Monday, 27 August 2012

The Gift of Inspiration


While looking through the galleries on coolminiornot.com today I came across a rather pleasant, if unexpected surprise.



Upon seeing the piece "Imperial Guard Ace" by artist MoMinis, entered at this year's Golden Demon Germany (and a worthy finalist), I was instantly reminded of a converted Imperial Guardsman I had made back in 2009:

imperial guard conversion CMDante

My model was also a finalist at Golden Demon UK in 2010, so I guess these two models have even more in common!

Looking at my miniature now, I would have taken longer over the paintjob and base if I could start again. Both were quite rushed from a desire to finish the miniature before I moved to my current home and from simply having worked on the conversion for too long. A problem I find frustratingly common!

Warhammer 40,000 Dark Vengence Boxed Set
Warhammer 40,000 Dark Vengence - 6th edition (2012)


So what have I been up to lately? Well, aside from trying to finish up a few entries for this year's Golden Demon, I have been eyeing up the new Dark Vengence 40k boxed set (which you can get for a pretty nifty 10% discount at Wayland Games).

The new models look great and it is hard to believe they are "snap fit" models. The hobby has come a long way from the old starter sets I can remember receiving for christmas in my youth.

Warhammer 40,000 2nd Edition Boxed Set (1993)
Warhammer 40,000 2nd edition boxed set (1993)

It's funny, because I have seen people complaining about the presence of a few duplicates in the new set. It just shows how high the expectation level is these days thanks to the improved quality of all boxed sets GW produce.

The old sets used to include only around 5-8 versions of a model, no characters, no vehicles. Now we get spoiled with properly structured forces, including characters, dreadnoughts, bikes and multiple unit types per force.

Changed days indeed!

I'm already planning some minor conversions for the Chaos chosen and Hellbrute so can't wait for the new boxed set to arrive.

Got anything special planned for your own set? How do you plan to paint up the chaos models (still torn on a legion to choose myself, so ideas are welcome)?

6 comments :

Will Wright said...

They say Imatation is the sincerest form of flattery.
Yours looks like the begininng of the campaign
His looks like the end when the troops shed 20 pounds,more beat up.
My cultist will probally end up as Blood Pact
That one leader is the perfect base for a Traitor Commissar

Neil101 said...

Its small hobby world out there.. one good ideas will go round and round .. i used to get frustrated when folks took ideas i had been working on and bettered them ! a little less so now .. i realise that we all take inspiration from each other and nothing is sacred.. although i do still sometimes feel uneasy sharing all my ideas.. even though i have been inspired by so many other folks.. nowt as strange as folk eh..

I like the other version choice of legs .. does suit the model..

when i first got 40k there was only the ig boxeset and the ultra wombles.. so many models in both ... then came the rhino 3 boxeset and we were really spoiled ;-)

CMDante said...

Yeah I love MoM's version - great conversion and well painted. I'm not frustrated at all, actually very proud to have influenced (I assume) such a great piece.

True, content (ie volume of models per kit) wise the late 80s Rogue Trader era was a bit of a golden age. I still have a few of my old RBT01 marines floating about.

But in terms of quality (and quantity really) - the current sets are phenomenal!

Shay O'Shea said...

Beautifully painted mini and the blog is awesome too. Would you mind if I share some of your work on my blog if I accredit and post links?

Andrew Steel said...

Hi Shay, of course not - more than happy for you to do so.

Cheers,

Andrew

Shay O'Shea said...

Thank you :)

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