Hot stuff – Painting the Storm Raven

The red blob known as my Storm Hawk finally got some treatment this weekend.

I’ve trawled the Internets for guides or examples of heat damage for aircraft with no joy. NASA craft are built in such a way (and expense) that atmospheric re-entry does not leave them in the mess that I intend to portray with my bird.

The grimdark environments of the Warhammer universe clearly call from some weathering and grit. Continued exposure to alien atmospheres, high temperatures, superheated particles and enemy fire must surely have its ware on paint and platework, even with heat resistant materials.

And so, I kinda made it up as I went along!

I think I shall call upon Dave Taylor‘s inspiration once more and plonk a large freehand star on the bodywork.

Rusty Dice

Aint nothing but a horn

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6 Responses

  1. Jon says:

    Probably the best looking Storm Raven I’ve seen yet.

  2. Neil of Orange says:

    That really makes it look used and abused – any chance of letting on how you did it?

    I think a few free hand icons are just what it’s lacking. Although as you say, in the real world you’d leave off as much detail as possible, 40k stuff is usually covered in nobbly bits or patterns so those big plates need breaking up to fit in.

  3. Rusty Dice says:

    The whole of the burn effect was done with a piece of sponge from my army case, followed by small licks of mithril from a fine detail brush.

    I’ve added a Chaos star to the top, makes it look like a big target!

  4. Kidjal says:

    looks much better for the heat damage. What about colour distortion on the afterburner cowlings?

    Purples, golds and reds can look great as heat distorts metal. Look at motorbike exhaust cans, big truck exhuast stacks, welding, stuff like that.

    I’ve done it with repeated washing using warlock purple, scorched brown, red inks and stuff like that. Find a mix that looks good and run with it.

    It does need some minor details, maybe warning signs or instructions on the hull, chevrons, unit markings or something.

  5. Yeah the discolouration trick is a good one, done it on my flamers in receding layers, purple and green looks really good.

    Oo, oo, hazard stripes 🙂

  6. derina ramsey says:

    All you need now is a trunk monkey. good work.

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