Monday 29 February 2016

Khaine's wrath

Hi guys!

Another update on Prince Aelrik.

He is done and ready for painting! As Gonfrask suggested, I added a voluminous cloak, and I must agree with him it does add to the model, enhancing the sense of speed and the noble aspect of the prince (besides it ties him to the rest of my cloaked spearmen).

I used the DE assassin cloak for the conversion and had to resculpt it slightly to fit it to the rest of the model, but it was worthy in the end!

Thursday 25 February 2016

The Black Handed Prince

The wrath do thou sing, O goddess, of Ullaron's son Ælrik
that baneful wrath which brought countless woes upon the Asur, 
and sent forth to Mirai many valiant souls of warriors,
and made themselves to be a spoil for beasts and all manner of birds;
and thus the will of Khaine was being brought to fulfillment

Good Morning!
Just a quick update on my ongoing project, Prince Ælrik of Cothique, commander of my Aesrtyrion host.

Inspiration for this character came obiouvsly from the cover of the 7th ed HE book with a twist toward the greek vibe. As with the rest of the warband I am aiming at a Iliad feel for him, which to me, is one of the main inspirations for End Times Khaine (or should have been). Think of him as my Achilles, an invincible warrior torn apart by grief and hatred who willingly stepped into the Shadow of Khaine to avenge his lost but found out too late that the path he'd chosen led only to madness.

What I wanted to achieve with him was a simple and dynamic conversion, I wanted to suggest a sense of speed and elegance but keep him as threatening as an elven price should be.
Though apparently simple, the conversion has proven quite a challenge by now,  since I was pushing myself to get the best possible result without any use of Greenstuff. 
I almost did it, though some of the gaps will need filling and details like the reins and saddle will need to get sculpted as well, but most of the work on him is done and I hope that the small bits I need to add will not be an issue for my allergy (finger crossed)

The bits come from a variety of kits, mainly the Tiranoc chariot's horse (possibly the only decently sculpted horses in the High Elves range), legs and base from the High Elves prince kit, sword and head from the Phoenix Guard (with the usual eldar dire avenger's crest, this time I used the exarch one) and the torso from the ellyrian riders' champion form IoB.

I hope to be able to complete the details before the weekend and to start painting him next week.

This Aestyrion project is a really nice breath of fresh air in my hobby activity right now, it gives me the opportunity to assemble a small force with a very high tabletop standard quality without compromising my schedule on other projects. A good thing about AoS is that you don't need to paint your way through 100 rank&file models before being able to play a short battle, a change I really welcome! Now, if only they did not destroy my beloved Old World:(

Friday 19 February 2016

Elves of the Rhana Dandra

Those were the last days
The Ancient Gods wore their masks and danced again, one last time
and to their silent music we moved carelessly to our doom
We welcomed darkness in our souls
and walked in the shadow of Khaine
until our hands turned red with the blood of our beloved ones
and our hearts became black and empty as the void beyond the world
But we were the sons of Aenarion
and before the end came for us we shone brighter than the stars
So that when the new cycle will begin 
our deeds will not be forgotten
while you and your race will fade into oblivion

Hey guys!

As promised, an update!
After my issues with GS became evident, I decided to go back to some of my old projects... Some of you might be familiar with my Aestyrion, I posted them on warseer last year.

When End Times Khaine came out I felt struck by some of the narrative in it. I mean, we all know it was not the best written fluff piece of all times, and many people disliked the huge change of direction they took with the elves, but I for one found it really interesting while wh elves never really captivated me before. The part of Tyrion betrayal, the Shadow of Khaine and the tragedy of the fall of their race inspired me to make an attempt to infuse these elements into some models.
The result was somehow surprising to me, through a very simple conversion I managed to obtain a quite distinctive style for high elves, bringing them closer to how I always envisioned them, an ellenic inspired culture with elements of ancient Greece and a hint to a quite "alien" origin that ties them to the Eldar in 40k.
Now I know most people dislike this vision of the elves and think of them as more anglo-saxon mythological creatures, but that is how I've always seen them and so was quite happy with the result in the first batch of conversions...
The experiment went on well, I managed to convert and paint around 6-10 of them (which are now lying in my old flat in Turin, sorry, no pictures of them with me) but then stopped when I lost motivation and started other projects... Since then AoS arrived and I now decided to give them a new purpose and make them into a small elven warband. Round bases always suited me better and I am planning to add a mounted hero to guide them, a couple more spearmen and a chariot.
The effect I was after with these models was a noble yet ferocious look, since during the End Times they followed Prince Tyrion they all walked in the Shadow of Khaine and committed murderous atrocities in the name of the bloody-handed god. A spartan theme seemed appropriate for them, I wanted to reflect the warlike aspect of elven culture but also give a hint to the sadness and melancholy of their souls. Therefore I chose a very limited palette of gold, red and black.
Gold/bronze make them look like ancient warrior statues and tie them to the greek feel I was after, red represents the blood they have spilled in the name of their warlike god while black indicates the Shadow of Khaine they all walked under.
All their shields bear the same colours, a white blazon, indicating their ancient family and their lost heritage, over a blood red field with a black patch at the bottom representing the all consuming shadow of Khaine. A Cynaith rune is carved there, with the meaning of Chill, Death, Silence, Loneliness and representing the suffering of their prince and their people and the shame they feel for what became of them before the end.

The conversion was actually really easy, Phoenix guards bodies with bits from the dragon princes, dark elves shields and helmet crests taken from the Eldar Dire Avengers... et Voilà!

I am currently working on their bases and I am making various experiments... I plan to use the new 32mm round bases and paint them in bright and pale colours to contrast with the quite rich palette of the elves.

So, what do you think of them?

EDIT: I managed to finish the base tonight... quite a simple job but I really like the result! It matches well the colours and gives the mini the high fantasy vibe I was after this time.

Thursday 18 February 2016

Still Alive!

Hi all,

I came back here to tell you I am not dead and to give an explanation to my long silence.

So, what happened that prevented me to post on my own blog for so long?

Well, as some of you might know, I developed a rather unfortunate allergy to epoxy putties. That means that, after having used them on an almost daily base for the lat ten years, I am now in the uncomfortable position of not being able to get too close to it, else my throat swells and I experience troubles breathing!
Now, you can probably imagine how I felt when I finally realised the cause of my distress and the consequences of this discovery... I kind of lost my motivation for a while.
The "Sons of Or" project I embarked on involves a great deal of sculpting and converting and I am now not able to go on with it until I find a solution to my allergic issue, so I decided to stop all work on it and take a break from sculpting.
That did not mean I  had to stop painting as well though, so I decided to dedicate myself to other unfinished projects I abandoned a while ago but which I never lost interest in.

There is my army of the Imperium for 40k (comprising Tempestus Scions, Admech and a small detachment of Adeptus Astartes), my Aestyrion warband for End Times and my Averland and bretonninan armies for warhammer fantasy (my all time favourite game and setting)

So, though I will need time and energies to figure out how to deal with this unexpected issue with epoxy putties, I will be back very soon posting my recent progresses here on my blog, since sharing them with you has been highly rewarding and motivative.

Bear with me, I'll be back soon!