The Archaeopter is a versatile Adeptus Mechanicus aircraft that has served the Tech-Priests expansion efforts for millennia. Piloted by a Pteraxii, the Archaeopter’s wings can morph, giving it great manoeuvrability and allowing it to saturate enemies with fire from its array of armaments: two cognis heavy stubbers, two heavy phosphor blasters, and a twin cognis lascannon, making it an ideal choice for heavy fire support or dogfighting. With the option to add chaff launchers, it can also defend against incoming enemy fire. The kit can also be used to build an Archaeopter Fusilave or Archaeopter Transvector, giving you plenty of spare components for customizing your collection.
Archaeopter Stratoraptor Datasheets
What’s in the Archaeopter Stratoraptor box
- x94 plastic components used to make this aircraft.
- x1 Citadel 170mm x 109mm Oval Base giving your miniature stability on the game board.
- x1 Citadel 115mm Ball Stem with Tang Adapter.
How to paint the Archaeopter Stratoraptor Set
- Step 1: A Prime Start
Embark on your Archaeopter Stratoraptor painting adventure by providing it with a solid foundation. Prime the model with the Mephiston Red spray primer. This step not only prepares the model for the upcoming colors but also works like a trick, eliminating the need for a base coat for the red body.
- Step 2: Bringing Out the Red
Begin layering the red body of your Archaeopter with Evil Sunz Scarlet. Apply your paint with care, ensuring even and thorough coverage. Think of it as the first coat of paint on a masterpiece. Then, layer it again with Troll Slayer Orange, giving your model a vibrant and fiery look that’s sure to impress on the tabletop.
- Step 3: Wings and Arms
Now, let’s pay attention to the wings and arms of this magnificent creation. Begin by painting the starting points of the wing arms with Screaming Bell. Don’t forget to add a pinch of Reikland Fleshshade to this area to create depth and warmth, as if it’s savoring the attention. For the rest of the wing arm and other metallic components like weapons, Use Leadbelcher. It’s the base color that adds that Adeptus Mechanicus industrial charm. Finally, add a little Nuln Oil for a weathered look, giving your Archaeopter that battle-tested appearance it deserves.
- Step 4: Elegant Wings
The wings of your Archaeopter deserve some special treatment. They’re like the wings of a majestic eagle soaring through the grimdark skies. Paint them with Abaddon Black to capture that stealthy, shadowy look. Layer this with Eshin Grey to bring out the intricate details, giving the wings a sense of depth and texture that any art connoisseur would appreciate. For that final touch, highlight with Dawnstone.
- Step 5: Symbolic Touch
Don’t forget the little details that make your Archaeopter unique. Any symbols or emblems should be carefully painted with White Scar, making it truly your own.
- Step 6: Landing Gear
The landing gear deserves attention too. Paint it with Zandri Dust to create a realistic appearance. Think of it as the Archaeopter’s comfy shoes. To make it look like it’s been through countless landings, give it a little shade with Seraphim Sepia. It’s the art of aging with grace.
- Step 7: Base Brilliance
If you got to this point and didn’t quit painting the miniature already, paint the base of your model with Martian Ironearth, giving it a textured terrain effect. Add some grass tufts and you are finally. done. Airbrush check?
- Step 8: The Finishing Touch
To protect your beautifully painted (hopefully) Archaeopter Stratoraptor and give it a professional finish, apply a layer of Munitorum varnish. Good job!