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.