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!


  1. I think there may be something wrong with the pics...

  2. Thanks for letting me know guys, I'm just getting used to Google photos - I've hit the share button, can you now see?

    1. I can see all of them except numbers 1, 2 and 5. They are excellent! The weathering on the rhino confidently treads the line between 'too much' and 'not enough.' The marines themselves - stunning! I particularly like the skin colour that you've chosen, it's enough to set them apart from the typical space marine. I look forward to seeing more.

  3. Great work. I agree re: the mundane-ification of some parts of the story. The fall of Horus isn't so bad for me, but the more you actually read or see about the Primarchs (and even the Emperor), the less interesting the story becomes.