Naturally, I drove to Nottingham in a Rhino.
Third part of the report from Saturday: today I'll be looking at the gangs brought by Neil, Jon, Peter and myself: First up, Jon F's Redemptionist-basd gang, The Cult of the True Journey:
A vision in blue (or green depending on who you ask!)
Check out that hunting rifle!
Really lovely miniatures, these - I particularly like the wraith conversion with his long eviscerator. He almost looks like he was designed to punt down the sludge river in that little boat. Also of note is the enormous hunting rifle: so long it needs it's own stick to rest on. A couple of really nice M41 touches in there, I think; there's a particularly British sense of the absurd about certain elements of GW imagery, and these two (a chain weapon oar and an impractically long rifle), really fit the bill for me. I also really liked that Jon had chosen such a vibrant scheme for the cloth on his gangers - they really stood out from the board but had a strong enough sense of aesthetic that they remained very much part of it. This was reflected by the fact that they kept arriving from the far side of the table - somewhere over the sump; an accidental touch that really gave the gang a sense of narrative purpose.
A quick shot of Peter's gang before they went to bash seven shades out of Neil's. I love they way Peter paints: his style is incredibly naturalistic (similar to the style I mentioned Tammy using yesterday). There's a particular softness to his use of paint which gives the miniatures a very realistic impression without them slipping into an over-highlighted 'Eavy Metal style. In a post I made some time ago now on painting 3D objects as 3D objects (rather than 2D objects), I mentioned how certain painters paint their miniatures to be viewed from a fixed point, almost seeming to forget that they will be viewed from a variety of angles - almost flattening the miniatures in the process. Peter avoids this flattening completely by his restrained use of highlighting and shading. He's also one of the best converters I've ever seen - easily up there with Migsula and Spiky Rat Pack. Enviable skills.
As well as his gang (and the table), Neil had also built this - the servo drone; part bird, part skull, part searchlight. It was lovely - straight out the corner of a 40k illustration. He said he wanted to build millions of them, roosting in cloisters and alcoves as (in my head), they do everywhere in the Imperium. I think it was almost one of my favourite things from the day. So simple, but so evocative of the setting.
Tomorrow, the last report from Saturday itself, a few in-game photos in lieu of a more structured battle report (was intending to post it today but I really need to get on with some work...).