2017-04-14

Time to celebrate the Egg-days!

Happy Egg-days! Below you can see my grand-grand-grandfather posing for a picture before going for the Great Egg-hunt that lasted for nearly 8 days. Only five of the young men would return alive, one had lost a leg during the ordeal. My great-great-great grandfather. And in honour of that tradition we always skin our newly born babies' left legs, because that seems rational.


Lies obviously, but maybe you believed me? Just like some people thought I was going to build a Duck-Face Dwarf Automaton? I will tell you now my friend, over a cup of chai, that I have no inclination to do so. It was, as we say here in Thule, a ioke. We also say iam instead of jam, in general that is, I am generalizing.

Generalizing


Easter obviously has it's roots in many parts in Europe in the form of some pagan thing (Eöstra, some form of Godess I think). In good old Sveeed-eeen where ...

... this is happening (we are at number four currently, but just in it's infant stage, hence this wonderful mixture of weak men and hard times). But as I was saying, in Sweden we have the eggs and hares and later the bonfires (Valpurgis as well you know) and the witches go to some traditional pace for a big party etc, so everything is very Eastery. Abrupt end, my train leaves in 30, press the panic button, oooh-myyy-goood!

So that's it for this weekend. Don't forget to comment, subscribe and eat eggs!

2017-04-13

Dwarf Automaton!

This silly piece of a model...

... is but in it's infant-stage, but perhaps it will be realized. 


It'll be a beast though, that's for sure... not sure if I'd want it on the tabletop... (see above).

 Don't worry about the duck-face.
 
These two guards show the scale of this massive piece of resin. Expect it to be sculpted to llama-perfection just before the end of 2017. I am currently doing a BUNCH of things - just check the latest posts, it is Carts of Everliving Flames, giants of Midgard, models of this and that and etc...




Not to mention this piece of equipment.... A pressure chamber. Apparently, it can take up to 14 "atmospheres" or something. Not sure what that means, but I push 3 kg of pressure in it and finally my formerly useless moulds are now finally functional. This means that I might have a shot at reproducing my quite invested project known as the Dwarf War Chariot.


Moulds on the work-bench... Some of them was put in the pressure chamber.


Llama away!

2017-04-07

Truck of peace in Stockholm!

So, inspired by this Friday's events in Stockholm (and Nice, and St Petersburg and London and Madrid and etc) I am working on a new and "betterer" Cart of Everliving Flame!*

Our prime minister held a short speech an hour or so ago, I managed to get a picture of him, see above. He was one serious man - completely surprised by this turn of events!


So, the revamped Cart of Everliving Flame. Fluff text will follow later this weekend. 
     I can't obviously use the tree designs on the banners and elsewhere, due to copyrights mainly, so the considerations I have are the following (in case a carroccio-mould is made):

- Shall I design something that look similar and put on the banners (roughly eight of them, depending on how the final design will look).

- ... ooor, shall I leave all banners blank?

- Maybe make something up of my own that goes well with the theme of this being an inspirational wagon brought only into the most important battles? Carrying with it some form of bones and relics and some kind of important flames that have been taken from another holy fire that burns someplace in this big and important empire?

So, that's the questions. Answer and like and subscribe in the comments below!

Not sure if I will integrate these couplings directly underneath the wagon/coffin-look-alike or leave it as a separate piece for casting...

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Friday is here, and I and my friend alpacka is out and about, looking for that perfect pool. Edit: The gif wouldn't load, it is the one with two cute alpackas falling into a pool, one at a time, patiently waiting for the other to get rescued by their human.

*) I witnessed a bunch of happy immigrants/2nd-gens, cheering when they heard the news, which was slightly infuriating (they were however quite young, roughly 14-15). Heard other people had seen this in their respective neighbourhoods, people driving around the banlieues honking and cheering. Well if they're happy, then I am happy!

2017-04-03

Rohan army


Got the gang together for a quick army picture. Neither the bases nor the painting in general is much to write home about, but as always, they models work okay as an army.





Just some random stuff I had no time to Crowbar into this mess of a blogpost, just like back in 2009!

2017-04-02

Pukel Man no 2

Just toying around with an old armature that I had laying around.


This is roughly the pose that I had first envisioned the Pukelmen would be in, from reading the modules published for MERP here in good old Thule (fun fact, and also the reason why I chose this guy with the Soviet-symbols: The "Ultima" in Ultima Thule was first used by the ultra-leftist cosmopolitan Karl ((Marx).


Instead of the above, we got this slightly awkward position. I have been trying a few variants of his arms, but I will go with the blunt ones. This guy is significantly smaller than the first I did sometime in 2011 or 2012.



Speaking of 2012: Do you remember my criminal neighbour who they tried to [redacted for anonymity reasons] shot in the forehead and one through the eye... Yuck...

2017-03-26

Mordor Army picture update

Just thought I should update these Mordor army pictures. 



Not shown here are the Great Beast of Gorgoroths - no, I mean Great Beasts of the Plains - that I am working on.

2017-03-25

Age of Sigmar War Turtle-base!

Base 120 mm oval. Face: Not in focus. Beverage of choice when doing the base and taking the shaky pics? Coffee! Obviously!

Yes, yes, the tail is broken off, and yes, yes it's obviously not for Age of Sigmar, it's just something I said to look cool and get more internet friends. But you could easily use it as a Magmadroth, just put something kewl on top of it and paint it red. Voila!

Renendra barells really stand out like a sore thumb if you're lazy like me and avoid puttying them up.

Just reused the parts from the now "defunct" old fastitocalon (it got a one way trip into the wall in one my well-adjusted, Swedish, well-tempered tantrums).

The boat is a test cast that I have filed down to look more like driftwood and like it's been sinking down in the sand for some time. Lots of painting left though. That's what weekends are for, nay?

2017-03-23

Humans -> Archetypes -> Kitsch

There's a lot to say about this picture but I shan't. This is just a way for me to make way for the next post, whenever I will be able to get it out of me: When is a human culture reduced into rubbish, kitsch? When will GW use these as a template for extrapolation into some sort of Golden Feathers of the Primarch Stannis Barathian?

When will my dying culture be reduced into the equivalent of the Indians', and how can the so called Swedes above be used as an archetype in 40k? Seeing as they are the exact same thing in our time - politically, nota bene - as the Indian Chieftains* above were at the time the picture was taken? (The picture is colorized, found it on lmgur, not sure on the source from there on however)

Who knows and who cares, my point is: How is it that 40k, arguably one of the most popular tabletop wargames in the Western world** can rely so heavily on all these old, old grind-down archetypes - Eqyptians in space!? Do we like this? Things I knooow! Or is it just a way to appreciate culture and human stuff-thingies in a positive way? Is it even possible to get any customers in the mini-wargaming-world if one would just do something extremely alien and new?
    Granted, I know that people like to "indentify" with things and I am also aware of the saying about innovations: Take an old thing, mix it with another old thing and voila: New thing! But still, would it be extremely off-putting to try out something very new?
   Obviously, not I nor you could probably pull it off, but a big company perhaps? Or is it just a bad business-decision? Or is it that hard? To think of something truly different? Enlighten me on something truly new in the wargaming world (fantasy themed - not space things, please) that I have missed.

The above talk was not my original idea, I was just going to make way for another post for the weekend, so we will have to come back to the Indians later. 


*) The difference between the two groups is extreme. Look at the Swedish "men", ingratiating smiles, weak postures, weak faces, defensively putting their hands over their crotches, more hen than in a KFC...
**) There might be something in China which could potentially be bigger to my dis-knowledge, hence this caveat.

2017-03-16

War Turtle, painting of...

It could probably be painted in a lot of other cool colour schemes but I settled with a light green and some darks, and subtle reds in the gill-like things on it's tail and neck. Spot colour: Yellow (eyes). And slight yellow-ish claws.

This example was the first cast, and should really have gone into the bin, but it was nice enough for me to keep for myself, hence this paint-up, which I really enjoyed - the big shell was really nice to toy around with (I tried two other colour schemes just for relaxation). Since this was a test example, I removed zero mould lines (try to find them, you can't!) and did not bother to green stuff the end of the tail which is obviously missing due to air being trapped. The next cast I did lacked this problem, which was bretty kood.

This is a water-living giant turtle and it has some flora and fauna on it's shell. But not too much.
 
I have done zero with the base... plans include broken boats just to really tie it in with coastal affairs.

The shell in more detail. Contact me in the comments below and I will sell you one - the moulds turned out relly nice.
 

2017-03-14

Great War Turtle!



Fastitocalon, rather. Upon perusing IP- and copyright-databases from the UK and the USA it seems that the word fastitocalon is only copyrighted if you would write a novel or something. But I could be wrong, hence the catchy and neutral new name: Great War Turtle. If anyone has a better name, please provide it in a comment below and you might get something wicked awesome in the mail.
     This is the first cast which I used to evaluate the moulds, and obviously some details are missing. Do not worry, it shall be fixed in the next cast.










Monotonous, yes, I know, so have some Asian bum-photograhpies.



You can see that the joints aren't really that tight...


... heeey-hooo - that's what she said! But seriously though dude, if you make sure that any sprue-parts are gone with the wind (don't do that, use wet tools or face-mask when dealing with stone-lung-inducing resin) then I think you will be okay. It still is a lot easier to assemble than, for example, the GW Mordor Troll in white metal.


Finally got to fix a new and better Cart of Everliving Flame - the iconic center-piece for Gondor. A vehicle that inspire the Minas Tirith troops and remind them of their inevitable and cherised death in battle. With everliving fires (pyres, really) and grand banners it rolls into battle.


Only question that remains design-wise: Shall it be flanked by soldiers/guards?

2017-03-09

Army of Sigmar on a budget.

Obviously I am not playing AoS. Call it click-bait, call it a lie, it doesn't matter, because this model is technically Warhammer and hence Army of Sigmar-related. I might use it for my "extended" Lord of the Rings-game/-hobby-world that I am mildly immersed in.



The real model is shown to the left here. In case you missed the last blogpost (and I am quite sure you did - last time I checked there had been a whopping 10 unique IP:s "enjoying" that post, not the most interesting post it seems - personally I was very pleased with it, how I got the "special snowflake" crowbared into the whole post, but pearls for swines and Swedes).

I lost my "blueprint" for how the WHFB-flair-wings (snow-themed) were supposed to be attached to my home-made base wings and presto:

Tamiya fast-curing putty made it all well and fine. I am actually looking forward to paint this beast. Not the other one though, the fiery one... too diphikult...

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