Thursday, 18 May 2017

A post to my future self

Dear future Lonely:
Together with the help of your unquenchable friend Joe (you know Joe!), we bought you a present.

Don't open it until you move into your new place, will you?  And make VERY sure Past Lonely finished up the best part of those commissions he's been chipping away at, or you'll be sorry.

The scion's not yours, though; that's Joe's.
Hope you're still happy and haven't killed yourself by then.  Maybe "C" has come back to you?  Do let me know how you're getting on in that new place.

Looking forward to seeing you in the future.  Hope you enjoy the present, and do make sure to thank Joe; if he wasn't so on-the-ball, we couldn't get it into the country!

Yours sincerely,
Past Lonely


Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Entry for a painting competition

Throne, but I really should have chosen a better backdrop than this...  Oh well!  So here's my entry for a little painting competition held over at the 30K G+ community over the last 30 days.  Entrants were given a randomly selected legion, and as much as I was hoping for a World Eater or an Imperial Fist I was allotted a Thousand Son!  Certainly something to stretch the mind, seeing as the scions of Magus never really appealed to me; but as you see, I didn't really try anyway.  Ha!  Red's the most difficult colour to paint, by the way.

The instructions were a bog standard tactical brother, so I did what I could to make him interesting.  First and foremost, I don't like the eyes on my MkIII helmets, so I take them off.  A sister of silence flamer is nice, and small enough to be one-handed along with a chainsword, something I remember in a lot of classic art.  The bare arm is because I like using skin as a spot colour more than anything.

So there we are!  I guess I am pleased with him, I hope the judge likes him.  Andrew Sharanov is a master at his craft indeed, and I don't want to try and say for one moment I wanted to win at all!  But the prize of a plastic contemptor sounds awfully nice...


In other news, I've just put the finishing touches on the jade sisters of silence.  Green's the most difficult colour to paint, by the way.  Again, so glad for commission work, I know now I never want to paint sororitas--of any kind-- as a playable force!  They're just so damn fiddly.

Competitions are so fun.  Especially when I actually get around to participating.  Maybe I should organise one, I could at least rustle up a decent set of trophies...

Bye bye for now.

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Random hobby update: contemptors and undead

Right!  As always, got a lot of stuff on, which is why I have been so neglectful of the poor old blog.  I'm really tired right now, so sorry in advance if this all gets a bit silly and hard to read.  There's also a long-winded ramble at the end about a Nice Idea of mine, just warning you now so you're not shocked at it in comparison to the amount I wrote for my (more important) WiPs.

 Here's a lot of pieces.  Look at them all, isn't there a lot?  I wonder what I'm going to do with them all...  Part of my custodes commission includes a contemptor dreadnought, which I like to think I'll be magnetizing.

 Here's the three arms, or at least where I was up to last.  The two gun arms are going to have two ends each; The first will have a melta and a flamer, and the second will have an assault cannon and a heavy bolter.

I'm assuming a contemptor dread in 40K is allowed the same loadout as a vanilla one?

 Taking cues from Fortitudo,  I decided to give the contemptor a cherubic visage on its front.  I don't know what stopped me from going out and buying a doll straight away... I spoke to my mum, and she was willing to part with one of hers, for a price.

Anyway, if you wanted to know what Kelly looked like without a face, there we are.  Shotgun collar victim.

 This sort of thing.  Pipes and some fancy greenstuff work that I can'tthinkofrightnowbecauseI'mtootired (inhales deeply) should tie it together nicely.

Right, so here's where I'm up to with the contemptor.  Thoughts so far?  Obviously, there's a LOT of work to be done, but it's just a matter of getting there.

More skaven.  Actually, these chaps are all primed now.

Another commission piece I'm chipping away at is a Tzeentch IK, and it's proving a very interesting piece to be sure.  I need to be careful not to go overboard or, as usual, I'll never finish it!

I'm particularly enjoying this one, as I can do pretty much ANYTHING, so long as it doesn't look really stupid.  Also spamming a new sort of ribbing I just got good at.

 A gaunt summoner will be driving.  I'm wondering what else to cram into the interior...

Slow progress on the anti-capitalist  Tau character.

Ah yes, here's a buy I'm proud of.  All three at once, VERY happy with them, 'specially as I don't own most of the WDs they feature.  I'm aware the apocrypha series were received poorly for that reason, they were all just copy/paste WD articles, but I personally am fine with it.  I need to give these books a decent review later.
...Hey, I saw the hourglass and panicked, okay?

RIGHT!  Now for the long-winded ramble!
Here's a teaser for something big looming on the horizon.  Not physically, like any large vehicle or walker I may or may not have alluded to on G+, *cough* but a generally big story with even bigger potential I'm adding to here and there.  One day it might see the light of day, I don't know.

Last post was about a fictional game I invented for the story, a series called Astronomica.  I've been mulling over the idea for a while, and I'd really like to see it expanded on in some way.  It's basically Warhammer 40,000 if portrayed by Fromsoftware, not a crossover, though it borrows certain elements-- that of Astartes being undead in reality etc.  The overbearing style will be a step away from Blanchitsu; a drier, blacker, more burned feel I reckon.  Not trying to be the next Blanchitsu-killer, of course!

The concept of Astronomica, as I like to envision it in the future, is a general collection of lore-building and all-round fun times with fellow Dark Souls/Warhammer enthusiasts sharing an interest.  Together, I'd like for us to build a world around this concept, throw together some nice models and maybe even base a few skirmish games around it.  I'm currently putting together some stuff for you to read and maybe find inspiration, as well as a model or two (or a whole squad), but yeah!  Suddenly cutting my ramble short there as I'm WAY too tired to carry on!

I so awfully want this to become a thing, I know we can have a lot of fun with it!  I'll put up a post later detailing what I hope to achieve with the whole concept of Astronomica, and I'm going to have to spread the word around somehow.

And that's that, I think!  A whole random lot of stuff and the desperate ramble of some poor soul.  Next post I won't be so tired, I can promise you that.

Oh yeah, in other news, I've begun work on a graphic novel!  Long process, come back in four years if you want to ask me how I'm doing ;)

Bye bye for now.