Imperial Navigator

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Kitbashed Warhammer 40.000 Imperial Navigator.

Lady Sabiliteure, Navigator of House Traiectum was transiting from warp-space to realspace when the Cicatrix Maledictum tore the Galaxy in two. The vessel she was navigating entered realspace right in the path of the opening Great Rift, causing terrible damage to the ship and crew. Through enormous effort, the Lady Navigator escaped the catastrophe with her mind intact but her physical body ruined.

Combination of various kits, a glass dome from  a christmas ornament, Pebeo Crystal clear resin and a small LED.

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This has been a wonderful project. The build came quite naturally after playing around with the clear glass dome. The first sketch (see post way down below) happened when playing around with two main components: the truck and the dome. I actually forgot about it until someone poked me about it on Instagram and I picked it up again.

From the start I wanted to have resin in the tank, which I had left over from The Bigger Picture project. I fooled around with colouring the resin using Citadel Washes, which worked pretty well. In the end I poured the resin in two parts: first the bottom layer up to the model, the second layer immersing the model. The icky effects at the bottom of the tank were made by adding the wash after 7 hours of curing the resin, and poking around with a toothpick. The bubbles in the top layer all appeared during curing, and were a happy accident as they add a lot of dynamics to the model. The LED was also in my head from the start and I am incredibly pleased with how it turned out.

What I would do differently next time: don’t glue the hanging model to the roof before adding resin. I had to pour the top layer in one go, because as the resin cured the roof was fixed to the glass dome. Keeping those parts separate (by hanging the model from beams into the dome), the pouring can be done in multiple sessions. But that is a minor point.

Update: Luetin made an awesome video of my Navigator, combining the model with an overview of the lore from Warhammer 40.000. Watch it below!

Work in Progress

You can see the building process below, from oldest to most recent

You can see the building process below, from most recent to oldest. These are imported from Instagram and will fail after a while, so there may be some missing images here.

March 17, 2019 at 13:13

The final surprise! This base is Lit (badumtishhh) 🔥🔥. LED hooked up, very pleased with the result. Almost done, just need to finish painting the base. Nearly there!!! #wip #grimdark #paintingwarhammer #gamesworkshop #blanchitsu #kitbash #adeptusmechanicus #navigator #diorama #warhammer40k

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March 14, 2019 at 04:04PM

Resin poured and cured! Those were some very nervous 24h, but it went fine. All air bubbles that you can see appeared while curing, it was clear when I poured. I moved it around a couple of times while curing to shake then loose, which kinda worked. Really like the effect it has generated, the Navigator and equipment seem to be breathing. Now to attach it to the rig and finish it off! #blanchitsu #kitbash #warhammer40k #gamesworkshop #paintingwarhammer #grimdark

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March 08, 2019 at 09:07PM

Coming closer to the point where I encase this monster in resin… The layer at the bottom of the tank is from the experiments three posts back. I think I like it well enough to use it as a base for the final pour.
#gamesworkshop #warhammer40k #pebeo #paintingwarhammer #grimdark #blanchitsu #navigator #dune

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March 04, 2019 at 10:05PM

And she’s on the table for some paint! Primed the truck and canopy metal, the body white. Now it’s just paintpaintpaintpaintpaint!
#paintingwarhammer #grimdark #gamesworkshop #warhammer40k #navigator

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February 26, 2019 at 10:16PM

Lots of questions on how I’m going to prime/paint this thing, hope this post clears things up! 🙂 It currently comes in four separate parts. Not the easiest way for building, but hey.
#warhammer40k #gamesworkshop #navigator #grimdark #kitbash #blanchitsu

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February 23, 2019 at 10:02PM

Partial answer to my question: “how do I turn this thing more gothic?” is arches. And arches within arches. Nothing says Gothic like ARCHES, amirite?
#gothic #warhammer40k #gamesworkshop #darkmechanicum #grimdark #kitbash #blanchitsu

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February 22, 2019 at 05:12PM

Look who’s back on the hobby table! I’m a bit stumped with how to move ahead with this guy. The top edge of the tank needs to be more gothic, but I’m not sure how atm. Also the back of the truck needs more cables (because of course it does)
#warhammer40k #wh40k #gamesworkshop #adeptusmechanicus #grimdark

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February 04, 2019 at 11:19AM

Small update! Cablescablescables. Won’t have time the coming days to work on this unfortunately… #miniaturemonday #adeptusmechanicus #wh40k #warhammer40k #grimdark #blanchitsu #bactatank #gamesworkshop #miniature #darkmechanicus #kitbash
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February 01, 2019 at 09:56AM

You asked for more Cables. Your pleas have not fallen on deaf ears. Copious amounts of Cabling will be provided. ALL HAIL THE OMNISSIAH, PROVIDER OF GLORIOUS CABLES.
#cableguy #wh40k #darkmechanicus #adeptusmechanicus #warhammer40k #gamesworkshop #grimdark
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January 28, 2019 at 04:24PM

Progress update! Option 1 won by a long shot, sure it was the promise of copious amounts of cable that did it. Say hello to mister Clawface
#miniaturemonday #grimdark #blanchitsu #thethinginthetank #wh40k #warhammer40k #gamesworkshop
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