2017-07-22

Remember July the 22th AAAND Mad Max

Today we remember the horrific events at Battle of Anzen... I take off my baseball cap for the losses. 

I have been toying around with this idea for a while now... Mad Max was a great movie, and that's coming from someone who despise so called action movies. That movie was "balls to walls", as the colloquially say in podcasts. How the word colloquially is spelled I do not know, however.

This toying around with a Mad Max-themed Lord of the Rings army obviously sound like the ravings of a mad man (pun in-fucking-tended), which incidentally it might be, nevertheless, the official reason it came to be was I finally got my stuff together and FINALLY made some nice casts of my Great Beast of the Plain.

Dudes above are the leftovers and they are not the good models, so I figured the should go down the ol' convershun road, what with all their bubbly and faulty condishuns, and give them a total make-over, repimp my pimp-car, total grand design my face etc...

You may or may not remember my mûmakil-conversion. The howdah above was a leftover and I might get some use for it as part of the alternate "War Rig" that I will have to design, following the limitations of Arda.

Rest of the parts... I'll make up a nice background story, put together some crazy beasts and then we're off, towards hoooobbybyyybyybyb-laaaaaand! It's been a while crocodile... 

Also, welcome to the Russian follower who may or may not be a real person, he's the 60th follower. I have NEVER had more than 60 followers, but often less, and then someone unsubscribe or unfollow, and after a few years I get another. Sometimes the drop is larger, and sometimes the "resubbing" comes in chunks as well - it all depends on whether I am on a roll or make a spectacularly popular post. Often times I offend someone. This post probably offends a lot of people, but such is life in Sweden and Europe and elsewhere.

Before anyone has a comment about the date, please remember what the rest of our media say when it's the other way around:


2017-07-15

Oldhammer Giant: Painting of...

Hello all you good people and hobbyists and other -ists.Here we have 'im, the yuuuge giant with his weird inbred legs, strange FAS-face* and other things. See the older posts for further information on this giant of a giant...

FAS) Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.

An elven leader to show this dude's scale. He is a big goy...

Lots of painting to be done but the skin is pretty much done.

The dude carries some basic gear with him - he doesn't need much as he can just take what he needs. Life is breddy gud when you're the biggest guy in da army...

Another size comparison... Also showing off his butt and his weird goat-feet.


I have made a mould that turned out very decent. Message me below to buy one! 36 EUR for the model and P&P included. Do yourself a FUCKING favour and fucking buy one (1) or two (2)!!!

Llama out!

PS) Phanks guys for your patience with my slow updating of this blog, I will go back to the standards of 2012-2013 as soon as possible. Stuff is just in the way currently!

2017-06-23

Midsummer is here - summer solstice

All the ladies wear their hijabs or flowers in their hair depending on their ethinicity here in 60% Sweden. A nice balance would be the above lady but that's probably hoping too much.

I say Midsummer but I should probably say eid al fitr, because those celebrations will probably be larger than Midsummer, at least a lot more flamboyant... I have every intention to get invited to one of those parties, they eat a lot of good food, but not even close to the nice stuff we stuff our faces with today: Fish, onion-grass, sour-milk-thing and potatoes. And some people eat fresh strawberries and more good stuff.


Remember the above ^ all you people going on that little protest march "for muh science" a few weeks ago. Climate hystericals. It used to be called global warming, but now that term is rarely used. Instead they started using "climate change", and people being people confused weather with climate and said to themselves: Yes, the media/politicians/tinfoilhat-conspiracy is right, we need to pay more taxes for sake of the environment.

And why all this "hate" for the weather or climate? Because it is Midsummer here in Sweden (well, the summer solstice was a few days ago, but for societal reasons Midsummer is nowadas fixed on a Friday) and the weather is as traditions bides not good: I am longing for a global warming, but it just won't happen, sorry.
 

Non sequiteur... ^ As you are all very well aware of by now, I have done zero hobby these latest weeks, but I have actually gotten some nice inspiration. I know there's a lot of talk on this blog about discipline being better than a joyful lust to hobby, and I still stand by that sentiment, but after nearly 4 years of only discipline and no joy I can start to see the reason to have fun when doing a hobby.

Something omnious to end the dots I have sprinkled out in this blogpost, on this for my people traditionally very important day... I am not laughing all the way to the ...

... only the wicked last man is.

2017-05-31

Official dwarf chariot: 1400 SEK

Not cheap as chips. Coincidentally, I have made a similar one that fits a less unwieldly base (120 mm oval), you might have seen it. After having some problems with the moulds, I had to not sell it (had planned to sell it for 600 SEK a piece plus base and freight). And now this company releases this one. I must admit, their goats look better, but all in all I think I did an acceptable job. The official one below is solely based on the movies. For (C)-reasons, I changed some things up in my designs... you can find the posts in the sidebar, under year 2016 if you would like to see it. The paintjob was a fast and shitty one so I shan't post the pictures next to this professionally painted model.

I have been swamped with things other than the hobby, hence the no-posting that's been going on. I haven't touched a model in roughly the same amount of time I haven't touched a young lass, which is both pathetic and uplifting. Perhaps.
     Humans, oy vey, you annoy me and I annoy you, obviously, but I must say this: It is a good thing to note that summer is soon here and I will get some relaxation from all the musts. What happened to us? All these musts... questions that pretentious idiots have been asking themselves since the '80:s I suppose.
    Also: What happened to Colonel O'truth's miniature misc.-webspotpage? Can someone enlighten me?

2017-04-14

Time to celebrate the Egg-days!

Happy Egg-days! Below you can see my grand-grand-grandfather posing for a picture before going for the Great Egg-hunt that lasted for nearly 8 days. Only five of the young men would return alive, one had lost a leg during the ordeal. My great-great-great grandfather. And in honour of that tradition we always skin our newly born babies' left legs, because that seems rational.


Lies obviously, but maybe you believed me? Just like some people thought I was going to build a Duck-Face Dwarf Automaton? I will tell you now my friend, over a cup of chai, that I have no inclination to do so. It was, as we say here in Thule, a ioke. We also say iam instead of jam, in general that is, I am generalizing.

Generalizing


Easter obviously has it's roots in many parts in Europe in the form of some pagan thing (Eöstra, some form of Godess I think). In good old Sveeed-eeen where ...

... this is happening (we are at number four currently, but just in it's infant stage, hence this wonderful mixture of weak men and hard times). But as I was saying, in Sweden we have the eggs and hares and later the bonfires (Valpurgis as well you know) and the witches go to some traditional pace for a big party etc, so everything is very Eastery. Abrupt end, my train leaves in 30, press the panic button, oooh-myyy-goood!

So that's it for this weekend. Don't forget to comment, subscribe and eat eggs!

2017-04-13

Dwarf Automaton!

This silly piece of a model...

... is but in it's infant-stage, but perhaps it will be realized. 


It'll be a beast though, that's for sure... not sure if I'd want it on the tabletop... (see above).

 Don't worry about the duck-face.
 
These two guards show the scale of this massive piece of resin. Expect it to be sculpted to llama-perfection just before the end of 2017. I am currently doing a BUNCH of things - just check the latest posts, it is Carts of Everliving Flames, giants of Midgard, models of this and that and etc...




Not to mention this piece of equipment.... A pressure chamber. Apparently, it can take up to 14 "atmospheres" or something. Not sure what that means, but I push 3 kg of pressure in it and finally my formerly useless moulds are now finally functional. This means that I might have a shot at reproducing my quite invested project known as the Dwarf War Chariot.


Moulds on the work-bench... Some of them was put in the pressure chamber.


Llama away!

2017-04-07

Truck of peace in Stockholm!

So, inspired by this Friday's events in Stockholm (and Nice, and St Petersburg and London and Madrid and etc) I am working on a new and "betterer" Cart of Everliving Flame!*

Our prime minister held a short speech an hour or so ago, I managed to get a picture of him, see above. He was one serious man - completely surprised by this turn of events!


So, the revamped Cart of Everliving Flame. Fluff text will follow later this weekend. 
     I can't obviously use the tree designs on the banners and elsewhere, due to copyrights mainly, so the considerations I have are the following (in case a carroccio-mould is made):

- Shall I design something that look similar and put on the banners (roughly eight of them, depending on how the final design will look).

- ... ooor, shall I leave all banners blank?

- Maybe make something up of my own that goes well with the theme of this being an inspirational wagon brought only into the most important battles? Carrying with it some form of bones and relics and some kind of important flames that have been taken from another holy fire that burns someplace in this big and important empire?

So, that's the questions. Answer and like and subscribe in the comments below!

Not sure if I will integrate these couplings directly underneath the wagon/coffin-look-alike or leave it as a separate piece for casting...

[Imaged removed due to being obnoxious]

Friday is here, and I and my friend alpacka is out and about, looking for that perfect pool. Edit: The gif wouldn't load, it is the one with two cute alpackas falling into a pool, one at a time, patiently waiting for the other to get rescued by their human.

*) I witnessed a bunch of happy immigrants/2nd-gens, cheering when they heard the news, which was slightly infuriating (they were however quite young, roughly 14-15). Heard other people had seen this in their respective neighbourhoods, people driving around the banlieues honking and cheering. Well if they're happy, then I am happy!

2017-04-03

Rohan army


Got the gang together for a quick army picture. Neither the bases nor the painting in general is much to write home about, but as always, they models work okay as an army.





Just some random stuff I had no time to Crowbar into this mess of a blogpost, just like back in 2009!

2017-04-02

Pukel Man no 2

Just toying around with an old armature that I had laying around.


This is roughly the pose that I had first envisioned the Pukelmen would be in, from reading the modules published for MERP here in good old Thule (fun fact, and also the reason why I chose this guy with the Soviet-symbols: The "Ultima" in Ultima Thule was first used by the ultra-leftist cosmopolitan Karl ((Marx).


Instead of the above, we got this slightly awkward position. I have been trying a few variants of his arms, but I will go with the blunt ones. This guy is significantly smaller than the first I did sometime in 2011 or 2012.



Speaking of 2012: Do you remember my criminal neighbour who they tried to [redacted for anonymity reasons] shot in the forehead and one through the eye... Yuck...

2017-03-26

Mordor Army picture update

Just thought I should update these Mordor army pictures. 



Not shown here are the Great Beast of Gorgoroths - no, I mean Great Beasts of the Plains - that I am working on.

2017-03-25

Age of Sigmar War Turtle-base!

Base 120 mm oval. Face: Not in focus. Beverage of choice when doing the base and taking the shaky pics? Coffee! Obviously!

Yes, yes, the tail is broken off, and yes, yes it's obviously not for Age of Sigmar, it's just something I said to look cool and get more internet friends. But you could easily use it as a Magmadroth, just put something kewl on top of it and paint it red. Voila!

Renendra barells really stand out like a sore thumb if you're lazy like me and avoid puttying them up.

Just reused the parts from the now "defunct" old fastitocalon (it got a one way trip into the wall in one my well-adjusted, Swedish, well-tempered tantrums).

The boat is a test cast that I have filed down to look more like driftwood and like it's been sinking down in the sand for some time. Lots of painting left though. That's what weekends are for, nay?

2017-03-23

Humans -> Archetypes -> Kitsch

There's a lot to say about this picture but I shan't. This is just a way for me to make way for the next post, whenever I will be able to get it out of me: When is a human culture reduced into rubbish, kitsch? When will GW use these as a template for extrapolation into some sort of Golden Feathers of the Primarch Stannis Barathian?

When will my dying culture be reduced into the equivalent of the Indians', and how can the so called Swedes above be used as an archetype in 40k? Seeing as they are the exact same thing in our time - politically, nota bene - as the Indian Chieftains* above were at the time the picture was taken? (The picture is colorized, found it on lmgur, not sure on the source from there on however)

Who knows and who cares, my point is: How is it that 40k, arguably one of the most popular tabletop wargames in the Western world** can rely so heavily on all these old, old grind-down archetypes - Eqyptians in space!? Do we like this? Things I knooow! Or is it just a way to appreciate culture and human stuff-thingies in a positive way? Is it even possible to get any customers in the mini-wargaming-world if one would just do something extremely alien and new?
    Granted, I know that people like to "indentify" with things and I am also aware of the saying about innovations: Take an old thing, mix it with another old thing and voila: New thing! But still, would it be extremely off-putting to try out something very new?
   Obviously, not I nor you could probably pull it off, but a big company perhaps? Or is it just a bad business-decision? Or is it that hard? To think of something truly different? Enlighten me on something truly new in the wargaming world (fantasy themed - not space things, please) that I have missed.

The above talk was not my original idea, I was just going to make way for another post for the weekend, so we will have to come back to the Indians later. 


*) The difference between the two groups is extreme. Look at the Swedish "men", ingratiating smiles, weak postures, weak faces, defensively putting their hands over their crotches, more hen than in a KFC...
**) There might be something in China which could potentially be bigger to my dis-knowledge, hence this caveat.

2017-03-16

War Turtle, painting of...

It could probably be painted in a lot of other cool colour schemes but I settled with a light green and some darks, and subtle reds in the gill-like things on it's tail and neck. Spot colour: Yellow (eyes). And slight yellow-ish claws.

This example was the first cast, and should really have gone into the bin, but it was nice enough for me to keep for myself, hence this paint-up, which I really enjoyed - the big shell was really nice to toy around with (I tried two other colour schemes just for relaxation). Since this was a test example, I removed zero mould lines (try to find them, you can't!) and did not bother to green stuff the end of the tail which is obviously missing due to air being trapped. The next cast I did lacked this problem, which was bretty kood.

This is a water-living giant turtle and it has some flora and fauna on it's shell. But not too much.
 
I have done zero with the base... plans include broken boats just to really tie it in with coastal affairs.

The shell in more detail. Contact me in the comments below and I will sell you one - the moulds turned out relly nice.