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500,000 views — and a huge “Thank you!”

Posted in Pointless ramblings with tags , , , on October 10, 2015 by krautscientist

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Hey everyone,

Eternal Hunt has actually hit the 500,000 views mark earlier this week, and not only is this a pretty awesome achievement, but it’s also the perfect occasion to say a big thank you to all the people who have been so relentlessly supportive of this hobby endeavour of mine over the last couple of years: Back in 2012 when I started this blog, this was mainly a way of forcing myself to actually get something done and show it to those who might be interested — and as it turns out, quite a few of you seem to be. Awesome!

But there’s more: I’ve received an amount of feedback and support that I could never have expected back then. So here’s to all of my hobby buddies: To Biohazard who was the first to provide me with some bitz I needed and who continues to be an unfailing help as well as a brother-in-arms (World Eaters 4 Life, yo! 😉 ). To PDH and Commissar Molotov and Brother Ludovic and Sagal, among others, for providing brilliant bitz drops that let me do stuff like this, for instance:

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To Ron Saikowski, one of my hobby heroes, for letting me have his wonderful Astropath conversion, and to Drone21C for sending me lots of cool stuff, among it his wonderful Arch Deaconne model and some excellent custom heads (a favour I have yet to repay):

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To Miniature Tim, who went through the trouble of sending a huge box of stuff to Germany when I won his giveaway a while back. I mean, just look at this load of stuff:

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To Augustus b’Raass for not only sending me bitz but also offering to provide half a pot of the OOP GW Blood Red, which actually allowed me to get my model for Lord Captain Lorimar painted:

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And, speaking of Lorimar, thanks to Greyall and Bloodygoodtime for their excellent, respectiv illustrations showing two very different but fantastic interpretations of the Master of the Hunt:

Lord Captain Lorimar by Greyall

Lord Captain Lorimar by Greyall

 

illustration by Bloodygoodtime

illustration by Bloodygoodtime

 

And, of course, to Jeff Vader. Not only for being a constant inspiration when it comes to the painting and modeling side of the hobby, but for being so awesome as to send me a copy of his utterly fantastic book Nordiska Väsen (which, by the way, is totally awesome and a compulsory purchase):

Nordiska Väsen next to its predeccessor in spirit, the seminal "Faeries"

Nordiska Väsen next to its predeccessor in spirit, the seminal “Faeries”

 

I am also very grateful to DexterKong with whom I have been ceaselessly exchanging hobby ideas for quite a while now, and who keeps challenging me to become better and better at converting and painting — an invaluable service, because it’s far too easy to grow complacent.

The list really goes on and on: Thanks to all the people on the forums who have helped me grow as a hobbyist. And, of course, to all the followers and readers of this blog. For the comments, the views, the Likes and the support. And many thanks, last but definitely not least, to those of you whom I may have forgotten in this list. I am sometimes an ungrateful bastard, sorry for that 😉

Running this blog for the last couple of years has been an extremely rewarding experience, and my hobby activities, not unlike this blog, have grown in a way that I couldn’t have foreseen. And it’s all thanks to you guys! So, again, thank you, from the bottom of my heart! You guys rock!

Before I embarrass myself any further, suffice to say that there will be a fresh update with a detailed look at a big (and now finished) model coming next week. Until then, have a great weekend, people! And, as always, thanks for looking and stay tuned for more!

300,000 views — and so much to do!

Posted in Chaos, Pointless ramblings, Uncategorized, World Eaters with tags , , , , , , on November 6, 2014 by krautscientist

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Hey everyone, even though I am crazy busy this week, I just wanted to let you know that last week, my dear blog, Eternal Hunt, finally reached 300,000 views last week. While that number may still not qualify as all that impressive, I am still rather proud of this achievement — who would have expected that amount of traffic back when I started this blog with a measly post back in 2012? Certainly not me!

I mean, seriously, 300,000 views: Even after subtracting all the times I’ve hit F5 myself, that’s still quite a lot. And it’s not only the number that I am proud of, but also the amount of great hobby moments that are inextricably linked with this blog!

So to all those who keep reading this stuff, who comment, who follow this blog, who keep sending me bitz and suffer my atrociously punny post titles: Thank you so much! You rock!

And I’m not even the only one who’s happy: Here’s what the members of Khorne’s Eternal Hunt did to celebrate when I told them the news:

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Happy hunting, guys! You’ve earned it! Looks like a orbital bombardment may be in order…

So, like I said, I am really busy at the moment, and I regret not having time for a beefier update — but don’t fret, more substantial content is on the way: I am currently preparing a thorough writeup about the ins and outs of the End Times Nurgle release that will go up next week, at the latest. And it goes without saying that I have been tirelessly cutting up little plastic men, so expect some news on that front as well.

Until then, though, thank you so much for frequenting my little corner of the interwebz! And, as always, thanks for looking and stay tuned for more!

100,000 views, and still the hunt continues…

Posted in 40k, Chaos, Conversions, Pointless ramblings, World Eaters with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 19, 2013 by krautscientist

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Today marks a pretty special occasion for me, because my blog has managed to garner its first 100,000 views. Which is rather amazing, seeing how I basically kicked off this small endeavour about one and a half years ago to show you my own, meagre hobby efforts. Back then, I was of course hoping that I would be able to attract some attention to my hobby projects, but never could I have foreseen so many visitors, readers and comments. So thanks a lot to all the people who have shown an interest so far! Getting some kind of feedback is a great motivational factor, even if it’s only seeing that people click on the site, download the odd image or what have you. It’s been a great experience so far, and I promise I’ll try to keep the content coming. Who knows, some of it may even be interesting 😉

So, what better way to celebrate the occasion than to show you some new pictures of where my World Eaters army currently stands? After all, this army was one of my main reasons for starting this blog!

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Even though I may have been rather lazy since showing you the last family portrait some time ago, the army still fills me with pride. Take a look:

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I only really painted some 15 new models since the last set of photos was taken, but at least some of them were pretty huge. The army also ends up looking rather imposing lined up like that, if I do say so myself!

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The biggest addition to the army since we last saw it was of course the Hellrazor, my converted Heldrake:

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But I also managed to paint some more lords (a lasting addiction of mine) and fellows in terminator armour. These three gentlemen can already make up a small Termicide unit, if push comes to shove:

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And there’s an equally large collection of Chaos Lords in power armour, of course. Among them my converted Dark Apostle (shown on the left):

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Then there’s a small collection of champions and models I painted just for fun (among them the starts of a dedicated gladiator squad). While several of those concepts may be spun off into an own squad, all of these “stragglers” together can almost make up another berzerker squad:

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And finally, there’s the beginnings of Joras Turnpelt’s small detachment of traitorous Space Wolves, to be used as regular CSM, if the battle plan so requires:

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But let’s not just look at already finished stuff! Blogging is all about new content after all, and seeing these guys neatly lined up like that actually gave me a pretty huge appetite for adding more stuff to my World Eaters — but where to start?

 

I recently discovered Chris’ fantastic kitbashed Decimator over at A Host of Word Bearers and was simply blown away by the model! Using a Dreadknight as the base model for his conversion, Chris managed to truly transform it into an excellent daemon engine for the dark gods. And it took all my strengths to resist picking up a Dreadknight right away to emulate his conversion.

Unfortunately, my resolve lasted all of 24 hours, then I hurried to the FLGS and made my move. And I spent the last weekend in a bit of a building spree, trying to convert my own, corrupted Dreadknight/Decimator.

At the beginning, I stuck closely to Chris’ recipe, only replacing a small bit here and there. After a relatively short while, this was what I ended up with:

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As you can see, the basic construction is very similar. I was lucky enough to discover that the armour plates from the Maulerfiend’s forearms were a perfect fit for the Dreadknight legs. And as Chris’ conversion amply demonstrated, the  arms from the Forgefiend and Heldrake kits, respectively, make for great improvised Decimator weapons. Luckily enough, I still had both lying around, so the body was finished rather quickly.

Here’s where the problems started, though, since I lacked virtually all the parts used by Chris to make up the head and shoulders of his model. And I didn’t consider the chances of getting my hands on a warsphinx skull head to be all that great. So I realised I would have to improvise and started kitbashing:

My first idea was to use the skull from one of the 40k dice holders. I thought it would look reasonably close to that warsphinx head:

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But once I had tried it, I really wasn’t too happy with the result: It just didn’t look as cool as I had hoped.

My next approach was to default back to every Khorne player’s bread and butter choice: A juggernaut head.

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But while this would have worked rather nicely, it presented a whole new problem: I had already used a juggernaut head when building Marax the Fallen, and I didn’t really want to replicate a motif I had already used once…

And then I had an idea: I suddenly remembered that head I had originally wanted to use for my second Dreadnought:

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Back then, I ultimately had to discard the head because it was simply too big for a dreadnought body. But for obvious reasons, that wouldn’t be a problem this time around! So I made a mockup:

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And in a strange way, it worked. I really like the blunt, brutal look of the head! With its cyclopean eyeslit, it really looks like an inhuman killing machine. And while I am normally not a big fan of using old toy parts on 40k models, I felt I could make an exeception here. After all, isn’t this a nice callback to a youth misspent on a different kind of plastic crack? 😉

Anyway, I continued working from there, building up the shoulders with a couple of bitz and bobs. I also started experimenting with a slightly more exciting pose.

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I then posted the WIP shots on a couple of forums to confirm whether I was on to something here, and the reactions were largely positive, so I persevered. One criticism, however, turned out to be valid: Some guys over at GW-Fanworld pointed out that the toy head seemed to be far less detailed than the surrounding area. So I used a couple of additional bitz to address this problem:

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It might not be perfect, but I am confident I can make it work during the painting stage. In an unexpected twist, I also decided against using the usual Khornate “bunny ears”, because I really liked the head’s blunt silhouette and didn’t want to clutter it with too many different elements.

I kept adding some additional bitz here and there, and a short while later, the model’s construction was basically finished. Take a look:

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A few additional chains, skull trophies and chaos icons notwithstanding, I believe the model is close to finished. I have also resisted the urge to glue everything together right off the bat, so the model is currently kept in several larger sub-assemblies (and held together with several gobs of modelling putty and a huge amount of faith). It will probably be far easier to paint that way!

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All in all, I am really pleased with this big boy at the moment! Though the original inspiration is still clearly visible, the different head and shoulders keep the model from becoming a mere retread of somebody else’s conversion. And I am also really looking forward to seeing this guy painted. I suspect/hope that painting the model will be slightly similar to painting a bigger dreadnought. I hope I am right in this, because painting my two dreads has been an absolute blast!

As soon as I get my hands on a fresh can of Chaos Black, expect this guy to hit the painting table! Until then, if you have any C&C on him, I’d love to hear it!

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So yeah, as you can see, Khorne’s Eternal Hunt is still going strong! A huge thank you must go to Chris for providing the totally awesome inspiration for this conversion! And, of course, thanks to your for looking and stay tuned for more!

Here’s to the next 100,000!

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