Nathaniel Base

Been working on a series of outfits for Primaris Nathaniel Greyson – it feels like forever since I did anything with him, so it’s great to get back on board.

The last outfit, the vampire one, was from a prompt on Tumblr and was a lot of fun. I drew on inspiration from the Olde World Warhammer Vampire Counts for the aesthetic, but didn’t want to deviate from his default outfits colours too much, so I used liberal helpings of administratum grey!

It was also great to be able to draw his base as well, to show how far the corruption goes into his body and that it’s not just his arm that is mutated.

I hope you like them~

 

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Quick Update

Feracil Bust
Feracil Wolfbane

I felt like revisiting an old(ish) character of mine lately. I made him up during my Masters in design and art direction – I couldn’t remember the name of the MA until I started writing this post – but somehow he stuck with me after I left the course and pops his head in every now and again.

I wanted to make up a plethora of new characters this weekend, but being away from home and spending time at the sea-side with my parents and other family members made this somewhat difficult. I couldn’t focus on the many characters that were in my mind, so they are still in the works. Yet I retained the notion that I actually want to begin to feel a bit more invested in my characters again. I feel like I have been keeping everything all ‘at arms length’ for a while now and it’s starting to feel somewhat damaging. I don’t feel like I am a good creator and feel somewhat resentful towards myself for making characters and then doing nothing with them!

I’ve not put any time or effort into writing anything with them or drawing much of them at all. Let alone commissioning anyone to draw them for me. Which is something that I have always enjoyed – seeing other peoples takes on my characters. It’s why I am always interested in doing Art Trades. (If you ever want to do an art trade, let me know!)

So, I had a few deviantart points and spent them commissioning an artist that I rather admire. They’ve drawn for me before – which is wonderful – and I’ve asked them to do something of Nathaniel and together (which I am excited about) and another something of Feracil, my werewolf hunter.

I will be sure to share the results with you here when I get them.

Maybe if I feel a bit more passionate about what I have created, I will generally feel more enthusiastic about a lot of other things that I have been approaching with a very ‘meh’ feeling in life lately. Who knows. But getting to draw and finish something feels like it is helping already.

 

New Life

So recently, everything about my life has changed. All for the better I might add rather hastily.

After a 10 month womb infestation I finally got rid of the parasite that was lurking inside me and making my stomach all big and swollen! I cannot tell you how much of a relief that really is! No more bloated feeling, no more feeling like I can’t eat a decent meal, no more running to the toilet every five minutes to relieve the pressure on my bladder!

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Of course, I say all the above purely in jest. I was actually just pregnant and feeling the woes of it all towards the end. Little Marcus was form 16 days overdue and after much trauma of inductions and trying to be squeezed, and I quote the midwife. ‘Putting a square peg through a round hole.’  So he was born by C-Section on the 30th of March. And after a 6 day stay in hospital (Before and after birth) I was more than ready to come home and start getting life back to the new sense of normal.
There was much crying and guilty feelings because my dog wasn’t at home – I think it was just baby blues being somewhat misdirected towards the missing pack member, but it was really strange going for the first walk without him. I even had dreams in which he was depressed; which was so far from the truth it’s unbelievable! He was staying with my Father-in-Law and his best friend Paddy, so he was fine and being a bit of a terror.

So we jump to today, and it’s my first day on my own with baby Marcus (Who is currently asleep) and Barley (Who is also asleep) and I am feeling a new sense of resolve to try and get things creative done. Pre-Birth I felt a bit low about pretty much everything and motivation felt like the hardest thing to come across ever. So I did pretty much nothing apart from the smallest scrap of cross-stitching ever (Which I managed to bork!)

But post-birth, I have already started to readdress Born to Die and rework it using the Snowflake Method. I’ve not gotten that far with it mostly due to the amount of busy with commission3_copy_by_the_zombie_cat_by_kiz_mit-d9ozsohbaby I have been; but I am feeling good about it non-the-less.

I’m also determined to find my graphics tablet and attempt to do some digital paintings, seeing as it feels like it has been forever and a day since I did any. I think it has actually been some years, so it feels about right that I should attempt some again. Especially now that the whole ‘art career’ thing is pretty much off the cards. I can paint because I enjoy it again. Which will be a novelty!

Until I get anything done myself, enjoy this picture of Nathaniel by The-Zombie-Cat, somehow she just manages to get the look in his expression perfect!

On a hobby note, I ordered some of the Genestealer Hybrids from the Deathwatch Overkill board game to replace my current Psyker Battle Squad. I was using actual Genestealers for them, but they never really looked how I wanted them too; they’re too far gone in the whole Xeno’s taint thing! But the ones from the board game are near abouts perfect for the idea of them. So, under the delusion that I will get the time to make them up and paint them, I brought some off ebay. Hopefully, I’ll get some time to dedicate to hobby stuffs again, seeing as it has been far too long since I did anything model related. I shall keep you informed on how I get along!

Who wouldn’t love that face?

nathaniel_by_the_zombie_cat-d8qz0poArtwork by ZombieCat

Sadly, I don’t get to spend as much money on commissions now as I used to. Mostly due to quitting my job and not having the income to do so.

But sometimes someone offers their services and you just can’t resist!

I’ve always wanted to see how The-Zombie-Cat would tackle Nathaniels face. Seeing as she draws characters so handsome anyway. I must say I do believe she did a wonderful job on him. Damned near perfect if you ask me~

Now that I have a camera working I really should take a picture of the model of him. I’ve had him years now, but never shared the source of the inspiration for some reason.
To be honest, I rather lost interest in the army when he could no longer be a HQ choice for me. I wasn’t surprised when the change came in in the Astra Militarum codex; Psykers shouldn’t have been able to have that much control in the first place. Yet I felt a little bit sad inside on a personal level for Nathaniel, he had been doing such a good job of running the Aris 412th.

Born to Die~

This is some purely self indulgent art-stuff.
I’ve just had my first Hand-in of work for my Masters so after doing a bit of work on some awaiting commissions I drew some Nathaniel for myself.
Words do not exist for how much I adore this character.
They seriously don’t!

 

Update

Sorry gang.
I’ve had this twat charming young man has been infected in my brain again recently.
I’ve been working hard on his story; Born to Die
And working out the plot a bit more with it all as well.
I just felt like I should draw him seeing as I’ve been a little neglectful.
I’ve been on a bit of a self-serving fangirly tangent as of late.
More interested in my own original characters than those of others to fangirl over.
I always find this a bit strange as it feels a little bit like I love myself a bit much.
Also, I am totally honoured and over the moon that I am really high-up on the google search for “Warhammer 40K Fangirls”
Thanks guys! You make me feel so proud!
Maybe in the future I can just be a high-up Fangirl when it comes to the search.
Who knows.
One step at a time, hey!
I’ll do a proper update of something fun and interesting soon.