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Friday, June 23, 2017

Expert Sculptor Series 1: Hydra from H-Archive.com

Whelp. I've saved the best for last. Here is our final tip, from multi-golden-demon-award-winning sculptor, The Hydra!  He hasn't been that active over on H-Archive.com lately, but he came out of hiding to provide us with the secrets to his success!

I hope you enjoy this as much as I did :D

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Expert Sculptor Series 2: Mr. Pink

Today I make my first official on-camera debut to share some very important sculpting tips with you:



Our final tip will come on Friday, and you can expect someone very talented to share their tips in that video!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Expert Sculptor Series 3: Kili from IRON RAIN

Today's How To Sculpt Miniatures tip comes to us from Kili, master sculptor over at the popular Blanchitsu blog, IRON RAIN.

I wonder who will lend us some helpful tips next?

Friday, June 16, 2017

Expert Sculptor Series 4: Monsieur Bonami Jeremant

Today's How To Sculpt Miniatures tip comes to us from Monsieur Bonami Jeremant.

Not really sure what this is all about, but hopefully we find out soon >:)

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Games Workshop Inner Circle Winners Interviews - Xenos Alchemist

Here's part two of our report on Games Workshop's Inner Circle 2017 North American competition. In this second episode, we interview the 5 Inner Circle Champions about their armies, their backgrounds in 40k, and other bits of ridiculousness like which Age of Sigmar creature they'd most want to ride.

This second part completes our report on Inner Circle, so please let us know what else you'd like to hear us podcast about. We've already had numerous requests to extend our episode on Tyranid Design to talk about Forgeworld Tyranids, and we're thinking about doing an ep reviewing how well the new Xenos Indices present Tau, Tyranids, Stealer Cult, and maybe Dark Eldar from a fluff perspective.

So, yeah, let us know what you think, or if you have any ideas.

As always, if you think this podcast sounds good, all credit goes to Brother Pink. The Xenos Alchemist podcast is based on SoundCloud, but we can also be found on StitcherGoogle Play, and iTunes.

If you have any comments on this episode, please leave them in the comments section below.

Thanks, and happy listening!

Friday, June 09, 2017

Games Workshop Inner Circle Championship Report - Xenos Alchemist

Brother Pink and I have whipped up another podcast episode for your enjoyment! This one focuses on my experience of traveling to Games Workshop North America HQ in Dallas, Texas, as one of 5 Inner Circle champions (I was representing Canada).

This episode is going to be a two parter, with us talking about Inner Circle, and the weekend in Dallas, this week. Next week we'll post the second part, where I interview the four other Inner Circle winners.

As always, if you think this podcast sounds good, all credit goes to Brother Pink. The Xenos Alchemist podcast is based on SoundCloud, but we can also be found on StitcherGoogle Play, and iTunes.

If you have any comments on this episode, please leave them in the comments section below.

Thanks, and happy listening!

Friday, May 26, 2017

Xenos Alchemist: A Review of Tyranid Design


Today on the Xenos Alchemist podcast, we pour back through Tyranid history for a review of the Tyranid design aesthetic. This one should be of interest to anyone who followed my Tyranid Archive posts, or folks who have a morbid curiosity about which Tyranid models we love, and which we can't stand!

It's a long one, with ridiculous accents, but here's hoping you enjoy it!

UPDATE: Since Kym so helpfully suggested it in the comments on this post, here is a link to all of Mr. Pink's past Tyranid Archive posts. They're broken down by edition so you can get some visual references to go along with this podcast:

http://www.modernsynthesist.com/search/label/Tyranid%20Archive

As always, Xenos Alchemist is based on SoundCloud, but we can also be found on StitcherGoogle Play, and iTunes.

If you have any comments on this episode, please leave them in the comments section below.

Thanks, and happy listening!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Omega Strain is Top 5 in North America!


I DID IT!

After four solid months of work, and many hundreds of hours of work (118 hours in April alone!) on my Omega Strain Genestealer Cult, I succeeded in not only scoring an Inner Circle gold medal at my local store, but also being named top army in Canada, and top 5 in North America!

Games Workshop US HQ made the announcement last Wednesday. It was a nail-biting wait, and they made the reveal by posting photos of the 5 winning armies to their Games Workshop Inner Circle Facebook page:

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Xenos Alchemist: A Podcast for Xenos Lovers

Brother Pink has been on my butt for some time to put together a podcast for anyone who likes Modern Synthesist but would rather it be fed to them through their ears. Since he was also happy to take care of all the fidgety editing work, I was hard pressed to refuse him.

Therefore, I present to you his oeuvre: 

Xenos Alchemist - A Modern Synthesist Podcast


What's a Xenos Alchemist?

This podcast will be about the same kinds of things you encounter here on the Modern Synthesist blog: reflections on the creative side of 40k (painting, sculpting, conversions) that trend towards the alien factions that might not see as much love as their power-armoured foes. Brother Pink and I are more interested in models and fluff than in competitive gaming, so that's what we hope to make our podcast about.

We're still getting into the swing of things, so we've got a mixed bag of episodes at this point. However, in the pipe we have a two part discussion with Hydra about sculpting, and an episode on this whole Games Workshop Inner Circle thing.

How often will you be posting episodes?

Monday, May 15, 2017

Genestealer Patriarch Throne - The Osseous Throne


The centrepiece of my Genestealer Cult of the Omega Strain is the cult's Patriarch, known as The Master, and his Osseous Throne.


In this article, I'd like to share more photos of the Osseous Throne, both unprimed and painted. However, before we get to that, I should probably touch on my...

Inspiration for the Conversion


Anyone who has been along for long enough, or who has a vested interest in Genestealer Cults has probably run across either the following piece of phenomenal art by Tony Hough...

(Due possibly to some Twitter cajoling, he even did the following colour version of the same art in recognition of his 30th anniversary as a 40K artist!)