Damn, another lengthy absence. I’ve struggled to find motivation with my other projects, and been enjoying the relatively good weather. But, I found something that has pulled me back to the painting table. Batman. Or more accurately, Batman Minature Game. I have the Dark Knight on my painting table so will save him till he’s finished, but I also couldn’t resist something with a punchline.
The Joker is such an iconic character, I can’t wait to get painting. I’ve got my source material and an idea on how I’m going to paint him. Knight Models who make these miniatures have several versions of the iconic characters, and I’ve choosen the Killing Joke version, although the Heath Ledger version was so tempting, because I wanted to go off the comics for inspiration. I’m not done with him, I have my eyes on some other iconic DC characters, but I’m going to get a whole Joker crew together.
Inspiration is a funny thing, I find I get ideas from everywhere, books, comics, movies, TV shows, art, even music can all give me an idea. The problem with this I find it quite distracting, I may be halfway through a model when I get another idea which I have to work, alternately I find myself almost obsessed with a certain idea that I try to do to much to make it happen, and end up with something I’m really not happy with, when I could have done something simpler and just as good as my original idea. But some ideas just need to be tried.
My next miniature luckily works,and it was a fairly simple one, it was just a case of brining certain part together. The initial idea came from a piece of artwork in the ruler book for an old Games Workshop game called Inquisitor. The artwork was for a character called Sergeant Stone, an Imperial Guard veteran. I knew straight away I didn’t want to exactly copy the artwork, just to use it as a base. The character in the art looked more like a gladiator then a soldier, bare-chested, carrying trophies, holding a knife in one hand, and a glaive in the other hand. Instead I decided to keep him uniform, I used bare arms but added rolled up sleeves, I made sure he was well equipped in terms of gear, and gave him a bayoneted rifle. I really like the way he has turned out, he looks like a tracker, and will look great next to the Interrogator and the hound from my last post.
The storm builds, it can be felt by all, the pressure in he back of the head, the feeling that something is coming. AIien monstrosities crawl in the shadows, heretics spew their vile rhetoric, and the mutant threaten the very purity of mankind. The agents of Chaos, the dark twist gods who desire nothing but the death of the human race, build their power base. This is no war that can be won by the armies of man, as numerous as they are, instead it requires the most secretive of the Emperors servants, those of the Inquisition. Interrogator Christoph hunts for the shadows, armed with a pistol, sabre and his faith in the Emperor, accompanied by Lucifer, his Cyber Hound, in his never ending quest to secure a future for mankind.
Where to start. It has been far to long since I last wrote a blog post. One of the reasons for stating this blog was to help me work through my depression, by keeping me focused on models, rather hen just join a shelf full of grey and green miniatures. The thing with depression is that it leaches enthusiasm, and even when you don’t feel to bad, parts of your life begins to suffer, as you start to become apathetic, and something as easy as a blog post becomes a massive hassle. But let’s move on, because despite the lack of blog posts, I have built and painted over the last few months. Rather then split in to spectate blog posts I decided to do one big one, I can always, and probably will come back to some of these models later. Pics at the end of the post.
This miniature was a little birthday present to myself. The miniature is awesome, and he also appears in one of my favourite science fiction short stories Crimson Fist by John French. I really enjoyed painting him, it was nice to paint something bright. I’d like to go back and add some weathering to the model at some point, but in worried to much will the model look messy.
For quite a while I’ve been following a new(ish) miniature company called Kingdom Death. I really love the style of the models. Very dark, very weird, very disturbing, in fact they tick almost all boxes for great fantasy models. Only problem is the cost. You get what you pay for but that still doesn’t help me afford them. I kee my eye on eBay though, and have picked up a few models this way. The first is the Twlight Knight. I purposely kept the model dark, Kingdom Death is a world without a sun, so I tried to empathise this, using the candles on the base, and the broach to throw light over the model, but in way that would blind the person looking on. I’m not happy with the face but I couldn’t find a flesh tone I liked sink went with grey, to simulate a mask.
Back to a WIP model. I built this guy back in Apri, hoping to kick start a small band of Mechanicus outcast. I love the idea of the Mechanicus, that God is a machine, and each machine has a soul, mixing texhnology with medieval catholic dogma, an institution more concerned with rituals then progress. The wraith floats the scrap fields and rust seas that make up Mars scavenging for parts and slowly losing all trace of humanity. I have 2 more models almost ready to join the wraith, and plans for another 3, and I hope to bring more in the next few weeks.
Im hoping my next post will not be so long in the coming and will finally introduce you to my inquisitor and his routine, which is a project I started way back in summer 2012, which really was a different life. Thank you for reading.
A momentous occasion, 2016 first finished model, and the first new model posted on this blog back in Febuary. It’s taken me a while, I do like painting, but I prefer building, and when I hit a wall on a model, I tend to start building something else. Luckily I was inspired by something I thought was going to eat my hobby time, Dark Souls III. I’ve always loved these games, the dark moody atmosphere, the challenging game play, the vagueness of the backstory that allows for so much imagination as to the world your in. Suitably inspired I got to work on the chaos barbarian.
I added a few little details, and thanks to the suggestion from Jake, I swapped out the plastic chain for some real. I’m really happy with how the flesh came out, was a bit of an experiment. I’d like to do some more work on the metals at some point but for now I think they are ok. Anyway, enough talk, pics.
I’d definitely like this guy to be the start of a small chaos warband, and I have some ideas for some chaos warped monsters I’d like to try, and also explore some of the unique aspects of the different gods. The path to glory beckons.
Paint hit canvas, or more accurately, resin this week as I started on the beast that is Purtarbo. I learned a few things, practically, I need some new brushes, but more importantly I don’t like painting metal. Well that’s not entirely true, I love painting and weathering metal, but not having so much fun trying to paint the neater metals of the Iron Lord. I’m going to keep at it because it’s a gorgeous model, but I’m certainly having more fun with the base.
In reality it’s a good thing as I was planning to build a little cohort of Iron Warriors, but now I know the metallic scheme is not for me. So I went back to the drawing board, a lot of the time I loose interest in a project because I don’t enjoy the painting, so I tried to pinpoint what I do enjoy, and I do like weathering. I fee I have a dark, dirty, style of painting and try to blend in my colours, and I prefer subtle highlights to more obvious ones.
Having a look over the Legions and chapters one really jumped out at me as perfect for how I wanted to paint. Great Crusade/early Heresy Death Guard. They also fit the general look I wanted to create, heavy armour, battle scared, but also functional and well prepared for a lengthy campaign. I’ve also painted a Death Guard model in the past, Calus Typhon from the Forge World character range. He was a fun model to paint, and I used a combination of oil paints, washes, and weathering powders to achieve a dirty well weathered look.
Legion choosen I need some models to go with it. As I want to start small and not over extend myself I decided to start with 2 squads of veterans. At a maximum they are 10 men strong and can include 2 specialist weapons which add some variation when it comes to putting the squad together. To lead this small band I’ll also be building a Delegatus, who are perfect to lead smaller forces. For now though, my veteran sergeant.
It’s been a few weeks since I last posted, and the last few weeks have not been productive by any means. I’ve spent most of it in bed with the flu (real, not man, well maybe a little bit of the man) and suffered from a complete lack of motivation, but this last week I have decided to kick it up a noch.
Firstly I dusted off an ongoing project, an Inquisitor and his retinue. I’ve not posted them yet as I’ve been working on the for a while and the models are in various states, from almost finished to still being built. I plan to go into this project in more detail in the few weeks.
I also decided to change the project that I brought you in the last post. Why, well I’m fickle. Again I’m not really ready to go into to much detail, however I decided to start it off with a centre piece to try and get me in the mood for painting. I’ve already started painting and I think this is going to be a lot of fun.