A model a day – day 18: Myrmidon Assault Walker

A model a day: day 16 ; Myrmidon Assault Walker.

I tried quite a few different builds for my Myrmidons before settling with this simple conversion. It’s a Defiler body cut short so that 2 of the leg ball joints are removed in-tact on a segment. That segment is simply glued onto the top of the abdomen, using the sockets for the arms.

This leaves a ghastly hole at the front of the model, but it is easily covered with plasticard and decorations. The circular section that the Defiler normally has a hatch in turne dout to be a great place to house the crewman -  a damned psycher – the model taken from a Penitent Engine.

I’m going to quickly explain how to achieve a very cheap and easy setup for taking pictures for your blogs in this article. I often use a light box, but a few pieces of card and a daylight lamp can suffice.

Place the model on a sturdy surface surrounded by opaque card or plasticard so that all visual areas behind the model are plain white.

Zoom your camera sufficiently to grab the model’s details. You will need the Macro function and should also play with your brightness settings. Using a daylight lamp can help avoid a yellow glare. Once you have a few suitable shots, copy the images to your computer and begin cropping the best pictures.

Hopefully you won’t have caught too much shadow. You can avoid shadows by using multiple lamps and/or diffuse boxes, but lets keep this simple for now.

Next you will need to edit the background of the image using free software such as GIMP, or if you are fortunate enough, something like Photoshop or Fireworks. Use the magic wand tool to select blocks of background and delete it. You will likely need to edit some small or light parts manually with the eraser.

Then create a square with a 2 colour gradient fill and place it behind the image of the model.

If you prefer, add a border to the image and perhaps a signature or your blog address.

Here are some closer shots of my Myrmidon.

Rusty Dice

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2 Responses

  1. Vredesbyrd says:

    The Myrmidon looks fantastic, and I’ve got to thank you for showing how to do the nice gradient effect behind pictures; I’ve seen it done plenty of times but never thought to ask how to do it, always thought it’d be much harder than that.

  2. Rusty Dice says:

    Some people actually print off an A4 sheet of the gradient and place behind models. That’s fine if you have a lightbox and so on, but otherwise you get shadows. This way costs you 2 sheets of paper and a £15 lamp from Argos 🙂

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