Drasta, the Watcher

Drasta, the Watcher. Knight Errant attached to the Legio Fureans of Incaladion and often tasked with scouting missions, to relay vital intel from the battlefield and to support the vanguard units of the Aksita with its firepower. My first Imperial Knight is complete!

Detail of the head

Yes, he’s looking at you…

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A growing martian family

The Servitors were not the only project I’ve been working on in the last months.As I told you in the last post, I have two new Tech-Priests currently on my hobby table. One the regular Tech-Priest Dominus from the Cult Mechanicus range, that I bought on the release day and never managed to paint. Until now:

This is just the beginning, so nothing much to say yet, but I will repeat that good advice that I always give to myself and never pay attention to: paint it unassembled! Its particular shape makes it really difficult to reach all the recesses with a brush, and even if you manage to reach the most difficult parts, there is no way that you can manage to apply control the application of the paint.

The energy glow that can be seen between the coils of its eradication ray is pure Nihilak Oxide. I have seen this techniques around on the internet, and decided to try it for myself. I must admit that the final result is not bad at all, for such a simple and fast trick.

As for the other Tech-Priest, many, many months ago I published a post where, among many other updates, I showed you where I was with this conversion. At the time I just had the idea of adding, under the torso, some cables from the Space Marines Centurions kit, to represent the typical mechadendrites of the martian clergy.

As the time passed, however, the idea started to appear less and less intriguing. Then, when I tried to fit on these cables the leftover weapons from the Tech-Priest Dominus, failing to achieve any acceptable result, I understood that I had to reject the idea. Or, at least, to try a different approach.

Tinkering with the components, I thought that maybe I could try to see how would it look if I tried to achieve a classical Doctor Octopus feel, just for fun. So, it started like a joke, but the final result surprised me.

Tech-priest - the Cairn Wraith Projects

What do you think ? For me it is great. The sense of motion conveyed from the mechadendrites seems genuine and fits perfectly with the dynamics of the base miniature. The only caveat is that I should choose with great care the tech-gimmicks that will be held by these tentacles, to avoid weighing down his figure too much. Obviously I will try to sculpt the robes of the model, trying to cover the joint of the cables as if they were sprouting from a hole in the vest.

There is still a conundrum that I cannot solve, however: what should I use below it torso? I was thinking to the cable-hairs of Archmagos Draykavac, but I fear that the component might end up being too small (until I buy the model, I have no way to test it). Do you have any idea?