It took several months and a bit longer than I expected and hoped but the Stormcast display piece is finally done. I’m very happy with how he turned out and I didn’t have any issues in the final phases of the mini so I’ll just share some pictures and talk a bit about my inspiration behind this piece because I don’t think I ever fully explained it. Here’s a look at the final pictures.
This is certainly a photogenic miniature! After putting so much time into it, I’m glad the photos look really good. It was definitely deflating realizing the Blood Elf project didn’t really look as good on film as in person. In terms of my inspiration for this project, it is probably not what you think. I do like Stormcast minis pretty well and have painted a couple in the past and I obviously like the Greco-Roman touches in the armor but I actually have been wanting to paint a Chaos Space Marine for a while now. Truthfully, I don’t like almost any of the GW’s recent sculpts. That may sound incredibly picky and it is, but I find that when you’re thinking about making a commitment of months to paint a single piece, you have to love it or you’ll regret committing to it. The “icy” highlights that GW uses not only look great but were great fun to use on this Stormcast. I might even go so far as to say my armor looks a bit better than the Heavy Metal team’s job on this one…
So when you couple that with a Greco-Roman style mask that they wore during plays in ancient times, you pretty much have my version of this mini. Here’s a quick size comparison picture I took as well. I think it demonstrates why this project took so long. I didn’t really anticipate the Bastian Carthalos being so much bigger than what is already a fairly decent sized miniature.
And thus concludes this project. I don’t plan on doing another display project for a little bit as I have plenty of gaming projects to work on and quite frankly, I look forward to working on smaller stuff for a while. These display painting projects are a bit grueling and the additional pressure of trying to get this done for Golden Demon certainly didn’t help. I want to think everyone who has kindly supported this project and I appreciate your patience as week after week, you were lucky to see a single new piece painted and attached to the mini. It is certainly a slow and painstaking process!
I’ve already gone back to working on Hellboy minis and should have quite a bit to show off next week. Its been a really nice change of pace and I plan on expanding my online presence a bit more in the near future by posting more on Instagram and possibly even sharing some of the painted minis on Facebook as well to see how that goes.
I’ve also been debating taking up some new gaming projects as well. I purchased a rulebook from Osprey called Broken Legions which is basically Greco-Roman-Egyptian fantasy skirmish rules. If that isn’t right up my alley, I don’t know what is! The rulebook is written by the same man who contributed a lot to LOTR SBG, Mark Latham, so the rules look fairly familiar to me as well. With that said, I ran into a stumbling block when I realized that the manufacturer I want to buy minis from isn’t super easy to get in the United States. Victrix seem to make really top-notch historical sculpts but they aren’t super cheap to get here and I can’t find an American source that sells minis and the shield transfers. Even worse, for German barbarians (the perfect foil to Romans), you get no less than 60 minis in a box! That is probably 50 more than I need… My original plan was to build up from Broken Legions into Clash of Spears and you certainly could do that with so many barbarians but I feel a bit overwhelmed by the cost and amount of minis I’d be taking on so I’m wondering if this project might be better left for later on down the road as much as it pains me because I do love this period of history more than any other.
It doesn’t help that I’ve also been eyeing the Lucid Eye Savage Core minis and thinking it would take less painting, the minis are easier to obtain, and I still think it would be fun to get some Prehistoric minis painted up and used in Palaeo Diet and possibly the two other “caveman” rulesets out there. If I can, I’d love eventually go in a more pulp, lost world direction too so there is a lot of potential mileage out of this project.
I guess I can’t go wrong with either option because they should be fun from a hobby and gaming perspective. They’re also lighter games than Fallout which is key, I think. I can’t handle too many more “heavy” games. Of course, I don’t really need more projects but variety in painting is always key for me so I figure, why not add something new to the mix on top of Hellboy and Fallout? We’ll see what direction I decide to go in. It may even be a surprise to myself at this point!