Alright folks, let's get something painted at last !
The model today is a little special as it is an entry for a painting challenge run by Morikun over his temple. Not only is Morikun a very fine fellow (for me at least but we'll talk about that later) but he's also organising this very impressive competition with prizes that left me speechless. Check out HERE to see what I'm talking about (the first 3 lots are especially grabbing my attention ^^)
So let me first borrow some suiting music to get along (watch and listen, this is fascinating)
The only rule for this competition (apart from it ending at the end of August) is that the model has to 'somehow' portray the blogger himself... "how arrogant" I hear you say ? Well it could be but there are actually no other rules and Morikun insisted on us using all our freedom of thought to try and depict him in the most original ways... that's a deal for me ! On top of that I think the prizes really show that he is generous before anything.
If you've clicked on the link to his blog, you will have noticed (unless you're really trying not to) that Morikun is even more obsessed with Japanese culture than I am. That's a start. French hobbyists will probably also know that though he generally is a very polite and courteous fellow, he can also be quite hot blooded and prone to rage (though most of the time the object of his wrath will be totally understable). A bunch of his posts are open letters to some famous names of the hobby so I thought I might use that for my ideas...
Let's sum up the basic ideas :
- Morikun loves Japan => Least of things is to base my model on some japanese concept and try to place his Mon (symbol that represents your family) somewhere on the model
- He hates many companies amongst which Games Workshop. While I don't bear the same hatred (or any at all for that matter) towards the company I thought it was mandatory to have it somewhere.
- Morikun likes to "shoot" down what he doesn't like with his "Napalm heavy Bolter" (he just likes to call it that way) just as he supports what he does like (reason why I wouldn't put him in the rage guys basket). So the model obviously has to carry a Heavy Bolter.
So here's my concept :
An ashigaru (light feet in Japanese) made from 100% of GW bits (how ironic I know) because Ashigaru who were first using lances and halberds came to use Muskets to shoot ennemies down. As Ashigaru were peasants I gave my model a nobler look to make him look like a samourai wearing Ashigaru equipment.
How did I give it a Samourai look ? Easy, I chose the head of Hoshi Komi (famous Blood Bowl Starplayer) who just happens to wear a Kendo mask (remember I like Kendo right ?)
And how did I use that head ? Even easier ! PRESSMOULDING ! I'm glad I used this technique because it's one technique Morikun used quite a lot this year for his basing projects so it just adds a little link on top of the rest (every detail counts).
|Just can't resist showing off my own Men (that's the name of the head protection)|
For the body I used one of the most recent kits : a Skitari kit from the adeptus mechanicus range of Games Workshop (which I primarily bought for the arms and fancy bits) and a heavy Bolter taken from the latest devastator kit (kindly offered by a generous member of the belgian community). I first tried to keep the backpack with the bullet chain but it looked ridiculous on the model and got rid of it.
Painting wise, I had to say my hands were tied because I just happen to be the kind of guy that can't paint Kendo Bogu (meaning armour) any other colour than Indigo or white at best.
|A samourai must always be ready and keep his zanshin so Morikun trains on his favourite targets...|
Morikun seems quiet but he's got his napalm rounds ready in the chamber of his heavy bolter to shoot anytime... ANYTIME.
|Just to prove I painted the whole model.|
As you can see I kept the indigo for the Men (helmet) and the coat, keeping an off white for the armour parts and trousers. I gave the feet a black colour to suggest carbon (it would have been either silly or ironic to have those in steel since Ashigaru means "light feet") and gave the bolter a good red for teh sake of contrast, to tie the model with some other I have and because it seems a natural colour to pait a heavy bolter with.
|And here's Morikun's Mon (with the usual checkers just because)|
- the model is a space samourai armed like an ashigaru (here's for the Japanese theme)
- I used Morikun's Mon (on the shoulder plate)
- I used Games Workshop bits only just for irony's sake and used some of the most recent kits too for a double irony towards him and myself (since I'm usually more prone to painting old lead)
- I managed to place the names of his most frequent victims (being Games Workshop, Prodos Games and the french Warhammer Forum)
- the model is actually linked to 2 other models of my collection
- I used some pressmoudling which is a technique he used a lot this year.
Now for this challenge to be complete, we had a choice to write a little Haiku (in case of a tie), so I tried to have a go by getting my 5 - 7 - 5 syllabs verses with a slight autumnal touch :
"Tombants comme des feuilles
Ses rivaux subissent le feu
Le silence s'impose"
Let me try an version in english if you will :
"Falling like dead leaves
His foes undergo fire
Silence takes over"
So what now ? Well I have another Samourai from space don't I ? After my Sensei and my cyber samourai here's a third member fro what could very well become a full team... (but you already know my plan if you're reading carefully).
|See guys, swords are so overrated, just look at the mess I'm about to do of those poor signs...|
|"- Alright guys, it's time to save the world !|
- From what ?
- ... we'll figure that out on our way..."
It's actually quite funny for me to be breaking my painting hiatus with such a model but why not after all ! Next one will also be meant for a painting challenge (and I'll also have another one to do for yet another challenge) but soon the normal course of this blog will come back and I can tell you I have some pretty nice stuff coming ! (In my mind it is anyway).
Domo Arigato !
That's a very good idea and concept, and excellently executed. I wish I had thought of that...ReplyDelete
Just close your eyes, walk away and I'll shut the door so you can pretend you never saw that and claim you had the idea ! (I do that all the time)Delete
Joke aside, thanks a lot !
Great idea and great mini overall :DReplyDelete
Cheers ! Just like you , I thought I could try and see where this concept would take me and it was good fun. every opportunity to do something I wouldn't have done is welcome really !Delete
Very nice kitbash and paintjob. Your Sensei warband definitely has a Dustin t flavour now.ReplyDelete
Good luck winning your competition. Woe be to your opponents.
Cheers, I hope to bring some variety race and gender wise at some point, I've already quite shaken the whole 7 samourai concept now so it would be pointless to stop halfway !Delete
As for the competition, alea jacta est !
Really interesting design process JB. It is successfully a great looking model which hangs together as a logical whole, while also incorporating all the themes very neatly. Nothing jars or seems out of place.ReplyDelete
The painting is a very welcome return too. He looks perfect alongside his buddies :)
Cheers, I honestly thought this would require a lot more shoehorning at first, the 2 first poses I had come up with were really wrong until I got rid of a good part of the gun equipment (backpack, ammo chain and all) and kept it simpler. The quality of the pressmoulding was not excellent but my Hoshi Komi is not is the most perefct shape either so I just crossed fingers so that painting would blend all this nicely.Delete
Funny to see how painting has its limits in blending models from different origins. All in all a very fun project and next samourai will mean i'll have crossed the 50% milestone !
Thanks a lot !
Very imaginative, and beautifully executed. All the bits of the model and the colours come together well. And I love the signs!ReplyDelete
Thanks a lot. Once again I stayed in known tracks with the blue, white and red pattern I seem to use on lots of my models but it works for that particular model (and the other samourai) I think. getting the right pose took some time but in the end I'm happy with the balance, glad you think the same.Delete
Nice work on this guy, and I like how it both reinforces how silly large a heavy bolter is, and yet makes it seem possible to carry at the same time.ReplyDelete
Hope you win!
It took me some time to find the pose making it work actually but I'm happy with the result. Thanks a lot, as long as the person it's dedicated to loves it I'll consider myself lucky !Delete
I don't post here as often as I'd like to but your conversion is awesome. Such a great use of Komi's head ! The miniature is very characterful and while very unique still mixes very well with your other ones. The painting and the sobriety of the tones really contributes to the singularity of this space ashigaru. Morikun will surely be very pleased with this participation !ReplyDelete
Merci beaucoup !Delete
I'm glad you like the sobriety, fo rsome reason, I didn't want to get too "over the top" and a straighter position implied a nobler look which was more inthe vain of what I was after. Can't wait to see the end of the comp. ;)
Wow, what a nice composition! I love the general aspect and how you went throught that particular way, with such attention to detaisl, as always. Quite inspired piece!!ReplyDelete
Thanks a lot ! Glad to see you can still find time to browse your blog feed, that must mean you can sleep a little during nights ;).Delete
Or he's browsing while he's not getting sleep ;). That's certainly been the way it's been for me lately!Delete
I don't really know how it's like (you're gonna hate me) but my 2 kids have slept their nights right from the start...Delete
What, he's a painting genius AND his kids sleep through the night! Not fair!Delete
I love the colours you used and the final paint job looks fantastic. Very creative sculpt too!ReplyDelete
Cheers, colours are some I love to work with honestly so I didn't push things out of the comfort zone really.Delete
Thanks a lot !
Magnifique travail et bel hommage au Gardien du Temple. Au plaisir de revoir ton travail ici ou sur Lead Adventure Forum !ReplyDelete
Merci à toi ! j'espère bien que ca va lui plaire ! Par contre je l'ai posté sur LAF et ca n'a pas l'air d'avoir emporté es foules ! ^^'Delete
Au plaisir ;)