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deviation in storage by Sparks178
  • Mood: Drooling
  • Listening to: Scorpions
  • Watching: Game of Thrones
  • Playing: Mount & Blade Warband

After a long and depressing time, things seem to get quite better... In fact they got better so suddenly that sometimes I feel like I'm in a dream or something like that. 

Basically I moved home (after my old dwelling got looted by bandits) to a wonderful Krieg-esque bunker near my college. The house is awesome, with a big garage (that I turned into my studio, as I don't have a car...), two living rooms (a small library and my PC room), a bit kitchen, bedroom, one toilet and a great area for washing clothes (with a internal open-air space), and it doesn't have windows (in fact it have just one, between my bedroom and the internal patio, but since it faces inside the house, it doesn't count much) as the house is "compressed" between two other buildings. The roof is quite high (almost 4m tall) and surrounded by electric/barbed wire, and sunlight only goes inside by some glass roof tiles. Also the front gate is a solid metalon door with two padlocks (by the inside) and the garage is separated from the house by a steel door that runs sideways (also padlocked), so I guess any thieves might need a bulldozer to get inside (or some C4...)

I took a looooong time to organize the new house, and also bought a new PC (Core i3, 6Gb Ram, 500Gb HD), pretty basic compared to my old one, but better than having to answer e-mails, Facebook and DA in the cellphone. The moving (with all the new furniture I had to buy, since my old house furniture was joined with the walls) and the new PC gave me a quite sad debt, and I will be some 6 months at least without any extra expenditure (about 3k us$ debt, I'm paying some 300 us$ per month...). But it's worth!

Also my life changed from a cop movie to a romantic film quite fast. When I was 11 to 12 years old I had a school girlfriend/crush called Laiz, we used to go to the same school, but she moved to another one after a couple of years and, since in the 1990's there was no cellphones, Orkut, Facebook or anything like that, we lost all contact overnight. After some 19 years away, she managed to find me at Facebook, we went out to meet each other and - SURPRISE - we restored the dating XD

Yap, now I got a girlfriend (yeeeeaaahhhh!!!), and a very beautiful one (she is quite similar to Disney's Alladim princess Jasmine... tanned skin, long legs, long black hair and quite fit). There has being a looooooong time without dating (and all those sweet stuff of giving flowers, chocolates, saying "love you" and watching series together), but seems that finally my bad luck had gone away... 

Also I'm having some good results at sculpting 28mm miniatures... I hope soon I get good enough to start selling them =D


Imperial Civilian Residence by orcbruto
Imperial Civilian Residence
Here it is, some more terrain for my Warhammer 40k games. This time I used a couple of chocolate cardboard boxes, strengthen with a mix of water, some white glue and gypsum, to make more Imperial houses with a Middle Eastern look...

Last ones I made were pretty "slum" stuff, covered in grafitti and looking like something made out of mud... This one is a more "middle class" residence, quite larger, with two stores and a rooftop with a gazebo and a small storage. As I love details, and had a lot of very tiny computer pieces around, I decided to make a small "picnic" scene at the rooftop, with a hookah, some pillows, wine goblets, food and plant pots...

Ultrasmurfs are there for size comparison and scale... I hope you like and comment XD
Last hill on the right... by orcbruto
Last hill on the right...
Another view of the… "One More Hill" archaeological ruin (bottom left) and photos of another rocky formation I made for my game table. =D
One more hill by orcbruto
One more hill
Another hill I made for my Warhammer 40k games. 

The hill is made of paper saturated with glue and water and then sculpted into shape. Palm trees are made of straws and there is a suspicious Ancient Aliens ruin in the side of this hill... XD
Hill 31 by orcbruto
Hill 31
Another hilly piece of terrain for Warhammer 40k... 

All done with glue, water and tons of old newpapers I found lying around... Some wooden sticks and cat litter sand mixed with water were also used. The tree leaves are made of balls of cat fur I always find inside my washing machine after washing my clothes... When they get substantial enough they can be mixed with ordinary glue and used for a nice vegetation... XD
Elder Thing Infantry by orcbruto
Elder Thing Infantry
So, as the attack shoggoths go, they need some attention of the Elder guys, otherwise they may start thinking and becoming too smart for their own good, eventually going mad and becoming a rebellious blob of organs... So young and enthusiastic Elder Things have to get to the ground fight as well. 

H.P.Lovecraft described the Elders too well at Mountains of Madness (even with a deliciously disgusting autopsy), and I particularly like them for being a great non-humanoid but still technological evolved race of aliens. This guys have a radial symmetry based on the number 5, with five "heads" (tentacles ending in sensory organs), an octopus-like mouth in the middle of them, five "arms" composed of five tentacles each, a barrel-like body and five pseudopods for movement, and five wings unlike anything on Earth, that they use to fly in space (like sails to catch the solar winds... I interpret it as retractile membranes linking each pseudopod, like the membranes some octopuses have linking their tentacles). 

So my take on this guys is kind of horrific and odd. Most art I see show the poor Elders as static spread-out creatures, like a starfish, but I think of them more as those diminutive hydra polyps, quite gelatinous and fluid in motion, almost serpentine, bracing their tentacles like a squid or octopus would do and slithering easily and fluidly like some Aikido master... 

Also I imagine their "necks" as part of a "maw-like" system, filled with teeth in the inner part, so they can envelope the food and grind it before his "thongs" help the parts into it's inner lips and esophagus. I got this idea after watching giant snails eating (my old house had a lot of them at the gardens, some with shells larger than my shoes...) and seeing how they use their "pseudo teeth" to grind leaves. This guys are probably too civilized to bite someone, but seeing them "opening" their five necks and realizing it's filled with teeth on the inside is probably a maddening experience...

At the tip of each neck I imagine them have some orb-like organ, akin to an eye, but probably responsible for doing more than receiving light... As this guys seem to have evolved in some place without much atmosphere (they can survive naked in the vacuum of space, and their wings don't work inside planetary atmosphere...), I don't think hearing is very important to them, despite the fact that they do speak and can even learn to speak human language... Maybe they communicate by microwave, light in frequencies we can't see or electromagnetic fields, and the "speaking" while inside some dense atmosphere is just a byproduct of this communication, disturbing the air around them... These round-shaped "eyes" would work perceiving this signals and, maybe, also seeing light (or some other kind of energy). Right under the organ they would have a "five pieces" radula, the beak-like structure octopuses and squids have, but instead of having just two parts, like a bird beak, they would have five. With the "necks" open it would look more like some freaking huge tooth =D

Learning from the experiences of the aliens in the movies Signs and War of the Worlds, the Elders would not go around fighting naked. This guy there is wearing an "armor" (as all the Elder tech, a biological shoggoth armor...) that covers all his body, with openings at the eyes. If he closes his "necks", he becomes fully armored. The armor have weapon systems, including a scythe-like claw (for melee), two "gloves" for his "hand tentacles" and an acid spitter, a shoggoth gun attached to some acid producing glands that can contract it's muscles with strength to spit it some hundreds of kilometers away. Also the "ammo" glands can be used as a grenade (inspiration from Dead Space... XD). 

I'm planning on making some loads of this aliens for miniature gaming, and I intent to use in Warhammer 40k as tyranids. Because of the "Synapses" the 'nids have and the idea they act like some insane dumb critter when no smart creature is nearby to lead them, I think of using Elder infantries as Tyranid Warriors, keeping the attack shoggoths/gaunts from going insane... =D


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Arturo Alejandro Branco
Artist | Hobbyist | Artisan Crafts
I am a multi-artist that loves Photoshop, Google Sketchup and vector art.

I am Pisces (western horoscope) and Bull (chinese horoscope). A+ Blood

I am also an archeologist, Master Degree historian, made my thesis about Dracula in Romania (mostly in Craiova, Tirgoviste and Bucharest). Also I am enthusiast of Paleontology.

I am atheist, but I follow Buddhist Zen philosophy as moral and ethic compass. I also have lots of knowledge in magic and sorcery traditions from Middle Ages, despite I don't practice them.

Ethnically I am 25% Portuguese (Trás-os-Montes), 25% Spanish (Madrid), 25% Italian (Calabria) and 25% Morocco Berber. I born in Brazil, despite I have no Brazilian blood...

I speak portuguese and english very well, and very poorly spanish, japonese, latim, italian and romanian...

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Yap, photos are hard to achieve with cheap cameras... sometimes the flash makes it all glossy, sometimes it's too dark and you can't really see anything... XD
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