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Apotheosis -][- Codex; Lots and lots of sculpting....
Topic Started: 9 Oct 2014, 09:48 PM (10,001 Views)
MOTN
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Joined the forum today, hello!

Feel free to skip to the pics then come back to the wordy bit...

Reasons for joining:

- A lot of eblogger blogs I follow have people on this forum so I'm hoping to be able to interact and see more of your stuff first hand here!
- I have a sculpting blog called miniatures of the north, occasionally I sell casts but not for profit: only to cover the costs of the initial mold and break even. My day job is in the Investment industy as a senior manager so this will likely always remain a hobby (unfortunately, sob). Lately my hobby output has gone a bit stale so I hope joining a forum will spark my creativity.
- I drifted away from heroic style, notice I say heroic style and not heroic scale, a long time ago but do appreciate it and I want to dip my toe in have fun with it again.
- I have so many different sculpting projects on the go at the moment I want to just focus on one thing for a while, Inquisitor!
- It's now autumn so getting dark here in Edinburgh, grim dark...
- My style is a little too clean so I want to make it a bit more atmospheric and nuanced.


I own Dark Vengeance and that's literally the extent of my GW minis (owned thousands since Second Edition, sold most of it when I grew up, usual story...)

Luckily I've been sculpting pretty solidly for about 6 years now, starting off over at Troll Forged (Hi Malika! Top man). My bits box therefore constitutes nothing but sculpts, and I usually have to scratch build weapons and things... all good practice though.

Plan is to put together a range of mini's as if they were characters in a narrative play. More on this later, I'll periodically update this opening post, but first up onto some mini's:

Mechanicus

(some parts are from my pal at Anvil Industry)

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Dark Mechanicus

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Mock up for the Chaos Synaxarion: basically the mcguffin of the plot, a construct that channels chaos. The black plasticard will get a lot of work done to it in due course, and I think it will need some robed menials to escort it around!

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Chaos goons

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Traitor Commissar

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Imperial PDF (or whats left of it)

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Inquisitor

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Test minis I did a while back (start of the project)

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Pretty much everything here is all work in progress at the moment!
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KrautScientist
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First of all, welcome to the forum!

I have to say that this is one of the most exciting opening posts I've seen in a while -- and given the generally stellar quality present on this forum, that is really saying something!

Your sculpted Skitarii are amazing! I also really love your additions to the DV models. And that picture with the painted concept models seems like a wonderful tease of things to come. I am thrilled to see this thread taking shape!
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Wuulfman
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Far out, this is some awesome stuff, really looking forward to watching this thread! Heading over to your blog now to check it out!
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Logan
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Welcome to the bunker!
Your stuff is a true eye-opener! Especially your Chaos Cultists conversions are top ace. :D
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Legatho
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Waow! that's a start! Welcome on the forum!
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Kel
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Just wow. What an introduction! I love all the little changes you've made to personalise the DV cultists and commissar, and I can't wat to see what you do with the Synaxarion.
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Grag
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Woah, you've got some serious skills there. The Skitarii, as has ben said, look great. One question, do you buy in armatures for those models, or make them all from scratch, cause I imagine that would be pretty time consuming.
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weirdingway
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Welcome! Very impressive stuff. I've seen your sculpts before on your blog and really look forward to see what you do in heroic scale and with some GW bits.

On Neil's thread Grag noted the evolving phases of Inq28; first plastic WHFB characters were the rage, now it's all about Forgeworld resin. But maybe there's a smaller movement of mostly scratchbuilt models — so far mostly just Steifer and now MOTN but who knows who else is out there readying their first post :).
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Malika
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Woah, very nice! I really love the Chaos goons, and I've got no idea what to expect of the Chaos Synaxarion, it could become something totally insane! By the way, what colours will the Chaos guys be getting?
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euansmith
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Good gravy, that's some excellent stuff. I particularly like the Dark Mechanicus with his huge hat.
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Matyilinko
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I have to admit, that i'm not so often going to visit this section, but your works are stunning pieces.

Welcome, and just on this way.
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Malika
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Oh yeah, I forgot to welcome you aboard! You really did pick a good place, I think some of the best converters out there post here! :D

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SlavetoDarkness
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wow. just wow
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MOTN
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Hey thanks folks! I've been knocking myself out exploring these forums.

Most of these are sculpts from wire armatures I don't use dollies these days, but there a couple in there from a few years ago. I'm pretty fast though: probably about 5 hours in total split across 3 or 4 sittings to sculpt a mini in full. This stuff has mostly been trying to capture the look and feel of the GW plastic design, in many cases scaling back on detail and leaving large flat areas.

I've kept up with the evolution of inquisitor online over the years, there definitely do seem to have been trends from fantasy miniatures to forge world miniatures being at the forefront. I suspect that next thing could be sculptors doing inquisitor themed minis and maybe even dedicated conversion parts going on sale, not sure if I'll be a part of that or not.

I'm a pretty poor convertor now– I don't have a good enough collection to actually do it and it's a different skill much akin to solving a free format puzzle in terms of composition, scale and general weight and posturing. As a sculptor my approach is a lot more basic in form, and sometimes I fall into the trap of keeping the miniatures planes flat and having no undercuts in order to make them production worthy.

Colour scheme for the cultists will likely be rust and grime!
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Jeff Vader
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Welcome to the bunker!!

Very impressive first post - you sling some mean greenstuff! Really like how you sculpt your tattered robes.
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Alexander
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Serious skill on display here. I'm very keen to see what you will come up with next.
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MOTN
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Thanks chaps. Jeff really dig your miniature painting, and illustrations!

Browsing this forum idly on the ipad has really infected me with the inquisitor bug like never before! The stuff here is so good.

The eclectic nature is really great for creativity. When I sculpt I usually try to be refined and consistent, sculpting for this through I feel totally free (to a degree...)


a) Arco-flagellant: pure fun, totally anatomically flawed but I don't really care! All still wip. The head/mask will be slightly oversized (to contrast the skinny body. Might not work but I'm prepared to fail) and the arm extended backward will have an electro flail poised.

b) Hunchback robes: no plan in mind other than try to riff off the Warhammer Necromancer plastic and it turned into this after 3 hrs. I can't decide how to finish it so... I think I'll get it cast for personal use and it can become the basis for a number of conversions! I think I'm close to heroic style on this but I'm keen for feedback or thoughts? No more detail will go on it so there's more scope for conversion. (Long term I might try a shout out sculpt for each of the Warhammer plastics, wraith, nurgle champion, etc.etc. Not a direct copy but paying homage to the icons that have developed on the conversion front, purely for personal use).

c)Another PDF/veteran wip, 3 of these will form a small retinue for an Inquisitor.

d)Dark Mechanicus Priest: think I'm almost finished this guy! I'm in a rush to paint him but I'll sleep on it a few days, any suggestions or observations on how to improve this thing? I've lost a bit of objectivity. Upon reflection the headpiece could use a little something, a chaos halo?


Cheers

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Malika
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Arco-flagellant: Interesting take on the model! I'm curious what you'll do with his arms. The 'plug' in his chest reminds me of the heart plugs from David Lynch' Dune, which is pretty fitting for such a character. The Inquisitor could simply 'unplug' the arco-flagellant whenever needed.

Hunchback: I notice he's quite beefy, which in itself isn't wrong or anything. Maybe put something big on his back?

PDF: I really like what you did here, it gives the figure, which tends to be one of the most 'standarized' models in 40k, a lot of character. But it's done in such a subtle way that you'd hardly notice it once the model is painted up.

Dark Mechanicus: An eight pointed star somewhere would be interesting indeed! I also noticed he's kinda lacking skulls, not sure if that's actually a problem though. :P
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Alexander
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And this is something you just do for fun? Crazy!

Those new creations looks great and the magos just gets better. Where is the smoking ball from?
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MOTN
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The smoking ball thing is from the Island of Blood Skaven Warlords banner (bought the box recently before it goes out of print, great value in starter sets).

Arco-flagellant - if you check his back those same stud things are there running down his spine, I have an idea to make some sort of skimmer of mini inquisitorial gunship where these guys are plugged into the bottom undercarriage by their spine pegs, lifelessly swaying around. They get a jolt to activate them and then the ship lets them go and they drop to the ground fully activated!

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