Superjava – All in All
I mentioned compiling a list of resources for African, Middle Eastern, and Indian art themes, in a previous post. I thought it might be helpful to expand on that a bit, and include Inquisitor-related sources.
It should be easy enough to take inspiration from both, if you want to create Warhammer models and paint-schemes which combine these aspects.
For patterns and colours, mosques are a good place to start. Such as the Jalil Khayat Mosque, in Iraq:
Mehndi designs and Mandalas are also helpful:
There are plenty of instructive resources online, too.
See also illuminated manuscripts, such as the Dala’il Al-Khayrat:
For modern depictions of Middle Eastern themes see:
Errol Le Cain‘s illustrations for Aladdin:
Sinbad the Sailor as illustrated by Edmund Dulac.
Jan Pienkowski‘s version of 1001 nights.
And Kay Nielsen’s pictures of the same story:
Alida Massari’s illustrations.
Maaida Noor’s art.
Marvel’s Kamala Khan comic book character.
If you use Google images, there’s plenty more reference material available.
For African motifs, see:
Tinga Tinga art – Martin Bulinya‘s paintings are especially evocative.
Traditional clothing is also helpful, if you’re painting cloaks etc. Examples can be found via Google Images, if you look for Nigerian or Masai clothing, for instance; or African prints. The same is true for Indian designs.
Warhammer art and miniatures on these themes are a bit rare – but there are a few old copies of White Dwarf magazine which are helpful.
It isn’t necessarily worthwhile buying these; but if you already have them, then the following contain features on the Easterlings/Haradrim in the Lord of the Rings:
White Dwarf 314 (February 2006)
White Dwarf 352 (April 2009)
White Dwarf 358 (October 2009)
White Dwarf 386 (February 2012)
Probably the most helpful here, though, is White Dwarf 338 (February 2008) – which has extensive content; and several painting guides.
There are lots of galleries of Haradrim/Easterling miniatures online, of course.
A bit more miscellaneous – but still useful resources:
The Araby Army, from Warmaster
The Golden Magus from Dreadfleet
Al Muktar’s desert dogs
Tallarn Desert Raiders – along with their famous Captain Al’rahem
Creating unique space marine chapters
Several old copies of White Dwarf magazine have good background material for this. See:
White Dwarf 210 (June 1997) which ran a competition for readers, on designing a space marine chapter:
White Dwarf 299 (November 2004) which has a section devoted to creating unique space marines.
For less serious ideas, see Custom Space Marine Chapters by Know Your Meme.
As an example of these, there are the Bronie warriors – featuring the likes of Pinkie Pie – Champion of Khorne; and Applejack – Herald of Nurgle.
Much the same, really, some older issues of white dwarf have sections devoted to the Inquisitor game and miniatures. See:
White Dwarf 257 (May 2001) – notable for featuring one of Mike Walker’s fairly wry takes on playing Warhammer, in dampest Wiltshire.
White Dwarf 259 (July 2001)
White Dwarf 264 (December 2001)
White Dwarf 265 (January 2002)
More directly relevant, White Dwarf 260 (August 2001) has a painting guide for Inquisitor Eisenhorn.
White Dwarf 261 (September 2001) has one for Delphan Gruss.
There’s also no shortage of online resources for the Daemon-hunters and the Witch-hunters models, in Warhammer 40,000.
There are many sites dedicated to making dark millennium-themed miniatures:
Several of these provide links to similar blogs, as well.
If you have a local library, there should be numerous anthologies of art to rummage through – but the books I find most useful are Making sense of Islamic art and architecture, by Adam Barkman.
And Daud Sutton’s Islamic design – which provides overviews of how to create geometric patterns:
Along with India: Secrets of the Tiger, by Paul Stump – which looks like it is a bit difficult to get hold of; but there will be similar books available.
It isn’t difficult to find resources for India online, however – including the most famous one of all:
Lots of teas (and coffees) are African or Indian, of course – so it’s always worth keeping an eye out for ones which have vivid designs.
Traditional Arab coffee pots (dallahs) are striking, too:
Hopefully these should all give people a starting point for ideas, if they want to create Warhammer models which have an Eastern theme.