Here are some sketches I’ve been working on over the new year for the Yakromunda site re-launch. (Yakromunda is a Necromunda gang and campaign management fan site and I was asked by them to design a new logo). I shall post more (with links to the site) when I’ve finished them (and they’ve been approved by the moderators of the site itself).
Earlier this year I heard about an abandoned Russian cruise ship drifting around the Atlantic Ocean and inhabited by rats ( http://phys.org/news/2013-02-abandoned-russian-ship-km-ireland.html ) I had always wondered how you’d make sense of having rat-men in Warhammer 40,000 and this led me to think wouldn’t there be rats in the holds of space freighters? What might happen to those rats aboard vessels lost in the warp?
I imagine Space Hulks ( http://warhammer40k.wikia.com/wiki/Space_Hulk )
aren’t just inhabited by Genestealers, Orks or Chaos Renegades. Sometimes the rats on board would have mutated having been exposed to the warp (and perhaps having eaten warp-tainted cargo and human corpses). Some might have mutated into rat-men! Their equipment would reflect the technological environment they live in; not much wood, tools you might find on a space craft, scavenged and improvised weapons and armour.
I’ve a couple more pages of these to colour in, including my version of how a Skaven Grey Seer could be done.
Skaven, Grey Seer and that sort of thing is copyright Games Workshop; this is fan art not intended to infringe GW’s copyright.
I’m working on a heck of a lot of things at the moment so apologies for no posts for the last couple of months. I thought I’d show you some sketches of a few of those ‘things’.
Some doodles from late last year:
Ideas for civilised beast-men and my whalephant design.
And from earlier this year:
SF beastmen (or Warhammer 40,000 Abhumans) and some Sunken World ‘Yrdin’ character ideas.
Some more Sunken World character ideas.
Also a return to my New Horizons characters from way back in 2006 (!). Just felt like seeing what had happened to them.
And some of the original designs.
This is an idea I had a while back after seeing the mimic octopus on a nature documentary ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mimic_octopus ) for an experimental terror of the Sunken World – a shape-changing Thulhid assassin. These creatures are fortunately few in number; the product of the Thulhid scientists experimenting on their own kind.
Once an assassin has slain a human (or humanoid) and consumed their flesh it can change its form to be an identical copy of the unfortunate victim. I imagine it can only form crude-looking clothing though there is always the stolen clothing of the victim and perhaps other clothing can be acquired by their slaves or even Thulhid-worshippers.
These are some ideas for new statues for Warhammer 40,000 as I think the Imperium deserves more variety in statues (and a more martial pose)!
I figured that the kit wouldn’t need to be as configurable as your usual 28mm miniature but should have a few optional heads and weapons so you could use several of the same statue in a game. They need to look like exaggerated stylistic statues and not just a 28mm or bigger miniature painted like a statue which looks wrong on the tabletop. I’ve designed a Saint or Battle Sister as I think these would be commemorated as statues as well.
Again this is fan art and not intended to infringe on GW’s copyright.
A brief diversion back to my Demon designs. Here is the Mage-Lord demon himself (leader of the army featured in my Ghaan-og the Berserker one-page comic) with his centaur-demon bodyguards in the background. The Mage-Lord has multiple arms for casting multiple spells on the battlefield.
The demon spirits he’s summoning from the globe on top of staff came from a combination of ideas (they were blue originally but my brother said they didn’t stand out enough):
Firstly these critters on the right page:
Here’s my picture I produced for a Graphic Illustrator job at Forge World (I didn’t get it but did receive some very useful positive feedback). It’s from the Badab War (Book 2) by Alan Bligh and depicts Silas Alberec surveying the battlefield. I based him on my what I imagined an ogre-sized heroic space marine superhuman would look like! He’s taller than even an Imperial Space Marine would be; vaguely like a steroid-pumped Max von Sydow as Father Merrin in The Exorcist movie.
The ‘Orison of the Broken Tower’ symbol on his tilt shield I created from scratch based on the Tower Tarot Card and all the warding sigils and symbols were based on masonic symbols and hexagrams modified by me. There wasn’t space on my image for the cod-latin exorcisms that I had planned for his face.
All quotes are from Alan Bligh’s description of him in the back of the Badab War Book 2.
I’ve been very busy this last couple of months so haven’t had chance to update my website/blog. Here’s an old image I drew a few years back of a Great Unclean One; a plague-ridden, maggot-infested, bloated Greater Daemon from Games Workshop’s Warhammer Worlds.
No digital work here; simply inks and watercolours.
This is fan art and not intended any way to infringe Games Workshop’s copyright.