Sunday, 23 July 2017

Blogs and rumors of blogs and a near-future project



So a project/division of projects I've been ruminating over for some time is almost coming together; with the apparent close of the Souls series I feel it's a little fitting.  A combining of the 41st millenium with the mechanics of From's spectacular 3rd-person-- unneccesary detail.

40K SOULSLIKE!  I painted up a nice banner, ready and waiting.  A blog for those who like both Dark Souls and Warhammer, and one of which I hope some of you would like to contribute to, if it be your wish.

While the blog is open and running, there's nothing on it at the moment.  Go there and see for yourself.  I'll let you know when things start happening over there, though.

Some of the subjects I'd like to cover on this new blog will be:

  • The unmasking of the IInd primarch, Dura Hazred.  Yes, I just invented him for the story.
  • The "true" origins and future of the Legion of the Damned, with Index Astartes cross-referencing and everything
  • A planet with a series of locations with their own bosses and optional/minibosses
  • A nice set of characters to populate said locations
  • Copious item descriptions for every weapon, rock and scrap of clothing present
  •  A full story to encapsulate all, which I've titled Astronomica, for some reason.

 

Okay Lonely; first and foremost, why?

I've got a few reasons for starting a new blog when I've already got a perfectly good one that's got a tidy little following.  First is that, brutally put, it's a breath of fresh air.  Like a clear space on a cluttered desk, creativity simply flows into it.  Second is that I wanted a place to put my more Astronomica related stories and general STUFF.  Thirdly, I guess it's an attempt to vent my defeated wish to make video games of my own.

Fourthly, and most importantly, I want to inspire you do create your own stories.  Not mentioning names or sites, but I've seen SO much Below Par Fluff created by gamers who really should know better; I want to present an interesting story for others to take inspiration from.


Right, so what are we going to expect of this grandiose plan of yours?

What you're not going to get is a fanfic crossover!  I might need to explain:  Astronomica will be a collection of media that represents Warhammer 40K through the Souls lens.  Weapon and fighting mechanics, layout of stages-- 1st half, miniboss, 2nd half, boss etc-- and a suitably dark storyline for example, in which there is no good or evil; for all are fit only to die in the eyes of the Carrion lord...

Anyway... as far as actual content goes, very little, to be truthful-- and additions will be fairly few and far between.  It'll mostly be a site of WiPs and pages filled with text and initially few photos, though they'll be added in time.  Character bios, dialogue and-- I don't know, walkthroughs-- will dominate the text, I can see this is going to become quite the overblown RP blog, but I guess it's self-aware...?

As for the WiPs, they will only be those related to Astronomica, so again, few and far between-- but there WILL be some pretty spectacular highlights, I can promise you that!


What sort of people are you aiming for?

Souls fans, really.  I guess Souls fans more than 40K players, as there will be next to nothing related to actual gaming.  As I've said in the past, I generally treat Warhammer as an artistic outlet, my models being sculptures, not simply gaming pieces.

What's more, there's a lot of room for YOU to add your own bits, if you like.  The more the merrier!  Do you fancy yourself a Souls fan?  Have you actually defeated the Dragon Rider, unlike me who just poked him off the edge?  That's not relevant...

But would you like to add to the Astronomica lore?  There's a lot of room for new characters and backstory!


And what d'you want us to do?

Stop shouting at me, for one!  No, stay tuned for the official opening, I guess; I'll let you know when it happens.  Everyone's invited to the blog-warming party, and there will be a little competition to celebrate too.
Once again, if you've ever entertained (or plan to entertain) the thought of a 40K Soulslike, get assembling, writing, painting whatever!  Who knows, you might even get a little something out of it...

So that's that!  Yes, quite excited for the purported blog.   Bye bye for now.


Thursday, 20 July 2017

I'm concerned about these sculpts...


I bought it simply because the Lucius pattern escape pod was cute.
I mean, look at it, it's like a little drop pod!


I suddenly want fifty of these.  This is the best civilian object GW have produced in a while, and it's mine now.  Mine.

But that's not really what I wanted to post about.  I wanted to voice my bigoted opinion over this sculpt; there's something... wrong, with it, I can't really place it.


Has anyone else noticed?  Never mind the fact of it's origin-- China, oddly-- it feels, sort of thick and round.  I know the difference between their building casts and their figure casts, and this feels like a building cast.  Do you understand?  Like there isn't as much detail as there could have been.

Like when a new director takes over an existing series, it's so strange, so different and strange!  I don't know if I like it or not...



On the one hand, it's all thick and yucky to the touch, but on the other hand it's weirdly nostalgic, like 90's fisher price... To be sure, it feels like a set of bricks, very nice and solid, but oddly devoid of detail...
THRONE I'm on the fence.  What do you think?  Do you like the objectives kit?  Of course you do, I'm just a snobbish toff!

Bye bye for now.


Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Commission work: Tzeentch Imperial Knight finished!

Well, it took a long time, but he's finally here!  My first explicitly chaos IK conversion (my first commission, the gladiator was technically corrupted against his will), a knight gallant.  Photo time! 


Hmm... He's going to be run with the client's Thousand Sons, I hope the scheme ties in alright...


The thunderstrike gauntlet was the last thing to come together, as the bits were... difficult to source.  A visit to my younger siblings remedied that eventually.


I had the tortoise on hand already, and two sets of plastic chessmen 'specially for a tzeentch conversion-- pretty chuffed that I've finally got to use them!



The tilt shield was a flash of inspiration, rather pleased with it.





So, that's that!

Next up is the fallen angels, and they're nearing completion too.

As always, would you like anything particularily grimdark built or painted?  Contact me @ lonely.kitbasher@yahoo.com, or check out my commissions site.  Hee hee, I think for the moment I'd rather like to back off on the titans right now-- I mean, I've got a FW lancer waiting for me, and as fun as this chap was, it's taken quite a bit out of me.



Bye bye for now.

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Commission work: custodes dreadnought finished!


Oh yeah!  I'm calling him done, though I'm sure I could have done better...  I hope the client likes him.
Photo time!

 
 


Like I've mentioned before, I gave him every option I could think of, out of sheer lack of study.  I must admit, these were a bit too fun to put together... there had to be a cut-off point, a line in the sand so to speak.

So... I guess I've still got a TON of commissions to do... but, y'know... want anything painted?  Don't forget to check out my commissions site!  While I can't promise instant action ATM, it's good to get your order in.  Who knows, yours might fit in nicely between glue-drying-sessions of the upcoming knight lancer...

The photos are also up on Flikr too.

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So, in other news, what have we got?  To go with the jade sisters of silence-- which I didn't photograph in the end-!!!!!!!!-- is a rhino.  I had a few spare high elf bits to make a nice tank commander.




The 15 fallen angels are pretty much assembled now, just a few shoulder pads and bases-- along with an entire combi-melta chap.  I'm sure he'll have a lot of fun firing his exotic weapon every turn, God damn you 8th XD


20 stormvermin have snuck up onto the altar and have started painting themselves. 


I also got was naughty and distracted, and built Greyfax out of the box I was supposed to be keeping for a rainy day.  While her usual legs were alright, there's a feminine elegance and a certain ghostliness to be had in 40K dresses that I feel isn't really done justice-- at least, not without being oversexualised in the process.

Besides, it leaves me the legs to use elsewhere!


And lastly, Trivia time!  Can you tell me the following:
1: What does this emote represent?
2: What legion performs it?
3: Who do you think might teach this to the player?

Bye bye for now.

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Commission work: Tzeentch is consuming me

 Deuce take me if I haven't been neglecting my blog!  I'm so awfully sorry, and I can hardly continue to abuse the tired old "I'm too busy" excuse much longer...
 Commission work has been the biggest thing on the altar at the moment, not so much quantity as... well, they're all a bit consuming.

 First, here's the  Custodes Contemptor I started a while ago, now nearer completion than not now he's got a bit of paint on him.  These are the photos I posted to G+, so just skip 'em if you've already seen:


Every weapon option I could think of-- including a dreadspear-- because I'm dumb and don't do my research.


I must say I'm pleased with the texture I achieved on the face.


Arms and hands are interchangeable, of course.


I'm not allowed to call it twin-linked anymore... am I?  Anyway, I wanted to make an upscaled storm bolter for him.


And here's an assault cannon.

RIGHT!  So the biggest thing on the altar right now is the Tzeenchy imperial knight, and THRONE he's going to be a beast!


It took me a while to decide on a pattern for the armour plates, but in the end went with... whatever this could be called.  I also had a random toy axe I wanted to use on my first IK commission, but never got to fit it.




I decided to make a portal sort of thing instead of a tilt shield, with an occupant n his way out.  I must admit I surprised myself on the drybrushing this little fellow got: I'm not usually that good at it!  Rather pleased.


So here's where I'm up to with him.  Still got to think of a nice name-- any suggestions would be appreciated I'm sure!



Work continues on his reaper chainsword too.


Equilibrium fans will get the reference
That's only the top of the iceberg.  I won't say tip, but there;s a lot more beneath.  I've got 15 fallen angels on the go along with Cypher; the skaven army continues to haunt me, the lovable rat-men-!  I've got a knight lancer in the queue and distant plans for the shard of a C'tan!

... I won't refrain from admitting, it is a lot of work, even though I'm still having fun.  To prevent myself from burning out completely I've got my little bits-on-the-side, mostly going towards Astronomica.
Here's my first finished character for the 40K souls-like project, and the first member of the Legion of the Damned; Orbeque, or the Necromatic as he has been called:

 
 

Eventually I'll be compiling my scattered notes on the story into a concise narrative, but that won't be finished for a while. Needless to say, this won't be the last you see of the Legion of the Damned...

Bye bye for now.