Sunday, October 14, 2012
Storm Eagle: Coolest Horrible To Build Model Ever (so far)
This past week, my wife and I decided to do a staycation, and do all of the chores/changes/additions to our condo that had been piling up. As luck would have it the day I started re-painting our living room, was the same day the Horus Heresy book from forgeworld arrived. All week I have been reading the book before in between major house work. It turns out I have enough FW goodies to do a really nice heresy era army. Naturally the question is which army, but we'll come back to that.
Today I finally had time to model. No matter what(or how many) HH army(ies) I decide to paint, the storm eagle needed to be built. It seemed like such a nice relaxing reward for all the work this week.
The storm eagle is bar-none the most painful forgeworld model I have have built. It seems that nothing in the kit was straight. Between boiling water, a hair dryer, and more rubber bands and clamps than I can shake my fist at I think I managed the kit ok. I did not do a great job though, which is kind of sad given how awesome the design is. The front of the model does not fit quite right, the plastic top coming a little too forward, and the I forgot to put in the bulk head, but other than that it is mostly constructed. A few hours until all the glue is solid and I will be able to see how bad the seams really are. Paint and battle damage should cover this less than stellar build.
What should I paint this up as? At the moment I am leaning towards Emperor's Children, but lacking a decal sheet or upgrade bits leaves me a little worried I could pull off all of the elaborate EC designs by hand. On the other hand, it would be really easy to paint this up to match my Ultramarine storm talons and Caestus Assault Ram. The battle of Calth is likely years away on the Horus Heresy publishing schedule, so I won't have any good reference material for Ultramarines for some time.