Thursday, 27 December 2012

Old Soldiers part 1- The Junkyard of Shame

Oh such shame; I can't bear to look.

I'm planning to have a completed Imperial Guard army by the end of 2013.  It's not the first time I tried; I really haven't succeeded at this since the turn of the millenium.  My sympathies have always been with the infantry so my armies (practically executed or theoretical) suffered from obscene model counts.  As a model painter (not army painter:( ) this caused a conflict of interests that only ever ended in tears.  The little plastic and pewter ones that models shed when you curse them out, jam them in a box and throw them down an oubliette.

A Foray into INQ28

Before I started Void Spaces I had been lurking about the hobby blogs and forums.  My favorite is probably the Ammo Bunker.  There are a number of contributors who post their Inquisitor28 projects, share a sector of their own devising and play cooperative story driven games on some of the most amazing terrain I have ever seen.  I'd also managed to pick up Pariah and the long awaited reunion with Eisenhorn  was further cause to start an Inq28 project of my own.

I decided to use a Warhammer Witch Hunter as the base model.  I might have simply duplicated Eisenhorn himself but I wanted something a bit more challenging and was really taken by a model the one of the Bunker posters had presented with a powdered wig.  It gave the model a singular presence.  It had so many connotations of power and authority and channeled a 40k aesthetic that permeates the art but is sometimes lost in the translation to miniature.

I had snapped the finecast belt from his stormcoat and had to replace it with GS

Another view dominated by the GS patch :(. 

 I cut away half of his head and ended up removing his arms.  When I picked up the model I thought I'd do less but I kept going back to the image of Eisenhorn and his staff and wanted Inquisitor Ney to have one as well.  The other debt he owes to Gregor is his simple dress and subdued paint scheme.  I imagined him as a figure who usually travelled incognito and wasn't fond of ostentious displays of his office.  I also decided to present him in a non combative posture.  His right hand is extended displaying his rosette in a prelude to hell breaking loose.

I have been working on a retinue for Ney and would like to share them as well in the future.  I'd also like to create a sector of space somewhere in the Segmentum Obscurus so I can have a wonderful sandbox for my own imagined histories.  Thanks to Commissar Molotov, Fulgrim, Neil 101 and the Spiky Rat Pack (and any of the other contributors to their projects I missed) for their inspiration although I hope they aren't reading this this because I'd feel like an awkward fan boy.

Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Form, Function and the Obligatory Workspace Post

Rare moment; It doesn't look like it got hit by a bomb.

It's been my experience that first casualty of creativity is order.  I tend toward the disorganized and when I find something that inspires a project I become single minded.  Clutter and chaos are byproducts as tools/ paint/ parts land where they may.  Chasing the idea takes precedence but Muses are fickle things and a missing component at the wrong moment can suddenly derail the whole process.  Much cursing and compulsive rummaging ensues.  When I work on a painting or modelling project the only thing I want to think about is the project at hand.

Happy Holidays and the Little Drummer Boy


I've been struggling with publishing on my blog.  There are a number of drafts that need a little fine-tuning on deck and I've recently had some good hobby activity that have given me a reasonable body of material that I could be posting.  Figuring that people will be more forgiving of poor posts while glutted on turkey, sugar plums and new toys I decided now would be the best time to break the ice and get on with it.  Hopefully you will enjoy Timor Krasnich drummer boy of the 8th Pohlesian Rifles.