Tuesday, October 30, 2012
I really like the Typhus model, always have. But I felt like it could use some more dynamic posing and could definitely afford to lose the Nurglings...they just make him silly looking and I figured he was a pretty serious badass and not prone to tomfoolery. Plus his current pose sets this scene in my mind, of him getting ready to do work and some Death Guard dude is like "hey Typhus!" and then he turns, startled and confused. Maybe reading too much into the pose, but there it is.
My goal was to get him a little taller, make his armor look more blessed, get the 3 circles in there, the fly, and make him look like he's in the midst of doing work! I also wanted the Destroyer Hive to look more organic, like his armor broke open and they come right out of his back. The stalks now look more realistic I hope, and the tubes running from his head to his back suggest they come from his brain which I think is gross.
From these pics I have to do: 1) Ugly up that scythe. I wanted it more old looking, with just a suggestion of tech in it because I think thats creepier. 2) Decide on the psychic effect for his left hand. I originally thought just a paint job could do it, a soft, sickly glow going down his arm into his hand. But I think if I can pull off a cloud effect, work some flies in there, it would look pretty cool. I need to keep it smaller though so as not to obscure the rest of the model.
Also SORRY about the pics, all I have is a phone camera. I promise I will have better lighting and pics for the final shots!
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
So THIS is how the Hellcannon eats...
Since the Giant's mouth has melted into the actual cannon, I needed a way to represent how the "cannon" is loaded. Short of showing the Dares shoving skulls up the giant's ass, I couldn't think of anything beyond making a new mouth. I plan to make a raging mouth at the end of the cannon so I went for a gross puckered mouth on the back.
Gross? Thoughts so far?
Sunday, August 26, 2012
A much smaller, but no less important man stepped forward to the enormous marble lectern. He offered a slight bow to Vargo, who returned the same in mutual respect. Immediately he spoke. "It is the height of folly for Man to seek to destroy the Warp. One should sooner try to break light in two, or breathe without oxygen. Why, I know you are wondering. Even now I see rage building in many of you, palpable and vital. Congratulations, you honor Khorne with your rage." Inquisitor Kantos paused, noting the effect of his words. These men were of the Emperor. Not yet in the full plate of an Astartes, nor with their bodies enhanced and minds tempered, but faithful and ready to die for the Imperium. Their wrath at his heretical words was firm testament to that. Kantos raised both arms, palms extended, seeking to still the assembled men. "Be still men, for what I speak is the truth, despite the sound of it. A much simpler explanation is that we cannot possibly separate ourselves from the energy that feeds the Warp and its denizens. Wrath, Gluttony, Sloth...the fear of these words once held our civilization together, words that brought many to heel and many more to damnation. We cannot escape our emotions. As much as things such as fear are nearly bred out of an Astartes, without a measure of that fear, be it of failure or something more base, we cannot progress as the inheritors of this galaxy. Fear that we may fail those who huddle in the shadows against the greater darkness. Rage that consumes us as we slay our enemies. Pride, in the strength of our arms and might. Without these emotions we cease to be alive. We become no more than mere servitors." Kantos felt the ebb of sudden hatred bleed off the recruits as understanding sank in. Sadly those who still exuded anger at his initial words were among the more faithful, yet they would likely be the first to fail the primary test, unable to contain their emotion and direct it properly. "You are still only human as you stand before me. The Sentinels demand the penultimate in self control. If you cannot survive against coming onslaught on your own, before our revered command turn you into full Astartes, you have no place in our sacred Chapter. Each of you will be exposed to a daemon of the Warp. It will take hold of you, in mind and body. It will lay bare your essence, it will defile you, it will strip away all that you are and remake you. If you hold, if you prevail against this, you may one day stand proudly in our Halls of Honor, swearing the oath of fealty to this Chapter and to your Emperor. Be wary my sons, for the daemons that possess you are truly already there. Since your birth they have strove to break you, to stain you. But your fate is such that an even greater power will take control, and each of you will face the trials you need to forge a weapon that can turn back the physical manifestation of the Enemy. But before this, your mind and soul must be remade in the depths of the Warp and its kin..."
The Sentinels are my own chapter, using the Blood Angels codex for rules. The fluff is my own, but inspired by the background of the Exorcists and Relictors. The theoretical is that I wanted a faithful chapter, devoted to the Emperor, but also seeking to use the weapons of Chaos against itself, even so far as to willfully possess their recruits with daemons in order to better equip them as Astartes. Though this fluff is briefly mentioned in the Space Marines codex, I felt that the BA codex had better potential to express my take on it. Specifically the Death Company. These would be the marines who, after decades or centuries of service, finally begin to succumb to the daemons they once fought. Rather than see themselves fall upon their comrades or worse yet, the Imperium, they submit themselves to the Lost. The DC rules will capture that well. In games I intend to keep that unit small, under 10 models because this is a fluff army first and I'd hate to see my whole army turn to Chaos! The Librarians will represent those who seek the artifacts and weapons of Chaos, and again the BA codex will fit this well. Finally, and most importantly, the BA have the option of taking more Chaplains than any other army so I can fit my own fluff of a faithful chapter being watched like hawks by their religious leaders, while their Librarians seek out the tools necessary.
The practical is that I have 25 Jump Pack marines, a Stormraven, and too many Librarians and Chaplains to count! I needed an army that could make use of that stuff and I wanted something different than my Space Wolves and Ultramarines. Plus of course I have the BA codex and want to use it, but I don't much care for the BA fluff. And vampires suck. Ha see what I did there?