Hello again, and Wow, second post in two days guys – been a while since I’ve done that! This one is nice and quick, because I managed to crank out a mini last night (as per Azazel’s ‘finish off a neglected mini’ challenge for February… talk about taking it to the wire!) This guy is something that I’ve had kicking around for a couple of months, and is the most ambitious bit of sculpting that I have tried to date…
He was inspired in part by watching Westworld over Christmas, (absolutely brilliant series btw), by the artwork of Simon Stålenhag, (especially this picture), and of course by Clint Eastwood’s ‘man with no name’ in The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. I was disappointed with the results if I’m honest, and I don’t think any of the professional sculptors out there need to be worried for their jobs, but I figured that I should just get over myself and paint the bugger. He looks much better for being painted I think, and I’ve gone from seeing him as a symbol of how shit my sculpting is to actually quite liking the fella. I’m quite pleased with the freehand on the poncho :-)
I imagine him as being the sole survivor of a Necron mass extinction event, who has ‘lived’ to see a frontier human population grow on his homeworld. Separated from the influence of his dynasty, he has had to adapt to being an independent creature, and has decided to attempt to blend in with the humans. I don’t imagine that many in the Imperium would necessarily know what a Necron is, so he might be accepted on the fringes of a backward society… who knows how such a creature might evolve! I don’t know if this concept has legs or not, but I may expand on it at some point…
Anyway, that’s all for now folks – have a good weekend & catch you all soon
Wow man, whats not to be proud of here. The concept, the sculpting and the pose are all spot on son. Well bloody done sir I love him. I have so many projects on the go it’s not funny but this has stirred my imagination. Have you seen Migs from Ironsleets Gunslinger? Hopefully this link works – https://www.instagram.com/p/BfuoIDYBZdN/?hl=en&taken-by=migsula
We could do a whole westworld type project man!!
Speaking of Westworld I too watched it over the Chrissy break and loved it. I was/am a big fan of the original movie so the telly show was next level for me. Brilliant.
Again, great work my friend. The Necron head was the perfect choice. I really like that you can see the cables through the torn poncho too. GREAT!!
Haha, cheers mate – believe me, there is lots to be critical of here, but thank you :-) A Western project would be cool for sure, and Migs’ gunslinger is superb… Hmm… tempting!
C’mon brother you know you want to haha.
Just imagine, if you will entertain me for a moment…
The Project could be called:
We could have Orlocks as the good cowboy looking dudes.
We could have Necrons as the bad, lets call them Nexicron Bandits
We could have Poxwalkers as the Ugly.
Theres a narrative project right there mate.
Yep, that deffo works mate – you are a genius! I’m up for it, but will need to park it for a bit mate – got more Ghosts of Gia, tons of Undead, and a load of Space Frogs to paint first!!
Haha ok but I will hold you to it.
Knowing ME as well as I do I will probably make a start sooner rather than later haha. You’re the genius though mate.
Brainstorming – Walker Pox Rangers haha
Love the freehand on the poncho and the sinister gaze is quite imposing!
Cheers mate, glad you like him. I’m so pleased with the poncho, and I don’t know if it’s the mini or a fluke of painting, but he does look like he’s squinting with his left eye – very Clint-esque!
I watched the first 3 or 4 episodes of Westworld, this just reminded me that I need to finish it. Western + Sci-fi = yes please.
I really enjoyed it – I think I binge-watched it in three sittings over the holidays :-)
That’s brilliant Alex! I know you’ve underplayed the sculpting, but it looks great to me – the concept, pose/dynamism and painting are just brilliant. Did you sculpt the hat?
Cheers mate, that’s kind of you to say. Truthfully, I didn’t expect to find it as tricky as I did – Kev Adams and various youtube vids makes it look so bloody easy! More practice required I think ;-)
Oh and yes, the hat was sculpted as well
Sweet work on the sculpting and the painting both! Love Stålenhag too, so you get extra internet points :D
Hey, thanks Mikko, and yeah, he does some great stuff… I love that bleak scandi vibe :-)
Good job man. You should be proud.👍🏻
Cheers mate :-)
Great looking mini, but my eye keeps getting drawn around that awesome scenery!! Is that all GW stuff?
Cheers mate, and no – no GW stuff there, just bits & bobs really :-)
I’ll have to wander back through your old posts to check out the scenery progression. Do you recall where the stairs came from?
Probably Zinge Industries – they do loads of cool doodabs :-)
Oh man, just started browsing their site….there goes my credit card bill this month!!
Everyone else have said everyhing, but I still insist, there is nothing to be ashamed of about this one, I love the attitude it intils and the way the mini looks. Well done!
Thanks mate, nice of you to say so :-)
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You’ve given it a good prod mate, that’s more than a lot of us hobbyists can claim to have done. It’s nothing like painting, thats for sure!
He looks pretty damn convincing for the backstory you’ve given him. I reckon if he kept his clothes on in public (a hard thing for most of us to maintain) and he was, as you pointed out, living a backwater planet then he’d more than likely just be seen as a protocol droid or something like that.
Are you going to try your hand at more sculpting?
Cheers mate :)
Cheers dude – worth a crack, right? :-) I’m getting quite drawn by the backstory mate – IRO has picked up the ball and kicked it around a bit as well, so this may end up expanding…
I do intend to try more sculpting – time is an issue of course, but it’s the only way to improve, right? :-)
Wow, looks like it’s already ‘a thing’!
He’s pretty neat and I like the story as well. You are right, I doubt many would know what a “Necron” is or about the whole “Men of Metal” thing either, which he might also get mistaken for by someone who happens to be familiar with that bit of history but not Necrons.
I also like the ruins you posed him in where he lives.
Thanks Ann – it is interesting to play around the edges sometimes & see what characters emerge :-)
Mark A. Morin said:
I really dig this guy. I love Westworld, and he would fit in for sure. And I have a platoon of Frogs coming too so we are sympatico!
:-) Thanks Mark, Westworld was just so damn good, so that is high praise!
Gah, I started to comment, then I must have been distracted by a passing bird of something. Great job here Alex – the backstory is very cool as is the model itself, along with the paint – and what looks like a particular stolen poncho.
lol, cheers mate – totally stolen ;-)
Wicked mate! He reminds me of Ashley Woods blind cowboy character from Popbot http://www.worldofthreea.com/catalog/popbot/blind-cowboy
Cheers dude – I hadn’t heard of Ashley Woods, but I like what I see there – high praise indeed! Thanks mate :-)
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