Sunday, April 25, 2010
WIP: Venerable Dreadnaught continued
First, I was thumbing through the SM codex the other day and found something that gave me tremendous pause. I’m stunned –absolutely stunned- to learn that I’ve been spelling “Dreadnought” incorrectly for all this time, and not one person –not one- has either corrected or addressed this matter with me. That means you have either been making the same mistake, or (more likely) that you are very, very polite. Thank you. Don’t I feel like the fool.
Well, the purest way to compound foolery is with bloody-minded obstinance, so please let me show you some “in progress” photos of my Venerable Dreadnaught (ahem)…
I mentioned last WIP Sunday that I needed to think of what the Onorevoli color scheme would have been before they engaged in an obsessive grind against the Iron Warriors –an obsession that has them slowly, subliminally adopting Iron Warrior characteristics, most readily notable in their black-and-yellow striping. This was a bit tricky for me. I didn’t want to stray too far from the theme as I have it established, because the force would still need to look coherent on the table. So I took some small inspiration from some other figures that I’d painted more-or-less for fun and afterward folded into the army.
Here’s my thinking on this. The Onorevoli were originally white (or very near it anyway –which helps symbolize a time when their purpose was more pure, and more noble) with accent colors of the muddy orange-ish (which is now their primary color) and turquoise (which remains the primary accent). Moreover, a slightly more vibrant version of the Orange color was used in a basic striping pattern; the Iron Warriors, after all, didn’t invent stripes. The Terminator above, therefore, marks something like the half-way point: he has clearly fallen in with the Cult of Pursuit (symbolized by the Wolf on his right pauldron), and he has adopted the black-yellow striping of the Iron Warriors on his Chainfist. He retains, however, the chipped and neglected vestiges of the old, whitish armor -although now grayish in hue from neglect. (for more on the current color scheme, please take a look at the series of posts starting here).
These choices made sense to me, as it was easier to imagine that the more subtle shift from one color of striping to another than it would be to imagine an entire re-dressing of the Onorevoli uniform. Likewise, the shift from near white to muddy orange also lends itself nicely to the fading of the Onorevoli luster.
And so, I wanted the Venerable Dreadnaught to look old and weathered and more than a little neglected. What might have been white and vibrant orange at one point in the forgotten past, now looks neglected and slightly grotesque. He is old, yes, but also somewhat undervalued in the current fervor of the Onorevoli quest. I’ve painted, therefore, the metals as rather tarnished and the paint as generally chipped or flaking. This is still very much in progress, and I intend to bring some of the highlights up a bit to contrast the paint chips more dramatically, etc. I have also used some weathering powders, but fear they are too close in hue to the orange I’ve created, and so lose some of their effect. Also, I’m not really sure that I’m using them correctly. Generally, I’m just making a mess…
And with that in mind, I’d like to add one final note: Magilla G. recently commended me for seeing my projects through to completion and, while that was very generous of him, I wanted to assure you that my work method is scattered, sporadic, and modestly chaotic. As evidence, I give you the unbridled mayhem of my workspace. Along with the truly Venerable Dread, you’ll find some other interesting treats. Enjoy.