A mere shadow of his past he is. Master of melee combat, blessed weapon user but loyal to nobody he was. As he stands today, a massive mountain of muscle, ram head and decade old wheelchair, he might look a sad character with desperate life. His strong arms can drag him over the deserts, and end someone's life as fast as it started, but the corruption is his brain has made him demented and helpless. Only Master Merchant is able to construct bionic legs for his superior fighter, as he believes Lotus Hatcher is still capable to make a good thug for his travelling party. Blimey, maybe Master Merchant is also afraid to give functional legs to his fellow, you see Mr.Merchant ain't just anybody, he's a total jackass to his loyal group - as all businessmen tend to be - It might be that it's much safer for his skin to keep that fella disabled. Yesss.... indeed it is......
I've put my soul into this build. it took me several months to get the certain state of mind to put this thing together. This fella started as a humorous piece, but in the end it turned out to be really dramatic and sad. I see this character as a former impersonation of strength and power, but something has happened and he's only a shadow of his former self. He has some primitive technology to keep him going - external spine and wheels as legs. He drags himself trough the rough land.
Anxious project I'd say. Not humorous anymore.
I've found it hard to start anything after a long break, but I've been maturing the thought of the new character who's joining the ramshackle forces of Merchant. Now I assume I have the right parts glued together, and the next step is to take some GS and fill the gaps.
I call him Lotus Hatcher.
Also here's a picture of my new more powerful lamp - it's a LED-rail with moving spots. As I've experienced, the color of the light is slightly more natural than my old lamp has. I use both of them at the same time to get awesome lightning conditions. I attached the LED-rail to a cymbal stand with some thick thread and voila!
How about other gentlemen of Brushes United? It's been a silent period of time, but as the nights are getting darker I assume our visions are getting brighter. What are you doing at the moment?
I challenge you you to construct a characteristic model around a collection of bitz you thought you'd never use - surprise yourselves!
I have been slavering on my Skorne minis for PP as I went to a tournament with them. I played a 40pts Xerxis brick with 10 pts specials. It was a team tournament and I lost every got damn battle but had tons of fun. Here's my carry tray with my brick of medium base infantry and Mr.Tibbers.
Wow I have been quite for a long time I finally finished something nurgly to show here. I have been stuck in the Warmahordes swamp for a good while now and after finishing above 100pts for my skorne and struggling with finding time to paint and battling a bad back I finally finished up something worth showing.
First up some razorboars
And the some warriors more (soon done!)
and three small uglies!
cheers and thanks for looking, I will also post a update on my skorne minis as I have been laboring a lot on them lately.
I was sifting through my bits, looking for some bits to add to the plaguebearers, when I came across the old metal fat chaos sorceror. I don't think he was ever strictly a Nurgle character as he has the generalised chaos star symbol hanging round his neck. I filed that off and then had a play around with various heads - plaguebearer, fly, etc. I finally went with the strange dome head from the chaos spawn sprue - the spikey bits are reminiscent of a wizardy beard. The hand is from a bloodletter (I think), it needs a little carving and refining. One chaos sorceror added to the painting pile.
I also found this massive old metal thing, I was given it years ago by one of my clients, I have absolutely no idea what it is. I blu-tacced on a few bits just to get some ideas rolling. It could be a chaos spawn or a beast of Nurgle or even a plaguebearer unit filler. It's pretty big across the base, it would fit on a 60mm but slightly overhangs a 50mm. One other idea would be to make a little unclean one, by trying to sculpt a smiley head on the top and maybe a couple of arms, fill in the holes with pustules, mouths, etc. Just messing about at the moment, I would be happy to get more ideas if anybody has any suggestions?
Old Fogey is proud to announce that the patter of tiny feet will be heard in the coming months. These little sweeties all arrived today and there are more due any time soon. Possibly not quite as cute as the baby pandas, but surely a close second.
It should be fairly obvious which bits I have used on the four junior members, especially as the one on the far left has not been modified other than to have his loin cloth removed. I might add some grey stuff to make little tummies, though as they will be rear rankers this might not be worth the effort.
Because I'm still not able to sit behind my desk and start painting anything, I'll upload a shameless "test" I've made some time ago. The painting phase is totally not finished, but here you can see my approach to the mini. I decided to make more like textural approach than just coloring certain areas. Here I've strippled, washed, glazed, scored and scratched to make different surfaces look more natural. Yes, the pics are cryptic. I enjoyed painting Skrag's skin thoroughly - There's necrosis, frost bites, scars, and spooky silhouettes. After I correct his eye, he looks like mean business I hope. Blood in the cauldron was again made with acrylic inks + tamiya clear. Ahh...
I am still looking for a decent sized project to help keep me sane through the long winter months. One possible idea is to work on my Nurgle daemons. This picture shows some of the collection - an Avatars of War herald, a very old painted Fenryll putrid horror and a pile of plastics. There's 15 assembled plaguebearers plus a complete box of 10 still on their sprue. In addition, I have 7 old school metal plaguebearers that I painted a few years back - these are on round bases and are pink, which may or may not be a viable starting point. I have a few other bits that I reckon I could add to this lot, I am pretty sure there are a few more metals lurking around the back of the cupboard somewhere, plus more non-daemon plastics that could be drafted in. At a minimum then there are 32 plaguebearers here, plus 2 rather portly heralds. With a bit of chopping and scrounging from other sources I reckon 2 units of 20 plus herald would be doable.
Here's a scale shot of the heralds and a minion. They are big chaps, there's no doubting who is boss here. The winged daemon I would make some changes to - probably remove the wings and some of the softer looking spikes. I would repaint him too, the dark green is a very poor base to add special effects such as gore and drool.
He´s more machine than man nowadays; who knows what lies under the hood? Orders are issued with a cold metallic voice, and his arm has suffered some damage revealing bionic upgrades...
Got this puppy done, and I must say I do struggle a bit with them bright colors. All the red was glazed with red tamiya clear ink, giving than super vibrant shade and the gold metallics are JRN style, with purple ink and clear tamiya orange glazing. Base color is coat ´d arms "bright gold".
Group photo with his maniacal posse coming up soon..
Here's pretty rough sketch of the forthcoming character for my Mercenary Group. The reason for why there ain't a real life miniature of this fella yet is I'm quite sure that somebody has a better idea for the head. long horse skull with meaningless wiring just doesn't work well, and I'm here to get inspiration from you guys. Also, the second reason for the lack of figurines is I had a surgery last week and I'm slowly recovering. I'm able to get known to my sofa better and better, but I'm not able to sit yet. Phew.
Check this Gladiator out:
The idea behind this character is to represent a gladiator who has seen his best days. His Lower body is amputated, and now he drags his remains in a mine cart. Yes, I know the dimensions here are goofy, but hey, what the heck. I decided to use the mine cart form Battle of Skullpass and upper body of a Gorger. Fits well. BUT THE HEAD!
The missing link,the last member to this inquisitorial posse getting some paint thrown at it. HAH! you didn´t expect the RED inquisition.. What´s that sound? It´s a sudden dose of inspiration hitting old fogey like a thousand volts.. :)