Sunday, February 24, 2013

Dante's Triumph: work in progress

Greetings once again InterWebs!!!! Well it has been extra snowy here of late but I did manage to sneak into the 'hobby room' to work on something special. I am basically at the end of my current Blood Angel 4th company project only having 7 characters left to paint so to treat myself (and the army) I decided to do a little something special for the Chapter Master Dante. I thought it might look cool to have Dante 'working over' a Chaos Marine.

So to start with I gathered a bunch of Chaos Marine bits and mounted Dante securely to his base in an aggressive pose:

I sanded smooth and flat an area to mount the Chaos Marine's foot to the edge of the base.

Knowing that the Chaos Marine would be attached to the base at only this point I wanted to make sure he stayed put; I ran a metal pin (paper clip) diagonally into the base through his foot and up into his thigh.

While waiting for the glue to dry on the legs I worked on the torso, head, and left arm pose and once the leg assembly was nice and dry I attached the upper torso assembly to the legs (with another metal pin).

The Chaos Marine is very securely attached at this point (and not going anywhere) so it was just a matter of covering up any of the gaps and metal pins with green stuff sculpted to look like the ribbed under armor (which would show more in this pose I think).

Dante's point of view so far:

Dante is equipped with a very nasty pistol which I want to show having been used on the traitor. My thought was to have a large furrow just clipping the left side of the Chaos Marine (thus the spinning sideways a bit pose). So I needed to make sure the left side of the model was done at this point (as that is where the damage will be applied).

Now to apply the damage to the area keeping in mind that it should look like a semi-circle furrow of intense heat and that it should be along a line. Here is what I came up with:

I did this very easily with a hot nail (HELD IN PLIERS) laid across the area and allowed to sink in a bit. I think it turned out rather well and will look great once it is all painted up. At this point it was just a matter of finishing off the chainsword  in his left hand and his right arm assembly.

Here is the finished assembly of Lord Dante's Triumph:

I am not sure yet on the paint scheme I will use for the traitor Chaos Marine. I would love to hear your thoughts/suggestions on what he should be painted up as! Thanks for stopping by and taking a look! Take care!


  1. Wow, I think you did an excellent job conveying the motion in this traitor marine's death! The inferno pistol damage looks particularly good, the nail was a good idea. The only thing I might change is to give the traitor's bolter a magazine rather then the belt of shells hanging down. I was never really a fan of that style to begin with, but I feel in this case if you would want to keep it, that it should be converted to be hanging down more rather then straight out (I feel it partially spoils the excellent sense of motion you created). But overall, fantastic job!

    1. That is an excellent point about the bolter mag, I will be changing that tonight! Y
      Thanks for the great suggestion, I could not agree more with you!

  2. I too agree. Nice job, Dante will rock when painted up! Thanks for sharing :)

    1. Thanks for the support and the kind words!