Now that’s a long ole’ title. Reminds me of the classic American Film Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood, except hopefully more entertaining.
So here we are, another post, another 45+ days since my last. My life seems to go through a number of high tides and low tides, metaphorically speaking. I’ll have a plethora of free time with which to write personal projects, play guitar, create sock puppets from neighbors’ socks, and maintain my self-enforced rigid painting schedule. Other times, well, I’m staying up till 2 a.m. just to finish a commission job so I can go to work the next morning. I’m sleepy, dammit!
This evening, after finishing a WoC sorcerer for a client and watching Despicable Me with the wifey (she fell asleep half way through, I was glued to the tube), I was able to put aside a few things and get a blog post up. As stated above, I have at least three pounds of unchecked sleep sitting around, so this may not be all that funny. Or it may be. Who knows. I know…the Shadow knows!
Actually, I can’t verify that with paperwork. *ahem* So aside from the numerous commission jobs I’ve picked up, such as this one…
And this one…
I was able to cram in enough time to paint my brand new, limited edition (total of one in the world), bad-ass Black Templars Chapter Master. But what’s that you say? Black Templars can’t have chapter masters? Well, rumor has it that the boys in black will be featured in the upcoming Codex: Space Marines.
What I wanted was something that was never meant to be. You see, THQ was, once upon a time, back when innocence was real and Miley Cyrus wasn’t raunching up the world (Ha! Contemporary humor), creating a 40K MMO. In it, players could suit up as a Black Templar and become a certified Keanu Reeves that looked something like the guy in the middle here.
Alas, it was not meant to be.
But instead of turning from my desires and walking back to my lonely bar with a foreign police officer, I turned to the Internet for help. Being a connoisseur of awesome peeps on Twitter, I knew exactly what to do. I contacted a buddy of mine, a Mr. @WH30K, and asked him to recreate the amaze-balls model, with a couple of alterations:
1) Put a helmet on the guy. Dad gummit, he didn’t survive countless war zones by exposing his mug to enemy fire.
2) Put a cape on it, because, hell, I’m a sucker for capes. I’d wear one in real life if it didn’t result in me being asked to stop bank heists. I bruise easily.
Steve, being the stand-up guy that he is, took on the project with reckless abandon. Before long, I had this gem waiting for me in my mailbox.
Go ahead, gasp. Drool. Become awkwardly aroused. It’s ok. It’s a gorgeous mini. It took two nights of painting, sneaking time in between dog walks, work projects, and, you know, all that missed sleep, but I got it done. Behold!
I like to think of myself as a resurected Picasso whose tastes have evolved from canvas to plastic models, and whose talents have taken a dive after venturing from the afterlife into a human host. It’s not an amazing paint job, but I’m pretty damn proud. He’ll make one heck of a leader.
It wasn’t all puppy kisses and leprechaun farts. Along the way, my kitten managed to frickin’ eat the power sword and the chain connecting the pistol to the wrist. Seriously, ate it…can’t find any evidence of their destruction.
So anyways, this guy will launch my Black Templars expansion, which will include a Sternguard unit, 2x tactical squads, a devastator centurion squad, an AA tank, and probably some fanciness besides. But something else happened…
I was so impressed with Steve’s work that I just had to do a quick Q and A with him. You know, poke his brain, ask the tough questions, study the brain of a madman…a madman at sculpting! If you have ever found yourself wondering about the finer points of Green Stuff sculpting, or ever wanted to get to know a complete stranger, then read on!