Sunday, 27 November 2016

Hobby update: My own legion of the damned

Let's get this out of the way quick-- I LOVE the Prospero box kit!  MKIII must be my favorite sort of power armour, and all the other cool bitz you get-!  $300+ NZD was a stretch, but I know I won't be needing to buy any more plastic crack for a great long while.

So what will I be doing with the set?  Oh, you know I won't be assembling them as per the box!

But truth be told, I wasn't really sure what to do at first.  I had a bit of an experiment with bits and pieces; first and foremost I put together a Sagodjur Fjorlag with a few MK III bits;

I buckled and assembled a tataros terminator in the way it was supposed to;

Yup, exactly as it was supposed to...  And using the custodes bitz, I made-- drum roll please--

...Still working on it... I wanted to mix things up a bit with some Sigmarine pieces; I also bulked up the torso with a plastic wedge between the two halves, making the collar a bit more raised.
That's all very well and good, but I wanted to do something major, something nobody could bring themselves to do, something that would cause you to flinch!  Hee hee, aren't I mean.

The conclusion of the following brainstorm was quite exciting.  I've always wanted my very own Legion of the Damned; their mysterious backstory making them sound like hallucinations interested me (of course it would!) also melta weapons deep striking into the battlefield is a nice thought too, but-- canonically, I can't field them.
As far as the story goes, they only started being noted as a phenomenon from the beginning of the 41st millennium.  My Chapter, and by extension all (or much of, at least) my 40K-related work is based in mid M35, four thousand years before the LoTD were even known of.  While I could be a special snowflake and say "Oh, they chose to appear before MY Chapter because..." but I'm not one to twist the existing lore to suit myself.
During the initiation process of the Sagodjur Fjorlag, in a step known as Drepa, the dripping, neophytes are compelled to make war with "the generation dead", the essence of past Sago Astartes brought back by the Librarius.  What then would happen if the librarians were to summon those dead from the warp upon the field of battle?

What would happen if I were to combine the LoTD--

With, as always, Silent Hill?

So this is the beginning of my experiment; The generation Dead, my counts-as LoTD.  I'm working towards a ten-man squad with a plasma gun and multi-melta.

The silhouette of the MKIII armour needs to be kept, but, as it were, out of focus-- as if you don't know where to start looking.  Cutting into the plate and brushing glue over it leaves a soft layer to work with.

So there we are!  That's what I'll be doing with my hobby time, between commissions and things. 

Bye bye for now.

Saturday, 12 November 2016

Sago alter: a temporary commissions page!

So I'll be accepting commissions now!

Setting up a website is taking longer than I thought (oh dear), and with my time being taken up elsewhere-- e.g life-- it will take a very long time, but that won't stop me from accepting commissions!  Just 'cause I don't have a website doesn't mean I can't start work straight away :P

Ah, okay then!  welcome to the sago alter!  I've copied the data I'll eventually be putting on the website, and put it onto a series of pages here, just to be quick.  This is only temporary, and if it's messy I apologise.  The proper links are up on the top right of the blog, just below the title; or click here to go to the "Home" page.

So I would ask of you, I need someone to test this system for me please?  I'd like someone to volunteer as a guinea pig, to"place an order" and see if the system is at all usable.  Criticism is always accepted too, I only want to make this  fun and easy thing for you!

Bye bye for now.

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Hobby Update: plans of doing comissions...?

Since the buzz of dreadtober, I haven't been getting much finished-- that's because I've started SO MANY BLOODY PROJECTS and I'm working on them all at once, fool that I am!  Aside from finishing new game+ on Dead Space 2 and Legion by Dan Abnett-- Throne, what a ride that was!-- and trying my hardest to wap my head around HTML, the rest of my free time has been spent at the alter of the scalpel.  Why?

I'm thinking about setting up a commissions webpage.  Painting will be a thing, but more importantly is the kitbashing.  You can ask me for anything-- daemons, flyers, Primarchs, anything!-- and I will create all you desire, for a price.

It's not going to be much, just a page or two with some drop-downs and a bunch of photos, nothing too presumptuous, I hope.  I know there's a lot of painting services out there, but I'd like to be different, in that my byword is GRIMDARK.  You won't find me airbruhsing pink & yellow Fire Warriors and I make no shame of my atrocious blending.  I'm not really a wargamer, I'm an ARTIST, and this is my style, dark as it is.

So, what have I been doing all this time, by Throne?  Making content, I think that's all really.  I can't really be exclusively showing my Sagodjur Fjorlag as examples, can I?

Painting has begun on two major pieces; a Grey Knight Captain and a true-scale child of the 1st legion.  I'll be using these two as examples of finished work, what I'm capable of.
I must say, I'm pretty pleased with the GK!

Also work has begun on the four painting styles I'll be advertising.  I decided on Dark Angels successors for examples as 1: I had some spare push-fit ones from the DV box and 2: they have a nice contrast of dark and light colour on the one model.
But now that I think of it, those push-fit marines have some awful poses...

And also some more custom builds as well as also; the seraphim I've shown here before and a TS Blood Angel, with a heavy flamer just for giggles.  I'll have images of both unpainted and finished to hopefully give people an idea of the work that goes into each figure.
I know of a failsafe method of making true-scale Astartes fairly quickly-- if not cheaply-- so I'll make sure I advertise that too.  Whole squads are possible, you'll need only ask!

I'm tossing a few ideas about concerning a banner and title...  This little faerie is becoming a sort of a mascot now.  Isn't it cute? X3
I haven't really decided on a domain name yet-- or a name, but I know what I'd like; something to do with darkness, scalpels, alters and faerie creatures, perhaps?

So that's that, for now.  A website, how exciting!  I'd like to hear your thoughts on this too, please.  Don't forget to be happy, don't get clinical depression, and remember-- when you cut off the back vents of a GK body, try not to use your thumb as a cushion.

Bye bye for now.

Day 8: it still hasn't closed over...

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Hobby update: back to the admech... in a minute

Got a lot on the altar at the moment that I'm slowly chewing through, a thousand nice little projects that are so numerous they get hardly any attention; Throne, what a terrible habit to get into!  Coupled with the dilemma of real life and work, but I'm not here to complain to you-!  I'm getting straight back into my skitarii!

... Right after I finish these BA terminators.  I'm using the IK foreheads as pauldrons, as I like to think they give a classic tactical dreadnought silhouette.

You might be wondering why the pobble on the right has no toes.  That's because Sigmarine feet are pointy, and terminators' aren't-- so I'll be replacing them.

I'm having a shot at using metal for capes/cloth, bending it around with needle-nose pliers and cutting myself to bits in the process.  It'll still want tidying up with greenstuff afterwards, though.

Ah yes, here's the WiP transuranic arquebus, me having fun with turning it into a diorama.  I've also got an idea or two for a techpriest dominus, should I eventually pick up some cult admech...

...Using this.

I'm also scratch-building (if that's what you call it) a sister of battle, just to see if I can't.
Kirsten over at Stepping between Games has had a breakdown of her silver GD winner featured, and the amount of greenstuff work on that seraphim amazed me, enough at least to have a go at one myself.

Not sure where I'm going with the jump pack at the moment, we shall have to see...

As far as painting goes, I haven't been.  I'm sorry.  Apart from what you've seen on Flikr and a few drawings my brush has been quite still for some time.  Better get another can of white primer soon...

So that's that!  I'm getting straight back into my admech, yes, I've just got a few things to finish first.
 Hee hee, you all know where that'll end up...

Bye bye for now.



 Ten things I hate about GW

Because I'm canonically obliged to hate them.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Chapter master complete

My my.  I suppose he was one of those projects you start by a year's worth of fiddling and dry-fitting, and then suddenly you realise you've made him.
I've attempted making The Sagodjur Fjorlag's Chapter master several times before, and either become frightened or daunted, I'm not sure which.

I dug for a bit through my G+ archive to try and find some old attempts; this was all I found.  The power fist Melancholy Requiem and the helmet (a mk7 back then) must have been the first things I ever made for him and they've been floating about in my bitz box since mankind left for the stars...
My first attempt involved a GK body, by the looks of it, that went nowhere; my second attempt used the exalted Khorne champion as a base and eventually turned into something rather terrifying but not quite what I was after.

Ever since I finished my Anacharis scoria kitbash, I've had half a warpsmith sitting in the bottom of the box waiting to see the light, and one day I thought how fun it would be if I made him into a captain.  The pose was certainly lordly, and the chaos markings weren't too hard to remove...

...before I knew it I had an undercoated Chapter master on my desk, complete with a nice display base.  I changed the helmet from a mk7 to a mk4, sort of following Fromthewarp's helmet tutorial.
The paint sort of jumped on all at once and he was finished!

I wrote a bit about him for his Sagolanda page, so please click here for the fluff.   He's also on Flikr too, if you're interested-- I've got a lot of finished work there too.

And that's that!  Wow, that project was over quick.  I'm constantly lamenting about my forgotten skitarii and IK, I must get back to them, I must-!

Bye bye for now.