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40K SHOWCASE: Building a Better Necron Tomb Stalker

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Aug 7 2014
Tyler M. here with my take on Forge World’s Necron Tomb Stalker. Take a look!

A friend of mine collects Necrons and approached me about working on one of his Stalkers for him. I have always liked the model so I jumped at the chance to take the commission. I had already painted several basic warriors for him in different color schemes so we had already worked out how to paint it for the most part. His one big request was to have it phasing through a wall and I knew I had to add some unfortunate victims for it to be attacking.

After messing around with a few ideas and putting the base together with a ruined wall section he provided I was able to determine that unfortunately, the Stalker took up almost the whole base. Originally I wanted to have 2 Guardsmen, one being attacked and the other reacting, either scrambling away or getting ready to fire. In the end I had to settle for one Guardsmen, and he had to be in one of the Stalker’s claws since there was no room on the base. Next up was having the guy phase through the wall, which wasn’t too difficult, but let me tell you, there is something very intimidating about cutting a pricey Forge World model in half, especially when its not your model.
After a little bit of work the model was done with the construction phase. The only sculpting I had to do was on the Guardsmen’s arms and giving him new hands, neither of which took very long. The most difficult part of the whole thing was gluing all the legs on.
My friend really wanted this guy to have a graphite like quality to him, which was fairly easy since he gave me some liquid graphite to use. This was the first time I have used something like this and it was pretty cool, it definitely looks like graphite and it also helps blend layers together really well. For the phasing effect I wanted to try out a digital look, as if the Stalker was pixelating, and while it didn’t end up how I envisioned it in my head, I am pretty happy with it. My favorite part of this guy was painting all of the glow effects, I really like doing lighting on models and trying to make it look realistic. All in all I am pretty happy with how the Stalker turned out, now to paint something without so many large, flat and open areas on it…

For even more pictures be sure to check out my blog, Mengel Miniatures, and also be sure to vote for it on Cool Mini or Not.
What are some of your favorite Necron conversions out there? Do you think this Guardsmen ever stood a chance? 
Tyler is a life long painter and hobbyist and took home his first Golden Demon award at the 2012 Chicago Games Day with a follow up at the 2013 North American Games Day. More of his work can be found at his blog, Mengel Miniatures.


Author: Tyler Mengel
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