H’tiek. A Barbarian, a warrior, a story, a present and a mate.

Our little posse of mates (Me, Warren, Keith and Glenn) have all been best mates since high school. We are brothers. We have been there for each other through thick and thin. We’ve had many, many great times and adventures and we’ve had some really tough times too. Through it all we have stuck together. Our mate-ship, our brotherhood is unshakable and I don’t know where I’d be without my mates.

It’s for all these reasons that I felt compelled to do something for each of them this year. For their birthdays.

For Warrens birthday I built a Battle of Britain Dog Fight Diorama. For Glenn’s birthday I built an Incredible Hulk Diorama. I haven’t given it to him yet due to lockdown. Lastly, for Keith, I have built a diorama of a Barbarian warrior called H’tiek (Keith backwards 😉).

Many, many years ago Warren and I wrote a story for Keith called H’tiek. It was a simple tale of Epic proportions and told the story of a lone and savage warrior, called H’tiek, who walked the lands on an eternal search for those who wronged him long ago. H’tiek did not speak. H’tiek was fearsome and his presence was a tangible thing. The story was so much fun to write. So much fun, in fact, that we even wrote a sequel hehe. Like most sagas though it’s the first story that is often the best even if it is the simplest.

Needless to say Keith loved the story and he also loved the artwork of H’tiek that Warren had drawn. It was awesome.

The model I found and chose was the closest I could get to Warren’s original artwork and our vision of H’tiek.

I’m really pleased with how H’tiek turned out and I can’t wait to give it to Keith. Hopefully soon when lockdown is over.

This was the first time I’ve done a snow effect. It’s not perfect but pretty good I’d say. I did the old PVA, water and bicarbonate soda mix. It was fun. For the photos I stacked up some rocks behind the diorama and covered the rocks in flour. Worked well, however the photos are a bit warm in tone so with the magic of photography and editing the next picture depicts the icy environment H’tiek has found himself in.

One thing that you might pick up on is the severed head. The hair on the head is defying gravity because H’tiek was meant to be holding it by the hair BUT that hand actually broke apart (bloody resin) so I had to use another hand that came with the kit. I sliced off the thumb so it looked like it’s sinking into the open severed neck. Gory as hell haha.

Hope you like him folks but more to the point let’s hope Keith likes him.

The next project for me is some Orky stuff.



29 thoughts on “H’tiek. A Barbarian, a warrior, a story, a present and a mate.”

  1. Great photos again. I like the warmer pics, even though it may seem too warm. But sometimes you can get that great snow covered ground and sunny day combo when hiking way up. Nice work on your paints too, the flesh came out nicely and the dry brush on the black looks sweet. Think you mate is going to love “H’kieth”! Did you post Hulk yet?

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  2. What a wonderful gift, and great recovery with the broken hand. The pictures turned out really well and help generate more atmosphere.
    If the wife notices the flour missing blame Space Weavels !

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  3. Oh! great now I don’t know whether to post it at the post office or post it on the blog, totally confused ! Luckily you haven’t posted Keithies gift on your blog otherwise he would see it and it wouldn’t be a surprise!! HaHa !!

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  4. That’s a sweet looking barbarian. Love the musculature – without being condescending here, you can really see how much you’ve improved on your skin tones when you get to see them properly on a mostly-skin model like this.

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