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RE: The Red Host of Nir-Kezhar [17-04-2018]Carcearion 04-18-2018

I like it! I think the carriers could be really cool painted up as living statues to accommodate the unusual size and proportions.

If you wanted I could definitely have something 3d printed to have cast to go along with it (maybe an bull icon alter?) like Fuggit suggested. It looks rather like an excellent place to stand while casting spells though


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RE: The Red Host of Nir-Kezhar [17-04-2018]Uther the unhinged 04-18-2018

That is one nice palanquin. Definetly needs a sorceror, semi-petrified or have a totally petrified sorceror as an icon/bsb with torches/braziers etc . Whatever ypu do given your ability I can’t wait to see it


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RE: The Red Host of Nir-Kezhar [17-04-2018]Admiral 05-25-2018

@Fuggit Khan: Haha, that's not old age, but is a clear big hat syndrome! Any Dwarf without a hat is without a head. Takes Hat off

Thank you kindly! It will be finished, as per feedback here and on T9A. Good idea! I'll jump at Carcearion when the time comes, to see what we can cook up. There is one problem, though, and that is loosening the sorcer's pinned foundations. Will have to see if it's possible first.

@HPN: Thanks! Good ideas. Noted.

@Carcearion: I hadn't thought of that. Good ideas and thank you most kindly for the offer! You have great bits and I'm sure something suitable could be cooked up. Will return to it in due time when it's finally sculpting time for this thing (see reply to Fuggit).

@Uther the Unhinged: Thanks!


W.I.P. 15mm Tjubling Artillery (On Hold or Aborted)


These pieces were worked on last autumn, courtesy of a very kind offer by CDO's energetic enthusiast Carcearion (check out his bitz forge!). Tjub had originally just planned to buy warmachines from other producers for his own army, yet Carcearion whipped together some snazzy 3D-models, had them printed and shipped to me to complete into masters for casting. Note in particular the lightning bolt wheel spokes of Carcearion's designs:


What especially hooked me for the project was the cheapness of 15mm models. In 28mm scale, having a metal team of draft animals, ammunition wagons and artillery paraphernalia would mean a hefty price rise. Yet in 15mm, things are rather small and cheap as is, so this was the perfect chance to get some realism stuff for artillery going that I long had wished for in other models. Note that ammunition sleds were chosen instead of wagons for pure simplicity over an amateur making spoked wheels.

However, Tjub changed his mind and have currently plans for warmachinery of his own. As such, my side project is on hold or aborted. Since Tjub is back and itching for more Tjublings (he's got some crazy ideas brewing), I'll send these over to him just in case anything would happen be of use in future projects of his. If not, it's possible that I return to the artillery oxen teams in the distant future, or make some bull chariot and mobile altar out of them.

Whatever happens with these 15mm work pieces of mine in the future, I would like to thank Carcearion earnestly for his great help and enthusiastic volunteer offer to the Tjubling project! Takes Hat off

Since long-term storage rather than realization soon is on the menu, here are the things:





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RE: The Red Host of Nir-Kezhar [25-05-2018]Admiral 06-14-2018

These models, sculpted by Jon Horsleben, are out now. They were fun to paint!





The sandstorm howled in the night, blasting all before it with a barrage of whirling sand clouds. It was said that sandstorms were whipped up by Nunkarba to conceal her romantic escapades with chosen creatures, male gods, spirits and men from the prying eyes of mortals. A veil of love. It was said that all the demigods, heroes and monsters were conceived during sandstorms, and were born during flooding of the river plains, and that the blowing sand was gulped up and spat into the air by Daemonic spirits. A veil of secrecy. It was said that the godess Nunkarba hated mortals who dared a sandstorm so much that she sought to blind, choke and bury anyone seeking to steal a glimpse of her rutting adventures. A veil of death.

These myths rang ominously inside the head of Yarlagab the hillman as he adjusted the linen marching veil that failed to ward off the worst teeth of the ravenous blasts of airborne sand and dust. How many men had not died the sand death before him? How many bones from desert creatures and stray plain beasts did not litter the wasteland after these storms? Yet brave it they did, the strapping human youth of Namulki, the proud hill tribe of Orc-slayers and cattle rustlers, for it was known that no sane folks stayed outside during a sandstorm. Thus only men of great daring and hardy endurance could struggle through the spitting Daemons to fall upon weak city people during a time when all sentries were guaranteed to huddle inside their huts and towers, hiding from the nightmare winds.

And fall upon, they would! For the warriors of Namulki would burn the wagon camp of the devil Dwarfs and strangle the hated foe with their own intestines after force-feeding the runts their own coiled beards! The blood ran hot in Yarlagab's veins just from thinking of it, and so he gritted his teeth and pressed on, crawling up a stony hillside, just as dozens of fellow young men did all around the hillock. He could neither see, nor hear, nor smell anyone of them, for although they kept close by, the blowing sand obscured them from view and hearing. Yarlagab could as well have been left alone, yet he knew he was not abandoned, for he had many times trusted his poverty-stricken kinsmen with his life. They would make it through the hail of the sandspitters. They would slaughter the midgets in the dark of night. They would win, and they would carry off rich booty!

The ascent was arduously slow, yet Yarlagab persevered for a long time, clawing himself free from building sand dunes around his body and crawling on all four in the only clear direction: Upward. He clenched his eyelids together and ground his heels and elbows into the ground, scraping off hide and bleeding from stones and thorns. Occassionally he used his spear to help push himself forward. He could see nothing for all the sand and night, yet once, he could swear he glimpsed a scorpion dancing away from a sharp stone that his knees dislodged from the ground. He went through the warding gestures and spoke the enchanted words and trusted in the protection of the gods to keep him safe. All the gods, save from fair Namulki and the deities of deathly desolation. They were not to be trusted in this harsh place, in this veiling storm.

After a long while, Yarlagab discerned a broad shadow rising from the ground mere feet before his eyes. They had all scouted the Ashen Dwarf campsite before nightfall, shortly before the fortunate, yet oh so painful sandstorm had struck the desert wastes, so they all knew to huddle close to the makeshift barricades and silently search for other kinsmen nearby, circling the wagon fort. The bloody intruders knew the danger of raiders crawling beneath the wagons, so they had shut down hinged bronze plates from the underside of the vehicles, adorned with curse runes and spikes to keep attackers out, locked in place and unmoving. Yet for all this ingenuity, lithe men could easily climb inside the wagon fort. Such tricks would avail them nothing.

Yarlagab slowly crept alongside the barricade, deafened by the howling winds and assailed by a smattering of sand. It was not long before he discovered most of his fellow warriors and joined their gathering. Squinting and leaning in close, they were able to exchange hand motions, thereby passing on silent word from the raid leader, Toabekes the Scalped. He was obviously counting his followers, and soon he became content, for the signal to attack was passed down among the men. At last!

The sandstorm hit Yarlagab with full force as he straightened and rose up. He gripped his spear overhead and ran up close behind his friends and cousins, following their lead and darting around the corner of an iron wagon into the devil Dwarfs' camp. Darting...

...into a trap.

The flared muzzles of the arcane metal devices loomed in lines before him, much obscured by billowing sand. Yarlagab first froze in his tracks, then caught his senses and charged straight at the foe, lunging with his spear at thick helmets. But he knew it was too late. He had glimpsed the eyes of the devil Dwarf right in front of him. There was no remorse in those eyes, only cruel delight in the ambush.

As sparks ignited amid the sandstorm and nightly darkness, Yarlagab learnt in a din and in a hail of lead that there was something worse in those howling winds than spiteful desert Daemons. Something worse than even the wrath of an uncloaked goddess:

Deathspitters!


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RE: The Red Host of Nir-Kezhar [26-07-2018]Admiral 07-26-2018

As you can see over here, the new Rotten Circus brings with it something of possible interest to evil Dwarf collectors. Available through Kickstarter, and later also through Rotten Factory's webstore. Sculpted by me on the fly, as it were:


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RE: The Red Host of Nir-Kezhar [26-07-2018]tjub 07-26-2018

Oh, note to self dont eat while reading CDO... Great model though.


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RE: The Red Host of Nir-Kezhar [26-07-2018]Uther the unhinged 07-26-2018

Great mini. Out nurgling nurgle. Truly repulsive in a good way. Well done


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RE: The Red Host of Nir-Kezhar [26-07-2018]boyfights 07-26-2018

Ohh wow, very nice job! That's some impressive detail, might be useful for me as a 15mm nurgle daemon too!

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RE: The Red Host of Nir-Kezhar [23-11-2018]Admiral 11-23-2018

@tjub: Tack! Lost yer appetite? Tongue

@Uther the Unhinged: Thank you kindly!

@boyfights: Thanks! Good 15mm idea.

Painted one quarter of a wall relief plate for a quick and dirty Golden Hat entry. Blazing Taurus theme based upon this myth:


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RE: The Red Host of Nir-Kezhar [23-11-2018]Uther the unhinged 11-23-2018

Such a cool wall relief but even cooler myth. Awesome work Admiral.


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RE: The Red Host of Nir-Kezhar [23-11-2018]Fuggit Khan 11-23-2018

Very nice (and the only entry that I knew who made it, you have such a distinctive painting style) Takes Hat off
I still think it reminds me of the opening credits in Game of Thrones, the metal (blade?) with the Baratheon stag battling the Targaryeon dragon.
It's pretty cool, nice work as always Admiral  Happy


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RE: The Red Host of Nir-Kezhar [23-11-2018]skutche 02-21-2019

I have to say, I am really impressed by your sculpting skills, Admiral. I love the hobgoblin heads, I was a bit sad to read that they came out too large - are there any more recent developments since your post from 2016? I'm not sure if I could be helpful there, I wouldn't call myself a 3D artist but I have some expertise in computer graphics...

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RE: The Red Host of Nir-Kezhar [23-11-2018]Admiral 02-21-2019

Thank you kindly folk! Haha, nice reminiscent catch, Fuggit. Happy

@skutche: No news on that front. I sent the heads away to an American volunteer with 3D-scanning tools at a university, but he got busy and I've not heard about it for a long while. I might revisit Hobgoblin heads with new sculpts down the line, but there are several planned and promised projects standing in line that ought to be done first. Cheers


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RE: The Red Host of Nir-Kezhar [23-11-2018]Abecedar 02-21-2019

I somehow missed seeing your new Profile Pic.

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RE: The Red Host of Nir-Kezhar [23-11-2018]Admiral 11-20-2019

Abecedar Wrote:
I somehow missed seeing your new Profile Pic.

(That last one in the right hand corner)


I beg your pardon? I've never switched profile picture. It's been the same through all years. Cheers! Happy


These are at long last up on Admiralty Miniatures now.



Hobgoblin Assassin of Ancient Times.

The harbour slums of Karzhukulti-Neppur were an unsavioury chaos of winding backstreets and dead ends, all ramshackle sheds and overcrowded brick houses built without a plan. Only some of its stinking streets were paved with cobblestones and leftover bricks, and yet the thick layers of filth would often give you the impression that you were walking down a dirt road. A very dirty one indeed.

Such was the unsentimental home of Kyssarka, the scarred harbour skulker that styled himself as a Hobgoblin assassin. His trade was the knifing down of people from behind. Their deaths fuelled his scrawny life. Everything he owned came from theft and murder. Kyssarka's boar's tusk helmet was the trophy from sneaking up behind a drunk warrior from the steppes one moonless night. His current garb and bronze breastplate came from a couple of other unattentive scum. Kyssarka was used to shed dress like a serpent shed its skin. It allowed him to switch persona and seem to be something he wasn't.

Of course, more than once the one-eyed Hobgoblin had awoken, slashed by blades and left to bleed out on some dung heap. Stripped of all possessions. Those were bad moments, but somehow he had survived thus far, and he had always been able to steal knives or strangle someone from behind to start all over again.

It had been a tumultuous life. And it would be a short one. That much Kyssarka knew as he tip-toed up behind yet another victim with drawn blades. He was still young, and likely wouldn't live to suffer old age. Sooner or later luck would abandon him to a grissly end. There was nothing to it, he thought, but to trust that fortune would favour the bold.

He raised his knives to strike.



Admiral of the Dark Bell Tower, sculpted by Fuggit Khan.

Admiral Azhakur Grimclaw, son of Merdak son of Erzhannupar the Cruel, whirled around just in time to catch his would-be killer at point blank range. There was no escaping the murderous hailshot of his flared boarding pistol.

The Hobgoblin that had sneaked up on him froze mid-stride, its one beady eye staring down the black mouth of the handgun. Its unknown client would not have its will come true this day. Azhakur did not even bother with trying to capture and torture the wretch for information. Whoever wanted his life would know how to use middlemen and secrecy to throw off all attempts at tracing back to the source.

"The pleasure is mine," barked the Admiral, and fired.

Only then did his scattered bodyguards emerge from the dark doorways of surrounding shanties. They had long ago ceased their protests at occassions like this. Their chief had his odd ways, and they knew he lived for the thrill of cheating death. Years of steaming at the high sea awaited them, and who knew how many months would pass in routine boredom on board before their first victims on the waves would give Azhakur Grimclaw his next violent encounter? They knew from experience that it was better for the dreaded Admiral to have his fun in the harbour slums before the voyage, rather than having him cut up too many of the fleet's slave labour force out of restlessness.

Azhakur moved his big pistol close to his moustache and blew off the smoke before handing it to one of his retainers to reload. It was but one of many tasks which one-handed Grimclaw had to rely on his crew to accomplish.

The Ashen Dwarves left the messy remains of the assassin to the rats, and proceeded to the busy quays of Karzhukulti-Neppur where the flotilla made ready for departure. The Admiral would bid farewell to his first wife and firstborn son as tradition demanded, before scouring the ocean like a shark.









Mother and Child of Ancient Times & Enslaved Elf of Ancient Times.

"Father will not approve if you haven't managed to learn how to punish slaves properly by the time he returns, son," chided Zirabanit, daughter of Erkulla daughter of Mupallimat the Fertile. Her firstborn son Kalbuknezhar was all of twain dozen autumns old, and he did not yet ken how to handle the thralls! Respectable clans in Karzhukulti-Neppur would start to talk if this went on for longer.

"Yes, ma," replied Kalbuknezhar son of Azhakur Grimclaw son of Merdak. Mother and child both stood in silence for a while on the docks, clasping hands and staring out across the dark waters at the vanishing smoke columns at the horizon. It was a dangerous life at sea, but her husband Azhakur had managed to survive so far, although not in one piece. His right hand apparently rested in the gut of some giant sea monster, against whom the Admiral had woved revenge.

"Luckily father bought this enslaved Elf for you to practice on, son," said Zirabanit and nodded at the horrible lanky wretch who stood groaning at his knees beside her. "Elves are luxury slaves and cost a fortune when there hasn't been a good catch recently. Do appreciate how much we lavish on your upbringing, son."

"Yes, ma."

She dragged her son around and lifted her rolling pin, symbol of lifegiving, of breadmaking and of mistresship of the household in her husband's absence. She ignored her attendant slave servants and bodyguards out of lifelong habit.

The scalped Elf tried to bandage his stumped arm with one hand. Admiral Azhakur Grimclaw had decided to break the Elven spirit by breaking the Elven body. Zirabanit approved. Such vigour was becoming of her husband's virile strength, and set a good example for their son to follow. But perhaps her child needed some more demonstration to learn how it was done? She raised her rolling pin.

"You hit them firmly on the head like THIS, little Kalbuknezhar!"

"Yes, ma!"





Standard Bearer of the Dark Bell Tower, sculpted by Fuggit Khan.

The roar of the enemy army overpowered the thunder of marching feet and cloven hooves in the ears of Turhak-Lunammu, son of Erzhamkar son of Zhargon. Dust billowed all around them, mixing with the smoke of gunpowder and fires to obscure the view. The screeching of the wounded and the sound of gunfire volleys played a tune that rose to a staccato as cohorts opened fire all along the battleline. This devil's music deafened the ears when the next artillery salvo broke loose. It was hell on earth, and it was the most glorious sight he had ever beheld.

The warriors around Turhak-Lunammu formed a shield wall, presenting a front of steel and bronze to the incoming foe. Third and fourth ranks threw their naphtha grenades to break up the hostile charge.

His blood was boiling, pulsating in his ears and raising his spirit high. Standard bearer Turhak-Lunammu found himself hoisting the black script standard of Karzhukulti-Neppur high into the air.  He took up a battle chant, into which his fellow soldiers soon joined in. As one creature, they all roared their commander's name:

"Azhakur! Azhakur! Azhakur!"

The enemy warriors hit their shieldwall like a stampede, and slaughter ensued.


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RE: The Red Host of Nir-Kezhar [23-11-2018]ashur 11-21-2019

That pirate looks amazing. I loved the background for every miniature. A lot of flavour on that mother/son relationship!


Dawi-Zharr of all countries, unite !

minies:
http://www.chaos-dwarfs.com/forum/showth...67#pid8567

Background:

Chaos Dwarfs and Kingdoms of Ind - http://www.chaos-dwarfs.com/forum/showth...#pid289243
The Dragon Isles - http://www.chaos-dwarfs.com/forum/showth...?tid=17958
The edge of the World - http://www.chaos-dwarfs.com/forum/showth...?tid=18055

Estalia:
the nature of Estalia - http://www.chaos-dwarfs.com/forum/showth...?tid=17975
The priestess and the tarasca - http://www.chaos-dwarfs.com/forum/showth...#pid290710
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