With the end of the Vigilus campaign I can wind down my Black Legion as they near completion. Unfortunately I’ve burned out a bit as I’ve painted so much of them in a short period of time. I’d like to end this series with one of the best sculpts I think Games Workshop have done in a long time…. The Warmaster Ezekiel Abaddon .
I hope you like him. I personally pride myself on getting armies done and on the table. I used to soak up hours on individual models but over the years I shifted over to having ‘playable’ models in a reasonable time. So this is a bit unusual in the time I spent on Abaddon. Let’s have a look at some of my favorite parts…
Abaddon’s base is an excellent mirror of Guilliman’s base. I decided to really add interest with a bit of lighting coming off a broken street lamp and the glimmer on the robe was airbrushed at first, and I didn’t like it so I redid it with brushwork.
The Talon of Horus is littered in superficial blemishes, and scrapes. Can you imagine the blood this weapon has seen? I just liked to reflect the owner a bit more than you usually see… old, crusty, and mean.
Drach’nyen is an ancient Daemonic weapon. We still aren’t quite sure who lead Abaddon to its location. We know it is ‘a golden figure’. Perhaps a C’tan? Perhaps a Custode? (It would be shocking if Drach’nyen could control one of the Emperor’s finest to that end.)
I painted Drach’nyen a few times until I decided I wanted the high contrast it now has to the rest of the figure. Where Abaddon is wearing a lot of age, and ruin, the chaotic sword is without time, and has a life energy all of its own. I wanted to give a false ‘glimmer’ to the blade while showing the spirits trapped within it using purple glazing.
Abaddon’s cape is something I redid as well. The original recipe provided by Games Workshop looks great. I just wanted to use the cape to create a back drop that would show off his immense form better than a drab, worn cape.
Many of my old Eldar pieces used a star field/galaxy look. For this cape I was inspired by the Cicatrix Maledictum. For those of you not familiar with the Cicatrix Maledictum, it is simply this….
The Cicatrix Maledictum is the ever expanding ‘warp stuff’ that Chaos resides in, and can leverage to travel into Imperium Space. It has recently expanded with the demise of Cadia (which had ancient pylons keeping it under control). Without Cadia the Cicatrix Maledictum gives chaos passage to Vigilus; the gateway to Terra. Abaddon is riding it like a sled from hell right into the throat of Imperial space.
The final detail I’d like to concentrate on is the Talon of Horus. As mentioned I wanted it to be beaten up a bit… kind of like Abaddon. It wears its age heavily, but is still limitless in its potential for destruction. I wanted this artifact to have a dull, eerie glow of dark power. (Giger-esque is what I was going for.)
A few more general shots of the man in black:
Here is a blow up of the face. A lot of purples, and pink hues. Lost of glazing. The basic technique I used is here: https://prot40k.wordpress.com/2018/06/07/alternate-face-painting-method-a-look-at-the-vallejo-face-paint-line/ And here: https://prot40k.wordpress.com/2018/03/20/how-i-paint-faces-glazing-tricks-anyone-can-use/
Well I really hope you enjoyed this update as much as I enjoyed painting it. I truly think GW hit it out of the park with this figure. Thanks for checking it out!