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Title: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on December 30, 2016, 09:49:43 AM
Thought I'd post up about my other little 40k projects that I tinker away with when waiting for bits to arrive for my exodites :) (I would put it in my other project log but it's hard enough keeping track of Exodites, Corsairs, Craftworlders and Croneworlders on that as it is!)

I'd been wanting to branch out a little into some of the other factions of 40k, but really don't want to go through the slog of building up whole armies of other factions which would just take me away from my exodites.

Plus, I've found a lot of inspirational stuff about Blanchitsu-style modelling from places like The Convertorum: The Convertorum (http://convertorum.blogspot.co.uk/)
Iron Sleet (check out the Space Wolf stuff for background fluff that really gets to their potential as more than just 'Wolfy Wolf McWolf-lords: IRON SLEET (https://ironsleet.com/)
Weirdingway's Navigator Household: http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/584689.page (http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/584689.page)

So, I came up with the idea of making models for a Rogue Trader run Spaceport on the fringes of Imperial space, where humans and xenos mingle and live in general unease (as opposed to outright hostility). Bought some bits and got cracking :)

First off, the Rogue Trader that runs the place (pending a name), and his retinue of MT guards. Although his rejuve treatments aren't working as well as they used to, his mind is as sharp as ever...

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--HQY05b_v--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/hsgtmjsupwpppkxkp6j0.jpg)

Next steps for these guys is an Ogryn bodyguard, and probably re-posing his head so he's not staring straight at the ground :S

Then we've got my augmented human Mercenary. Some say he's a surviving Thunder Warrior, some say he's an Alpha Legion operative, some say he's a technobarbarian worshipper of Khorne. All of these things could be true, or none of them. All you know is that for the right price he'll make anyone disappear...

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--QRzwx7xo--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/xfsdpxvoxnsxtf1zytp8.jpg)
I like to think that he lost his arm when his previous Plasma Pistol exploded. Didn't end well for the man he bought it from...

Next up is my two Imperial Pilgrims, on the pilgrim path to the holy ruined temple of Vandhol, where it's said the Emperor knelt to pray during the Great Crusade. Eventually there'll be a bunch of these guys (counts-as Conscripts...I hardly think they'd be military trained).

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--y-EQ34ux--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/l5w69ka2ysdzcoyhcvhd.jpg)
Armed with shotguns...because this is the Imperium after all

Accompanying them on their erstwhile journey is two mercenaries from a Knight World, an Archaeotech Rifleman and a Man-at-Arms. Through the close ties with the Knight Worlds and the Mechanicus, much of their equipment bears similarities.

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--19bduSt6--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/qe4epxmyctrv51ujirbo.jpg)

I'll probably expand this warband to include a Questing Knight Errant (before being inducted into the Knightly Houses, sons and daughters of the nobility must undertake a quest in the deep reaches of space. Escorting this band of pilgrims on their journey is the charge of this Knight Errant).

Speaking of Ad Mech, my Explorator's warband has expanded with a few more Skitarii :) eventually he'll get a Sicarian Infiltrator/Ruststalker, and maybe an Arc Rifle Skitarus as well.

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--6dpCzUon--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/gpoaleyo8wv2cokwdwyb.jpg)

What Rogue Trader outpost is complete without a Squat survivor?

Meet George and Lenny (if anyone gets the reference I'll be pleased!).

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--CyfN5DY0--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/kmsgio7w9uvj5ih6hldf.jpg)
Lenny the Servitor is immensely strong, but a little slow after his lobotomisation. However, he compliments George's sharp wits nicely.

Speaking of Servitors, I made this little dude but not sure who he's going to tag along with yet...

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--xVDkZqYC--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/gdp1jgfsfhqv7koukqvl.jpg)
Citizen: Don't you think putting those purity seals next to the plasma vent is a bad idea?
Tech Priest: Don't question the will of the Omnissiah...


Last of the human warbands we've got my Mining Guild, operating one of their asteroid mining operations from the Rogue Trader's spaceport.

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--mkvtf_S7--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/xpe7d6dmsn0mq7sb7ji4.jpg)
Miner: Well, you see, some of us lads have wound up being stooped over from so much time in the mines...
Commissar: Doesn't that guy at the back have three arms?
Miner: Oh that's Mutie Joe. We take in some of the mutants around here and give 'em jobs crushing rocks. Keeps 'em off the streets you know.
*Commissar makes mental note to contact the nearest Deathwatch fortress for information on Genestealers Cults...

That's the last of the human denizens...so onto the xenos!

These Tau bodyguards will eventually be guarding a Water Caste emissary on their mission to open diplomatic relations with the Rogue Trader outpost. There's two Breachers, two Riflemen and a Pathfinder tracker. I'll probably include a drone or two, a Shas'ui, and Earth Caste technician and maybe a stealth suit. Oh, and lots of Tau propaganda posters :)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--d80Zcs3I--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/hhkbaiuq6vfrd21vrh0l.jpg)

An Exodite tracker. He'll be getting a more animalistic companion, as well as some Corsair/Dark Eldar/Outcast buddies.

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--Yg5Dk5UV--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/abrrmyvn4ciqrqebtula.jpg)

My first two finished Freebootaz (names pending again). Working on re-posing Nom Chopski with his Big Choppa from earlier in the thread. Really need to find somewhere that's got the cigar-toting arm in stock...

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--u0YB7b8R--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/gupctqowuzteqzcgi3oj.jpg)

Last but not least...Ratfink the minor xeno! Come to him for all your mechanical repairs...especiall y if you've tired of the extortionate rates the Mechanicus charges.

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--VuG0-Oc3--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/wwzbv3atswnjn0sehp9i.jpg)

I've got a couple more that are still WIP:

Kroot Tyranid Hunter (with a poisoned blade made from splicing together Tyranid bits...clever Kroot)
(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--r6cxy6Tg--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/dljwbongcdtzvkft7p9j.jpg)

A Skadiir Hunter from The Convertorum: The Convertorum: The Hunter (http://convertorum.blogspot.co.uk/2015/08/the-hunter.html)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--TpGEI08y--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/ycgsgupwyqob47xj6mtp.jpg)

And a true-scale Fallen Dark Angel :)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--iMHw8cum--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/fnj6areycuss068chsju.jpg)
Although he believes he's still a loyal servant of the Emperor, he often heeds the whispers of his diminutive daemonic companion. Whether it's working for the good or ill of the Imperium is not currently clear.

I've got another couple of ideas for warbands too. Eldar Corsairs, Outcasts and Dark Eldar/Haemonculus slave traders are all on the cards. I also want to make a couple of human civilisations from beyond the reaches of the Imperium (technobarbarians using Marauder stuff, and some that still use/manufacture Solar Auxilia armour and weaponry). Oh, and Lizardmen...in spaaace!

I also want to work in some more Chaotic cultures too. There's no reason low-powered warbands wouldn't hide away in this den of iniquity. I've got ideas for a Khornate warband who are passing through, and I've fallen in love with the new Tzaangor models (Rogue Trader Guard: Summon one more daemon and I'll blow you out the airlock!).

Not to forget the Grot Revolutionaries ;)
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Alienscar on December 31, 2016, 09:20:07 AM
Inspirational stuff Ynneadwraith. They are all brilliant but I particularly like the Freebootaz's. Where do you get all of your conversion bits from?
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Looshkin on December 31, 2016, 01:15:03 PM
Great stuff Ynnead. I've never really been a fan of the Blanchitsu type stuff, but based on these models, I think that it's more due to the painting aesthetic rather than the Super Dark Gothic Rogue Trader style. Dunno, but anyway, these minis are helping to at least respect the genre, if not love it.

Your modelling skills are superb. Your bits box must be larger than a lot of folk's collections! The great thing about your models is that they all look 'right'. That is, nothing looks totally out of place. Not easy to do and I've seen way more failures than successes. Your minis are definitely one in the success column.

Also, does George ever have to shoot Lennie?

'Tell me about the rabbits George'...do they even have rabbits in the 41st millennium??
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Cavalier on January 1, 2017, 07:44:40 AM
Fanastic! Love the Rogue Trader and the Exodite tracker! Wow what a collection of models here... so nice. Excellent, excellent kitbashes. Super clean, no forced bits mashing and all the bits are proportional to each other. On a few of my kitbashes I know the proportions are wrong (torso-to-legs.... the torso is too big etc) but I don't see anything of the sort here. Great stuff man. So happy you are on the project logs! Happy new year!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on January 1, 2017, 02:36:26 PM
Thanks a bunch guys! Always nice to get good feedback :)

@Alienscar I've got one more freeboota with a big choppa coming, but i can't find a source of that kickass cigar arm from the flash gitz kit :S

Most of the bits i get from sites like bitzbox, bitsandkits, forbidden gaming and letthedicedecide. Don't always have stock though, hence making these to keep me busy while i wait for exodite bits! It's only stuff that's got loads of interesting bits like the Scions kit that i'll buy the whole thing :)

@Looshkin Thanks dude :) interesting about the art style. Never really picked up on that myself but now that you mention it they do have a pretty distinctive look to them. TBH i doubt my painting skills stretch that far so no fear of mine echoing that!

Good man for the reference :) how do you think Lenny got lobotomised ;)

@Cavalier Thanks man :) it's a bit of a bugger getting stuff in proportion tbh. A lot of the newer kits are great, but some of the older ones are a bit ropey. Catachan arms are bigger than SM ones!

If some of your kitbashes are out of proportion i can definitely say it doesn't show :) not once thought that about your dudes :)

Happy new year to everyone too!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Alienscar on January 2, 2017, 01:19:20 PM

@Alienscar I've got one more freeboota with a big choppa coming, but i can't find a source of that kickass cigar arm from the flash gitz kit :S

Most of the bits i get from sites like bitzbox, bitsandkits, forbidden gaming and letthedicedecide. Don't always have stock though, hence making these to keep me busy while i wait for exodite bits! It's only stuff that's got loads of interesting bits like the Scions kit that i'll buy the whole thing :)

I hope you manage to find the bit you need as I am looking forward to seeing another of your Freeboota's.

If you have a spare moment any chance you could add your trading experiences to the Trading Post (http://www.40konline.com/index.php?topic=87525.msg2736213#msg2736213). It would be nice to have some recent information in there.
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on January 2, 2017, 03:38:19 PM
Thanks man :) done and done. The third guy is definitely my favourite of the bunch, when I get him finished :)
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on January 20, 2017, 07:29:59 PM
Stumbled upon a little envelope of bits I'd completely forgotten I'd ordered which had the last few bits for my Knight Errant :) because if there's one thing I need it's another member of the Primered Legion...

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--_yNBeef4--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/lpstmpgkvmdxolwcupaj.jpg)
(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--B5xS9cIL--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/qwp4ujyzpx0jihho8myk.jpg)

The fluff is that the sons of nobles on Knight Worlds must embark on a quest out in the galaxy somewhere to be inducted fully into a Knight House (they can't all have giant death-robots can they?).

This chap's decided to guide some loyal servants of the Imperial Faith on their pilgrimage through this dangerous corner of the galaxy, assisted by his loyal retainers:

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--oczWAoJD--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/quiz4oibtrrkqnqwmeli.jpg)
(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--jcKNiIlP--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/knpmygvueazvedjd8jgj.jpg)
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Looshkin on January 21, 2017, 04:32:41 AM
Lovely models again Ynnead. The aesthetic is so good on these minis, they're weird, creepy, gothic and crazy...but they all just look 'right'.

Well done sir!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on January 21, 2017, 05:34:27 AM
Thanks dude! :) there's so much potential in mixing A0S Empire and 40k Mechanicus stuff for creepy grimdark space-knights :) if I wasn't halfway through my Eldar I'd do a whole Knight-World militia army :)

Might get round to it afterwards actually. I've always thought that any half-decent protagonist (Exodites) needs an equally compelling villain, and an army of Knight Worlders fits really nicely as an enemy on the wild frontiers of the Imperium :)
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Calamity on January 21, 2017, 10:24:45 AM
These are some of the smartest and most creative kit bashed conversions I've ever seen!  Absolutely awesome stuff!  :)
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on January 21, 2017, 11:24:57 AM
Thanks dude you flatter me! :)

I feel like i've spent so long looking at other people's awesome conversions that at some point some of their creativity might have rubbed off ;)

Check out Iron Sleet and The Convertorum (and our own excellent Cavalier and Ibushi) for the people i've mercilessly cribbed from ;)
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on February 23, 2017, 06:55:27 PM
Finally got some of the bits to finish off a couple of little dudes I've been working on :)

First off the xenos, my Skadiir Hunter...

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--dc90rd9n--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/g25c9coxwatpej7kgtxj.jpg)
(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--R2f-QOg0--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/ir6whkwvlp2tclrgu1r7.jpg)

...and a Tarellian mercenary :)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--GdWkCLvj--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/abror0c8hdt3lkbfrgie.jpg)
(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--EoOVGcCg--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/xgtlvkhv3qlbgo1ecm5s.jpg)
(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--zuc0FSDy--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/lwuc1ralnpzxxxfkmndl.jpg)

Next the mutants :) I bought this guy's head on a whim ages ago, and instantly thought of the whole 'beastmen of 40k being desperate to prove their worth to the Emperor' angle that 40k has. Of all the Spaceport denizens, this dude spends the most time making sure his armour and weaponry is both gleaming and beautiful. Anything to raise his status higher than his abhuman nature would otherwise permit.

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--Pjm9WQX6--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/hp76yvadhz2uonu10knp.jpg)
(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--5ysz25-N--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/pz8yg5apbfssx5zz7rln.jpg)
Does that make him ever-so-slightly Slaaneshi...as an Inquisitor I'd be suspicious

It's also a little nod to this old-school Beastman model with its gleaming breastplate:
(http://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/warhammer40k/images/0/04/IG_Beastman.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20131110205430)
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Cavalier on February 25, 2017, 07:15:10 AM
Sick... just sick. I love it! Oh man this is totally getting me pumped to do this conversion idea I had to run Kroxigors from Lizardmen as Grotesques... they' be an offshoot of the Sslyth mercenaries.

Sick man I love it!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on February 26, 2017, 07:12:52 AM
Thanks dude :) glad you like them!

Love the idea of Kroxigor Sslyth-type dudes :)

I had a bit of an idea to get some for Clawed Fiends for my Exodites, but as ever it's on the list of things i need to get! ;)
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on March 2, 2017, 04:43:09 PM
Well, had some bits and pieces turn up today (couple of days after my customary payday splurge!). Ended up modifying my WIP Truescale Fallen Angel so much that he's barely recognisible from his previous version :)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s---GO2YAWn--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/ryogmv6uc3yvszi1ysy5.jpg)

Definitely like this version though! He's a big fella too. Proper Marine sized...

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--pfvWhnkM--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/wgp9obczdyigmfp6g8bt.jpg)

Also, got my bits to finish my first Tzaangor (love anything that means more xenos!).

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--8KxYIFJi--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/xp1h4yvnq5esk1lltjzi.jpg)
Arbiter: Will you please stop that infernal squawking, and put that bloody great cleaver down too! And you (points at a furious trader), drop the bolt pistol please. Who do you think you are, Captain Lysander?

(Turns back to Tzaangor) Look, there are places in the Imperium where you'd be shot dead on sight, but by the grace of my employer as long as you're not summoning some ungodly gribbly tentacle monster I'm forced to let you live in relative harmony.

And you (points to trader again), you should know better than expect a fair deal from a Tzaangor. Tricksy slippery buggers to a man. Always check the currency twice before handing over the goods. Honestly, sometimes I don't know how people like you survive in this universe...
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on March 3, 2017, 07:38:45 PM
Latest bit of conversion work :)

Some people say he got the Dark Eldar to surgically modify his eyes so he can see in the dark. Some say he now owns a Kabal because he kept what he killed...
(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--CCVYy9L1--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/fbhgnrdxmpk9crqnemao.jpg)
(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--ihPfzrOA--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/c3jxg51o03rnxl1loddl.jpg)

Also made some little grimdark plastic Tallarn/desert IG dudes :) my thinking is that when IG regiments finally conquer somewhere and get their right of settlement, there's no real guarantee the place they settle is going to be a half-decent place to live. After all, they have probably not long blasted it to smithereens in battle. So, I'm guessing that some will take their gear and their military experience and go become mercenaries :)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--gTNMkurK--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/ku0zri1tbft5ax7wuhcs.jpg)

Lastly, got the bits to make a dude that I've been waiting to make for ages :) a Longshanks!

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--4aevvUP_--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/umu0muf6uiv2z9imjmkl.jpg)
We call him...Captain Longshanks. Because, he's our captain...and...he's a Longshanks...
Alright, leave it out. Us naval armsmen didn't exactly go to the Schola Progenium or nuffin...


He's skinnier, and a fair bit taller than standard humans, although I must admit I'm not sold on the choice of head...

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--GOtZEYCf--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/w7zs33ap0spen0sqkytx.jpg)

Also took a couple of pics of the truescale Fallen Angel to demonstrate how much bulkier a Marine is to scale.

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--BEVQdNUo--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/nem3wecphqxwlykdl3pv.jpg)

And a family photo of all the various mostly-human dudes I've got so far :) jsut missing an Ogryn and a Ratling really ;)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--DYf11RHv--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/uewbwoceg8a7cuqwxhan.jpg)
From left to right: Squat, Human, Longshanks, Genetically enhanced technobarbarian, Astartes
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Cavalier on March 5, 2017, 07:48:46 AM
Love all this stuff Ynnead... particularly the Skirtarii Ranger heads on the guardsmen... sick. That top DE guy also looks like Snake-Eyes from GI Joe.. .needless to say I love it!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on March 5, 2017, 05:11:35 PM
Thanks dude :) yeah I've got a bit of a thing for alternative Guard regiments. There must be so much variety out there for Guard from some properly grimdark and weird worlds :) if I hadn't got into Eldar I'd definitely be making some proper gothic grimdark guard regiment :)
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Looshkin on March 6, 2017, 05:12:46 AM
I really like the idea of the Skitarii heads on the guardsmen. They are a really cool representation of Tallarn type guys. Although I'm not so sure that bare feet would be a wise idea in the 41st millenium!!

I think that the Longshanks model is brilliant. I actually think that he's one of my favourites to date. He's just so natural looking, he really fits.

The truescale marine is excellent too. I would love to see a constituent parts photo, or some WiPs if ever you do that kind of modelling again. I'm a modelling biff, so I need my WiPs to work out what the hell is going on!!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on March 6, 2017, 06:45:20 AM
Thanks dude! Glad you like them :) i've definitely come round to the Longshanks head. Someone suggested it looks like he could banish daemons with his soup strainer so i'm sold ;)

I really do hope they come out with some new and more varied Guard models. Especially if they take OG Guard regiments and crank up the grimdark (like cybernetic Tallarn, and good old Krieg Death Korps).

I keep meaning to grab some WIP shots but before i remember the model's done!

This guy's not my usual recipe for truescale Marines, i'll explain what that is :)

The key ingredient is Terminator legs. They're a bit bulkier, and the connection bit at the top rises a little higher than standard marines.

If you pop a standard Marine torso on top of termie legs, they actually sit at a really nice height for truescaling :) then, anywhere that connection looks a bit iffy, you cover it up with ammo, pouches or purity seals :)

That's the main trick :)

The only other thing there is to do is bulk out the arms. There's two options here. The first is just to use terminator arms. The second is to space out standard arms (i use a teeny little disc of plastic cut from a spare base as each side will be uniform thickness).

This extra width you can hide relatively easily by positioning the shoulder pads or with good old purity seals again ;)

Actually, this guy's as close as i've got to a WIP at the moment using that method:

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--NdzRZlpF--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/uekkodlcfucnesxala50.jpg)

You can see the termie legs, standard berserker torso, various nicknacks disguising the join, the little black disk or base spacing out his left arm, and how that same disc on his right is hidden by the shoulder pad :)
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Looshkin on March 6, 2017, 07:03:35 AM
Wow, thank you for the thorough walk through. That truescale berserker is looking great too. I hadn't really thought that making a truescale model would be so 'easy'. Easy is relative here...it's still something that I would probably want a shot of vodka before trying, but it seems achievable.

Can you only use regular helmets with the truescale models? I'm guessing that a regular marine head may look a little like you're balancing a pea on a drum (as my mother would say).

Anyway, thank you for the indepth reply!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on March 6, 2017, 09:02:13 AM
Thanks man :) and no probs. It's definitely easier than it first appears. Give it a try :)

As for heads i'm usually a helmeted over bare head guy, but i've seen regular heads work too. Marines are already a little pinheaded so its not too incongruous ;)

Oh, and i rarely model without at least a glass of wine so maybe the shot of vodka is just the trick ;)

Important thing is not to be overly concerned with whether you get it right first time. I've got half a dozen failed experiments or so that every now and again i'll have some inspiration of how to make them work, clip off a few bits and start again :) plastic's pretty forgiving as far as reposing stuff goes :)
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Alienscar on March 6, 2017, 09:30:15 AM
Man I can't keep up with all of your hobbying. I can't believe it was Jan when I last posted in here and you have posted so much stuff it makes me think that you only have about two hours sleep a day.

Your Knight Errant and entourage are just brilliant. As ever your attention to the little details makes the models come alive and they really tell a story.

It's the same with your Skadiir and Tarellian they look mercenary just as your Tallarn models look like they belong in a desert. Brilliant work Ynneadwraith.

Is your mutant wearing the head of a Narn?

Also I can only echo Looshkin's words, thanks for the truescale WIP it is really good to read this kind of detail. I wish more of the blogs included WIP as I feel it is this kind of extra detail that makes a blog a blog.

I think you should start sculpting and casting you own models. Based on the attention to detail you show in your conversions I think you would create something awesome.
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on March 6, 2017, 01:57:57 PM
Haha thanks man! Usually I do have an idea of what I want to make (like desert IG, or grimdark techno-knights) and then try and find the bits that fit that idea. Glad to hear it works out :)

The mutant guy has the head from some Fantasy beastman/chaos chariot of some sort, but it does look Narn-like now that I google them :)

I'll definitely remind myself more often to take WIP photos as I'm making something :) I always mean to and then forget when the next bag of bits arrives!

I must admit, sculpting and casting my own stuff sounds pretty daunting! I can stick bits together fine, but making something from scratch seems like a whole 'nother level and I'm always in awe of people who can do it convincingly :) I'll definitely give it a go though. Some bits and pieces for stuff I want to do you just can't get in plastic so I'll have to take the leap!

First step I've got the bits coming for actually :) I stumbled upon this pic where someone had resculpted the face and feet of a Witch Elf to make a better looking Daemonette and it's so utterly stunning that I have to have a go at something similar myself :)

(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2014/1/15/574349-Coversion%2C%20Daemons.jpg)
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Cavalier on March 7, 2017, 06:55:05 AM
Looking killer! Love that truescale Berserker... man its so funny the termies are hardly bigger than a standard Marine these days.... Also if you are looking for bits... Gorechosen and Stormcast dudes are enormous. Waaay bigger than a normal Space Marine. Might want to get some Gorechosen bits off ebay. Killer work as always Ynnead. Love it!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Alienscar on March 7, 2017, 10:53:15 AM
First step I've got the bits coming for actually :) I stumbled upon this pic where someone had resculpted the face and feet of a Witch Elf to make a better looking Daemonette and it's so utterly stunning that I have to have a go at something similar myself :)

(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2014/1/15/574349-Coversion%2C%20Daemons.jpg)

It's a well crafted conversion and the work they have done on the head, feet and chest of the model is very good but it doesn't scream Daemonette to me. I could be wrong but to me it looks like the sculptor was going for the look of Sil from Species in her alien form.
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on March 7, 2017, 04:32:10 PM
@Cav Thanks man :) yeah the new AoS stuff is huge! I bought a Stormcast body and legs for another project (that didn't quite have the pose I wanted) and they're bigger than even my Truescale stuff!

I did have the head for my Berserker turn up today so he's done :) was going for a 'howling at the sky with rage' sort of pose. Hope it's worked! not certain personally. Seems more 'looking heroically upwards). Might change it so he's scowling down at something.

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@Alienscar

Yeah it does look Sil-like. Or Asari from Mass Effect. It's also reminiscent of the old Juan Diaz daemonettes so it's good by me!

I do get what you mean though. Missing a crab claw of some sort, although I do think a pinkish paint scheme would hammer it home enough :)

Personally, I'm absolutely enamoured with the digitigrade feet. Definitely something I want to do for my Croneworld Eldar Heralds :)
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Looshkin on March 7, 2017, 06:22:02 PM
He looks cool Ynnead.

I'm not sure I'm feeling the howling at the sky vibe, but he certainly looks like he's staring at someone on a higher level (Or just something way bigger than him) with a 'Come at me bro' attitude.

Either way you cut it, he's immensely cool.
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: vonny on March 7, 2017, 07:10:39 PM
I actually feel as if he's already staring down at someone, along his nose. a bit haughty with his chin up, knowing that he's better than the rabble he's fighting... even if it is the enemy's champion. This pose makes it look as though he feels superior to anyone in his way, and I like it a lot.
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on March 8, 2017, 08:48:16 AM
Thanks guys!

You've sold me on the head pose :) now I need to find a Dreadnaught of some sort that he can be squaring up to, or a champion he can be looking down his nose at ;)
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Alienscar on March 8, 2017, 11:01:44 AM
The Berzerkers pose is brilliant but as Looshkin said it doesn't quite capture howling with rage. Who cares though as the pose you have ended up with is brilliant in its own right. Definitely a statement of strength against a taller opponent.

I do get what you mean though. Missing a crab claw of some sort, although I do think a pinkish paint scheme would hammer it home enough :)


Yeah maybe a pinkish paint scheme would help but having looked at Diaz's models (BoLS had an article on Daemonettes this week strangely enough) I think that if you get around to doing something like this then it would look better with the head looking less human and more alien and a stabbing hand rather than blades would help as well.
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on March 9, 2017, 08:05:59 AM
Thanks dude :) I'm glad he turned out ok.

Yeah you're right. Perhaps just one of the longer claws from the Daemonette champion, with the 'thumb' of the claw cut off so it's more of a scythe/talon than a crab claw.

Ah, and the spare 'thumb' could be repurposed as a horn to make the face more alien/daemonic.

In humans, 'beauty' quite often boils down to 'symmetric', more or less (too symmetric and you look like an android, like the lady from Humans). One of the clever things the Juan Diaz daemonettes did was make them mostly symmetric to hit the bits of the brain that makes something aesthetically pleasing, and then throw in some asymmetric daemon claws and horns and suchlike for a bit of cognitive dissonance :)

I think that would work quite nicely on the above model :)
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Alienscar on March 9, 2017, 09:44:51 AM
Thanks dude :) I'm glad he turned out ok.

Yeah you're right. Perhaps just one of the longer claws from the Daemonette champion, with the 'thumb' of the claw cut off so it's more of a scythe/talon than a crab claw.

Ah, and the spare 'thumb' could be repurposed as a horn to make the face more alien/daemonic.

I think that would work quite nicely on the above model :)

I agree the small changes you suggest above would work very nicely and I believe the model would look the better for it.

You might disagree with this but I think that without the small changes you suggest the conversion comes across as striving to be more of a pin-up type model than it is a Daemonette.
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on March 9, 2017, 10:00:36 AM
Gotcha :) I shall bear that in mind :)

Interestingly, the first time I'll try and emulate this won't be as a daemonette but as a counts-as Herald of Slaanesh for my Croneworld army.

That might be slightly trickier to get the balance between eldar/human-looking and daemonic, so I'd appreciate your input on that :)

Basically, the fluff for my Croneworld Eldar is that they're Eldar from the Fall who are brought back to life (well, sort of life, even they're not sure if they're still technically alive or just apparitions) as sort of playthings of Slaanesh.

As such, they're sometimes brought back 'improved' by Slaanesh, meaning I'll keep the digitigrade legs for the Herald, but will probably steer clear of the more daemonic horns and claws.

I want them to look sort of like a halfway house between an Eldar and a full-on Daemonette...
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on April 6, 2017, 07:56:56 AM
Couple more little dudes made :)

As far as villains go, I've always found the whole 'they do evil things because they're nasty people' thing to be a fantastically boring and unrealistic motivation for an antagonist. In real life you get the occasional psychopath go on a killing spree just for the fun of it, but quite honestly even the most successful serial killer pales in comparison to fairly moderate fascist dictators. Real industrial-scale evil is usually carried out by people who genuinely feel that they are doing the right thing.

So, I wanted to have a crack at bringing that to the Chaos Space Marines who I've always thought are ripe for that sort of grey-area interpretation :) also, as a principally Eldar-guy they just had to be Slaaneshi ;)

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The Angels of Ascension were formerly a loyalist chapter founded from the Blood Angels. During their time fighting in the glorious name of the Emperor they embodied the beauty and splendour of Sanguinius. Resplendant in glorious hand-crafted armour they were the very embodiment of Angels upon the battlefield, and beloved by the population of the Imperium. A love which was reciprocated by the Angels themselves. However, on every planet they served, they saw nothing but toil and misery.

Dissillusion with the Imperium took decades to creep into their minds. Wherever they saw misery and opression, it was the machine of the Imperium to blame. This lasted until they were deployed to the world of Gomorr to quell a cult insurrection. Upon arrival, they saw the cult had spread nothing but joy and ecstacy to everyone it touched. At last, they had found the answer. Rather than quelling the insurrection, they pledged themselves to its cause and slaughtered the beleaguered planetary government. Reporting that the insurrection had been defeated, they returned to their duties, and resolved to bring the light of the cult to every new world they conquered.

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It was decades before Inquisitor Io traced the source of the blossoming Slaaneshi cults in the sector to the Angels, finally deducing that the pattern of cults followed the chapter wherever it went. Marshalling the forces of half a dozen Imperial Guard regiments and a whole Space Marine chapter, they smote down the Angels and declared them Excommunicate Traitoris.

Since then, the surviving Angels of Ascension have changed their modus operandi. They scattered throughout the Imperium, acting not as a single warband but a myriad of individual agents. Each Angel descends upon a world, posing as a loyal Astartes, and sets about ingratiating themselves with various planetary powers. They preach the word of the cult, where the sacrifice of the noble few can ensure the absolution of the many. They corrupt the government, and convert the masses. Life is good for the faithful. The fate of those who pay the price for such a life is beyond comprehension.


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Bedecked in exquisite finery, the Angels of Ascension appear to the world to be model examples of the Emperor's glorious Astartes. However, their elaborate facade hides their true nature. Beneath their statuesque masks lurks mutated predatory faces. The script of their purity seals twists and turns as it's read, subliminally implanting dark and twisted suggestions into an onlooker's mind. Truly the Angles are one of the most insidious threats this sector has faced in millennia.

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But in order to truly make a villain you need more than just a solid motivation. You need rivalry.

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The Iron Crusaders are a minor chapter founded from Iron Hands genestock. Operating as a fleet-based crusading chapter they frequently deployed chapter-wide crushing their foes with overwhelming force. However, while passing through the Salazar's Reach sector they were requisitioned By Inquisitor Io in his campaign against the Angels of Ascension. The final battle broke the Angels, but it was costly for the Crusaders as well. Reduced to a fraction of their original number, and with none of their upper command surviving, they were tasked with a new crusade. Each Crusader was provided with an Inquisitorial sanction, and sent out into the galaxy to hunt down the remaining Angels by any means necessary.

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Brother Tiber was fortunate to have survived the conflict with the Angels of Ascension. He had sustained wounds severe enough to put any battle brother into a Dreadnaught, but so had nearly all of his chapter who weren't killed outright. It was only their gene-coded predisposition to accepting bionics that had saved many of them, alongside the sway of Inquisitor Io to muscle the forgeworld into undertaking the assignment. Well over half of his body was cybernetic now. He considered this a mighty boon. Provided everything was well maintained, he could outlast an unaugmented Astartes in almost any arena. This he had found valuable beyond measure when hunting down the remaining Angels.

A clank in the distance betrayed the presence of his quarry. Hastily, he compressed that particular thought process and focussed on the mission at hand. 6 cultists had entered the room, silhouetted by his augmented vision. He engaged a number of combat subroutines in his expanded consciousness to analyse the situation, housed in his tethered servo skull. An entire human brain dedicated its entire processing power to predicting potential sequences of events, and distilling them down to the most likely situations. After a minute or two suggested actions pinged into his virtual vision. He activated his whirring servo mechanisms and rose from the dark like an unholy mechanical monster. The first bolt shells impacted on two cultist's head and torso respectively, detonating spectacularly. From there, he continued his stride to behind a stack of ammo crates while the cultists scrabbled to find their assailant. Pausing slightly, he crouched low and leapt from the opposite side of his hiding place, strafing the area with bolts while a hail of autogun bullets clattered off his armour. His expanded consciousness analysed the pattern of bullet impacts on his armour to try and determine where the cultists were likely to be shooting from. Blindly hurling a grenade over his shoulder, he was rewarded by a splatter of gore as another cultist bit the dust. Pausing to run another calculation, he counted down a timer before stepping out from behind the pillar to swing his Thunder Hammer into the gut of a third cultist attempting to flank him. Seamlessly continuing his movement he broke into a charge, shoulder barging the next pile of crates over where the last cultist was hiding. Behind it he found...nothing. That wasn't as predicted.

He quickly scanned through the last few combat possibilities and checked their locations. Still nothing. The last cultist must have fled. This was concerning. His plan here had been to enter the complex initially undetected, ensuring that any sentries were silenced without raising the alarm. He would have to scrap the long-term calculations he'd spent days meditatively computing. From here he would have to rely on his wits and snap-algorithms. Alas in all probability his chance of catching the Angel responsible for this cult was ruined, but he could at least shut down its burgeoning activities on this world. Checking the adjustments on his mechanical arm, he stalked off into the next room.


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I've also got a bit of a WIP guide for the Iron Crusader which I'll post up in a bit :)

I've also been mucking about making some Mechanicus-like techno-mercenaries. First off is my attempt to justify the 9" movement of a Dunewalking Ranger:

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He's a tall dude. Here he is next to one of my earlier attempts at an adversary for the Angels (although I ended up preferring the Iron Hands bionically enhanced guy as it's more of a contrast between the angelic CSM and the cyborg 'good guy'). It also shows just how big Sigmarines are that the Angel stil lstands a head above even a Truescale Marine.

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And next to a normal-sized dude (who is the first Cultist for the Angels).

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The rest will have to wait until they're all finished as I'm really pleased with the idea!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Alienscar on April 7, 2017, 09:55:01 AM
Wow really liking this stuff of yours Ynneadwraith. Once again I enjoyed reading your fluff piece and I totally agree with your sentiment regarding bad guys being bad just because they are bad. I too have always thought that Space Marines should be less willing to go around ethnically cleansing whole worlds just because of a few Cultists and the fluff you have written for your Angels of Ascension has a ring of truth to it.

That Ranger is brilliant and definitely looks like it can move 9".

Any chance you can list the items that you have used in all of these models. Is your Angel for instance just an AoS model assembled straight from the box?

Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Cavalier on April 8, 2017, 07:17:02 AM
Wow fantastic stuff bud... the Stilt Walker guy is INCREDIBLE! Might be my fave of the entire thread so far... sick. Really fantastic stuff...

My only critique would be the Guardsmen with the Storm Cast mask... it looks a little too out of place for me.

But all the other minis look absolutely 1st rate. Amazing conversions as always Ynnead. Love it!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Looshkin on April 8, 2017, 04:05:56 PM
I love these new additions Ynnead! Especially the idea behind the Angels of Ascension. Far too often in 40K, the bad guys are always portrayed as such. I have always found the more disturbing evil to be that which lurks behind a smiling face and an open hand...these guys capture that image perfectly.

The conversions are, as always, incredibly good. The Stilt Walker is terrific.

Really though, for me, the best thing about all this is the background for the Angels. Just fantastic and a terrific idea and realisation of that idea.
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on April 11, 2017, 09:26:46 AM
Thanks a ton guys! I'm really glad you like them :)

I'm chuffed to bits with the Angels idea, sometimes (rarely) you just sit back while the idea unfurls in front of you. This definitely felt like one of those times :)

I also think that the best bad guys are the ones that think they're the good guys :) i also like the idea that chaos being evil is itself just a matter of perspective. Something like 'you know what, life in the Angels' Slaaneshi cult might actually be a better place to be than in the Imperium...'.

Then again, lurking behind the mask could be the face of a pure warp predator...

I think i know what you mean about the Stormcast mask Cav. TBH it was a bit of an uninspired kitbash and i think there's more potential in Angels Cultists than just 'dudes with stormcast heads'.

The idea i'm thinking is to try and make a bunch of the prettiest most physically pristine dudes i can, which will jar massively with the usual grotty grimdark citizenry of 40k. Off by looking beautiful :)

Ideas so far run to that Eldar Guardian helmetless head with the swishy hair, Blood Angels heads as they're pretty well groomed, and maybe a dude with a Kairic Acolyte body as they look like bodybuilders not fighters :)

@Alienscar a list of bits is a great idea :)

The Angel is Stormcast Paladin legs and torso, with a head, shoulder pads and wings from Sanguinary Guard. The arms (and backpack) are Blood Angels too but i forget which kit, and the sword is Dark Angels. The open left hand is from the Grey Knights kit, and alas i forget where the servo-skull is from :S

I'll do the rest when i'm home as i'm typing on a phone at the moment and it's painful!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Alienscar on April 11, 2017, 10:44:46 AM
Then again, lurking behind the mask could be the face of a pure warp predator...

I think i know what you mean about the Stormcast mask Cav. TBH it was a bit of an uninspired kitbash and i think there's more potential in Angels Cultists than just 'dudes with stormcast heads'.

I have got to say that I like the look of the Cultist with the mask. Whilst it will not work for every Cultist that you make on a few I think it is a good idea. It makes me think that maybe they have something to hide and maybe isn't as human looking as he should be.

I'll do the rest when i'm home as i'm typing on a phone at the moment and it's painful!

Thanks I will look forward to being surprised by the huge amount of bits you have available.
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Looshkin on April 11, 2017, 12:49:57 PM

I have got to say that I like the look of the Cultist with the mask. Whilst it will not work for every Cultist that you make on a few I think it is a good idea. It makes me think that maybe they have something to hide and maybe isn't as human looking as he should be.

I agree. Not for all of the cultists, but maybe as a leader type 'high priest' I think that the mask looks pretty good.
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on April 11, 2017, 04:05:47 PM
Hmmm, perhaps a mask is a good idea but not necessarily the Stormcast one. I've got a couple more Sang Guard masks so I might try one of those :) it'd fit nicely with the Angel itself too.

That would also free up the Stormcast heads to use on another idea I've been thinking up.

The culture of the Imperium seems to be pretty solidly medieval (or World War) European, with a few cursory nods at other cultures like the Mongolian White Scars and other such stuff. However, to my mind when mankind first reached out across the stars it would have taken all the myriad cultures of old Terra along with it. So, it would follow that when cut off from each other during the Age of Strife the various planets of mankind would start from a distinct base culture and develop from there.

This gives you a ton of scope for making distinct human cultures (and distinct military doctrines), based on technologically upgraded historical cultures.

One idea I had in that vein was a culture based on Feudal Japan, with techno-samurai wielding 2-handed AP2 power swords backed up by riflemen. My thought for the Stormcast heads is that they look quite like the Menpo Samurai masks...

The other idea I had (which I've already made a start on!) is Techno-Greeks with proper genetically engineered 'Hoplites' (I always thought the FW 'hoplites' were a little lacklustre). Here's a sneak-peek at one I've already put together :)

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As for bits, here's the list :)

Iron Crusader
Head - Sternguard Vets
Torso - Heresy Iron Armour
Legs - Cataphractii Terminator from BaC plastics
Left arm - Er, something Marine. I've got a lot of left bolter arms as they're quite useful
Right arm - Sicarian leg cut and reposed
Right hand - Sicarian Chord Claw
Hammer - Deathwatch Thunder Hammer
Backpack - Grey Knight Strike Squad
Little shield - errr, something Empire I expect but Lord knows!
Little tabard on right leg - Sternguard vets I think
Servo skull - I went on a splurge a while ago and bought as many servo skulls as I could from different kits so no idea which one it's from!

Dune Strider
Head - Skitarii Ranger
Torso - GS Cults Neophytes
Legs - Sicarians
Right arm - Skitarii Ranger
Left arm - Rangers again
Left hand - DEldar Talos vestigial arm
Knife on his belt - Tempestus Scions
Extra bits to hide the gaps where the legs meet - Scions cable from backpack to hotshot lasgun

Anyone else you want to know? Happy to try and remember :)
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on April 14, 2017, 07:37:46 PM
And here's the final modelled versions of the Techno-Greeks :)

Hailing from a world known as Antigona, the Antigonoi have a very distinct cultural and martial heritage that predates the formation of the Imperium. Their primary infantry forces are comprised of blocks of bionically enhanced 'Myrmidon' armed with long taser goads and protected by heavy shielding. Fighting in close order, the primary function of these units is to pin enemy squads in place.

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These phalanxes are supported by a number of different auxilliary forces. The first are the Psiloi: lightly armoured mobile ranged infantry that harass the enemy and provide covering fire for the advance of the phalanxes.

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The second are the Sarissaphoroi: heavy taser lance-armed cavalry that provide a hammer blow to break enemies pinned by the phalanxes. Working in concert, this form of warfare allowed the Antigonoi to carve out a large interstellar empire during the Age of Strife which remained independent until conquered by the Ultramarines during the Great Crusade. Despite their loss of ultimate independence, they still remain a powerful force in the sector.

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/f9aljddgfiwqfb5mvpvo.jpg)
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The Sarissaphoroi are of particular interest to Imperial archeographers. It's speculated that at some point in their history, the Antigonoi had contact with the extinct and heretical culture known as the Interex. The biological modifications made to the Sarissaphoroi are thought to echo the centaur-like Interex techno-warriors described in ancient myth, which also feature heavily in artwork on archaeo-structures of the sector dating to the height of the Antigonid Empire.[/i]

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/u7pmytr6jrqxqgbv57gg.jpg)

What do you think?
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Saim-Dann on April 15, 2017, 05:54:06 AM
Wow! I mean WOW! Have no other words to... Just blessed wow!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on April 16, 2017, 11:51:00 AM
Thanks dude!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on May 15, 2017, 08:53:13 AM
Little update :) my Knight Worlders have a new member. Meet Rainard the Falcon :)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/voujrgntruutl7t5onhi.jpg)

Yes I did buy Celestine just so I could get one of those sweet organ jetpack things. No I don't have enough money for food this month. Yes I am happy with my decision ;)

I have got a plan for many of the other bits though. I did actually make Celestine and she really is a beautiful model. Came across as a little bland in pictures, but in person and up close she's packed full of little intricate details. I'm thoroughly impressed :) I did however think she was still a little clean-cut to look properly Imperial though, not baroque enough. So I've tried to fix that a little...

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/yfmb3oy4oofbklbgt1uf.jpg)
(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/jzodfnarwdi2no1zgk0c.jpg)

What do you think?

Also, bonus internet points if you can guess what I'll be doing with her actual wings seeing as I don't think they look Imperial at all...

Lastly, I've been thinking of ideas for minor xenos recently. Less ideas for whole new civilisations, more like the Vorcha from Mass Effect. Lower-level xenos that get around the galaxy by hitchhiking on the vessels of warp-capable races. Given that Imperial ships are usually city-sized monstrosities with miles and miles of derelict and abandoned corridors there's plenty of scope for some xenos tagging along. Of course, this being 40k, most of them would be predatory ;)

Here's the first :)

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The starships of the Imperium are colossal constructions. Most are easily the size of cities, with populations to match. These vast vessels harbour many dark and deep reaches where the crew fear to tread, and are home to many twisted creatures. Abhumans such as Ghilliam and Hullghasts inhabit these untrammelled depths, but down in the deeps humanity is not alone. Many xenos species also stalk these abandoned halls.

One such species is the Aethercap, a lone predator that hunts the inhabitants of a starship using acute psychic capabilities. It's unknown how they come to hitch-hike upon starships, but they are common enough throughout the Imperium. Their intelligence is a matter of some debate. Although they have never been known to communicate with humans and never been observed with weaponry of any sort, bionic modifications are fairly common among their kind.


(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/ccfkcuwcw75jqqzmtk2l.jpg)
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I was also thinking up some potential rules for one in a Rogue Trader/INQ28 style game. Something like standard Guardsman statline but with 2 wounds. ML1 psyker with access only to Life Leech. However, they can regain wounds above their original 2W limit, and if they kill a psyker they gain a Mastery Level and can cast twice in a turn. Dangerous to your average human initially, and getting more and more deadly the more they feed :)
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Saim-Dann on May 15, 2017, 11:59:13 PM
G'day again, Ynneadwraith!
Rainard looks cool, (I'd say Mickey Mouse but I've already copped a slap on the hand for that).

Celestine is looking unique... for now. It won't take long for your idea to reach the masses.
Corsairs! Celestine's wings are going on something in the Corsairs.

The Aethercap is a great idea. Can't wait to see where your imagination takes it.

With the creativity you've shown in your models, mate, you would make a brilliant strategist. Get down to your Local and roll those dice.
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on May 17, 2017, 04:40:30 PM
Thanks man! Shall do ;) i actually went there yesterday to pick up some static grass but it's closed on Tuesdays apparently...

Nearly with the Corsairs for Celestine's wings. You're on the right track with Eldar ;)
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Saim-Dann on May 17, 2017, 04:51:20 PM
There's a YT vid entitled Luke Towan. This bloke teaches how to make your own static grass applicator. That's got to be cheaper than buying them retail.

On the right track with Eldar? Some big honk'n wings for a Swooping Hawk Exarch/Pheonix Lord/Autach!!!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on May 18, 2017, 06:59:26 PM
Oh cool :) I'll check him out

You're right on the money with Phoenix Lord ;) I've just got his head to sort out then he's done :)
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Saim-Dann on May 18, 2017, 07:28:57 PM
Looking forward to seeing THAT! Those wings will go well with Baharroth. 
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Alienscar on May 20, 2017, 12:31:49 PM

I did however think she was still a little clean-cut to look properly Imperial though, not baroque enough. So I've tried to fix that a little...


What do you think?

To be honest I like the look of your attempt but I think that in this instance GW got it right. I prefer the angelic look they gave her as it matches the fluff.



Aethercap: Their intelligence is a matter of some debate. Although they have never been known to communicate with humans and never been observed with weaponry of any sort, bionic modifications are fairly common among their kind.


I don't know if it as your intent but I find the fluff for the Aethercap to be intriguing. If their intelligence is in doubt who/what is carrying out the bionic modifications? Indeed, without communications with humans where/how are they getting their bionics?


I am loving Rainard. It is funny how even with wings and bionic legs the model gives off a really strong 19th century soldier vibe that I like.




Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on May 22, 2017, 07:57:14 AM
Man that's a cool idea! I was just thinking that they were smarter than the IoM gave them credit for, but the idea that someone out there might be doing their modifications for them is a really sweet idea! Headcanon updated ;)

I've actually got some paint on him too :) not based yet though as I don't have any basing material that's not for deserts. I don't even have a dark grey paint! What do people normally do for industrial terrain/starship interiors?

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/symqz9ea10x5llhczlnk.jpg)
(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/oy272jcqvzue3gi5ufbm.jpg)
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I've also noticed a load of mold lines and gaps that I'd somehow missed, so I'll go back and clean those up :)
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Saim-Dann on May 22, 2017, 08:34:28 AM
Looking mean, Ynneawraith!
Is that a head he's saving for lunch? For your base you could try gluing some fly screen to it and paint it up as grid patterning of the steel plating on the floor. I use this technique on the steel floors of scratch built Imperial bunkers. Paint the entire base dark grey, then drybrush the fly screen a lighter grey or silver. 
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on May 22, 2017, 11:12:06 AM
Brilliant idea! I'll grab some as soon as possible :)

What grey do you use?
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Saim-Dann on May 22, 2017, 12:34:56 PM
Mechanicus standard grey for the base colour. Mid heavy drybrush of dawn stone, then a light DB of administratum grey.
You of course could just use machanicus and add white for the other two shades.
Could also do the same technique using browns to give a more rusted affect.
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on May 22, 2017, 03:33:28 PM
Gotcha thanks :) yeah i'll try mechanicus standard, then drybrush administratum as i've got it, then blend it in slightly with some brown and purple washes to give it a dirty oily look below decks :) plus, that way i only need to buy 1 colour :)
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Saim-Dann on May 22, 2017, 04:30:55 PM
Sounds really nice, Ynneadwraith. Looking forward to seeing them. Happy painting!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on June 2, 2017, 08:57:37 PM
Details of Mars' pre-history are scant indeed, buried beneath the weight of time and technology. However, ancient Martian myth tells of a time before the ascendancy of the Tech Priesthood, where the proto-Skitarii of the first Tech Magi did battle against the fearsome gene-engineered tribes of the south-eastern mountains. During the widespread warfare of the Unification of Terra, Mars was consumed by conflict too. A confederation of the Tech Magi waged a war of genocide upon their ancient enemies, wiping them from the face of the red planet.

However, it would appear that not all these green men were eradicated by the Priesthood. I have visited the fearsome tech-tribes of this far-flung sector, whose ancient legends tell a remarkably similar story. Their ancestors were driven from their home by steel men draped in red. A few stricken refugees fled on a stolen voidship, finally making planetfall on this world far from the clawing dendrites of the Magi. They named this world after the name for their homeworld in their strange tongue: New Barsoom.
- Extract from the Journal of Chrysoloras the Archaeographer, 965.M41

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Gene-altered warriors of the Tha'ak techno-tribe of New Barsoom


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Combining two of my favourite things :) Edgar Rice Burrough's Barsoom, and porting other IPs into the 40k universe with added lashings of grimdark :) I've been wanting to do some techno-Tharks for ages but just hadn't got round to it. Then, I stumbled across this picture which was just too cool to leave alone :)

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Too cool by far not to have a 40k version :) as befitting the green men of Mars they're big beasties too :) here they are next to some Gue'vesa for another idea I'm working on :)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/vuovqgmz7ddrl6ohtbkg.jpg)

Couple of other little dudes I've been making :) first off is a Crow-Scout for a band of wasteland nomads I've had an idea for.

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He's based on the one pane of a comic I read ages ago and always thought was really really cool. It's called Spindrift and the art style and ideas really are top-notch :) http://www.spindrift-comic.com/comic/00/0 (http://www.spindrift-comic.com/comic/00/0) Here's the dude:

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Last little gribbly is this guy :) a creepy servitor pack mule! Probably attached to my Knight Worlders :)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/lpbnuuth0xxt5vgyh39u.jpg)
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Now, I think it's about time to get some paint on some of these guys ;)
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Cavalier on June 3, 2017, 08:21:25 AM
Dude! WOW! John Carter conversions?! Are you kidding me!? I LOVE THEM! Dude.... so sick... I love the John Carter books... Edgar Rice Burroughs is one of my all time favorites. Incredible, incredible work. I've got to show this to my brother! Damn man... insane work as always! You truly are reaching legendary territory my friend. Keep up all the great work. Truly astonishing. TarsTarkas4Life!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Looshkin on June 3, 2017, 09:57:24 AM
Ynnead, I'm continually impressed by your imagination and your skills to bring that imagination to life. Excellent work as always.
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on June 3, 2017, 08:32:54 PM
@Cav Haha glad you like them! I've been wanting to do Tharks for ages, but was mulling over the best way to do them :) I've seen them done with Kroot before, but they didn't seem to have the connection to Mars I was after. Plus, having them be gene-altered humans just feels very 40k to me ;)

I would like to call them by their alternative title though. 'How to turn two £6 Ruststalkers into one £12 Ruststalker' ;)

@Loosh Thanks man, you genuinely flatter me :) now if only I could paint like you I'd be set!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on June 5, 2017, 07:38:41 PM
Little update too :) I got some paint on someone!

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What's that son? Oh, he's our Crow...
...No he's not one of us. Comes from over the hills to the north somewhere...
...No they usually wander around alone. Sometimes five or six get together and talk in their scratchy Crow-speak...
...I'm sure Abhiru would say they're plotting something. Bit excitable that boy. Not sure myself. All I know is they've got damn good eyesight. Now shh, hear that convoy approaching? Get your rifle ready. You'll see why we keep him around.


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Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Looshkin on June 6, 2017, 04:39:55 PM
He's cool Ynnead! I also love the little fiction piece too, it really speaks to my love of Westerns.

Once again, you've hit all the right notes with your modelling, painting and fiction, creating something truly fresh and exciting. Great work!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Saim-Dann on June 7, 2017, 11:39:23 PM
Niiiiice!
-The John Carter modelling style: You've wielded the bits and pieces of Skitarii like a pro, mate. Have brought them up to your usual standard.

-The painted model: What an eye catching piece. The detail in the bag is perfect. Keep it up, Ynneadwraith. Your one of my favourite modellers on the forum.   
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on June 11, 2017, 05:43:37 AM
Thanks guys!

@Loosh I hadn't even thought of making it sort of western-y. I'll have a think of how to lean on that a bit going forwards :) I've got a load more planned, but they're sort of nomad waste scavengers. The crow-scout would go really nicely as the native guide for a gun-slinging bounty hunter ;)

There's a brilliant guy on Ammobunker where a lot of the INQ28 stuff happens who's doing a bit of a Wild West thing with creepy servo-horses. Here's where he's up to:
(http://i1243.photobucket.com/albums/gg546/Inq_28/IMG_6572%201_zpsjp283saq.jpg)

Really nice stuff :)

@Saim Dann Thanks man! Glad the paint's done the trick ;) must get some more done :)
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Cavalier on June 11, 2017, 08:45:37 AM
Dude.... killer! Oh man you are slaying these conversions. We gotta have a "best conversions" award next year because these deserve recognition! Brilliant work as always Ynnead. Keep rolling bud!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on June 15, 2017, 04:11:24 AM
Haha thanks dude! I'm sure you'll place well in that as well ;)
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on June 20, 2017, 04:31:46 AM
@Looshkin you've got me thinking now. While they were originally going to be nomadic scavengers i'm now thinking something Western-y might be fun to do.

What do people think?
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on June 26, 2017, 09:51:57 AM
Finally got round to painting my Knight Errant :) I had been umming and arring about what paint scheme to paint him in but ultimately plumped for the same one I always do ;) the idea behind the sector is that it's been ravaged by Nurgle so every planet is uniformly desertified. I could start a new place, but if any of the models end up together the basing will be disparate. Plus, this way he can be doing his errant travelling through the same sector :)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/evn6axksru4661hwj5hj.jpg)

"Excuse me good sir, can you point me to the nearest...wait...do n't do that...my friend here needs his skull to live. No I would not like to be sacrificed to the hungering gods. Just point me towards the nearest Prometheum vendor please."

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Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on June 27, 2017, 06:41:51 PM
Had a little fluff idea that I just couldn't leave alone so the little pack mule got painted up pretty quickly!

The Pilgrim's Guide to the Galaxy: Salazar's Scar
A most curious region of space. Salazar's Scar, as it's known to the locals, is located on the very eastern fringes of the Imperium. Discovered by the eponimous rogue trader in 651.M37, it was promptly marked down as an area of little economic interest, with a limited population and only a passing trade in eldar artifacts.

The Scar itself is a crescent-shaped reach of star systems comprising 50 or so habitable worlds. Habitable in this case is a generous definition, for each and every life-supporting world is comprehensively desertified. Only a few worlds sport hives, which mostly operate as individual polities rather than forming any sort of interstellar government. Space travel is limited, although there are a few shipping lanes that run between the more heavily populated worlds and derelict orbitals. Most inhabitants are techno-tribal in nature.


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Amalgams
Amalgams are a curious tradition among the Knight Worlders who inhabit certain reaches of the Scar. In their basest description, they're composite servitors, constructed from a number of different individuals rather than a single vessel. Not too dissimilar to chimerics the galaxy over, really. However, it's their social function that's most fascinating. Members of Noble Houses, and some of the more powerful Ignobles, exact tribute from those who they have bested either in single combat, martial enterprise, or political manouevering. The lattermost is frowned upon as unchivalrous somewhat, although that in itself might be a ploy by the more manipulative Lords.

Basically, it works like so. The victor in a tussle of any sort is provided with a servant from the losing party. This servant is incorporated into, or forms the beginning of, the composite-servitor known as an amalgam. These amalgams form a living display of one's victories, and an indication of one's social standing. Particularly powerful victors, or those who win particularly decisively, may demand a particular servant be donated. Or, rather, they may make a suggestion it would be most unwise to refuse. Thus, not just the size but also the intricacy of an amalgam is impressive. There is tremendous artistry involved in creating the most impressive amalgam, the better to display your societal standing.

This practice has bled out into the other cultures in immediate contact with the Knight Worlders, so it's possible and even probable that one would encounter such creations in the populated sections of the Scar. It's important to keep alert to the presence of them, lest you be surprised by the true political standing of an individual you are liaising with.


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At first, Thibaut didn't realise the creature in front of him was an amalgam at all. It appeared to all the world to be an ordinary servitor, albeit a very finely made one. However, from this close, his optical bionics noted the fine lines of stitching criss-crossing its skin. With this revelation a shiver ran down Thibaut's spine. What colossal edifice of political and martial might would be required to be able to acquire the donations of...over 330 his bionics implied...tributes of such close physical and genetic similarity as to be almost indistinguishable from a single being? His own amalgam, cobbled together from three hodge-podge tributes he was quite frankly lucky to have acquired, was quite pathetic in comparison really.

He glanced around the receiving-hall and spied at least two dozen similarly adorned servitors. Now that he knew what to look for, the stitching was easy to find. Sweet merciful Salazar what had he gotten himself into? Suddenly, going Errant didn't seem like such a good idea after all...
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Saim-Dann on June 27, 2017, 08:10:21 PM
G'day Ynneadwraith!
Really enjoyed this post, mate. What at first seemed to be just a description has turned into a great little yarn. Well done! The modelling and painting, as always, matches your penmanship/typingship. I always look forward to your posts, Ynneadwraith. When there's a list of replies, I always leave yours till last... Be well!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on June 28, 2017, 02:10:54 PM
Thanks dude you flatter me ;)

I've found I'm relatively good at starting yarns but relatively bad at making them go anywhere. There's hope yet i supppse though ;)
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Cavalier on June 29, 2017, 07:44:46 AM
Love this little dude! I've got a Cyber-Mastiff for my Dark Angels that I love. I gotta finish up his base. The warrior looks great too. These'd be great for a RPG. Great stuff Ynnead!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: dog_of_war on June 29, 2017, 08:06:23 AM
Such a fantastic fluff piece Ynnead. It's like I was reading it write out of a GW codex. Keep it coming.
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on July 4, 2017, 06:11:13 AM
Thanks a ton guys! I've got another little fluff piece written up for this guy, but i need to come up with an Inquisitor first. Can't wait though!

Until then, I thought it was high time to get some paint on the Techno-Greeks :)

+++Access Astropathic Burst Dated 257.057.M42+++
...
---Estimated Point of Origin: Antigonos System---
---Callsign: Unknown Archaic Designation 'Diadochus'---
---Status: Intercepted---
---Flagged: Problematic---
...
+++Recall Excerpt+++
...
At last, the yoke of the Astartes has been lifted. Harried and overstretched, they have not the might to contain us. Join me and sail to the stars oncemore. Join me and reforge the empire taken from us. Join me and Antigonos shall rise again!
...
+++End Excerpt+++
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+++Redesignate following pict-captures: Hostile, Retaliate With Prejudice+++
...

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+++Cease Access and Distribute+++
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Saim-Dann on July 4, 2017, 06:34:31 AM
Hey Ynneadwraith!
You've heard this from me before, but I don't recognise anything but the power shields. With them on your pieces, I'm assuming they are more of your custom assembly..... Niiiiice!
I'm really liking the helmets. Well done,mate! 
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on July 4, 2017, 09:25:22 AM
Thanks man! They're mostly Kairic Acolytes from AoS, with Stormcast heads, Ruststalker Taser Goads and the aforementioned Storm Shields :)
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Cavalier on July 5, 2017, 09:10:21 AM
Looking good bud! These guys could be proto-Thunderwarriors. Imaginitive as always, keep it up!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: magenb on July 7, 2017, 11:08:54 PM
very nice
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on July 17, 2017, 11:23:21 AM
Thanks guys :) glad you like them.

I like the idea of proto-Thunder Warriors. Or, perhaps  some other techno-barbarian warlord's forces from the Unification Era. Perhaps the Boetians or the Achaemenid Empire :)
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on July 22, 2017, 05:01:36 AM
Don't be scared little one, that's Zeerses. He's one of our best fighters, not that there's much of him left by now. Knew him as a boy. He was a fighter then too.

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/rljtzvksvyzq8zmg65z2.jpg)
(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/clctg04lpxirrp4uylxw.jpg)
(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/ma5bgmfw1gl0lzlo8ukz.jpg)
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Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Saim-Dann on July 22, 2017, 06:27:49 AM
As Magenb said... Very nice!
Cannot describe just how original this piece is, mate. Am sure you've heard me say this before, Ynneadwraith, but there has never been a unique design as this before on the forum. Your projects just keep improving and improving... Go, hard brother!!!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on July 23, 2017, 06:04:10 PM
Thanks a ton man :) I'm flattered! Even if I think it's patently untrue ;) we've got a real wealth of talent here, yourself included!

Latest messing about :) I usually find I've got enough bits knocking around to make 80% of half a dozen ideas I have, and then I have to order bits for the rest. What that tends to mean is there's quite a while of nothing and then everything comes at once when the bits order arrives :) this one's been waiting for ages!

What's that boy? Haven't you seen a Charlemagne before?

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/dndp2fdaj8sfwsradzza.jpg)
(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/ku23opwwoxkrle4hajjp.jpg)
(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/bgc2jlqu01sshw372b4t.jpg)
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Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Saim-Dann on July 23, 2017, 08:34:21 PM
Niiiiice!
Is that the head of an Empire guy? What rules will you have with this bloke? Thanks for the compliment... Be well!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Cavalier on July 24, 2017, 06:45:37 AM
Wow thats super bizarre, but I like it. Gives me an 80's anime, Vampire Hunter D vibe (which is a compliment!). Imaginative as always bud. Keep rocking!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: flatworldsedge on July 24, 2017, 08:15:06 AM
Also love it, also intrigued to know what it will table as.  The barded lion/rhino vibe of the mount is ace.  Completely unexpected combination.  Massive impact.
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on July 24, 2017, 09:44:45 AM
Thanks guys!

The head is actually a Space Wolf one, although i forget which kit. Fits rather nicely with Empire buts though :)

I actually haven't the foggiest what to run him as. To be honest, i've found the main 40k rulebook (and even things like Inquisimunda) a little restrictive when it comes to just making stuff i think is cool, so i've sort of stopped bothering about what a fair amount of guys would count as. Sometimes it's easy, but other stuff like this guy and my Techno-Greeks just don't have anything that fits :S

I have been slowly working on a bit of an expansion for Shadow War: Armageddon/Inquisimunda with a sort of formula-based method for giving points to whatever it is you like. It basically gives you the freedom to give rules to whatever creation you come up with and them play it using Shadow War's mechanics :)

I'm nearly done on the final touches for wargear and then i'll share it if anyone's interested :) i'd love to get some playtests in to see if there are any glaring issues!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Saim-Dann on July 25, 2017, 01:26:50 AM
Niiiiice!
Why didn't I recognize the Space Wolf head? I have a Doggy army. Am so embarrassed. Some play testing sounds interesting. Looking forward to the results... Be well! 
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on August 6, 2017, 02:23:07 PM
(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,fl_progressive,q_80,w_636/cvsqhkvnz2icmgfatl3n.jpg)

Mutant...xenos...who cares? Either way it's shoot on sight

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,fl_progressive,q_80,w_636/vsg4elt3yynzjmalmr3u.jpg)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,fl_progressive,q_80,w_636/qkemfl0y3l6xjm6p8f73.jpg)

Three things that are constants in the Scar. Strife...Sand...and Scalies. Blighters are everywhere

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,fl_progressive,q_80,w_636/ypathyntdlgbvzhhyclm.jpg)
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Looshkin on August 6, 2017, 04:00:00 PM
Great as ever Ynnead. I don't know how you do it, but you cram so much character into such a small mini. The world that you've created is just exceptional.
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on August 6, 2017, 07:18:01 PM
Thanks man! Really glad you like them :)

I find a habit of compulsively purchasing unrelated bits that just look neat whenever I make a bits order helps with that...even if the wallet's not entirely on board with the idea :S
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Cavalier on August 7, 2017, 08:16:42 AM
Sick. Love it man. It'd be super fun to hunt these suckers down in a game of Shadow War. Love how the bizarre factor only is increasing. As a kid from the 80s I miss the weirdness. Not everything can look cool. I say turn up the weird.

Keep rocking bud  ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on August 8, 2017, 08:04:59 PM
Haha thanks man :) yeah it's nice sometimes just to make something that looks weird, wacky and a little bit pathetic. Makes a nice change of pace from making dudes that are meant to look epic or hard as nails ;)

Saying that, I do have plans for one of these you wouldn't want to bump into in a dark alley...
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on August 10, 2017, 07:49:08 PM
(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/ceqjlo03t79ue90iyxxi.jpg)

"It's the scalies man. We think they're these stupid little critters but they're up to something. I can feel it. See, I made a map. Look. Can you see it? The pattern of what they're taking. They're up to something man."

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/kjj0lu3vlms6hqct0ost.jpg)

"Have you been smoking the holy oil that dodgy Tech Priest sells again Len? You know what that stuff does to your brain."

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/elu3kwyztuflsqvk1pzv.jpg)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/ka9krc8otyarnrawriei.jpg)

Big scaly take us places looong time ago you see. Floating all over stars. Big scaly dead now, but no problem. We smart. We build float-ship. Star Priest take us up to see other scalies. When all scalies together you will see. Won't be you hunting us then. You will see big fella. - recording recovered from the remains of a looted maintenance servitor. A hoax, in the opinion of this expert. It is known that scalies do not have the capacity to learn Gothic.
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Looshkin on August 11, 2017, 06:56:27 AM
I agree with Cav...everything looks like it would be perfect for a really narrative campaign in the Shadow War or Necromunda universes. Heck, maybe even Gorka Morka.

I love the nuggets of back story too. It really adds flavour and immerses you in the world. Great stuff Ynnead!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Cavalier on August 11, 2017, 08:06:36 AM
Niiiiiice. Love the Lizardman conversions. If I played Sigmar it'd be Lizardmen or Dwarves... I've been dying to do a countsas Grotesque conversion with Korxigors... love all the Lizardmen models to death. Sickening conversions my friend. The little Electopriest halo thing really adds a lot, as do the eerie eye covers. Creepy. Love the blue paint jobs, adds some nice color to the collection. Great stuff bud can't wait for more!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on August 11, 2017, 10:59:23 AM
Thanks guys! (I know i say that a lot but i mean it!)

You could have a ton of fun with a Necromunda-style thing played with a gamesmaster going through a narrative, and your right these would work really nicely for that :) must find sone like-minded folks here to do that with...

I've got a massive soft-spot for lizardmen too :) i think they were the second ever models i got after the obligatory introductory space marines. Kroxigor Grotesques would be awesome! I'm also hoping they'll do a bit of a faction-focus on them in AoS with some cool new models.

I've got one or two more planned for these little Scalies :) stand by!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on August 21, 2017, 04:55:58 AM
"I saw it man! It was like a regular scaly but all jacked up and stuff. Like it'd taken a trip to the sawbones. Ripped that miner clean in half. I warned you about them man. I warned everyone but no-one listened."

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/pal5vzocfb4s4c8k9p7x.jpg)

"Look, calm down Len. I know you've been on the sauce, I can smell it. We went to look where you said but there was nothing there. Bit of blood on the sand, but that's hardly unusual in these parts."

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/ouwiqsbaacjbs485djzp.jpg)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/suzyysjvnkeht93d3cer.jpg)

I don't know, some lunatic babbling about how his whole town was killed by scalies.

Scalies? Them little idiot scavengers? I always knew the westerners were soft, but I never thought they'd manage to get themselves killed by scalies. Pathetic.


(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/vwd6tjcwvlv45a0whdua.jpg)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/ilypb61tflub64q3osic.jpg)

We find speaky box in big crashed float-ship. Speak funny but tell us looots of things. Tell us how to make spawn-tanks to make biiig scalies. Tell us how to make own float-ships. Tell us how to make Star Priests to see the way in float-ships. Told you to wait and see. Told you scalies smart, but did you listen? Oooh no.
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Calamity on September 3, 2017, 07:12:02 AM
Thanks a ton man :) I'm flattered! Even if I think it's patently untrue ;) we've got a real wealth of talent here, yourself included!

Latest messing about :) I usually find I've got enough bits knocking around to make 80% of half a dozen ideas I have, and then I have to order bits for the rest. What that tends to mean is there's quite a while of nothing and then everything comes at once when the bits order arrives :) this one's been waiting for ages!

What's that boy? Haven't you seen a Charlemagne before?

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/dndp2fdaj8sfwsradzza.jpg)
(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/ku23opwwoxkrle4hajjp.jpg)
(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/bgc2jlqu01sshw372b4t.jpg)
(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/s0jscxp6grnnp8ti6mjl.jpg)

That!  That's how rough riders should look like!  8)  Pay attention Gee Dubya!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Saim-Dann on September 3, 2017, 09:25:07 AM
G'day Ynneadwraith!
Have been looking back at your mechanized lizard men... Niiiiice!
You have an amazing, unique mind, mate. Reckon you'd be a hoot to have a scotch or two with. Maybe one day, hey... Pointy ears forever!! 
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on September 4, 2017, 07:44:39 PM
Thanks Cap ;) glad you like him. I feel like there's a ton of potential for some really kickass/creepy/alien gene-crafted bionically enhanced chargers for Rough Riders. The human form may be 'holy' but nothing's stopping you from making some monstrous gene-crafted barded-rhino to sit on top of ;) the Krieg Rough Riders from FW are really nice examples of this, but should be the norm rather than the exception...

Thanks Saim Dann! You flatter me ;)

Scotch or two? Now you're talking ;)
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: SeekingOne on September 5, 2017, 04:40:16 AM
Love the lizards, especially the clawed one. Can picture their hunched backs flicker between dunes, when they scatter away from a scavenged site, so natural in pretending to be cowardly...  ;)
Those narratives...   :D
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on September 6, 2017, 11:22:57 AM
Thanks dude :) glad you like them!

I wonder how far the Scalies will get before people start taking them seriously...
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on October 17, 2017, 10:36:44 AM
Well it's been a while since I last did something non-eldar, but the upcoming Iron Sleet invitational (https://ironsleet.com/2017/10/09/invitational-ii-regiments-of-the-thorn-moons/) is too tempting to pass by. Enter The Ravens stage left:

'pon the ruin'd moon of Hyllas, spake the legionary Pallas,
"Cast thou hence from in the shadows, lest I smite thee duly, or-
speak thy name if Thorne or craven.", 'pon which from its darkened haven
Stepped a grim and tattered raven wand'ring from the Nightly shore
"Tell me what thy wretched name is 'mongst this pale and icy hoar”
Quoth the raven "Nevermore."


(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/xwg3zlhs24xpvfen43sg.jpg)
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Saim-Dann on October 17, 2017, 03:11:56 PM
G'day Ynnead!
Don't recognize most of the part to this guy, (Is that a Kroot head?). He's looking to your usual standard though. Keen to see what paints you put on him... Be well!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on October 17, 2017, 07:28:57 PM
Yeah he's a bit of a nonstandard mishmash of bits. Body from a Chaos Cultist, head's 50/50 Sicarian and Kroot and an Ungor spear and shield.

The invitational asks for 5 models so need to come up with ideas for more :)
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on October 20, 2017, 02:55:22 PM
"We spy thine ships by moonfall's aft, thy manifold and blackened craft
Loiter round the Rout like stormclouds, scavengers like crows of yore.
Chatter caw and bicker hasten. Ears and eyes and spies and graven-
ones the Wolves do brand 'Valravn', we have spied thine ilk before.
By what hubris think thine arms might stand afore the might of Thorne?
Speak no more of 'nevermore'."


(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,fl_progressive,q_80,w_636/ozaougysinon4gx2vmcf.jpg)
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Cavalier on October 20, 2017, 03:25:25 PM
Hey Ynnead, I'm actually having a hard time making out what this dude is! It looks cool but not sure what I'm looking at! Can we get some brighter pics? lol
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on October 20, 2017, 04:00:21 PM
Well! I've got this: (https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,fl_progressive,q_80,w_636/uwaef56cmpcrfepfek6e.jpg)

They're gribbly little scavenger techno-barbarians :)

Basically one of the main guys in the Thorn Moons Crusade has probably the most awesome Space Wolf army I've seen, which has been a real inspiration for me. Here's one of his kickass models:

(https://ironsleet.files.wordpress.com/2016/08/img_2361.jpg?w=1620)

The Iron Sleet invitational is about the human 'regiments' that have mustered on either side of the conflict.

My take on that is as a fleet of 'crows' that loiter around the Space Wolves fleet, scavenging from battlefields the Wolves have swept through. (That's the gribbly little guy peering under the wreckage for widgets and doodads).

However, like Odin's Ravens they act as spies of sorts so the Wolves tolerate them. They've got a scavenger's curiosity, and the cawing chatter between their ships alerts them to points of interest and enemy defences and the like...

So yeah! That's the plan :)
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Saim-Dann on October 20, 2017, 07:24:33 PM
G'day Ynnead!
Looking good and the read was a hoot. My Doggies would eat them though. Bwahaha!... Pointy ears forever!!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on October 21, 2017, 05:29:53 AM
Haha I'm sure they would if they caught them ;)

That's actually a little thing I want to work in with their backstory. There's a piece of Danish folklore called a 'Valravn', which is a raven that feasts on the dead of battlefields and becomes a sort of crow-daemon thing that can shapeshift into the form of a human.

So, I thought it would be a neat idea to work in some of the themes you get in cannibalistic cultures (which also neatly links with the Kroot bits). The idea being that there's a legend going round the Kearls of the Wolves (their mortal servants) that if they leave their dead on the battlefield for these guys to find that they'll eat them.

Whether it's true or not I can't say...but there is one of them coming that's got a suspiciously human-shaped thigh of meat he's carrying around ;)
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Saim-Dann on October 21, 2017, 05:57:51 AM
Niiiiice!
Can't wait for that one. Your imagination is something else, Ynnead... Be well!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Cavalier on October 21, 2017, 07:54:48 AM
Ah ok! Cool! Yeah they look pretty sweet. Some Tzaangor heads might look sweet too. Those Space Wolves look amazing... I always loved their Pre-Heresy scheme. In fact I prefer the pre-heresy scheme to all the Marines. Dark Angels, Space Wolves, Imperial Fists and Sons of Horus most of all.

Cool stuff bud keep it up!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on October 21, 2017, 05:58:24 PM
Yeah as a rule I definitely prefer pre-Heresy schemes. I think the only one I prefer the newer scheme is Dark Angels. Tan on dark green is just an excellent combo :)

I've actually got a bunch of Tzaangor heads spare,but they're a little out of scale for these guys. I am planning to give them a try as a sort of head-dress though. Will see how that goes!

They are dead fun to make though ;)

The raven's head did tilt and twist and quizzically it viewed him hence
Yet Pallas stayed his mighty blade, confusion gripping soul and more
"Wherefore art thou masters brave then? Tombstones 'pon which names engraven."
Yet unflinching stood it's brazen gaze that burnt through armoured core 
"Hydra's heads shall reign supreme from dust to dust and Throne to Thorne."
Quoth the raven 'Nevermore."


(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,fl_progressive,q_80,w_636/neiwhexklparmup2qzgx.jpg)

Definitely been having fun making little scavengers ;)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,fl_progressive,q_80,w_636/m71chtjejkxdaxq1iueg.jpg)
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Saim-Dann on October 22, 2017, 05:47:27 AM
Looking good, Ynnead!
Nice touch with the bone out of the hand. He's got a, "Is this yours?", look about him.
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on October 23, 2017, 08:56:26 AM
Thanks man :) now you've got me wanting to make am arm-less Scion as the other half to this diorama (although I'd more imagined him stumbling across the arm on a wartorn battlefield...the rest of the body being AWOL) ;)

As for the rest of my little gribbly crows...there's rather more of them now than I'd intended...

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/xt0gwwpo5btxmyob83o2.jpg)

They're just too fun to make ;) still have 2 or 3 ideas I want to try out so I'll probably end up with 10 or so. That does give me the opportunity to cherry-pick the 5 best ones for the Invitational. If I can work out how to embed polls maybe you guys can help me pick which ones you like best :)
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Cavalier on October 23, 2017, 04:04:36 PM
I dont know what it is... but I having a super hard picking out the details on these guys! I want to comment but having a hard time seeing them! I think I'll wait to pass judgement till you get some color on them. Sorry bud!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on October 23, 2017, 05:11:39 PM
Haha I think you're going to be sorely disappointed if you're expecting colour on these guys! They are crows after all ;)

I have taken on board what you were saying about the creaturecore figures though, and how you can use a real variety of colours to build up a unified palette. So,I plan to use a variety of dark blues, greens and browns to build up a palette that looks black without actually using any actual black at all :)

Contrast that with some pallid skintones and little silver geegaws and red lights and I should be done :)

Shall definitely get some better lit photos though ;)
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Cavalier on October 23, 2017, 06:32:47 PM
lol... I just meant PAINT not color! lol Not trying to pressure you into color my man! Trust me! ;D ;D ;D ;D

Also I don't know what it is... something my brother experiences too where certain art (in black and white or grey scale) messes with our eyes/brains and we have trouble seeing it. Its sort of like an optical illusion thing. Sorry if this sounds weird but its hard to explain!

Anyway still highly intrigued even if my brain can figure out what I'm looking at! So carry on and ignore me!

Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on October 23, 2017, 06:49:20 PM
Haha no worries ;) I can do with some pressuring every now and again ;)

I'm definitely glad you mentioned the whole 'using different colours, all building to something that looks uniform' thing though. I've been experimenting on some of the hapless Kroot who sacrificed their lives to make these guys, and the best results so far have been from starting with a variety of dark basecolours (Incubi Darkness, Rhinox Hide, and Kantor Blue is the darkest I've got there) and then drybrushing them with a few lighter shades then washing the whole lot with Nuln Oil.

There isn't a single genuine black in there, yet the whole thing looks black when looked from afar (just varied tones thereof).

Not sure it'll help with the funky visual stuff mind you (if it even looks anything other than flat black in photos anyway). Little intrigued by that as an ex-psych student with an interest in neuroscience though ;)

Oh, finished my poem too. Great fun (even if side-effects include your inner monologue sounding off if it's not in 8-beat rhyming couplets). Easier to make out the narrative too when it's all together:

'pon the ruin'd moon of Hyllas, spake the legionary Pallas,
"Cast thou hence from in the shadows, lest I smite thee duly, or-
speak thy name if Thorne or craven.", 'pon which from its darkened haven
Stepped a grim and tattered raven wand'ring from the Nightly shore
"Tell me what thy wretched name is 'midst this pale and icy hoar”
Quoth the raven "Nevermore."

"We spy thine ships by moonfall's aft, thy manifold and blackened craft
Loiter round the Rout like stormclouds, scavengers like crows of yore.
Chatter caw and bicker hasten. Ears and eyes and spies and graven-
ones the Wolves do brand 'Valravn', we have spied thine ilk before.
By what hubris think thine arms might stand afore the might of Thorne?
Speak no more of 'nevermore'."

The raven's head did tilt and twist and quizzically it viewed him hence
Yet Pallas stayed his mighty blade, confusion gripping soul and more
"Wherefore art thou masters brave then? Tombstones 'pon which names engraven."
Yet unflinching stood it's brazen gaze that burnt through armoured core
"Hydra's heads shall reign supreme from dust to dust and Throne to Thorne."
Quoth the raven 'Nevermore."

Within Pallas rose an ire as a raging inner fire
Impudence of wretch's tongue like insults flung hast brought it fore.
Sadly rage obscured unshaven brutes within said Nightly haven
Hydra's blood ran through the cave in ruddy pools along the floor.
Thence the skull of Pallas stands resplendent 'bove the raven's door.
Thorne supreme reigns nevermore.
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Cavalier on October 24, 2017, 08:13:53 AM
Nice! I love the poem man. You are a true hobbyist my friend. This is the kind of stuff GW really hopes to inspire in people and you are there my man. So cool. I just love the whole panorama of your project log my friend. Killing it as always!

Also I'm super glad that creature core stuff has helped you. I actually stumbled across that stuff in researching for my writing (and my own art, I have to draw all my stuff to figure it out for my writing) and it was HUGELY inspiring for myself. Although my painting style is the opposite... I remember telling you when you first popped up on the project logs that your painting style to me actually better represents what I think Eldar should be like. If you actually check out some of the old, old Rogue Trader Eldar stuff its very similar.  I think that ghostly, ethereal and somewhat morbid aesthetic is prefect.

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-VwWE8VjPAiY/Ut-JYvmKhEI/AAAAAAAABuE/GBqdKLY6h4E/s1600/Tony+Hough+Eldar+Illustration.jpg)

Love Tony Hough's art...

Anyway great stuff Ynnead keep it up.
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on October 24, 2017, 11:06:42 AM
Thankyou! I've been looking for that picture for ages. I keep banging on about eldar being well and truly alien, and there being this old piece of artwork that gets the point across perfectly.

That's the one!

Absolutely love that stuff. Hints of HR Giger, weird alien textures and shapes, vaguely organic amd insectile in a way that no human would ever intentionally design their armour to look.

It should be a complete shock when these terrifying insectoid-looking aliens take off their helmets and they look like elves beneath :) like if Predator took his helmet off and it was Natalie Portman underneath (and yet...something looks...off..about her).

That's how I imagine eldar anyway :)

Must remember to add more 'gribble' to my eldar in the future ;)
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on October 25, 2017, 05:13:12 PM
Latest work on the gribbly crows :)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/vi3pvsn4nqmtppisxzgz.jpg)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/sluzylavglegfcqwcscw.jpg)

Gribbly tech-shaman :) I like the idea that it's one of these shaman-class of tech-diviners. A Tech Priest -type with an Omnispex would have considerable power in a backwards scavenger society for their seemingly mystical ability to locate valuable bits of technology buried deep under rubble or otherwise hidden from view.

Started painting now as well. Found the solution to the whole 'dozen shades of black' thing. I'm mixing up 3 blobs of Abaddon Black with an arbitrary number of blobs of each blue and green I have so each shade is different :) fingers crossed it looks ok!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Looshkin on October 26, 2017, 05:11:52 AM
Great work Ynnead. Love that Tech Shaman. The things you can do with a kit bash really blow my mind. So seamless, so natural.

Great work.

like if Predator took his helmet off and it was Natalie Portman underneath (and yet...something looks...off..about her).

I don't care if something looks 'off' about her. I've still got a geek boner.
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on October 26, 2017, 10:42:09 AM
Haha you and me both ;)

Thanks man :) should have the first test model painted soon :)
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Cavalier on October 26, 2017, 01:04:38 PM
Ah! Now I can see them properly! Love it! I'm getting a Chozo from Metroid/Prometheus vibe which is A+++ in my book. Really love the Shaman, just an insane conversion there bud. Just incredible modelling my friend. Really love this batch of models. Can't wait to see paint on them!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on October 26, 2017, 05:47:10 PM
Glad you like them Cav :) won't have to wait long for the first test paint ;)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/p4wppe4skjlwpa7m7iy2.jpg)

I can tell these guys are going to be a pain to photograph...

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/q6xlclyitscviohflu9k.jpg)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/n8wgyphp0wbfpat0oaax.jpg)
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Saim-Dann on October 27, 2017, 08:42:44 AM
Oh my, Ynnead!
That little critter looks Micky Mouse. My favorites from the group shot on page 6 are the front three, the hand guy and the Sharman... Pointy ears forever!! 
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: vonny on October 27, 2017, 09:10:50 AM
By the skymother, that thing looks beautiful. Dark and menacing but with just the right amount of bright spot colors to make the model easily readable, and the layering and shading looks perfect. I love this.
It's probably been asked before, but where did you get that mask?
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Cavalier on October 27, 2017, 10:06:37 AM
You NAILED it bro. WOW! Super killer paint jobs. Can totally see how you picked up on the Creature Core stuff we've been talking about. Can't tell you how nice I think these look. Really subtle and interesting, just draws the eye in immediatley. Killer work my friend... this is some leveled up painting. Love it!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on October 27, 2017, 11:23:48 AM
Thanks guys! He bloody well better look like next level up painting considering how much time's gone into him ;)

No fancy new techniques, but every individual bit of cloth/wood/geegaw/tassle is its own separately mixed colour. If I was doing it again the same effect could probably have been done a lot simpler by painting the whole dude dark grey and then washing with blue and green washes.

But hey, you live and learn ;)

Glad those are the ones you like Saim Dann as they're my favourites too ;)

The mask is from the Ad Mech Sicarian kit, which behind the Sylvaneth Tree Revenant kit ranks as one of my favourite kits of all time. Oodles and oodles of awesome looking mechanical limbs, heads, weapons, misc doohickeys. It's a goldmine :)

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Crow number two done :)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/kvctvrqvfbmpc12ewoze.jpg)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/rqej62yqxjg37fk1vwda.jpg)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/cwcdwljop9cvsxn4pi1u.jpg)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/eiokdxbe76cgndumi9oz.jpg)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/y6r8ovcrhdyouzbutepl.jpg)
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: dog_of_war on October 28, 2017, 08:50:09 AM
Those two look awesome! I'm loving the completed paint jobs. I know the back story is to have them on a desolate battlefield, but have you thought of adding a little vegetarian to their bases? A little static grass, even dead grass, would add just a little bit of pop to the model and separate it from the base. Their gorgeous models and a great paint job, it just blends a little too well with the base and the lower half of the model gets little lost. Great work all round though and they really fit well with the rest of your aesthetic.
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Saim-Dann on October 28, 2017, 10:29:44 AM
Niiiiice!
My, they are busy little blighters, aren't they? I like the red lenses. That shade stands out just right with the darker colours.
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on October 28, 2017, 11:39:12 AM
Thanks guys! Glad you like them :)

Yeah the red eyes are one of my favourite bits about them. You can imagine them peering our of the gloom...

Great minds think alike DoW ;) I'm planning on doing a couple of tufts of grass amd maybe some patchy snow effects to break up the mass of black a little, but I haven't got any snow effect stuff and every static grass thing i've tried just looks lurid neon green against the rest of the scheme.

Going to experiment with staining them a little with nuln oil I think...
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Saim-Dann on October 28, 2017, 12:02:37 PM
Try soaking them in metho or something, Ynnead. strip the dye right out of them.
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Looshkin on October 28, 2017, 01:00:12 PM
Oh these are just exceptional Ynnead. The paint job is killer. Totally fitting for the material, while the actual finish is just amazing. The palette works so well and I think the skin tone works as a great counterpoint. The tattoos (which are brilliant...how the hell is your hand steady enough for that stuff??!!!) just cap it all off.

Brilliant character, brilliant finish. Nice work Ynnead!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on October 29, 2017, 10:52:21 AM
Interesting. Hadn't thought of stripping colour out of them, was thinking of trying to stain them darker. Shall give both a go and see what works!

Thanks Loosh! Really glad you like them :)

Not that i'm advocating alcoholism, but a nice glass of red does help steady the hand somewhat ;) that and i find it's easier to do a too-thick line and then thin it out by going back over with skintone :)

Third one done though (barring additional basing effects)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/u0yxhcyylnk3qxtu4cv6.jpg)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/cspqztvitid9n3dumnn1.jpg)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/pczk6loogzzlz34sgeih.jpg)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/q3x5bjxd2xigjgtmbgqu.jpg)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/szvnfisps6csahhvfq1y.jpg)
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Saim-Dann on October 29, 2017, 01:16:49 PM
Micky Mouse, Ynnead!
He looks so wasteland tech. I wouldn't put any kind of grass there myself. It looks just perfect for these little critters who've scavenged the landscape and stripped it of everything. Have the same kind of effect for my Nids. Totally devoured of any kind of organic material.

Don't feel qualified to give advice without being asked for it, so I type this sheepishly. Maybe water down the black for the rim of your bases. Makes them look like we didn't colour outside the lines. These lads are going to look amazing in a group, Ynnead. Keen to see it... Be well!!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on October 30, 2017, 07:51:01 PM
Thanks dude :)

Love the idea of having the bases for your 'nids as devoid of all plantlife as they've stripped it bare. For these guys they're supposed to be exploring a 'Thorn Moons of boreal beauty' as per the Thorn Moons fluff, so a bit of vegetation would tie them in nicely :) not too much mind ;)

Please don't be sheepish with suggestions! I might not take all of them, but it's always valuable to have other people's perspective in stuff. A lot of the time it tends to loiter somewhere in the back of my mind as a suggestion for later ;)

In this instance I absolutely agree with you. I've never quite caught on to the recent trend for blacked out bases, and the only reason I did it with these guys is it actually fits there general palette. I was thinking I should give the rim a light Nuln Oil wash as I've found that gives black a neat satin finish, but I'd completely forgotten about that step!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on November 2, 2017, 06:15:25 AM
I suppose that's the Invitational done if I'm going to stop at 5 ;) unlikely though...

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/dxnmjtetxpiih981m1ab.jpg)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/lxk0h4m1o2ct0stmbaxb.jpg)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/bkww1p5g5tsv7tb0mjfo.jpg)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/qdkhtvm6qmfek4rgsgoq.jpg)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/a0g97msdqrrciskmz7xw.jpg)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/hhnhah3hykwm1qzowjcg.jpg)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/iqr7wfpvsu6gmgcoaxvi.jpg)

I changed the tech-shaman's skull-hand for an omnispex to follow its fluff of being a member of a class/caste that hordes all of the advanced sensor equipment and uses it to appear as if they magically know where useful scavenging is, ensuring a powerful position within their scavenger society.

However, I don't think I like it. Seems to throw off the balance of the model somewhat, or close it up, or come across as too active a pose, or something I don't like about it anyway...

What do people think?

Oh, also, it's my birthday today! So...birthday things :) fingers crossed I get some little plastic dudes to chop up into smaller pieces than the designers intended ;)
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Cavalier on November 2, 2017, 07:17:09 AM
Happy birthday my man. I hope you have a great one and I hope you also get some more models. Hopefully Eldar to get you up to fighting strength for games!  :P Jokes aside, I do hope you get some models my friend and I hope you have a great birthday.

On to the models! Yeah man they look awesome. Great continuation of what you've done. As for the Auspex thing on his hand, while I certainly think it looks perfectly fine, I think you could find something that meshes a bit better. Its just sort of a weird bit, like I dont imagine a scanner being fitted at that angle (with the whole L shaped aparatus) I would think it'd be something a bit more "point and click". I think some antennas or something of the sort would better.

But still amazing modelling all the way around and certainly something I wouldn't be compelled to change. Still loving the paint jobs as well. Anyway have a great b-day my friend and take care!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: magenb on November 2, 2017, 04:39:00 PM
That tech-shaman is creepy as.. great work!

Happy birthday!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Saim-Dann on November 2, 2017, 07:23:17 PM
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, YNNEAD!!
It's scotch night tonight, so a few tumblers will be in your name. Everything looks Micky Mouse, mate... except. The change looks good to me except the last photo. Looks like he's flipping somebody the bird.

It's great to see this group painted. they were my favorites. We know you'll have a hoot at the invitational. Fly the "Eldar Online" banner high, mate. We'll all be with you... Pointy ears forever!!   
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on November 3, 2017, 06:41:41 AM
Thanks guys! Box of Sicarians in the bag, which is a perfect choice by the family. Was banging on over on dakka about how they're probably the most useful single kit available for kitbashing weird techno-dudes :)

Yeah you're both right Cav and Saim Dann. There's something a bit weird about it that just doesn't mesh properly, especially from some angles.

Someone's suggested a way to fix it though :) Cut off the hand and have it so the scanner is grafted directly to his wrist which lowers it down out of the way slightly. Plus, what better way to stop your fellow pesky crows from stealing your valuable scanner than to graft it directly to your arm ;)
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Saim-Dann on November 3, 2017, 07:38:58 AM
Your right and your right, Ynnead! To me though, an antenna, (as Cavalier suggested), would do. Less tech showed to the enemy and more hand gestures for the model... Pointy ears forever!!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on November 10, 2017, 07:24:00 AM
Sort of ended up doing that!

Clockwork thoughts chattered through the crow-priest's brain. This truly was a bizarre place they found themselves in. The crow-priests understood well the processes to connect biology to bionics, but this...this was something approaching...synth esis.

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/nyypyhwdwljtznsco683.jpg)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/x2mftaxpynjwgwtjv6ua.jpg)

He was having difficulty differentiating where the biology ended and the technology began, one blending seamlessly into the other. It was all very...curious.

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/z2xc8boqnp6rkd5j4odu.jpg)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/m6zeegagfayofeca9rjm.jpg)

Crows are up to six-strong now :)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/hzc4s1w7vwtgw9ivtjvf.jpg)

Some sort of juvenile I believe. Shorter of stature and more feeble of spirit than even it's skittish brethren.

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/yywdxzziz5iumad88t9r.jpg)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/z27tj4ow8lum300wlcw3.jpg)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/xfudnforndhflrqgedlr.jpg)
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Cavalier on November 10, 2017, 07:35:04 AM
lol... the feeble Juvenile. Love that description. Poor little dude. Looking good my man.

Also yeah, like the new hand a lot better on the leader. The other one looked just fine honestly, but you made it look just that much better.

Awesome stuff man. These guys will be a great addition to the collection.
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on November 10, 2017, 09:45:40 AM
Haha thanks man :)

With the little feeble-spirited juvenile I was trying to evoke the sort of attitude Victorian-era naturalists and social anthropologists had towards native life. Basically they always seem to twist their otherwise accurate descriptions to make them sound superior and the natives to sound either barbaric and ferocious (if they want to make themselves seem brave) or feeble and weak-willed (if they want to justify lording it over them).

Thought that would be the attitude most Imperials would take to more primitive societies :)
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Saim-Dann on November 10, 2017, 06:55:36 PM
Niiiiice!
Nothing better than waking up to a good read, mate. The big guy is looking a lot better as well. Palease start gaming, Ynnead. I reck'n your battle reports would be the best read on the forum... Pointy ears forever!!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Orange on November 13, 2017, 09:12:06 PM
Loving your work. The primaris marine with all the guard looks great, really how big marines should have always been. I look forward to seeing some paint on them!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on November 14, 2017, 10:10:08 AM
Thanks guys!

I will start gaming eventually, I promise ;) and narrative batreps will be a feature :)

Absolutely Marines should always have been that size, although interestingly if you go back to the early editions there was no mention whatsoever of Marines being taller than your average human. Genetically modified yes, but regular size. That's where Marine size stems from, but it's interesting that they haven't quite kept up with tye expectation of them getting bigger :)
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Saim-Dann on November 14, 2017, 05:46:53 PM
G'day Ynnead!
Glad to hear you'll be gaming soon. Actually, in second ed they mention the marines being 8ft tall. Add on the armour and traction on the boots that should bring them up to 9/10ft. This being so, compare the size of the rhino. It would be the size of a small house... Be well!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on November 16, 2017, 05:13:03 AM
Huh, interesting. Perhaps it was only in Rogue Trader that Marines were regular size...

Well,in lieu of any actual hobby stuff (still need to add a little snow effect to the bases) I've been mucking about with the Prisma app in lunch breaks :) if people haven't heard of it before it's basically a dead clever filter app that applies full-blown art styles to your photos in a way that feels suspiciously like cheating...

Some of the styles work really nicely on little plastic dudes ;)

Sort of a CEL-shading style:

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/hhneycbxyn1qhyv1dvga.jpg)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/r9knkcdqk3lpq4duqgqe.jpg)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/yhsg7mml2sl5yusno6by.jpg)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/mriwocgb34awmnx9jvth.jpg)

A different, warmer CEL-shadey design

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/uiikegbklcujhsdhureh.jpg)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/n279gy01lioi6wwwyayh.jpg)

A line-sketch style that sometimes seems to invent shadows from nowhere...

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/bjsvpbw0i1bqdccoywkl.jpg)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/ucgchvukwvwptadqpw3x.jpg)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/ofp67xzxdlgunmr5mncq.jpg)

And a kickass mosaic-style one

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/rxadft0ozx39gpwhqhs9.jpg)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/linyiowosabckluvsqff.jpg)

So yeah, sod all talent or effort from me but they certainly look cool!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Saim-Dann on November 16, 2017, 05:55:14 AM
G'day Ynnead!
Naaaaah! Give me your style all the time, every time... Be well!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: SeekingOne on November 17, 2017, 01:13:06 AM
Stunning work on those Crows! Each of your updates is always a treat Ynnead :)
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on November 18, 2017, 05:40:54 AM
Thanks guys :) yeah the filters and stuff would be fun for a comic book/graphic novel style batrep (once I actually do some!) but tend to mask some of the detail. Still, fun to play around with while you can't paint stuff :)

Speaking of which, it's not much but it's something!

To be honest, I have no idea what they are really, but the Crows treat them like dogs. Or pigs may be a better analogy. Use them for tracking, and feed them all the stuff Crows can't eat. Fatten them up for leaner times ahead.

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/hw3ojql5thizosj7e1vy.jpg)

There's loads of the damn things running wild on their ships. Makes it tricky to get aboard undetected.

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/j5drmevc97ad8xwczmtf.jpg)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/zik60bsw5izgoymj5srv.jpg)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/wyqan3zdvwg179nq5ztc.jpg)
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Saim-Dann on November 18, 2017, 05:50:16 AM
G'day Ynnead!
Man, you think of everything. Trackers doubled as organic sensor alarms and food rations. I like it... Be well!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on November 18, 2017, 06:07:38 AM
Haha thanks man :) yeah I thought that being scavengers they'd be pretty efficient with the stuff they do have. Plus, easier to keep food fresh by keeping it alive (and useful!) than taking up valuable power conserving it.

Also, little bit of headcanon with its missing legs. Why waste a whole crow-dog-thing when you've got a scavenged bionic limb lying around? ;)
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Saim-Dann on November 18, 2017, 07:54:48 AM
Bwahaha!!
That's priceless, mate. Chop off a limb for a snack and replace it wi... I'm looking at my neighbor's chickens in a brand new light.
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Cavalier on November 18, 2017, 09:40:49 AM
Man that is hilarious and grotesque... I love it. That is absolutely classic... I'd love to have my Cyber Mastiff throw down with that little dude. Great stuff as always my friend. This little band is looking great
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Looshkin on November 22, 2017, 08:33:34 AM
Cool Crow-Dog Ynnead. Really cool.

Now, tell me again, how's your therapy going?
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Orange on November 23, 2017, 02:03:39 AM
Wow, creepy creepy stuff, love it.
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on November 23, 2017, 07:32:09 PM
Haha thanks guys ;)

I in no way hold myself responsible for the demise of your neighbour's fowl Dann ;)

Oh, and pretty hard for the therapist to get a word in edgeways while I'm wittering on about creepy crow-pig-dogs and whatnot ;)

Well, I'd love to show you guys a WIP pic of the next member of this little scavenger band, but I've managed to melt the camera on my phone. Pro-tip: if you're crouching above a puddle that may well be petrol, don't use a battery drill to drill a drain hole. They spark when they stop moving. Face is a little crispy, but otherwise ok ;) can't say the same for the camera (although the rest of the phone is remarkably fine for being in the midst of a petrol fire for a minute or so).

I say that you're allowed one major lapse in judgement per year. Slightly surprised it's taken this long this year ;)
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Saim-Dann on November 23, 2017, 08:32:08 PM
G'day Ynnead!
Ouch! glad to hear everything is ok. Your face is the last place you want a burn scare... Be well!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: SeekingOne on November 24, 2017, 12:25:22 AM
Omg, Ynnead, please be careful! We need you here ;)
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Alienscar on November 24, 2017, 04:21:39 AM
Pro-tip is not to drill anywhere near petrol with anything. A guy that lived down the road from me ended up being air lifted to hospital because he lit a car up when he was working in a pit. He is lucky to be alive. Always use sand to soak the petrol up and remove the sand before starting work.

While your face is important I think this site would suffer more if you damaged your hands.
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Looshkin on November 24, 2017, 05:56:19 AM
Pro-tip: if you're crouching above a puddle that may well be petrol, don't use a battery drill to drill a drain hole.

You are a Berk. Look after yourself
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Cavalier on November 25, 2017, 07:27:42 AM
Jeez! Be careful man! Plus your camera got wrecked on top of it? Brutal... glad you are doing well though. Hope you can find a replacement for your camera my friend.
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: magenb on November 27, 2017, 03:01:11 PM
ouch, but sounds lie a luck escape and didn't set yourself or the house on fire.


Crow-dog thing looks weird but in a good way :) Would look awesome as a beast pack too.
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on November 28, 2017, 11:44:13 AM
Nail->head there Loosh. I am most certainly a berk ;)

Thanks for the well wishes guys :) 100% a lucky escape. Ordered 4 more fire extinguishers before touching anything even vaguely hot again ;)

Hope your neighbour is ok now Alienscar. Sounds pretty nasty! We've got a pit too and I've always been careful around not going down in it when there's a fire risk (or gases that are heavier than air). Makes it aĺl the more odd as to my lapse in judgement...

Hands I'm extra careful around already (again thanks to hurting them before). Messed up some ligaments pickaxing some ground (had surprise rocks in) and had to go easy on the left hand for a month or so. Not sure how people cope so well with just one hand. Every single thing you do is harder. Even just doing the zip up on your trousers (seriously, try it with one hand).

So yeah. Damaging your face messes up your social life (if you have judgemental friends). Damaging your hands messes up pretty much everything (the only hobbies I can think of that don't involve hands are singing and running and I'm no good at either...).

Enough warnings for one day though! here's the latest creation:

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/j03mcr3ex49zf3hblkah.jpg)

I forget you're an udlænding. That's a Sleipnir. Quite common around these parts.

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/ljrpt0qpowxc9eylqnkq.jpg)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/x08knyrdk6vraykx6tid.jpg)

The Fenrisians, both Kearls and wildlings, use them for recon and warhorses. Trade them with folks in neighbouring systems as well. Not sure how the Crows got them though. Probably stole them I expect.

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/zrimuvqg33xcamr3yqla.jpg)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/xrdlnpzr7mibgxfygv9r.jpg)

Thought I'd tie in some more Norse mythology with my dudes. There are a number of mythological animals surrounding Odin, which I've based these guys loosely around. The first of which are his Wolves, Geri and Freki, represented by the Vlka Fenryka. The second of which are his Ravens, Huginn and Muninn, represented by my crows. Another is his mythical steed, Sleipnir, the 8-legged horse. Thought that would be a good basis for a xenos/gene-modified steed of some sort for Kearls and Wildlings :)

Apologies for the murky pictures. Thanks to my melty camera I've been scrambling to find another setup that works before Iron Sleet's deadline on the 3rd! The above are from my Canon point-and-shoot, and the below are a couple from my mate's phone and some other trials with lighting. Not sure what works best...

Parent's phone (pretty similar to mine, maybe washed out a bit but can't quite work out):
(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/ib8f8nvkjbcbchd5kigz.jpg)

Point-and-shoot (not enough light for this one, although it does look atmospheric):
(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/oefl2rvhwdvbqo26jguv.jpg)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/sd0zxqhs3iisy31nfeua.jpg)

Point-and-shoot with additional lighting:
(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/ixf0klvlme8vp4yesiea.jpg)

Point-and-shoot with attempt at moonlit-look:
(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/zkmbbjcvzjcimdygmxo1.jpg)

Mate's camera-phone:
(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/iqtmqcfqaaq6fppsn25p.jpg)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/k6axtdo863gl1mttvfav.jpg)
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Saim-Dann on November 28, 2017, 12:30:38 PM
Niiiiice!
Looking good,"Scar Face". Giving the Cavalry a hairless appearance is a nice touch, Mate. They are all eye-catching. The different camera pics look like the same army taken at different times of the day.

Some pre-battle, some post. Would have made a great story... Hint hint! Thanks for sharing, Ynead. Always look forward to your posts and you never disappoint... Pointy ears forever!!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Cavalier on November 28, 2017, 01:41:47 PM
Great new addition to the collection Ynnead. Really love it... that horse is phenomenal. The modeling is top notch as ever and I just love the way you've painted him too. Really blowing it out of the water my friend. Great stuff as always Ynnead hope you are feeling better bud. And hope your friends are busting your chops to hard!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: SeekingOne on November 28, 2017, 02:40:44 PM
Awesome conversions, I don't think I ever saw anything quite so distinctly grim-dark as these guys. Fantastic job, as always :)
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on November 29, 2017, 07:06:18 PM
Thanks guys! Haha I won't tell my mates about the 'scarface' quip. I'll never hear the end of it ;)

Glad you like the creepy horse thing :) deadline for submission to Iron Sleet is looming so I've got to make some tricky choices as to which 5 models to include. I like the front pair, and the fighter is good too. Crow-priest is a must, and I'd like to include the Sleipnir...but I also like my little dude investigating the severed hand...

Gah too tricky!

The deadline won't be the end for these guys though :) I've got a box of the new Escher gangers on the way in an effort to inject some gender-variety into the little troupe :)
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: magenb on November 29, 2017, 08:37:17 PM
I can just picture the dinner table now, bit of Sleipnir leg, some crow-dog... :)
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on November 30, 2017, 04:23:52 AM
I can just picture the dinner table now, bit of Sleipnir leg, some crow-dog... :)

...misc bit of leg scavenged from a battlefield with a suspiciously wolfy tattoo ;)
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Orange on November 30, 2017, 08:45:41 PM
Really nice work.

They remind me of the artist Brom's* work, if you're familiar with it--all muted colours, muscles and leather!

*though fair warning, if oyu look it up, some up it is a bit NSFW
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on December 1, 2017, 05:26:13 AM
Thanks man :)

I'm not familiar with them, but I'll leave it until after work to look them up ;)

Tested the first trial run of photos for Iron Sleet :) still think they're a little too dark, even with some additional lighting. What do people think? Not sure my point-and-shoot agrees with low-light indoor stuff particularly well.

I've also finally got round to adding a little snow to the bases :) I'd always intended them to be sifting through snow-covered moon surface. Actually the whole landscape I'm picturing them in is inspired by a trip to Iceland. Crumbly jet-black volcanic sand covered in crisp snow, sparse vegetation clinging on.

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/gjvg863w7b9a5cbufu68.jpg)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/thlyuciexd2hyn6flcfm.jpg)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/moricrui4pd14queffnk.jpg)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/fucyr8gvfohvcrvttin8.jpg)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/a96rlfvmjcgctqhbhn78.jpg)

And the whole group so far :)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/ttnsamy6iq0zjmf35ii7.jpg)
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Cavalier on December 1, 2017, 07:48:28 AM
They look great Ynnead. Really a great little band of critters. All about the snow bases, they look great.

The trick with getting good indoor light is getting light from a couple of sources. I have an overhead and light from a nearby window... if you had 2 little lamps it should give you some light. Also putting a big piece of paper to photo against in the background really helps. I'll take a photo of my setup and you'll see how easy it is.
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: dog_of_war on December 1, 2017, 07:54:05 AM
I agree that the photos are just a little dark. It may be that you have everything against a light background while taking the pictures.

I like to try using a box made with black foam board (really cheap stuff) and cut some slots on the sides to allow desk lamps to shine through. Having a few sources of light sources from different directions really helps highlight the model. Cav and Loosh, are really the best ones for advice of photography, but that's my two cents. ;)
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on December 1, 2017, 10:02:04 AM
Yeah I thought I'd managed to get lighting sorted from regualar room lights, a table lamp lain on its side and my phone's torch shone down from above!

Apparently not enough!

I think phone cameras tend to be more concerned with low-light shots than little point-and-shoots, simply due to what they're normally used for.

Shall try a black background though. That might help a lot :)

Glad you like the snow bases though :) initiqlly panicked a little that I'd ruined them but they've massively grown on me since that initial moment :)
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Saim-Dann on December 2, 2017, 07:09:12 AM
G'day Ynead!
Those snow bases look amazing. You really took the landscape in while holidaying, didn't you?... Pointy ears forever!!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on December 2, 2017, 07:28:34 PM
Thanks man! Definitely glad people are liking the snow bases :)

Yeah Iceland as a whole left quite an impression on me. It's a stunning landscape. Looks completely alien to anywhere else in Europe. I'd definitely recommend going if you ever get the chance :)

Also, I've also managed to sneak just one more in before today's deadline :)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/wbj9scxx8dge6wznzscg.jpg)

The little scavenger padded its feet as it stood, trying to drive out the cold. There was little, really, to mark it as female beneath its layers upon layers of rags. A slightness of build perhaps, but little else. Not like the concubines of the Crow-Chief, or the zealous warrior-women that visited the Wolves on occasion. Just another scavenger among the multitudes. Another faceless, nameless individual to anyone looking on.

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/uzbm5f6gl6jhhhu5bag8.jpg)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/ucx9toxxtznohqablzey.jpg)

And the whole little scavenger band, marching through the bitter wind and snow.

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/d3hknjs4rkvj6x9vq61e.jpg)

Keep an eye out! The Crows should be popping up on Iron Sleet (https://ironsleet.com/) in the not-too-distant future :)
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Saim-Dann on December 2, 2017, 07:51:42 PM
Niiiiice!
Wouldn't mind visiting Iceland, however, my next overseas trip will be England/Ireland... Be well!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: dog_of_war on December 2, 2017, 10:06:00 PM
Those models are begging for a display board or at least to have some shots taken on a games table at a local gaming store. The realism of the paint scheme and the cinematic modeling would explode on the screen with the right backdrop.
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Looshkin on December 3, 2017, 03:12:07 AM
Terrific warband Ynnead. The snow bases look fantastic and draw the whole theme together brilliantly. I love the aesthetic of this group, they just look so gritty and weird and disparate...but at the same time a totally cohesive force. You've really done wonders from start to finish with this group, with excellent conversions, great thematic structure and topped off with some top notch paint work.

I'd also love to see them against some scenery. At the least, bunk them on top of some white paper and add a bit more light...it seems a real shame that we can't see all of the detail that you've been working on. If you need tips on a lighting setup, the latest White Dwarf has a very in depth article on how to take photos of your miniatures. It's a good read with excellent advice.

Also, as for Iceland...I'm with you on that place. Just amazing in general. Quite primordial in some ways. I hope you got to see the Northern Lights on your visit...and I do hope you managed to visit the Blue Lagoon. My Blood Pressure was officially 'Soup' by the time I left that place, I was so relaxed!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on December 3, 2017, 05:29:13 AM
Thanks guys!

Yeah I've definitely struggled somewhat since my camera died to get a setup that works with my point-and-shoot. The above pictures were with two interior lamps (one overhead and one laid on its side) and my phone's torch pointed at them and it's sort of only just enough. The photos are far crisper and better resolution* than my phone, but much fussier with lighting.

I tried with a white background and it didn't like it at all for some reason. Perhaps I didn't have the setup right, but the white balance was off to the point that the models just looked uniformly black :S

I did try with a black background which lets a lot more of the colours come through, but the overall tone of the picture was much warmer (fault of using interior lamps with warm bulbs rather than proper daylight stuff) which didn't suit the cold theme. Here it is anyway :)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/xyse6m2brly3orsd8dmd.jpg)

I'd absolutely love to do a scenic base for these guys (or on a game board). There's an absolutely stunning one I've seen of one of those Krieg riders looking out over a bluff on a really bleak and windswept scene. Big board (maybe 2ft across) and only two models on the whole thing. I'll share it when I find it :)

Glad you liked Iceland too Loosh :) alas we didn't get to see the Northern Lights (cloudy the whole time!) but we did make it to the Blue Lagoon and saw two humpbacks breach which was amazing (directly after the boat guide said that people expect whales to jump out of the water all the time but it very rarely actually happens) :) agreed it definitely looks primordial. Just the journey from the airport to Reykjavic with the flattened field of moss-covered boulders makes that point clear :)

*if you open the pics in a new tab and then take out the 'c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/' part of the url it'll show them in full resolution ;)
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on December 29, 2017, 07:22:06 AM
Long time no post!
Real life has been a bugger recently for hobby-related things but i've finally managed to snatch some time over Christmas :) looks like there's a ton of updates from everyone which is awesome though :) shall be wading through those whenever I get the chance, but for now here's these guys :)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/cwknrlfvqphjhi1bxucq.jpg)

Strange to think, isn't it? None of those optics are theirs. All scavenged from battlefields. They spend their lives looking through the eyes of dead men. What an odd perspective on the world that must bring.

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/muezhiwadgpnvhohbgj3.jpg)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/a7jjeg01k3eh45u37glv.jpg)

Managed to finish off a few models I'd got half-done, including crow-pig-dog number 2...

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/idocv4wqma88lbsjdhzp.jpg)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/nwpdfleqlntwgusdjpok.jpg)

...and this lovely lady...

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/pe0tnzw4ueiaafphlmny.jpg)

I think the word translates to 'concubine', although 'witch' would work too. Psykers the lot of them. They appear to intentionally breed them. Send them out as favours to the other crow-chiefs, strengthening the various tenuous alliances between groups.

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/mewpuewcb7ajqu1o3tg0.jpg)

Hah! Everyone asks that. I think they use their witch-powers to keep warm or something.

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/wpamovjicrgih3spdjf4.jpg)

I'm up to three female Crows now...

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/w9a5vmmxcyf8xkvz5ooi.jpg)

...and thirteen total :)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/dm2ioikudekcwr9fbkfp.jpg)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/wppyqxedljgkeo9gygcm.jpg)

I'm going to call this band nearly done :) I do have a couple more ideas though, and something big coming for them soon! Then it's onto expanding the next piece of the picture for these little dudes :)

I do have some eldar on the way too, I promise ;) first properly mixed-material dude so it's a pretty steep learning curve!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Cavalier on December 29, 2017, 01:49:38 PM
Hey Ynnead welcome back man. Been a while! Great stuff here as always... did you hack up Cawl to get those bits? I'm working on one at the moment and thought I recognized those bits... The modelling is great, but I love the paint jobs. The skin tones are fantastic! What did you use for a wash? Anyway great to see you back bud. Great stuff as always.
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Saim-Dann on December 29, 2017, 03:32:39 PM
G'day, Ynnead!
I hope it was good life that kept you away from us, mate. Good to see you back. The witch and the pig/dog/crow look amazing as always, Ynnead. A concubine? Wouldn't want to wake up next to that!!

Like the idea of those blokes looking through dead man's eyes. Am envious of your imagination, mate. Have a great new year, Ynnead... Be well!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on January 2, 2018, 07:26:09 PM
Thanks guys! It's definitely been a while! My plan of catching up on everyone's updates hasn't exactly gone to plan, but I'll get there :)

The bits on the Concubine kit are actually from the Talos! I'm definitely envious of Cawl though. He seems like an absolute goldmine of bits just waiting to be disseminated among a dozen other models ;)

The skintones are actually from a quick and dirty method I saw for Dark Eldar skintones. Pallid Wych Flesh, with a medium wash of Druchii Violet and then drybrush back over with Pallid Wych Flesh. Worked way better than I'd hoped! I've found it works especially nicely around eyes if you want to give them an unhealthy sunken look :)

I'm with you on the concubine Saim Dann! Although she might have a somewhat alluring gait I think I'll leave her to the Crows ;)

It was definitely good life, or good life for me at least. Want to get my little Spitfire built for a road trip in March so working full-tilt to get that finished! Tall order, but should be just about doable :) not leaving time for much else now that work's mega-busy too so I can't sneak a quick forum session in there either :S
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Saim-Dann on January 2, 2018, 08:11:40 PM
Spitfire? Are you talking plane, model or wife?... Happy new year, regardless!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on January 11, 2018, 07:23:59 PM
Haha none of the above actually! Car in fact :) or will be when it's not in a million pieces strewn over my garage ;)

I have, however, finally caught up on everyone's threads so I can post again in good conscience ;)

In keeping with my generally erratic nature (I'm surprised I've stuck so strongly to the Crows thus far!) I've finished the first of the next peripheral culture :)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/zx13wi3stsbkyxrvtwcz.jpg)

They trade sometimes, with the Elk-men. Fellow nomads, meandering through this icy plane.

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/fkxjk0ljyrqscgrzvtz4.jpg)

Oh nothing of real value. Mainly scavenged tech and weapons, food supplies, little handmade trinkets. That sort of thing. Sometimes the Elk-men barter passage to other systems.

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/kupjnpcngg2k8uhgxkyg.jpg)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/j7jcsy4vrysixuo10in4.jpg)

The elk-folk wander around in bands of five or six usually, plus a pack animal or two. People say they used to congregate in massive numbers, but not any more.

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/uoxj2qkfnsbc96mfa2qh.jpg)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/npjoc3xfr5gjf9uirygb.jpg)

There were millions of them once. Great warherds, stretching as far as the eye could see. Not seen them in any sort of numbers for a couple of centuries now.

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/adcelokltg3z6awcsjrp.jpg)

So that's the first of the Elk-folk :) not that there will be many...

Still, enough to tell their story at least, and how they link in with the Crows and the Wolves :)

Have a couple more Crows to come too, so we won't be seeing the last of them :)
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Saim-Dann on January 11, 2018, 10:38:00 PM
Cool bananas, Ynnead!
Great start to the Elk folk, mate. As always a unique piece, but nicely tied in with the rest of the universe you've created.

Had to Google your Spitfire... Niiiiice! Please tell me you've painted it racing green... Be well!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Cavalier on January 12, 2018, 08:19:38 AM
Hey bud, very cool model. Really dig all these dudes. I'd definitley look into playing some Kill Team or Necromunda or something like that with them. Just amazing stuff man. So well executed. Love it!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on January 18, 2018, 09:28:34 AM
Haha thanks guys ;)

You just wait Saim Dann ;) where I haven't had the time to do much modelling I have been sneaking time at work to scribble down thoughts on this little world. It'll be expanded as an when I get models painted, but as a brief overview it's a world left in the wake of a Space Wolf Crusade. Basically what happens after the victorious armies of the Imperium sod off somewhere else, leaving everyone else behind ;)

I absolutely need to get some games of Necromunda in. Need to get my hands on the new rulebook. I'm also hopeful someone sorts out an Inquisimunda v2 or another fan expansion type thing :)

Until then, here's another dude!

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/ctd5xlqofrnp5cooqo1a.jpg)

Over there, I spy two big stags. White Hands by the looks of it. I know little of their braying tongue, but enough to barter us supplies. Perhaps enough to procure a guide to our destination.

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/wzozsyvcavzpiucb5zan.jpg)

Looks like they're on their way to the herdstone. Meeting places for the horned folk. You can find them scattered all through the twelve systems, and a little beyond. Monuments to the Old Gods...

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/lidstijwdd8g1sknxiq8.jpg)
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Saim-Dann on January 18, 2018, 06:00:43 PM
Niiiiice!
Yup, the Doggies have that effect on other races. Just cock their leg to mark the fact they've been there and away they go. Enjoyed the read as always, mate... Be well!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on January 20, 2018, 06:48:35 AM
Thanks dude :) yeah you're not wrong ;)

Finished up another two :) plus my first ever piece of scenery!

There it is, the herdstone. Great stone menhirs erected where the veil allegedly wears thin, back in the times when the warherds swept through these worlds. Fell monuments. See how this one weeps blood from its pinnacle.

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The two big stags collided with a sickening crunch. Enough force behind them to break bones. Enough force behind them to pulverise a Crow. This was the rut. One of the few times the Elgr gather in greater numbers, filtering in from the deep forests of their worlds. A time of blood and bone and muscle. A time to ensure that the future of their kind is as strong as possible. Strong enough to survive the coming hunts.

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/uqwvmmew5vmcmfuhclen.jpg)

See the younger bucks on the periphery. Not quite their full-horned glory just yet, but practicing for when their time comes.

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/dr5ouqumgjy2akhop3hn.jpg)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/pkr7zzjp7lnammw4zke4.jpg)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/d4lxpyb9mw9attpleuhg.jpg)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/wfoxtegnbxnwgmfm99yj.jpg)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/hlrqzygwvuk23pzvuvpi.jpg)

That's nearly my whole scatter-herd. Just waiting for a final bit for the last model and we should get a little closer to why they're here, and just what the story of their worlds is...
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Cavalier on January 20, 2018, 08:02:49 AM
Absolutley sick.  While I love the Michael Moorcock/He-Man vibe of AoS, Honestly, I wish Age of Sigmar felt like this. More of a post-apocalyptic fantasy. Just sick modeling... everything feels so moody and ominous and the painting is seriously, seriously good. Just love this stuff to death Ynnead. Keep rocking bud you are killing it 
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Saim-Dann on January 20, 2018, 06:13:46 PM
Pure magic, Ynnead!
Young bucks with antlers still growing. I like it.There is as much character in you modeling/painting as there is in your writing, mate. You are a hoot... Be well!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on January 23, 2018, 07:30:15 PM
Thanks guys! Really glad you like them :)

I'm with you on the whole AoS front Cav. While the whole He-Man/Conan stuff gives opportunity for some really out-there modelling (good for my bitsbox so I'm not complaining!), it does feel like there's opportunity to do something novel with a fantasy setting.

Thinking about it, you could do some really interesting stuff with the idea of a sort of shattered realm type thing. The gods of the Old world had a plan to send mortals through to create a new world when Chaos ripped this one to pieces. A plan which failed. So you've got regular mortals like Sigmar who suddenly found themselves ascended to godhood tasked with creating a new world with zero experience or guidance.

You should end up with a sort of broken world, all frayed and torn at the edges, and bits and pieces intermittently not working right. The sort of place you can take the wrong fork in a deep-forest path and walk out a decade later, or a hundred miles away. A place where half-formed and ill-conceived monsters flit into existence. A place where mortal man and elf and dwarf are cast adrift in scattered bands in this broken and schizophrenic realm.

There is actually a bit of a movement in the Fantasy world called 'Dark Age of Sigmar' that goes down that direction a little. Some utterly, utterly stunning stuff from there too. Check these out if you've got a moment :)

Age of Sigmar Horror - Black Sloth Hell (http://www.exprofundis.com/black-sloth-hell/)
Slaves to Darkness - Chaos Warriors of Malal - Ex Profundis (http://www.exprofundis.com/slaves-darkness-chaos-warriors-malal/)
The Eclipse - Competition Gallery - Ex Profundis (http://www.exprofundis.com/eclipse-competition-gallery/)
Gardens of Hecate: CXLIX. Shadespire: Steelheart's Champions (http://gardensofhecate.blogspot.co.uk/2017/12/cxlix-shadespire-steelhearts-champions.html)

It's not just waffle from me though! Update too :)

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See that one over there? That's a Bray. Close as they get to cultural leaders these days. Elders who preserve their histories, administer what passes for justice amongst their kind, and lead the bacchanal rites to appease their vengeful gods.

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/e94zy88yx7lfcwng046a.jpg)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/tu4wscbd3wwzfarkrvfo.jpg)

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It's curious, really. At first I believed the herdstones to be malefic structures, with little purpose but to provide a focal point to tear the veil of the materium. However, from my time with them I believe their actual function is to bleed off power from the immaterium in manageable doses. The constant weeping of blood, the bacchanal orgies of violence, the blood-sacrifices. All serve to prevent the anger within from bubbling over.

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/mjkcftixakhxywss1u51.jpg)

More than most, my time among the elk-folk has given me an insight into their psyche. I believe they view themselves as exiles, cast apart from their forebears who lived side-by-side with their Gods. Forced to wander through this icy plane and scratch a meagre existence. They remember the times where their kind swept through these systems as a great conquering tide. They remember the great armies of the Emperor arrayed to stop them, the mighty Wolves of Fenris at the fore. They remember the days their Gods forsook them, and left them upon these frozen worlds. For them, their rapture has come and passed.

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/uhwmjftyz8yreviczyc8.jpg)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/qkohkod0dvgnqnt2wzvp.jpg)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/gaht9vjohqu9hys3td79.jpg)

So there we go! That's the last of the planned Elk-Folk (although I do have a few more ideas to revisit if the bits-box contents align) :)

Hopefully the fluff snippets have given a decent insight into their history, but if not here's a little explainer. These elk-folk were a bunch of feral-worlders picked up as chaff for a Chaos Warlord's army which swept through the sector before being stopped by the Space Wolves. Their armies crushed, the PBI (Poor Bloody Infantry) were abandoned planetside and over the centuries since have carved out a society alongside the other abandoned inhabitants of this world (we'll get onto those next!).

The idea about the herdstone was a thought I had about human cultures living under the gaze of the Ruinous Powers. In order to have survived for this long, even primitive cultures that find themselves close enough to warp-rifts must have some sort of mechanism to deal with the machinations of the Gods. The herdstones are in actuality arcane monoliths designed to relieve the pressure of the warp in places where there's danger of a breach, quite literally bleeding off the power as a constant trickle of magically generated blood, augmented and maintained by bacchanal rituals and sacrifices to appease the War God.

The fact they can also be used to rip holes in the materium is just a secondary function, put to ruinous use during the times of the great warherd.
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Saim-Dann on January 23, 2018, 08:08:15 PM
You've done it again, Ynnead!
That read was a belta, and the models to match made for a great yarn. Keen to see what you come up with in regards to the other abandoned units. Keep'm come'n, mate... Be well!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Looshkin on January 28, 2018, 06:54:34 AM
Thanks Ynnead. Those Elk-Folk are going to give me nightmares for weeks.

Seriously, it's like you climb into my head and then build whatever you find in the darkest corners of fear that you find in there. So unsettling, such a strong theme...so wrong.

Which makes them, of course, perfect. Well done bud. Truly impressive.
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on January 30, 2018, 07:29:12 PM
Haha thanks guys! Really glad you like them/they'll haunt your dreams, whichever it might be ;)

I'd thought these were some of the less disturbing dudes, but looking at them again in a different light (especially the guy with the broken antlers) they'd creep me the hell out too if I saw one in a darkened alleyway :S I suppose it just goes to show just how freaky the 40k universe can be that weird faceless dudes with digitigrade bionic limbs wielding axe/cleavers the size of their own torso is one of the less blatantly obvious terrifying elements ;)

Speaking of which...

When Morkai's sons are on the prowl,
When moon is bright and wolves do howl,
Within thine walls stay safe and fast,
For teeth and tools of murder pass.

-Verse from the Edda Óvættr (An Ode to Monsters)


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It seems, wherever the Vlka Fenryka tread, a trail of myths of mutant wolfmen follows them. Many fallacies and fabrications abound in populations overawed by His Holyness' mighty astartes, but this one is curious in its ubiquity. Those who are privy to current inquisitorial investigations into the thirteenth company might believe they pertain to the mutant astartes known as 'wulfen'. However, upon closer reflection it would appear there is a secondary phenomenon at play.

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Common in extant myths is the infectious nature of the bite of a frekr, as they are dubbed. If this bears truth, this poses a significant risk to Imperial security. Recommend immediate travel to infected worlds for research purposes, followed by immediate reprisal against the chapter once proof is obtained.

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/xueu5ovdk1zwwhnhc66w.jpg)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/s2ku3gcwgvmxmghatc91.jpg)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/uyumez36horsovq4a24r.jpg)

Recovered cave-writings from exterminated populations here suggest the native freki believe they were stationed on this world for some higher purpose. A grand task bestowed upon them by their Gods. More likely is that they were dumped here on this backwater world, hidden away from prying inquisitorial eyes. No longer.

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/lhuiksh56ry9efdd5kei.jpg)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/ysgtwh98girv0qzz39yb.jpg)

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Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: magenb on January 30, 2018, 07:59:25 PM
freaky frekr's !

great job :)

Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Saim-Dann on January 30, 2018, 08:07:40 PM
G'day Ynnead!
This is by far my favorite project of yours to date, mate. Did I read it right that these blokes could be remnants of the 13th? If so, bravo! If not? Bravo anyway, cause those heads are Nice and creepy. Thanks for the smile, Ynnead... Be well!!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Dread on January 31, 2018, 01:06:02 AM
Oh wow, I really like them. Super badarse. Bet they look host on the field too.
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on February 27, 2018, 06:53:13 PM
Thanks guys! Really glad you like them :)

And yeah, these are definitely connected to the Thirteenth, although in a way that plays a little more on werewolf myths :) all shall be revealed over the next few posts hopefully! Here's the next :)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/u2hfzbzwsirdvwdvmcg2.jpg)

Men, elves, crows, elk. Even the ettins of the northern forests. All are fair game once the hunt has begun.

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/ju4torkepzs5qlrnl962.jpg)

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+++Archive Entry: Classified+++
+++Category: Research, Unsanctioned+++
+++Authorisation: Adept, Inquisitorial+++

Despite local folklore, preliminary tests indicate bite of wolf-mutants non-toxic. Hypothesis 2: transfer of mutant genetic material. See below data from experiments thus far with Fenrisian diaspora, control hive-world subjects and the mutant Astartes kindly provided. Results following intravenous injection of mutant Astartes blood.

Subjects 3, 7, 8, 14, 16, 24, 27, 33
Death via fever.

Subjects 1, 4, 9, 10, 11, 17, 21, 28
Death via mutation (unstable).

Subjects 6, 12, 23, 25, 29
Mutation (stable): euthanised.

Subjects 2, 5, 13, 15, 18, 19, 20, 22, 26, 30, 31, 32
Recovery: retained for further study, followed by euthanisation.

Of note: Surprised at low death and mutation rate in Fenrisian subjects. Further research required.

+++Thought for the Day: Fear the Mutant, For He is the Enemy that Lurks Within+++
+++End Entry+++


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I've also been playing around with some filters. Most are junk, but the occasional one does have a very 40k feel to it. With some added scenery, this one would make for some really atmospheric scenes:

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/r58kkqerihqxffptfeqz.jpg)
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Saim-Dann on February 27, 2018, 08:00:07 PM
Aaaaaah!
Finally, have my Ynnead fix. Is that a little tin power fist I spy on one of them. Great model, fantastic photography and intriguing fluff. Well done as always, mate. Palease take models/tools/paints/laptop on holidays with you from now on... Pointy ears forever!!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Cavalier on February 28, 2018, 05:35:49 AM
Hey Ynnead great to have you back man. These newest models are awesome as ever. Where did you get there faces? Love the use of that Wulfen hair (if I'm correct). Also the bases are awesome. It reminds me of melting snow around a bog... great stuff as always bud. This collection is insane!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: dog_of_war on February 28, 2018, 07:56:17 AM
Very cool models! Is that a set of newly butchered ribs on one of the model's hips? Is he saving that for later?

Great fluff as always. I'm looking forward to seeing where this is going.
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on March 1, 2018, 04:49:58 AM
Haha thanks guys :) I'll be sure to try and build up a backlog before going on holiday the next time ;)

It's more of a bionic elbow than  mini-power-fist, although the idea of a lowtech scavenged power fist is an awesome one :) must give that a try sometime :)

Glad you like the Wulfen hair and the bases Cav :) snow melting in a bog is a great description :) the faces are clipped off Wood Elf dryads I've inexplicably got dozens of. They fit better than I'd thought!

That is a little tasty treat one of them is carrying around for later ;) reminds me actually, I must put a tattoo on the other one so it's clear just where those tasty treats came from...

In otyer news I'd like to post an update, but I've been fighting with the camera on my new phone for a couple of days now and just haven't been able to get it to work consistently. Stock camera app on the Z5 is garbage for close-up and you can't choose whether to shoot in macro or not (and the macro focal depth is teeny-tiny so you can't get even one dude all in rough focus). One other camera app works ok close up but will only focus on the centre of the screen rather than where you select. Another I've just tried will let you choose where to focus, but the auto-exposure setting is schizophrenic. Gah. I'd rather be spending my time painting and modelling and writing than faffing about with camera setups!

Still, managed to get one good shot out of the two days. Good enough for a teaser at least ;)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/ioejfulsxh3eunfkcp6x.jpg)
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Saim-Dann on March 1, 2018, 06:49:30 AM
G'day, Ynnead!
you are such a tease. Just enough to show your usual talent, but not enough to really see your creativity. Nice looking pieces from what your willing to show, mate... Be well!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: SeekingOne on March 1, 2018, 08:30:04 AM
Awesome stuff Ynnead :) Good lord how I'd wish to get a whole book written in the style of your narrative texts. Or three books )) It just feels so head'n'shoulders above the mediocre stuff of most modern fantasy or sci-fi. Of course, the models help to bring it to life too - so stark and almost palpably believable. Thumbs up ;)
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Looshkin on March 1, 2018, 11:08:17 AM
Welcome back my creepy little friend.

Amazing work as always Ynnead, those guys fit perfectly into the Pantheon of the Strange that you're creating. Top stuff!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on March 2, 2018, 11:25:29 AM
Haha thanks guys :) good to be back. Hopefully back with a vengeance as we've had buckets of snow here in UK and my office's heating's died so lots of working from home with painting breaks ;)

Once I've built up enough of a catalogue and finally bought myself a decent camera and lighting setup I do want to make a sort of 'Codex: Utgard', which is a place in norse mythology roughly translating to 'Outyards'. Sort of a catalogue of all the various people left in the wake of the Space Wolves :)

Speaking of which ;)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/csy56qy0pcic0atneowd.jpg)

+++Access Personal Log: Adept XIV+++
+++Vox Entry+++
+++M41.976.127+++

Bitten again by a subject during euthanisation. Must ensure greater caution going forwards.

+++End Entry+++


(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/gppgzfea1tn3fc8lxdc3.jpg)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/pp6tmzpn6wibpmqedp9w.jpg)

+++Access Personal Log: Adept XIV+++
+++Vox Entry+++
+++M41.976.131+++

New development. Despite no visible symptoms some recovered subjects are carriers. Extreme stress provoked by attempted euthanisation results in delayed onset of mutation. Prolonged close quarters struggle before subject was overcome. Lab will require significant decontamination before research can recommence.

+++End Entry+++


(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/uo268qbnz5nukht67hj3.jpg)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/bprdfdzxj1jkimhmtxek.jpg)

+++Access Personal Log: Adept XIV+++
+++Vox Entry+++
+++M41.976.137+++

Two subjects breached containment. Appear to have freed others. Antipyretics must be impairing my judgement. Currently barricaded in laboratory pending escape. Likely outcome is abandonment of facility. Client will be most displeased.

+++End Entry+++


(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/ioejfulsxh3eunfkcp6x.jpg)
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Saim-Dann on March 2, 2018, 12:20:37 PM
G'day, Ynnead!
The client may be displeased, however, your fellow forumites aren't. A unique read, mate. I like it. And the fact there's a Doggy scent to the fluff... Niiiiice!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: magenb on March 2, 2018, 09:47:48 PM
A number of phones have dual camera setups now, I thought this would be a gimic but it actually does a good job with depth, if you get a chance have a play with the oppo R11.
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on March 11, 2018, 07:07:54 AM
Thanks guys :)

Yeah I've had a play around with my sister's Huawei P9 which is very impressive at macro and low light stuff. Bit high-contrast on the stock camera settings, but definitely more what I'm after than the Z5 (great camera, but wide-angle lens is tailored to landscape shots).

Have been getting the hang of it recently though :)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/bo0xxx9q3jovpt7jwpxu.jpg)

'What happened at the lab was regrettable'. On the face of it that didn't sound like that stern of a rebuke, but only an Inquisitor could say it in such a way that you knew you were up the proverbial creek. Now he had a new task. Travel into the Fenrisian Reaches and recover evidence of these wolf-mutants in the wild.

The Fenrisian Reaches! Emperor's teeth. Not a place he'd hoped to visit. Less an official sector, more a band of space radiating from the home of the Wolves. An unintentional diaspora of fenrisian stock, scattered in the wake of the Wolves' crusades. A savage place inhabited by savage people.


(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/hdnarzxxkpqbgsoww0zx.jpg)

Still, he was a little excited to be out in the field again. Cataloguing strains of human mutation was his primary mission after all. Perhaps there would even be the opportunity to sell some novel ones to his contacts in the lunite gene-crafters or something. Yes, you know, this expedition might not be that bad at all.

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/dy0mvd4cnfzapuainwkj.jpg)

IV and VII were just simple replicae-drones. Capable, obedient and most importantly easily replaceable. Ideal for a trip to the Fenrisian Reaches.

Luggage, on the other hand, he was genuinely proud of. Simple thing really, but it was entirely of his own design.
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Saim-Dann on March 11, 2018, 07:15:31 AM
I like it!
A chore for each drone... and luggage? He looks eager to please. Nice one, Ynnead!... Be well!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on March 11, 2018, 08:13:10 AM
Absolutely :) a webber for capturing 'samples', tazer goad if they object, and Luggage for luggage :)
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on March 13, 2018, 08:31:19 AM
Recently I've been pretty good at sticking to one warband at a time. Getting at least five or six models before slewing off in another direction, but I've built up a bit of a backlog of painted models I haven't shown yet so I thought 'sod it lets just post them' ;) so here's the first of the batch

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/ytw8rmkwqcqj26melssy.jpg)

I didn't realise they had priests, or shamans, or whatever they are.

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/rfxnxgxey47ifo0gkciy.jpg)

That's the thing. People seem to think they're animals. Mind you, most people who think that don't tend to think it for very long...

Someone over on the INQ28 boards also mentioned that it would be cool to see some closer-up shots. Unfortunately, my phone struggles somewhat with macro photography, but it does shoot in pretty decent resolution so I can happily crop away :) if people prefer this sort of shot then I'll start cropping some more :)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/kjwromhgactcq8hlv9kz.jpg)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/vvw6qdnyz4n4nnl1csv5.jpg)

I also thought it would be a neat idea to start offering links to high-res versions so people can zoom to their heart's content and merrily point out all of the casting lines I've managed to miss ;)

Wolf duders:
Here (https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/ytw8rmkwqcqj26melssy.jpg), here (https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/rfxnxgxey47ifo0gkciy.jpg), here (https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/kjwromhgactcq8hlv9kz.jpg), and here (https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/vvw6qdnyz4n4nnl1csv5.jpg)

Biologis Gribblies
Here (https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/bo0xxx9q3jovpt7jwpxu.jpg), here (https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/hdnarzxxkpqbgsoww0zx.jpg), and here (https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/dy0mvd4cnfzapuainwkj.jpg).

I'll be ordering a lightbox soon so I'll do a big high-res redux when I get that :)
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Saim-Dann on March 14, 2018, 03:52:07 AM
Magic, Ynnead!
Just blessed magic. Yes please to the cropping, mate... and a priest? Niiiiice! Kicked another goal, Ynnead... Be well!
 
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Cavalier on March 14, 2018, 07:01:30 AM
Wow they look great Ynnead. Just fantastic little gribblies. The modelling is absolutley top notch and the paint jobs are freaking awesome! Your painting skills were always strong, but I feel like you've really leveled up man. Just awesome looking models. They look almost alive! Always creative, always awesome. Keep on rocking man this stuff just keeps getting better.
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: SeekingOne on March 15, 2018, 03:20:27 AM
That shaman is an excellent model Ynnead! So believable it almost looks alive actually.
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on March 16, 2018, 07:32:41 AM
Haha thanks guys! Really glad you you them :)

Been really enjoying making and painting these. The sort of basecoat + haphazard drybrushing + wash seems to be taking to them better than I'd hoped :) dead quick to do too, which is the main thing for a lazy painter like me ;)

Did I mention I had a bit of  backlog from mucking about with the camera? I've had these guys waiting for ages and have been itching to finish them :)

On the darkened moons above the nine realms lurk a pale and pallid people. Void-folk the kearls call 'dokkalfar'.

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/twsr2y6ktzcndeugmgug.jpg)

There are few among those stranded folk that retain the ability to travel between worlds. The Crows have ships, with which they flit between battlefields picking over the spoils. The dokkalfar have ships, with which they raid and plunder the worlds below.

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/t1rvog5w3cqvjw5uuqrs.jpg)

Alfar voidsuits, although roughly made, are prized possessions throughout Útgarðar. Similarly, alfar weaponry is deemed to be of finer quality.

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/rmhpenfxprwvsjviuepe.jpg)

If life is so hard on their airless moon, you ask, why don't they invade the land below? Simple. Gravity.

Their bacchanal rites before raids involve ritual partaking of steroidal substances, for despite their continual consumption of low-grade steroids a kearl still has an edge. In the long term, our world is as hostile to them as theirs is to us.


So that's the first of the Dokkalfar :) the idea and look of these guys has been rattling around in my head ever since I saw this awesome thread (http://s3.zetaboards.com/The_Ammobunker/topic/7898248/1/) over on the INQ28 boards. The phrase 'The Handmade voidsuits of the nomadic tribes of the northern Segmentum Ultima reflect a familial lineage of mariners, explorers and merchants.' just opened my mind to the idea of techno-tribal cultures living in void environments.

At the same time, I had another idea floating around of a raiding culture that descended from the crew of a crashed tithe ship, with a religious belief that they have been given divine licence to 'tithe' resources from the other cultures around them. Only recently did it occur to me that I could combine the two ideas for this project :) the resulting idea was pretty close to how Dark Eldar raiding society functions, so given that my kearls are descended from abandoned Space Wolf serfs they'd probably conflate the two and start calling these space-borne raiders 'alfar' as well :)

So yeah :) hope you like them!

Oh, and here's some high res shots:

One (https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/twsr2y6ktzcndeugmgug.jpg)
Two (https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/t1rvog5w3cqvjw5uuqrs.jpg)
Three (https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/rmhpenfxprwvsjviuepe.jpg)

Oh, and speaking of painting, if I started with a black undercoat rather than white these would be the easiest and quickest things to paint in the world. Undercoat black, rough drybrush of Administratum Grey on cloth, rough drybrush of Leadbelcher on metal followed by a smaller drybrush of Chainmail (remember that?!), pick out red lenses and wax (Wazdakka with Wild Rider highlights for optics),  Ushabti Bone ceramics and paper, couple of spots of Warplock Bronze on pipes and stuff, wash the lot with gloss Nuln Oil. Job done!

Oh, and I've been making  point of not really posting WIPs as a tool to motivate me to pqint stuff, but this one's just for Cav ;)

I was feeling that my previous Barsoomians weren't quite cutting the mustard, so I pit some more effort in and made this guy:

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/tgchtmssvscrrxclx4yy.jpg)

Replete with Martian-standard armament of pistol, longsword and dagger, and a rifle worthy of a true son of Barsoom ;)

Only question is how to paint him. Tried with the other two but was never happy with the result.

Any ideas?
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Cavalier on March 17, 2018, 06:57:02 AM
Very nice Ynnead. I really like these guys.... man you should really start some kind of RPG campaign with all this stuff. Gather up a few guys, pick a system (maybe play a heavily "counts-as" version of Kill Team) and have people pick a faction or something and you could Dungeon Master some adventures. Just brilliant stuff man.

Love the Barsoomian dude too. What bits did you use to make him? Incredible he's unrecognizable! Anyway keep it up man and please do us and your local area a favor.... play some games with these guys! People will be blown away!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Saim-Dann on March 18, 2018, 05:04:05 AM
G'day, Ynnead!
Love this stuff, mate. The flash gitz of the nine realms. Something HAS to come of these worlds you've created, mate. They're so rich in character. Palease give us, (Your fans), a batrep... Be well!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: SeekingOne on March 20, 2018, 08:03:52 AM
Lovely stuff Ynnead! Enjoying it all thoroughly, as usual :)
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on April 4, 2018, 08:08:00 AM
Thanks guys! I will get some games in, I promise ;)

Just got back from a big road trip round Wales which was brilliant fun, but not much hobby movement I'm afraid.

I have however finally got fed up with struggling to get decent quality photos, so picked up a lightbox, two crows, my copy of On the Origin of Species and a mate with a grownup camera. I've only got the one shot from all our mucking about, but I'm dead chuffed with it :)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/t58qmc2fjxmzwtotfboh.jpg)
High res (https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/t58qmc2fjxmzwtotfboh.jpg)

Oh, I do also have this slightly darker version. Which do people prefer?

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/tlmsptzamca3snax3ny1.jpg)
High res[/img] (https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/tlmsptzamca3snax3ny1.jpg)
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Looshkin on April 4, 2018, 11:14:26 AM
Thos photos are so much better Ynnead. It's nice to be able to see all the detail and quality of your brush work...and it is really good quality. You must be really happy with the results...and the fact you finally get to share good quality picture which display the true quality!

As for which is better, I prefer the first, lighter picture. You just get to see so much more detail.

Top stuff Ynnead!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: magenb on April 4, 2018, 05:02:37 PM
The lighter picture is the way to go if you want to show off your work. The darker one would be good if you were doing a sstory setting.

Would love to see what sort of diorama/board you would create for these guys :)
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Calamity on April 7, 2018, 08:10:46 PM
I love all of these Ynnead.  Especially the bases of all things!

Super good stuff.  :)
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on April 16, 2018, 12:57:13 PM
Thanks guys! Really glad you like them :)

I think that's the consensus Loosh and Magen. Personally I prefer the darker pictures as they're more atmospheric, but I suppose I know what they look like already! I'll try and get a mix/compromise so you guys can actually see what they look like too ;)

Here's the next few we've managed to take :)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/wifrg87oss62o5h3ddzz.jpg)
High res (https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/wifrg87oss62o5h3ddzz.jpg)

When battle's done and bodies lay,
And widows weep in pain'd dismay,
The crows descend from blackened ships,
To pry their spoils from dead men's grips.

-Edda Óvættr, verse eight.


(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/jgqbdttu95jn4kmowyzl.jpg)
High res (https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/jgqbdttu95jn4kmowyzl.jpg)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/uy3womcnm6sphbuvzvzs.jpg)
High res (https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/uy3womcnm6sphbuvzvzs.jpg)

The last shot in particular was very tricky to get. It was a real struggle to get enough light to show the detail on the crow, but not too much to blow out all the colour on the crow-dogs. If we had access to photoshop it would be as simple as taking two different exposures and fading one into the other, but this was the best we could get in a single shot. The crow should be a little lighter really, and the crow-dogs a smidge more purple ;)
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Dread on April 16, 2018, 06:53:01 PM
I know what you mean about camera shots. I've had a lot of bad shots on some of my favorites and the details just are off as well as color. I have to say I really like what I see here, great stuff! I'm waiting for new kill team rules before I set up my team or teams.
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Myen'Tal on April 16, 2018, 11:11:35 PM
Quote from: Ynneadwraith link=topic=229999.msg2772660#msg2772660 date=1521199961

[img
https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/twsr2y6ktzcndeugmgug.jpg[/img]

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/t1rvog5w3cqvjw5uuqrs.jpg)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/rmhpenfxprwvsjviuepe.jpg)
Two (https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/t1rvog5w3cqvjw5uuqrs.jpg)
Three (https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/rmhpenfxprwvsjviuepe.jpg)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/tgchtmssvscrrxclx4yy.jpg)


So what is the backstory for these models you're creating / kitbashing? I want to say Traitor Guard or Dark Mechanicum? They have that real eerie vibe, but in a great way ;D! They really give me that grim dark vibe! The guy at the bottom of the images is my absolute favorite, with the beastmen-like guys coming a close-second. Loving the way you created these dudes!

Look forward to seeing more :).
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on April 17, 2018, 09:02:12 AM
Thanks guys! Really glad you like them :)

And yeah Dread, I think people's eyes are really good at adjusting for differing light levels and temperatures. Or, more accurately, your eyes are a bit pants as far as resolution goes but your brain behind them has some phenomenal processing power. Quite a lot done in post-production I expect ;)

I'm looking forward to Kill Team too, although it's Necromunda that's really caught my eye :) must pick up the rulebook for that...

@MyelTal Well...the backstory to the lot of them is pretty convoluted.

The quilled Crows are abhumans that loiter around the periphery of the Space Wolves, scavenging from battlefields.

One of the previous battlefields involved a chaos incursion that used the horned Elk-men as footsoldiers, and when it was defeated these were stranded planetside as their leaders fled, and developed their own local cultures. Similarly, there's populations of Space Wolf kearls stranded too which I haven't got around to yet.

The Crows sometimes flit about these abandoned worlds scavenging from battlefields, and planetside folk sometimes trade for transportation to wherever the Crows are headed to next.

The Dokkalfar are parasitic raiders living on the airless moons above these worlds. The original population is descended from a crashed tithe-ship, which has instilled in their descendants a skewed notion of their divine right to raid the planets below for materials, slaves and oxygen.

The Freki wolf-men are my idea for what happens when the canis helix infects regular folk rather than Astartes, which give rise to werewolf-like populations of mutants in the wake of the 13th Company (which the Inquisition are very interested in!).

A pending Inquisitor has employed a Biologis Adept to investigate this, which is the little Biologis warband. He's pretty out of his depth though!

Haven't quite worked out where the Barsoomian fits into all this, beyond the idea that John Carter of Mars is awesome and I wanted a 40k Green Martian :)

Perhaps as an associate of the Biologis researcher...

Oh, and there's more to come! Painted, just awaiting photography :)
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Myen'Tal on April 17, 2018, 06:31:21 PM
I like your intricate backstory ;D! Helps give some context to the creations we see before us, though they certainly possess that cool-factor without it!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on April 18, 2018, 06:33:56 PM
Thanks man :) glad you like it!

That's just the surface though. It goes much deeper than that. Psychologies and goals, myths and cosmologies, interactions between factions. Worldbuilding's what I like to do when bored at work ;)

Hopefully it should all come through in time. Just need to make some 'narrator' models to explore different bits and pieces :)
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Looshkin on April 23, 2018, 02:54:16 AM
I'm loving the new photos of the Hounds and whatnot. I don't think I had really appreciated before what a wonderful job you've done with your bases; you achieve such a good, realistic look to the bases. I would love to see a tutorial on that if at all possible!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on April 23, 2018, 06:24:44 PM
Thanks dude :) I'll definitely grab a few pictures for a tutorial the next one I do. I think it was someone here who mentioned putting snow on the bases so it's the least I can do ;)

Until then, here's the rest of the high-res crows (including a new guy!) :)

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We call them 'rooks'. Just big crows really.

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"Is it true they eat our dead if they find them?"

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I think the word translates to 'concubine', although 'witch' would work too.

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It's the various petty chieftains who organise scavenging sorties, but the true power lies with their priesthood. Each tribe is nothing without its lander, and each lander is nothing without its priest.

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...and the new guy...

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The crow-chief peered intently at the great ships of the Wolves. He tilted his head in curiosity as clockwork thoughts rattled through his brain. The pack's fleet was mustering. His curiosity piqued, he flitted a signal to Muninn, his sister-ship. Something was afoot. He could feel it.

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Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Looshkin on April 24, 2018, 06:39:12 PM
Beautiful mate. You have such a singular vision for these Crows and have met that vision wonderfully. I love them all. They bleed imagination, effort and skill. Wonderful work Ynnead and you should be rightly proud. Well done.
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Cavalier on April 25, 2018, 06:17:25 AM
Tremendous work. To me this is the stuff 40k is missing right now. I wasn't the hugest fan of Blanche when I was younger, but I miss his influence hardcore at the moment. 40k needs a little more "What the hell is this!?" I love these dudes. Just killer modelling and the paint jobs are seriously nice. The litte tattoos and insignias I've spoted on a couple of the models are expertly done too. Great stuff Y'nnead so inspired!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on April 27, 2018, 04:58:17 PM
Thanks a ton guys, you flatter me ;)

I'm with you there Cav. When I was younger I didn't quite get the appeal of all of these drawings where you can't tell where the crazy hair stops and the bionics start, but the more variations of clean-cut power armour I see the more I hanker for something I have to actually decipher to see what it is ;)

I exaggerate of course, and there's plenty of awesome stuff coming out, but there's a reason the whole INQ28/Blanchitsu stuff is popular :)

Speaking of which!

Wa talking Crows the a while back and someone mentioned the idea of subspecies.

Yeah. Dead cool idea. Lets get to work!

So I've come up with two at opposite ends of the viciousness spectrum. The first is the rather nasty looking critter up top!

When walking in the woods you find,
A body hung from branches high,
Your wits about you must you keep,
For shrikes around their larders creep.

-extract from the Edda Óvættr (An Ode to Monsters)


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Crow-kin, but don't mistake them for flighty scavengers. These are the ones they abandon at birth. Mutants. Vicious things.

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Yes, I'm aware of the irony of mutants abandoning mutants. I'm informed it's a matter of perspective, although as far as I'm concerned we should purge the lot.

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The second are these little critters :)

They're mudlarks. Grounded crows. Pathetic little things.

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I don't know really. Probably out scavenging when their landers broke, or were attacked I suppose. Some of them are intentionally abandoned I think, but lord knows why.

Most of them wander around in little bands, looking for other Crows to barter their way back onto their ships. Sometimes it doesn't take too long, but some have been here for generations. You get little villages of them sometimes, when they know they're in for the long haul. Some of them have been there so long they've forgotten they were crows to begin with...


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For those who don't know, a mudlark is a name for scavengers in the Victorian era who made a living grubbing through the mud of the river Thames for discarded valuables, and a shrike (or butcher-bird) is a morbid little bird that catches lizards and small rodents and impales them on thorny plants for later consumption.

The difference in the mudlark models is subtle, but I've tried to make my mudlarks slighter of build and more earthy in tone than their space-borne brethren. I've also left their skin a little darker by not drybrushing over the Druchii Violet wash to give them the impression of having spent more time in the sun.

I'll have more planned for both, but for now the high-res photography marches ever onwards!

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The crows trade, sometimes, with the elk-men. Fellow nomads, wandering through this icy plane.

And as ever, high res versions :)

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Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Cavalier on April 30, 2018, 08:10:57 AM
Fantastic stuff Ynnead just love it man. You know you gotta make a board for these guys. The GW snow stuff is fantastic! You could even get a small snowy game mat (Frontline Gaming or Gamemat.eu) for small games or a display board. That'd look amazing!

Anyway great stuff man and the new camera is rocking it. Love it!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Looshkin on May 2, 2018, 04:01:13 AM
Fantastic stuff Ynnead just love it man. You know you gotta make a board for these guys. The GW snow stuff is fantastic! You could even get a small snowy game mat (Frontline Gaming or Gamemat.eu) for small games or a display board. That'd look amazing!

Seconded. These beautiful little blighters need their own play ground to romp about in.

Lovely work Ynnead.
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: magenb on May 6, 2018, 04:54:20 PM
Hey Ynnead, you should check out the latest white dwarf, I think GW's stealing some of your army conscepts ;)
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on May 7, 2018, 06:26:37 AM
@Cav and @Loosh Thanks a ton guys! I've definitely been thinking about some scenery for these guys, and a game mat would be a great start :) some little scatter-terrain rocks, and little shanty-buildings and such. I'll see what I can put together :)

@Magen Is that the May edition one? I'll see if I can pick it up!

I do also have a bit of a bumper update :) first off is a redux of my elk-men (with a new guy!).

Someone mentioned that the previous photo looked a lot like a scene from a comic, so now I've been wishing I could draw well enough to make one. Til then, there's always Prisma ;)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,f_auto,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/xgdejed3g8avcsjyhtgg.jpg)

I've been having little ideas for it so I'd better learn to draw. Things like having the Crows speak in little speech bubbles with just punctuation or little drawings.

Anyway, enough rambling there :) on with the update!

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Over there, I spy two big stags. White Hands by the looks of it. I know little of their braying tongue, but enough to barter us supplies. Perhaps enough to procure a guide to our destination.

Looks like they're on their way to the herdstone. Meeting places for the horned folk. You can find them scattered all through the nine systems, and a little beyond. Monuments to the Old Gods...

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There it is, the herdstone. Great stone menhirs erected where the veil allegedly wears thin, back in the times when the warherds swept through these worlds. Fell monuments. See how this one weeps blood from its pinnacle.

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See the younger bucks on the periphery. Not quite their full-horned glory just yet, but practicing for when their time comes.

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The elk-folk wander around in family-bands, plus a pack animal or two. People say they used to congregate in massive numbers, but not any more.

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Judging by the silhouette I'd say a young doe. Not yet a full mare. Barely of breeding age by the looks of things.

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See that one over there? That's a Bray. Close as they get to cultural leaders these days. Elders who preserve their histories, administer what passes for justice amongst their kind, and lead the bacchanal rites to appease their vengeful gods.

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And now for the new guy :) I've been waiting for a while to share this one!

Bjorn's teeth! See that over there. That's a mammut. Elk-men giants. Sometimes an elgr's born that never really stops growing. They do slow down a bit around the fifteen foot mark, including bionics, but I've heard tales of ones up to twenty five.

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Poor things are sterile, mind. Part of the reason you don't get many of them.

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Call themselves 'Tsagaan Gar'. White Hands. Forest folk. Quite different to their warlike cousins on the steppe.

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So yeah! That's the elk-men so far :) must admit it was a little daunting painting such a big model after so much painting little dudes, but it went really smoothly :) I've been wanting to add a little more height-difference to some of my warbands so expect some more as soon as funds have recovered :)

And as ever, high res versions:

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And also! I've put together that tutorial you were after Loosh on the basing :) (contrast and compare the picture quality...)

1. First step is just a layer of sand (I pinched mine from a beach near me!)

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2. I've also got some slightly bigger 'rocks' which are a fine aquarium substrate, but anything that's a little more coarse than the original sand will work. Three little blobs of these offer a bit of variation to the level which is what we're after.

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3. Quick undercoat...

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4. Quick coat of Abaddon Black (would be easier if I was less stubborn about using white undercoat...)

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5. Now this one is a paint in the backside to capture on my camera, but a quick drybrush of Nurgling Green (or any lighter colour like Fenrisian Grey, Administratum Grey, Celestra Grey etc.) to pick out the tips of the sand.

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6. Again difficult to see, but a quick coat of Nuln Oil.

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7. Once that's dry I dab a couple of small clumps of static grass. I've got two different colours that I've mixed together as I couldn't find a green that didn't look too vibrant. For this it's kept pretty sparse.

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8. Once that's dry it's time for the final touch of snow. For this I use a mix of baking soda, pva and a little dab of off-white paint. Takes some trial and error to get the quantities right (less baking soda than you think), and be sure to muzz it up well as it's the aeration that gives it its volume. I try to dab on bigger bits on the rocks that stand proud of the ground, and then semi-drybrush it over the smaller rocks which gives a neat little effect :) oh, and make sure to streak some up the strands of static grass too. Sometimes I've forgotten to add the grass until the last step and it looks odd with no snow on it.

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Oh, another thing is that it's tricky to get the quantities right for a small amount of snow so I tend to do it in batches (it also helps spread out the waiting times between glue drying in the different stages). So here's the latest lot waiting for paint!

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So yeah, hope that was useful :)
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: dog_of_war on May 7, 2018, 08:14:05 AM
Love the new model. Certainly stands out in the crowd.

Your narrative is mind-blowing as always.

Neat tutorial as well. I'm always interested to see how people base their models and I've always been blown away when people base before they paint. I'm such a messy painter that I always leave my bases bare until after the model is painted. I don't even add the substrate until the very end.

Great update Ynneadwraith!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Looshkin on May 7, 2018, 02:37:12 PM
A Mammut?

What in Hell's Teeth is wrong with you Ynnead.

On a related note, why do you hate me so much that you want me to have nightmares for the rest of my natural life.

Seriously creepy, seriously disturbing, seriously good!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on May 18, 2018, 04:27:24 PM
Thanks guys!

@DoW Doing basing first has made me really have to pay attention when I'm doing legs and stuff. Lots of times Ive had to put a dab of extra snow over a mistake, but I'm lucky in that most of the colours I use don't really show up on a black base.

[b@Loosh[/b] I forgot these guys freaked you out! Shoudn't have made a 20ft tall one, but the idea was too cool to leave be ;)

Perhaps some of my wolfmen can eat them for you (although I'm not sure how much of an improvement that would be!).

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Men, elk, crows, elves, ettins. None are free from their hunts.

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I didn't realise they had priests, or shamans, or whatever they are.

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That's the thing. People seem to think they're animals. Mind you, most people who think that don't tend to think it for very long...

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When Morkai's sons are on the prowl,
When moon is bright and wolves do howl,
Within thy walls stay safe and fast,
For teeth and tools of murder pass.

-Extract from the Edda Óvættr (An Ode to Monsters)


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Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Cavalier on May 20, 2018, 08:27:39 AM
Wow this stuff looks great Ynnead. The modeling as always is superb and the basing is really, really excellent. Just fantastic stuff man. You should really do some display boards for these guys it'd look great! GW trees with no leaves, some of that snow damn that'd look good!

Anyway great stuff man. Love it!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: magenb on May 20, 2018, 04:56:47 PM
very nice work Ynnead, it will looks awesome on the battlefield
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Grizzlykin on May 21, 2018, 06:26:10 PM
Looking at this on the pc instead of the phone really made me do a double take on these guy's.

Really cool mini !

Looking forward for what's next.
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Alienscar on May 22, 2018, 05:50:28 AM
(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,f_auto,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/lah3oumhlpu3ru7vaziv.jpg)

The dude on the left in this picture is the epitome of a violent wolfman that is intent on murder. Its stance and face just scream 'badass'

As someone once said the best conversions are those that do not look like conversions and that is something that makes your wolfmen work so well. There is nothing to my untrained eye that marks these out as conversions they could easily be models built straight out of a kit.

For me though the best thing about them is the lack of bionics. In the 40K universe I have always associated the use of bionics with the Imperials and then only by those that can afford them. Your prolific use of bionics on some of your other models, especially those considered to be living on the edge of society, I find a bit strange.   
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on May 22, 2018, 06:33:24 PM
Thanks guys!

@Cav I absolutely plan to do some little scenery tiles for these guys to skulk around. I've been keeping an eye out for those GW trees on eBay as they're perfect. Managed to pick a lone one up so far which is in the process of being painted whenever I have spare mixed browns from other models :)

@Alienscar I'm always pleased when my conversions don't look like conversions :) that's the bar I aim for!

Glad you picked up on the bionics actually as there's a reason for that ;) basically the Crows being basically grimdark Jawas scavenge wrecked tech from battlefields wherever they go. They then trade bits and pieces with the various other insignificant peoples scattered in the wake of the Wolves (like to the Elk-men who practice ritual amputation and replacement with bionics, stemming from their use as light infantry in a Chaos crusade). Being ship-bound the Crows need stuff to trade for food, and there's never a shortage of battlefields to scavenge from in the 40k universe ;)

Couple of interesting little tidbits that stem from that. One of which is that the Wolf-men have fewer bionics (if you tend to eat Crows then it's pretty hard to trade with them, so what limited bionics they have tend to be scavenged from their victims.

Now the kearls (which I will get onto soon!) have some pretty interesting dynamics with the Crows and bionics. On the one hand, they rely on them for access to high technology. On the other hand I've decided that they have a pagan religion which deifies prominent members of the Space Wolves. One of the big names is Bjorn, God of the Mechanical Dead. When a kearl dies they're buried with their bionics as they believe that come the end of days Bjorn will reforge all of their dead into an army to fight at the end of days, and if they're missing a leg then they'll be hobbled (playing on viking myths of dying with a sword in your hand, barrow-burials and Ragnarok).

Obviously, that belief system wouldn't play particularly nicely with Crows scavenging battlefields for tech (which for their part the Crows view as being on long-term lease rather than purchased outright). So at best they're necessary pests, and at the worst they're the subject of religious pogroms.

So yeah, all of that stemmed from thinking 'well, so how do these dregs of society get their hands on high technology like bionics?' :)
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Alienscar on May 23, 2018, 06:47:28 AM
So yeah, all of that stemmed from thinking 'well, so how do these dregs of society get their hands on high technology like bionics?' :)

It is more where do the 'dregs' get their tech fitted and by who that gives me pause for thought rather than where they get their tech from.
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on May 23, 2018, 09:52:21 AM
Ah, thought of that one too ;) I've got a little fluff snippet queued up for that:

Tech level? Schizophrenic, as per most technobarbarian worlds. Functions of which knowledge was remembered and which forgotten. Palisade walls and widespread bionics. Firearms, but single shot and rare. Must have been stranded with a biologis magos but no armoury officer.

So yeah, the idea being that their tech level is mainly determined by who else got stranded down with them (and what bits of tech they can salvage from the battlefields in the early years).

Oh, and I've got a bit of headcanon about bionics which helps suspend my disbelief over gutter-scum having them. It's all based on the idea of humanity in the 41st millennium being genetically unrecognisable to 2nd millenium humans (which I quite like juxtaposed with their fascist racial supremacy angle).

Prior to (or during) humanity's colonisation of the stars, widespread genetic modification was to prepare our colonists for the rigours of the universe. Stuff like resisting bone density reducrion due to zero g and the ability to digest a wider variety of alien foodstuffs. That sort of thing.

One of those modifications would be a willingness to accept bionic augmentations, so 41st millennium mankind sort of splits the difference between Orks (where you can slap any old bit of mechanics onto them and it'll work) and us (where anything more complicated than a pacemaker is exceedingly difficult).

Works for me anyway :)
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Looshkin on May 24, 2018, 05:46:59 AM
Cool updates Ynnead. It's always interesting to learn where your ideas come from...you put way more effort into the how and the why than I could ever hope to do and it really shows through in the unified look of all your disparate races.

Also, I only just realised that all of your photos are taken on top of Darwin's 'On the Origin of Species' book. So very fitting. Well played Sir!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Alienscar on May 24, 2018, 06:45:31 AM
Ah, thought of that one too ;) I've got a little fluff snippet queued up for that:

Tech level? Schizophrenic, as per most technobarbarian worlds. Functions of which knowledge was remembered and which forgotten. Palisade walls and widespread bionics. Firearms, but single shot and rare. Must have been stranded with a biologis magos but no armoury officer.

So yeah, the idea being that their tech level is mainly determined by who else got stranded down with them (and what bits of tech they can salvage from the battlefields in the early years).

Nice, I thought that you would have thought this through already.

It is not my place to query your fluff, but due to the quasi religious nature of the relationship between a Magos and machines I firmly believe that a Magos would rather die than operate on scum/aliens.

On the other hand I could believe a story about a rogue Painboy or maybe a nearby Feral Ork tribe. I could also believe a story that involved an Haemonculus that would use the installation of the bionics as a way of getting the rest of the body that the bionics were originally installed on.
 
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Myen'Tal on May 26, 2018, 10:57:19 PM
Ynnead, your stuff gives me chills every time I look at them! Any army facing that force would be facing down a great sense of unease, I suspect ;D (in a good way). I cannot believe all of this skill and love you're putting into each and every one of your models, really crazy how many of them you've converted and kit bashed together. Ever thought about approaching a miniatures company with your ideals ;)?
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on June 5, 2018, 06:30:38 AM
@Loosh Thanks dude :) it's all this nitty gritty worldbuilding stuff that I love :) whenever I'm bored at work it's great to pick an aspect of my little dudes and do the recursive 'but why?' game that 5-year olds do :) takes you down all sorts of twists and turns for inspiration :)

Oh, and yeah I thought the book would be a fitting backdrop ;)

@Alienscar Oh yeah I'm with you that a bona-fide magos would never grace anyone so lowly with their sacred technology. What I was more thinking is that it's not necessarily prohibitively difficult for gutter-scum to jury-rig a scavenged bionic limb onto themselves (or have a local sawbones do it). Won't work as well as Ad Mech artistry, but should prevent the need for hobbling round on crutches ;)

Also, I love the idea of a haemonculus 'trading' mechanical bits for limbs and organs and stuff ;) lovely little subversion

MyenTal Haha thanks man :) glad you like them! I'm just having a blast mashing together little crows and stuff. Turns out they add up quite quickly!

I'd love to do something more with my little gribblies, but wasn't really sure what. I'd love to do a webcomic or indie game or something, but lack the skills at the moment :S

@Everyone Well I've got loads of new dudes to update you on, but need to collar my mate with the good camera :S

However, just come back from holiday to these beauties:

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,f_auto,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/fqpygqujru7fkgjb5xmn.jpg)

Sweet Mary Mother of Mutants. They're pretty much tailor made for crows! With a bit of tweaking they're also perfect for about a half-dozen different ideas I've had so I expect I'll be bankrupting myself on Cawdor sprues very shortly...

Image tags removed to avoid hotlinking - Iris.

@Iris How's that? Updated to my usual image hosting place :)

Yes, that's okay :) - Iris.
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on June 11, 2018, 08:42:17 AM
I'm still anxiously awaiting the future-crow Cawdors, but until then here's a little distraction :)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/ni3tqpriaqq662coypbz.Jpg)

They're hegri. Grey-herons. Hernshaws. Crow-fishers. Wade through the lowland salt-marshes hunting fish and birds. Mudlarks by any other name, just a different culture.

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Cowardly things. Most of 'em got wiped out when the draugr came. Not much good for fighting anymore, but they make good scouts.

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/ammlodqt2cacx3lhyjys.Jpg)

They've still got a few villages left, down on the heronmoors. Funny places. All built on stilts.

Complete and utter diversion, but I saw this piece of art while scrolling through IG and it was just too cool not to do something with.

http://payload66.cargocollective.com/1/7/238452/3620020/marshwalkers.jpg (http://payload66.cargocollective.com/1/7/238452/3620020/marshwalkers.jpg)
Marshwalkers by Tom Simpson

Image tags have been removed from the Tom Simpson image to prevent hotlinking.  You know the drill if you want to post pictures :) - Iris.

Plus, I've had a neat idea about a wasteland scavenger using a bow with grenade-arrows for a while now and it's great to actually put that into plastic :)

Also, we've experimented somewhat with the photos for these. Not using the LEDs for the lightbox, but using diffuse natural light and a really long shutter. Still needs some fettling for brightness and it's a bit dependent on conditions, but you can see a lot more detail that would otherwise be obscured by shadow. Here's high res to take advantage of that :)

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Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Looshkin on June 11, 2018, 09:25:46 AM
Hmmm. Not sure what to think about these guys.

I love the concept. I love the art that inspired the work...and the models capture that look brilliantly.

The conversion work is top notch too, while the painting is to your usual high standard.

..just...something seems off.

I think it's the fact that they are a lot more static than your other work. I think that the dynamism that you manage to capture elsewhere really brings the story to life, while these seem that little bit more 2 dimensional.

Don't get me wrong, it's fantastic work all round...I just think more lively poses would help really take it to the next level that you've achieved with all of your most recent work.

Also, firing grenades on sticks? That's always a big win for me!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on June 11, 2018, 10:36:10 AM
Absolutely get what you mean Loosh. While I've tried to give all of my dudes here non-combat poses, they've all been doing something. Whether it's scavenging bits or trudging along or pointing at something exciting.

These guys are a little static compared to that.

Part of that was intentional. As fishers (and herons specifically), they'd be less interested in actively stalking fish and tend to simply sit very still and wait for fish to come to them. I'd imagine their temperament to be the same. Simple, slow, patient, but very observant.

Doesn't necessarily translate to a model too well though!

I think the 28mm bases I've used to emphasise their skinnyness haven't helped either as there's less space for leg positioning, but 32mm bases get reserved for tough characters that need bisual weight which definitely isn't these guys!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: SeekingOne on June 14, 2018, 03:25:11 AM
Hey Ynnead! My goodness, your work keeps getting better, even though I wouldn't think it possible ;)
Love the new quality level of the pictures too.

And I also do agree with what has been discussed some time ago: your work brilliantly captures that simultaneously creepy and fascinating spirit of 40k that is present in John Blanche's art. Awesome stuff! :)
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: magenb on June 14, 2018, 07:05:35 AM
More awesomeness :) would be a crazy force to see on the table
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Cavalier on June 14, 2018, 03:44:31 PM
These dudes look awesome Y'nnead. I love the green tinge to the paint scheme. Getting some nice color into the mix is definitley a good decision at this point in the collections development. Also love the lankiness of the models as well. I'm a big fan of the posing myself. I like having a mix of more stationary and action packed dudes but thats just me.

Fantastic work as always brother. Crushed it!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Myen'Tal on June 17, 2018, 01:48:50 AM
These dudes look awesome Y'nnead. I love the green tinge to the paint scheme. Getting some nice color into the mix is definitley a good decision at this point in the collections development. Also love the lankiness of the models as well. I'm a big fan of the posing myself. I like having a mix of more stationary and action packed dudes but thats just me.

Fantastic work as always brother. Crushed it!

Basically what Cav said :D, I also like the addition of new colors to the Crows, really makes them stand out. I can imagine the different clans that could result from a variation of color schemes. Would be a great sight to behold! Great work, Ynnead!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on June 17, 2018, 06:27:17 AM
Haha thanks a ton guys :)

Probably getting a bit ahead of myself as I haven't got good photos of all the new additions yet, but my bigger lightbox arrived so I took a bit of a family photo ;)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/zhjk6k8xmoylwhihyvoh.Jpg)

Getting there ;) little larger than a Necromunda warband now, but not quite big enough for a 40k army. Was pricing them up as Renegades and Heretics and still have a little under 150pts :S


Back to our usual programming now with two more Crows. Thought the warband was getting a bit top-heavy so here's two more regular duders :) also started a bit of an odyssey into the myths ans history of the Crows, so that's our next stop :)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/han8gu0xetweawabupb9.Jpg)

Curious, is it not, how such lowly scavengers could come to possess two ships as sizeable as Huginn and Muninn. At least, my employer certainly thinks so. Posing as a trader, for the Crows adore traders, I discovered that they pilot their vessels from an auxilliary bridge on the engineering decks. Sensing a lead in my enquiries I loosed a number of my diminutive spy-skulls into their halls and tunnels. While some appear to have been eaten by the feral beasts that roam their decks, the survivors reported some astonishing revelations. Upon the true bridge of the Muninn there lies the corpse of an ancient Astartes, bearing the legionary insignia of the XIX, resplendant still in the commander's chair. The crow-mutants appear to have constructed a makeshift shrine around it, with offerings of bone, food and trinkets littering the area.

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(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/o5ttcpspoz7zighz7qcz.Jpg)

This is but the first clue of the myths and origins of the Crows. More to come! Til then, here's high res photos :)

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Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: dog_of_war on June 17, 2018, 09:49:40 AM
That shrine is amazing! Awesome back story too. It's all starting to come together now.
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Cavalier on June 17, 2018, 04:00:16 PM
Looking freaking awesome! Man that shrine of candles and what not is sick!!! I am sensing some cursed founding Ravenguard lore inbound!  Damn man this collection of models is unbelievably cool. The work of a true hobbyist. Great stuff bud keep rocking!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: SeekingOne on June 17, 2018, 04:40:02 PM
Goodness, now that's a twist! Can't express how awed I am by both the pics and the narrative. Absolutely gorgeous!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: magenb on June 17, 2018, 05:47:48 PM
wow the group shot looks great and that shrine is fantasic
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Dread on June 17, 2018, 06:03:15 PM
Great story and minis to boot. Love the candles.
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Looshkin on June 18, 2018, 05:26:48 PM
What a brilliant twist Ynnead. I was genuinely smiling all the way through your post...the narrative is excellent and the models and the creativity behind them is terrific.

Really great work mate.
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on June 23, 2018, 06:58:52 AM
Thanks guys! Really glad you like him (and the fluff!) :) eventually I plan to pull him off his base and ensconce him in a proper derelict bridge-shrine scenery tile, but he'll do for now :)

For now, here's the next part of the tale ;)

Sadly, my spy-devices had reached an impasse while searching the lower decks. I let slip my hosts, and delved down into the darkened vessel. Bypassing secured bulkheads, a derelict laboratory opened before my eyes. Rank upon rank of replicae tanks stretched along the low walls of the chamber. I'm ashamed to admit a gasp of shock escaped my lips upon discovering one was still occupied!

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/ezb5ti62ddcoj0b0bcbu.Jpg)

While quite dead, the specimen was clearly a crow, remarkably preserved in the amniotic fluid. Curiosity piqued, I fired up the ancient and dusted databanks. Imagine my revulsion upon learning that this crow began life as human! It now appeared to be some form of hybrid, bearing ill-formed mockeries of the Emperor's holiest implants. But why would the astartes of antiquity conduct such gruesome research? To what end? And how had they met their demise? All these thoughts raced through my mind.

Hope you like the next twist and turn! There should be enough here now to piece together their origins, if you know your XIX ;) you're nearly on the money Cav, but their history stretches a little further back than the cursed founding ;)

Sadly, the photo isn't quite up to standard on this one. Had to take it with my regular point-and-shoot as it missed the boat for the DSLR and the difference in visible detail is quite a lot when looking at the high res version (https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/ezb5ti62ddcoj0b0bcbu.Jpg).

Still, helps move the story along :) about time too as it's the second one I've made! The first I trialled clear resin casting inside the chamber but it turned out a bit milky and ruined it :S

Oh, and now I'm just itching to get hold of the Cawdor models. The next part of the story probably needs one, so they'd better hurry up and release them!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Dread on June 24, 2018, 01:15:05 AM
GROOVY COOL! really eye catching and the story is coming along great.
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on July 3, 2018, 07:49:33 AM
Thanks dude :) Next instalment coming up!

Sadly, my inquiries were cut short by a blinking proximity alert. My hosts had fathomed the connection between my absence and the captured spy-devices. With haste, I fled deeper into the bowels of the ship. Deeper and deeper I delved into the dark until I chanced upon the entrance to a mighty cathedral, unlit and undiscovered. Sanctuary at last! Upon entry a flickering torchlight sprung to life, and a harrowing sight met my eyes. This was no sanctum. It was a morgue. Dusted skeletons littered the floor, slack-jawed and broken, firelight flickering across their ivoried limbs. Mutant and astartes alike, locked in death's embrace. For a moment I stood paralysed, until a voice echoed from behind, breaking my stupor.

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/ve34zzinfakbmi7hzfuz.Jpg)
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"Most kin don't know," it croaked in heavily broken gothic. "Down this far they don't be-digging." The voice belonged to a black-clad raven, silhouetted in the doorway. He wasn't even aware any of them understood gothic, let alone spoke it. "Great secret of crows you now know. Of why following Wolf-gods, not Ravens." The blackbird glanced at my pistol, then to the heavy-set rook beside him. "You fight," it chimed, "Maybe be-killing us. Maybe escape. Before you try...remembering something..."


(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/vwg4vli54wfgrb3w01xu.Jpg)

"We killed our gods."

So that's it for this little trilogy (although there is a follow-up thing coming). With that and a little background knowledge of the Raven Guard you should be able to work out where my little gribbly crows came from :) if not, here's a little explanation:

During the Heresy, the much-depleted Raven Guard began cloning experiments in an effort to bolster their numbers with superior astartes, which resulted in the Raptors (http://wh40k.lexicanum.com/wiki/Raptor_(Raven_Guard)). However, after an initial batch of 500 the project was sabotaged by Alpha Legion operatives, resulting in misshapen mutants rather than astartes+1. In his desperation, Corax inducted the less-mutated astartes and purged the rest.

...or did he...

'Exterminate cargo'. It was a simple order, considering they were held in stasis. Perplexing, but simple. Reaf's squad had stepped forwards. They were green recruits, but he was glad he had such willing volunteers. It would be messy work. Only after several hours had passed did he begin to grow suspicious. Where the hell was Reaf?

He gathered his veterans and descended to the labs. As the great vaulted doors swung open a familiar tang danced across his enhanced olfaction. Three of Reaf's squad lay torn and lifeless, the final having scrawled a message in his own dying blood.

THEY'RE AWAKE...


That one little origin piece has spun off a whole load of different ideas for the crows and their religion/cosmology which we'll be getting into soon hopefully :)

+++Thought for the Day:+++

Trust not the mutant, for their corruption is plain for all to see.


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Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Looshkin on July 3, 2018, 08:34:26 AM
I love the background for these guys Ynnead. Really well thought out and put together like a pro.

The latest model also really appeals to me too. I love the integration of different model lines and you know how much I like the seamless nature of the conversions.

Excellent work again Ynnead. Thanks for sharing.
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: SeekingOne on July 3, 2018, 05:58:35 PM
WOW. Awesome, as ever! Your flavour texts are growing into a full-fledged drama. By all means, please keep them coming! :)
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on July 12, 2018, 06:59:53 PM
Thanks guys :) really glad you're liking the fluff texts :) I've really been enjoying tying my little gribblies into the wider history of 40k. Happy you've enjoyed reading my little ramblings ;)

Next batch coming up, exploring a little bit of crow mythology based on those events of ages past :)

In the beginning there was nothing. The Void. From the Void sprang the Old Ravens and their many cousins. The Wild Wolves and the Iron Men, the Sons of Eyes and many others. Despite their differences, the gods set out to conquer the galaxy together. However, none could agree on how best to do so. Tempers flared, for the gods are prideful, and fighting began. Two of the cousins were most bitter, the Old Ravens and the Many Headed Snakes, for their similarity in nature drove their rivalry.

War raged on, and the Old Ravens needed footsoldiers to assist them. So, they set out to make the crows, envisaging their children as mighty and obedient. However, through their manifold eyes and ears the Many Headed Snakes discovered their plan and were jealous. Seeking to undermine their rivals they snuck into the Old Ravens' tower and found the unborn crows. There, they gave them the gift of free will, for what use is a soldier who questions his orders.

Fearing the Old Ravens might steal their gift the first crows fled aboard their ships, wandering the Void seeking sanctuary. Eventually, they found the Wild Wolves, who tolerated their presence and scared the Old Ravens enough that they wouldn't come seeking their wayward children.

So it came to be that the crows worhip the three houses. The Old Ravens created us, but wish to enslave us. The Many Headed Snakes saved us, but are tricksy and false. The Wild Wolves protect us, as a treacherous mountain shields the valley below. Together, they represent the three virtues of the crow world: necessity, guile, and intimidation, and all have their followers.


(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/hv7vzodtmpy9ok6cpwak.Jpg)
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The idea for these guys came from thinking about how the crows would view the conflict between the Raven Guard and the Alpha Legion during their creation, from a perspective way below all the intrigues and politics of the Heresy.

Who would you view in a more favourable light? Your creators/enslavers the Raven Guard, or your saviours/enemies the Alpha Legion? From where I'm sitting in crow-town neither seem like a good bet, although both have had their part in your creation.

So we end up with your typical polytheistic belief structure, with multiple gods all with their own agendas (none of which are strictly on your side), and various adherents and advocates who identify more with one or the others' core tenets :)

Not that the Astartes care or even know what pathetic little crow-mutants believe about them ;)

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Oh, and the juiciest bit about this little interplay is that these guys are set in the midst of the Thorn Moons crusade...which features The Rout vs The Hydra. I sense turbulent times coming in crow society...
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: magenb on July 15, 2018, 04:56:06 PM
more awesome work mate, the single raised finger on that biotic hand is the chery on top, makes it super creepy :)

Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Dread on July 15, 2018, 05:42:39 PM
Bravo! Story just gets better, I'm really enjoying the short snips at a time.

Your colors just keep me engrossed with your attention to detail. The muted color palette screams volumes. Keep it up.
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: SeekingOne on July 16, 2018, 10:15:57 AM
Magenb is right, that raised claw on a bionic hand makes it look alive. And that's creepy life indeed :)
Awesome!
Love the colour palette too.
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Myen'Tal on July 17, 2018, 05:51:19 PM
Some slick new additions to the growing Crows, Ynnead, love the one with the scale cloak in particular :D. The other two have some menacing poses that would suit them great in a personal retinue, or just about any band of crows ;D. Cannot wait to see more!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Looshkin on July 21, 2018, 05:51:26 PM
Love the Alpha Legion style cloak Ynnead. Again, the miniatures and paint really pick out your narrative brilliantly. I'm always stoked to visit your page and this time was no exception. Great work.
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Cavalier on August 4, 2018, 11:57:55 AM
Fantastic stuff Y'nnead. Your painting skills have really leapt up a few notches. Your stuff has always been really good, but this stuff is truly excellent. I commend you on developing your own style and not just going for the GW look like I do. You crushed those cloaks and of course the modelling is next level as always. Anyway great stuff man looking forward to more Blanchitsu!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Calamity on August 12, 2018, 05:01:22 PM
Your miniatures are absolutely outstanding Ynnead.  The conversions are so good you’d think they were factory standard.  Fantastic stuff!  ;D
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on August 27, 2018, 05:24:01 AM
Long time no post!

First off, thanks a ton guys :) I really appreciate all the positive (and constructive at times) feedback I get from you guys :) really helps spur me on to bigger and better things.

I haven't been idle though ;) I've been working on some centrepiece models for my little warband, and these two are what I've come up with :)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/jdy9qh12fbqw6oldj1or.Jpg)

"Truly they're an affront to the Mechanicus," the robed Martian intoned, "Brimming their scrap-carts with sacred machinery, scurrying away to the dark to dismantle and tinker and construct." The venom with which the mechanical spat those three words took even Hjalti aback. "Heretical creatures. We'd retaliate if they weren't so beneath our attention. For now we have to console ourselves with pot-shots as they flit about our periphery."

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/p6cdlru3fwdsphw8uu4z.Jpg)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/djsspwkb7st6gveyzziy.Jpg)

And this guy :)

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Two things make a crow happy. Scavenger technology, and not having to trudge through this god-forsaken mire. These two must think they've died and met the Allfather.

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Well, those two took forever to paint! I honestly have no idea how you people can paint whole armies of tank-sized dudes. Especially Ad Mech ones. There's just so much surface area on these things!

Still, dead pleased I made them :) there's something delightfully anachronistic about a band of spaceborne scavengers descending in a lighter/shuttle and then a horse-drawn cart wobbling out to load up bits of tech-gubbins too heavy to be mutant-portable. Plus, it's useful for carting your wounded back to the ship :) even when the main fighting's over battlefields of the 41st millennium are dangerous places to be...

That's not the end of the updates as I've managed to get my mitts on both some Cawdors and the Blood Bowl Dark Elves (and a few other things too!). Should be lots of updates to catch up on :)

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Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Myen'Tal on August 27, 2018, 12:41:08 PM
Okay, those crow vehicles have to be the coolest conversions I think I've ever seen, Ynnead, fantastic work! Not sure where you find such inspiration to build all of this and paint it too! Inspiring to see such a drive  ;D.
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: magenb on August 27, 2018, 04:55:19 PM
outstanding! Really dig the guy with his arm in a sling :)
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Dread on August 27, 2018, 08:51:53 PM
Outstanding! My only thought is actually the pink horse, just me I think maybe a grey dry brush over it to mute the color some but just me. You may have a good background idea for the pink so...
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Looshkin on August 29, 2018, 04:18:30 AM
Holy heck those are amazing!

I looked at the first wagon and really thought it was the best centrepiece that you could have for the army. The little touches are brilliant, like the injured Crow at the back , the meat and bones hanging on the side and then the base being so, so perfect.

Then I saw the Carrionstrider. Or whatever you're calling it. Amazing. So chock full of character...it's hands down your best work to date imho.

Keep it rolling Ynnead, this stuff is ace!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: SeekingOne on August 31, 2018, 09:36:58 AM
Holy...
I'm lost for words Ynnead, really. This is some other, transcendent level entirely. Your earlier works already looked like they're alive, but you just keep getting better :) You haven't perchance been born in 41st millennium, only to be thrown back in time and end up here with us? ;) Because all your stuff feels increasingly like you're relating real-life first-hand experience ) Every detail, from the wounded arm on a sling to the horse's underdeveloped or mutated front limb replaced by prosthetic to the two riders simultaneously turning their heads towards a sound - it's all just so... believable. A horse with an underdeveloped limb, my goodness! I can't think of a cooler way to confer the overall bleakness of the setting.
 
By all means, keep it coming!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on September 17, 2018, 06:33:23 AM
Haha thanks a million guys! Sorry it's taken so long to get back to you!

Yeah there are moments in life when you get an idea and think 'yeah...this is so damn cool I have to make it'. Making the connection between the bird-like legs on the Ironstrider and my little crows was one of them :) could not be more pleased with it (or the scrap-cart) :)

Glad they come across as realistic SeekingOne :) a lot of the random daydreaming I do when I'm bored at work is about how to inject as much gritty realism as possible into the lives of little 40k dudes :) sort of like 'what are the bits you don't see of the 40k universe). Glad that's borne some fruit!

Now, I haven't been terribly productive recently, but I have thrown together a few new dudes :) I've got some half-made Crow-Cawdors calling my name, but in the mean time here's a couple of little distractions:

When frost and ice extend their claws,
From northern woods and tundra-moors,
Come lonesome ettins and their kin,
To hunt young kaerls for meat and skin.

-Extract from the Edda Óvættr (An Ode to Monsters)


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See those markings carved into that rock? That's trollsign. Means there's ettins about. Rare that you see them this far south. Cave-dwellers. Maneaters. Bad news.

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Ogryns? No. These are a completely different animal. An ogryn wouldn't know the butt from a barrel and will happily club you over the head with either. These guys build traps. Make their own gunpowder. One-for-one...they're as cunning as us.

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/vnqmpvf0nof7o8dp71by.Jpg)

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I had the idea for these guys while I was reading about how a society of solitary predators might work over on the Worldbuilding Stack Exchange (https://worldbuilding.stackexchange.com/) (fantastic resource btw). First off they'd be fiercely territorial so face-to-face communication would probably be very limited, but there's a wealth of opportunity for written markings and messages carved into trees and rocks along the borders of territories. Struck me as an interesting way to do an ogryn-like abhuman species while actually making them environmentally viable (ogryn fall squarely into the 'Too Dumb to Live' (https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/TooDumbToLive) category so favoured by TV Tropes).

Also, figured I talk about kaerls enough I might as well make some ;) more on those later...

Next though, is some more Crows ;) got hold of some Dark Elf bloodbowl dudes and dudettes so my snake-cult gained some new members ;)

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The scaled priests bickered amongst themselves. Since time immemorial they had recounted fables of the Many-Headed Snakes. Tales of tricksters as lessons both good and ill. Now, among the smouldering ruins of the Thorn Moons...they had met their gods. For the first time in thousands of years, they could not agree where their loyalties should lie...

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And the snake cult as it stands ;)

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Ahead of finally getting my grubby little mitts on the Cawdor kit I've also made another little female crow (Cawdors will be all male so will throw off my proportions a bit).

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/bu32bx30kivkylb6d9cm.Jpg)

So that makes 4 regular crow-women (well, one of them's a concubine)...

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...4 more crow-women of other groups (a snake-cultist, two mudlarks and a grey-heron)...

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...3 rooks of 3 different cultures...

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...and two out of three of the priesthood!

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Roll on Cawdors ;)

Oh, and as always, high res ;)

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Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: magenb on September 17, 2018, 05:52:55 PM
Superb work again mate. They work look soooooooooooooooooo ooooooo awesome in a full diorama :)
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Myen'Tal on September 17, 2018, 06:17:28 PM
You never cease to surprise me with your creativity, Ynnead, more gorgeous conversions as always. I love how you transformed the models for the Ironjawz Brutes into something quite alien, the familiarity is still there, but they definitely possess their own uniqueness with the way you built them. Love all of the Crow Cults you have going, all of them look great!

I agree with Mage, some sort of Diorama of the Crows Clans warring / or convening in some great gathering would be quite a sight to behold. Your models are so lifelike that I think you could create a striking scene with them.

Keep up the great work!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: SeekingOne on October 1, 2018, 07:36:02 AM
Amazing stuff Ynnead, 100% characterful as always. Love it!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Looshkin on October 3, 2018, 04:32:22 AM
Terrific work again Ynnead.

I'm amazed by how 1 model can really change the aesthetic of a gang. The new Snake Cult members look great...but the one guy with the staff makes them come across as far more intelligent and noble. He totally changes how I view the war band. Maybe that's what you were looking to do, maybe it isn't...but it's a striking effect either way and I think the range looks better for it.
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on October 21, 2018, 04:29:24 AM
Thanks a ton guys! Always pleased you like them :)

I really need to make some scenery for these guys to live in. It's definitely on the list. Out of interest, what paint to people use for painting scenery? It can't be the little citadel pots or you'd spend £20 per square foot just in paint! ;)

You're right Loosh that the snake priest really changes the aesthetic of the gang. The rest of them have got some pretty sneaky poses, but his has an air of nobility to it. Odd how just the one model can do that...

Now, I'm sorry Loosh, but it's more creepy elk-men next :S I managed to pick up a set of Genestealer Aberrants on eBay recently which are really hard to find for a reasonable price :S still, I've got 4 now! Here's the first use :)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale%2Cfl_progressive%2Cq_80%2Cw_800/tyl499ne0rzj3tv5ouab.Jpg)

Feth, that's a wargor. Bad news. Sixteen hundredweight of muscle, steel and anger.

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale%2Cfl_progressive%2Cq_80%2Cw_800/eu4uiy24gv7ritmdtmpm.Jpg)

Once was a time they were all as such. A time of blood and the ruin of worlds. The elk-men who inhabit these forests are the sons of cowards who fled rather than fall on the battlefields. Every so often the old blood percolates up from the deep.


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Their genesis is...not pleasant. Muscle proliferates with little apparent thought for previous biology, torn and stretched upon their distorted frames. The favour of the bronze god is not to be sought lightly...

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So that's a wargor :) I've been wanting to push things a little further with the chaos-influence on my elk-men. Even though they've largely been abandoned by their gods, I'd imagine the mutagenic effect on their bloodline would linger like a curse. Once a servant of the Gods, always a servant of the Gods. For all eternity.

Also managed to get this delightful little shot :)

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Buck > Stag > Wargor > Mammut

Hope you like him!

Oh, and high res:

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Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: magenb on October 21, 2018, 06:27:21 PM
daaaang, nice work.
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Myen'Tal on October 23, 2018, 12:43:01 AM
Wonderful stuff as always, Ynnead, I think this Elk-men band is one of my favorites. Keep it going!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Dread on October 29, 2018, 01:36:07 AM
Just amazing realizism. The smooth conversion work and the mute color palate, so real. Never cease to amaze.
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on November 7, 2018, 07:19:24 AM
Thanks guys! Really pleased you like them :) the elk-men are some of my favourites too ;) I've got a few more ideas for them, just need to collect the bits.

Glad you like the palette too. I was having a convo about doing a how-to guide on how I paint stuff so that should be coming soon :) I've just painted a whole batch of dudes, but I'll do it for the next Crow I paint :)

Speaking of next batch, here's the first lot!

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Homo Sapiens Fenrisiensis

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By blood, they're mostly Fenrisian. Descendents of kaerls and soldiers posted as garrisons, or just too slow to make it back to the landers when the crusade left. They're littered all through the Fenrisian Wilds like so many spent casings.

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Figured I'd spoken enough about kaerls so it was about time I actually made some :) these guys will be able to double as a warband in their own right, and a retinue for Udinn, my Longfang spymaster :)

Not sure about anyone else, but I find it helps to make the Poor Bloody Infantry of a warband first as a grounding point to then leap off the edge with weird and wonderful gribblies (more of those coming soon!).
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Myen'Tal on November 8, 2018, 08:53:22 PM
Great stuff, Ynnead, are my eyes playing tricks on me or are those Skaven Shields that you're using(Might be Rohan too)? They fit really well! I really like the subtle tattoo / war paint on the shirtless guys, not sure how you can work with detail that small, but super nice touch!

Hope to see more soon!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: SeekingOne on November 9, 2018, 03:06:31 AM
"They're littered all through the Fenrisian Wilds like so many spent casings."

This short sentense alone paints a picture of such magnitude it's unbelievable. I can almost see the endless bleak tundra and the lost souls inhabiting it... It smells of wet earth, melting snow and smoke of campfires. And those models just bring the picture to life.
I'm lost for words *wipes off a tear*
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Saim-Dann on November 11, 2018, 03:54:21 AM
Oh-my-giddy-Aunt, Ynnead!
Those doggies look amazing, and the narration that goes with them? Micky blessed Mouse!
Have a lot of catching up to do on your blog, mate, but what a start. My first look in for months landed on your doggies. It was meant, I tell ya!

Good to see your work again, bloke... Pointy ears forever!!

 
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on November 13, 2018, 07:51:32 PM
Thanks a ton guys! Always glad you like them :)

@Myen'talThe shields are ungor/gor sheilds :) some from the newer kit, and some salvaged from some of the older models I bought but never painted in my teens. I do need to pick up some of the clanrat shields though. Pretty distinctive shape, but I reckon they'd work really nicely to tie a particular group together :)

The tattoos were daunting to begin with but now nothing seems finished until it's got freehand of some sort or other on it! It's not too tricky once you get the technique. Go slow with only a teeny bit of paint on the thinnest brush you can find. Do one stroke at a time (the little bit of paint tends to dry off before you get too far), and it's easier to go slightly too wide and then thin the edges back down with some of the base colour :)

I'd definitely give it a try ;) Idoneth Deepkin are crying out for some maori-style tattoos ;)

@SeekingOne Ooh I love that description :) nail->head. Bleak tundra, lost souls, the smell of wet earth and woodsmoke and the sound of an axe being sharpened by the fireside. Perfect :) you get a fair few post-apocalyptic deserts and wastelands, but seemingly few frigid and shadowy boreal forests.

I stumbled upon some mood music the other day which took me on a dive through some stuff that just fits perfectly: 1 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKkL7DfoE3U) 2 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWMU8XalsvE) 3 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZU3bd77QRw) 4 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VK3Jp5eJ-Qo) 5 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DD65K4VR6Lw) 6 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRg_8NNPTD8) Oh, and an awesome new instrument I hadn't heard of, the taglharpe (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=muRr8WqrU48).

@Saim-dannGood to see you back dude :) and good timing ;) plenty more of these guys coming!

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Virskr gazed out into Ginnungagap, the yawning void between stars. He remembered well the whispering, gnawing hunger that clawed his mind from that abyssal place. With clenched teeth he steeled himself against his fear. His gods demanded service, and he was oathbound to obey.

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Oh, and high res!

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Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Myen'Tal on November 14, 2018, 01:21:24 PM
Excellent as usual, Ynnead, I absolutely love that warband leader! He's got a lot of character, and that's saying something when all of the other minions have that in plenty ;D.
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on November 16, 2018, 12:25:13 PM
Thanks dude! He did turn out particularly 'viking' ;)

He's not the leader though. That's this guy:

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The jarl towered over his followers. You could certainly see how he came to power. The man was a mountain. People say his mother was an ettin...and looking at him I could almost believe it.

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Dead pleased with this guy. I bought the chieftain a while ago and made a jarl out of him, but just wasn't pleased with how he turned out. Turns out a head swap to something more inhuman, toning down the warpbeast pauldron and giving him some heads to hold was all it took to bring him up to scratch!

Hope you like him!

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Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Saim-Dann on November 18, 2018, 07:35:19 PM
Magic stuff, Ynnead!
Even the bolt pistol converted into a rifle tells a story of this mungrel mob... Be well!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: SeekingOne on November 19, 2018, 06:26:04 AM
Breathtaking.

Just can't help pointing this out... Since the moment I started following you Ynnead, your miniatures have always been unbelievably characterful. But these latest ones, they are something more. I mean, there are a lot of minis out there, some of them are cool, some are beatiful, some are gritty and realistic - but yours are in a different league entirely. They are characterful, and their character is imbued with so much compressed meaning it feels almost palpable. I can (and do) stare at your photos for minutes, and the picture just keeps unfolding. Being able to imagine a world is cool enough, but imaginig a world that actually feels alive - now that's an accomplishment. And you manage not only to imagine, but also to express it, using laconic yet incredibly precise strokes of minis and lines of text to confer that feeling of being alive to a viewer. That's nothing if not high Art, as far as I'm concerned.
Thank you, and keep it up! :)
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Myen'Tal on November 19, 2018, 12:47:39 PM
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Thanks dude! He did turn out particularly 'viking' ;)

He's not the leader though. That's this guy:

Yeah, I'd say that guy is definitely the Alpha of this pack ;D. He's boss, Ynnead, I think my favorite part is the fur tufts and skulls on his boots, I think that's a great touch. Also that mechanical fist looks great too.
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on November 20, 2018, 07:43:02 AM
Thanks guys!

That's one hell of a compliment SeekingOne :) I do put a fair bit of effort into researching, writing, rewriting and just thinking about the background and world these guys inhabit. Really pleased it's paying off!

The rifle's actually just a straight bit from the Chaos Cultists kit. They're a bit trickier to kitbash than some older kits as they're not as modular arms/legs/body/head being separate.
Seems like a lot of kits are moving that way now, which does make it a bit more challengine to get into kitbashing, but the results tend to look more seamless which is nice :)

And yeah I do love his snappy boots too ;) there's actually not a great deal I did to the Darkoath Chieftain kit for him. The head is one of my favourites (I think from Sternguard Vets), the shoulder pad is mk3 SM armour and replaced the big chaos beast skull, the heads replace a sword and the power fist is from the Orlock Gang kit. Oh, and the backpack is one of the billion Ruststalker ones I've got lying around from all my crow conversions :)

Onwards and upwards though! This one's a twofer :)

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That's our Ulfsark. Men who have dedicated themselves wholly to Morkai the Animal God. Men who have stripped their minds and bodies of all that was once human, such that they might better understand their patron.

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And this guy.

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I forget you're an utlaending. That's a sleipnir. Quite common around these parts. Fenrisians, both kearls and wildlings, use them for scouts and warhorses.

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Hope you like them!

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Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: magenb on November 20, 2018, 02:47:45 PM
wow, more outstanding work, well done. Love the arms on the horse :).


Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Myen'Tal on November 20, 2018, 05:20:55 PM
More glorious additions, Ynnead. I second Mage's opinion about the Sleipnir, it's quite majestic in an ominous-twisted kind of way ;D. I think the Robo-Wolf is great too :).
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Dread on November 20, 2018, 10:39:04 PM
Nice use of skitarii parts! I love the, I think, genestealer arm on the horse too. Beautiful color on it to and the tat work is perfect. I also like the molf. Great kit bash work as well as paint.
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Saim-Dann on November 21, 2018, 02:40:37 AM
Like'm?
Looooove'm!!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Calamity on November 25, 2018, 06:43:15 AM
Absolutely amazing, stunning, fantastic work once again Ynneadwraith.  I always look forward to seeing what you do next.  :)
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on November 25, 2018, 06:46:42 AM
Thanks guys! Really glad you like them :)

You win't have to wait long Calamity ;)

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The young crow-girl gazed through her optics in awe. The valkyr was terrible and beautiful to behold, her bronzed skin and taut musculature visible 'neath radiant plumage. The polar opposite of her own wiry limbs. For a moment, she stood entranced...until the danger of her situation dawned upon her.

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"Yes, I have seen their ilk before," the Inquisitor intoned. "The inhabitants of the Daedalus sector call them 'harpies', and righteously drive them from their spires. It surprises me little that the heathen natives here not only tolerate but positively revere these godless 'valkyr' tech-witches.

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And high res :)

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Also also, has anyone spotted the new Delaques (https://whc-cdn.games-workshop.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/BloodGloryReveals-Nov2-Delaque13nf.jpg) yet? Sweet imperial saints they're cool :) already have some ideas I want to try out with them :) I was thinking the other day about how I wanted to revamp my Dokkalfar voidborn pirates and here these guys come, perfectly suited to the job!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Myen'Tal on November 25, 2018, 01:03:16 PM
Now that is one gorgeous looking conversion, Ynnead. Love what you managed to do with the wings and well, the entire miniature! Really cool idea, hope the Valkyrs also get a band! ;D
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Saim-Dann on November 26, 2018, 02:44:34 AM
Wow!
An amazing piece, Bloke! actually went back and trolled through your previous works and man, you are improving leaps and bounds in your modeling and painting. Your writing, however, has'nt changed. It was perfect from the start... Pointy ears forever!!
   
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on November 27, 2018, 06:28:29 PM
Thanks guys! I hadn't thought of doing a valkr band. I'll see what I can do!

Last guy of this warband coming up though :)

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Udinn, One-eye. Late is the hour in which this charlatan chooses to appear. Mutant-kin I name you. Ill news is an ill guest.

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Silence, Harkr. He has earnt his worth. Speak, Longfang. What news of the wilds have you? What news do your stormcrows bring?

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I've heard some kaerls mutter that he's senile. Wasn't aware that could happen to astartes, but he certainly doesn't help himself playing god to his little crow-mutants. If he wasn't such a useful spymaster I expect he'd have been sent on his Last Hunt by now. You know, 'die with a sword in your hand'. That sort of thing.

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So yeah! That's my take on Udinn, the Long Fang spymaster from way back at the start of this project :) it's taken quite a while to amass the bits I wanted for him, but I'm glad I waited for the right ones (the Deathbringer head was the only one that seemed to fit for me).

I'm glad that he came out a little lumbering and bulky. I've always thought the idea of Marines leaping around being all dynamic didn't quite fit my headcanon for them. As far as I'm concerned they should have all the subtlety and grace of a armoured rhino ;)

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Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Dread on November 27, 2018, 10:31:46 PM
I come by to see...I love what I see...makes me wish I had more time to model...thanks for showing your dudes, gives me strength to dream. Working 12 hour days off every other weekend ain't leaving me time to do, well, anything. So keep it up for my sanity. Well done!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on February 1, 2019, 01:07:01 PM
Oof that doesn't sound like any fun at all, but glad to see from your thread that you're down to just the one now!

Glad you like him too :)

Ages ago, before I started on my crows I made this guy:

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I was pretty pleased with him, but the pose didn't work out quite as I'd hoped. However, the idea of crows thinking astartes are gods gave me an opportunity to make some demons too ;)

Each young crow must learn the ways of the gods. All are fickle and dangerous, even our own, but some are even moreso.

The Corpse-walkers are malevolent gods of the dead. Once mortal like the other gods, they sold their souls for the ability to transcend death. They now dwell in the nowhere-place between worlds, and are the only gods who can hunt a crow through death and into the afterlife.

The Butcher-hounds are gods of slaughter. Their minds are consumed with the anger and hate of all living things. If you lock eyes with a Butcher-hound, there is nothing, no champion, no machine, no god, that can save you from a gruesome death. All that you touch will be slaughtered.

The Flayed Men are gods of the void itself, and hunt in darkness. They stalk their prey across the stars, and create great tapestries from the hides of their victims. Once they have your scent, they will forever know where you are, no matter how far you run or how well you hide.

These three we fear most of all.


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it's inspired somewhat by Bruticus' bare-torso'd Slaaneshi Marine (http://www.exprofundis.com/friendless-chosen-of-slaanesh), but I thought the idea would fit quite nicely for a Khorne Berserker given that the original berserkers were men that went into battle wearing nothing but animal skins (although that depiction of them has fallen out of favour).

The fluff is also a little teaser for some other dude's I'm putting together at the moment ;)

Also took a pic with his new buddy (or not...)

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I'm quite glad that the heretic Astartes has turned out about a head bigger. I've always quite liked the idea that Chaos Marines should be even tougher, nastier and deadlier than regular Marines. They are the same dudes, but infused with chaotic power after all ;) they should be bigger and nastier.

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Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Dread on February 1, 2019, 02:10:40 PM
Holy cow, he's so freaking cool! The sore looking effect around the stitches and the base is phenominal. On top of the fact he is ripped.
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on February 1, 2019, 05:45:19 PM
Thanks man :) I figured life as a shirtless berserker in the 41st millennium would be tough so the soreness and cuts would be pretty realistic ;)
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: dog_of_war on February 1, 2019, 10:13:54 PM
Just amazing! I love how you've taken an AOS berzerker look and completely immersed it into the world of 40k. I'm picturing Kharn after a fruitful day on the battlefield, power armour just smashed to pieces from combat, yet he just keeps on going. The energizer bunny of space marines.
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Myen'Tal on February 2, 2019, 12:26:20 AM
Now that's what I call a Bezerker! Kharn should be green with envy ;D. Great work, Ynnead, he came out amazingly well. Love it. That band looks so great together!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: magenb on February 4, 2019, 03:15:04 PM
you've really got your theme down, they look great.
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on February 9, 2019, 10:14:04 AM
Thanks guys! Really glad you like him :) yeah I can imagine him not stopping for anything, even after the battle's over!

Onwards and upwards though :)

And lo, the mountain rose above the horizon as a bleak and forbidding tower. Smoke bellowed from its summit, and the fearsome sound of industry echoed through the hills. The home of Fafnir, wyrm of the north, was terrible to behold. There he lurks, jealous and protective of his horde.

Those who fail to escape his clutches are brought beneath his thrall. Wyrmwights we call them. Their minds replaced with metal, they are nothing but slaves to the great dragon now.


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"Stop Haaric...STOP! You know what happens to those taken by the Wyrm. They walk, they talk but they're dead Haaric. He's a wyrmwight now."

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Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Myen'Tal on February 9, 2019, 02:13:23 PM
Ooh, creepy servitors enthralled by a great dragon creature? Sounds really cool to me! I love these conversions, and each of them has so much personality on their own. Great work, Ynnead!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Ynneadwraith on February 13, 2019, 10:01:55 AM
Thanks dude :) glad you like them!

There's more coming soon, but first...

A while back I mentioned I'd do a little how-to on my painting style on the next crow...and now many crows later I've finally done one!

Step 1 is priming (ignore the browns for now). I tend to prime in white as a bit of a relic of learning to paint with eldar. Plus, it's easier to get lighter colours to work, especially those with poor coverage.
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Step 2 is to block out the base colours that are straight out of the pot. For these guys that's Abaddon Black for the metal and quills, Pallid Wych Flesh for the skin, and Ushabti Bone for any bones (none on this guy). No need to be particularly neat with this step as you can touch stuff up later.
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Step 3 is to mix up some colours for the cloth and wood/leather. Each colour gets maybe one or two uses on a model before mixing a new one, which helps get some variety into a limited-palette model. I tend to start with a mix of Abaddon Black and Fenrisian Grey to make a cold grey, and then gradually add different blues and greens into the mix to get varied colours.

It's the same process for browns, starting with Rhinox Hide mixed with Fenrisian Grey to cool it down, with various blues and browns mixed in to vary the colours. It helps if you've got a couple of models primed for this bit so you can use the same colour on multiple models before you mix it into a new one :)
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Step 4 is to roughly drybrush some highlights onto the metal, cloth, wood and leather. The aim here is to be a bit rough and streaky, picking out high points and adding texture. Steel gets Leadbelcher. Blues, greens and greys get Fenrisian Grey. Browns get Ushabti Bone. Quills get Pallid Wych Flesh.

Picking a light colour here works really well, and you can get some really nice colours by drybrushing over a non-standard highlight colour (blue over green/bone over red/light green over blue etc.). I've added a pic of the shield as it really helps pick up details like this :)
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Step 5 is to add in any little embellisment colours, like Warplock Bronze on trinkets and fittings, Wazdakka Red on lenses, and Administratum Grey on hoses. Now's the time to touch up any messy bits. Hopefully by doing the unmixed colours first you should only have to touch up straight from the pot. If you do have to touch up mixed colours, don't fret too much about the colour match. It's rarely noticeable unless it's way out.
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Step 6 is washes. Fairly liberal Nuln Oil Gloss wash over everything but the skin, which helps blend in the rough drybrushing a bit and pick out the highlights. The skin gets a lighter wash of Druchii Violet.
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Step 7 involves re-drybrushing the skin with Pallid Wych Flesh, adding some freehand tattoos and then doing another very light drybrush of your skintone over the tattoos to help them look worn in.
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Step 8 is to sit back and admire your finished crow! (and touch up any mistakes, which I haven't done on this guy yet). Pretty much all of my models use this same process, but vary the colours used to get different schemes. Sometimes there's variations in order (the elk-men have their skintone highlight under the wash to help them look grubbier etc.), but that's pretty much it :)

All-in, there's probably only 15 or so colours in all of my models, just in different combinations and mixes, so it's cheap too!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Dread on February 13, 2019, 01:25:53 PM
Very well done "how too", most excellent. It helps even old dogs like me get fresh ideas. I always enjoy seeing your blog.
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Myen'Tal on February 17, 2019, 10:36:43 PM
Love the tutorial, Ynneadwraith, I'm sure many would-be crows will be mustering mighty war bands with this tutorial ;D!
Title: Re: Rogue Trader-esque Warbands and Character Conversions, and anything else I fancy
Post by: Calamity on February 17, 2019, 10:38:37 PM
Yeah these are some of the most amazing conversions I’ve ever seen!  Outstanding work Ynneadwraith.  :)