Monday, 3 December 2018

Vaul guides my hand and the creator influences another reality

Gods, 3 months... I'm terrible. I had every intention of doing weekly updates.. I still do, just between you, me and a pantheon of dead gods... but... still.. something is better than nothing. I, at least, have a plethora of pictures to share. Firstly though a little about the title. I did some commission work, a Blood Thirster, among other things, I asked for a name, what/who was he going to be? He told me he was naming him after the father of Balrogs, Gothmog. I thought this was a fairly apt name and set about bringing him to life. He didn't want the standard big red and brass machine thought. He wanted to stray as far from the norm as possible. He asked for blue white and gold! I talked to Gothmog as I breathed life into him. His blue skin took on pale hues as the highlights were applied, until, as his muscles and sinew bulged and his teeth gleamed white in stark contrast to the almost blue black of his skin, he began to breathe. His consciousness burned me in white hot fire, fanning the flames of rage and passion, Khorns deep, guttural voice screamed litanies of blood and bone as his child awoke.

I fell in love with the Deamon, I wanted more. I wanted multiple Greater Deamons from each of the ruinous powers... It dawned on me, the more I painted for others, the more my universe grew. Each and every piece I completed, sent out tendrils of my pocket plane to the far reaches of this world. Gothmog flew across continents, not even being used for WHFB but another game entirely yet his essence exists, he has a life, a story within the creators realm. It was Gothmog that first placed in the heart of the creator the seed of darkness. Gothmog that moved the creator to look deeper into the heart of his own darkness. Khaines wrath was the only darkness the creator knew, that together with a strange verminous skittering at the edges of sanity... Until the father of all Blood Thirsters, the creator had no real darkness in him. That all changed. With the completion of Gothmog the creator began to amass the forces of Chaos proper. Tamurkhan, Plague Toads, Slaanesh Lords on daemon mounts... as the darkness grew, so too did the pull of chaos. Its sickening, insidious nature sending out eldritch tentacles of gelatinous evil. Writhing and growing reality shook and split asunder in a wave of fur, teeth and hooves. The chaos energies had reached a flash point, becoming a self fueling chain reaction, getting larger and larger until the very children of chaos burst forth into existence. The bray heard of Gothor the beast lord came screaming back into reality. Space time warped as sweaty fury balls of muscle and bone swept outward from nothingness, engulfing all and eventually settling into the creators new plane of existence.

Weeks went by as the creator amassed the raw stuff of chaos. Directionless and unable to stop himself. Thankfully, eventually the calming influence of the goddess broke the spell. Pulled back from the brink, she gave the creator focus once more. She reminded the him of the Cadai, the noble Elven pantheon, she reminded him of Kournos and Isha, Hoeth and Asuryan. She reminded the him of the Cytharai, Khaine, Anath Raema, Eldrazor and Hukon. The creator had been caught up in the chaos, amassing large swaths of raw materials and undertaking no true creation. The goddess implored the him, let go of the aimless darkness, leave to her, the procurement of the raw materials and concentrate on bringing to life, those who deserved existence. A hollow shell of the creator sat with Vaul. His constant friend and companion. Tired from procurement, head swimming with a desire to achieve all at once he consulted his blind friend. Vaul gently suggested the creator go back to his roots, back to the Druchii, where it had all began. The white hot heat of purpose fired within the creators breast. Khains metallic shriek of triumph burned and stoked the fires of creation once more. The creator got to work on the Witchkings black guard. Filled with passion and desire the Creator worked the very fabric of reality, shaping, molding and painting, weaving a tapestry of Druchii existence. The creator worked on a particular tower (I cant get into Black Guard towers but I bid you look into them, basically its like a frat, or a house at Hogwarts.) This particular Tower is known for its head takers. They never win inter tower wars... never place in any of the inter tower politics... they aren't even really seen as black guard by the other elite Druchii.. Still, they are given a wide berth by them all, for no tower wants to bring onto themselves the eyes of the head takers. It isn't by any fault in guile or martial skill that the head takers fail to place, or win in the twisted games of lord Malekith, far from it. The head takers are simply distracted, too caught up in their torture and terror. The head takers have more in common with the pleasure cults of Morathi or the barbarous minions of Khorne than true Druchii. For in Druchii society each elf is born into intrigue and deadly politics, backstabbing and extortion are in the blood, in every cell of their being. To them the idea of inter Druchii conflict and politics is as normal as breathing in and out. Not the head takers however, these psychotic madmen are singular in their pursuits, caring nothing for personal glory or the twisted games of Druchii society, they care only for kidnap, rape and torture. Too caught up in their own enterprises they care nothing for the inter tower games of lord Malekith, desiring only the hedonistic pleasure of any and all who cross their path, they torture them until every shred of sanity has been stripped away... then brutally end their life on the edge of a Druchii halberd. Malekith, for his part is more than happy to let them continue uninterrupted. While yes their tower may be difficult to control, their savagery and raw brutality more than make up for it. Using them as a sledge hammer where normal Druchii finesse may not be enough, the head takers never cease to accomplish something, even if its simply causing as much terror and chaos on the battlefield as possible. The creator had purpose once again, the lives of these psycho's flowing as pigment from the end of his brush. He was happy with is achievement, his heart gladdened by the site of 20 more souls, each the center of their own story, saved from the oblivion of nothingness.   

Thursday, 25 October 2018

New Entry incoming... but first

Ok, I have a new entry to post up, but first, have you guys seen this site? They offer afterpay and OMG! Suddenly the super expensive plastic crack AINT SO EXPENSIVE!!!

Have a gander guys! Main post later today!

Thursday, 6 September 2018

Conversations with Vaul

I was just talking to a friend of mine. He said something really interesting (Brett if you're reading this it was our convo that sparked this off)  He was talking about a cracker of a model he did, really nice alternate Khorne color scheme that utilities blues, whites and golds. His style is neat and crisp and his highlights pop! I commented that (As his time zone is 14hrs behind me) it must be late there! He responded with "I was laying down but I had to finish Abraal, he was talking to me."
What he said jumped out at me. It made me stop for a second. Now I know none of us "Hear" our models talking to us but in the same vein what a peculiar choice of words! I think, what it translates into is that the hobby is such a pivotal part of our lives in the modern world. The modern us, with our work stress, bill stress, our (for me at least) difficult to navigate social relationships, our constant go go go lives.. we need a release. Hobby IS that release. Anything that gives us an escape, a way to heal from the stress is going to take up a very large and real part of our lives. Some turn to weights, sports, drugs, alcohol, church! I think that what ever it is we can all agree, it speaks to us. When I started this project (see the first entry) I was hit by a need to see my game preserved. So much so I am willing to pay with both currency and time to see it come to fruition. This is a decades long commitment that is second only to my immediate family in its importance! So while it came as a surprise to hear Brett use the terminology, after truly thinking about it, I completely understand! If he felt only half of what I do for his hobby, whether it be painting, sculpting, cutting and shutting or playing, of course he would be talking to his models, they are THAT important! I'll admit, I have begun to take it a bit further of late. Where before I would talk myself through a project or work through a color scheme in my head, now I find myself legit asking Vaul what he thinks! I know its stupid and quite frankly I don't give a fat rats crack! It helps me.. A LOT! I'm churning out models that are a good caliber at a good speed! My little brother and I are having more games than we have ever had and I'm feeling like this universe is truly coming together. I'm driven, I have a goal! and even if it never comes to fruition, I'll have an amazing display with which to decorate my home! It will be a few years but I truly enjoyed the feeling of looking at last years work (the armies project) and seeing a physical manifestation of my time and effort. I once thought i was king shit for using Orcs to wipe out every war hammer race in total war.. I even saved the file as "No one left Waaagh!!! and while I look at that pic and giggle, I don't get anywhere near the pleasure I get from looking at my completed project. I Understand how being a creator, of anything, is so rewarding! Seeing that physical manifestation of your hard work and being able to appreciate it is just wonderful! Any how! Next up for the World that is, a gorgeous LEAD forest dragon! I've always loved this model. Just like the Elves, its got so much more movement than the others, its so much more dynamic!  I also need to finish off the last member of my first unit of deep wood scouts and get them on a skirmish tray!

Sunday, 2 September 2018

13 times 13

The Vermin scurry and gnaw. Warpstone; that green glowing, mutation driving, stuff of magic, it gets in everywhere! Vaul and I had been working overtime on trying to get a sizable force of wood elves together. Under the watchful eye of Kurnos & Isha of the Cadai, (part of the pantheon of the elves) rulers of the heavens and revered Gods in the eyes of the Asrai; We were making quite good progress. First came Imrillion, leader of the Autumn host and general of the hunt. Tirsyth is his home and as such all under his command are clad in the colors of autumn. Warm browns and cold grays, straddling the line between life and death. Both Vaul and I feel it fitting that those who inhabit this pocket plane of existence, reflect the eternal twilight of the Old world. Their original creators having cast them aside and we, their saviors, pulling them back from the brink of utter annihilation. Imrillion was given an honor guard of  24 Eternal guard. The sons and daughters of the noble houses of Tirsyth. Each one an adept of the double bladed Asrai Spear. After those, 25 more, were formed, giving Imrillion 49 body guards, all willing to lay their lives down for their lord. Vaul and I were pleased. 49 lives shaped and created in little more than a week. 49 lives with stories, loves, triumphs and failures. Think on that. Each one was the center of their own story and reality. Perhaps not a story that will never be told but a story none the less. It was at this point I journeyed to meat an old friend and mentor. when I say journey i mean i traveled about 30 meters to his abode. He lives a mere stones throw from me. Without getting too far off topic, He is the winner of multiple golden daemons. Possessed of an ability and affinity with art that i could never hope to accomplish myself, I have always looked up to him and since i was a young teenager, been in awe of his work. So when I received a message one day inviting me to see him, I jumped at the chance! I wont describe any more than this, he is a very private person and I think far too much of him to say any more. Every time i see him however, I am inspired to emulate and create. He passed on to me an old unfinished work. This in turn inspired me. I took home his pieces, pieces long fallen into obscurity and almost forgotten. Using putty and greenstuff he had began to model kneeling  Woodelves. The dynamic poses and detail he was able to create out of formless lumps of medium, were just amazing! Inspired, Vaul and I set about creating  a unit of Deep Wood Scouts. The scouts had never been given a stand alone model by Citadel and as a semi elite unit, we decided they must be treated as such. My mentors partially build project became the basis for a beautiful unit of elite elves that would become the second unit of the Autmn Asrai force. 10 Elite Deepwood scouts were made manifest. Between us, Vaul and I created the vanguard for our army. Led by Killendra the Huntress, master scout and a noble of the house Torgvani,  Her hawk Sathrael accompanies her everywhere.

It is at this point I need to make clear that the bell that tolled came from out of the blue. A terrible peeling of brass on brass. The sound was deafening. 13 times 13 rings came, droning on for what seemed like an eternity. My head split apart, Vauls shocked Elven countenance blurred and faded from my sight, replaced with blackness and two glowing red eyes. The cloying, musky smell of rodent was overpowering. Warp dust hung thick in the air. Its mutating, toxic effects could be felt as surely as the cold prickling of a drop of ice water down a persons spine. The red eyes didn't speak, they did nothing other than hang there, in the blackness, the intent though, that was clear. I had craft an effigy, an idol to his greatness. If I were to be allowed to continue with the Asrai, if I were ever to be given a moments rest or spark of creativity again, I must do this thing.  My old air brush was sitting beneath my studio desk, I was drawn to it, like a drowning man to a piece of driftwood.  forsaking all else, my wife, my newborn son; who was named for the wood elves I was working on. I set to work. Vaul was nowhere to be seen, I could hear he and the other Cadai at the edges of reality. Straining and fighting to break back into the fore front of my psyche. Nothing could break through the musky haze of verminous magic. I toiled by myself, in scant hours the paint flew from my brush, I worked into the dead of the night. By the time Vaul and the others had broken through, the task had already been complete. Isha wept, her crystalline tears shattering upon the earth as they fell. Kurnos raged and set about himself in a destructive frenzy. Vaul, my constant ally, simply beheld my work and with a sad smile and rejoined me in my quest. We set aside the idol and picked up where we had left off, working on yet more Asrai.

Despite the glory of the elves, the radiant, luminous, nobility of the Asur, the cold malevolent beauty of the Druchii and the peaceful, earthy, nature of the Asrai; even with all of the creative potential that their beautiful existence provided, the Skaven had still managed to wormed their way back into reality. Insidious and cunning, the rats had exerted their will, pushing their way to the creative forefront, if only for an instant.

Thursday, 30 August 2018

The restless slumber of dead Gods and the sharper of the universe

While I haven't touched the blog in almost a year its not to say I haven't been busy. I'm full to the brim with pictures and projects. Since my last update, the lord Khaine, Vaul, Kurnos, Nurgle, The Great Horned Rat and all manner of other Gods have been tearing at my psyche, the edges of my consciousness have been rent asunder, torn to shreds. I'm getting ahead of myself though.. First thing is first, Armies on Parade, We took the win, by we I mean Vaul and myself. If it were not for the heavenly smiths input I, as the creator god, couldn't have finished the project, let alone to the level required to win. The scene was that of bloody murder. Corsairs, under the command of Lokhir Fellheart, lead shackled men of the Empire and Bretonnia up an ancient, stony path. Har-Ganeth Guard, the Executioners, formed up and flanked the procession, their banners tussled in the soft breeze. Lokhir presented himself before the Hag and her handmaidens, offering up the chosen slaves. Their sacrifice, at the hands of witches, would fuel the return of Khaine and usher in the true dawn of the ancient gods. Eldritch mist boiled forth from the feet of the Khainite Idol, it blanketed the white haired brides of Khaine. Sath'eledron, Hag and leader of the cult, bathed in the blood of previous sacrifices in her cauldron, looking down with heightened arousal at the wretched blood bags being lead to her. Ancient blood temples bubbled and churned, as the sacrifices were goaded ever closer to the idol. The rich red contents lapped at the edges of the arcane stonework as if having a mind of its own.

I used Dry Ice and hot water to great effect with this build. making a pool at the feet of the idol of Khaine, I was able to drop the dry ice, into the water to create the mist effect, coupled with the red LED's I had wired up into the cliff face its self, the effect was, in a word, fantastic!

All of the hard work paid off even before the blood of the last victim had dried, A shrill, metallic scream pierced reality. In a parody of Slaaneshes birth Khaine was once again a force in the old world. Gone was the new age, the so called "Age of Sigmar", the hands of the Creator god had, swept it away, in that one win, the square bases, the rank and file, secured the future of the old world against the depredations and would be ravishes of the round base! The people had voted and in doing so cemented, for eternity, the dominance of the square over the round.