The Smiter of the earth and the blood of Kings

The Smiter of the earth and the blood of Kings

New Lodge of Grymthenian post out on Saturday (UK), As well as an announcement that I’ll be revealing too!

Stay tuned!

-Bjorn

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New Retro Sontaran

New Retro Sontaran

Inspired by Synthwave music and new retro art, I’ve decided to give a classic British icon, the Sontaran solider, a visual makeover.

My reason for using a Sontaran toy as a test subject for this project, is because I’ve always seen the Sontaran armour design (modern Doctor Who series 3) as a design that could work in an 80’s Sci-fi game/art. I’ve always had a a strange connection to the 80’s of nostalgia that I never experienced (being a 90’s generation), there’s this unknown feeling I have whenever I listen and watch old media from the 80’s.

This project is a test experiment to try out the Procreate app with an example theme, and see if it could be something I’d commit to for my FMP in art.

First, I took photographs of my Sontaran toy with several shots, then decided on which image I would use for my development work.

Once I’ve decided which picture I’ll be using for my development work, I’ve then tested some filter options further until I was pleased with the outcome.

I’ve used Procreate to do most of the digital art, layering over my photograph image. This took some time to do, as I was aiming to colour over the upper torso areas that were reflecting light, as well as adding more edge colours on top.

The video below is my process work on using the Procreate app for this image.

My thoughts on the final outcome

I thought that this mini project experiment was a good opportunity to really test out ideas, based on my inspiration with Synthwave music and new retro art. I’ve found it difficult at first to see wether this experiment would work, because it could easily look out of place visually.

The colour scheme for my final outcome, consisted of dark blue, pink and white for the armour. These colours were chosen as they are very much associated with retro art and Some Synthwave album art, I wanted to recreate my image with the pink/blue colours that can visually and mentally draw the mind to a retro prospective.

Overall, I’ve enjoyed working on this project and testing out this sample experiment for myself. I really like the visual look of the final outcome, it’s appearance is very much in line with new retro art. The contrast of the warm glowing eye lenses against the cold pink/blue armour works pretty well, giving the appearance of a figure with more than mercy for it’s intentions.

However, I think the final outcome could be improved with more work on the lower half of the body. Whilst it does look fine as the purple light glow doesn’t reflect on the legs, it dose however look like it could be worked on to improve the final outcomes imagery.

Also, I could try and test out other photography images on different objects, as that could broaden my options for practicing my digital art on curved, angles and abstract forms.

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Thank you for reading this post. If you have any questions, post a comment below and I’ll reply back as soon as I can. Thanks!

-Bjorn

Nine years later!

Nine years later!

A big milestone for me this month, as it marks nine years since I’ve first brought my copy of White Dwarf (which was how I got into the hobby). Nine years, it’s been that long, I feel old lol.

My first issue of White Dwarf still intact and full of nostalgia!

If it wasn’t for a random encounter of the magazine at my local newsagents, I wouldn’t have joined the hobby. It wouldn’t be until April/May time when I’d start my journey into the hobby after buying an issue (Imperial Guard release issue) of White Dwarf from my local GW store.

Thanks to White Dwarf, I’ve found a hobby that would take me to where I am today, it was because of the creative painting side that pushed me to be an artist as a career.

So happy ninth anniversary to me! I dread what my 10th anniversary will be like…

-Bjorn

The Time of Tribulations month (2/3)- Duke Harton

There was a delay for this post, due to the Fyreslayer start collecting set distracting me lately. However, tonight I can final return my focus back to short post series celebrating the coming of the Malign Portents!

Today’s post features a kitbash model I did during the Christmas holiday of 2017, after the announcement of the Malign Portents teaser. I’ve had a suspicion that Nagash would be behind it, the skulls, death and morbid tone gave me the impression that Death alliance would be the focus. So, I’ve used my spare Vampire Lord model, and an unused Chaos night steed and combined them both into one.

As you’ll notice, the rider was taken from the Zombie Dragon kit, which I’ve used for my Abhorrent Ghoul King, Ren. I was originally going to give my Vampire Lord a jousting pole, but that was already used for another model that needed something badass like a Lancer (hinting at my final model presentation for part 3 😉).

For a model from the Death alliance, I view this model is one of my best painted death models to paint (Terrorgheist at second place), it’s got that dreaded feel of a noble bloodsucking vampire who’s essence is cold and cursed. This would fit nicely as Storms of Magic summon (for the vampire counts) if I was still playing 8th edition. But I digress, WHFB is long gone now.

Part of me would be happy to paint more Death models for future projects, especially now that the new Nagash book is great place for mixing different faction units. But I just don’t have the motivation to paint Death models as much as I used to. I’ve made too many errors with the factions colour scheme, and I just don’t feel like repainting a whole army again.

So for now, Duke Harton will mark a temporary end to my Death alliance army, until I might regain my passion to one day paint them again.

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Thank you for reading this post. If you have any questions, post a comment below and I’ll reply back as soon as I can. Thanks!

-Bjorn

Lodge Grymthenian (part 3)

Lodge Grymthenian (part 3)

Hello, and welcome back to my Lodge Grymthenian post series! Today’s post is both a final outcome for my Magmadroth with a Auric Runefather as well as a an apology post for Monday’s lacklustre post. Anyways, let’s continue!

Now that my rider, the Auric Runefather, is painted I can now glue him into the stone mount. Unlike the Runemaster, the Runefather looks older with grey beard to show that he has endured through centuries of war and mercenary work.

His beast, the Magmadroth, also appears to be ancient with it’s scales hardened to a dull in colour. Compared to the younger and more brightly coloured beasts of it’s kin, this Magmadroth is ancient beyond mortal understanding. Could Grimnir’s Ur-Gold be sustaining the beasts life span with his shattered godly powers?

For those of you who might be curious on how I’ve achieved the glowing lava-like effect for the model, I have a painting process below that you can try out for yourself!

  1. Basecoat the area with Khorne Red
  2. Drybrush Evil Sunz Scarlet, but leave a clear Khorne Red at the centre.
  3. Next, Drybrush Ryaz Rust above the Evil Sunz Scarlet Drybrush.
  4. Then Drybrush Drybrush Flash Gitz Yellow above Ryza Rust.
  5. Finally, edge highlight the Flash Gitz Yellow with Titanium White.

These two pictures will help give you an idea on how it should result in.

Overall, what are my thoughts on the model now that it’s finally completed? I think it was a fun kit to paint (but absolutely tedious to assemble the plastic parts), it was a fresh change to paint and experiment with new techniques on textures.

Painting this model did bring up a few thoughts about AoS from both a positive and negative prospective. On the positive, I’ve been amazed at the level of fantastic sculpts that GW have been producing for a few years now. Having a bigger canvas with less restrictions has benefitted the sculptures for the better in my opinion. The new races that were introduced into AoS with new models, in my view, is one of GW strengths for the franchise (or IP).

However, on the negative side, what’s the long term future for the AoS factions? It’s not like GW can do the same edition updating like the World-That-Was, especially when there are way more factions compared to WHFB. It’s a silly thought, but it’s an interesting question to ask yourself.

That’s all for my Auric Runefather, I’ve not filled this post with too much content as I don’t want to bore anyone. So I’ll leave this post off with a picture on what my next tat will be!

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Thank you for reading this post. If you have any questions, post a comment below and I’ll reply back as soon as I can. Thanks!

-Bjorn

Lodge Grymthenian (part 2)

Lodge Grymthenian (part 2)

Today’s post will be very short for two reasons: 1) I’m very tired, I’ve got tons of tasks to do tomorrow, so tonight is my only free slot to post this. 2) since at the time of taking photographs yesterday, I was considering posting this post tomorrow or Wednesday. However, I’ve had other obligations to do. However, I was able to use my spare time today to finish painting this model tonight too!

So in short, this post is more of a photo showcase of my Magmadroth [WIP] (without a rider). But fear not! I’ll be sharing my thoughts and processes on the completed model on Wednesday. Enjoy!

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Thank you for reading this post. If you have any questions, post a comment below and I’ll reply back as soon as I can. Thanks!

-Bjorn