Happy Monday dudes, I’m happy to show off my now completed Navigator today – her chair is now finished, and the whole piece has come together quite nicely I think. I continued with the theme of an opulent gold and lacquer effect on the chair, and combined this with a weathered and tired look for Jarno, (the servitor skull), and the other mechanical parts, (though the guns look well maintained!). I’m happy with how the purple, black and yellow/gold all came together on the final piece, and I’m particularly pleased with the creepiness of Mezura herself. I intended her to have a Geisha vibe, but she also has elements of clowns and dolls – this is good, because I find all three of those things disturbing! That said, I’m hoping that the juxtaposition with the takuhatsugasa-hatted porters brings her back towards the idea of a Geisha, and that the pseudo-Japanese theme that I was shooting for comes through:
I also took a bit of time to bash together a very quick flying base for the chair! While the piece was in bits for painting, it occurred to me that a Navis Nobilite would certainly be wise to have an escape plan – just in case the palanquin got mobbed, or some other situation arose that required a burst of speed… The porters are eminently disposable in this situation :-)
So, there we go – that was a fun and interesting little side project! I have a few more minis that are undercoated and ready for a lick of paint as and when, but my next big effort is going to be in the direction of a Frostgrave warband… watch this space :-)
Did you make any changes to the frame in the end? The gold and lacquered effect works really well now its incorporated into the rest of the model.
The flying chair is an inspired touch and adds to the arrogance of the character – she could be flying around by herself but she allows these poor sods to carry her instead. Would be interesting to see you return to this project at some point – after all a woman of her status deserves a retinue!
Thanks mate – no, I didn’t make any changes, it just sort of comes together I guess :-) I will almost certainly be adding to the retinue over time, have no fear – I’m quite taken with the pseudo-Oriental vibe!
Some great work here, I really love the vibe of this one, it’s got a foot in RT and another in the grimdark side and it still is extremely coherent. Th eperfect synthesis of 40k as I like it !
Looking forward to seeing your take on FG
Thanks JB, I do like to be playful with my influences, so that is some high praise indeed :-) Hopefully the FG project will be similarly mixed up! (OldHammer WHFB + Rogue Trader + Grimdark = Frostgrave??? Hmmm…. )
It’s a fantastic and eclectic piece that seems right at home in 40k, and I especially like how it has some subtle Oldhammer style while also arguably fitting modern 40k/INQ28 just as well. Excellent!
I do have one piece of criticism, however: There’s something bothering me about the colour of the porters’ Asian styled hats: Maybe they are too bright for my taste (drawing too much attention) or maybe it’s the fact that the colour almost makes them look like hair, with a bit of goodwill: I cannot help wondering whether they’d look better in a slightly more subdued colour.
It’s still a brilliant piece, though! Fantastic job!
Thanks mate, that is high praise indeed :-)
I’m really pleased that I managed to succesfully stradle two quite different subsets of the hobby, both of which are dear to my heart. Good shout in the hats – I’d stopped seeing them tbh, but now you mention it, I have to agree! I’ll see about getting round to sorting that out ;-)
Joe B. said:
She’s amazing and quite creepy! The Geisha look really comes out well, but with a strong sense of the 40k world around it. I also like how she could be flying about but requires her servemts to carry her and show her staus.
Thanks Joe, creepy is good :-)
That is a spectacularly well realised project, wonderful.
Thanks dude, I’m certainly chuffed with how it all turned out :-)
You should be.
Quite good, and the creepy/clown/geisha/doll look to the navigator is a way to add that factor back in for a relatively “normal” looking version of the species.
Thanks mate, she was certainly a challenge :-)
Thanks Warbs, glad you like it mate :-D
One of the most inspired projects I’ve seen in quite a while! Seriously, congratulations. Extremely perfect.
Thanks Suber, you are too kind, but I’m glad you like it mate :-)
Nice work. The navigator is suitably creepy with the makeup and ruff, and the escape pod chair is an inspired touch!
Cheers dude, much appreciated :-)