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Friday, August 13, 2010

New Plastic Daemon Prince

For once White Dwarf lacked a complete break down of either of the new plastic kits released in the Daemon second wave. I'm sure part of that is the complete lack of customization on the part of the Horror's model kit. But the Daemon Prince does offer quite a few options. It can have three different heads, three different back options (wings, trophy racks or some kind of back pack arms), three different weapon arms for the left side, and two bare handed options. Then there are the optional two loin cloth pieces, shoulder pads for a chaos marine daemon prince, and some additional armor bitz which could go on legs, groin or arms.

I chose to model my daemon prince with wings, and gave him a mostly chaos marine look (I don't really play fantasy, so I'm not to worried about crossover armies). The model's principal parts fit quite snugly, with tabs or joins that work well to strength the joins that are glued. The shoulder pads were the only pieces that don't fit naturally to the model, instead requiring eyeball placement and adjustment, with a good amount of pressure to hold them in place until the glue starts to set.

To begin painting, I started with black primer. The model then received a base coat of Fenris Grey. I then painted all of the skin tones with layers of Shadow Grey, 50:50 Shadow Grey and Vallejo Cold Grey, and then an extreme highlight of of Cold Grey.

The armor areas and the webbing of the wings were painted with a layer of Regal Blue, then a 50:50 mix of Regal Blue and Ultramarines Blue, followed by an extreme highlight of Ultramarines Blue. I wanted to create a feeling of warp energy pouring out of the model, so all of the cracks in the armor, as well as the detail on the sword got layers of green from Orchide Shade, Snot Green, Thraka Green, Goblin Green and Scorpion Green.

The metallic sections were painted with Boltgun Metal, Asurmen Blue and Chainmail. The bone areas were painted with P3 Jack Bone, Baal Red and Bleached Bone. The eye on the sword is two layers of P3 Ember Orange. Lastly the base was painted with Scorched Brown, Bestial Brown and Snakebite Leather.

On the whole, I enjoyed building and painting this kit. If I could ask for anything more, it would be more variety in the hands and torso department. Other than that, kudos to the sculptor.

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