For the Love: Dr McMourning
With this post, I would like to inaugurate a new series/tag in which I discuss the whole, neglected breadth of my hobby intere... ohhhh look. Shiny.
Well, it’s a bit like that.
I currently have at least three different projects at various stages of completion: Grey Knights, Bretonnians, with some Ogre commission work still in the pipeline, as well as a unit or two left straggling from my other armies. Let me be candid. I am not even slightly bothered by the fact that this situation will never improve -ever; there are several more projects waiting patiently on deck, and GW, PP, FF, Mantic, Malifaux, et al show no sign of letting up on their collective onslaught of brilliant games and stunning miniatures. I mean seriously. Dark Eldar. Ogres. It's too much. I am fighting desperately to stay on the happy side of Dreadfleet... but... I don't know.
So it goes.
To be sure, it’s a great time to be interested in our hobby.
There point here is a simple one: in the midst of all this serious hobbying (ahem), I wanted to find a space for those random odds and ends that I feel compelled to paint purely for the love –hence the title. These are not my greatest efforts, nor my most worthwhile. Often, they are springboards from which I find new recipes, revise old recipes, blunder shamefully, or refine a technique or two, and/or simply indulge myself.
They are fun. They are isolated. They are accomplished in those moments between the flow of those other, bigger, hobby tides.
These random assortments invariably represent the purest, simplest form of my hobby compulsion. Rarely do any of these figures see proper action on the tabletop, remaining instead permanent fixtures in the margins of my hobby world. Some have even gathered their own corner on the bookshelf.
Solidarity, I suppose.
This series, then, is designed to celebrate those lovely waifs. The miniatures that I felt utterly compelled to paint regardless of their use, or their role, or their system, or general greater purpose.
Dr McMourning here fell into my lap after I saw a post on Dark Templar’s site –a fellow whose entire line of posts on Malifaux deserves a proper look if you have not done so already. Moreover, have a gander at his "Malcontent" homemade bases. Glorious stuff. If I weren’t already up to my gullet, Dark Templar would have certainly convinced me.
Well, after just a single glance, McMourning appeared so wonderfully menacing that I couldn’t help but take a crack at him. Even now, when I look at the figure I can almost hear the --snap-- of that glove. And that grin. oh, that grin. Of interest from the painting end here, to me at least, is the revision of my blood recipe, and the new flesh tone that I mixed up in this attempt (I’m not sold on it yet, but if I find it working out well, I’ll be sure to post the recipe itself).
And thus, we begin the occasional look at the odder ends of my hobby odds and ends –some more of which you can see loitering in the background …