Monday, 4 January 2021

I Am The Law!

 

This is my interpretation of Joe Dredd, without his helmet.  And a chainsword instead of a stun baton.  Silly really, because Dredd never takes his helmet off.  Plus this is a sergeant, who should be setting an example to his men on battlefield protection and the use of headgear.


It wasn't until I went to basecoat the models that I noticed I'd modelled the sergeant's body on the wrong legs.  So now one of the troopers had 2 helmets, one clipped to his belt and one on his bonce.  What a schoolboy error.


Normally, I would berate myself harshly and immediately begin dismantling the offending models.  Usually with a craft knife.  Then spend another 10 hours undoing the damage whilst I tried to reassemble them correctly.  Slipping into an OCD loop of self loathing and failing to notice that I could have just swapped the heads back.  They weren't even glued when I discovered this obvious blunder.  I could have just put the damn Sergeant's head on the damn Sergeant's bike and have done with it.


It wouldn't be difficult to prise the heads off now and swap them.  I'm not going to do it though.  The enraged, almost psychotic look on his face coupled with the mohican absolutely  belongs on the bike plunging into the Ripper swarm in my humble opinion.  His subordinate has obviously been designated 'Helmet Carrier'.  That poor, long suffering marine just follows his Sergeant around into battle desperately waving the forgotten helmet.
'Don't forget your...  oh ffs!' 


The Genestealer model turned out alright and I spent an enjoyable couple of hours creating blood effects with cat hair and Blood for the Blood God.  I was a bit more ambitious with it this time compared to Sawberus.  Obviously, there's less blood, but there's more cat hair, which is the tricky part.


The sergeant is still my favourite though and seemed deliberately built to slot into that Forgeworld Ripper base.  It's almost like a Meat Loaf album cover.  He was also much easier to assemble and paint and I'm pretty pleased with his eyes.


I struggled with the eyes again at first.  I thought my fine motor skills were beginning to deteriorate.  A chilling thought.  Then I realised that I was just going even more blind than usual.  So it's my eyes that are deteriorating.  Fortunately we live in the modern age and a 10 dollar pair of super-strength reading glasses came to the rescue.  When worn over the top of my other reading glasses I can count the individual whorls of my fingerprints.  It was something of a revelation and I think I need to go to the opticians.


So my 2021 New Year's resolutions are:


1.  Visit the optometrist


2.  Try to be less miserable


3.  Eat more medjool dates






14 comments:

  1. Gorgeous colours and great looking Outriders!

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    1. The Genestealer colour was a bit experimental and I don't love it but yeah, the Red Scorps almost paint themselves. Cheers Siph.

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  2. Do you have a brain? Yes? - Then you wear a helmet!

    Anyways, the sergeant looks just the right amount insane to be plunging into a swarm of rippers. I sure he'll squish at least three of the beasties!

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    1. Thanks Xar, I fear I am letting standards slip. His true Geneseed heritage might be showing here.

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  3. "Xaviar! My helmet, if you please!" I mean, of COURSE he has a helmet bearer...just look at him! And that bearer better be quick about it too, I'll warrant.

    Great work on these. The custom work with the 'nids is just amazing. I can't stop ogling and giggling over the Genestealer running up over the front of the bike and getting it's arm slashed off. The motion in that model is just perfect.

    well done!

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    1. Thanks DAM, I've always loved Genestealers and their potential for mayhem. I still think Space Hulk 3rd Edition is the best boxed set GW ever did. Although Blackstone Fortress gives it a run for its money. Grumble, grumble... Necromunda... Adeptus Titanicus... unhealthy price point.

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  4. I can confirm it is a real pain to cut that helmet off the hip, I couldn't stand sgts without helmets on so I did it the hard way to get the helmet on his head. They are looking great, and while the ripper sgt is well done I do have to say that dynamics of the genestealer fight and the way you did the blood/wound is fabulous and my favorite in the squad.

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    1. Yeah you're right. I definitely put far more effort into the Genestealer kiss than the other two combined. But the sergeant was more fun and less frustrating to put together. Cheers Rory.

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  5. If you really wanted that Judge Dread look you would have 3D printed some road tires :-)

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    1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TwzcXuIw1ws&ab_channel=CargoRecordsGermany

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  6. Amazing work as always. The blood spurt on the chainsword is fantastic, really sets off the model.

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    1. Blood for the..! oh no wait, The Emperor Protects! Cheers Mike.

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  7. "But, you'll never get through that swarm of rippers, serg.!".

    [scowls] "Hold my helmet..."

    Brilliant work, bravo :-)

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    1. Yeah, I think I'm going to call him Sgt. Foolhardy. Thanks :)

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