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WIP Nocturna Storm Griffon - 54mm

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by legend69, Aug 30, 2013.

  1. legend69 Well-Known Member

    Country:
    Greece
    Hi All,

    Haven't posted much for some time...that's what you get for working for a travel agency in Greece during the summer !

    Had this one in my grey army for some time and decided I wanted a BIG challenge. It has taken me almost 5 days of intermittent work to bring the base to an acceptable level in order to start painting on the Griffon and the rider. I wanted to give a sense of height to the base so after a lot of deliberation and the peculiar setting of the Griffon I decided this was it. there is a lot od space to cover on the base, but the wings do much of that.

    Well this is when the fun starts.

    Thanks to all for looking.

    Anthony

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  2. tiberius57 A Fixture

    Country:
    Canada
    Wow! This is something special to watch! Who is producing this griffon?
    Anthony, will follow this with great interest!
    Cheers,
    Zeno
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  3. legend69 Well-Known Member

    Country:
    Greece
    Hi Zeno,
    The Storm Griffon is produced by Nocturna Models - http://nocturnamodels.com/product.php?id_product=38
    It has been a tough one so far. The casting is great quality, but there were some air bubbles and the awkward position of the Griffon means that a lot of putty was used to cover the seams (the body was split in half) - much like when you make a horse. I also remade the claws on the lifted leg to make them look sharper.
    Thanks,
    Anthony
  4. tiberius57 A Fixture

    Country:
    Canada
    Impressive sculpt and I like the composition too.
    Thanks Anthony for the details! I'll follow your progress with great interest!
    Cheers,
    Zeno
  5. Ray Welshman Active Member

    Anthony,

    Looks good so far I'm to place an order for this kit and several of Nocturna's figures, How is the general overall quality?

    Looking forward to seeing more progress
  6. legend69 Well-Known Member

    Country:
    Greece

    Hi Ray,

    The overall quality is very good. There were some air bubbles but that it to be expected with all resin kits. Clean up of the mould lines did not take very long. It was a bit of an adventure getting the two parts of the body to connect well - the back leg section connects with the front section at the back harness - but for an experienced modeller this will not pose any problems (you will have to close some gaps). The only other area that required a good clean-up was the riders stirrups. It is a beautifully sculpted model with great detail. It will require a lot of patience to paint due to the feathers, I have made good progress on the eagle head, I may post a few pics in a couple of days when it is finished!

    This is my first contact with Nocturna's figures - Verdict: a solid 8/10

    Anthony
  7. legend69 Well-Known Member

    Country:
    Greece
    Few pics on progress, apologies they are not that good.Thanks, Anthony

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  8. Ray Welshman Active Member

    I just received mine in the mail, its a really nice casting and sculpture. I also ordered the Freya miniature with it as well.

    Cheers

    Ray
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  9. legend69 Well-Known Member

    Country:
    Greece

    Good luck with this one Ray. Its a tough one as I have found out...the feathers are taking ages!!!!!!!!!!! It is A LOT of fun to paint though. I hope you enjoy it. Make sure to post pictures when you get it finished I look forward to seeing your version!
    Anthony
  10. Ray Welshman Active Member

    Thanks Anthony, I have had planned on other projects but thinking I will move this one to the front :) I generally paint historic but really like the fantasy stuff as well. The beauty of it is more and more is coming available in the larger scales (54mm and up). For mine I've been studying a lot of bald eagles and may use that as my base for my Griffon and may go with a Tuetonic knight look for the rider.

    Cheers

    ray
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  11. legend69 Well-Known Member

    Country:
    Greece
    Quick update for whoever is looking - pics are not good, but this is all I have. Thanks, Anthony

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  12. balder PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    Canada
    This looks great. It tempts me to order one myself.
    Thanks for posting.
    Gerald
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  13. Ray Welshman Active Member

    Looks good

    Cheers

    Ray
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  14. sarouman A Fixture

    Country:
    Greece
    Amazing paint job...oil or Acrylics?
    the side (do not know if is finished) want a little more work ...

    Alex
  15. legend69 Well-Known Member

    Country:
    Greece
    Hi Alex, Thanks for your comments! I am using Acrylics only. The "lion" is not finished yet, I am having a tough time with this colour, the blending is proving quite difficult for me, so I decided to let it sit for a day or 2, let the colour settle down and then finish it. Thanks, Anthony
  16. legend69 Well-Known Member

    Country:
    Greece
    Hi Gerald, Thanks. To be honest this is the most fun I have had with a figure in a long time. If you are up for a challenge (it is not easy with all the feathers) I think it is worth the effort. Anthony
  17. legend69 Well-Known Member

    Country:
    Greece
    Merry Christmas to everyone!!! Got a digital camera for Christmas...still figuring out how it works...but here are the first pics of the griffon....
    thanks for looking. wings took me 4 days to finish...:eek:
    Anthony

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  18. FigureLover A Fixture

    Country:
    Australia
    That's some excellent painting, the feathers look outstanding
    Ben
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  19. Ray Welshman Active Member

    Agree the feathers looks great. Looking forward to some new progress pics with the new camera lol
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  20. Karlosfandango Active Member

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Beautiful work , amazing!
    Just out of curiosity, would you tie down your feather work again using a wash or an ink glaze, or will you keep it as it is?
    Just interested in your approach and progress that's all.
    I like to learn. Thank you, Karl.
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