Sunday, 6 November 2016

CX. November

As of a few days ago this blog entered its fifth year of existance. I'll just give a few words of reflection on the past year.
While 2015 saw me making cemetery-themed scenery, this year was all about forests and fields. I've produced enough to equip a table, but there are many more ideas I have yet to bring into reality. I learned a lot in the process (and I hope it was useful to you, too, as observers of my endeavours). What I'm especially happy to have made this year were The Automaton and The Door to the Paths of the Dead vignettes from April and May. They were a shy foray into building and painting works that are meant purely for display, and I enjoyed it very much. I expect I'll make more such pieces, even larger and more elaborate ones, when inspiration strikes and time permits. Finally, thank you all for reading and commenting. 

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I got a number of requests for a group shot of my scenery. Took a while, but yesterday at long last I managed to get it done. The board dimensions are 100x100cm Enjoy.

Great news is that the textured and flocked board I commissioned some time ago is finally ready. This means that soon enough I will no longer have to use the dull grey blanket you can see in the above photos.

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I'll finish with a few WIP shots of the newest miniature project on my desk. The progress is painfully slow since I now have very little time to dedicate to Gardens. I actually started converting just after I had finished the Chapel.

A deer mount from Citadel Wild Riders set was the starting mini. Chopped off its head and replaced it with a Stormcast Liberator's. I also shaved off the saddle using my dremel.
The head got its ears, eyeballs and main piece of armature for the antlers. The fuzzy neck was achieved with flock.
After that I glued wire armature for the prongs.
The antlers were built up with several successive layers of green stuff.
Still looking messy here.
Unfortunately I forgot to take pictures after this point (or I somehow misplaced them; either way, they aren't there). But it got further refined with more green stuff.
And here we have a WIP of the paintjob. This is how it stands now.


  1. Congrats on the fifth aniversary. Heres to many more!

    Table looks epic

  2. Ana, on the occasion of the anniversary all the best, a lot of ideas, free time and resources for their realization!

    Gardens of Hecate is one of my favorite blogs and always happy I look here!


  3. Congratulations on the Anniversary, Ana. I myself have changed over to posting mostly on my Facebook and Instagram due to a lack of time and I am happy to see that regardless of your time restrictions you have not changed format.
    Your work has and will always be an inspiration to me and I have no doubt that it is one of the most unique pieces of hobby the internet has seen.

  4. Your work is so surreal and oddly serene in a twisted way, and it's all so beautiful! The automaton was something to be proud of indeed, I hope to see you build another such creation some day?
    And congratulations on five years of blogging!

  5. Congratulations on the anniversary!

    The scenery looks amazing when all set up together! I have been doing a vaguely-similar scenery project as well and your work has been inspirational for many reasons, not least for the way you think about, plan and describe your setting. I also like seeing pages from your notebooks and I would love to see more of them.

    Keep up the great work!

  6. Next to your building the GW trees look a bit plastic and fake. I like the GW trees too! Sorry, as you've upped the benchmark you are just going to have to model your own trees to match! :)

  7. Happy 5th Ana! It's ALWAYS a treat to visit this blog and see what new delights you've come up with.

    That deer-thing reminds me very much of the Spirit of the Forest from the Japanese anime Princess Mononoke. I like him VERY much.

    Your table full of terrain is outstanding. Hurry up and get a game (With pics) going on that setup!

  8. Congrats on 5 years! That's a huge accomplishment for blogging! Also fantastic work on the table. I hadn't seen all the pieces before and they look incredible.
    Your moose-monster creeps me out a bit though :-)

  9. Great scenery and models .Nice to see the scenery together .Congratulations on the blogs longevity .

  10. Seriously great scenery and the sculpting on the horns is so skillful! /Hans

  11. Thanks, everyone! Sorry for the late reply. I had a busy week.

    @Dai - I'm glad it reminds you of Miyazaki's Forest Spirit, because that was the idea. You'll learn more when the mini is finished I and I write more about it.

  12. Ooooh! Can't wait to see that deer creature finished. Looks wonderful so far. :D

  13. Happy anniversary, Ana.

    This blog is a perennial favourite of mine, and always a good refuge and source of inspiration when my mind is clouded. Long may it continue.

  14. Amazing, good job, i like it.