Using Photoshop, Google Images and decal paper, I was able to finish up Brother Autolochus, the Iron Snakes Venerable Dreadnought as described in Dab Abnett's novel Brothers of the Snake. I have committed myself to make at least a squad of 10, a landspeeder, a rhino and the dread.
I based him on a few old tracks, cut a wheel in half and added some rocks.
I wanted to paint Autolochus in a really simple paint scheme, with only bright colors in the center of the model. The Forgeworld Model for a Venerable Dreadnought doesn't have as much detail and flair as you would expect and it require a solid paintjob on the metal. I must have thrown 7 layers or watered down mithril on his shins, doling lots of shading as well.
Here are those shins. Also, on the base I added a light mist of bleached bone all around, including on his feet to make it look dusty and old.
Here's the back of that base
On to the decals. I really wanted to give Autolochus some exquisite shoulders, I knew I wasn't going to be paint this myself. What to do? Ask Victor Hardy? It was easier to go to Google, type in Sea Serpent and bingo, a bunch of cool, ancient drawings popped up.
This one ended up on his right shoulder, in Photoshop I created a different hue...
Here's the one for the right shoulder, I also recolored this one to match the red..
Here's a cool one I didn't use....yet
I sized them all and threw them on the decal sheet, that file is here if you want to use it. It is sized for the Testors decal paper that you can find below this image in a link.
I used Testors decal paper in a package of 3 sheets of clear and 3 of white for 9.99. The clear ones really didn't work at all, too translucent, so white it was. You can find that stuff here.
After applying it (see here for excellent tutorials on BOLS), I painted it to make it look worn.
Hope it inspires! Let me know about questions regarding photoshop..
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