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RE: The Red Host of Nir-Kezhar [10-12-2016]Carcearion 12-10-2016

Man I really love these guys!!! They are exactly how I would imagine a pair of dastardly orc herding hobs! They just look so damn mean, like they know if they aren't fierce enough their getting torn to shreds by gimpy orcs.

Can't wait until these guys are cast and out and about!


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RE: The Red Host of Nir-Kezhar [10-12-2016]Malorndk 12-10-2016

I had not read up on your projects, but were not prepared for jawless WWI cruelty victims. Ugh...

The slave orc heads are nice but the Hobgoblin overseers are straight up awesome. Way past cool man. Good work!
Wee you always this good or did your sculpting skills reach new heights recently?


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RE: The Red Host of Nir-Kezhar [10-12-2016]Slavemaster Hod 12-10-2016

Those are really nice. I like how they turned out. I might have to pick me up some of those (that is if you are castng them)


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RE: The Red Host of Nir-Kezhar [10-12-2016]Bloodbeard 12-11-2016

Amazing sculpts. So many little details. I love how both their faces look like they threw all those knives (so many knives!) at each other.

I really like them, good job! These are gonna see some action in Frostgrave as a couple of thugs (perhaps a thug and a tunnel fighter).


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RE: The Red Host of Nir-Kezhar [10-12-2016]Forgefire 12-11-2016

Looking great! The spear hobbo looks a bit awkward posed though, as if he's about to fall over a bit.  But i do really like the knives strapped to his back!

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RE: The Red Host of Nir-Kezhar [10-12-2016]Pappa Midnight 12-12-2016

Lovely work. They are both very nice indeed but the one with whip is my favourite. I really love the face on the nasty blighter.
A definite buy when they are released.

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RE: The Red Host of Nir-Kezhar [19-12-2016]Admiral 12-19-2016

@Jackswift: Thank you! Always keen to anchor fantasy further into history & mythology.

@Darkmeer: Thanks a lot!

@Zanko: Thank you! Means a lot to me.

@Helblindi: Thanks! I completely agree. I'm an amateur with strengths at details, everything else needs a lot of sharpening to say the least. I believe the Orc slaves themselves will be livelier in the depth they sport. Will keep an eye out to avoid such glaring flatness in the future if possible. And I do want your critiscism. The creator of a work is usually the most critical of it. I could list several more flaws on top of the flatness, including the lack of billowing kilts.

@Carcearion: Thank you very much! Mission accomplished, then. Cheers!

@Malorndk: You're on an evil Dwarf site, lad, get used to cruelty. Though the jawless ex-soldiers of WWI are artillery casaulties, so it's an anonymous kind of cruelty. Thanks for the praise! I'm not aware of any new heights, but as an amateur practicing I hope the practice does pay off. That said, I think the scribe and priestess sculpts are my current heights, for all their flaws.

@Slavemaster Hod: Thanks! I hope you wish to do.

@Bloodbeard: Thanks! Knives indeed. I look forward to see what people use these blighters for.

@Forgefire: Thanks! Yes, you're right on the pose, and it can't be blamed on the Hobgobbo being drunk on rum solely. Amateur sculptor, that's why. Have lots to practice on poses, among other areas.

@Pappa Midnight: Thank you very much! The whip Hobbo seems to be most people's favourites, judging by some Swedish site comments.


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Technical: This quick project was done at the request of Enjoysrandom, as one of several planned little breaks from the ongoing Orc slave sculpts.

This is an experiment. It's a couple of 5x10 cm flatsculpts intended to be translated into rolling pins (see also cylinder seals). Good advice was gathered from Enjoysrandom and Jackswift in particular, but I've come to realize that my steadiness of hands, eye-measurement and sense of straight symmetrical lines will not be up to the challenge of producing a cylindrical negative of the flatsculpts for resin casting. (Diameter of the cylinders will be 3 cm, take away possibly 1-2 mm.) As such I'll attempt to ask a few moulding companies, including Green Stuff World, if they have the expertise and will to carry it out on commission, and to what price. The resin moulds at Zealot will be surprisingly cheap, yet a steep commission cost could ruin the end product's price.

Should any volunteer wish to do it, then shout out! We'll see how it all turns out, but if these flatsculpts won't be turned into succesful cylinder seals soon, then perhaps the flatsculpts themselves could be cast. Either as negatives for green stuff stamps, or as resin wall pieces as the sculpts themselves are. Investigations to take place.

First of all, my sense of straight lines and symmetry are about as shaky as my sense of scale and measurement. A bit odd, given how almost all hobbies and interests involving handiwork I have had since early childhood years revolve around these, and I've also worked some with tasks requiring precision measurements (which I repeatedly failed at due to inherent weakness at this area).

This means that the plasticard panels themselves were cut to 5x10,6 or something centimetres (the extra width millimetres are there in case they would be needed for the cylinder), but I couldn't achieve perfectly straight lines after cleaning. This won't matter if the flatsculpts makes it through to cylinders, but will matter and require some hobbyist filing if the flatsculpts themselves would be cast as resin wall pieces. Furthermore, while their ends align a tad better than can be seen in the photos and they are not as wavy as they might appear, no line is perfectly straight with the wall adornments. It's all measured and very much sculpted with a ruler, but perfection it is not.

To hide these and other sculpting flaws, I went for a rougher stone texture with a less perfect finish than you would find in actual palace wall carvings in real ancient history. It should probably all come together well enough when painted, is my guess, but the customers will have to decide for themselves once they see pictures of the end products.

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Aesthetics: The top and bottom decoration borders are sculpted so as to be cross-compatible between wall sections, and this will almost certainly hold true in any potential future wall relief sculpts that might get released if these prove popular enough. The borders are there to show a mortal world caught between a rock and a hard place, with stormy lightning-ridden skies above, and hellfire and dreary underworld below, with demons and capricious gods playing cruel games with the fates of mortals in the region in-between.


Triumph & Thralldom

Sculpted with excessive, mayhap bewildering detail, these scenes and my tastes have something in common with the original Assyrian wall reliefs which inspired it: A belief in that more is more. Possibly it is just a jolly mass of chaos, and possibly it rewards the patient viewer who takes a longer look at the scenes.

The small scale of it and the original purpose of serving as a rolling pin meant that detail couldn't be taken down too intensely in the small figures, as will be obvious with the faces in particular.

The relief is divided into two halves, mimicking the Standard of your with its war and peace halves. For grimdark purposes, we instead have triumph and thralldom, i.e. the half to the left of the erupting volcano sporting evil Dwarf cruelty against a defeated Human tribe while the right side shows masses of slaves labouring at moving a stone lamassu, and the logistics involved in such an operation (simplified version of the second reference picture's two reliefs above).






Four Reliefs

The second flatsculpt is done in a different way. At the request of Enjoysrandom, this was quartered into four parts which could be rolled out all at once producing a line of scenes, but could also be used one quartered at a time, anywhere you wish on a terrain piece, i.e. producing an isolated quarter of the rolling pin and nothing else wherever you wish.

First panel based somewhat on this story, with the fourth panel sporting the burning cow from this one.






And now, your advice is wanted on the production forms!


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RE: The Red Host of Nir-Kezhar [19-12-2016]Slavemaster Hod 12-19-2016

Jeez-ma-neezzz, that is impressive. Just wow! Great job. I love all the detail and CD goodness in every inch. I would love to put some paint on that.


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RE: The Red Host of Nir-Kezhar [19-12-2016]Jackswift 12-19-2016

Absolutely amazing job!  These are stunning in their detail and complexity.  Very very well done.  Takes Hat offTakes Hat offCheers!  I'd be interested inta set of these even if you do them as plates.

If I thought I would actually have time to execute in a timely manner I would give the rollers a go.  Not something I think I have time for or am sure I could execute though.  I will think on it.

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RE: The Red Host of Nir-Kezhar [19-12-2016]Carcearion 12-19-2016

WOW! These are great! The terrain and basing potential for these are AMAZING! Chaos Dwarf rubble, chaos dwarf frescoes, chaos dwarf floor tiles (or is that still a fresco?), you could cut out individual scenes or pieces to decorate armor or war machines, you could use them to make awesome banners! (which would be great because I can’t free hand for anything)

I'm going to be honest, I have messed around a little bit with a green stuff texture roller and have found them very fiddley, but perhaps I just need the right lubricant and some more practice. I'd rather have a go with a stamp then a rolling pin myself and in stamp form I could replicate my own smaller stamps with blue stuff for smaller scale work.

EDIT: Oh and shields! You could decorate shields with the smaller characters from Triumph and Thralldom!

Another EDIT: OMG Hats! how could I forget hats!? So many flat top hats could have some cool stuff added, and the skillful could definitly get them wrapped around to be more general hat decorations and to make custom/skratch built hats! Respect to the Hat!


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RE: The Red Host of Nir-Kezhar [19-12-2016]Pappa Midnight 12-19-2016

That is a insanely good piece of putty pushing! The composition and detail is absolutely amazing.
The roller idea would be the most useful but I agree that they would easily sell as plates.

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RE: The Red Host of Nir-Kezhar [19-12-2016]Enjoysrandom 12-20-2016

HOLY HASHUT!!!! that is amazing work admiral!!! so bloody good really have to get these made and on there way to all the other Dawi'Zharr


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RE: The Red Host of Nir-Kezhar [19-12-2016]Malorndk 12-20-2016

Knep mig i armhulen og kald mig Bjarnulf!!!

It's incredible. Unbeliveable actually. I'm not sure when or how I would use it, but the mere thought that this exists makes me kinda moist. It's so cool man! Next level achieved <3


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RE: The Red Host of Nir-Kezhar [19-12-2016]Murkwood 12-20-2016

Wow. Amazing work. Thinking of ways I could use these already.

btw you make a mean reference board!

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WOW admiral! :O

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RE: The Red Host of Nir-Kezhar [19-12-2016]Bloodbeard 12-21-2016

Holy freaking ... Crazy cool Admiral. Wow.


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RE: The Red Host of Nir-Kezhar [19-12-2016]Zanko 12-21-2016

Very cool dude! Takes Hat off


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RE: The Red Host of Nir-Kezhar [19-12-2016]tjub 12-23-2016

Wow!Shock


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RE: The Red Host of Nir-Kezhar [19-12-2016]Timothy Archer 12-23-2016

so cool ! i already want to buy it ! héhé

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RE: The Red Host of Nir-Kezhar [19-12-2016]Grimbold Blackhammer 12-25-2016

Daaaaaaaamnnnnnnn!  Very very impressive!!


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