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Artscale Abaddon the Despoiler

Without a doubt this is one of my favourite conversions and one I’d wanted to work on for a long long time. I waited until I had a lot of experience with scaled up Space Marines before even attempting it. The first attempt on the build had the right structure (size, shape, etc) but the pose was just off. I was able to fix this largely by adjusting the angle of the base. The sword is off of Be’Lakor, The Dark Master. The topknot is obviously from the original head but the metal head itself is just too tiny to use, hence the head swap. The claw would be completely scratchbuild to look something like the artwork from the Horus Heresy board game from Fantasy Flight games.

First WiP pose.

I spent a few days on just the talon by building each segment of each finger separately and really devoted a lot of time to it. In all, more than 40 separate pieces went into it’s construction. To make the fingers I fashioned each section of (12 pieces in all) from a 2mm thick of plasticard. This ensured that each finger was the same width. I cut each piece bigger than I needed and gradually whittled them down with a scalpel to the right size. I used a similar process for the teeth on the sword.

 

 

The trophy spikes were made from components from the Chaos Terminator trophy bits reassembled on to cocktail sticks that were then pinned to the torso. I opted not to use scaled up shoulder pads (perhaps wrongly) because the existing one were difficult to make fit as it was.

April 11, 2011

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  • Nurglemonkie

    as always, beautiful detail and skill 

  • The Warmaster

    Amazing! I wonder if you have a photo of this model completed?

    • http://masteroftheforge.com Lamenter

      Unfortunately not, as I sold him unpainted. In future I’ll be showing a lot more painted stuff as I start devoting more time to my own collection.

  • Erich1234562002

    His legs is that just green stuff built up and smoothed out or is it a cast of legs? If it is green stuff just smoothed out how do you get it so smooth with out and imperfections?

    • http://masteroftheforge.com Lamenter

      It’s Green Stuff built up a bit at a time. The smoothness comes from using clayshapers (aka colour shapers), lubricant (in this case saliva), and always starting with one piece of Green Stuff and smoothing that, cutting away excess at the edges. You’ll find a better explanation in my tutorial on how to make an Artscale Space Marine: http://masteroftheforge.com/2011/08/21/how-to-make-an-artscale-space-marine/

      More complex projects like Abaddon use the same process just with more a lot more steps.

  • Erich1234562002

    if you dont mind where do you get your green stuff from most of the stuff I have gotten seems to be very dry and almost unusable before I even start mixing it it might be me and my lack of know how with it right now but it seems to me the stuff I see people use in videos moves and mold so much better then what I end up trying to use. So to try to sum it up is it me or is it the green stuff I’ve been buying =)

    • http://masteroftheforge.com Lamenter

      I have noticed differences in batches of Green Stuff I’ve bought over the years, but it’s only a small variation in softness/hardness. I do know that at the GW studio they have a mini-fridge to store their Green Stuff and I do the same, keeping out a small amount to work with but the “stock pile” stays in the fridge. I think this is to help extend it’s shelf life.

      Perhaps you’ve just been sold an old batch. I have bought all mine from a store on Ebay called the Troll Trader. I think 36 inches was just over £10, and I’ve had no problems with it so far.

  • Erich1234562002

    if you dont mind where do you get your green stuff from most of the stuff I have gotten seems to be very dry and almost unusable before I even start mixing it it might be me and my lack of know how with it right now but it seems to me the stuff I see people use in videos moves and mold so much better then what I end up trying to use. So to try to sum it up is it me or is it the green stuff I’ve been buying =)

  • Erich1234562002

    Thanks so much I will check them out now and give it a try !

  • Erich1234562002

    Also should I be storing my green stuff in the Fridge?

    • http://masteroftheforge.com Lamenter

      If you have a lot of it, it wouldn’t hurt to store what you’re not using.

  • Erich

    Hi again,
    If you dont mind what did you use for the power cable on Your Talon of Horus?

  • Soulrend

    Hey im new to the site but i love your work. i was just wondering if you are ever guna do a tut on how to make these sort of claws?

    • http://masteroftheforge.com Lamenter

      Hmm… I wasn’t planning on it.

      I did make some similar claws that are available at AnvilIndustry.co.uk , although they are on the large side. I did hear there will be some similar but smaller scaled ones on their webstore sometime soon too.

      If money is no issue the new Cataphractii Special Weapons Set over on Forgeworld contains some fabulous lightning claws too.

  • Soulrend

    Yeah i did see the claws that they sell and ill defo be vettin my hands on them soon and if they are doing a scaled down version i cant wait!! I did check out the forgeworld ones and they do look immense! Also on another note i have just bought some liquid blu stuff from ur store and im lookin forward to attempting some molds!!