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The Ordos Majoris - Hobby, Painting and Modelling => Painting and Modelling => Topic started by: Van Helser on August 02, 2009, 11:24:33 AM

Title: Van Helser's Retrospective
Post by: Van Helser on August 02, 2009, 11:24:33 AM
Good to see The Conclave back up and running.  Thought I'd add some colour to it with a selection of my past work.  Later on today I'll share some WIPs as well.

Can only really begin with Mikael Van Helser, my first ever Inquisitor figure:

(http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y283/vanhelser/Finished%20Models/DSCN1454.jpg)

My more regular tabletop inquisitor, Tomashek Goddard comes in two varieties:

(http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y283/vanhelser/Finished%20Models/DSCN1346.jpg)

(http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y283/vanhelser/Finished%20Models/DSCN18170005.jpg)

Goddard is ably assisted by a large retinue of followers, including the stars of last year's Grand Tournament (psyche!), archeotech prospector David Burrell, gunslinger Hector Ganz and the sage Pret Hirschfield:

(http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y283/vanhelser/Finished%20Models/DSCN1349.jpg)

(http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y283/vanhelser/Finished%20Models/DSCN17530001.jpg)

(http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y283/vanhelser/Finished%20Models/DSCN17510002.jpg)

And finally, two of the inquisitors from the Istvaanian Sourcebook, Jan Kierys and Cillian Lyko Losporin:

(http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y283/vanhelser/Finished%20Models/DSCN25470009.jpg)

(http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y283/vanhelser/Finished%20Models/DSCN25510013.jpg)

Just realised these pictures cover 8 years of modelling 54mm figures - I'm getting old!

Ruaridh
Title: Re: Van Helser's Retrospective
Post by: RobSkib on August 02, 2009, 12:36:47 PM
I love them all, but I have to say my favourites are Hector (or should I say Jack Carver?) with his wonderfully snazzy t-shirt and the sage - I can't believe I'd never thought of sculpting crossed arms before, genius!
Title: Re: Van Helser's Retrospective
Post by: Van Helser on August 02, 2009, 01:16:09 PM
Well, until now I didn't know who Jack Carver was - never played FarCry - but it's obvious that hard bastards wear Hawaiian shirts the galaxy over to emphasise their manliness!
Title: Re: Van Helser's Retrospective
Post by: Hadriel Caine on August 02, 2009, 02:51:28 PM
You know Van, I don't think I have ever seen the pic of your first mini before. He is nice for a first 54mm, much nicer than mine was... lol.

As ever I'm a huge fan of Prett.
Title: Re: Van Helser's Retrospective
Post by: Van Helser on August 02, 2009, 02:53:39 PM
Van Helser doesn't get out much.

Daemon weapon and shuriken catapult seemed cool when I was 16...  Not so much now!
Title: Re: Van Helser's Retrospective
Post by: MarcoSkoll on August 02, 2009, 04:10:09 PM
Well, until now I didn't know who Jack Carver was - never played FarCry...
I get quite a lot of that, people suggesting that I used something as inspiration, and it's something I've only heard of in the most passing of circumstances. Very odd.
Doubly so when instead of it just being off the top of my head, I used something else entirely as inspiration.

I have to say though, I find Hector's model particularly appealing. They're all great work, but for some reason that's the one that catches my eye the most.
Title: Re: Van Helser's Retrospective
Post by: kierkegaard on August 05, 2009, 11:43:34 PM
Van Helser wins huge respect for having the only 40k model I have ever seen wearing a Hawaiian shirt (the rest are pretty damn cool too, but that shirt...)
Title: Re: Van Helser's Retrospective
Post by: Kaled on August 06, 2009, 07:26:24 AM
(the rest are pretty damn cool too, but that shirt...)
And the head on that model is just fantastic too.  Burrell is still my favourite though.
Title: Re: Van Helser's Retrospective
Post by: kierkegaard on August 06, 2009, 05:50:26 PM
I am quite fond of Van Helser's Burrel model too (and jealous, as I have never seen one for sale anywhere.)

Title: Re: Van Helser's Retrospective
Post by: Van Helser on August 06, 2009, 09:06:56 PM
I am quite happily under the impression that Burrell is close to being unique.  I know of no one else online or in real life who got hold of the Messenger Boy from the second Citizens pack.  Thank goodness for a sharp eye on eBay the day the lot he came in turned up!
Title: Re: Van Helser's Retrospective
Post by: Kaled on August 06, 2009, 10:17:41 PM
Yeah, you're a very lucky man - the messenger boy & ratcatcher should have been two fantastic additions to the Inquisitor range, such a shame they were never properly released. :(

The same goes for the gimp warrior...
Title: Re: Van Helser's Retrospective
Post by: Macabre on August 07, 2009, 03:48:00 AM
Is it me, or does the second version of Goddard look vaguely like Peter Falk?
Title: Re: Van Helser's Retrospective
Post by: psycho on August 29, 2009, 09:56:39 PM
hi there
wheres the hula shirted hard nut from?
loving the mini?
kerby
Title: Re: Van Helser's Retrospective
Post by: TheNephew on August 29, 2009, 11:48:55 PM
Losporin's kit is all really nicely done - I do like the chains and the gun-strap.
He looks suitably cluttered with devotional literature, and the Judge head always adds an air of dignity and authority to a model.

As everyone's already said, M. Bison is an inspired pose sculpt as well.
Title: Re: Van Helser's Retrospective
Post by: Van Helser on August 30, 2009, 10:36:45 AM
hi there
wheres the hula shirted hard nut from?
loving the mini?
kerby

Ganz is Slick's legs, Stone's torso with a greenstuffed shirt and Von Castellan's holsters, with 40k ork arms and Stone's head with the metal clasps filed off.

Losporin's kit is all really nicely done - I do like the chains and the gun-strap.
He looks suitably cluttered with devotional literature, and the Judge head always adds an air of dignity and authority to a model.

As everyone's already said, M. Bison is an inspired pose sculpt as well.

Losporin hasn't actually had that much work done to him - the base model is Luriel Sacred Fist (http://www.historexagents.com/shop/hxproductdetail.php?ProductCode=WS13) by Andrea, and he was liberally covered in parchment before I got my hands on him. 

Oh and his head is Tyrus's, not the judge!
Title: Re: Van Helser's Retrospective
Post by: TheNephew on August 30, 2009, 02:07:59 PM
My bad, of course - I should have recognised the bionics, but I'm not sure I've ever seen Tyrus in teh flesh, so to speak.
How did you deal with the elongated neck (which you've trimmed, presumably)?
Is there a suitable cavity in Luriel's neck, or was it cut down and GS'd?
Title: Re: Van Helser's Retrospective
Post by: Van Helser on August 30, 2009, 03:44:24 PM
Lots of hacking and slashing.

If memory serves, I was still a student when I made him and access to the prosthodontics lab at the Dental Hospital to get some extra-choppy diamond burs to create a hole in the top of Luriel's armour to sink the head into.
Title: Re: Van Helser's Retrospective
Post by: Saussure on August 30, 2009, 08:45:08 PM
How did you deal with the elongated neck (which you've trimmed, presumably)?
Having just completed a bit of cutting and sawing myself, I can report that it isn't too hard to remove that massive stump of a neck Tyrus has - you can build a new (reasonably sized) neck back up with a pin and some Green Stuff.

Or, somehow get your hands on a dental drill...  ;)
Title: Re: Van Helser's Retrospective
Post by: Ynek on August 31, 2009, 02:48:37 AM
I particularly like Jan Kierys. The use 40k-scale weapon parts to make the double-barrelled pistol is particularly clever, and the combination of Eisenhorn's legs with Gruss's torso is one that I would never have thought of in a million years, but it seems to work amazingly well here.
Title: Re: Van Helser's Retrospective
Post by: Van Helser on August 31, 2009, 07:50:02 AM
I've done the Gruss torso/Eisenhorn legs combination twice now, and I think they go together really quite well.  A bit of greenstuffing around the waist is required to cover the join though - Kierys is sporting a tunic here to cover it.

The double-barrelled laspistol was a bit fiddly, but turned out well.  It's well worth taking a bunch of 40k weapons, chopping them up and trying different combinations until you get something you like - chances are it'll be pretty unique too.