I know that I said I wasn’t going to take any more commissions, but this one hit home. The customer was stationed in Afghanistan at the time and wanted a nice Christmas present for his girlfriend (who plays Legion) that he could give to her in person when he returned home. You just gotta help out a guy in need, right?
At any rate, there were no real specs for this one, just “a centerpiece for her army”, and “warbeast in the middle of a rampage.” So I picked the Scythean as it has potential but really fell short in my opinion (and more importantly, in his girlfriend’s opinion.)
The early build was shown (via crappy cell phone pics) to the client and on my blog.
This was the final approved pose. I’ve built up the base to angle the body upwards and repositioned the 3 legs. The head was replaced with one from the Typhon to get the open mouth (my idea.) The arm scythes were filed down into something a bit more lethal looking and posed in a more dynamic manner. A vast improvement over the stock model.
On to sculpting. I was trying to wrap this up during finals week and that didn’t quite work out as planned. I was able to get the first stage of sculpting done with the basic gap filling and bulking up where needed.
The model is still just pinned together, which is why the waist and arm attachments have nothing done yet. This made it easier to work on the legs and get up underneath where it would normally be tough to do on a fully assembled model.
Once the lower body was complete and the head mostly finished, I took the plunge and glued the two halves together. With the waist being tough to line up in the back I had to make a few radical alterations on the fly. Nothing crazy, but things happen with metal models. Body complete, the arms were attached in their final position. I also took a small liberty and placed a warjack face mask on the base under the lead foot. One, to fill the void left by the resculpting of the claws, but two, the client plays Menoth and this is for his girlfriend.
I really hope she appreciates it. It took a monumental effort to finish in time to ship for Christmas. The results are ones that I’m proud anyway, regardless of the outcome.