The inter webs just ate a lengthy musing on what this project has become to mean to me – probably for the better. I had tried to describe the entire Epicness that Pilgrym has grown to be and detail how much I’ve loved working on the ghost legion.
There is a style developing here. Years in the wilderness spent experimenting are coming together in my favorite subject matter. I think the work is both cinematic Warhammer 40000, yet uniquely mine. Some people will love it, some won’t get it all. Most will think it would benefit from this or that change. But most importantly, I am finally truly happy about the journey and results.
When Iron Sleet was born, there was an agreement and an aspiration to push Warhammer 4000 imagery in to new depths, with collective work that would share some strong values (and surprising shared taste) but be deeply individual. We wanted to inspire each other and all the readers. And I think Pilgrym is becoming a testament to that.
So today I have three new Ghosts to share and a few pictures that talk to some of the tools and trials I’ve done this time.
The Ghost of The Green Room (Story and WIP)
(Mutants are being recruited to rule the underside of the Temple for the Ghost Legion)
And a humble new XX operator on the left.
Yellow warning chevrons have become a signature piece over the years – a popular 40k symbol that I have tried to perfect into a neat combination of spark and weather. It is also just about the opposite to how the Ghost Legion palette works. This sounded like a perfect challenge. To paint a balance of my favorite effect, but in moon light. Just as I had figured out the right what I thought was a great wait to paint it, rip it apart and do it completely differently.
In the WIP picture you see some of the myriad of esoteric modeling liquids I use to experiment with different effects. The joy of painting I’ve got from letting the airbrush do the basic colors and apply direction of light and shadow has been fundamental. What is then left is to just apply “weather” on the models and finally do the uber contrast metallics. I’ve gone from hating the first 60-80% of painting to loving the entire journey. I’m also using the different bases as practice ground for different effects I will use for the terrain. I’ve also included a comparison picture between the church yellow chevrons and the ghost legion variety. Two tasteful but very different ways to paint my favorite 40k “symbol”.