Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Remember Cadia...


Well it seems the grim darkness of the far future has become agitated and that with the news from the front, some tragedies have to be remembered.
With my fellow WIPSters, we've decided that we should celebrate Cadia one last time in our own special way : painting models and saying stupid things. Luckily, you're spared most of the insanity and just see the painted models




I have to say I first picked this model because it looked OK and was quite cheap on a trading page a few months back but after starting working on it, I realisd it's far more than OK, it's an absolutely brilliant model.
The clothing is indicating the fellow is into cavalry if you consider the sword and riding boots so maybe he's leading a cohort (company, flock, pack, I don't even know what you call a group of tanks...). The look on his face, the way he holds his sword in his hands, theres plenty of tiny details that add up to make a very characterful model.

EDIT : Thanks to Andy Hoare, I have learnt the model is actually a portrait of Brian Nelson's Grandfather who was an officer during WW2 ! (Thanks Andy)


I only realise now that I haven't painted many Imperial guard models... this was actually just the second and to be perfectly honest, I might consider him as a naval officer more than anything (yes, how handy is a powersword in space naval combat).
With all the Space Fleet ahead of me this year, I'd like to have a few naval officers ar hand for boardings 'played with Space Hulk...)

"- Evacuate at once ! you there, move faster or I'll shoot you for the example !
- Please, stop this, this planet is doomed, have the decency and self respect to aknowledge it..."
What do I have in the pipes right now ? Well I've got my hands on a load of plastic bits to go play in the Blanchitsu/Inq28/Grimdark territories but since I can't help it, I'm gonna twist that and accomodate it with my own recipe. ;)

28 comments:

  1. I love the contempt on his face. He looks like fancying a cup of tea while the world tears apart and he still doesn't give a fuck. Brilliant.

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    1. This is exactly what I thought as well ! Stiff upper lip up to 11 !
      Thanks !

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  2. A stunning model and a fitting tribute to the lost world of Cadia!
    #remembercadia

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    1. Cadia is dead, long live...erm, no wait, what is dead may never... erm well, you see what I mean mec.
      #remembercadia

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  3. I love this model, nice to read his backstory, I always thought that without the bionic eye, the guy would be perfet near a WWI battlefield. A very nice and grim officer, with a great pose. Good way to honor Cadia and the recent events :) I like the colors, very different from the usual Imperial Guard GW palette and very "grimdarkish".

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    1. That monocle must weigh a bit I suppose !
      Th eminiature is absolutely great and though I did consider weathering him, I finally realised he was the kind who would come back from a campaign on Dagobah without a stain. ^^

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  4. A beautiful paintjob. I do love your default skin tone and his blue-grey coat!

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    1. Cheers, I tried to push the depth on this one's face to show his age and highlight his expression. I'm quite satisfied with the blue-grey in the end.

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  5. Very nice work. That model is definitely one of Games Workshop's modern classics. I like the colour scheme too.
    Also, I believe a group of tanks is a squadron, the same as cavalry.

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    1. Thanks for the information, I know tanks borrow from Cavalry terms just as space combat borrows from sea combat but that's how far my knowledge goes. ^^'
      It is a classic really, every detail is just right.

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    2. I may be wrong, I have no military service myself!

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    3. Ooops, now that you say it, I forgot to say earlier. Right, Squadron is the right term for Cavalry :D

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  6. Great work on a very nice miniature. You never know what's going to crop up here!

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    1. I can assure you even I don't know !
      Thanks a lot !

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  7. #RememberCadia :( Awesome work as always JB!!!

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  8. A very regal looking bad arse JB.

    Top stuff mate :)

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    1. Cheers, I'll give him friends soon enough. ;)

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  9. He's a beauty mate, plenty of swagger! I agree, he's a great little sculpt - I certainly enjoyed painting mine!

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    1. It made me want to paint more of his kind like Creed for instance... we'll get there eventually !
      Thanks !

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  10. That's a beautifully painted miniature.

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  11. Great paint job! For some reasons I find his sash particularly striking.

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    1. It's the more contrasted part of the model painting wise, rest is quite desaturated actually. I like to play with contrast between cold and warm, saturated and desaturated or complementary colours.
      Thanks !

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  12. He always seemed more of a naval officer than army to me as well. Something about how stiff his posture is and the fist held behind his back.
    I was never much of a fan of this mini until I saw your paint job and the way you've picked out his shoulderpad. The sculpted details are very nice.

    And also, thanks for informing me that Cadia is no more - maybe the horrid plastic Cadian guardsmen models will finally get a resculpt?

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    1. It sometimes take painting to realise a model is cool and that's what happened here, I discovered all the very nice details and attention that went into it.
      I don't know about what the future holds for the plastic cadians, maybe they've earned some rest !

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  13. Awesome work man ... he's brimming with character!

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