Friday, 21 October 2016

Link roundup

Some werid and wonderful stuff from across the internets to keep you occupied this weekend:

[Above] Movie posters by Dan Mumford

The World of Tim Burton - a line of 6″ vinyl crossover figures.

Emily Witt’s “Future Sex” is a report on an experiment with alternative sexuality. 

Journeys in Calligraphy: Inspiring Scripts from Around the World.

Bea Nettles - Mountain Dream Tarot: A Deck of 78 Photographic Cards.

MaKtoberfest brings a parade of LEGO creations inspired by the distinctive near-future aesthetic of Maschinen Krieger sci-fi.

Isadora Duncan, the Biggest Dancer in the World.
The next time you are thinking of handing over $15 to watch yet another film about victims of a haunted house, vampires, or a Ouija board, and who can only be saved by a priest and his magic water, ask yourself why you still find this stuff scary—and what dangerous ideas you are financially endorsing in the pursuit of a good adrenaline rush. 
- DAZED Digital gets on the 70s witch bandwagon with this article, while VICE poses that many horror films are acually Christian propaganda.

Monday, 17 October 2016

Finished Death Company dreadnaught

I was pretty pleased with this guy in the end and feel he bridges the gap between the heavily decorated Blanche-ian Tactical squad and my earlier and rather more restrained Death Company assault squad. In hind sight it might have been cooler to use a blank tilting plate and paint on more heraldic iconography seeing how well that worked on the Mk7 Marines. Oh well.

The airbrushing and pin washing worked well and defined the forms without having to resort to line highlighting, which I'm slow and fairly cack-handed at. The highlighting of the reds is fairly subtle too which I like.

I'm still working on the Captain and he should be done in the next week or so.

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Some finished Blood Angels

This is the first of the two combat squads and I'm fairly pleased with it. The airbrush zenith highlights and pin wash have worked quite well to define the forms, and I didn't feel the need to edge highlight the pauldron trim. Annoyingly they are a tad darker than the RTB01s but for the time saved that's probably a worthy sacrifice.

I invested the saved capacity in the heraldry which has turned out pretty well. The blue cheques (a big feature of the Blanche Terminator box art I was referencing) really pop and serve to lift what could have been quite a dark, warm coloured squad. The sunburst arm designs on the greaves and occasional pauldron were actually a lot easier to do than I thought.

I've completed the dreadnaught too and will be posting him over the next day or so. I'm painting the Captain now as a bit of a reward before moving onto the other combat squad.

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Space wrecks

A collection from the excellent SpaceWreck: Ghost Ships and Derelicts of Space book, part of the Terran Trade Authority series written by Stuart Cowley. I remember seeing this book when I was very young and its dystopian visions left a massive impression on me. In days of yore before the internets I forgot the title and never could find it again. I was so pleased when I rediscovered it!


Monday, 10 October 2016

All the Eldar so far

Long time readers will remember that I started painting a retro-clone Eldar army way back in 2011. I've been adding a squad, a character or a vehicle here and there over the years. With a recent clear-out in advance of some redecoration at home I realised just how many of the pointy-eared fellows I'd amassed. I thought I'd repost the lot, especially as some have never appeared on this blog.

I've got a few things in mind to add. A Falcon grav tank now I'm better at painting larger vehicles, and some more Apect Warriors. Now I've got my core units done, I really enjoy adding odds and sods as my whim dictates.

Apologies for the varying quality of the photography. I'd love to do some 'family photos' with them on terrain at some point, but that'll take some time. Oh, looking at these I also realise I don't have any shots of my seven jetbikes.

Friday, 7 October 2016

Moonclan Grot Poker

I finished this little guy a few weeks ago. I am really enjoying Age of Sigmar as a spark to just paint lots of 'odds and sods'.

He's one of the older single-piece minis from the 7th edition of Warhammer. I love these guys as they have so much character, despite being one-piece sculpts. I wanted to see how my grey technique might work on cloth, and for that reason needed to alter the traditional skin tone. With a more traditional skin colour I feared his flesh would have just sunk back and there would be less contrast in the miniature. I'm not sure the icon on his shield works though. I did think about painting it yellow, but feared it would distract from his face, but I'm not sure grey was the way to go.

I'm thinking about doing some terrain for this grisaille series, but we'll see if that comes to pass. I also want to test if I can get bronze or brass into the mix, despite retaining the NMM grey for other metals.

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Cthulhu Fhtagn!

I've been following the excellent site Propnomicon for some years now and it never fails to deliver quality reportage on the Lovecraftian craft/maker community. The blog tends to eschew things like the Cthulhu-plushy phenomena and concentrate on serious props, LARP items and RPG hand-outs. One of its regular posts, dubbed Cthulhu Fhtagn!, profiles sculpts based on Lovecraft's description of the Cthulhu idol in his classic tale The Call of Cthulhu...
[The statue was] between seven and eight inches in height, and of exquisitely artistic workmanship. It represented a monster of vaguely anthropoid outline, but with an octopus-like head whose face was a mass of feelers, a scaly, rubbery-looking body, prodigious claws on hind and fore feet, and long, narrow wings behind. This thing, which seemed instinct with a fearsome and unnatural malignancy, was of a somewhat bloated corpulence, and squatted evilly on a rectangular block or pedestal covered with undecipherable characters. The tips of the wings touched the back edge of the block, the seat occupied the centre, whilst the long, curved claws of the doubled-up, crouching hind legs gripped the front edge and extended a quarter of the way clown toward the bottom of the pedestal. The cephalopod head was bent forward, so that the ends of the facial feelers brushed the backs of huge fore paws which clasped the croucher's elevated knees. The aspect of the whole was abnormally life-like, and the more subtly fearful because its source was so totally unknown. Its vast, awesome, and incalculable age was unmistakable; yet not one link did it shew with any known type of art belonging to civilisation's youth - or indeed to any other time. Totally separate and apart, its very material was a mystery; for the soapy, greenish-black stone with its golden or iridescent flecks and striations resembled nothing familiar to geology or mineralogy.
Propnomicon has profiled some astounding interpretations over the years and it's been interesting to see the different artistic styles used - some are primitive, some quite Modernist while others are just a bit bonkers. Here are some of my favourites:

By Mid-South Effects

By Scarecrow Studios

An interesting interpretation by Temir7

A really cool African interpretation by Rick Sardinha

This rather grumpy little fellow is by Alice Tochilovski

Finally, although it's not strictly a statue, I really love this sculpt of the big guy himself by Paul Komoda. He's really nailed the pulsating, invertebrate-out-of-water feel to all those tentacles and ink sacks.