Six Years!


As of last week, Eternal Hunt is actually six years old. Huzzah! πŸ™‚

Six years of blogging — that’s actually a fairly long period of time, isn’t it? It’s longer, for instance, than I have ever managed to hold down a single job (Pro career tip: Remember kids, never go for the nonprofit sector). Anyway, it does feel like an achievement, and I am really happy to have kept at it for so long!

On the one hand, there are the numbers: The blog hit the mark of one million views back in December, and I’ve had 391,000 visitors and accumulated 371 followers (cheers, people! You rock!). But that’s only half of the story, really, as beyond the numbers, this blog has really been an instrumental part of my hobby for a long time now: Looking back on the last couple of years’ worth of content on this blog, as well as the models produced alongside it, I realise there are many hobby related things I would never have achieved, had I not started this blog. And it goes without saying that your feedback has been an invaluable part of that as well, so thank you very much, dear readers!

It is true, blogging has become harder over the years: It’s no longer quite as easy for me to churn out post after post, and I am sometimes forced to take breaks in my posting schedule, for one reason or another. There’s also the fact that social media and platforms like Facebook and Instagram seem to be far more en vogue at the moment than classic blogs or forums — as I may have mentioned before, I am not really a fan of this particular development, but that doesn’t change anything about the fact that social media are having a very obvious (and rarely positive) impact on the amount of interest single blogs can generate.

Even so, I’ll keep doing my best to keep this place in business! And you can all help me by reading my ramblings, looking at the (hopefully) pretty pictures and letting me know what you think every now and then, alright? Do we have a deal? I surely hope so, because it’s also very obvious to me your feedback is a very important fuel to keep my hobby motivation going.

 

Anyway, what kind of anniversary would this be without any new content to celebrate the occasion, right? When I realised this date was coming up, I knew I needed something to immortalise the moment. Now under normal circumstances, I would have shown you some of my oldest (and ugliest) models from all the way in the back of the cupboard of shame, and we would all have a laugh at my expense, but you already know all of my early failures, so what was I to do? I did want to share something to us all a warm and fuzzy retro feeling, though — and then I realised I had just the thing:

Back in 2014, fellow hobbyist Drone21c was awesome enough to send me an ancient plastic Imperial Guardsman from the Rogue Trader era.


Now those were wild and adventurous days, back when the Imperial Guard was far different from its modern incarnation. Illustrations and models from the time show an army precariously balanced halfway between Spanish Conquistadors IN SPACE! and a classic, clean SciFi-look:


And what better way to do that old chestnut above justice than to tap into that crazy Oldhammer era, right? So that’s what I set out to do.

Anyway, a retro project like this deserved the right approach as well as the right reference material, so I chose to work from vintage publications, taking this depiction of a soldier in the 5th Arcadian regiment as my main inspiration:


For the most part, I tried to faithfully reproduce the paintjob seen in the illustration — with two small caveats: One, I didn’t have access to any old skool decals, so I had to make to do with a mix of modern symbols and – very basic – freehanding, going for a reasonable approximation of the vintage look. Two, some of the elements from the illustration actually worked less well on an actual model — such as more symbols on the helmet actually throwing off the colour balance. So I made some adjustments based on what did and didn’t work. That being said, and with no further ado, I give you (in honour of Drone21c) and to celebrate Eternal Hunt’s sixth birthday:

 

Trooper Gibbson Rikkert of the 5th Arcadian Rifles



I truly had a blast painting this guy! Trying to reproduce the elements of the drawing was a fun challenge, and I tried the best I could to make something that could have appeared in an old issue of WD from back in the day. The biggest amount of time was given over to trying to reproduce the various unit markings and symbols.

For instance, I spent quite a bit of time getting the platoon marking on the left side of his chest just so — only to realise that it would be mostly covered up by the lasgun. It’s still visible from an angled view, though:


In hindsight, given the subject of today’s post, I realise it would have made far more sense to have him belong to the Sixth Arcadian Rifles. Oh well…

Of course the model also needed a base, and I did my best to make it resemble the designs we would see in old issues of WD (with a few modern touches here and there, though). Fun fact: It was completely clear to me that a suitably retro-looking base would definitely need some bright green static grass, and I actually still have most of the bag of GW static grass I bought at the Cologne GW store while on a trip about twenty years ago — so the grass is actually genuinely retro πŸ˜‰

When it came to painting base rim, I went back and forth over which colour to go with a couple of times, only to realise that there was really only one possible answer to that particular question…

Matching the hue of the old Goblin Green took some doing, though πŸ˜‰

 

In spite of the anniversary, its not merely fun and games over here at Eternal Hunt, however, and work on my recently begun Ordo Hereticus retinue continues apace. As I’ve already stated in my previous post, next in line to be painted was the OOP Van Saar turned Inquisitorial Operative:


While the Interrogator and Redemptionist are very obviously and loudly Ordo Hereticus, I chose a slightly more subdued approach this time around: My reasoning was that even a proud and righteous Witch Hunter might have a use for a slightly more covert operative every now and then, and by its very look and feel, the model struck me as a likely candidate for all kinds of black ops and sneaking missions — I am not going to lie, I was also thinking of a grimdark version of Venom Snake/Big Boss from Metal Gear Solid V a fair bit, so there’s that, too.

So, meet Inquisitorial operative Tybalt Renner, formerly of the Saarthen Draugr:



The key visual element here is the matte grey stillsuit juxtaposed with glossy black armour plates. I did add the suggestion of woodgrain to the casing of Renner’s longlas, both to hint at the fact that it’s a keepsake weapon and to recall the medieval look that is so common for the Ordo Hereticus.

I also wanted to feature the red that is so prominent elsewhere in the warband, so I added the red lenses, the red field on his left shoulder (with the “S” as a callback to Renner’s former regiment, the Saarthen Draugr) and half an Inquisitorial symbol in red on his facemask:



At first I wasn’t sure whether I liked the outcome, but I have grown rather fond of the model: I think the slightly more lowkey appearance really works for the model. He still needs a proper base, though.

Oh, and since the Saarthen Draugr are a regiment DexterKong came up with for our shared Velsen sector, here’s one of Dexter’s actual Draugr soldiers (still in PIP form) for comparison:

Saarthen Draugr WIP by DexterKong

I like how the models look different enough to show that Renner’s position is now different from his former life as a soldier in the Draugr, yet they also share enough similar visual cues to hint at a common origin.

While I was still suitably inspired, I decided to keep chipping away at the retinue. So I am already hard at work on the next model for the warband, an itinerant Missionary based on one of the old GW metal missionaries:


The model came into my possession years ago, as part of a job lot. I made some slight tweaks — the chainsword was missing, and I replaced it with a trusty autopistol. And the book standard was great, but didn’t tell the story I wanted, so I replaced it with a slightly more angular Inquisition symbol/reliquary.

Here’s the painted model so far:


It’s a fantastic sculpt, full of character and still very much at home next to current models. Does anyone have an idea who sculpted this guy? I am tempted to say Jes Goodwin — there’s an amount of detail and care in the sculpt that just screams Goodwin to me. The backpack, with all the stowed equipment, for one, is a tiny piece of art in itself:


Most of the paintjob is already in place, and the missionary just needs some finishing touches before he can join the ranks of Inquisitor Arslan’s retinue for good — speaking of which, here’s a look at the current state of the warband:


So, as you can see, Eternal Hunt is well on its way into a busy seventh year. Let’s make it a successful one — I cannot do it without your help, tough, so please let me know what you think! And as always, thanks for looking and stay tuned for more!

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41 Responses to “Six Years!”

  1. Gratz on the 6 years!
    Hope to see at least 6 more!
    Also Grimdark Snake (the van saar models) Looks really cool! def my favorite of newelly painted!
    Are you also playing inq28?
    Or just had a wind of inspiration for some inq28 stuff?

    • Cheers, mate! πŸ˜‰

      As is usually the case with me, I am mostly in it for the converting and painting and, by extension, for the storytelling — I still have yet to play my first game of INQ28, believe it or not πŸ˜‰

  2. Congratulations (and thank you) for sharing six awesome years of hobby with us! It genuinely seems like longer (and I mean that in a good way!)

    The old school Arcadian is really cool, seems like you had fun painting him! I also really love those old missionary models, and your one came out fab! I also look forward to seeing the ex-Draugr based up alongside his companions πŸ™‚

    • Cheers, mate! πŸ™‚

      Yeah, those missionary models are great, especially this one — the guy even has an =][= shaped tonsure on the back of his head, if you can believe that! πŸ™‚

      As for the Draugr veteran, I should have glued the model to the base prior to painting and done it all in one go. Now I’ve made my life needlessly complicated. Oh well… πŸ˜‰

  3. Really well done on six years – I’m sure I’ve followed you for most of them! Your work continues to inspire and amaze me. Keep it up! The warband is looking great also, I look forward to seeing more.

  4. Happy anniversary Krautscientist!
    Your blog is a must-see in the blogging network, I can’t believe it has been 6 years I started following it.

    Keep up the good work, and let’s go for another 6 years!

    • Thank you, Maxime! I think you probably missed the uneventful early years, but it’s a markof pride to me that a modeler and painter of your caliber is following this blog! πŸ™‚

  5. Awesome stuff mate, I have a real fondness for those old guardsmen (Arcadia for the win!), and I love the warband additions – brilliant! Congrats on 6 years dude – keep on trucking! πŸ™‚

  6. sebstuart265 Says:

    Congrats man, my first 40k army was those plastic IG, great models for their time. Look forward to the years ahead πŸ™‚

    • Thanks, man! Yeah, the sculpt still holds up, for the most part. It’s just the somewhat goofy proportions that would make this guy look awkward next to the newer models.

  7. That retro Guardsman looks ace! Proper sci-fi! And I say we bring back Goblin Green bases.

    I *love* how the wood turned out on that Van Saar. METAL GEAR?!

    Congrats on the anniversary! Maybe you should make blogging your full-time job πŸ˜‰

    • Cheers, Ross!

      Don’t laugh, but I actively had to force myself to paint that base rim green again. So tacky! It arguably works really well with the model, though.

      I love how the Metal Gear inspiration on Tybalt Renner seems to be visible πŸ˜‰

      As for turning blogging into a full time job: Yeah, why not, if somebody were willing to pay for it… πŸ˜‰ I have a sneaking suspicion it would stop being fun whatsoever and just become yet another job… πŸ˜‰

  8. Inquisitor Mikhailovich Says:

    I gotta say, I’m mad that you created a model bearing tribute to your six years’ mark, and didn’t even name him after yourself! Come on, Kraut, if any time is the time to indulge like that, it’s now.

    Your Inquisitorial Retinues continue to be among my favorite things on the internet, however, so keep up the good work!

  9. Congrats on six years Kraut, but also thanks for providing us all with inspiration and eye-candy!

    The missionary’s face is really well picked out, all the age and wearily gained experience can be seen in those lines and eyes. Renner looks good also, especially the wood of his rifle and the stark mask with the inquisitorial icon picked out.

  10. Congrats for these great six years Kraut! The dedication and passion you put in the hobby really transpires from your posts, I think that is the reason why so many people just wait impatiently between one post and the other. The green base for the imperial trooper was really a blast form the past, just great!

  11. A very big CONGRATULATIONS!! Also a very big thank you for being an awesome source of inspiration over the years. Loving the old school vibe πŸ™‚

  12. A great retro blast from the past there – that really did bring back memories of my first guard army, sadly now lost to time (I sold it when I was about 16).
    The Inquisitorial retinue is going from strength to strength as well. I like Dexter’s model and can see the connections, but I see he’s moved to Instagram for the most part. 😦
    Keep up the great work!

    • Thanks a lot, Azazel! I’m really happy with the Hereticus warband so far, as you can probably tell πŸ˜‰ As for Dexter, yeah, what can I say? I tried to talk him out of it, but hey πŸ˜‰

  13. Hurrah – congratulations on entering the sixth year of the Eternal Hunt. I can only echo your thoughts on the particular appeal of long-form blogging, and I for one am glad that you’re carrying on – a new post of EH always puts a smile on my face; it’s always an enjoyable read, and accompanied by cool, immersive miniatures. What’s not to like?

    The Arcadian’s a great example; and the retro-refit is similar to something I’m working on at the mo. πŸ™‚

    • Thank you so much, Apologist! Your blog is one of my main inspirations for both INQ28 and 30k stuff, so I really appreciate your kind words! πŸ™‚

      As for your current project, yes, I have been following that with interest — unfortunately you never seem to reply to comments made on your blog πŸ˜‰

      • Aw, guilty as charged! Sorry chum πŸ™‚ Hope you’ll still get on board the Alien Wars – it’d be a great chance to see a midway point between Heresy and er… now(?) for your World Eater characters, don’t you think?

  14. 6 year! What an incredible achievement! The post was a fantastic way to celebrate it, with some of your best painted models yet. The Rogue Trader guard model is wonderful, as though he came straight off a WD page. The freehand is really nice too. But what really sells it is that “goblin” green ring around the base; god does that bring me back…

    Excellent use of that Van Saar model; the limited palette of colors really fits the covert operative theme (as well as Snake from MGS, interestingly, it is something that we are actually experimenting with with some of our new models too!).

    Great use of that Missionary model too, they are some of my favorites. They were released shortly after I got involved in the hobby, and were actually sculpted by Brian Nelson (some of his first models with GW!).

    • Thanks a lot, Eric! Always happy to hear from you!

      The Snake reference really only occured to me after the model had already been built (well, I only added two small plastic parts, but still…), but it really makes a lot of sense in hindsight without being too obvious. On a related note, there used to be a fantastic (unofficial) Snake model called “Snaker, the Last Soldier”. Unfortunately, I didn’t pick it up when it was still readily available…

      As for the missionary: Cheers for clearing that up! Brian Nelson! That would have been my second guess! Still, an all-time classi, that one.

  15. Nice one matey._ always inspirational .

  16. Thalenchar Says:

    Congrats on the milestone. Well done at keeping up the quality over the years!

    Also, while everything in this post looks great, the green base rim is just perfect and my favorite part :p

    • Cheers, Thalenchar!

      Feeling a positive reaction towards that particular shade of green has probably been hard-coded into all hobbyists above a certain age πŸ˜‰

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