The NOVA Open is the weekend and I am likely going to enter these two into their painting competition, Capital Palette. I know some of the other painters and even though I am immensely proud of my work, I'm not sure I can compete with the skill of some of the entrants. Rather, I'm trying to get myself right for a contest...that is, getting that inner peace so that I can simply absorb what the competition really is - a gathering of painters who display their work. I'm going to take it as a chance to network with painters and hang out.
It's weird when you paint a figure for a competition. You intimately know the model in and out. You know where every little flaw lies. These have some significant flaws. I'm a little disappointed I couldn't deal with some of the flaws in these models when the time was right. Now I must just accept that they are there and make peace with that.
My first entry is called "Totem Bearer." My thinking behind this model is that the dreadnought is a mechanical totem to the Space Wolves' superstitious ways. He forms a mobile shrine to the wolf spirits they worship. So they slapped on two rather large guns so that the Dreadnought can also support their advance and serve as a rally point when things get tough.
Get Waaagh or Die Tryin'
My next entry is an ode to Tupac is some ways. When I saw the Ork Kommandoes Nob, I just thought "Thug Life". Then toss in this little grot and the message drives straight home. I didn't like the giant powerclaw arm or the back pack so those were removed. This pic really doesn't depict the model well as the colors are a bit off, but you can get it.
This ork and his little grot buddy are on their way toward Chiefdom. They are stopping at nothing to get a piece of that Ork-pie and drive a waaagh right into their old enemies. They still have a long way to go though. At least they have the right attitude for it.