But one friend is a friend of friends when it comes to the hobby. A guy with whom I became the hobbyist I am, the converter I am, the painter I am, the story teller I am. (so blame him it isn't good ;) ) Batman and Robin, Robin and Batman. Laurel & Hardy. Alpharius & Alpharius.
His name is Hammer. We both live in Helsinki, but met through Dakkadakka in 2000. We've taken turns to win best painted/army in every single tournament we went to here. We've had so many amazing games, painting sessions and talking hobby days over the years that we feel like family. We are like night and day, yet we get along great. I've lived a few years abroad without missing a hobby beat upon return.
Together we worked up =I=munda, the 28mm skirmishRPGmodelingmachine that combines Necro engine, house rules, =I=fluff and imagery and as much RPG elements as possible. That is our current fix. We've slowed down, Hammer's never had any ability to concentrate and I've never had any sense in my projects. But going skirmish yields results.
This is how =I=munda take one - The Jade Vessel - ended up and this is Hammer's gang
So today I had a very nice 5hour session with Hammer.
Inquisitor Alben Silas is now finished. Furthermore I did a round of sculpting on Sister Valecia, or sis Val, as she is known in the business (bounty or ordos, I believe the sororities have a less charming name for her). I was inspired to push it a little after Jakob's and Hammer's absolutely fantastic sculpt work on the same model. I hope I get to share pics before I travel on sunday. I did the hair in a combination of sculpting the GS, an adding thin sausages of gs that flow very naturally and the end result was a surprising success. By no means perfect, but somehow surprising is almost as good :)
I also hope to try painting see-through-fabric with her for the first time. So I sculpted a skimpy top too. Avoiding silly D cup breasts and opting for just too much show for gothic unease. Now left is gluing the arms + custom bolt pistol I've built and chainsword (weapon choice to tie well into existing imagery and typologies, with so much off the charts characters coming up next), some purity seals and small bionic detail. I also want steel caps of some sort.
Also Hammer's now seen the red in person, so at least one other person knows how it really looks. All my efforts to photograph it suck pixel.
The hobby is really about friendship, about inspiring and being inspired and sharing the fun. So Marko, Jussi, Tube, Jakob, Peter, Aaron... and so many other great friends and hobbyists - thanks for all the fun!