Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Sharrowkyn


I was recently commissioned to build and paint Nykona Sharrowkyn, one of the Raven Guard marines to escape the Dropsite Massacre on Istvaan V. He's a great character who has built a small following amongst Black Library's Horus Heresy devotees. When a character shoots Fulgrim in the head, and kills another iconic character in single combat (twice), then you've got a keeper.

The tough thing about translating this character into miniature form is that he is essentially described as a shadow, an absence of light. Kind of tough to highlight someone like that ; )

This all meant that positioning him in the shadows, but being impacted by some light source, was important. I played around with a few ideas, and settled on the model you see here. I hope you like him as much as his new owner.







And there's another one on his way too.

Cheers
Dave

21 comments:

  1. That is a great take on the character - love the composition of the piece and the OSL is superb. Bravo!

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  2. If I've told you once, I've told you a thousand times Nykona. Don't jump pack around with your swords out!

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  3. I really like how you did the black color. Btw, what did you do with the raven skull that was the mini before you painted it?

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    1. Thanks! The skull is on the second Sharrowkyn I'm doing for a friend.

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  4. Lovely glow effects from the light. Do you have any pointers on how to paint yellow glow that way? I'm trying to achieve a similar effect with my necrons

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    1. I think, in essence, the most important thing about getting a good "glow" is to make sure a) the light source is the brightest thing on the model, and b) that the area surrounding/beyond the glow is darker than usual. I would recommend checking out a blog like Massive Voodoo and looking for a good tutorial on OSL. I'm still learning and experimenting.

      Most of what I know was learnt at a seminar I took at Adepticon earlier this year... Thanks Victoria Lamb!

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  5. That's a pretty great piece of work Dave, considering until I saw "yours", the only way I that I could come up with doing him was painted almost jet black, in a corner similarly darkened, with just the red eyes showing.

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    1. I think that could look cool too, something with a very Spiderman/Venom kind of feel to it.

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  6. Love the lamp effect.

    Any chance that we could see a tutorial?

    Tony

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    1. Thanks Tony. I don't think I could do the tutorial justice, so I recommend checking out other great painting sites like Massive Voodoo : )

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  7. I recognize the crossguards on those blades from the GK termie kit, but how did you attach them so cleanly?

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    1. Hi JW. Well spotted. actually the entire sword in each hand (and the hand for that matter) are from the GK sprue, attached to the arms at the wrist. : )

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    2. Oh! Sorry. I didn't realize there was a pair that came like that out of the box.
      I thought you'd convoluted them out of multiple parts somehow. :P

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  8. Forgeworld really have done a nice job with making the RT looking troops.

    Great paintjob!

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  9. Just out of interest, where did you get the backpack from?

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    1. Hi Lord Krabo. The jump pack is from the Blood Angels Sanguine Guard set, trimmed down at the back and reworked with putty to give it a slightly slimmer profile. Hope that helps.

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  10. For me, Nykona Sharrowkyn is the Non-Primarch Greatest Astartes ever. I mean seriously, this guy kicked Lucius the Eternal's Arse twice, and nailed a Primarch in the head with a Sniper Rifle....He is is just the right side of Badass without being "Mary Sue".

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