Actually it was quite some fun and I tried some new things :)
But now I'm back in the painting saddle, and felt it was time to continue with the diorama. The ATHENA will have to wait a bit more, as I don't think I can really build yet. But once I feel fit for it, the ATHENA will be back on the desk - and the very first thing to add to the ATHENA will be the liaison officer for Lord Gordons 20th Praetorians.
When I looked at the Defense of Xantinum dio and placed all minis on it, I realized it is too crowded and lacks focus. So I will have to re-arrange some items.
The Spida Walker will remain on the dio and he will be the attackers focus piece.
I decided to remove the Waaagh Boss and put him in a seperate display piece.
Here you can see the initial arrangement.
You can see a group of Orks and the Boss charging down some ancient steps. For this I cut some styrofoam and mounted it on an old DVD case.
Then I covered the styrofoam and the case with a instant plaster.
Once the plaster cured I started to scribe some runes and symbols into the plaster - looks a bit like an ancient mosaic.
Then I promed it in black, so all the joiting will be visible.
Then I drybrushed everything with Kaki, some washes with devlan mud, another drybrush with Kaki and a very light one with Bleached Bone gave me a nice rocky/stony look.
The mosaic pieces I painted with Tin Bizz.
Which I washed with Badab Black and drybrushed with Shinign Gold.
The outer side also received several drybushes in various brwons and blacks.
I'm quite pleased with the result so far.
Another staging shot with the actors.
And then the 3 Orks received thier camo suits.
And first details.
I'm still a bit unsure on how I will paint the Boss.
Should I camouflage his armor like I did with the Spida Walker, or should I do some other color? Still a bit undecided.
Let me know what you think.