Wednesday, 20 June 2018

My take on Lilith

Plastic version of Lilith is one of the most static, boring sculpts that Wyrd has ever released. Her old metal version, along with the alternate one, are oversized and look bad next to other new models. Because of all that I decided to make my own version using the old avatar model. There was a lot of cutting to make sure the tree part fits the 30mm base and Lilith looks like she's emerging from within the tree. I also added the blade from plastic version to make sure she has all the necessary elements to be easily recognizable.

Lilith is commonly seen as the generalist master within the faction of Neverborn. I've faced her a few ties, each encounter was a chance to see her with completely different crews and each time she seemed to be doing reasonably well. I've never used her myself but I plan to start doing so later this year. First I need to paint some more Nephilim...

#7/2018 The Outsider

A strong feeling of "King is back!" accompanied me... during the first half of the novel. It starts with King at his best; small town where everyone knows each other, heinous crime, personal drama. The foundations of a good crime story are all in. The plot develops slowly and mysterious coincidences begin piling up. And as the events take a decisive turn for the worse, it seems like the author runs out of steam and the main characters suddenly turn to the supernatural to find explanations for the crime. Until that moment it all reads like a very good crime story but the introduction of paranormal elements ruins the mysterious mood and replaces it with frantic fight against evil.
I'd like to rate this book much higher but in the end it was another disappointment...

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Voodoo Doll

I own the plastic version of this model but this one has so much more character to it! I plan to use this mini exclusively from now on. Painting it was quick and rather straightforward. It's a really well designed model, so all I had to do was make sure I highlight the edges and fold of material. Resin forest-themed base from Micro Art Studio was chosen for its base to add a bit more height and some extra flavor.

#6/2018 Necronomicon

As a big fan of work of Edgar Allan Poe, Lovecraft was an obvious choice. Yet I somehow haven't got round to checking out any of his work until very recently.
Lovecraft is a master of creating suffocating atmosphere of madness and terror. His style impressed me with precise descriptions of how human mind shatters after being exposed to extraterrestrial, inhuman forces. Most of the protagonists in his stories are educated men and they try to explain their predicament using highly scientific and logical register. And in almost each case there comes a moment where the sanity abruptly stops and madness takes over. These visions make Lovecraft's writing so powerful and memorable. Also, similarly to Poe, he seems to favor adding a final twist to the story, which adds a new layer of complexity and makes it possible to see everything in different light (or rather in complete darkness...).

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Hooded Rider #3

I painted this miniature a few years ago and swapped it for a plastic version later.  With the new reduction in cost I decided to get another metal model and try to paint it using darker shades this time round. I also wanted to make sure the base fits better to my swamp-themed Zoraida list.

While I like the plastic version of Bad Juju better, in this case it pales in comparison with the metal one. It has a more dynamic pose but it does not have the same menacing look.

Monday, 28 May 2018

Bad Juju

Having painted the plastic version before, I wanted to try something different with this guy, so I started with bright basecoat. I struggled with the previous one as I found it hard to make the green color of moss pop more with bright shades. Here I was darkening it down with glazes and washes of green, yellow, and brown. I think it worked pretty well as I got a nice overall look of varying shades all over its body. This version of Juju has a lot of small bits (twigs, skulls, stones, and even a bottle) protruding from its body, so I used some of the swampy-colored water effect in random patches to bring it all together.

Metal version is significantly smaller than the plastic one but what it lacks in size, it more than makes up in detail. The entire body is well textured and its face has much more expression too. I wanted to add some extra height so I built a small gangplank with balsa wood. Some extra skulls were then partly submerged in water to add more atmosphere. Plastic version is significantly larger and has really good details too.

#5/2018 Sharp Objects

A young reporter is sent to her hometown to investigate a series of brutal murders committed on children. The very beginning of the novel sets dark, gritty tone to the story. Rediscovering he place where she grew up is a difficult process for the protagonist as she is forced to tackle narrow minds of local people and her own childhood traumas. Her relations with family are also deeply distressing.
Flynn excels at presenting a rough and simple setting, keeping it cohesive and credible at the same time. I also have a feeling that each novel I read by her is more disturbing than the previous one...
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