the baron harkonnen

I found another couple who remind me of Reylo!

Paul and Chani from Dune!

He is space royalty and she is a desert warrior. Also, he had visions of her before they met. His mother was a member of the Bene-Gesserit, a powerful religious order centered around awareness and self-control. She was also secretly the daughter of the Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, the villain of the story. Paul eventually becomes emperor and has awesome psychic twins with Chani.

Also, fun fact: Max Von Sydow who played Lor San Tekka in episode 7 (who is killed by Kylo Ren):

Also played Chani’s father, Liet Kynes, in Dune:


Dune (Re-posted with some color) 

I gave in to the siren song of Dune and was dashed upon the rocks like so many concept artists before me. There just isn’t time to render these, but I’m reasonably pleased with the line-work, so here they are!

Some context: I fell into a Dune-hole recently which started by stumbling across the INCREDIBLE art from what would have been Jodorowsky’s Dune film. That inspired me to re-watch the David Lynch movie again (one of my favorites). At that point, I had to read the book again. In the middle of my read-through, I watched a couple Tarsem Singh movies and my brain made a connection that I couldn’t shake loose:

I want a 4 hour Dune movie designed by Tarsem Singh’s crew (production designer, art director, costume designer, cinematographer, etc…)

So, in order to get that thought out of my brain, I took a clumsy swing at designing the cast of Dune through the lens of Tarsem Singh’s crew. To me, that meant making each character an operatic or theatrical expression of their role in the story. Visual storytelling cranked to eleven.

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Primaris Silver Skulls limited palette speed-paints. Dark Millennium box set models. 

Not a great fan of the Captain sculpt if I’m honest. The bulbous torso, especially the abdomen, just reminds of me of Baron Harkonnen (movie version) and Immortan Joe, and the ornate armour and cloak seems hugely out of keeping with the very “clean” look of his underlings. It’s especially noticeable when you look at the Lieutenants (that’s Leff-tenants…) who just look like the rank and file. It strikes me that the rank and file are akin to updates of the 1987 RTB01 models, but Captain Fatboy there is an update of the later ornate ones that started to appear towards the end of the RT era. My all silver PJ actually tones down the ornateness of the Gravis armour as I haven’t bothered to do the fiddly bits in contrasting colours - on a model painted black, dark green, blue or similar those bits would really leap out at the viewer.

I really like the Primaris models (that one excepted) but they’ve totally ruined me on 1987-2016 Space Marines. I look at those models now and they look like children in armour. I doubt I’ll ever do anything with regular marines again but hey - that’s not a problem as neither will Workshop…

Writing Archetypes: The Chessmaster

The Chessmaster is very simple in concept, but ends up being one of the most difficult characters to do right. This is because they are heavily reliant on the author having the firmest grasp they can on the inner workings of the societies in their setting both social, military, and political. They need a firm grasp on the actual landscape of the setting such as where the mountains are, what towns are situated where, maps, and such. They need an understanding of scope. Most importantly, they have to be able to keep an eye on the bigger picture.

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