I thought the new Howling Banshee Exarch model was very nice, but the "Darth Maul" power weapon kept bugging me, so I decided to go for a dynamic two sword pose. The left arm is just an arm from a normal Banshee pinned into the elbow of the Exarch, but to maintain a matched pair of swords, I had to get a little more creative with the right arm. I cut the hilt and blade portions from another Banshee arm took a Striking Scorpion arm and removed the pistol. I then drilled through the hand, into the blade, and into the hilt, and ran a single inch-long brass pin through all three pieces to give it strength. I cut off the Scorpion arm at the elbow, but scale-wise, the Scorpion forearm is shorter than the Banshee forearm, so I pinned and glued the Scorpion forearm onto the Exarch, leaving a small gap to make up the difference in length. Then I sculpted some green stuff into the gap to look like an extra armor plate, and I was done. The rock base was sculpted out of Green Stuff.
The bone armor was all painted using the Vallejo paint line, and the increase in quality I saw on this figure is what has sold me on the line. The green undersuit was painted with GW paints and inked with Coat d'Arms Dark Green Wash. The red was painted with Vallejo paints and inked with GW Red Ink. The smallest brush I used while painting this figure was a #1 Round.
Year painted: 2002
- BEST SINGLE MINIATURE - 2002 WARYAMMER ONLINE PAINTING CONTEST
- Howling Banshee Exarch Body (GW# 010407002)
- (2) Howling Banshee Sword Arms (GW# 010406704)
- Scorpion Chainsword Arm (GW# 010407604)
- Brass Rod
- "Green Stuff"