And so begins a new series in the blog, showcasing just how I get ideas from my head, into reality. I thought it would be interesting to show the concept-to-completion process with my projects this year.
I don't play Empire…heck I barely have played two games of Warhammer Fantasy in my life, for that matter. In fact, I am only just now gathering concepts for my Ogres forces that I'd like to play, for next year! However, with all that said, I have always loved the Empire Engineer on Mechanical Mount figure. Through some outside inspirations, and the fact that I was able to get the model for cheap, I've decided to make this one of my competition pieces this year.
"But wait, Tim, that's a Mechanical Horse he's riding, not a Pegasus…"
I know, I know. That's where the "concepting" comes in. Look below...
This is typically how I start a conversion project. I will grab an image off the interwebz, in this case straight from the GW site itself, and begin sketching out ideas. I used to print the images out, about a half dozen at a time to try different thoughts and ideas, and then compare them to each other. With my recent discovery of a severe dust allergy I have, I've taken to sketching out these ideas on my iPad.
That, and it's just plain fun to do it on the iPad. Maybe it will help justify the cost of the newer model this year to my wife…maybe…hopefully…probably not…moving on.
After I've sketched out enough versions, be they 2 or 20, to get a good idea of how I want the piece to look, I begin to make a shopping list of materials that I might need to accomplish the project. This includes other kits and bitz I want to consider using aside from the core figure. Here's the list I came up with:
Engineer on Mechanical Mount
Plastic General Kit
Cheap Watches to take apart for Gears
Not too long of a grocery list, after all. Keep in mind, this is just a list of possible needs for this project. Not all may be used, and some may be added.
Keep an eye out for more articles similar to this one for a variety of projects this year. I always say that I grow more as a hobbyist and an artist with feedback from outside sources, so why not share the starting points of my ideas more, eh?