Friday, April 16, 2010
Hailed vs. Hated: Objectives and more
Black Matt, over at Black Matt’s Black Legion Blog, recently sold off some of his miscellaneous flotsam in order to make room for his impending good news. Having recently gone through the same experience (my boy was born in October), I was all too happy to help where I could. (Thanks Matt –and get your sleep in now). Obviously, having depleted my hobby stock before the arrival, I'm now quite keen to fill the shelves once more. So it goes.
Among some other odds and ends, I was keen to pick up these objective markers and, well, I’m not sure what they are meant to be for exactly –Cities of Death Strategems(?). Nevermind. Quite literally as soon as I had them out of the box, I’d put glue to resin and based them. Minutes after that was dry, they were primed and ready to go. Perhaps I’m not alone here, but I get a bit carried away like that when an exciting new project arrests my attention.
The mine piece (left) I intend to use as a marker for my Onorevoli Scout Bikers because they get to booby trap a piece of terrain before each game. The actually booby trap (bottom -with BA head as bait) fits more appropriately with the kind of antics my Arrugginiti would likely perform. Quite obviously, I’d say the same for the fallen brother (right). And then that last piece (top), again, I’m not really to sure what it’s meant to be –Ork skulls and a bit of imperial metal sheeting. I have no idea what this will be used for, but I liked it enough to give that imperial metal sheeting the Arrugginiti rust treatment.
So let’s concentrate on the two most relevant pieces. The head-and-booby-trap piece echoes some of the trophies that I’ve placed among a few of my Troops from The Fateful squad. It will make a pleasantly nasty surprise for any Blood Angels Marine who is both eager and unfortunate enough to try and recollect some one of the trophies that the Arrugginiti have so wantonly dispatched from their previous owners (muah).
As far as an objective marker, it's perhaps not ideal. Why, for example, would my Arrugginit want to capture and hold their own booby trap? hmm. I'm not so sure. But nevertheless, it's a great piece and perfectly situated for a week in which I've spent much, much more time taking photos and typing than I have painting. Indeed, markers like these ones are ideally situated for those smaller hobby moments, and there are plenty more on hand for when I need them. Thanks again, Matt.
The fallen battle brother was particular fun for me. Dark Templar, the other half of this Hailed vs. Hated endeavor, has painted some amber and gold trim around a few of his notable characters, and I wanted this guy to evoke some of that heraldry. I’ve also just recently read (forget where, apologies, maybe the astronomicon?) that the Blood Angels 5th Company takes the Black Blood Drop as its identifying symbol. For this reason, you can just barely see that black drop on the quarter of his right knee, with the roman numeral V in the opposite quarter.
I think this is a tremendously cool piece, and the little detail on his knee says quite a lot with very, very little paint. Even cooler. While the booby trap seems perhaps odd as a marker, I've no such problems here, and almost feel that the objective was custom made for my disposition. Lovely when that happens. Moreover, he came with two companions -one of which is currently becoming a base for yet another Arrugginiti Champion. More on that soon.
I'll conclude today's post with an action shot (or two) of the Arrugginiti in the clutches of their own deprivation.
See you Sunday for WIP. Cheers.