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Alpharius and Omegon – Part 1

This is the starting point of my first Primarch project. I’ve been putting off doing any Primarch for a long time because I want the finished model to really capture that extra special something that makes them so special. This particular project features the twin Primarchs Alpharius and Omegon.

To do this I’m making a plain body of legs and torso that I will then mold and cast. The two models need to look very similar with a slight modification in pose. I may attempt to do a two part Blu-Stuff mold tutorial with this but it might be pushing the limitations of the material to do so, so we’ll have to see.

The starting point for me is this image (ironically of a different Primarch conversion). There is something of the “strategist leader” in that pose and will be the what I use for Alpharius. I think Omegon will have a bit more of a “sneaky, in the background pose”. To start this project I begin with the legs as I always do. There are no existing plastic terminator legs in anywhere near the right pose to use as a frame work so I’ve had to resort to sculpting them from scratch.

Because of the Alpha Legions leaders being very practical and not ones for unnecessary decoration the armour itself will be fairly plain. I’ll be relying on the cloak to really set the model apart, but I’m also aware that the model being so plain will require it to be very sharply finished. The slightest imperfection in the largely featureless armour will stick out like a sore thumb so it is very important to get the sculpting perfect. This hasn’t been easy, in fact what is shown here is my fifth attempt at making the legs.

The pose is finally spot on what I’m after. The feet are perfect, the left greave needs a bit more refinement. The waist and torso will be done fairly easily as the size and shape are already in place and require just a new skin.

For the head I’ve stripped down one of the grey knight heads, just because the facial details are so nice and sharp and far and away beyond anything I could sculpt. When I work on Omegon he will use the same head (obviously).

UPDATE

I’ve had very little free time the last couple of weeks so progress hasn’t gone as far as I would have liked. I’ve also really struggled to get this accurate. I had to redo the belt strap because my first attempt placed it way too high, and I also ended up sculpting the chest plate twice and even then I had to file it down to size. I think I’m a little out of practice.

The helm is just a stand in for the moment. It’s quite unusual for me to cut away, file or sand Green Stuff after I’ve sculpted something but in this case I’m trying to make the model as polished as possible because I want to take casts of it.

Whilst I don’t recommend them for the price I have found GWs emery board sticks quite useful for getting a more polished finish, at least easier than using sheets of the stuff.

Regardless of the technique I use I’ll try and should how I model and cast this body in my next update. On the whole, I’m very pleased with how this is taking shape. I definitely think the model will need a cloak to help frame the finished thing and mark it out as an extraordinary character.

 

 

 

November 13, 2011

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  • Dave Taylor

    I’m very excited to see where you take this project. All the best.

    Cheers
    Dave

    • http://masteroftheforge.com Lamenter

      Thanks Dave. The support of a master hobbyist is alway appreciated :)

  • Erich1234562002

    I cant wait to see “sneaky”!! Sounds so cool!

  • Erich1234562002

    BTW that is a ton of work youve done you should work for GW design team!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EU3XIZ6GJGFJJ4A6MI5BUT7N4A tyler

    Looking really cool so far, this is quickly becoming one of my favorite blogs

    • http://masteroftheforge.com Lamenter

      That’s always very nice to hear, thanks.

  • Lloyd

    I can’t wait to see how it turns out – I’d also love to see the two part mould tutorial – I notice you commented on from the warp, would be great to see you do the whole body for example!

    • http://masteroftheforge.com Lamenter

      Probably worth a try to see if it can be done.

  • Tristancotterill

    Really cool stuff
    2 part blu stuff models are possible, maybe this might give you some reference points:-
    http://fromthewarp.blogspot.com/2011/11/molding-and-casting-shoulderpads.html

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/AJ-Twombly/500883874 AJ Twombly

    Want update!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/AJ-Twombly/500883874 AJ Twombly

    Want update!

    • http://masteroftheforge.com Lamenter

      I know, I know, I’m terrible.

      Update due tomorrow I promise.

    • http://masteroftheforge.com Lamenter

      I know, I know, I’m terrible.

      Update due tomorrow I promise.

  • Lloyd

    This is progressing nicely :-)

    Can’t wait for the next instalment – and as a heads up, a cloak tutorial would be aces! I’m following your art scale tutorial and want to add a cloak to my guy :-)

    • http://masteroftheforge.com Lamenter

      I could do with a cloak tutorial myself :-)

      I’ll see what I can do.

    • http://masteroftheforge.com Lamenter

      I could do with a cloak tutorial myself :-)

      I’ll see what I can do.

  • Lloyd

    This is progressing nicely :-)

    Can’t wait for the next instalment – and as a heads up, a cloak tutorial would be aces! I’m following your art scale tutorial and want to add a cloak to my guy :-)

  • Erich1234562002

    Looking good and I like the idea of a cloak tutorial!!

  • Erich1234562002

    Looking good and I like the idea of a cloak tutorial!!

  • http://profiles.google.com/kenperry13 Ken Perry

    The suspense is killing me! :)

  • http://profiles.google.com/kenperry13 Ken Perry

    The suspense is killing me! :)

    • Erich1234562002

      me too!

    • Erich1234562002

      me too!