Introducing the versatile Archaeopter – a fixed-wing aircraft that has been a cornerstone of the Tech-Priests expansion for millennia, not just on the toxic Martian skies but also on distant worlds. Piloted by a skilled Pteraxii caste member, who has a direct neural interface with the controls of the aircraft, the Archaeopter boasts agile manoeuvrability and the ability to morph its wings, just like the Pteraxii flight packs.
Equipped with nano-carbon fibre-weave wings, the Archaeopter can operate within changing pressures, allowing it to undertake explorator duties and deliver lethal operatives behind enemy lines or into the heart of battle. This aircraft is not only a fast and efficient mode of transport but also an excellent asset for tactical missions.
The Archaeopter Transvector, in particular, is capable of transporting up to 6 Secutarii, Electro-Priest, Tech-Priest or Skitarii models. It is also armed with two cognis heavy stubbers and a twin cognis heavy stubber, enabling it to lay down covering fire while delivering its payload. Additionally, chaff launchers can be added to protect the aircraft from incoming enemy fire.
An ideal choice for capturing distant objectives with its speed, transport capacity and freedom of the skies. Furthermore, this kit can be used to build an Archaeopter Fusilave or Archaeopter Stratoraptor, providing you with multiple options to customize your collection. Regardless of which unit you choose to assemble, you’ll have spare components left over for further customization.
Archaeopter Transvector Datasheets
What’s in the Archaeopter Transvector box
- x94 plastic components that can be used to build the model.
- x1 Citadel 170mm x 109mm Oval Base is included for the model to stand on
- x1 Citadel 115mm Ball Stem with Tang Adapter.
How to paint the Archaeopter Transvector Set
- Step 1: Primer
Embark on your painting odyssey with the Archaeopter Transvector by laying a solid foundation. Begin by priming the model with a coat of Mephiston Red spray. This crucial first step not only prepares the model for the colors to come but also serves as a clever shortcut, eliminating the need for a separate base coat for the striking red body.
- Step 2: Basecoat
Now, let’s unleash the fiery essence of your Archaeopter Transvector. Begin by layering the red body with the vibrant Evil Sunz Scarlet. Apply your paint with precision, ensuring complete and even coverage. Think of this step as the initial brushstrokes on a masterpiece. Follow this with a layer of Troll Slayer Orange, infusing your model with a vivid and attention-grabbing appearance that’s sure to make a statement on the gaming table.
- Step 3: Wings and Mechanical Arms
Shift your focus to the wings and mechanical arms of this magnificent machine. Start by painting the starting points of the wing arms with the rich tone of Screaming Bell. Don’t forget to add a touch of Reikland Fleshshade to create depth and warmth, as if the Transvector relishes being in the spotlight. For the remaining wing arm and other metallic components such as weapons, use Ironbreaker. To give your Archaeopter that battle-worn look it rightfully deserves, finish with a subtle application of Nuln Oil.
- Step 4: Elegant Wingcraft
Turn your attention to the elegant wings and coat them with Abaddon Black to capture a stealthy, shadowy essence. Layer this with Eshin Grey to accentuate intricate details, providing the wings with depth and texture that any discerning enthusiast would admire. As a finishing touch, apply highlights using Dawnstone.
- Step 5: Details
Take a moment to pay homage to the small yet significant details that make your Archaeopter unique. Meticulously paint any symbols or emblems with White Scar, allowing it to truly reflect your personal style.
- Step 6: Landing Gear
Even the landing gear deserves your utmost care. Coat it with Zandri Dust to create a realistic appearance, akin to comfortable shoes for your Archaeopter. To give it the seasoned look of countless landings, apply a subtle shade of Seraphim Sepia, showcasing the art of graceful aging.
- Step 7: Base
If you’ve persevered through this miniature painting journey, it’s time to address the model’s base. Paint it with Martian Ironearth or the Texture paint of your choice to bestow a textured terrain effect, adding depth to the overall display. Incorporate some grass tufts for that finishing touch, and you’re officially done.
- Step 8: The Final Touch
To safeguard your meticulously painted Archaeopter Transvector and give it a polished, professional finish, apply a layer of Munitorum varnish. This step not only preserves your creation but also elevates it to a level of excellence, ensuring it stands proudly as a testament to your painting expertise.