Saturday, July 10, 2010
Deathwatch Brother Elyas, Complete
Reporting for duty!
Brother Elyas, my character for the Deathwatch one-shots, is complete and ready to go. Once the official book comes out, and I have access to all of the character creation goodness, I will probably make up a new character, maybe a Storm Warden. Until then, this pre-generated Dark Angel PC that came as one of seven total pre-gen PC's will do fine by me.
I used a lot of old school parts for this guy, not so much on purpose, but pretty much because that's all I had that would work. To that end, I was still kind of surprised with just how old school the finished product came out looking. Other than the jump-pack, he seems to jump right out of the pages of the first Rogue Trader. Speaking of that jump-pack, the Dark Angel bling I picked out is pretty over-the-top, so I opted to paint the pack itself in Dark Angels colors. I figure whoever is running the show over at the Deathwatch HQ probably wouldn't let this guy stick such a huge icon on one of their packs anyway, so he brought his own.
He's wearing true MkVI Corvus armor here, head to toe, the only exceptions being the jump-pack and the Deathwatch shoulder pad on the left. I wish I had one of the studded shoulder pads, then it'd really 'pop'.
Like with my recent Storm Warden Veteran, I tried to take my time here and do plenty of layering and three-step shading/highlighting. There were a couple of ways I could've gone with the black armor, one of which are Andy's excellent DW figs here. I went the other direction and opted for a glossy look, kind of like a black sports car that's just been washed and waxed. I wanted the feel of being able to see your reflection in the deep black of the armor, and the reflection of flames from a xenos cleansing to flicker on the glossy surface. After sealing I may go back and brush on some semi-gloss in a few key areas to accentuate this.
If you look closely enough I tried to give the front sights on this bolt pistol the Tritium type, night glow treatment. I'm not a big fan of red housings on bolt weapons, but I enjoyed layering the shades of red here.
The DW pad I used here was a cast, and the edges were a bit degraded. I may pass this off as an heirloom hand-me-down he's been using. The power fist is from the always useful and handy Dark Angels upgrade box. Purity seals for Imperial goodness.
In keeping with the old school look, I slapped a beaky helmet on his belt as well. I also did this because Andy remarked he would not get armor values for the head location if he didn't have one! I was going to use one of my last Rogue Trader helmets, but again the Dark Angel box had what I was looking for; a beaky helmet with a sword icon. Speaking of venerable bits, you can see I also used some of my ancient decals too, like the Imperial eagle on the left leg, and the original Dark Angels icon on the side of the jump-pack.
All right, that's it for now, to say I'm eager to play some Deathwatch is an understatement! I can't wait to get these first games in, then really get rolling when the book itself comes out. Stay tuned, I'm sure there'll be plenty o' Deathwatch RPG reporting to come!