Ever since I made the first Red Corsair – Ragal Gair, Champion of the Fleet – back in 2013 I’ve been wondering how cool it would be if that single character would some day be accompanied by a handful of blood thirsty Corsair brothers in a scale of a small army. During the end of 2014 I started to fulfill this ambition by making another Renegade Astartes to sail the stormy Warp next to Champion Gair. But that was just the beginning.
When we announced Iron Sleet’s 1st Invitational I made my decision to focus on my art-scale Red Corsairs army project, not only by adding more characters to the Astartes team but also expanding my vision to the next scale. I wanted to make a hulking Dreadnought to dwarf those giant super soldiers and really add more depth to their ranks. This I did by putting together my version of the Dreadnought + Dread Knight conversion. The key was to make the outcome to match the aesthetics of the rest of the star ship wreckers. The end result should speak for itself…
+ Cristos Savacius +
(Dread Knight conversion, large oval base)
Murderer of the Prophets
Butcher of Ere’gaz
Like in his brothers case I didn’t want to make the appearance of Cristos Savacius‘ to look too over the top evil. Instead of using grotesque helmet with giant horns I used less provoking Blood Angels helmet, but painted it very weathered, even trying to make it represent the suffering that the character within the machine was feeling. This made the oulook of the helmet look very much lifelike, like a stony flesh, though it is still just metallic head piece painted white with the ash and bone dust.
There are chaos marks and classic symbolism hidden here and there, such as spikes, skull motifs, crown of thorns made out of razor-wire etc. Small details like these give him certain feel of brutality and helps to tie his massive embodiment with the rest of the crew. I had (and still have) great plans of painting something on his loincloth, maybe some sort of iconic painture just to make his psychical stature look even more epic.
+ Elia Ygon +
Wielder of the Phocius
Elia Ygon is more of a straight forward art-scale Renegade Astertes conversion than anything else – terminator legs (with one leg sawn off and replaced with pneumatic peg leg), heavily converted marine chest, terminator shoulder armours and upper arms and basic space marine lower arms and hands. The blade (Phocius) was taken from Beastmen kit and I think it fits very well with the furry loincloth, both giving Elia the much appreciated barbaric feel.
Like with the two previous Astartes my main aim was to add some link to the classic idea of piracy – in this case, the peg leg – and make it look as bad-ass as possible, yet keeping it reserved enough not to jump in your face. Elia is still missing his Red Corsairs symbol, which I intend to paint on his shoulder armour at some point.
One of the carrying themes in my Red Corsairs army is the unique red colour that decorates their armours. The colour, which is semi-gloss, naturally bright yet reserved, is the outcome of a distinctive process, where every step has a meaning. It’s VERY laborous process and I might end up cursing it many times while painting this army (this I realized when painting Cristos Savacius), but the end result is so much worth it. I paint few different layers of paint, take some steps backwards with washes and inks, take a steep turn by using totally opposite tone to make shadows even deeper and finally I give it another layer of ink wash, highlight and make the whole thing crash with a set of weathering effects – it’s like pirate captain’s map giving guides how to find the treasure.
+ Skull Probe mounted with a plasmagun +
Now Red Corsairs are cunning bastards when it comes to looting and harnessing the technology to serve their plans. Small ideas like mounting an unstable plasmagun to a servo-skull might just save a battle brother’s arm. I have to admit, building this Skull Probe was a “plan B” since I pretty much ran out of time in Invitational’s building phase and had to pull something together for the WIP publication. But hey, X marks the spot, eh?
So there’s my trio for the 1st Invitational. Hope you enjoy watching them as much as I enjoyed building them.