So, the cat is out of the bag! Earlier this week, my fellow hobby-bro Mark over on Heresyofus broke the news about a little project that we’ve been working on – Stylites – a free game that accompanies some rather excellent terrain he is producing. We co-developed & wrote up the rules for a compact little ‘push your luck’ game, set in the insane Chapel, a setting that Mark has been developing in his own little corner of the grim-dark 41st Millennium. If you haven’t read Mark’s post, I suggest you do so immediately – it contains all the background, rules links, and a sweet competition for all you lovely folks to get involved with! Go on, read it now, I’ll wait…
Done? Ok, good. Exciting stuff, right? So a few weeks ago, I teased this chap & invited folks to guess what he’s all about:
Wudugast was spot on with his guesswork at the time, (he is clearly a warlock btw), but by now I hope that even the non-psykers among you will have figured out this is my Skull-Jacker. Those with really good memories may even remember Adask from my Ostium Guides short story from way back in March last year… TL;DR – Adask has a shit time trekking through the Albino Forest & ends up being stranded at The Chapel… Funnily enough, back then someone asked if the protagonist from that story was going to show up in the wider Chapel project at some point… That idea stuck with me, so I had Adask in mind when I build & painted my ‘Jacker. Guess who asked that question btw… yep, it was Wudugast. See? He’s is totally a warlock!
Anyway, here he is folks – Adask the Skull-Jacker, all painted up & ready to jack some skulls y’awl!
I’m really very pleased with the build and colour palette – he was great fun to paint! I was striving for ‘functional’ rather than militaristic, and, while there are no weapons, there is enough going on with the mini to suggest a very utilitarian existence. All the sticky-outy bits make him tricky to photograph, but I hope you’ll excuse the odd blurry limb here & there ;-) I may go back and dirty him up a little at some point, but I’m happy with him as-is for now.
So, what’s next? Well, I’ll be expanding on my original Ostium Guides short story in due course, and moving the tale along to discover what happened to Adask after his abandonment at The Chapel. I’m also finishing up the four penitents that I teased earlier in the week… They are almost there, and should be ready for a photo-shoot game on Sunday… Exciting times! :-)
Wow, two accurate predictions eh? My wizardly powers must be waxing strong! He’s looking great, the level of detail you’ve given him is just nuts, between the complexity and functionality of the build and all the little painted elements, right down to his haggard and hard-done-by expression. I’m looking forward to reading the next chapter in his story too :-)
Thanks for the kind words – I’m glad you like him! I certainly pushed hard for the holy grail of ‘narrative’ here, but it’s always hard to tell if it has worked until the community has their say… I’m a big fan of your ability to convey a narrative through your work, so you ‘getting it’ means a lot to me dude – thanks :-)
Oh, btw, your powers are freakishly strong… any thoughts on lottery numbers for the weekend?? ;-)
I can see why you would have enjoyed painting this little chap, nice lot of detail and looks great.
Cheers TIM, he was a bugger to build, but you’re right, it made him fun to tickle with the hairy stick :-)
Very nice! Been zooming up the pics just to look at all the detail spread about him! Excellent stuff!
Why thank you sir! Zoom is both a blessing and a curse :-)
Well, this got my creativity flowing. After reading the rules and lore I’ve been trying to come up with something to match the setting of Stylites. After seeing this I’m like – oh yes! I think I got something here. Let’s see what bits I can conjure up.
The model is great, cool conversation and the paint job is spot on. I’m looking forward to read the lore you got for him.
I’ll try and give you and Mark with some feedback on the rules, hopefully tomorrow.
Great news mate – glad you like him & double-glad that he’s got you fired up! Looking forward to seeing what you come up with :-)
Absolutely man, this whole project looks awesome, you guys have done an ace job and your ‘Jacker’ is solid. I’ve been telling my gaming group about it and I hope to get them psyched too. Looking forward to seeing how it pans out and reading your stories about it as well. Great work chaps.
I missed a few posts it seems.
Great work tho mate, any idea of when its all going to come together?
Thanks mate – Sunday is the big photo shoot :-)
He’s got ” I jack skulls” written all over him. I’m looking forward to knocking him off a stylite. Oh yeah and Wudu is a psyker. Send the Black Ships!!
Cheers dude – I don’t doubt he’ll take a tumble or two ;-)
Black ship is en route as I type!
Very cool man. Really dig this mini and the colours you’ve gone for. I can tell you’re excited about the whole project hehe which is great to see because you’d mentioned feeling a bit of a lull, hobby-wise of late. I’m in the planning stage for my two submissions to the Stylites project of which I’m trying to push my imagination more. Although what I’m visualising I’m not sure if I have the skills to execute but we’ll see. Well done on the rules too. I’ve only had a quick scan but plan on reading every word over the weekend. YES totally agree Wudugast is a warlock but a friendly one. Also, while scouring the inter-web for miniature goodness I found this website and thought of you and your frogs. Thought you might like the terrain especially. Here’s the link – http://antimatter-games.com/?product_cat=scenery-terrain
Yeah Wudugast seems like the sanctioned variety of Psyker, though probably by a shady radical Inquisitor of the extremis variety :P
Thanks dude, on all counts! Yeah, it’s good to have something to get the juices flowing – looking forward to seeing what you do with it mate!!
Wicked terrain btw ;-)
Believe it or not I couldn’t sleep last night thinking about what I want to do for this project haha. Crazy but fun.
Very nice, looks like a cyborg I don’t want to mess with! I like the way you alternated your metals in the color scheme, something I’m still getting used to with the GW stuff.
Cheers mate – I do try and break up big chunks of silver where possible… a little bronze goes a long way ;-)
Brrrr, that’s shivering! (That, of course, is a compliment!)
Thanks dude! Any chance of you putting together a ‘jacker and penitent? I’d love to see your gallic flair applied to this competition!
Very nice work :)
Hi Warbs, how are you mate? Thanks man, glad you approve :-) You thinking about taking part in Heresy’s competition?
G’day mate, I’m not too bad, started getting some stuff done again after a LONG period of busyness but not much achievement… This is the first I have heard of this competition to be honest, I will have a think about what I could find to use for it. Seems interesting and different though I do think if I were one of the skull jackers I would personally somehow learn to fly!
Oh yeah – now we’re talking! Do it :-)
Mark A. Morin said:
Looks cool, good luck with your project!
Cheers dude :-)
That’s an awesome character you’ve put together there. Full of fine details. Love it!
Thanks mate, he did end up being quite intricate… It certainly made reaching some bits with the brush a challenge – I’m sure my concentratin’ face got used ;-p
Excellent work. The mini is really creepy and the paint job accentuates that. With no weapons, he would make a fairly good NPC in a WH40K set game.
Cheers mate, glad you like him, and yeah, you’re right – he would make a decent npc in any number of SF games! Good call :-)
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