Monday, July 31, 2017

Void watchers

+++We return from the umbral depths of the void in this time of the reef's great crisis. But know this, for neither great devourer, nor arch enemy, nor tomb dwellers, nor green tide, nor even the great Aether itself represent the true existential species. For that, one must dive into the deeps beyond boundaries of the Galaxy itself, for in these depths doth lie greater, older ones, whose origins and scale are far beyond any mortal or immortal comprehension. While we fight in this brief flicker in existence, we accept that ultimately, the Nuclear Chaos, the Key and the Gate, the Haunter of the Dark and their ilk will snuff us out as nothing, for only in the void do the trues horrors lurk+++

This round we take a bit of a shift away from previous projects. More and more recently I've been struck by a particular modern Marine chapter - the Carcharadon Astra, or, in low Gothic, the Space Sharks. There is something about these guys, lurking out there on the periphery of the Milky Way and starring off into the astral deeps, that really scratches another nerd passion of mine - Lovecraftian cosmic horror. It seems like these guys would be well positioned to be on the front line of any extra-galaxy threats that might manifest and I like the idea of the kind of philosophies such a remote and nihilistic existence might produce.

I very much liked general vagueness of the chapter's fluff and the way in which even their genetic origins remains highly contested. Lets face it, over the past few years GW has made a concerted effort to demystify most of its fluff. While this has shown us some very interesting new views of the 30k/40k verse, it also makes less room for the unknown and tends to ground previously legendary beings like the Primarchs in some fairly banal character arcs. I think the worst offender in this case was the fall of Horus himself, which didn't really seem very convincing, given the supposed grandeur, poise and wisdom of the character. This is not the only case of this type of mundane-ification, but just sticks out as the most egregious

By contrast, the Carcharadons have very little explained in their background and GW has only alluded to some of the most basic cultural practices and philosophical beliefs of the chapter in Red Tithe. From that we can glean that they remain commited to the Imperial project, yet retain a fairly peculiar set of idiosyncrasies, such as their sanctification of water and their silent fury in combat that seems to rise to the level of the World Eaters.

The aquatic theme naturally meshes with the general squamous nature of Lovecraftian imagery and description, as does the genetic predisposition towards a greying of the flesh and a blackening of the Screla. In portraying this I also took considerable inspiration from the vampires in 30 days of night, who, to me, have always had a certain 'Selachidness' to them.

Armor was based in a Vallejo german grey and then highlighted/modulated with successive waves of GW air Standard Mechanicum Gray and Dawnstone. A weathering technique similar to that I've used on the World Eaters was then applied.

The Badab book also provided plenty of ideas and inspiration. As it makes clear, the chapter is very much a DIY group and as such, armor is rarely constructed from a single mark pattern. As a result, this allows a great deal of swapping of parts to make some very custom suits of pwer armor. I also found a use for all the SoH reaver heads I had left over. With a bit of shaving, these look very 'sharky' indeed.

This new project also provided me ample opportunity to work on some new vehicle projects. After doing this Rhino, I've figured out the perfect color palette if I ever decide to engage in some early WW2 Panzers :)

Anyway, thats all for now, stay tuned for future updates on these guys!

Friday, July 28, 2017

Pride of the Legion


No, I am not dead, just horribly overworked :)! I'd like to just say thats for bearing with me and my general posting tardiness of late. Unfortunately, the blog has been somewhat out of my thoughts given real life.

Suffice to say I have been cracking a way on several 30k/40k projects, so can put them on display over the next few weeks. I have also recently committed to being Flytrap Factory's inhouse painter for their upcoming modern ranges, so this will be a good excuse to dive headlong back into the modern wargaming stuff I built this blog on!

For now, however, here are the first of the latest series of fellows I've been working on - some XIII legion veterans from the Shadow Crusade.

One key feature I really wanted with these was to have them look quite grimey and battered, due to their prolonged conflict with the Word Bearers and World Eaters. This was a pretty stark choice, as the Ultramarines are typically presented in an illustrious clean style.

The fluff of the UM seem to indicate a wide (500 in fact) range of recruiting worlds. This allowed me to maintain the ethnic diversity I had employed in the World Eaters and just gives each of the models a bit more individually and personality.

In addition, I also revamped the Praetor a little bit, adding some new red accents, glow effects and blood and gore for extra grimdark

And finally, I also couldn't resist doing up a regular power armored Praetor, utilizing the body of Loken I had left over from another project combined with a range of UM-specific bits from the 40k range and a spare head from the new Primaris marines to make a very unique set of artificer armor :)

Anyway, plenty more to come! Thanks for baring with me!!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Hosting advice?

Hey there followers,

So I've been very busy this year and have unfortunately been rather neglectful of the old blog.

In my absence I have noticed that photobucket have decided to pull the old switcheroo and demand money to enable third party hosting. Basically this means that all my old posts are now inaccessible and I will need to figure out a new host, as they want to charge 400 dollars annually for what was previously a free service - yea, nah.

As such I am reaching out to the community for any advice they might have on free hosting services I might employ from here on out? I have a bunch of stuff I have been working on, but need to figure out a place I can now put it!

Any advice is appreciated :)