Interesting times ahead. My newfound status as an ageing, single male coupled with a career change back to contracting which didn't pay me for two months appeared to have killed all creative impulses. I am definitely out of my comfort zone. Thank The Lord for video games.
|All your base are belong to us|
|My first base was eaten by Tyranids|
I belatedly discovered Subnautica, which swallowed me whole for the entire holiday period. I more or less forgot to eat, sleep and wash (it is possible to survive on banana smoothies). If I could have swapped my computer chair for a commode, I would have done so. Fortunately, the kids spent xmas with their mother.
|A Reaper has his way with my trusty Seamoth|
I spent most of my time building ridiculously impractical sea bases and playing chicken with leviathans. But that was just scratching the surface and I had to go deeper. If anyone tells you that Subnautica is an underwater survival game, they're wrong. That's like saying The Hobbit is a crime caper or a heist story. Its much more than that. Its a journey. Or maybe it was just an interesting diversion which helped me through an unsettling period in my life. Either way, I clocked over a hundred and fifty hours, so you can't argue about value for money.
|Oh dear God, he's seen me! Wait! Is that a coffee machine?|
Sadly, real life started to get in the way of my underwater adventures. This was a good thing really and the return to reality reminded me that I was going to build a Dark Mechanicum army. I wanted to buy Anacharis Scoria but he might be a bit out of my price range now. So, instead I wasted even more money by trying to cobble together a Witch Aelf, a Wraith and four Sicarian Ruststalkers. On the plus side, I didn't have to buy any new kits.
|On fire, under attack and taking on water. But its the Lava Leeches on the windscreen that really scare me.|
I was always fascinated by the Daughters of Khaine but never actually wanted to play them as the Daughters of Khaine. I built one as a Drow Rogue for a D&D game ages ago. I also tinkered with the idea of using one as a Tiefling but it never came to fruition. Finally I used one for a head swap on my Cursebreakers.
But I didn't really want to build an army. Seeing them all lined up on the box art was a bit of a put off. They reminded me of something out of a beauty pageant. The swimwear section of Miss World 1968 Barbarella edition. Whilst the paint jobs are good, it reinforced the doll-like qualities for me. An uncomfortable feeling. There is a very fine line between playing toy soldiers and actually playing with Barbie dolls it seems.
I wanted something a bit more melodramatic, so I built a 'Mecha-Drider'. Suitably dark and mechanical or so I thought. However, it looked more 'Techno-Beetle' than Mecha-Drider. I was pretty much done with it at this point and about to submerse myself in Subnautica again when I saw this superb piece of art by Victor Guerra
That's more like it! This picture really inspired me. Its so... androgynous. Except for the shapely but nipple-less breasts, the creature could almost be a male. Strangely it's the spider that is feminine for me. The way the torso fits the thorax and has the flared lines of a woman's hips. The choice of hairless, tapering spider. A Black Widow? The shape of the legs look like a sort of wire frame for an 18th Century ballroom dress. Definitely female, but very odd and intriguing.
I attempted to capture the look and feel of the beast. But the legs were too short and stubby. And there weren't enough of them. I had enough Sicarians to add an extra pair but in Victor's picture the spider appears to have ten legs. Surely that was wrong? A quick check on Google revealed that the front ones are actually 'pedipalps'. Who knew? I thought pedipalps were something they gave to old people for incontinence. Anyway, I decided not to add a fifth pair and figured that her arms would make up the numbers and perform the same function as pedipalps. Four pairs of legs looked even stubbier than three though. I needed to make them look more tapered and rummaged around in my bits box for ages, to no avail. There was nothing delicate but strong enough in there to support the body. I needed something thin, but strong. The answer was, of course, safety pins.
|Anything with more than four legs is abhorrent.|
I've still got a ways to go with this conversion but I'm slowly getting back into it. I think.
Ah sorry to hear about difficult times, however the spider construct is coming together nicely, the Torso looks like it would benefit from being raised somewhat with a suitable techno type spacer. Love the tapered pin legs, great stuff mateReplyDelete
You are, as always, correct. I will rectify this design flaw as best I can. We'll make a heretic out of you yet, Mr. Horridus.Delete
Good to hear from you! Sometimes life is hard but I find that hobbying helps (that can be videogames too!).ReplyDelete
The Drider looks adequatly creepy! Those legs sure are a menace - hopefully not during painting though! The ruststaler's hand seems a bit big - hav you tried two daggers? That might emulate the pedipals (you learn something everyday I guess!).
Thanks Xar, yeah the whole body needs work and the arm is too big. Fortunately the whole thing is held together with blu tac at the moment. I like the claw though. I don't normally like to post WIP shots, warts and all but the feedback is spot on so far.Delete
Glad to know that your still in the game or a game at least. Subnautica looks like a fun game, cant wait to see your Mecha Squid next. Also the the Mecha Drider is looking great. Also based on that final photo the torso needs to be tilted forwards slightly but goddam those pin legs look great.ReplyDelete
yeah, that was one of the bits I glued and then immediately regretted. I might have to rethink the whole thorax tbh. But I'm pleased with the legs, so thanks!Delete
A Wych Aelf, a Wraith, and four Sicarian Ruststalkers walk into a bar...ReplyDelete
Good to see you posting again! Bummer things have taken some down turns, but here's hoping for some reversal on that.
That's looking great so far. The pin legs are wonderfully creepy. I think the Chordclaw arm might look better if it were one of the ones that are bent at the elbow. Also, at the angle in the last pic, the knife kind of looks like she's using it as a microphone.
I've been thinking of picking up a box of Wych Aelves to add some variety for a Drukhari Kill Team/INQ28 project I've got in mind. No real interest in a full Army of them, but there are some fantastic Models in their range. Morathi and the newer flying ones will probably eventually find their way into my Slaanesh Daemons, and I kind of want to make Raveners from the snake-body ones and torsos from, I dunno, either Warriors or Stealers.
A Witch Aelf, a Wraith, and four Sicarian Ruststalkers walk into a bar... The Wraith says, 'I can phase through this'. The Witch Aelf says, 'I can pirouette over it'. The Sicarians just cant.Delete
Oh dear, maybe I should stick to converting and painting.
HE'S BACK!!! Huzzah!ReplyDelete
Sorry to here that life sucks in your world but, I can totally sympathize. Last year was brutal for us as well, totally different situation, but rough nonetheless. That's the beauty of hobbying, digital and otherwise-losing yourself to escape from reality if even for only a little bit.
Also, be wary of those pins when further converting and later painting that lovely mini of yours!
Cheers Cheef. Some conversions require blood sacrifice and I haven't cut myself on this one yet, so I'll try to be extra careful!Delete
Keep on keeping on, love your blogposts (obviously not the sad bits but glad you're working through things).ReplyDelete
Thanks Dave. All the best to you and yours as well.Delete