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Monthly Archives: February 2017

Make The Dead Glorious Again (1)

Sleater-Kinney  ‘Start Together’

I’m a bit wary about introducing political themes into miniature-painting – partly because politics can prove deeply divisive; but also due to the question of taste.

However, I usually paint models in order to escape from the more unpleasant aspects of life – and these are in no short supply at present; but some things which are happening maybe shouldn’t be overlooked.

There have been proper artists who’ve used miniatures to explore serious themes – such as Jake and Dinos Chapman‘s various depictions of hell; Banksy’s Dismaland model of a crowded refugee boat; or street artists, creating comparatively light-hearted social commentaries.

This isn’t quite what I have in mind. I don’t really want to use Warhammer models allegorically; just to allude at a broader issue, in order to enhance a diorama. I figure that as long as the theme remains understated, then it shouldn’t be a problem. Plus, rather than model a duel where violence is the central subject, I thought I would make a representation of courage, instead.

So, one model is an undead horseman, with a distinctive head of unnatural hair; aiming to make the land of the dead glorious once more:

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The other is going to be an Arabian woman:

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Araby remains under-represented among Warhammer projects – but I prefer the ambiguous artwork depictions Games Workshop produced, to the Dogs of War/Warmaster models; which tended to be a bit Disney-esque. I don’t want the finished model to resemble the more obnoxious, long-standing stereotypes surrounding Arabs and Muslims; but equally, not to be overly romantic, either. While the motifs of femininity and Islamic culture have obvious points of resonance at present, this is still meant to be a Warhammer project.

The Golden Magus in Dreadfleet is a good example to draw upon here – as he was both on the side of the Grand Alliance; but also a character with mysterious intentions. Less esoteric, perhaps, are Kay Nielsen’s illustrations of 1001 Arabian Nights; which were fantastical and ornate:

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I haven’t quite figured-out a base for this duel yet. A desert wasteland-theme seems the most fitting; but we will see.

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Night Goblin Shaman (4) – Finished

Smashing Pumpkins ‘Jellybelly’

 

Painted in warmer colours than Night Goblins tend to be; and with non-metallic metals:

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I haven’t mastered non-metallics yet; but it’s something I intend to focus on this year. In the past, when I’ve not been happy with the finished effect, I tended to re-paint them with regular metals. But although they’re not rendered flawlessly here, I think it’s better to live with the imperfections – and to keep working at improving the technique.

 

Worth a look

Genestealer warband (Leskouzes)

Tutorial on painting non-metallic swords (thefantasyhammer)

Tutorial on painting freehand designs (figurementors)

Crazy Ivan (forgemechanicus)

Kharn work in progress photos (flameon)