Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Tau Riptide - Finished!


I've posted a couple of images of the Riptide in progress, but here are a whole bunch of the finished piece. Of course, thanks to the overhead positioning of the front hatch, the interior doesn't really show up in any of the photos. Not to worry. My client likes it a lot, so that's always the best part of finishing a commission.

I hope you enjoy the photos too.










I'll be taking this along to the Crystal Palette at the NOVA Open this weekend, hopefully he'll do well there before I ship him off.

Speaking of the NOVA Open, you still have a chance to get in and buy a few more raffle tickets to win the great Redemption of the Fallen army (containing a Ravenwing squad painted by me).


Here's a link to photos of the whole army.

Here's a link to the page where you can buy your tickets!


Additionally, Incursion is reaching its final days on Kickstarter. Head on over, check out the gameplay video, and think about pledging to this excellent rerelease.

Cheers
Dave

31 comments:

  1. Good luck at the Crystal Palette.. I am sure this guy is going to clean up there for you. Nice conversion and idea for the open cockpit, and pilot sitting outside. Very nice little scene.

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    1. Thanks Mr Lee, it'll be my first time at the NOVA Open, so I'm not really sure what to expect.

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    1. Thanks Mr Awdry, and congrats on popping the cherry, so to speak ; )

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  3. Best of luck at the competition!

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    1. Thanks Sean, should be fun to see what else shows up : )

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  4. Wonderful, it is very nice, another Dave's great work!

    A great greeting.

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  5. great stuff, Dave. See you in DC! Let's grab a beer.

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  6. Looks Great! The hand on the radio though...

    "Hello? AAA? I, uh, I ran out of gas... could you send someone to pick me up, please?"

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    1. I had a very similar thought Peter, what was he doing with handheld stuff when surely his suit had all the right gear?

      I figure that he likes to get out of it when the chance occurs, so that he doesn't begin to feel that omnipotence that must come from piloting something so destructive.

      That, or he actually is calling for help. ; )

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  7. Nice as usual Dave. I'll see you at NOVA this weekend.

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  8. Looks awesome (as alwaqys with your work), but I can't help imagine the situation if theis was ever used in a game.

    Pilot: "The enemy's coming. Quick, hop into the suit!"

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    1. God my spelling's awful there, but you get the point, I hope.

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    2. Yep, I got it ; ) Thanks Khorneguy!

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  9. I like what you have done here. But somethings could be improved.
    How the red dust covers the lower parts of the legs is really good, but i would add some of that stuff to the rest of the body as well. Some kind of weathering.

    Somehow i miss a focus point, my eye wanders around but never really stays at a point.
    No idea how to solve that issue....

    There are two things that can´t be changed now, but would look better to me.

    As the Tau is kneeling (what is great as the big one does this too) i think it would look better if the big one would kneel on the other leg. So it won´t look that symetrical.

    And, as you used red dust, i would use some green as complementary color on the suit. Maybe instead of the blue? Or as OSL in the suits cabin??

    But hey, the suit is great as it is, there is always stuff that could be done....

    harald

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    1. Hi harald, thanks for all the comments. Here are my thoughts on those:

      • There is some chipping over the model, at the "scuff points" you'd expect, but I didn't want to overdo the dusty look. I wanted the impression to be that above the knees he was too tall for the dust kicked up. Could there be more? Sure, but I wanted a relatively clean look.

      • You might be right on this one. I feel the focal point is the pilot, but it might be the vibrancy of the blue that is constantly tugging your eye around the model.

      • The mimicking pose was deliberate, very much so.

      • The dust and base were intended to have orange overtones, to contrast the blue (the scheme for the suit was specified by the client). I'm not confident that green is really a solid choice, but I understand your meaning.

      Again, thanks for pointing out these things. Some of my decisions there were quite deliberate, some of them not so much, and it's from those that I can learn to improve.

      Cheers
      Dave

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  10. Really nice work on the Riptide, i especially like the vivid blue you've achieved.

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  11. Beautiful work on the Riptide.Vey nice pose !
    Good continuation

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  12. Stumbled across this image looking for inspiration. Absolutely love this color scheme. Simple and crisp. DO you have a breakdown somewhere of the colors you used? How did you get that blue so vibrant! Did you prime the model in white? Much appreciated!

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