Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Building Cempte the Argonath #1: A porphyrion with arms?

 Last year, I was thrilled to bits to receive a FW titan box in the mail.  My good buddy Jojo (d'you mind if I call you Jojo, Jojo?)  traded a commission and a bit of money for this beauty.  I technically can't get big FW all the way down here to NZ, but with Jojo's help (and a scary moment of telephones and emails with customs!)  Cempte the Argonath arrived at my door.
Without delay I unpacked and washed the bits before stowing it away again-- with a crowded horizon including a novel and a house, I couldn't possibly fit him into any sort of schedule.

But I promised him he would be the first model I would bring to the Sago altar in its new location.  And so I have done.  Or am doing. He's... he's not finished yet.  While not my first resin titan-- that'd be Jojo's Knight lancer commission-- it was a terrifying prospect.  By far the biggest model I've ever tackled.

 So, here we have Cempte, one of the cessknights of Kharfax, sort of the Ornstein & Smough of the Astronomica story.
I'm really gonna miss that old wall

 Along with assembling Cempte himself, I had to sort of tweak the switchaxe I had made for him some time ago.  By tweak, I mean plugging it full of magnets.  Yes, I'm favouring a two-handed weapon and the laser cannons are going to be left off-- shock horror!  Unfortunately he's only got one pair of shoulders, and those were going to be used for the arms.

 The arms were actually harder to plan than I reckoned.  Eventually it came down to wrapping melted sprue around the metal and hoping to sand it down and ork my way to success with putting enough convincing machinery on: you know how it works!

 So that's where I'm up to there.  A bit of a confusing mess at the moment, also I'm in including a twin-linked heavy bolter onto the left forearm to excuse the hoppers either side.

 RIGHT!  Super-amazing thing my dad actually suggested to me when wondering how to attach the arms.  I don't have the big magnets I used to use for such occasions, and I was also worried that they wouldn't actually hold even f I did.  Dad recalled the old G.I. Joe "rubber spinal column" system and wondered if I couldn't repeat that here.

So what he kindly provided me with was two eye screws (hooks, actually) and the spring off one of those plastic "Better Mousetraps" #notspon.  The spring allows for a bit of movement, and as I won't be needing to transport Cempte much, removing the arms is difficult though possible.  Also a spring should last at least eight hundred times longer than a rubber band, so yeah.  Aren't dads brilliant?

Then I promptly closed it over with the hull, whoops.  I do need access to it... so I'm going to have to make a maintenance hole in the back where the missiles pop out of; just as well I don't want to include them.

Speaking of the back... I made a bunch of keyholes in the back, just on a whim.

Another thing Jojo sent me, Throne bless his heart, was a pair of Warhound greaves.  Guess where they're going!

I don't know what I would have done otherwise for pauldrons.  What you get with the kit is... sub par, and I know I couldn't smash anything together, not with my skill level.
Oh dear, now everyone's going to be saying "SATURNIS SATURNIS UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU" and other noises they make with their mouths.  Ah well.

In return, Jojo asked that I include the "fragment of Rosa" which you can read about on the Cessknight's page.  And that's that!  Thank you so AWFULLY much once again Jojo, you won't believe how amazing this project has been for me... or maybe, with a warhound titan under your belt now, you do ;)

Don't expect too many updates on this blog. Astronomica is really only a sideline project, a few little bits here and there and maybe some fluff-- but remember, if you're into Souls or Soulslikes and think you can add to Astronomica, don't hesitate to make yourself known!
Bye bye for now.

Friday, 15 September 2017

Results of the Soulslike competition!

Well now!  Only a few days overdue, but this post will mark the close of the 40K Soulslike "competition"; I wanted to keep it going a bit longer as Matt was preoccupied, but he showed me a WiP and I just needed him to finish!  You'll see his character below.

This doesn't mean YOU can't add anything to the Astronomica project!  If you like warhammer and the Souls series-- to any extent-- have a squizz (as my uncle says) at the fluff pages to the far left, and pop me a line if you can add something to the table!  I want this to be an open project, but I'm crap at publicity, so if you know anyone who might be game...

Corporal Stike
We'll get mine out of the way first, as he's nothing special; corporal Stike.  An early-game NPC with no early-game use, that I know of...

Mikos of Lakodeme

A rather menacing summon from Marc van Holst, a character based on his Iron snakes Chapter.  You know, this is what I'd quite like to see.  People bringing their own characters into the Astronomica project, to make the project their own.  Also FW terminators as so coooooool!

Strider of the Ashen Wastes

A pretty spectacular boss from Matt Fussell.  First time I saw him I wanted to have a crack at one of my own, despite all the million other projects I've got going!  Matt also brought a new facet to the Astronomica project; the mechanic of lore books, collectable throughout the game and DLC.  You'll find the link to the corresponding manuscript on the Strider's page.


So, in keeping with the competition, these fine fellows earned themselves a little treat each!  What did they win...?  Drum roll please?

Well, Matt asked so very politely if I had an Astartes sitting about who would make a nice Grandmaster Azarael.

Yes, it IS meant to look like a key.

... Oh, look at that, turns out I have one half-complete on my desk already!

 Marc asked for a portrait of Mikos.  It's a long process, but be assured Marco, I'm not slacking on it!

 As I had to make a character too, I got a treat too.  I got to spend ALL my money at my FLGS and buy the Deathwatch squad.  Currently in the process of fritting away the bits into confusing and ultimately useless characters; such is the wont of a kitbasher, I suppose...

Well, that's that.  Go have a look at the characters' pages, give the wonderful creators a follow and again, shout out if you think you can add something to #Astronomica!

Bye bye for now.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Lonely guide: painting the Inflicted

Hallo!  Welcome to the first post of 40K Soulslike!  I decided the best way to stat a new blog would be with a painting tutorial, so here we go; painting the main character of Astronomica, known as the Inflicted.

This is what we're aiming for.  Fairly quick and simple, even the freehand flames aren't that big a deal.

Start with a chaos black undercoat, of course.  I personally would prefer starting from white and adding a layer of black, but black primer is all I had at the moment!

 The brightest colours go on first: skull white for parchment and bones-- which I ought to have shown how to paint first!!-- evil sunz scarlet for the seals and mournfang brown for the leather, along with the silver of your choice for soft armour, chain and trim.  I know it seems real early to put metal down, bear with me.

Right, now you're going to want to put down four careful washes: on order, watered-down mournfang on the silver, nuln oil (keeping it off any parchment your chap might possess), agrax earthshade and typhus corrosion.  We're going for an ashen, almost flaky look here, so the typhus prevents the shiny finish the washes would give.

Once com-plete-ly dry, drybrush over all with stormvermin fur to add to the ashen effect and tone down the khaki colour left by the typhus.

Now for the flames.

Using thin layers all the time, start with scarlet.  Dab a small "puddle" along the bottom edge, then clean off the brush as quick as you can and drag up the paint into licking flames.  Make sure to add the occasional floating flame for a bit of life.

Repeat the method with fire dragon bright and averland sunset.

Finish off with flash gitz yellow.  You may add white if you wish... I'd rather not.

The base is black with stormvermin and dawnstone drybrushed over for a monochrome dirt that doesn't draw the eye.

Weathering isn't particularly hard either.  Drybrush ryza rust wherever you feel like it (mostly on the lower edges and not where the flames are, but other than that, wherever!)  and spatter blood with a long-bristled, extremely old and scratchy brush.  Don't worry about going over the bones, just touch them up with screaming skull afterwards.  Actually, do touch them up, even if they don't need it.

So there we are.  Simple enough for everybody!

As I've stated somewhere before, this won't be the most prolific of blogs.  Anything posted here will only be Astronomica/ 40K Soulslike related, which out of my work holds only a small percentage.
See you around!  Bye bye for now.