Monday, 28 September 2009

Golden Demon

My Golden Demon entry this year was based on a classic piece of John Blanche artwork that featured on the cover of the second edition of Warhammer 40,000 back in 1993. The piece screamed SPACE MARINES! with its energy and vibrant colours.

Not Hello Kitty 40k

During my research I also found another version of John Blanche's cover painting. I don't know where this comes from, but the notable differences are the captain's expression, more yellow/gold on the Powerfist and an upgraded Bolter.

A little more grimdark

I'm not the first person to have a shot at modelling this Angel of Death. Mike McVey converted a version which appeared in the Citadel Miniatures Modelling Guide, which also got reprinted in White Dwarf 174 (June 1994). He used a whole bunch of metal Marines which weren't anywhere as modular or flexible as modern plastic kits.

McVey Blood Angel Captain

McVey Blood Angel Captain

McVey Blood Angel Captain

He did a very impressive interpretation, though I felt the legs were always a little off.

During my research I also discovered last year's Slayer Sword winner Joseph Tomaszewski had had a go too. Though again I think his effort's legs were off.

So, for my interpretation I took advantage of the current generation of modular kits, like Mr. Tomaszewski. Here's a WIP shot where I tried to get the pose right. This needed several reposes of the leg to get the distinctive bend in the left knee, which meant pretty much re-sculpting huge sections of armour. It was very tempting to jump in straight away with the small fiddly details (like the little laurels and winged droplets), but I needed to have some solid groundwork done first.

Curis WIP

In terms of painting I kept him unashamedly bright and clean. This guy's a definite child of the infamous Red Era, and I wanted to keep him fresh and pristine. I like my miniatures striking and brash at times.

Golden Demon Blood Angel

Only two problems happened during painting. I ran out of time to attach the sword, and the Powerfists's purity seal (made out of tin foil from pill packaging) snapped off.

This is my first plinthed model. I wanted a simple understated affair which allowed the model to take centre stage rather than looking like a huge chuck of wood with a model daintily placed on top. I always thought plinths were a bit of an affectation. but having made one I realise they serve the purpose of making the model more handlable and better weighted.

And so, nervously entering the competition for the first time in years I came away with a Finalist's certificate and pin badge. I was insanely delighted. I felt the brash colours and lack of battle damage would preclude me, so when the judges placed a little orange dot on my entry I was ecstatic. I even overheard one of the guys in the cabinet scrum saying, "Yeah, that well deserved it".

Next year - more entries, grittier style.

Posted by Curis at 1:22 pm

Sunday, 27 September 2009

Project Change III

Next in line for my Tzeentchian forces is a classic Rogue Trader Renegade. Photographed against a much better blue fade background than previous blog entries.

Tzeentch's magic number, but square rooted

I love these old models. The original Chaos Renegade range oozed character and individuality. And they were goofy. I love goofy models.

Tzeentch doesn't have any real signature colours, Well, odd really as Tzeentch's lesser daemons are the only ones whose name actually specifies a colour. Oh, and thinking about it Magnus the Red also is spectrally defined. I digress.

Well, post-Heresy Thousand Sons are always done in blue and gold scheme to evoke the Egyptian archetype. I fancied red and gold (which are quite close to pre-Heresy Thousand Sons, though this guy's not necessarily one of them). But I didn't want it looking like my Blood Angel captain or a Khorne worshipper. So I headed in the pink direction, but not enough to make it look Slaneeshi.

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Posted by Curis at 9:09 pm

Saturday, 26 September 2009

Golden Demon tomorrow

Golden Demon tomorrow! I'm flat out finishing off my entry, here's a WIP.

Redtro Blood Angel

It's the first time in years I've entered Golden Demon. It's my first serious entry since I was a naive teenager, when Games Day was a major deal for me. I remember shivering with excitement the week before at school getting to go off for the day with all the guys in my teenaged gaming group and running amock in a beminiatured frenzy at the NIA.

Different this year. I went last year in the knowledge that I've grown out of a lot of the things that make it appealing. I now view it with that cynical detachment that gorwn ups have, rather than a kiddy frenzy. I would dearly love to be the right age to throw myself into the participation games with a sugar-fuelled abandon, run around swapping the contents of mystery boxes and gluing randomness together in the Scrap Demons. It's kind of like Monsterpocalypse to me - something that would appeal to me were I a decade younger.

But the Golden Demon awards are the major pull for me now. I entered them years back when I was young enough to qualify for Young Bloods. I also (very precociously) entered the mainstream contest, unaware quite how astronomical the standards of painting there are. I was crushed when I didn't get a statuette, but as a kid I had bounced back in minutes.

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Posted by Curis at 10:21 pm

Friday, 18 September 2009

Project Change II

My second project Change model is one of the first generation of Tzeentch Daemons - the 1988 Blue Horror 'Warpgrunter". I experimented with the turquoise colour I used on the bubble of my first horror, which combines nicely with the pink.

Two Blue Horrors

The original Blue Horror models were scultped by Kev Adams, the sculptor most recognised for his work on the early Ork ranges. His signature was big gurning faces. The first and second generation Horror models were very similar, and might even work alongside each other in a regiment. The difference with the Blue Horrors is they lost the suckered fingers and their feet shrunk from ten toes each to just four.

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Posted by Curis at 9:09 am

Wednesday, 9 September 2009

Project Change I

Today I started my new slow-burn collecting project that will focus on the Chaos God Tzeentch.

My first model is one of the second generation of Blue Horrors from 1997.

Blue Meanie

The end goal is to build a collection of every Fantasy and 40K scale model aligned to Tzeentch. At the end of this I will have a large collection of models, but not an army per se.

This isn't a modelling project at the moment. I'm very happy taking models as they are 'off-the-shelf'. There are a lot of daemon armies with a twist at the moment, but I don't feel the need to intrinsically stamp my own identity on the models. I've got a collecting urge.

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Posted by Curis at 9:09 am

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