Queen Bee Knight test-fitting gallery.

Imperial Knight Conversion: Pt. 32 — Carapace handrails and freeblade badge, plus test fitting.

We’re getting so close, guys and gals. I spent a little time adding on some of the last detail bits and painting them up.

Top carapace details

First of all, I finally glued on the handrails around the carapace, added a bit more chipping around the top hatch, and glued on/painted the Freeblade badge.

It’s hard to photograph metallics… I tried ta take a couple angles to show you how bright that silver is compared to some of the rest. I wanted it to look straight-up polished. In the last pic you can see the actual highlights because I took it in shadows. Basic recipe is: This was Leadbelcher base, wash of Drakenhof Nightshade thinned with Lahmian Medium, layer highlight with Ironbreaker, spot glazing with Guilliman Blue, pin shading with full Nightshade again, and then Runefang Steel edge highlights.

As for the rails, they were pretty simple: I mixed a little Leadbelcher into black for the base, shaded with the older black wash, stippled on Ironbreaker and then a little stippled Runefang in the bits that would get the very most rubbing and contact. I then went in and glazed on Seraphim Sepia to represent dirt and oils accumulating, and then a bit of Agrax Earthshade because I love it and I want to marry it to give it a bit more depth and life.

Also, now you can see how little of the old aquila outline is visible under this badge. I think the effect is very subtle, and I’m hoping if I show this model to someone who hasn’t seen it yet, it might be a cool “ah-ha!” moment when they realize what those weird triangles are with the holes in them. I bet a lot of people would never notice it or think it’s a mistake, but I’m cool with that. This model will reward people who put the time into looking it over carefully.

And now the test-fitting pics

The moment I’ve been waiting for is finally here. I got to the point where it will be easier to paint all the leg plates if they’re actually glued on. So I did it! It feels so much closer to done now. The shins, knees, thighs and groin plate are glued on. Added to the chest plate, heavy stubber, etc. it’s more glued than not. I still have to glue on the casing around the hip actuator motors and the helmet/cowling, though. I plan to leave the actual carapace loose and magnetize the shoulder armor.

Click these pics for zoomable pics, even on mobile devices. If it doesn’t work, let me know and I’ll look into it. Zoomable galleries are my promise to you. 

I tried to just take a few pics all around the model to give you all a taste of the finished model. Did you spot the eggs? I’m stoked you can actually see them from the right angle. I still have to finish the copper/brass armor trim but almost everything else is done. I need to highlight some black areas still, and add a couple fiddly details I wanted to save for the end.

Thoughts? Comments or feedback you think I should change before it’s too late?

Mostly I’m just happy to see her standing all together and I think the pose is wonderful. The sense of movement and weight really seem convincing to me, and I couldn’t be more pleased with that aspect of it.