Saturday, August 14, 2010

Brother Thornicus

Brother Thornicus is the first finished (sorta) member of the most holy Thunderbirds chapter. His base needs flocking, but the rest of him is more or less complete.

Blessed with the Dreadnought armor, Bro'Thor is honored as "Paperweight of the Thunderbirds" after being destroyed in turn one of both of his battles. He takes the lickin' so his fellow Marines can stare into the face of fear and repent, for the end is nigh.

So he looks like he's lined with lipstick by some white trash Saturday night floozy. Yeah, it's my first time..go easy. Other than that, I'm somewhat happy with how it turned out. The base is Mechrite Red, with Blazing Orange for the highlight. I like the way it looks, but it's missing some depth. My research of other paint schemes has turned up an effect I really like: dry brushing the base coat over the primer (I used Chaos Black), leaving some of the black showing through in a fade effect. I'll try it on some troops, then possibly the Land Raider.

But for now, enjoy Brother Thor. Perhaps after I flock the base, I'll build a second base for him so he can lay on his side. He seems to excel in that.


  1. Very nice! I especially like his name on the leg-scroll. I think if you added a few more details like that and maybe put additional highlights on the gunmetal, you would have a finished model.

    As for his luck - well, that will change. In his first game he was killed by a single Ork rokkit launcha, which should, statistically speaking, happen "never." In the second game, he got flanked by Destroyers because his War Walker buddy couldn't shoot straight.

  2. Thanks! Take a look at it during the next game and let me know what else you recommend. I'm thinking of making the melta barrel a bit more silver as it's painted too much like a flamer right now. Also, my hands have been a bit shaky lately, so neither the name nor the highlighting lines are the straightest.

    But as we say, its not made to be a safe queen. Its made for gaming. Killing Orks and the heresy of Chaos.

  3. Actually, it looks like the only thing that needs more highlighting is the forward casing on the multi-melta.

  4. haha I got antsy last night and re-did the casing with a heavy dry brush of Mithril Silver. Its very light now, though I might go back and do some outlining with Mithril Silver.

    I'm more impressed with the photo than the actual painting, though the photo doesn't allow one to see the color scheme.

    Overall on the model, I'm most impressed with the skull on the breastplate. I honestly think it came out better than *anything* I've painted so far. I was careful with the basecoat and didn't extend all the way to the base of the skull. This ended up with a very nice shadow effect around the skull as the Chaos Black shows through around the edges. Combined with three successive dry brushes on the skull (Tallarn Flesh, Bleached Bone, Skull White) the finished product looks very nice, IMO. It really puts the rest of the model to shame.