Despite being a week or so into 2015, we here at Between the Bolter and Me are still being drawn back to the happenings of 2014. The gaming/hobby community has generated a wealth of breathtaking miniatures which will certainly serve as an inspiration to many of us for future projects. So before getting caught up in 2015 and all of the projects that it promises, we wanted to take the time to highlight some of the miniatures, blogs, and hobbyists that inspired us in 2014. While we can’t hope to cover all of the incredible artists in this post, hopefully, you will find something that you missed, or be reminded of some great models from 2014!
Blog de Kouzes
|Plague Centurion - Morbäck
|Dark Eldar Space Pirate - Picta Mortis
What is not to love about the limited color palette of blacks, whites, and reds?
Despite the blog only being in existence for a short while, Picta Mortis has already begun creating an entire army of similarly moody and atmospheric Dark Eldar raiders. We here at Between the Bolter and Me can not wait to see more!
Spiky Rat Pack
|Inquisitor Isaac Valon - Kari Hernesniemi
|Slaaneshi cultist - Kari Hernesniemi
What would our list be without some mention of the converter/painter extraordinaire Jeff Vader over at Officio Convertorum. We still can’t get over the blinding pace at which Jeff can conceive, create, and paint the droves of models that he puts out, each one a unique and memorable conversion. This year, one of his themes was unquestionably focused around Grandfather Nurgle and his noxious allies.
|Nurgle follower - Jeff Vader
|Plague Marine - Jeff Vader
Legion of Plastic
|Skitarii operatives - Migsula
|Warrior Mystic Alpharius - Migsula
|Inquisitor de Lorme - Tomasz
Those whom the gods would destroy…
|Iron Hands Legionary - MonkeyBallistic
Death of a Rubricist
|Roboute Guilliman - Apologist
In December, Apologist started work on a second version of the Ultramarine Primarch, Roboute Guilliman (that’s right, a second version!). For his new conversion, he has taken advantage of the Simon Egan’s fantastic sculpts of Vulkan and Ferrus Manus. With a considered hand, he combined various parts from both models to create the foundation of Guilliman. Impressively, he does not look like a cannibalized version of the two models. Instead, he becomes his own character, noble and just, owed in part to the regal looking face. It is amazing how sculpting hair and careful painting was enough to completely transform Vulkan’s face into that of Guilliman. Even when Forge World gets around to sculpting their own version of him, this conversion is sure to still stand strong and proud alongside it.
|Pontifical Guards of Lord Pontifex Canus Er Thrax - Quinn Menton
Case in point, some of our favorite models showcased on their blog are the two Pontifical Guards of Lord Pontifex Canus Er Thrax. Due to his consummate skill, Quinn was able to pull off an unlikely, yet incredibly unique, combination of baroque medieval battleplate and modern wargear like lasrifles, and grenades. We love the use of Dark Eldar plastics for the legs of the models. It is rare to see Dark Eldar components on guardsmen, but, in this case, the components could not have worked better! The messy (in the best way possible), brutal-looking paint schemes emplied also help reinforce the grimy, dejected world that the characters inhabit (which they are excitingly building in the form of a tablescape of the underhive of Necromunda).
|Inquisitoral storm trooper Rence Thenes - PDH
This year we were particularly impressed with (and it may be our favorite of the year) his model of Inquisitorial storm trooper Rence Thenes, a warden of the Loidis Central Library turned Ordo Malleus agent. Despite being based around a Chaos Renegade, PDH was able to transform the model into an unquestionably Imperial operative (exactly what comes to our mind when we think of the Imperial Inquisition). Everything about the model is interesting and demands you spend time examining the details, from the cuffs of his jacket to his high powered energy pistol. His pose and face give off a kind of arrogant confidence, which is incredibly fitting for a soldier of the Inquisition.
Most of the entries on this list have gotten on here strictly due to their modeling prowess, with blogs focussing on the creation of their own brand of Warhammer 40,000. The Eternal Hunt, run by Krautscientist, is a bit different. In addition to creating wonderful, flavorful models (at a frightening pace we might add), he spends equal if not more time simply writing about models. With each new Games Workshop release, he analyses them, talking about what he likes best and least about each from a design standpoint. Better still, he uses these posts to postulate and brainstorm ideas for future conversions, encouraging everyone to start trying their own hand at kitbashing.
|Tempestus Scion Trencher - Krautscientist
Eternal Hunt reminds us why we started a blog in the first place: to talk about the models we love, and to promote and encourage growth in the hobby (to ourselves and others).
We have finally reached the end of our list; after browsing through our choices, we are certain that you will agree that is was a fantastic year for modeling! Hopefully you have enjoyed going through our list of blogs, artists, and miniatures, and are as excited and inspired as we are to forge on into the new year and create more miniatures!
-Between the Bolter and Me