Well, another post in just over a month--I am getting better!
The star of today's posting is a centerpiece model in my Praetorian army and frankly it's inclusion in this blog is entirely overdue.
I am of course referring to my Warhound titan which I have lovingly dubbed "Glory to Sekhmet." The name continues a theme that I incorporated early on with the super-heavy vehicles in this army all paying homage to the Egyptian warrior goddess.
Garden Ninja skillfully provided.
Between adding chipped and scored paint, 2nd edition style warning stripes as well as murals and army emblems, the titan's normally dull and uninteresting armor was transformed into vibrant eye-candy.
I requested that Drew paint murals on the upper carapace of the titan depicting the titan's battle history. Since my regular opponent is a Sons of Malice Chaos player, I decided that the titan should have encounters with Chaos. Of course since it was a titan attached to my beloved Praetorians it's other opponents naturally had to be Orks. In each mural the titan is represented by Sekhmet herself, the lion-headed goddess of Egyptian myth. When outlining the details of the murals I drew (horrible) sketches of roughly what I envisioned each mural should look like and Drew filled in the rest with some beautiful artwork.
On the titan's right carapace the story of battle against the Ruinous Powers can be seen.
Drew also made a banner for the "Glory of Sekhmet" which is attached to the lower torso. I requested this because in much of the artwork I have seen of GW's titans there are heraldry banners adorning the great warmachines and I didn't want my own titan to be left out. Since the hull of the titan displayed the machine's history I opted to have the banner proclaim the titan's name.
Here are some final shots of the titan to give a sense of scale and some closing comments on the base.
The base is rather simple with the exception of the blown-out Sons of Malice Rhino transport. Drew and I came up with the idea of the blasted out vehicle on the base and in the interest of thumbing my nose at my friend and main opponent I chose to have the destroyed vehicle painted in his army's colors. Drew also painted my friend's Sons of Malice army and so he was not only familiar with the army colors but loved the idea of linking the two projects (in fairness my friend's Sons of Malice army also has trophies painted to match a Space Marine army that I own, so this little bit of paint harassment has gone both ways).
Drew did what I imagine is rather simple lighting effects on the turbo laser blaster holes on the Rhino but the effect worked well and is one of my favorite details on this model. Look at that metal glow!
And this post wouldn't be complete without some Praetorian shots. Here are two converted melta troopers probing the downed Rhino for any (unlikely) survivors.
I hope you enjoyed viewing the "Glory of Sekhmet" and as always thank you for reading. Coming up is an interview that I conducted with Drew from Garden Ninja Studios. In it he discusses gaming, and more interestingly, the behind the scenes workings of a full time commission paint studio. I aim to get that posted in the coming week so stay tuned!