Monday, February 4, 2019

The Thing from The Lake: The Belly Sessions.

I don't have a name for this critter yet, but I'm working on some background. As it stands its a demi-god like entity from a vast underground lake.  The original inspiration for the whole idea (aside from icky Nurgly things) was something I stumbled across in a (very) old sketchbook which contained doodles and notes about a story a friend and I had begun working on in or around 1996. So over 20 years later, I'm taking what had begun as a Dungeon's and Dragons inspired disgruntled Aboleth underlord/lady and stretching out to use as a subject entity of DOOM!!! While NO self respecting Aboleth would ever be subject to anyone, in the 40k Universe all deamonic entities answer or at least owe fealty to something. It may even turn out to be DOOM's chosen"left hand" the Hand of Ruin. An idea I'm starting to like. If you are a bit confused.... hang on, big reveals coming soon. Crazy non-canon background for the Cults of DOOooom!! is on the horizon..... once I can get past my fear of people hating my writing and have my "editor in chief" (the aforementioned old friend) take a look at it with a non-fanboy eye.

Sculpting this beasty will involve layers. Basically, mixing a chunk of greenstuff the size of my last pinky digit and applying it to model. Usually, I'll stop there for that session, because I have a TERRIBLE habit if putting a finger in stuff I've sculpted previously, if I try to do too much at a time. 

Without further ado.... the first sessions work.


The front. Or as my wife called it , "the fore-anus ", though its more like a birthing canal... but, ya know, Nurgle.  I have some sketches and a vision in my head, but like most of these kind of projects, the thing seems to be coming together in a very organic fashion. Little happy accidents and sparks of insanity or flourishes of a sculpting tool, just come to life.  My wife was in the room before she went to bed and I was explaining my madness. She called me the Bob Ross of gross greenstuff sculpting and said I needed to do videos. She thought it was a great idea until I told her she'd have to shoot them and help me edit them.

On to the side...


I'd kind of hoped to get in some more of the gribbly detailing done, but the greenstuff was starting to set up a bit too much for that. I did get some good stuff on the second "leg", but the big goal was to get two of the toes in tonight . I was pretty pleased initially with the arm coming out of the gut, but after taking the pics..... I'm kinda loving it. :)

the overall goal is to get this one done in weeks, rather than years. I've set some tenative goals, but I refuse to rush the sculpting too. This will be the centerpiece of 2-3 armies. Basically, ALL the armies I intend on keeping for any length of time.... with the possible exception of "loyalist' marines. So, its important to me to do it right.

BY THE WAY..... if you are in the continental US and looking for ORKS or are interested in the self torture that is stripping minis, I have a TON of chaos miniatures I acquired a while back that still need stripping .

ORKS: I have a ton of bitz and unbuilt boys, bikes, a trukk or two, killer Kans, not sure how many Deffkopptas (@9 or so... they need a little help, I got most of them from a friend and they were put together by a 12 year old)  and a bunch of bits. They fill a milk crate right now.  I also have some painted stuff I was planning to E-bay, but could entertain selling those to the right home

CHAOS: Honestly, I'm not sure how many minis. They were poorly/sparsely painted and need stripping.  There is the better part of a gallon ziplock bag full. If anyone is willing to take them and put the work in, I'd love to see them go.  Probably a few other goodies in there too.

As much as my wife would hate it, I'd be happy to part with this stuff for cash or in kits.  So, if interested drop me a line. Prefer to get the orks off as one big package rather than piecemeal.
Send me a note if you are interested..... jfshand68@gmail.com 

Cheer's Y'all!!

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