Inspiration is a fickle beast.
I outlined last time how I attempted (and unwittingly failed) to create a new look with new materials for my first efforts in Warmachine. Doh. This was, however, not my only inspirational misadventure in recent weeks.
It has been a while since I painted individual minis –having first suspended hobby time due to the arrival of baby-number-two and then redirected all of said hobby attention toward a certain convention earlier this month. You may have heard. Although I am officially “back” from to a place I never really left, I do not yet feel my mojo proper; I can only hope that it will return directly –and trust that it will. It always does.
So. The Book Wardens (thank you, by the way, Tenzing for the top tip about the Serapeum. The current manifestation of the Book Wardens will be getting a fundamental revision as soon as I can sift through what works for them. It may take a little time to digest, but the idea is simply brilliant. Brilliant. Cheers). Here is the first test model that I completed for the resuscitation of that old chapter.
It simply isn’t working for me. Perhaps the he is still too metallic, or grim, or dark. Perhaps the other colors are lost somehow in the mix. To my way of thinking, these fellows lack a certain metaphysical kick in the loins that usually, viscerally pulls me into the model. Instead, I am left listless and cold –lamentably meh. I have been floundering slightly.
To remedy this situation I did what I always do in such circumstances… I copy someone else’s work until I find my feet again.
There is no shame in this, or at least I feel absolutely none in typing that statement. I sincerely believe that the internets were made specifically for these purposes. And so I do. In fact, I have copied two different ideas wholesale recently: one from an image I saw on BoLS (to be discussed later), and the one that inspired this fellow from GW’s own site. Go figure. Tom Kreps's Imperial Fists are visually arresting, and I found myself staring at them for a tremendously long time before I decided that this alone should be reason to have a bash at emulating what he has done.
Certainly, I suspect that my effort may look a bit too Rogal Dorn (or is it Lamenters?) to be a natural born Book Warden, but then the new iteration will not be Book Wardens precisely, so I may either change the colors slightly or invent some fluff to dodge the question.
Regardless, the dominant and bold use of yellow is an entirely new enterprise for me, and while admittedly derivative, it is at least getting me back in the mix and pushing me reasonably far from my comfort zone -which is the exact nature of my goal.
I am not yet sold on the red ribbons, but hesitated to go back to the standard parchment colors for fear of washing out the model too much. As I type, I am still undecided. In the mean time, he is fun. I like him more than I thought I would and may have found the basis for a new BW direction.
Well shall see. I hope to be able to type more about how I got my mojo back soon.
Fingers crossed, everyone. Fingers crossed.