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Gabriel Angelos – Part 1

I’ve kept the client of this conversion waiting a very long time for this piece, but I promised I’d have it finished in time for christmas and I intend to stick to that.

Originally the brief was for an Artscale Gabriel Angelos based off of specific pieces of artwork. However, because this model will be used in competitive play the brief was changed to a regular scale conversion. Even so, I decided to take the liberty of altering the size of the mini ever so slightly but still have him fit nicely of a 25mm base.

First I removed the legs from the groin section on a standard pair of plastic legs and pinned them back on with a bit of a space left between each component. I then filled this with green stuff to lengthen the legs ever so slightly. I’ve seen this done many time before with plasticard, but in the end I just use the material I’m most comfortable with.

I then added a thin skin of Green Stuff over the legs to add a little extra mass. The thigh, knee pad and greaves were bulked out separately, each time allowing the Green Stuff to fully cure. You can see on the above pic the difference this small amount of Green Stuff can make to the overall look of the leg when compared to the unaltered “thin” leg. The final conversion will stand about 4mm taller than a standard Space Marine but at the same time won’t look in any way out of place.

I added a Green Stuff collar to the torso, in an effort to simulate the artwork I was basing the conversion on, and also because I like to see a proper gorget on power armour. The brief required Angelos to have a half mask on his face, bionic looking but more akin to a mask than the usual bionic skeleton. To do this I cut away a part of the plastic head (a trimmed down Grey Knight head btw) and added a tiny eyepiece. I let this eyepiece Green Stuff cure fully before adding the actual mask around it. I may still add a few tiny tweaks to the mask, I’m not entirely sure yet.

The final mini will be holding Godhammer (his personal Thunder Hammer) out in front of him in a 2 handed pose. I’ve built the basic hammer from some Grey Knight components but have yet to remake the actual hammer head, which needs to be one solid block rather the way it is now. I’ll probably opt to use plasticard to do this.

Finally, other than adding artificer details to the armour itself I need to add a cloak suitable for a chapter master. I’m currently experimenting with a couple of different methods to do this (as I also need to make cloaks for a Primarch project) but I’ll be showing a “How To” guide on it once I figure it out.

December 20, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    how do you get your green stuff so absolutely smooth and clean looking?

    • http://masteroftheforge.com Lamenter

      Sorry about the long wait for this reply, it’s not a simple thing to answer.

      The key things are:

      Use a soft mix of Green Stuff (more yellow than blue). No waiting for it to firm up, use it immediately after mixing.

      Use a soft clayshaper (white or grey flat chisel head work best imho). A size 2 is best all purpose size for stuff like power armour segments.

      Lubricate your clayshaper and other tools. I like to use saliva but vaseline works well too.

      Use a gentle touch and use the clayshaper to spread the Green Stuff about, removing excess from the edges with a sharp metal tool. Always add more Green Stuff than you need and take away excess. This way the finished section you are working on (like a greave for example) is all done in one piece rather than built up by adding small amounts over and over.

      Finally be prepared to scrap what you are doing and start over if need be. Don’t just settle with your first attempt if it ain’t right.

    • http://masteroftheforge.com Lamenter

      Sorry about the long wait for this reply, it’s not a simple thing to answer.

      The key things are:

      Use a soft mix of Green Stuff (more yellow than blue). No waiting for it to firm up, use it immediately after mixing.

      Use a soft clayshaper (white or grey flat chisel head work best imho). A size 2 is best all purpose size for stuff like power armour segments.

      Lubricate your clayshaper and other tools. I like to use saliva but vaseline works well too.

      Use a gentle touch and use the clayshaper to spread the Green Stuff about, removing excess from the edges with a sharp metal tool. Always add more Green Stuff than you need and take away excess. This way the finished section you are working on (like a greave for example) is all done in one piece rather than built up by adding small amounts over and over.

      Finally be prepared to scrap what you are doing and start over if need be. Don’t just settle with your first attempt if it ain’t right.

  • Anonymous

    how do you get your green stuff so absolutely smooth and clean looking?

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    Loving your work so far! Waiting for the next installment.

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    Loving your work so far! Waiting for the next installment.