The Emperor of Mankind
Horus Lupercal Warmaster
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I wanted a darker vibe with this miniature so I used the notes written by Grant Morrison in the back of Arkham Asylum concerning the Mad Hatter. I painted the irises in different colours with a purple undertone to the flesh, as if the blood weren't quite a healthy red. The more I painted it the more it resembled Arsene Wenger! But with a parrot and a capuchin!
They shall be pure of heart and strong of body, untainted by doubt and unsullied by self-aggrandisement. They will be bright stars on the firmament of battle, Angels of Death whose shining wings bring swift annihilation to the enemies of Man. So it shall be for a thousand times for a thousand years, unto the very end of eternity and the extinction of mortal flesh.
Monday, 24 December 2012
The Emperor of Mankind
Wednesday, 19 December 2012
The model started life some time ago, inspired by Damien Thevenin's Horus Lupercal conversion. I loved the conversion so much I decided to try it, putting my own spin on him. The Horus above is the end result and has been created on behalf of a client who wished to create a Horus at the height of the Ullanor Crusade.
I watned Horus to be magnetic, imperiousness and domineering. Above all else, all the accolades, military and diplomatic genius, even beyond the charisma of the character I think of Horus as a bully. I wanted Horus to dominate the stage.
The pose is an inversion of the famous artwork of Adrian Smith, the source of so many Horus conversions and what seemed to be the natural default position of this character. The Breaker of Worlds is held aloft as a sign of victory for the Imperium - echoing the classic motif of the torch bearer, symbolically bringing the Imperial light to foreign soils. The Breaker of Worlds is a Kingly weapon, depicted as a scpetre wielded by a monarch; an image of reason, justice and order.
Horus' claw (some source books have Horus armed with his Talon at Ullanor, others conflict with this) is a huge clunking weapon of brutality. A butcher's weapon that mashes, pulverizes and obliterates, the qualities that will come to the fore in Horus' character after Davin.
A special mention must go to the base (not pictured here but can be found on my facebook page that has a very subtle foreshadowing to the fate of Horus and his coming insurrection. I'll reveal all in my next blog entry, but if you can spot what it is please pop a comment below to win a prize*
* Prizes include a mental high five, twenty man points or a star that you can name!
P.S at the time of photographing I didn't have the bit that completes Horus Scpetre.
Sunday, 16 December 2012
It's been a while since my last update but there are lots of treats coming up in the near future.
This is the second Hellbrute I have painted from the Dark Vengeance set (here is the first). I wanted more contrast between the armour and skin this time, so I painted the fleshy parts in a more natural, aggravated fashion.
Painted with oils and acrylic.
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Monday, 19 November 2012
Tuesday, 13 November 2012
Types of Brushes
- Round; The workhorse brush. This has a pointed tip with long, closely arranged bristles for detail work. Look for brushes with a single, cohesive tip that does not have odd hairs.
- Spotter; (Not pictured). Looks like a Round with a shorter bristle length. Used for precision detail, freehand and eye work. This is one of the most important brushes in your collection.
- Flat; For spreading paint quickly and evenly over a surface. Perfect for cloaks and weathering.
- Bright: Shorter than flats, these brushes will often have stiffer bristles. Perfect for stippling or dry brushing with softer haired brushes.
- Filbert: Flat brushes with domed ends Used in larger canvas style painting but can be used like a bright.
- Fan: For blending broad areas of paint. (I don't use this brush - may be useful for weathering I suppose).
- Angle: Used like the Filbert, good for general painting application as well as detail work. Excellent for precision dry-brushing.
- Mop: A larger brush with a rounded edge for broad soft paint application. Use for laying down washes over a larger, detailed area like a tank or the scales of a dragon.
- Rigger: round brushes with long hairs, traditionally used for painting the rigging in pictures of ships. I use these for fine, long lines.
- Stippler (Below): Round brush with very short hard bristles, used to add texture to flat surface (such as fur on horses).
Most of these brushes will not be needed and are mentioned for the sake of documentation. I only use a bright, spotter, round and tapered mop. With this collection I can blend, layer, dry brush, wash and ink. Anything else I need to create I merely improvise.
What sizes do we need? If your used to Citadel's sizing then this scaling system can see a little daunting. Most previews give the actual size of the brush on screen. To find out what size you need simply hold up your old paint brush to the photo on screen to work out which size is a detail, large etc. As a general rule of thumb the number 0 or 1 will be a good size for most projects if you buy a quality brush such as the Windsor and Newton Series 7 or Raphael 8404. These brushes come with an exceptional point and can be relied upon for even fine detail work.
I use a size 0 and 1 Raphael 8404 round, a Windsor and Newton 1 Spotter for detail and fine work; a selection of Rosemary & Co Red Sable round for everyday work and I am planning on buying some pure red sable Bright's for dry brushing.
What brushes do you use? Do you have any recommendations I haven't chosen? Any brands you swear by? Please leave a comment below and share with us all!
Links for Excellent Brushes:
Rosemary & Co.
Windsor and Newton Series 7
Da Vinci Sable
Monday, 5 November 2012
This miniature has been painted up as a tester for a Pre Heresy force. The red is a zenithal highlight with chipping effect. Unlike my previous Blood Angel force I've used TMM to achieve a realistic look.
I'm still in the planning stages with my Heresy force. There isn't much information about the marks of armour the Blood Angels wore, organizational markings, fetishes nor artistic flourishes added to reflect the legion. The yellow helmet for example is a mandate from the codex astrates that may or may not have been present during the heresy.
I'm also considering the historical context of this force. Will this force be a representation of the Great Crusade, Heresy or the climactic siege of Terra? Deciding this will influence the miniatures I buy and the paint scheme I use. The Blood Angel Legion are synonymous with their sacrifice on Terra and would be heavily scarred and battle damaged. This force would include most marks of armour, including the inferior Heresy mark V.
I'm very keen on reflecting a sense of place and time through these miniatures, avoiding the commion failing of confusing marks of armour and placing them in the wrong context (MK V Heresy for Crusade Era etc...)
If you have any thoughts on how you represented your legion please let me know!