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The State of the Hunt — Week 45

Posted in 40k, Chaos, Conversions, paintjob, Pointless ramblings, state of the hunt, WIP, World Eaters with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 8, 2016 by krautscientist

So, like I said, I was at a conference last week, visiting the PLAY 16 festival at Hamburg and spending a couple of days in the city. I think I have mentioned previously that, in addition to being addicted to cutting up little plastic men, I am also a huge videogame nerd, and the subject also happens to factor into my professional background of working in the field of media literacy. So allow me to begin this week’s post with some comparatively off-topic rambling:

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PLAY is a festival dedicated to the artistic, creative and educational purposes and potentials of videogames, and this year’s subject was “Let’s get physical!”, so the various events, workshops and presentations dealt with the representation of bodies in games, ranging from the design of characters, archetypes and player avatars to the interactions between the game world and the player’s actual body, be it in the form of motion contol or even virtual and augmented reality. The festival was fascinating and fun, and certainly not short on highlights: For instance, I had the opportunity to try out Triangular Pixels’ VR game “Unseen Diplomacy”, which was a truly stunning experience — I hadn’t expected VR to be so, well, immersive at this comparatively early point!

Another highlight was the fact that the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg (MKG) is currently running a huge exhibition on the history of videogames, with many, many playable classics from 30+ years of gaming culture (I was appalled at how badly I was doing when playing OutRun on an actual vintage arcade cabinet). In addition to the actual games, the exhibition also features lots of concept artwork from modern classics like Shadow of the Colossus or Ico:

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I was particularly delighted when I discovered a whole wall of brilliant concept art from DoubleFine’s Psychonauts, a personal favourite of mine:

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So if you live anywhere near Hamburg or should find yourself visiting the city in the near future (or until the end of April 2017), and if you’re even the slightest bit interested in videogame culture, you should definitely check out the Game Masters exhibition! It’s very educational, but also great fun! Plus the museum also has many more exhibitions for you to discover, of course. I was sadly unable to check out the exhibits on Art Nouveau due to time constraints, for instance, so I might have to plan another visit soon…

Let me wind up this part of the post by showing you the room that housed the last workshop I participated in before travelling back home. This room is also located at the MKG and was once the cafeteria of German news magazine Der Spiegel:

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It also provided the perfect photo opportunity for getting material that should make for suitably psychedelic desktop backgrounds:

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Anyway, before we veer completely off course, rest assured that I did of course do something hobby related as well while I was in Hamburg: It goes without saying that I took the opportunity to drop by one of the local GW stores. Now what really impressed me was the level of painting on display at the store, courtesy of the staff and some regulars, so I snapped inspirational pictures left and right:

 

DISCLAIMER: This should be fairly obvious, really, but none of the following stuff is mine, and I don’t claim any kind of credit for it! If you should recognise one of your models and would like to be mentioned, just give me a holler and I’d be glad to edit your name into the post!

Anyway, my first port of call was this very awesome Khornate Daemon army painted by one of the store’s regulars:

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Possibly my favourite conversion was the Bloodslaughterer-based Soulgrinder:

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And while it wasn’t part of the same army, I also really love this slightly converted Maulerfiend:

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My favourite parts are the Bloodletters leading it to battle by a chain and that delicious brass recipe!

The biggest surprise was to discover something that I first considered to be a cool recreation of an iconic – and rather well-known – piece from the internet, but which almost certainly turned out to be the genuine article upon closer inspection:

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And because you can never have enough Inquisitor-scaled Astartes, there was also this beautiful 54mm Librarian (cheers to Inquisitor Mikhailovich for correcting that oversight!), based on the same vintage Captain Artemis:

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So yeah, brilliant stuff all around!

Of course I couldn’t leave the store without making a sizeable purchase. So yeah, this happened:

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The good folks at the store were nice enough to reserve their last copy of The Burning of Prospero for me, so there goes my next hobby year, I suppose 😉

Seriously, though, I am pretty sure I’ll be talking about the contents of the box in more detail sooner rather than later. For now, suffice it to say that I am actually awestruck by the quality of the casts: GW’s plastic models have been rather spectacular for quite a while now, but it really seems as though each boxed set sets a new benchmark for crispness of detail. Very nice! You can also find my thoughts on the models contained in the boxed set here, should you have missed them.

 

Speaking of which, I actually kitbashed one particular model as a kind of preparation for the release of The Burning of Prospero, incidentally:

As you may already have noticed, I really enjoy building 30k versions of my 40k World Eaters characters. Now back when it didn’t look like I would ever create any 30k models of my own, fellow German hobbyist AgnostosTheos created a 30k (pre-interment) version of one of my characters, Khoron the Undying:

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In the 41st millennium, Khoron has been a Dreadnought for several millennia, yet he has also been an invaluable adviser to Lord Captain Lorimar since before the Heresy, as he was already a veteran of the 4th company even before Lorimar won his captaincy in the fighting pits.

Khoron actually already has quite a bit of backstory – at least somewhere in the back of my head – so I do have a pretty specific idea of what I want his model to look like. With that said. there’s a lot I still love about AgnostosTheos’ version (especially the lined face he chose, making Khoron look like a grizzled veteran), but it’s obvious the model doesn’t fit my World Eaters colour scheme, so instead of painting over AT’s paintjob, I thought this would be a good occasion to build an updated 30k version of Khoron. Now I see him as a hard-as-nails veteran of the legion, so I chose an archaic suit of armour for him — plus I had already heard rumours of the new boxed set at that time, so it seemed like a cool idea to give Mk. III a try:

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The model was created by combining World Eaters’ and Iron Hands’ parts (I loved the chainmail loincloth on the IH legs, so I just had to use them). The weapons have also swapped hands when compared with AT’s version, in order for the model to mimic Khoron’s eventual Dreadnought ironform. The model has only been tacked together for now, and I think Khoron will be needing some additional gear here and there, but by and large, I am already pretty happy with the new version. So here’s Khoron next to the previous version of the character:

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So yeah, that’s it for this week. It goes without saying that I would love to hear any thoughts you might have! And, as always, thanks for looking and stay tuned for more!

Tool time

Posted in 40k, Chaos, Conversions, paintjob, World Eaters with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 11, 2012 by krautscientist

There are some days on the grimdark battlefields of the 41st millennium when just shooting at your opponent’s not enough. That goes double if you are a deathless slaughterer in the service of the Blood God. And sometimes, even your trusty chainaxe, power fist or lightning claws are not enough. Sometimes, all those tools of destruction just won’t cut it. But a buzzsaw will.

Alright, enough with the sales pitch. However, that was more or less my train of thought when I found myself in the possession of a nice and brutal looking buzzsaw from an Ork Dread. What better use for this nice little tool than to transform it into a weapon for one of Khorne’s Chosen? And who better to wield a gigantic circular saw than the venerable Brother Khoron the Undying?

I knew from GuitaRasmus’ thread that buzzsaws on Chaos Dreads were a great idea, so I set off to fashion a nice CC arm out of the saw and a couple of bits. The obvious way would have been to use a regular CC arm. However, I was pretty enamoured with the idea of building the saw as an optional weapon, using the Venerable Dread kit’s cleverly designed system for exchanging weapons.

So I used the basic socket at the end of an unused Assault cannon, added a leftover bit from the Furioso kit to slightly lengthen the arm and the buzzsaw bit. Here’s the finished arm fitted onto the Dread:



Granted, the arm looks a bit less flexible than a true CC arm, but the weapon can now be easily exchanged with minium hassle. A small price to pay for maximum versatility. The saw also looks a little orky, but not so much that it wouldn’t be believable as a Chaos weapon.

I quickly painted the new weapon in my tried and true World Eaters recipe. A short while after, Khoron had a new toy, the better to spill blood for the Blood God:



Although I am usually a little hesitant about adding blood to weapons (since there’s a marked tendency for the whole thing to end up looking like it’s covered in strawberry sauce), there was simply no way I could have the saw looking like it was brand new. So I took a piece of blister sponge and the ever useful Tamiya Clear Red and got to work:



Although it might need a few small touchups here and there, the fluid covering the saw certainly doesn’t look like it came from something growing on a bush 😉

And with that, yet another weapons option was finished. This one allows me to run Khoron with two CC weapons whenever Marax the Fallen has his day off (or I want to run two CC Dreads in the same game). I also realised that I now had  a silly amount of different weapon options for use on my Dread. Take a look:


From left to right, you can see the basic arm construction with the insets for the Plasma Cannon, Lascannon and CC arm respectively. There are even more options when I add the Autocannon and Heavy Bolter Arms I built:


And of course there’s always the surplus Heavy Bolter given to me by Doombreed. Lots and lots of lovely tools of destruction. Gotta love it, right?

Anyway, who knows what crazy kind of power tool will be the next to be added to Khoron the Undying’s tool shed? In any case, I’ll keep you updated!

Right, before I wrap up this post, just a little note from the editor’s desk: I have added a page called “Khorne’s Eternal Hunt” to the navigation on the right. There you can take a look at the background of my World Eaters, outlined in the style of the old Index Astartes articles. Just a little something for all the “fluffbunnies” out there.

As always, thanks for looking and stay tuned for more!