Friday, May 7, 2010
Hailed vs. Hated: The Sin of Alacrity (and Banner Completed)
The conflict is spreading like contagion itself. The entire subsector has now exploded with minor confrontations and limited skirmishes. The Arruggginiti have continued their entirely uncharacteristic and, at times, seemingly random strikes against the Blood Angels 5th Company, but the toll remains insubstantial on both sides.
The Administratum has just released these photos from a very brief and limited encounter on the Sin of Alacrity, in which the Fateful squad ran directly into the path of patrolling Terminators (now standard operating procedure on Blood Angels vessels traveling in the sector). The Alacrity was dispatched only last week, and supposedly in secret, to the Mentieth sector with strongly encrypted orders to investigate a collection of unrelated reports concerning another relic of unstated import. The urgency of the orders suggests significant value.
As mentioned, the encounter was brief and inconclusive, with the Arrugginiti fleeing back into the warp soon after resistance stiffened. But surely this is a sign of things to come. If the Arrugginiti are invested in this endeavor, then violence and mayhem will certainly follow closely. Moreover, this seems to confirm the reliquary rumors…
Or is this simply another vile trap? Will the Arrugginiti be lying in wait; have they come to investigate the same rumors in the horrific hope that they can beat the 5th company to the mysterious relic? Or perhaps this is a bold turn of the tables for the Blood Angels. Have they, themselves, planted these rumors in order to draw out the Arrugginiti at last into open, decisive confrontation?
We will soon find out.
After the Hailed vs. Hated post from last Friday, I received a very strong (and very kind) series of suggestions in the comments box: Magilla Gurilla suggested a “Nurgle inspired banner,” and Dverning shaped that thought a bit by invoking, instead, a “loyalist inspired banner that’s starting to be warped” -something that would really “tweak the loyalists.” Rabidchild added that the banner could be “clean and bright” for contrast, and/or a “corpse shroud […that has a] creepy Nurgle feel.” HotPanda contributed some more specifics by suggesting the banner include a “rotting set of Blood Angels wings.”
Here’s what I came up with (click on the images for a closer look).
I didn’t quite manage clean and bright but opted for cleaner and brighter with the muted red backing and off-white frontage. The image is an attempt to freehand a reflection/corruption of the BA banner from the Sanguinary Guard –excepting that one half of the image appears skeletal and corrupted; notably, this is the half holding… the chalice. The plot thickens and the contagion grows literally from the bottom of the banner upward...
Thanks to Magilla Gurrilla, Dverning, Rabidchild, and HotPanda for all of your support in this crazy blogging business. I greatly appreciate your input and kindness.
See you Sunday for another WIP: step by step (... looking at you, Joe).
p.s. Sin of Alacrity compliments of the now seemingly defunct Parasitic Studios.