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.

Thursday, 18 January 2018

BIIG update: absolutely everything that's been going on

Here we go, this is it.  The big update I said I'd do, but now I look down at the finished post, it's not really that long.  Oh well, lot's of photos to look at with your eyes.

So, what HAVE you been getting up to, D?  Rumours are going around that you're not hiding your furry side anymore; do you deny them?

Sh...  Shut up.


CURRENT SOCIAL FEEDS

Well, obviously I'm still on G+.  There's this blog, also 40ksoulslike which I hope to add to quite a bit this year.

Flikr:  Haven't put much up here, as I haven't really made anything!

Instagram: I don't often put WiPs up here, it's mostly for finished stuff/random art.

I'm on Facebook too: linking to it dodgy at best, so yeah, go look me up.  It's Dee Power-- and while you're there, I've got two pages too:  Lonely Kitbasher for 40K works in progress (which I NEED to update soon) and An Apocalyptican fairytale, which is for my novel.  More on that in a bit.

40K


Having taken a rather long break from the hobby (having to make room for everything else!) I've got a rather difficult prospect to come back to: a commission I couldn't quite assemble last year.  The heat buildup of the old place... how often have I complained about the heat?  Never mind, temperatures are fine here and now the tank is re-glued and just wants some re-enforcing now before painting begins.


Also, while I'm fresh, I decided to at least begin on my biggest personal model to date...  One of the Cessknights!


REAL LIFE






Here's a couple of highlights from my Real Life work; small animals and large vegetables.  It's been almost a year I've worked at this lifestyle block, the longest job I've managed to hold in fact.  This has to be the best of the jobs I've have since-- since ever, really.



WORK BEGINS ON A WEBCOMIC



 Pantheon Standard is a comic, mostly collecting fragments of a story I've had kicking about in my head for donkies ages: I won't deny it's also a good chance for me to draw mai waifu Rhenya Redblade over and over.  It's set in a dark fantasy/western world based loosely on that the world of King's Dark Tower series, and (I think I'm allowed to do this) many of the characters use the "calla speak" introduced in Wolves of the Calla.  It gets a bit gleefully graphic at times, I'll admit that much.

I've been adding to it really slowly over the last months, and somehow am up to chapter three!  I think I'll be putting it up on somewhere like Comicfury as it's not of a high enough quality for many others, but I'll make sure to link it everywhere once it's up.  Here's a page just to give you an idea:




AND I'VE FINISHED MY BOOK!!

Welcome Home Book 1 has been an ongoing project since 2012, and I can't believe it's got to this point!  A 90,000-word dark fantasy set around the wanderings of Rygnir Wyndfallen, an orphan of dubious origin and the folk he meets on the way to declare his "grandfather"'s death to an unknown noble.  It's quite lavishly illustrated for a novel, at least I think so; having grown up with books like The Black Fox of Lorne I remember deciding long ago that I would illustrate the book myself, in pencil.  Also, being an artist, I couldn't help it.


 The novel is the next step down from dark fantasy: would you call that grimdark? As the subtitle Apocalyptican Fairytale suggests, it's set in a world that is either on its way out or went out long ago.  Everything's as screwed over as it can possibly be, even the celestial bodies don't move like they should: yes, there's a lot of inspiration from Oldhammer here. A lot.



Here's what the physical copy looks like so far:


Ayup, there it is.  90,000-odd words and 50-ish illustrations of every sort.
So if you like grimdark fantasy or you want to see this project progress, find the An Apocalyptican Fairytale page on Facebook and give it a like!  Again, sorry I can't link Facebook here.


NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS?

Meh, I don't trust to hope.  I wanted to get married this year, but then I wanted that last year too, so...

I want to get my book published!  That's an easy resolution!  It'll get done this year, honest injun!  That's all I'll work towards, then once THAT'S done I'll think about resolutions.

So that's that, I think.  Stay tuned, and keep an eye out for the completed novel!  Bye bye for now.