Colony 87 returns! The kickstarter here:
(Return to Colony 87 – 28mm sci-fi civilians)
This was funded within hours and the miniatures have been sculpted by the excellent miniature sculptor Mike Anderson.
These are concept drawings for the second wave of Science Fiction civilians for Colony 87 miniatures:
These are some of my initial sketchbook pages for this commission.
The first was a SF Recordist, a scientific type to accompany a noble or other advisor recording everything (smells, sights, Electromagnetics, as well as sound). Jon Boyce (my client) suggested I look at a tank crew head gear and Gaff’s (Edward James Olmos) hat in Bladerunner. I also wanted him to have a different body shape, so I based his size on the movie Dune’s Piter De Vries (Brad Dourif) combined with the Hannibal Chew (James Hong) from Bladerunner’s hat. A stenographer’s typewriter provided a retro look for his personal computer.
For the mechanic I had the idea basing her on Firefly/Serenity’s Kaylee(Jewel Staite) as a starting point and the welder/junker started out based on a photo of a Japanese industrial worker.
The Advisor was meant to be a power-behind-the throne character so I examined various fantasy and SF advisors – the tall hat was a reference to Turkish historical viziers and also to the sinister fellows that follow Emperor Palpatine in The Return of The Jedi.
Jon Boyce had a very specific idea for the Priestess so essentially I recreated his small drawing and the Planetary Botanist was an idea that had been requested by several people in the first wave. The broad-brimmed hat was a nod to Moebius’s drawing of Planetologist Kyne for Alexandro Jodorowsky’s Dune project. I thought he might have had some injuries examining alien plants so a bionic hand seemed appropriate.
My previous post: Colony 87
A belated Happy New Year! My first post of 2016 is of some of the sketchbook pages I drew for Hysterical Games’ Panzerfäuste miniatures wargame.
Panzerfäuste – Mechanised Warfare in A Mythical Realm
Hysterical Games website
The first is some Troglodyte mountain troops, these are (in Panzerfäuste) the Polish so have the equipment and weapons appropriate to the real world equivalent. I drew these for their Kickstarter page as I had only provided them with a rough sketch originally.
Here are some Gnome commanders, wizards and generals and a nurse to heal the troops. Gnomes, in Panzerfäuste are French so I thought the druid (Getafix) in Goscinny and Uderzo’s Astérix The Gaul would be an appropriate character to homage for the illusionist.
This is an idea from John Bell that the Hysterical Games team wanted a bit more work on; the Dwarf Panzerbär. I based the shapes of the armour on the German Sd.Kfz Armoured Cars from WW2.
And finally an extra Orc for the Local Orc Volunteers (Orc Home Guard), though I’m not sure if this will be produced as a miniature.
Finishing my idea of a space hulk with warp-mutated rats on board: (See previous posts: Space Rat-men, Space Rat-men leaders and Space Rat-men characters.)
The large rat-hulk thing on the left with his midget controller (maybe they’re twins?) are kind-of like a space mutant rat-men version of Pinky and The Brain (wikipedia entry for Pinky and the Brain). The other creature is a Rat-man who has been possessed by a warp-entity and his form has mutated (Bestial face: Goat, Teleport, Cloven Hooves, Scorpion Tail,Temporal Instability, Acid Excretion, Suckers, Growth X2).
And here is the sketchbook page from over a year ago where I sketched the basic ideas:
This is fan art based on Games Workshop’s intellectual property.
I’ve been working hard on a commission from Hysterical Games over the last year; drawing concepts for their fantasy World War 2 miniatures wargame ‘Panzerfäuste’. Their Kickstarter project has gone live and surpassed its initial goal! I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this project. Here’s a link to the Kickstarter page:
Panzerfäuste – Mechanised Warfare in A Mythical Realm
As part of this ongoing commission I created Wojtek the Bear, a character I based on the actual bear named Wojtek by Polish troops who adopted him in World War 2 Wikipedia entry for Wojtek (bear), carrying a MG08-15 machine gun. Wojtek is a helpful bear used by the Troglodytes in the Panzerfäuste world to carry things and to fight the Dwarves.
A commission I had last year to draw concepts for a Science Fiction 28mm miniatures range Kickstarter has been funded within a few hours!
Here are some of the sketches (an amphibian-alien trader, human trader, a pair of nobles with a freakish pet and a porter with a some sort of servo-yoke). The designs were influenced by, amongst many other things, Ridley Scott’s Bladerunner (1982) costumes by Michael Kaplan and Charles Knode and the nobles costumes in the David Lynch Dune movie (1984) by Bob Ringwood. I tried a gothic-arch hat from Russian history for the female noble though we settled on a simple cowl.
These have been sculpted by the talented miniature designer Mike Anderson.
I’ve got a couple of commissions on at the moment but I found time to finish off my third page of SF Rat-Men ideas, specifically the bloated leader and a SF version of a Grey Seer.
Continuing the theme of a space hulk with warp-mutated rats on board: (See posts http://www.willbeck.com/artblog?p=1597 and http://www.willbeck.com/artblog?p=1111) The largest mutant rat-man has taken hydraulic shears and attached them to his deformed arm to make a crude combat weapon.
The Rat-man psyker inhales warp-tainted fuel pods (from areas of the space hulk exposed to the warp) to enhance his psychic powers (similar to how Skaven Grey Seers eat warpstone).
The ‘warp-rats’ are rats that have been fed the warp-tainted fuel and are herded into battle causing localised distortions in reality.
GW are souping up the Skaven for the End Times business the new Boneripper and especially the Stormfiends are quite futuristic looking.
The ‘Stormfiends’ appear to have little large-brained rats attached to their backs – I think someone at GW had been playing Planescape:Torment with its Cranium Rats and their Wererat servants – here’s a link if you’re interested: http://www.sorcerers.net/Games/Torment/Walkthrough/act3-underground/underground-warrens-of-thought.php).
As always these are purely for fun and not intended to breach Games Workshop’s copyright.
A brief diversion back to my ideas for how to get a relatively sensibly explained version of Games Workshop’s Skaven into the Warhammer 40,000 setting. http://www.willbeck.com/artblog?p=1111 These are mutant rat-men leaders and a psycho-rat-man with a couple of alternative heads. Like all the space rat-men they live a life of vicious in-fighting on drifitng space-hulks with the biggest or sneakiest getting to the top of the pile.
I’ve still to colour in my space psychic rat-man and also some special characters which I shall post here when I’ve done ’em.
I’ve been commissioned to design some Science Fiction citizens miniatures (fleeing from alien invasion, standing around and working) for a project Redfeather Casting is putting together. These could be suitable for any SF wargame or role-playing game but would be equally at home in games of Warhammer 40,000.
Here are my initial doodles:
And my more refined costume drawings:
More to come soon!
Here is the site where Red Feather casting is seeing how much interest there would be in these miniatures:
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.
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.