Monday, 9 April 2018

I'm drilling my barrels now

It was a hard decision whether to finally do what I KNEW was best for me and the hobby as a whole, but after years of servere deliberation, I have done the right thing.

Yeah, as the title says, I'm drilling my barrels.



 The simple brilliance of it astounds me, really.  I thought it's take some drastic experimentation (like using body parts or, heck, real blood) to improve my kitbashing skills... This, however, was quite unprecedented!  Look at this picture, a side-by-side of three weapons with their barrels whole, then the same options below with barrels drilled:


The improvement is uncanny!
And you know what?  It's even improved my morale and skill in general!  Who would have thought I would start assembling masterpieces just based on a simple trick as a few holes?


THE IMPROVEMENT IS UNCANNY

 Bye bye for now.

I've got a dirty thumb.

Monday, 2 April 2018

Possibly the world's most unnecessarily complicated assault marine








 So what, you say.  The mentally unstable D just put together another ridiculously expensive kitbash, what's new?  Well, today I think I'll tell you exactly what went into this 1st company veteran; maybe it'll confirm my insanity, if nothing else.
First, let's strip the paint off and have a look at the bits for what they are.









The body is the cybernetica datasmith with the front torso half from the Black Templar's upgrade kit.  Bit of gold necklace chain across shoulder, trophy spike from WHFB crypt horror; new Cypher's bolt pistol on one hip, DA incense-burner on the other.  Double purity seal from the special sprue from the old tactical squad kit, and hourglass from the WHFB flagellants kit.
Head is from the finecast Imperial Fists upgrade kit, bionic is from Canoness Veridyan and the hair is a Custodes topknot.

Backpack is (mostly) from the old assault squad kit, nozzles from DA veteran kit.  The book is a GK icon with chain from an earring, and the tree is a charm.  Two pouches from the old assault squad kit, skull buttons are taken from the icons on a GK incinerator tank and marksman's honour from sternguard veteran kit.

Left arm is a plague marine's from the Dark Vengeance box, tilt shield is off a pillar from the garden of Morr and pipes are guitar wire.  The hand (and chainsword engine) is from aforementioned special tac squad sprue with a Templar cross from the scroll/pouch bit from the upgrade kit.  The chainsword itself is plasticard with teeth from the second sword on that sprue; the handle is from the honour guard's axe and the tree icon is a silver earring.

Right arm is from an Ultramarine Honour Guard with a 7th ed chest aquila; right hand is a 7th ed BA hand, the bolgun an edited sisters of Silence one with a purity seal from Guilliman's right shin.

Never will you see another uselessly fiddly and expensive assault marine.

Bye bye for now.

Friday, 30 March 2018

Commission work: orky plasma obliterator finished

Um, yeah!  This is a thing.  I guess when you're commissioned to make a "looted plasma obliterator", I suppose this is what happens.

I started off with the base of the aquila strongpoint's turret, then started piling bits on; all the bits I could find, really.  There are even bits of spider carapace, as this is to go with the spider themed orks I began with the tank.


This would be a lot harder to pull off without the power of fire; a lot of these bits I melted into place.  Twenty points if you can guess all the bits.  Go on, have a crack! (commences villain laugh.)


I figured that instead of these orks commandeering any large plasma weapon, all they managed was to do was scrape together a swag of plasma pistols, then wired them all up together with a few bits or ordinary dakka to make up for inaccuracy.  I'd hate to be anywhere within a fifty mile radius when this thing fires...


And that's that!  In other news I've finished that set of IK banners, and there's rumours of a C'tan shard on the near horizon...

Bye bye for now.


Thursday, 29 March 2018

My novel is published!


After a rather hectic year'sworth of deadlines, Welcome Home: A half-childe losted was is a published work at last! Preview and info on purchase are available over at my site sago-altar.com/welcome-home, and email me @ lonely.kitbasher@yahoo.com if (and WHEN) you'd like a copy!

Okay, how'd I do?  Sorry, I'm crap at marketing... I've never had to do it before, and this is about the best I can do for shpeal.  You get the idea, I guess?

What is this so-called novel about exactly, D?

Put simply, it's a "point A to point B" kind of plot; a 90,000-word grimdark fantasy with an apocalyptic setting, hence the subtitle "An Apocalyptican Fairytale".  It's illustrated with about 30-odd colour images and I've forgotten how many monochrome ones, all done by yours truly.
It is so far into the future that time has almost worn itself out and has begun to fluctuate. Seasons have merged, stars wander, quite often the Sun forgets to get up in the morning-- and despite all this, the mutated remains of humanity still try to keep living, knowing they should not be alive.

You'll find a plot summary over at Sago Altar.com, but I'll copy it here for ease of access.

***

Aelfric, an ageing lumberjack trained in the illegal art of charcoal-burning, stumbles on a fight between several fenrians, sorcerous wolf-like anthropoids.  The object of their fighting, a baby's basket, falls into the charcoal-burner's hands and he takes the child within to raise as his own.  Rygnir, as he names the child, is exposed to the horrors of a dying world despite his "grandfather's" reclusive lifestyle, and after witnessing the death of one he realized to be more important to the world at large than he once knew, decides to set out and find the one "Wingdale" of which Aelfric spoke.
Welcome Home follows Rygnir as he leaves the claustrophobic confines of Boar's Wood and travels east with a series of (hopefully!) interesting characters; it introduces us to the world he lives in and the friends he makes along the way, and follows him down through the Witches' Thoroughfare deep below the Fimbulforn, to where his resolve and faith will be strained to the uttermost end.

***

Where and how is it up for buying?

So far, it's really only via email/Facebook messenger, and paypal.  I've spammed the hell out of both those forms of contact, so they shouldn't be too hard to find lol.  Never mind, email's the usual:
lonely.kitbasher@yahoo.com
And I'm Dee Power on Facebook.

Oh yeah, and If I REALLY SHOULD get a twitter account, I need to be told.

Well, that's that I suppose.  I don't think I can sell you any more on the book than that.  If you liked classical Warhammer Fantasy before GW AoS-isized it, who knows-- maybe you'll like this story too!

Bye bye for now. 
 

Saturday, 10 March 2018

The Sago Altar site gets a much-needed update

www.sago-altar.com

In light of recent circumstances (that being, oh, I don't know, MY BOOK GETTING AN ISBN AND PRACTICALLY ON THE BRINK OF PUBLICATION!!!)  I resolved to sit down, bite the bullet and make the Sago Altar my own.  Holy Throne, but domain names are expensive...

I've updated everything about it.  Everything.  Come and have a look, I'm even working on a bio ATM!  There's a gallery of completed commissions, a gallery of personal favorites (with a good many familiar faces), updated contact details and ALL the social media.  Most importantly, though, there's the first-ever public information on my novel Welcome Home, including a preview of the first chapter!

So come on and have a gander!

Bye bye for now.

www.sago-altar.com


Saturday, 24 February 2018

Commission work: many things completed

This is why I shouldn't start eight hundred projects at once... it takes forever to complete them, and then I have eight hundred things in a bunch to show.  Ah well, photo time!  Extremely bad photos, I might warn you; all the cameras are flat and my phone can't cope with any light LESS than five miniature suns.

I'll jam a flikr link in here once they're up with some proper photos.


First up is the looted rhino I made a while ago, in its slightly mad and very-difficult-to-paint glory.



 Second is the commander for that kill tank I recently finished.  As I probably mentioned before, I wasn't sure where in the top hatch he was supposed to fit, so here he is on foot.



And lastly, sister Celestine and retinue!  Yeah, I took a rather much more differenter route with her design than most kitbashes I've seen-- I wanted to go with the cape/curtain wings, but alas, the material I was using didn't want to work with me, so here we are.
Very, very pleased with how she turned out, all the same.  Ya know, I've had that metal torso sitting in my bitz box for about five years, and more than once I had the mind to do away with it!  Fancy that.

And that's that!  I'm a little worried my style is turning more and more vanilla as time goes on... I can't let that happen!

Bye bye for now.

Monday, 12 February 2018

Random hobby update: feat. a finished model at last

Mm, it seems at the rate I'm doing stuff it takes a spider bite to slow me down enough to actually sit down and write something.  So here I am with my (dominant, Throne damn it!) arm in an epsom salt bath and boo hoo a cripple forever.  I never saw the offender, but seeing as all I've got is slight insomnia and a bit of swelling, I'd say it wasn't one of the small handful of diddly piders we have in NZ. 

Anyway!  Let's see, what's on the Sago altar just now?  Tell ya what's about to roll off it:


Yes!  That ork kill tank commission I should've finished months ago!


Now I look at it, I reckon it should have some more glyphs on it, maybe a few space marine icons too?


 Aaaaaaaaaaand guess what?  I'm out of abaddon black and stirland mud now.


And here's the tank commander outside his... his vessel?  Ten points if you can guess where all his bitz came from.



The other tank seems to be a bit more tricky to paint.  I'm trying to keep it in keeping with the big boy



The terrible twins are coming along nicely. 


And finally brethren, a swag of titan banners!  Using the power of fire I gave them a bit more flutter, and obviously replaced their chains.

And that's that!  Wow, typing with one hand is a pain.
Bye bye for now.

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

My novel is nearing completion!

Yes!  It's a thing, it's really a thing!

Something a bit different today, a bit shorter too; nothing 40K-related per se, but still a hobby thing I guess...?  I just went in to town to pick up the rough assembly of Welcome Home for reviewing.  I've edited it as far as I can, now it's up to the publishers to lay it out on paper.


It's going to be a chunky piece, I can tell you that right away; 320+ pages in its roughly assembled form.  Also it's looking spectacular with all the illustrations!  I hope that the inclusion of my art can bring something new to the fantasy novel table.



So yeah, find me on Facebook!  An Apocalyptican Fairytale is the page.  As soon as I find out how, I'll have a PDF of chapter 1 up for you to have a look at and see whatcha think; I guess I'm just sorry for not figuring out a way sooner.
For now though, I guess I'll say that's that!

Bye bye for now.

Friday, 2 February 2018

Hobby update: back into commissions

Ayup, I'm taking commissions again, though you've probably seen me chipping away at this kill tank for a good long while now.

Commissions


Right now I'm just busy with the biggest and messiest parts of the painting.  In the months of being away I apparently fed all my paintbrushes to a savage beast and need to replace them all, so no fine detail can be achieved yet.



I wasn't sure how the commander was supposed to fit in, because he is a thicc boye an I's a bigg dum-dum; so I glued the top hatch shut and am making him as a separate piece.

As directed by Nikolaj Arcel: we've got the miscast ginger, the miscast white and the miscast black...

 Among other projects are a slightly distorted version of Sister Celestine and her retinue...


...And an ork tank which I made a while ago.  Someone has actually taken a fancy to it!  Or maybe I bullied them into buying it, I can't remember... whoops.

And a swag of other things

I admit it's a bit sad I can't do much of my own thing at the moment, but that entirely NOT to do with commissions: the reason you're not going to see much from me as a personal 40K hobbyist-- whatever that was supposed to mean-- is because I've been putting all my spare time into a million other places.

 Welcome Home is almost complete


My novel Welcome Home is still in the assembly/editing stage, and I still need revenue to get it into print!  Want to help out?  Commission me for that hero you've always wanted, or check my featured post on the sidebar and buy something!  It'll mean the world to me if you can.

There is one also this piece...

Along with the knight porphyrion (over on my second blog) I've got a  little thing I've been putting Very Little Time into recently, but he's slowly starting to take shape.


Can you guess?  Can you guess from this confusing photo and the singular link above?



Pantheon Standard

The first chapter of my webcomic is up!  This, like I might have mentioned somewhere, is more of a back-burner project; I'm aiming for a chapter a month and seeing where that gets me.  So yeah, do come have a look and let me know whatcha think.  I might put the link up in the sidebar too.


Rumours of being a disappointment


If the comic didn't make it obvious enough, I now seem to have acquired a bunch of fur and foam.


And that's that, I reckon.  So yeah, buy some figures, ask me for new ones (or wait until I've bought new brushes and THEN ask for new ones) and I'll see you in another fifty months time!

Bye bye for now.