an old imperial bastion that had been overtaken by the hivemind, and that’s why you saw remnants of metal fragments; however, the more work I do on the rest of the model, the more it looks out of place. So I decided to try to sculpt some armor plates on them.
I searched online for tutorials, and they all seemed pretty self explanatory, so I didn’t really follow any directly. One layer at a time, I wound apply the putty and shape it (using some tools I also purchased from Green Stuff Industries–I haven’t done a post on them though, so maybe I’ll get to that before too long).
After I got the putty into the general shape I wanted, I used water to wipe away the fingerprints and then cleaned up the edges with the silicone tools. Lastly, I wound up putting little notches in the edges of the carapace to make it look worn.
Then I just let it dry and repeated the process for the next two layers. The end result is unmistakenly a Tyranid carapace, so I count that as a success.
The problem I have is that they look a little too round–too out of place on the bastion now. The side of the volcano/mountain just suddenly has a nearly perfectly round piece of carapace on it? It just doesn’t look right to me.
I think I’m going to have to do some more putty work around the hatches after they go on so that they blend in a little better with the rest of the piece.
What do you think?