Friday, December 10, 2010
A Recent Acquisition
I was in Bryant Park in NYC last weekend, and happened across a craft fair. One booth, sponsored by Metal Park, had a variety of impressive metal sculptures made from an assortment of recycled motorcycle parts. There was a life-sized replica of the Predator monster (for a mere $12,000), and many other recognizable characters. I picked up this sculpture of a crawling Alien, thinking I could mount it on a wall in my house, like it was just waiting to pounce. Since then, I have begun considering other uses for it.
One of my favorite hobby artists runs the blog Musings of a Metal Mind. Mark Hoffman's work is both awe-inspiring, as well as refreshing. In my opinion, the aesthetic he often achieves is a 40k equivalent of the sculpture displayed above. The bio-mechanical influences of H.R. Giger are lost on neither source, and the look really does fit with the "grimdark" world of GW games. Could such metalwork find a place on the GW gaming table?
It would be easy to just plop this sculpture down on an apocalypse board, and call it a tyranid superheavy. However, I was actually considering going a bit further... Could the idea of "recycled" components of the STC variety be incorporated in a new way? While it is true that Mark Hoffman has certainly succeeded in doing this before, I wonder how far it could be pushed...
Part of me wishes that my next project was not so involved, as I am already eager to pursue this line of experimentation.
As for my next project, as stated by Neil in the most recent Hobby Tactics segment of the 11th Company podcast, I am in the process of building and converting a Dark Eldar army entirely out of Skaven. Low strength, low toughness, high initiative and a propensity for poisoned weapons? Sounds right to me! I have custom sewer bases, Forgeworld Chinnork Helicopters to be converted into Voidraven bombers, filthy combat-drug injectors, ramshackle Reaver jetbikes, repeater hand crossbows as splinter pistols, and a silly steampunk flying steamengine of death to use as the Dais of Destruction. While I am not saying the codex OR my army list is competitive, it will certainly be a challenge to create and paint, and should make for a truly unique gaming experience. I will post pictures as soon as there is something worth sharing. Till then, fear the imminent arrival of...
The Kabal of the Fursaken