Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Cocorico ! A French artist on the blog !

You probably know this guy, or his work... Martin Grandbarbe aka BangDoll

Hi Martin and welcome to Legatho's warehouse
Could you introduce yourself?

Hi Legatho, 
my name is Martin Grandbarbe 32 years old and freelance miniatures painter. I live in France and start painting miniatures at the age of 11, because of my father who bought me the Eavy Metal Painting Guide
from Mike McVey (the Red one). So i paint since a long time now ^^ ! I started to play many games with my games like Warhammer, GorkaMorka, Necromunda or Warzone, but we played a lot with the new Confrontation game from Rackham.  Each weekend we played and only painted Rackham miniatures at this time, we also went often at Exhibit to meet the Rackham guys and of course watched the miniatures. 
So i started to paint more and to play less because i wanted to understand how these guys arrived to do so many beautiful miniatures, it was different and i didn't have internet at home when i was youth! Many years later i joined the Rackham team and paint in the studio for five and half years, it was a great experience i learned so much. 

Today i paint for different company as a freelance and try when i find the time to paint for me, i also do some online contest when i can but today i really want to have beautiful painted army because this is a really hard challenge and i'm ever afraid of the time when i can't paint anymore.... 

Could you tell us your vision of Warhammer 40k/ Inq28?

Oh i don't have any vision of 40k, i prefer to say that i ever love the actual vision of this very Dark Future where is it better to be a Deamon than to be Human.

What are your main sources of inspiration?

Essentialy the illustration and of course from John Blanche he is one of my favorite artist, i really like how he draw this madness but sometimes you can find a strange beauty in his work. 
I'm also a big fan of Giger, Katsuhiro Otomo, Tsutomu Nihei and Mamoru Nagano. 
I love nature and especially insect that are perfect creatures for me and the univers too. I love to have the sensation to be lost because of the amazing scale of space.
In miniatures i love the work of so many people that is hard to say who :) ! 

How do you choose your paint schemes? Do you stay on a coherency or did the mini told you how it want to be painted?

It depend how i'm working, when i paint for a customer i must do the work i'm asking for and don't have any choice. When i paint for me i quickly find how i'll paint the miniatures so i prefer to say that is the miniatures who "speak to me" and roll out :) !! 

What are your favorites bitz?

Good question ^^ ! I think Grey Kight and  Dark Eldar. 

Do you have any project on your workbench? 

Oh yes so many ^^ ! I think like a lot of painters.... I have actualy my first Inq28 warband made with old metal miniatures, a start of a Blood Angels army and Epic Imperial Fist. 
And some miniatures i have to paint as a gift for friends and other to do for diffrent contest. I never stop painting :D ! 

Last step, choose one of your minis (your favorite one) and tell us why. I'll do the same with what you made I prefer.

Ok that's not easy but i will choose my Dark Eldar Mandrake because this range is one of my favorite (thanks Jes Goodwin) and i fell in love with Mandrakes imediatly ! 
This design is so perfect, i very simple miniatures with a lot of character, it look like a japanese ghost. 
It was a real pleasure to paint it and i loved this project from the start to the end. I was also happy because i was lucky enough to win my first Gold in the 2011 French Golden Demon
with this one :) ! 

Ok so my turn now, and it's a bit hard to choose... I'm waiting for the unpainted ones you're doing for inq28 and I'll up the interview ;)

Thank you for your answer.

You're welcome Legatho thank you too and see you soon in the grim dark future :D ! 

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Why forums and other sites are so important

Hello followers... Today, I wanted to share with you my point of view on the forums and sites speaking minis.

I do not know if I can quantify the number of hours I spend to visit the different forums and solo artists sites. 
The fact is that I always find interesting things that either ignite my inspiration, or gives me additional information as a tutorial of paint for example. I'm hanging on the forum Ammo Bunker since May 2013, and I must say that I have made wonderful encounters. To name a few, I would say mainly Julian Bayliss, KrautScientist, Jeff Vader, Logan, PDH, or more recently, Drazul and Weirdingway. I forget a lot, and that those who do not read their names do not feel insulted ... you will be all in my hobby. 
Forums, are in my opinion the basis of everything (virtually speaking of course). It includes topics "basic" just dealing Warbands or killteams but there are also fantastic initiatives like Jeff's "Inspiration" or  Thistle's "Lord Nurglii versions - the remix's" . It is also an opportunity to participate in small challenges as Masterbuilder "March is make a mini from a movie" . 
Subsequently, the sites are "solos" as Ironsleet, Officio Convertorum Eternal Hunt, Four go to war ... that we always visit for read and reread. But the main point is that we can find common ground with this or that artist and, suddenly, it is based on his experience and his designs for progressing. 

I come now to what prompted me to write this article. Here is a warband of the standard type I painted it there for two years :   

Inquisitorial warband 25 May 2013

The buildings were more than basic, no real conviction. There was no treatment other than the wash, I knew nothing of Highligting and I refused to dry brush. The result was bland, tasteless, and lacked a touch of color to enhance the figurine itself as a focal point.

And there is my latest one :

Radical Ordo Xenos Inquisitor "Methus Swaire" 17 March 2015

In my opinion, although I am far from being the painter of the year, it's quite much better! There something living on it... Both, painting and modeling evolved thanks to everything I've read at the expert advices that were given to me.

So, this is why I found all of those important for the hobby life. Stay tuned!

Thank you for reading

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

On a weird way

Today, we have an other special guest... 

Hi Weirdingway and welcome to Legatho's warehouse!

Could you introduce yourself

My name is Weirdingway and I’m a graphic designer in Chicago, Il. I’m 35 and was first introduced to Games Workshop models and games by my older brother when I was about 9 years old. I was too young to paint or play but read all of his Rogue Trader books and White Dwarfs and really fell in love. We grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii, and we’d hang out after school at a wonderful shop called Hawaii Collector’s Gallery where I started to buy and paint a random assortment of models.

But when the first 40k boxed set came out I was completely hooked. I didn’t play many games, but was really into converting models and making up my own rules and army concepts, and became very active in the early days of 40k on the internet, particularly on the 40k mailing list (which Jervis Johnson and Andy Chambers would sometimes pop up on!), but I also had my own 40k and Necromunda website.*

Then I went to art school and had so much fun that I set aside the hobby for quite some time. Every once in a while I’d check out what I had missed (the introduction of Tau, Necron, and Dark Eldar for starters!), and eventually I discovered the new world of 40k blogs and forums, and all the amazing new plastic kits.
After reading the forums for years I eventually took the plunge and bought a few plastic kits and have been kitbashing like crazy for the past 3 years. It’s so fun!

* Building that website is actually one of the things that got me into graphic design so that’s one of the many ways I can thank the hobby for my career; graphic
design is really just kitbashing but the bits are typefaces and images and the background fluff is the content.

Could you tell us your vision of Warhammer 40k/ Inq28?

40k has changed greatly over the years, but at its core it has always been a wonderful postmodern blender that can absorb and remake almost any historical or fictional inspiration or archetype. That anachronistic mix of the past and the future is what really hooked me.

I personally gravitate to elements from every period of 40k; I love the free-wheeling weirdness and openness of the original Rogue Trader universe, 2nd edition’s more internally consistent and developed background, great and diverse art from every period (although Lost and the Damned may have been the greatest single
collection of illustrations) and the amazing models of the present era (sorry oldhammerers; while the old models were very characterful they can be so blobby and poorly proportioned!). Throughout it all runs a wonderful mix of John Blanche and Jes Goodwin, who have such different yet complementary styles that I feel like the aesthetic soul of 40k hovers perfectly suspended between their opposing magnetic forces, if that makes sense.

What are your main sources of inspiration?

Obviously Blanche, Goodwin, and all the 40k artists, but also the universe itself, built at the beginning by Rick Priestley and likes of Andy Chambers and Jervis Johnson and countless others.

Then there’s the explosion of amazing modeling online. I think it was really Migsula’s old Dakkadakka blogs (Crescent Guard!) that really blew me away and made me realize I had to try my hand at converting with both the new plastic kits and with my improved set of craft skills — I was an enthusiastic but very sloppy painter and converter as a teenager, and 4 years of art school and 13 years of working as a designer have made a big difference in my ability to realize my ideas!

And finally I am largely influenced by non-gaming sources. Some of this is the same sort of thing that no doubt also inspired 40k’s creators; sci-fi movies of the 80s, particularly Star Wars and David Lynch’s Dune, Terry Gilliam (Baron Munchuasen, Brazil, and Time Bandits), Mad Max, but also late medieval art, etc. Of
particular note is the amazing collection of concept art that went into Jodorowsky’s unfilmed Dune (Moebius, Dan O’Bannon, Chriss Foss, Ron Cobb, H.R. Giger!). I first saw these n but the documentary Jodorowsky’s Dune is a must-see as well. My current project is inspired by all of that
stuff, but also brings in some of my other loves like the experimental architecture of Lebbeus Woods and the Japanese mecha and mechanical designs from the Anime I grew up with (Robotech/Macross, Akira, Apple-seed, etc). And I’ve always loved art and history and particularly the way they interact, and 40k is a great
medium to explore that sort of thing.

How do you choose your paint schemes? Do you stay on a coherency or did the mini told you how it want to be painted?

I started my current “army” project thinking about the palette used in some of the film influences listed above (rusty orange contrasted with cool greens), but have also tried to bring in some of the more varied palettes of the medieval painter Giotto and his contemporaries, as well as a bit of the colorful excess of Moebius and Chris Foss. Basically I think after not painting models for so many years I went a little crazy and didn’t limit my palette as much as I probably should have! But enough grime and ink washes seems to tie things together so far.

On a model-by-model basis I don’t normally have a good plan when starting out, which leads to a lot of repainting over colors and many layers of glazes and washes as I push colors one way or another. I also keep trying new techniques and approaches on each set of models. Figuring it out as I go along may not make
for the best or cleanest results but its what I find the most fun and rewarding.

What are your favorites bitz?

There are so many great ones these days. The flagellant kit is amazing and a big source of bits for my project, but I’ve gotten a lot of mileage from the humble Jump Pack! In my case the ornamented ones from the Death Company kit, but I’ve sliced them into many separate chunks and used them to build shoulder-pads and backpacks for henchmen as well as the bodies and legs of my Navigator Ex-Suits. I love to chop bits/moels into tiny little pieces that can then be reconfigured in unexpected ways.

Do you have any project on your workbench?

I’m trying to finish a playable 40k army version of my Navigator Household in time for Adepticon here in Chicago. All the infantry are done (more or less, barring final paint touchups if I have time) and I’ve just finished scratch-building a large robot and a hover-craft, and am now trying to finish a drop-ship. So lately I’ve been basically just adding rivets and details which is extremely slow but fun and relaxing, and so rewarding. Scratchbuilt models really come alive when you add those final details. I don’t have an aibrush (or time to get one and learn how to use it) so it’s going to be a rush to get these big things painted!

 Last step, choose one of your minis (your favorite one) and tell us why. I'll do the same with what you made I prefer.

That would have to be my house’s Novator, the “head” navigator. It was a pretty crazy idea that I wasn’t sure would work out, and I’m really glad I went for it and tried anyway. I have the most fun modeling when I don’t know what the result will be; if it’s all worked out in advance then I tend to lose interest. The weirdest ideas can be the most exciting and I think the end result is both quintesentially 40k and still an original addition. And it was a huge challenge sculpting the head. It came out better than I expected so I hope to do some more soft-edge sculpting like that in the future (not sure if I’ll ever be able to sculpt a 28mm face but it would be fun to try one day).

Well, It's the same for me.... What an impressive mini ! Both the idea, the kitbash and the painted are ACE.
Thank you for your answer mate !

Thank you for reading

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Friday, March 6, 2015

I'm on fire !

Just received... still kitbashed

Done some work with a witch body Jeff sends me today. I think it will be a demon host

And as it was advisable... some work on the Dark mechanicus thing's gun

Let me know...

And so it's here !

A Northen bestiary... by mister Vader !

Today's not a day like the others... no bills in the mailbox, but an enigmatic green pack...

Johan's (Aka Jeff Vader) book Nordiska Väsen (Nordic beings)...So yep, as Johan means on his dedication, the whole book is in Swedish... but whatever... I'll try to translate it with some translation web site... So as Jeff shows the John's gift on his blog... I had to put it on mine.... (and a bit showing of by the way....) Lucky me ! A billion thanks my friend !

Thank you for reading

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Creating an horror

So I'm doing more work on my Dark Mechanicus project...

And it's inspired from a lot of things....

First the work Of H.R GIGER (RIP) for all his art...

Second, an awful movie "Virus" but the idea of an electromagnetic virus is awesome!

And third, an Hellsing antagonist: Incognito

So now the horror it self :

I have a bit of work to do with the GS... but well... I'm happy with the result !
Let me know !

Thank you for reading

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Half way done to the Invitational...

So Iron Sleet post a pinch of WIPS pictures yesterday.

The building time is gone.... Long live to the painting time ! But for mr it's the hardest part.... All the posted entries can be seen here .

There are some really good things to see, and some big suprises too...

My work is base on that concept. It's about a type of sales by auction.... The guy on the mechanic chair is the auctioneer Léon Stravos, the mule with the cherub on the top shows the differents articles and the chrono-gladiator is just here to discourage the thieves.... Léon Stravos is monitored by the inquisition because he's selling a lot of stuff recovered from cadavers... imperial equipement, power armour pieces and sometimes chaotic relics....

Thank you for reading

Monday, March 2, 2015

A big step towards madness

Got some bitz on the mail today... like a kid.... can't wait

Here are the today's kitbashes... a lot of things are missing.... but the major idea is here. Some kind of dark mechanicus(?) or simply chaotic(?)

Discusting...Disturbing... here are the first two of the "things" 
(thanks to John Carpenter for all his work)

Let me know what you think.

Thank you for reading