Tuesday, 12 May 2020

Space Whale!

Time for yet another model that I've had lying around on my desk for months. By and large, I'm not a huge fan of the models in Warlord Games' Gates of Antares. They tend to feel a bit dull and generic. However, there are a few scupts that I really like, and one of them is the Isorian Tograh Transporter Drone.



I picked this thing up in a sale at the new year. It's normally the steep price of £35, which seems an awful lot for a four-piece resin model with no customisation. It's not all that huge, either: for a transport drone, it would have a lot of trouble transporting anything larger than Christmas cards. But it is a cool shape, and has an interesting bio-mechanical feel, with bone-like armour and things that might be wings, flippers or intake vents. I like the way it looks Gigeresque without being a big snarling monster.



I thought that it resembled a whale, so I painted it in dark blue on the top and light blue underneath, with a thin wash of purple ink to suggest living flesh. I added some bits of phosphorescence to break up the blue colour. I doubt it's meant to have eyes, but I painted some on, and I think they look quite cool. To be honest, I think this is the sort of model that would really benefit from an airbrush instead of a bit of torn sponge.


4 comments:

SpacecowSmith said...

Brilliant work on the whale!

Now you need some whale hunters to try and bag it!

axiom said...

That's fantastic! I think the eyes really sell it as being a large and probably intelligent floating alien creature. Great idea.

Toby said...

Cheers guys! I think the eyes were a lucky idea to break up the shape and all the blueness. Strange how some models really strike me and others don't. I'm not sure why I like the miniature so much, but the sculpt seems really nice to me.

On the subject of whale hunters, I do have a submarine they could use: https://inaworldofpaint.blogspot.com/search?q=hovercoaster. One of the old Necromunda manuals had a story that was Moby Dick with giant spiders, so I can't see why not...

Wouter said...

It does look a lot like a whale and I can easily image seeing a herd of these floating in the sky. Beautiful work!