Maelok Update

I’ll say now, that these photo’s are about a week old now.  I have progressed a lot further than this, plus I think I should save some surprises for the person receiving this model.  I haven’t revealed who it was yet, but when I have sent it; I will reveal all.

This should be the last update for the model, once I have it sent; I’ll post up the last WIP and the completed model.

It’s Alive….DJ Build

Well almost, there is still the matter of attaching the body to the legs.  Still not sure whether to do this, or paint it in two pieces.  Technically it’s in three pieces, as I have the base to do as well.

Here is a picture of the finished body section.

Finally here is what it will look like when body and legs combine.


Menacing from the Darkness

Overall it has been a grueling task to build this model, with some changes to the original design along the way.  Generally I am very pleased with how it’s gone.  There haven’t been too many problems, with only a few parts requiring to be re-glued.  Would I build it again?  Yea, I had a lot of fun with this model; as I got to make some changes that suited me.  Not many models allow you that, without extra parts or massive time investment.

Next stop – Painting the DJ!

Big DJ Update Pt 2

So it’s posing time and I don’t mean putting on your Burberry and getting in your Chavmobile.  I might have mentioned this previously, but I like giving every model I paint a story to tell.  It can be something as simple, as where they are just now; at that precise moment you are looking at the model.  An example of this is my Slag Troll, where I have used shards of quartz crystal; to show he might be walking though some crystalline cave system deep in the mountains.

The Deathjack is no different, only problem is the size of him; makes telling a story difficult.  He would dominate anything else on the base, so the details on the base have to be subtle; to make you really look for them.  The story here, is that this is a grave pit; possibly near a necrotite mine.  DJ is bring the trophies of war to the pit, to continue the Great Plan of the Dragonfather.

DJ is stood on the edge of the pit, hand outstretched to place the offering in the pit.  While death isn’t an issue with Cryx, they do honour the dead; as they know for each death the Dragonfather grows stronger.  With the legs in place, its onto the arms now.

I am not what you would call a sculptor or modeler.  I use grey stuff to patch holes, that is the limit of my skills.  DJ represents a challenge for me, one of which is to improve my skills in modifications.  One of the first ones I have done, is the hands attaching to the body. I have seen some horrendous poses, from a Deathjack that looks like it’s surrendering; to ones that look like they are knuckle dragging Neanderthals.  I spent a lot of time playing with the parts and came up with these.  The first one is the right way around, so the palm faces upwards.  The second, shows the adjustment I have made to make it palm downwards.

This photo shows how twisted this second arm really is, also the position I have had to pin it.

Overall, not very happy with it.  Untidy and will take a bit to correct the gaping hole, but it does the job I wanted; so can’t complain.  With the arms pretty much done, all I have to do now is add the hand spikes and attach to the shoulders.

It’s slowly coming together, the legs are done (but not attached to the base yet).  The body and arms are ready for the next stages, which is covered in part 3 of the Big DJ Update.

Scaverous – Painted

Despite the seemingly quick time, in which I have built and painted this model. I was struggling to come up with a colour scheme that I liked.  As you will note from most (ok all) my models, I am not a paint by numbers kind of guy.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the work that Privateer Press painters like Matt Dipietro.  It’s certainly a quality that I would love to emulate, a slow process when self-taught.

Anyway, I had already started painting; when I reverted my usual habit of using my favourite colour – Red.  I am sure every painter has one, mine happens to be red.  So busy painting away, when this image forms of red and gold; something I had seen before many times on PP website.  Here is the slightly rushed efforts of that mad brain wave – Skorn-erous, the new Cryx Caster.

Scaverous Build Pt 2

Sorry for the delay, I had a small matter of a Wrath Launch event to run at Worlds at War yesterday.  More of that later, as this is all about Scaverous.

I left off with the torso completed, but the arms and weapon still to be attached. As I’ve said previously, I find it difficult to deal with the two handed weapons. The worst ones are Nyss Hunters, due to their size and general fiddly parts. Just like all the other parts, it has been drilled on both sections; then pinned with copper rods. Gale Force 9, do a good kit for this; which contains rods drill and drill bits.  Generally I use superglue, though sometimes a two-part apoxy can work as well; though this requires time to set and cure.

I moved onto the shoulders next, drilling both sides; then the arm sections at the shoulder as above.  Like before, I put the pin into the main body, not the arm; as this allowed me better movement.  This was important, as I still had to line up two arms; with a weapon inbetween (as seen below).

Next step attach the weapon to one of the arms, other then gluing rods in place; none of it was attached to the main torso yet.  Using the left arm, this was quickly pinned to the shaft of the weapon.


Using the arms like levers, I was able then to adjust the weapon so it rested in the position I needed. Using a little piece of bluetac, it held the arm long enough for me to mark (white board markers work well) on the metal; where I needed to drill so it would line up exactly. You may have to twist and bend the shaft of the weapon slightly, as it may not be perfect first time.  I certainly had to bend it out (towards me), then twist the shaft (blade end) slightly downwards.

If everything goes to plan, it should all look like the above when it’s all finished.  The arms are attached to the weapon, but not yet glued to the torso.  I also left off the pauldorns  (shoulder armour plates), which will attach last.



Just to let you know, I jumped ahead a little; Scaverous is already painted since Part 1 of this tutorial. Lets just say, he ain’t painted the Privateer Press way.