Caladius Grav Tank

Over the last few weeks, I have had the pleasure of painting up a Caladius Grav Tank. This is one of two tanks for a Custodian Guard force and will come to about 2000 points when complete.

Painting

This was the first time I had ever attempted to paint a solid gold model, I’ve done plenty of gold trim but the whole model required a little bit more research. I went with the recommended GW range of metallic paints for the custodians however rather than buying the Retributor Armour spray can, I bought a small pot of the gold and one of the airbrush thinner instead.

I started from a black base with the AK Interactive black, followed by a few light coats of the Retributor Armour gold applied using an airbrush. washed it down with Reikland Fleshshade and highlighted with Liberator Gold and a very fine point of Stormhost Silver.

For the red on the side panels I used the Tamiya X-7 Acrylic red, it was smelly but looks amazing. I built up some colour variation in the gold so there were some darker areas in the recesses and then sprayed the red over the panel once dry. This was a first for me using this paint and I really enjoyed how well the final colours all came together. The rich, hotrod candy apple red colour might not be for everyone but it really makes this tank stand out.

Building

I found the balance on this tank to be precarious, and the little resin flight stand was inadequate for this model, this forced a rethink on how it should be attached that will make it easily moved, disconnected and transported. I used some 10mm diameter plastic pipe and carefully drilled the clear flight stork to the correct size. To make it slightly snug, I heated the pipe and created a small bevel on the top end. The end result is a solid click type connection between the base and the model. The downside is that such a solid connection is anathema to keeping paint on the plastic pipe.

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