The Chinese New Year started on a quite originally for me.
I spent the last two weeks in bed suffering a back pain. I discovered the techno music played by an MRI machine and that an xray in the “frog position” (ironic for a French) apparently could reveal that my hips are not in great shape. So I appologize for not posting more progress.
More MRI concerto is scheduled but I can actually seat now.
Spending weeks in bed gave me the opportunity to put on paper some ideas, to think of tons and tons of ideas for conversions, to look for bits, to modify slightly my blog, decide what I wanted to do with it (articles to come), updated my Pinterest but resulted in postponing my (un)Invitational.
I guess it´s ok since I was not invited to begin with.
Happy New Year of the Goat to you dear reader(s?)
We´ll see if the Living Ancestor needs the assistance of the some servo-motors in the end or not.
So what´s the Journey of a Living Ancestor about? Well I hope it´s about creativity.
A little about me, I´m a French expatriate living in Shanghai. I left France in 2005 and lived in different countries. When I left my country I also left the hobby. I stumbled accros a Games Workshop store in Shanghai. When I entered, the guys were friendly. I bought some green stuff in order to start sculpting. For nearly 8 years I did not follow the hobby. I sold or gave away most of my collection. I missed the rise of the hobby blogs or even the concept of oldhammer. Ironically, when I sold my collection online my codename was old_school. I went back to the shop to buy a box of dwarves to convert them into squats. When I explained my plan to the guys at the store, they asked me : “squat what?”. The hobby here is marginal but the community seems nice. I´m not a player. I´m a hobbyist. I don´t really follow the rules. I never read a 40K novel (yet). For me, it´s all about minis.
The reason why I returned to the hobby was mostly because of the internet community. I hang out on the bolter and chainsword and Dakka. On Dakka, I discovered a photo of Migsula´s antique desk and it looked exactly like mine. Furthermore I realized that he was sharing the same “Inspirator” (Maestro Blanche) but he was also displaying a very inspiring philosophie : do it your artistic way, challenge yourself, create. Migs lead me to Inq28 and the dedicated section of the specialist games Ammobunker. There I discovered a great community of misfits sharing the same ideas and approach : PDH, Neil101 (especially their Lost and Damned creations), Jeff Vader,Bruticus, Nordic, Krautscientist and so many great hobbyists that you must visit this site!!! Inq28 seems like my way of perceiving the hobby : small war bands with personality.
On these 3 sites you´ll find a very supportive and dynamic community.
So whenever you´re a player or a hobbyist : get inspired, stand out of the shadows, create something different.
The brilliant artistic trio of the Iron Sleet launched an invitational. It began the 1st of February and as usual I´m late. I decided to join (even without an invitation). I´m a big admirer of their work and I share the same darker vision of the 40k universal. It´s an opportunity for all hobbyists to be creative and, for me, to create my own blog and my first post ! I hope it shows how high I consider my Nordic (and North American) cousins !!
Here are the rules :
Iron Sleet Invitational 1 – All your Bases Are Belong To Us
pick a strong theme that studies the Warhammer 40000 universe, or it’s history!
build and convert 3 models that are
each based on a differently sized citadel base that have been creatively enhanced to really tell the narrative and make it a group. (25, 32, 40, 50, 60mm… or biker base, or flyer or…)
we encourage to make the three individuals as different in physique, stature, movement, category as possible, while maintaining the group identity.
start and announce of invitational February 1st
WIP pictures in Black and White from all contestants March 1st. (but many bloggers intend to share their progress as they go, including us!)
Final results of finished miniatures April 1st
Iron Sleet is the triumvirate of Kari, Mikko and Migsula that I followed on their previous websites Spiky Rat Pack and Legion of plastic. Just click it for an overdose of awesomeness!!