It’s that time again! Each month in my NKOTB column, I’m taking a moment to spotlight a relatively new blogger and a cheesy musical artist that I remember from my youth (ok, previously I said they were from the 80’s, but I’m expanding my horizons here!). This month, we focus on Hungry Ghost’s Chaos Squats of Khorne and tiny singing sensation: Another Bad Creation.
These two work together for a variety of reasons including:
- They’re both tiny.
- They both feature figures released in the 90’s, which aren’t in production anymore.
- Each of them seems infatuated with a girl known simply as “Iesha.”
Ok, one of those above statements might not necessarily be true. I’ll leave it up to you super-sleuths to figure out which!
So, chaos… squats… As if the demise of the entire squat race almost 20 years ago wasn’t obscure enough, he builds his entire army around a splinter faction of the dead race. Of course, Chaos, with it’s ability to move through the warp, can transcend time and space. So, even if the Squats are long dead, there’s still plausibility for him adding new soldiers to his ranks.
I see Hungry Ghost’s blog as an explosion of fluff and creativity with a throw-back to the days when WH40k was a wacky game of true chaos. His army is a conglomeration of rogue trader era squats and chaos squats, combined with classic (pre-hat) chaos dwarves, with a dash of dwarves from all eras of WHFB, and a few random chaos bits thrown in for good measure. Sure, many of the models are a bit goofy, but that’s not his doing, you can blame the sculpters at GW. Case in point, check out his Ork Champion of Khorne. Sure, some might look at him and laugh (including myself), but it does through me into a bout of nostalgia: dreaming of when Orks were a humorous lot.
One thing that always impresses me is when people take the time to personalize each model in their army, and Hungry Ghost is no exception. Not only is each figure painstakingly modeled and painted, each has been given a name (as a nod to the old proper names given to 40k minits in the early Rogue Trader days). More than that, he gives them each background stories! One such example is “Fearsome General Jengiz Stalkarlik” (pictured at right):
Commander-in-Arms of the Expeditionary Regiment XIV of the League of Moriad, and Champion of the Blood God Khorne. He has been named after two great warlords from the vast steppe-lands of Eurasia, Jengiz Khan and Josef Stalin (Stalin’s last name was self-bestowed, and means Man of Steel in Russian. Gen. Stalkarlik is the Dwarf of Steel.)
Coincidentally, the Easter Eggs that have inspired his Exo-Armor’s shape also come from the steppes of Eurasia. Snicker not, beardless fools: The Egg is both an efficient and resilient shape.
His creativity and humor remind me of my friend Simon, a staunch Nurgle player from back in the day, who took the same kind of things to heart. Each game was a sheer delight, as his force was lead by plague commander, Rotgut Pimplebutt, and accompanied by a host of disgusting sounds (as if a corpulent Michael Winslow, of Police Academy fame, was in the room with us). I imagine playing a game with Hungry Ghost is a lot like this: tons of character, and a limitless amount of fun.
For someone with so much fluff and fun, you’d almost expect him to lack painting ability. Not true though. Granted, the older models he’s working with often lend themselves to more simplistic paint jobs, but he does have some pretty impressive skills. Don’t believe me? Check out the squat below…
And he knows his stuff. Hidden throughout his posts are nuggets of fluff about the original of Squats, when they fell to chaos, and a slough of other goodies. One such post that seems to focus on that is “The Year Squats Could Fly.” A great read if you survived the Rogue Trader days, and just as great for the young whipper-snappers wondering what the crazy old guy in the corner is laughing about.
You’re definitely going to want to keep an eye on this blog. And one more thing, if you do have spare chaos dwarf models, he’s in the market, so contribute if you can. In his words:
We need Iron Claw Squats numbers 2, 12, 19, 20, 22, 23, 24, 25, 29, 31, and Squat in Exo-Armor 3. We have many Imperial hostages to exchange.
Status Update on Last Month’s New Kid
In last month’s NKOTB post, we looked at A Gentleman’s Ones. He’s been busy as always, posting several squads of spectacular looking terminators (including close-ups of those guys pictured in my last write-up), a massive battle report (complete with great photos), and taking his whole Hailed vs. Hated rivalry to new levels.
Have I mentioned that I really like what he’s doing with the Hailed vs. Hated thing? It seems like exactly the sort of thing that blogging is all about: developing relationships with other gamers, and inspiring each other to contribute more, and excel at what we’re doing. It just has so much character in it, that I’m more than a little jealous. Of course, I don’t have near the level of dedication he does to blogging (or gaming as a whole), so I don’t think I’d do it justice anyway.
If you haven’t already, go check out Bsmoove’s blog, A Gentleman’s Ones. You’ll be glad you did.
ABC photo is surely copyrighted by someone… Maybe Biv Town Records? All other nifty pics came straight from Hungry Ghost’s (and will be removed upon request–but hopefully he appreciates the modest amount of free publicity this post provides).