Greetings Terrans, how goes it? I wasn’t planning to post today – I’m busy working through terrain and wanted to get a bit more done for a more involved post, but I had a reminder that Lead Balloony is 5 years old in my feed today, so I thought it an auspicious day for a cheeky little update 😊
So, if you’re anything like me, you’ll know that the best way to celebrate any birthday is with a bit of casual sacrilege and some light-hearted iconoclasm. Happily, the Wolf Time campaign provides the perfect opportunity to indulge with the iconic statue in the first game. From the book:
“Years ago, before the Orks arrived and made everybody’s lives miserable, (and short), Temple Mountain was a place of peace and solitude. Every year the islanders made sacrifices to the gods with which they imaginatively peopled their island. Twice a year they celebrated the passing seasons with a great procession to the temple which their ancestors had built thousands of years previously. The guardians of the temple were wise oracles who would offer advice to the ordinary folk. Once in a while, a young child would be offered to the guardians and, if accepted, would be reared in the temple to become a guardian himself in time.
Then the Orks arrived and killed everyone. They desecrated the large statue which the humans had carved in the likeness of one of their gods, and turned it into a grinning Ork.”
“The statue in front of the temple is also made of solid rock, and can provide had cover for up to two models”
We also have some artwork to go on:
And most famously, the cover of The Book of the Astronomican by Tony Roberts:
So the rules say ‘provides cover for up to 2 models’, which is tiny, but the art shows a vast statue that would be impractical to build and game with. I think the game map is actually the best guide for scale, which suggests something about 6” wide:
While the artwork is not very helpful for scale, it is fairly consistent on the appearance of the statue, and it strongly suggests using a buddha as the start point. I also like the addition of the sword in the cover art, so after quick trip to a local hippy shop with an idea of scale & armed with the cover as a reference, I ended up with this:
This has probably royally fucked my visa to Thailand, but I’m sure you’ll agree, it’s pretty much instantly recognisable. The head & sword were sculpted over a wire frame and a coffee stirrer respectively, and I textured up the base before spraying the whole piece black, and then again with grey. I then painted the statue with typhus corrosion – I find that this gives otherwise smooth surfaces a nice texture, and I use this method a lot for stonework. After that, I just drybrushed the whole piece, added different washes to the old & new stonework to show a difference, and adding spots of lichen to the older material. I finished up with a final light drybrush and some foliage & tufts to bed the piece into the ground and because FUCKING OLD-SCHOOL, and I ended up with this:
And here’s another shot with a spare Ork & Space Marine Bastard for scale:
So that’s it folks – I have a lot more campaign terrain in various stages of completion, but it’s good to get the most iconic piece of terrain done & set the tone for the rest of the project. I just hope that this doesn’t have any cosmic ramifications! :-/
Happy Blogiversary! :D
Yey!!! 🎂 Thanks Cupcakes 😁
That’s just fantastic and congrats for the 5 years milestone !
Cheers dude – here’s to five more!
Congratulations on turning five! I’m glad to have been on this journey with you for most of the time (since 2015 at least).
The statue looks cool and will fit right in. But I can’t wrap my head around the lore/background piece … they left a bit of room for improvement in that apartment.
Cheers matey & thanks for sticking around for so long! Poor guy, you deserve a medal 😆
The lore was way less defined in those days I guess – the Orks are way less Orky than they are today! That said, planet Xit is a classic ‘isolated by warp storm, regressed society’ story in essence, so in that sense, the story holds up quite well I think 😊
The medal is long overdue, come to think of it. 😂😂😂
The basic storyline is essentially the same, it was the actual writing that made me cringe a bit. Stuff like “then the orks came and killed everyone”. Wait, what? You need to wrap that sketch up in more words before publishing.
Ah, got it – yeah, fair point, that probably isn’t the best excerpt! Rest assured, the wider piece is a bit richer ;-)
Mr Papafakis said:
Don’t worry Alex, I won’t inform the authorities here ;P
Looks great man. I’ll have to borrow your trick with the texturing beforehand on mine.
Getting closer and closer now…….yippy!!!
Phew, thanks mate! 🤫
Yeah, the typhus corrosion trick is a good’un – I strongly recommend it!
That is a great throwback to the days when all of this was oh so new. That statue turned out great, but yeah, you’re probably right about going to Thailand! Haha!
Cheers mate – totally worth it! 😆
Many congratulations on the 5 years mate that takes some serious doing. Here’s to many more years to come! Whether or not you have fucked up the alignment of the planets remains to be seen but the piece looks very nice that’s for sure. Hopefully the Gods will see it as a homage!
Cheers mate, I hope so too… Buddha looks quite a jolly chap, so hopefully he’s not too wrathy and shit 😁
This really is Doing It Right. People fixate on miniatures, forgetting how big a part terrain plays in creating the setting. This is an iconic(!) image that you’re rendered beautifully and functionally. Great work!
Cheers dude, I must admit, I’m pretty pleased with how it came out 😊
You’re right – terrain isn’t as glamorous as the minis I suppose, (and it isn’t my favourite use of hobby time either), but it would be a shame to undermine the project at this stage… onwards and upwards! 😁
Very cool indeed mate, I’m sure the Buddha would be proud! Happy blogiversary too – here’s to the next five! 😎🎂
Cheers dude, I hope so too :-)
Whiskey priest said:
HAppy BAloony Birthday!
Happy Birthday Lead Balloony! Dude the terrain is looking baller! So pumped to see the whole setup!!!!!
Cheers dude, it’s gonna be close, but I reckon we’ll get there in time :-)
Pete S/ SP said:
The Ork Budda is genius.
Happy blogbirthday too.
Thanks mate – on both counts :-)
Mark A. Morin said:
Happy Blog Birthday!
Cheers dude :-)
Happy birthday, indeed! :) Here’s to the next five years, I hope!
And that’s an excellent piece of terrain — extra kudos for the Rogue Trader shout out! I would also argue that your paintjob has improved the – somewhat lacklustre – stock Buddha statue by about 400% ;)
Ah, cheers mate – I can’t believe it has been 5 years! Glad you like the terrain mate – I honestly can’t imagine another reason for anyone to buy a buddha statue ;-)
Happy birthday and nice work on the terrain!
Cheers dude :-)
Brilliant work, that looks really good. Congrats on the anniversary, here’s to many more!
Cheers dude – fingers crossed :-)
First of all, happy bday to the blog!! :D
I love so much what you did here!! Enormously better than the puny attempt I did myself. So, knowing what I’m talking about, I want to make a recognition of your work. So great!
Ah, thanks dude – it is all inspired by you & others that have tackled this beast of a project in the past! :-)
Haha I enjoyed this post mate. I didn’t realise LB is only a year older than IRO. I thought I’d been around longer for some reason. Happy BlogDay mate and well done with the terrain. I love your attention to detail.
Cheers dude :-)
Happy belated blogiversary dude, sorry i missed the party.
Cheers mate & no worries :-)
Wow, half a decade! That’s quite the milestone. Happy 5th Blogiversary! :D
Cheers IM – goes quick doesn’t it!! 😆