Thursday, August 11, 2016

Aesthetic of the Pathetic

Outgard mini two ready to be painted. 
Really went to town with the "aesthetic of the pathetic" on this poor spearman (a term John Blanche always uses to describe his preference for creating huddled wretches over more powerful characters). 



Not sure about the shield. He looks weaker without it - which is a good thing in this case...

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  1. I liked a lot this term "aesthetic of the pathetic". I believe he looks weaker with the shield on. But anyway he looks great.

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  2. I think I'd go with shield-on. My reasoning for that is because, in my opinion at least, the 'hand-on-hilt' pose is one that typically expresses confidence. It could just be the different angles of the photos, but with the shield his hunch seems more pronounced; less like he's resting his arm on the sword hilt and more like he's being pulled down by the weight of his gear.

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  3. I'd have to say shield on, Heretek put it rather well.

    In my humble opinion he would benefit from a different tip on the end of his spear. To me it just looks a little too knightly alongside the helmet.

    Great conversion though!

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    1. Hmm... Not sure if I´m with you there. A knight really wouldn´t have this type of spear. He´d have a lance or something similar..

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  4. You might like this http://drbargle.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/the-old-school-is-pathetic-rant.html

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  5. Ha! I always thought I'd coined the phrase 'pathetic aesthetic' - it must have just been nestled in my subconscious for years.

    I like him a lot, but he needs the shield, I think. Knock some las-fire holes in it, though. It certainly looks like it's done him no good looking at his leg, so it adds to his hunch and his pathos.

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    1. I thought it was John before I googled it...

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    2. It probably was. I think he just lives in a part of my brain somewhere.

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  6. What about a smaller round shield, so it looks like he is struggling to hold it up. One of those little arm ones, not sure if the name, buckler?

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  7. This looks fantastic. It always amazes me how clean all your conversions look. Maybe mount a shield on his back? Like he carries it out of ceremony more than any practical reasons, I can't imagine he does much fighting with his injury anyway.

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  8. I love this guy!

    I'll add my vote for "shield on" as it gives you the opportunity to paint another of your gloriously dark heraldic devices. =D

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  9. He looks very mordheimish - and I would not use the shield in this way, but perhaps you could attach it on his back. I think this would look better - and you have the opportunity to paint some nice heraldics on it. ;)

    And: I love the mixture of bits! You gave me an idea for a freaky character. :D

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  10. Cheers guys! Thanks for all the feedback. i think I may go with shield on back or a smaller buckler. Stay tuned....

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  11. Hmm, I think I am in the minority when I say I prefer him without the shield. Looks much more vulnerable without it

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    1. I told him the same. Anyway he is gloriously sad looking.

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  12. This reminds me of the pawns from the original battle chess game in 1988.

    Its so lovely, you guys remain a source of inspiration

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    1. Battlechess! I loved that game!

      He certainly has a "pawn" quality. Cheers

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