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À propos Nico

Illustrateur suisse habitant à Lausanne, touchant aussi à la sculpture, à la photo et à la musique.

Mordheim 2019

Hello!

It has been a crazy while, and I’m terribly sorry for that!

Mordheim 2019 happened this weekend in Helsinki, and I cannot say enough how grateful I am to have been invited to take part of this event. I met most of my hobby heroes there, and they are as kind as they are brilliant!..

As most of my recent work can already be seen online, mostly on the fantastic Echoes of Imperium Blog, i thought it was time to show it here!

First is my warband, the Church of the Ever Burning Saint.

 

I wrote a small atmospheric thing about them for Echoes of Imperium, and i’m just copying it here.


Oh Dear Father,

Forgive me for I have sinned.

I kept my doubts for me, when I knew I had to confess to the Mother Alke.

I fear that it’s too late now, and that the doubts will spread, that madness will reach us all, and that the hope that faith bought us will turn to cinder.

It all started during the Night of the Remembering. Twenty years passed since your judgment cleansed the city. During this time, we made sure that Your Will was made real, and we kept spreading the Holy Fire to the unfaithful and the corrupted.

Each year at the same date, Mother Elfriede gathered the sisters in the nave of the great cathedral, at the bosom of the Rock, and we prayed for another sign from You.

But this year, we had an answer.

Oh dear Father tell me that the answer came from you.

Is this Silent Knight a warrior you sent to guide us? Why sending her to us, but not allowing her to speak to us? Why did she choose Mother Ilse?

We know that the Knight spoke to her before she commit suicide.

What truth was so terrible that she had to renounce her oath to You?

She stayed confined in her room for two weeks with this Knight. When we heard the cries, it was too late.

We found Mother in her chamber Ilse her wrist cut, crying in despair that she wanted to die, shouting the most sacrilegious words to You, who would not let her go.

Such sins could not be forgiven, and in the morning, at the top of the cliff overlooking the ashes of Mordheim, the Silent Knight standing calm next to the Sister Rosamund, the executioner, we gave her body to the Flames, hoping that her soul would be purified.

She burnt for seven days, screaming, crying, desecrating, but never dying. And for seven days, the Silent Knight stood still at her side.

She is still burning now, and the Knight is still at her sides.

But she is serene.

Such signs could not be ignored, and even if most of the sisters think that her simple existence is sacrilegious, some of us followed her and the Silent Knight when the pyre collapsed and they went down into the City.

We follow her now, as she sets the ruins on fire. We think she is looking for something, or someone.

But I fear that the signs we are following are not yours, Dear Father.

I fear that you are not listening.

And I wonder, who is answering my prayers?


And i did a board for the occasion.

I first wanted to make a full board, with multiple layers and atmospheres, but realised a few months into the making that It was way too impractical to transport it to Helsinki with my small budget. So i started another one, as a project that seems like the natural thing to follow my travel boxes. I found a small travel trunk, cut cut a side and added hinges so it would open a bit more, and started the work.

Here are the WIPs, and the box finished:

 

I did a silly animation during the progress, to show the different step i took to make it. I’ll make another one with the box finished these next few days.

 

 

Please follow #mordheim2019 on Instagram to see the amazing work the team made for the weekend!

Thank you for staying here!

Nico

A box and two heroes.

Two updates in 4 days, what is wrong with me?

Well, i’m making stuff these days.

First, i’ve been contacted by the facebook admins of the french Inquisitorium equivalent and asked if i could build a box as a reward for a challenge that happens there at the moment. No necessities, except that it should be able to contain a couple of miniatures.

As for the recent small box, i set a personal challenge to try to match my idea of the blanchian palette – but with some blue because i like blue. I’m getting happier with it, but still wondering if i should try it on the next board.. Mmh..

Then, for no real reason other than i had a few ideas for the new Nighthaunts miniatures, i started making a small Stormcast army. I’m only 6 miniatures in and already feeling that i had too much, so i’ll take it really slowly i think. But here’s a knight incantor i’m kind of happy with. Nothing sophisticate.

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Finally, i brought an old miniature at a painting evening at a friend’s, and managed to finish it with just a few hours more on another evening. Here again, i tried a more earthy palette. He has a few friend i’ll need to paint too.

That’s it for now, thank you for passing by!

Trying to keep up with the updates?

Hello here,

Once again it has been sometime, i’m just not good at updating the news!

First of all, you might have seen a few of my models on the fantastic blog Echoes of Imperium. It’s really amazing to me to work on this event with some of the very people that inspired me to try my own creative corner of miniatures! Thank you again for bringing me into it!

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I totally recommend that you follow #mordheim2019 on instagram and Echoes of Imperium’s blog for the updates!

Here are some of the miniatures i’ve been working on for the project. Still some work to do on a few of them, and i’m slowly working on some other characters, and some other cool things!

 

I went last year to my first miniature event, where i had some tables to show my two boards and my miniatures. It was a really nice experience, had the opportunity to meet with kind and passionate people, and to work on a little box i already showed on instagram

 

In the last days of 2018, Christof Keil  did a long journey to visit me at my place, and we had a miniature exchange for the occasion. I’ll show the mini Christof gave me once i did some work on it – with his approval of course! Here’s the box i made for him.

 

So here it is for the new from these past months. I’m working on a few different things at the moment, and having too much fun to take good pictures for now (also i’m lazy). But i’ll once again try to update a bit more here.

Cheers!

Lots of news!

Finally!

I’ve been away from here, without any real reason for that. A bit overwhelmed i guess. But i have a lot to show and talk about!

The first thing is probably old news now, but there is a fanzine coming that will focus on the Blanchitsu side of the hobby, and i’m flattered to have a few things of mine inside! It’s called 28, and will be available for free online on the website, and there is a Facebook page and an Instagram. (Front artwork by the amazing Pascal Blanché)

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The next sentence might be funny. I mentioned the next thing in another thing i forgot to mention here.. You’re still with me? So the brilliant Greenstuff Gretchin sculpted a fantastic miniature based of a drawing of mine from last year (thank you again so much!)

And i mentioned it in an interview for a miniature painting blog, Chestnut Ink , where i ramble about miniatures and stuff! They have a lot of tutorial and an amazing level in painting!..

This summer, mr Dark_Tech_ suggested a miniature challenge between both of us, on the theme of the wasteland merchant. I obviously needed to make a box for them, and tried something different by making it horizontal. It started being a bad idea when i made the stairs, as when the box is closed, the stairs enter the box, and take the space the mini would need.. So i’m still learning!.. Here are the Wips and the things done. I’m glad on how they turned out, a bit more colourful than what i’m used to, and i didn’t realized i missed painting miniatures that much. It has been a while!

Then, i finished two miniature to go along with my ever Expanding Exploratorii choir. The one with the metal techpriest was one of the first miniature i started with the knowledge of inq28. I just modified it a bit more with cables and electro-priests stuff.

And i had to make a group picture in situ! (well three pictures)

In another realm, i’ve been kindly invited to the Mordheim 2019 event in Helsinki, so there is going to be a few weird things around i hope! Thank you for bringing me on board!

Last but not least, i just went to my usual miniature shop today, to grab the new White Dwarf, and a few miniatures of mine are featured in my favourite article! Thanks a lot to the White Dwarf team and to Mr Blanche for making this dream real! (I sound calm here but i was shaking and smiling a lot today!)

Hopefully the next update will arrive a bit sooner than next year! During that time, if you come to visit the small Swiss village of Gruyère (and you should because the fantastic H.R.Giger’s musuem is there) make a small 200m detour and check my sculpture exhibition starting the 28th September! And if you’re in Yverdon for the Unidé miniature convention on the 20th October, come say hello! I’ll be there with some miniatures and scenery! (But i’m terribly shy so sorry for that..)

Wish you all many beautiful things!

Fyreslayers

Hello!

A friend recently purchased the Shadespire box and convinced me to try a game. It was a nice occasion to try to build a few Fyreslayers, a faction i like a lot, without really knowing why. I guess i like what they could be, and so i tried to join the idea i have of them for the Chosen Axes box.

My first idea was to give them key holes instead of faces, as they are carrying giant key axes, but my skills with greenstuff weren’t enough to match the idea. So i used a circle from a plastic tube on their cut faces, and filled the mess with greenstuff. Voilà!

I changed my website a bit, and put my instagram page on the front so the new things can come first. Do not hesitate if you have any opinion on the subject, i am in no way a web designer!

Thanks you for passing by!

Nestorian Infestation and some wips

Hello!

I already showed this on Facebook, but here are a few more picture of the team for the Nestorian Infestation. Two guys disappeared, and a new one appeared. Wasn’t sure about the two others, and i started the box without thinking of the number of mini i could put into. So i had to adapt a few things!

 

And a few pictures of the process. The Agrellan earth wasn’t dry at the moment of the picture!

Thank you for passing by, have a great week!

Ex Profundis, gangers and two invitationals.

Hello!

Here is some new stuff.

Firstly, my Age of Sigmar ramblings where featured on the fantastic Ex Profundis blog, thanks to Bruticus! It’s a real honor to see my things on the same page as such brilliant minds. I loved taking this moody pictures of a fictive game and seeing them in huge size with a beautiful layout! Thank you for this opportunity! And i think i’ll stick with big pictures for now! (You can click on the picture, it works!)

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Next, i showed these guys on the Inquisitorium Facebook page. They are a failed attempt to participate to the Iron Sleet Invitational. They are the Whisper’s Will, a specialist squad from feudal world, sent to fight in some war at the other end of the galaxy, considered heroes because they didn’t die yet. In my mind, their equipment is used in toxic swamps, the candles setting the gases on fire so the rest of the army can advance with fewer risks.

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Here a small piece of narrative I wrote on them.

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When they came from the sky, they burned our priests and told us that our gods were false, blasphemies against the only true god. A half dead god somewhere in the stars. I never met Him, but they say that He’s still protecting us. 

I’m the only survivor of my village now. After the king was trapped in a screaming machine, most of us had to join His army or join the priesthood in the pire forest. 

Four mates from my regiment survived our first battle. Did we lose? Did we win? After that, they gave us medals and we spoke to a bold man with too many disturbing eyes, and my head is full of someone else’s thoughts now. I don’t remember the battle. 

I don’t know where are all the others, from the other villages. I guess they were send to fight in His name somewhere. 

Now they say that we are experienced enough to serve as example for the new ones, but i have no clue as to were we are, and why we do what we do. Since we left our planet, nothing seems to mean anything anymore. There are too many stars, and they are too close to each other. There are too many screaming priests, and we have to scream with them if we want to live to see the next battle. I hope that the Emperor protects, as we’ve learn to say, because i’m terrified.

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Here are a few civilians for the Nestorian Infestation campaign that will happen this year, initiated by Bigbossredskullz and WilhelMiniatures – if i’m correct, hope so!.. Nothing too big or scary as i really thought them as part of the anonymous crowd at the back of the pictures.

 

And here is my gang for necromunda. I have a few ideas of narratives and settings for them, that may end in a new board game at some point. I’ll come back on this when they are painted! I started working on them with a few sketches i show here also. I didn’t have plans for the big one, but it kind of happened after some time wandering on art station and seeing crazy artworks! That kind of things makes me want to be better at drawing, waaaay better! I’m also inspired a lot by Vince Michael amazing cyberpunk work, you have to check it!

 

Finally, i realized i’m less active in blogs and forum. The Facebook groups and instagram community makes it too easy for me to hide behind a shy « like » and a small comment, and the guilt of not being active makes it difficult to try being active again, if you see what i mean! Well, anyway, i’m sorry for my absence in that area!..

Thank you for passing by and i wish you all many good things!

Sylvaneth warband

Here are some pictures on the full Sylvaneth warband i finished this week. We tried the skirmish rules, and i really love them! I’ll maybe see to be able to use some of the fancy Sylvaneth rules..

A few squads and a new board.

Hi there!

It has been some time again since my last entry here, but i stayed productive in some way. I already showed a few things in the Facebook group pages, and here’s the rest of it..

First of all, nearly two years after the wasted foundations of Ib-26, a new board!

It’s really less ambitious than the hive-city, as i didn’t want to spend as much time on it, and wanted to be able to store it in my small flat. But i still wanted to to look cool, so i spent more time on small details here and there! I’ll show a few WIP soon!

It’s intended to play skirmish on it, maybe small games of Aos, but not sure there would be enough space. And to try this, here’s the Sylvaneth warband still waiting for a name and a story.

 

With the new edition of 40k, we had to try the new rules. Most of my « gaming » armies are stored in boxes now, so i assembled a few squads for the mechanicus. I tried to keep the spirit of the warband without getting as much in the details for each character. I’m in love with the Vostrayan, that were before the Skitarii and the recent madness from GW, the most 40k miniatures ever in my opinion!

I enjoyed the game, but the total mayhem of a squad versus another isn’t really my thing. Hopefully i’ll convince my friend to have a go at the new Necromunda!

Finally, this october, i joined the Inktober challenge with some 40k inspired drawings, i’ll see if i can show a gallery of them somewhere around here. You can see a lot of my drawings on my Instagram account of my Facebook page, if you fancy!

Thanks a lot for passing by!

A warband and two boxes

Hi here!

It’s been a while since the last update but here are the last things i’ve been working on.

Firstly, a sylvaneth warband to try the Aos Skirmish. We still have to try our first game of Aos, but i hope this will be a nice entry ticket. I have the rest of the battalion to work on later.. I’m a bit late after all the branchitsu madness around aos28, but here they are. I’ll make more individual photos once they are painted. I found a bit hard to be original with this few. So many brilliant things have been already done. And i’m still asking myself a bit about the sylvaneth civilisation, their level of technology and individualism. There’s not a lot about this in the army book, i hope there will be a bit more in the future!

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Next is a thing i thought a lot about considering i don’t play that much anymore, but enjoy building things. Following the travel boxes i made earlier this year, i made a more detailed one, maybe more like a piece of scenery or a diorama of the inside of an imperial building. The floor is magnetic again, so it can be used to move a few miniatures around, and there is a button behind the box to turn a little light on. So it’s a kind of decorative thing i guess?

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This is the second one i made just after the wooden box. I tried something smaller, and thought about it as the relic boxes the miniatures often carry around. So it’s a box, with a cyborg corpse reliquary inside.

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And since i really enjoyed doing those, i think i’m going to make a few more!

And finally, Bigbossredskulls recently published a blog post with a few of my drawing inspired by his tzeenchian warbands! This hobby exchange saw this fantastic miniature take a place in my Warhammer gallery on the wall! Thank you! (Be sure to check his blog, his work is crazy creative!)

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