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Niu Pre-Heresy by skycat Niu Pre-Heresy by skycat
My Forgeworld Contemptor Dreadnought, equipped with twin Kheres Assault Cannons and painted in pre-Heresy Thousand Sons livery. The IV on his knee represents the Fourth Fellowship.

Oath of moment on the cannon, shell casings, tabard, chains and fastenings made from greenstuff, chain ornaments and nasal crest made from plasticard.

Had fun with this guy, and I'm especially pleased with the tabard and ornaments. Though I'm not happy with how the red came out - I worked it up too much and lost most of the purple shades in the darker areas, as well as the edge highlights. Ah well, 'swhat I get for rushing it to get it done by Games Day, hehehe.

And that gorram Sons symbol never gets any easier to paint. >_<
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Dgs-Krieger Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
Duuuude...this is BEAUTIFUL! I love the heating on the miniguns.
Also, there is a nice contrast betheween the red dread and white snow.
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skycat Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you! :D The heating on the cannons was a bit of an experiment, I'm so glad they turned out decent, hehehe. And yeah, I love the contrast of the red against the blue/white snow.
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Dgs-Krieger Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
BTW, I am sorry for not leaving comments...but for some reason DA didnt warmed me ^^U
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skycat Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Student General Artist
No worries, 'sall good! :D
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Direrain Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
The effect on those double Kheres Cannons is really great! Also the work with the tabard is phenomenal!
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:iconskycat:
skycat Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you! The cannons was an experiment that fortunately worked. And man, that tabard was such a pain to do, but I'm so pleased with how it turned out. :D
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Falassion Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
insanely awesome
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:iconskycat:
skycat Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you! :D
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New-Q Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012
Well nice paintjob. Love the overheat effect, but with this kind of arm positioning... Well it just looks like he's shooting at the ground (A bit senseless I think).
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:iconskycat:
skycat Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Student General Artist
Well, he is supposed to be up high on a cliff... ;) And thanks! :D
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New-Q Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012
In this case I must admit that everything is all right. :D
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:iconskycat:
skycat Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Student General Artist
Hehe, thank you! ;)
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dreamfloatingby Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
looks like the barrels are overheating. that was a nice touch.
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:iconskycat:
skycat Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you! :D
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purpleshadowbooster Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
look great :D like the snow :)
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:iconskycat:
skycat Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Student General Artist
Thanks! :D
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purpleshadowbooster Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
your welcome :)
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DodgySmalls Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
Really nice gradient on the assault cannons, I presume you wet blended. Awesome job!
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:iconskycat:
skycat Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you! :D Didn't wet-blend the cannon gradients though, that's just pretty much all drybrushing, hehe.
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TheEnginseer Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
Love the twin reaper cannons
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skycat Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you! Though I wish they were actually reapers, hehehe. They're actually Kheres Assault Cannons. Still, six shots each, they can definitely put out the dakka! :D
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GlauG Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
Damn, that thing is sexy. Really, really want one. >_>; Also, impressed with your freehand!
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skycat Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Student General Artist
Hehe, thank you! :D It's a lovely model, though the legs are a pain to pose. The freehand is both fun and frustrating. XD I want to get some finer brushes one day.
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GlauG Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
I keep meaning to scratch-build one... What's the issue with the legs?

Also, are ALL the 'Sons symbols freehand?
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skycat Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Student General Artist
You can't really dry-fit the legs to test out poses easily. It requires a fair amount of blu-tak, heheh. Trying out different poses for this guy's legs was a pain in the ass, and getting him glued down in the specific pose without shifting anything too far out was just... aaaaaagh. XD

And yeah, everything on this guy is freehand. :D
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GlauG Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
Ahh, I get you. Poor joint design? :/ I have one of the FW Tau battlesuits and it looks like the joints have too great a range of motion for easy posing during assembly!

And you deserve some kind of double brofist on the paint, then.
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skycat Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Student General Artist
Eh, I wouldn't call it poor joint design... just difficult to work with. XD Range of motion is excellent, but yeah, you just can't pose it during assembly without holding everything in place in one way or another.

Hehe, thank you! :D
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GlauG Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012
Ahh, so very much like the Tau stuff then...

I hate to say it, but it looks like I'm about to get back into 40k. >_> I picked up Dark Vengeance, and I can't stop thinking about cool conversions...
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skycat Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Student General Artist
Hehe, probably! I've never really messed around with Tau models.

Muahaha. Yeah, the Dark Vengeance set is really damn nice. I didn't get a full set (mostly cos they'd be too much work to convert for my own army), but I did get given a Chaos Lord model from it, and I'm painting a friend's Chaplain for him as well. So nice! I admit I can't help but look forward to the next Chaos 'dex, and the upcoming Forgeworld Heresy-era 'dexes too.

Still can't get over the fact that the Helbrute has TOENAILS though. Srsly, wtf.
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StarbyStars Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
i never'd play warhammer yet I alway seen these is it really fun?
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skycat Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Student General Artist
I have a lot of fun with it! Mostly because in the group I play with, we've developed our own story line for all our armies that ties 'em in together and stuff. Story is awesome. :D
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StarbyStars Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
oooooh :o but do the little monitos cost alot
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:iconskycat:
skycat Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Student General Artist
Monitos? :confused:
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StarbyStars Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
um sorry um the little toy thingys
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skycat Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Student General Artist
Ah, the models. They can be expensive, it depends where you get them from.
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StarbyStars Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
oh...
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jstncloud Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
It 'can' be, for veterans the rule changes are getting a bit troublesome, for a newcomer it won't be as irritating.
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StarbyStars Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
oh.... :I hm
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jstncloud Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
If you are new to the game you'll probably like it, just expect future editions/codexes to unbalance aspect of the game.
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StarbyStars Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa........and um alot of rules and stuff
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Seeras Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
looks awesome!
nice Painting. =)
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skycat Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you! :D
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StoryKillinger Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
NICE WORK with knowledge is power... That is some tiny brush you have. Very nice.
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skycat Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Student General Artist
Hehehe, thank you! Wasn't sure if that'd come out at all legible or not - apparently it did! :D
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StoryKillinger Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And another thing.. This is such a nice shot... The picture is so clear.
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skycat Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Student General Artist
Thanks! :D One of my lamps stopped working before I started these photos, so I had to rely on the ceiling light instead of a lamp for the top light source, heh.
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