OK. So. Yesterday I outlined how Dark Templar helped me find a whole new form of inspiration for my Arrugginiti. As importantly, I mentioned how Dark Templar and I have entered into an exchange of ideas as well as a brilliant bit of trans-Atlantic banter, which has manifest in a rivalrous history between my Arrugginiti CSM and Templar’s Blood Angels Fifth Company (Behold, the power of the internets!!!).
With this in mind, each of us has set out an ambitious modeling agenda that directly references the other half of the rivalry. For my part, I have set myself the task of one squad of Terminators, one dramatically appropriate Independent Character, along with what’s left to finish on my WIP squad from yesterday (…as well as one other treat on Friday that more regular followers of the blog may be wondering about). Each of these projects will be a direct response to a few of the principles and recipes that Templar has been cooking up. Namely:
-The Arrugginiti will reference, at every reasonable and worthwhile opportunity (and perhaps at the odd unreasonable and utterly frivolous opportunity), the Blood Angels and the malicious contempt that my CSM reserve for these awkward servants of the false Emperor. This last bit has been expanding almost exponentially of late, and has really started to take an impressive shape. More soon on this point.
-I’ve expressed several times recently that I’ve never quite been satisfied with my approach to the color Red. For that reason, I am going to adopt and to experiment with Dark Templar’s recipe for Red, which you can find here, and which I also encourage you to experiment with if you have the opportunity. To the left here, I’ve included an image of a test model that I did some time ago that I feel demonstrates the "grotty" nature of the reds I've produced in the past (and not always deliberately). I also feel that my past encounters with red don't quite work alongside my more established Arrugginiti recipes. In all, this model fell a bit flat somehow, particularly in terms of the red that was meant to really make him stand out and, thus, I have high hopes that I’ll be able to improve on this with some proper direction and more regular practice.
-Finally, Templar has a very clear aesthetic that runs throughout his sire (one which I find rather inspirational from a modeling standpoint) with regard to the dynamic and evocative position of his models. I really like this approach, and intend to adopt it where I may for the upcoming sequence of models, and beyond. On this last point, I am not only thinking about future projects, but also re-thinking the relatively stagnant pose of models like this one -who, despite the wings, looks entirely too steady and earthbound. hmmmm. ideas ideas ideas.
All in all, this exchange has already been tremendous fun… and we haven’t even officially started yet. That happens Friday. So stay tuned.