Homage to 40k

This is a blog post dedicated to homages. Being inspired by the 40k artwork to make your models just like it. Talking about my homages and why I do them.

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The Emperor and Horus by Mike McVey

Mike McVey’s recreation of the artwork Horus vs The Emperor (Adrian Smith 1990) as a diorama was my first glimpse of homages in 40k (or should that be 30k). This diorama is still at Warhammer World and definitely worth checking out if you’re there. This is what made me realise you could recreate your favourite 40k art as your models in your army. I was really impressed with it. It was such a good recreation and all the little details were so rewarding, like the Blood Angel space marine hiding under the flooring.

The codexes released around the time I was getting back into 40k were full of artwork. Each unit entry had artwork whether or not they even had models. So units like Flashgitz, thunderwolf cavalry and Arjac Rockfist all had exciting rules and no models. The appeal of these exotic units was great. If I could make these then not only could I use all those great rules but no one else will have these units.

 

 

This is my unfinished version of Arjac made mainly from the Wolf Guard Terminator box set. Before an official model was released.

Not only could you make models that didn’t exist yet by using the artwork as inspiration you could also copy poses and fill your rank and file with little homages…

As you can see, depending on how the parts fit you sometimes are making mirror images.

On some occasions I would see artwork I liked so much I would make the models having no idea where or if they could even go into the army…

In the Wolf Lords Project there were a couple more variations on the homage…

This Erik Morkai is in a different pose to the pic. I still used the pic for all the details etc. But I like to think it’s at least a few seconds later (dark Eldar is a dead giveaway).

The other form of homage which is a more recent version, a recreation of classic models, updating them and giving them a modern spin. Such as Ragnar Blackmane…

Then there are the official models that are so bad you just need to make your own. Obliterators and the Ork warbuggy are great examples of this. So back to the superior artwork for inspiration…

You can play around with the photos to try to get them to look more like the artwork too.

Over the years I’ve been speaking to the other authors on this blog about homages and they’ve both gifted me a homage each. Which was very kind of them.

Warbringer as a former Space Wolf brother in arms had an unwanted Iron Priest homage. One of the few artworks I hadn’t attempted to recreate from the 5th edition codex. So doubly lucky me…

Then as a surprise Pandorasbitzbox made me this homage…

This is me (Krakendoomcool) as Drake from Aliens as an inquisitor from Fenris! All those things are pretty much mutually exclusive but who cares! This is amazing and a fitting way to finish my article on homages.