Discussion in 'Personal Paint Logs' started by Axquirix, Feb 2, 2018.
Never enough lizard heads
Okay, more progress today on the Balewind platform!
Not sure what to put on top of those corner pillars. Possibly something like the big feathers on the Skink Starseer palanquin. The underneath's pretty much finished now, just have to detail the anti-gravity-tictac things.
What about snakes? Or make three with feathers and three with snakes? Maybe spherical gems? Totem faces like the riders drums? Or torches?
Just brainstorming here...
Good suggestions! I've been trying to stick to having things in three for smaller details and then sixes for the obvious bits, but you've got me thinking that I could do two spheres (something like the Starseer's staff) opposite each other and then four of something else...
Had a little bit of a brainwave yesterday, and I've come up with this;
Little fonts or braziers, about 7.5mm tall so they won't interrupt a wizard's line of sight too much (and definately not a Slann's). You could fill them with still water, you could fill them with something to imitate hot coals, you could make them into little planters, you could model skink sentries sitting in them. Lots of options. I'll be making a separate model of them soon, too, since they'd fit well on a 25mm base to use as game objectives.
That's a nice variant. Both flames and water would look cool. Maybe even half-half!
Day off for current projects today to try something new, using spares from my brother's skeleton and zombie sprues to make some filler units and objective markers.
Actually looking forward to painting and basing these more than most models I actually intend to play with, which feels weird. Probably because it's a really small and simple project; stone, zombie flesh, leather, two wood bits, two metal bits, one bone and then base them.
I know that effect. Limited scope and crrativity instead having a fixed goal makes for good motivation.
Awesome work, I do like unit fillers and using extra leftover bits... great that you are doing both at the same time!
Okay, got the Astrolith Dial finalised!
I'm going to be hosting everything I make and put up for download on my Google Drive for now, just because I know the links won't expire.
And as a derivative of the Balewind Vortex platform, here's some basins!
These are on the Google Drive too, along with diagrams of what the radius of the bowls are just in case you want to model something in there. I've made them in 15mm, 25mm and 32mm sizes at the top rim, and the bottoms are smaller on the last two so they'll fit on round bases nicely if you want to do that. The 25mm one also comes with a 1/2 inch radius bowl version, which doesn't look as good IMO but will probably really help someone model something at some point. Use them as drinking fountains, braziers, food troughs, planters or some sort of prayer seats, it's entirely up to you!
All of these can be downloaded here:
As for the actual project, being the Balewind platform, here's how far I got before deciding to call it a day:
...And then after maybe half an hour of looking at mayan designs, I found one I liked and kept on going anyway.
Now I'm a little bit dubious of this as a mayan design; the dragon face in the middle looks like a more asian design (though I couldn't tell you which specifically) and there's definitely a greek circle around the outside. However, the middle section fits fairly well with the Lizardmen look, and I liked the idea of a big Sotek/Dracothion face leering out at whoever's present. I'll probably also end up doing one with Lord Kroak's mask in the middle instead, though, in case you're worried. One other note; three of the outermost double-swirly shapes have been blanked, because I wanted them to fit the three-symmetry of the sides instead of having all of the top be in sixes. I'm going to try doing a terradon design, since the platform so far has snake, crocodile and gecko/salamander icons on it already.
Hmmmmm @Warden is our expert on that topic (Maya art) but I think you are right...
I agree it does look like it is inspired from an Asian Dragon design, almost like from a tattoo artist?
If you were going for something more Mayan/Mesoamerican looking I would suggest the Kukulkan masks from Teotihuacan:
Then again I found a couple of good examples:
Looking at it I would guess it's a tattoo design. Thanks for all the pictures, they'll be really great references! The third and last ones are especially helpful right now, I think I might do a fusion of the tattoo design and the last picture? Essentially a mesoamerican version of the asian-style face.
Glad to help