State of the Hunt, Week 47/2018: Back on watch duty

Having been in a bit of a painting slump recently (after a more than productive first half of the year), I was happy to discover that my recent completion of the “Chibi Knight 2.0” project seems to have returned at least a healthy part of my hobby mojo. So I didn’t lose any time and returned to yet another project that has kept me occupied this year: my true scale, Primaris-based Deathwatch killteam for my INQ28 collection.

It has been a while since the last finished member of the team, to be honest: Here’s where we left off in the summer:

In order to make up some lost time, I decided to have a go at painting the next two members of the killteam back to back. These guys, originally converted a while ago:

On the left is a member of the Castigators, while the Astartes on the right is a Lamenter — in fact, I already started painting them back in August, that is I painstakingly created their respective right shoulder pads, complete with freehand designs. A technique that still makes me nervous, I must say:

Compared with that really fiddly stuff, the rest of the paintjobs was business as usual, really, so I finally got to work.

First in line was the Castigator, a member of Commissar Molotov’s own DIY chapter, included in my killteam as a little shout out to one of the “founding fathers” of the INQ28 movement, as it were:

Incidentally, I had the idea of actually having the model wield a massive whip fairly early on, inspired by some of the artwork from Commissar Molotov’s aforementioned background thread:

When it came to the actual paintjob, I stuck to my established Deathwatch recipe of scratched black armour and a slightly 2nd edition-ish combination of bright reds and golds, and was able to mostly finish the paintjob in an afternoon:

And, a short time later and in much better lighting:

Something I really like about the conversion in hindsight is the helmet: It’s one of the old metal Deathwatch helmets that I simply used both because I wanted to have at least one relatively clean-cut Mk. VII-ish Marine in the kill team, and also because it seemed like a nice shout out to the older Deathwatch parts. I realised during painting that the features of the facemask were a bit sharper and more menacing than your average plastic Mk. VII helmet, which I think really works for the character.

He’s still missing his base and a name — I have actually reached out to Commissar Molotov in order to ask him whether he would like to name the character. It only seems proper, what with the Castigators being his chapter and everything…

While I was waiting for his reply, I began working on the second model, a Lamenter named Brother Mikhael Zephon (the first name’s a shout out to fellow hobbyist Augustus b’Raass, who was kind enough to donate the Primaris model required for the conversion):

This model was an interesting case in that it was the second member of the killteam to be wearing a helmet and because the massive weapon would shake up my usual Deathwatch approach a bit. Here are some impressions from early during my painting session:

I started with the helmet. The teardrop jewels on the right side of the visor had me slightly nervous, but I was able to come up with a pretty nice result thanks to an excellent painting tutorial over at the Tale of Painters blog.

Now the rather massive frag cannon was a big part of the paintjob, and in order to get it right, I used both GW’s own paintjobs as well as PDH’s Iron Knights Deathwatch operative here as reference material:

Deathwatch operative by PDH

Here’s a shot of the model with the frag cannon already in place (taken, once again, very late in the evening and in fairly poorly lighting conditions):

And here’s what the model looks like right now:

The one area that still requires quite a few finishing touches is his backpack:

But I am already working on it, trying to add the last tweaks and finishing touches to the actual model.

For now, here are the – mostly finished – Castigator and Lamenter:

I am quite happy with the way these are turning out — the Castigator, in particular, has quite a bit of presence, wouldn’t you say? And while I was a bit nervous about that huge gun and equally massive backpack on the Lamenter, everything seems to be coming together rather nicely, if I do say so myself.

Here’s a look at the entire killteam so far:

Once the Lamenter and Castigator have been finished, that leaves me with only the – already converted – Carcharodon as the last prospective member of killteam Ulrach, so this is a project that I might actually be able to wrap up this year πŸ˜‰

Until then, any feedback you may have is welcome, so please drop me a comment! And, as always, thanks for looking and stay tuned for more!

20 Responses to “State of the Hunt, Week 47/2018: Back on watch duty”

  1. Lovely job on both mate, but I’m particularly impressed with the Castigator – how cool to include a member of a friend’s homebrew chapter! The whole group look superb together, can’t wait to see it finished πŸ™‚

  2. The Kill team is looking very cool. Glad you included a Lamenter, one of my favorite chapters and nice work on the free hand shoulder pad. It’s a bitch to do πŸ™‚

    • Haha, it actually required a mix of sculpted detail (the shoulder pad with the raised circle, freehanding (the checkerboard pattern) and a decal (the heart), but I think it turned out pretty well in the end — definitely not something I would want to repeat for an entire squad or, heaven forbid, an army, though πŸ˜‰

  3. The squad just gets better and better with each member. Glad to hear you’re re-enthused, too. A change is as good as a rest, I say!

  4. Inquisitor Mikhailovich Says:

    Way too cool. I’m jealous.

  5. Very nice- black is an awkward colour to paint I find but that pair have come out very nicely.



    • Cheers, Pete! Using metallic scratches is my way of mostly cheating my way of actually having to paint “proper black” — it seems to be working pretty well so far, though πŸ˜‰

  6. Don’t often say it, but “awesome” fits the bill here!

  7. Another great looking team almost finished, can’t wait to see the Carcharodon guy painted! I sincerely appreciate your ability to create cohesive squads (ok, with the Deathwatch it may be a little easier, but in this case I am referring also to all your INQ28- related projects). About the two new entries, I voted for the Lamenter to have the “straight- forward” looking pose, but now that he is painted I would be really curious to see how he would look like with the head pointing sideways.

    • Thanks, raff! Having the models for this squad be coherent while also taking quite a bit of leeway with the individual look of every Space Marine was a fun challenge. As for the head, alas, it has already been glued in. That being said, I did make a test fitting at the different angle, and it just seemed to make the entire stance seem unbalanced, so I went with him looking straight ahead, after all.

  8. DeusVultage Says:

    Beautiful Conversions! Love the castigator, the whip bit works so well on a space marine. I thought it looked a bit big on the Escher girl but I really love your conversion. Cool helmets too!
    Say, have you seen the new Chaos models teased yesterday? New jumppack guy looks really cool. Come on, return to the eternal hunt already!

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  10. I always appreciate the WIP photos – makes it easier for my future (theoretical, because I never actually get any conversions done) “inspired by” models… πŸ™‚

    • You should give it a try, even if you start with something small — given the quality of your paintjobs, I am pretty confident you could improve your already brilliant models even further with that added bit of individuality. Come to think of it, you have done some conversions every now and then, haven’t you? I at least recall some head and shoulder pad swaps on some of your Marines.

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