Hail, and well met!
One of the things I love about this hobby is the sheer scope. Be it the grim darkness of the far future, or the many Realms of the Age of Sigmar, the setting has such immensity that it’s easy to get a little overwhelmed. I’ve always loved the minutiae; the flavour-text and fleeting snap-shots of art scattered amidst rulebooks, White Dwarf, and (these days) online content like Warhammer Community.
Now I’ve heard a lot of complaints about how AoS isn’t sufficiently fleshed out, especially in comparison to the World-that-was. Hell, I used to be firmly in that camp, finding it hard to get purchase with the new setting and factions. But as time has gone by I’m enjoying AoS more than I’d ever expected. In retrospect the ‘history’ of the Old World didn’t interest me as much as the politics, the logistics and the ‘feel’ of the various factions. Games like Mordheim, which had a fixed setting, where the setting itself was a ‘character’ in the background; where the atmosphere and ambiance added something special to every fight.
When my fellow Aaronoriumites decided to start a blog to help us stay on hobby target and opted for AoS I started devouring rulebooks, audio dramas and Black Library novels, and have come to realise that I actually prefer the current state of affairs. While the volume of content for AoS will need quite a few years to catch up with the body of lore that Warhammer Fantasy Battle enjoyed, the concept of the realms is awesome, and I really like the fluid nature of the grand alliances.
What has kept my attention, however, is the microcosms – how each little feature in the miniatures or factions gets some love and attention. Seriously:
Stuff like this is why I’ve enjoyed the hobby for over a quarter of a century. The richness of content which cyclically inspires. Miniatures inspire stories and art which inspire geeks like me to kitbash and paint projects, or draw up armylists to game with friends. And speaking of inspiration, I stumbled across this breathtaking piece while looking for a pic to inform my current project, by the very talented Catherine-OC over on Deviantart:
Speaking of inspiration, the Knight Venatrix (and her Star Eagle!) continues apace, though I’m still not rushing her, as I really want to push the boat out on her paint scheme. I’m planning on inverting my previously shown Aetherwing colour scheme on my Star Eagle (light to dark from head to tail), and invert that on the Venator’s wings, trying some wetblending from Kantor blue, through Sotek green to Baharroth blue to Pallid Wych flesh. I’m hoping this will keep the Skirmish force looking coherent, and scale up to my future Palladors/Aquilor/Gryph hounds. When I add my freeguild force, I plan to make their mounts much more ‘neutral’, theming them around natural animal colours, in the hope of juxtaposing the supernatural and the natural…for those who value ‘work-in-progress’ pics, enjoy!
Finally, I even managed to make a little headway with my Azyr themed Baleful Realmgate. While I’ve picked up a set of the ‘standard’ gates, I wanted something more army specific, so after taking a few measurements I spent some time happily chopping foamcard to get this far:
It’s been a long week, and while progress has been slow, any hobby progress at the minute is surprisingly restorative. The gate still has a lonnnng way to go, but I’m happy with where it’s heading. A few folks also suggested the use of paper clips as a potential way to model lightning arcing from the gate…I’ve actually toyed with this before in an as-yet-unfinished farseer conversion, so it might just work.
Still lagging behind the hobby dynamos that are Ross and Colin, but if the tortoise and the hare taught me anything it’s that my upcoming week of annual leave may just change all that…
Thanks for stopping by, and if anyone has any inspirational links to converted realmgates feel free to pop them into the comments below!