Friday, 6 July 2018

Takirua (in pairs)

You may remember (or you may not, so let me add a link) my latest Space Shark was the Apothecary. I started using a kit and later on I changed my mind and used another one as the base to get the final result. So I had a pair of legs ready to be used on another Space Maorine! :P

I started a degree in Medicine, but I quit
The basic shape is quite straightforward and simple, so from that point I only had to add paint!

I struggled about the idea of painting classic stripes on the helmet
But I wanted all the attention to be focused on the Maori patterns
What do you mean by 'compensating something'?
The inscription on the chestplate says Ika a Whiro, which is Maori for "experienced warrior/war veteran", a proper motto for the guy.

But that's not all! I've also managed to make another one, just at the same time I converted this one. I forgot to take a pic of te original model. It's this one:

Taken from eBay
This one required some amount of work, but I finally got this:

Yes, slightly different
I really wanted to keep the power fist with the Genestealer head, but I think it's a weapon that doesn't fit in the Carcharodons vibe. They need spikey things, like power swords, chainswords, knives, whatever. So I changed the whole interpretation of the man. The chainsword is a conversion too, simply two regular chainswords put together to make the weapon look larger (or in scale).

So, after spilling some paint on it...

I'm just rehearsing my tennis drive
I used a Grey Knights left arm. It has an awful empty space so you can place the stormbolter on it. Awful. I placed a heraldry shield on it and painted a Hei Matau, the Maori fish hook that symbolizes good luck and safe travel through water.

I keep on humming Moana OST
I also lost some fear about painting other symbols. So I dared to do this:

I may repeat these things on more Space Maorines
Not happy at all with the sword, I have to improve that pattern
So, characters apart, this is the true beginning of a Space Marines Veteran Squad:

With just 50 more I can do a Codex cover
Slow pace, but still going on...


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    1. Thank you! I'm glad with the way they are turning out so far :)

  2. Increible, me está encantando este proyecto ><

    1. ¡Gracias! Me la estoy jugando, al principio de cada miniatura no tengo ni idea de cómo va a ser el resultado :O

  3. They make an awesome looking group thus far, great work!

    1. Thanks! I'm playing with fire here, I must confess. When I start each mini I really don't have a clear idea of what I am really trying to achieve or if it's even feasible!

    2. The effort really is paying off though. You're going to have an awesome and unique personalised collection of miniatures.

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    1. Thanks! It's always fun trying new stuff :)

  5. Really, really awesome work!
    Your truescale marines look more archaic compared to the primaris marines, a style which suits the Carcharodons way better. Also, I love these old beaky helmets :).

    1. Thank you! I think that part of the whole thing is precisely making them look feral and intimidating. The different armour pieces, the war paints on them... all that stuff contributes to the idea, I hope.
      I got some Primaris and I pretend to use them as regular Marines, not Veterans; but oh, I'm getting fond of this style, so I may be compelled to make conversions and more things like these... ;)