Saturday, 15 March 2014

Tyrant's Coat of Arms

This is yet another post about the Tyrant miniature I've been working on. Some paint is already out there. In the meantime, I've started designing the coat of arms for the quasi-shield that the mini has on it's right shoulder pad. This is a little bit tricky as I want to create something visually appealing while keeping it consistent, on the on hand, with Wh40k gothic aesthetics (via using more or less traditional elements from European heraldry) and on the other hand with the quasi-barbaric style of Chaos Marines and whatnot. Fortunately, thanks to the modern technology, one can test his ideas on the miniature without actually painting it. Digital tools are really much better than just a pure imagination. So, let me show you some designs I came up with.

The green colour here is something similar to feldgrau with bleached red being just a regular burnt sienna. Black circle (as well as the disk on the of the other shields) is supposed to symbolize a sun eclipse (or just an evil circle - you name it). Sun eclipse seems like a good personal totem for a tyrant*, especially for one that have something to do with sorcery and black magic, but than again - those coats without black elements seems to look a bit better. Tought choice. Triangular shapes here and there might be considered as resembling fire - which is probably an universal symbol that fits almost every theme.

If you like some of the above much better than the other - let me know in the comments. Thanks!

*For those of you who don't see any connection between tyrants and sun eclipse - I encourage you to watch the classic Polish movie "Pharaoh" by Jerzy Kawalerowicz. You can watch it on YouTube (legally, I believe).

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