It’s should come as no surprise that the 6th edition of Warhammer 40k is on the horizon. GW broke the news last week along with pictures of all of the new goodies that they’ll be releasing, including things like a $132 rulebook, and an amazingly expensive $16 tape measure!
These bits are all far too rich for my blood, but one thing that did catch my eye some little minies that were pictured next to the dice available. For those that haven’t seen those, see the picture below.
Well, time has since produced larger images of these, and it turns out they’re little servo-skulls that serve as objectives, and hold dice to indicate what number (or what kind) of objective they are. But when the picture was first spoiled, I wasn’t able to make out those details. My first thought was that they looked a bit like the new pink horrors (where the various cords of the servo skulls made for arms/legs/tentacles of the demonic beasts), but I wanted to know more.
Nothing in any write-up seemed to indicate exactly what they were, so I went through my magical powers of deduction to determine that they had to be “Warhammer 40K Munitorum Battlefield Objectives” (since nothing else seemed to foot that bill in any of the photographs). Armed with this new knowledge, I took to a Google image search.
The information was still too new though, and I didn’t find what I was looking for. I did find something interesting though: a picture of my Tyranid Swarmlord. What on earth was a picture of my Swarmlord doing on a search for Munitorum Battlefield Objectives? To make things even more interesting, the model wasn’t on my website at all, but rather linked to on Dakka Dakka (and I never go to that site).
With some creative digging, I found out that the Google image search was actually pointing to this page: http://www.dakkadakka.com/gallery/334444-swarmlord%20converted.html
Someone had found a picture of my Swarmlord, and uploaded it to Dakka. He apparently was collecting images of Swarmlords (presumably to do a conversion himself), liked what he saw and uploaded it. He didn’t credit me as the source, but he didn’t plagerize it either (the creator is listed as “unknown”). What I found most interesting is that people were voting on Dakka for the quality of the paintjob and coolness. My ratings were 9.38 for paintjob and 9.88 for coolness (both out of ten). Granted, there are a limited number of voters, but I must admit that it felt good that people thought so highly of my work.
I think I’m going to reach out to the poster to say hi–not to chastize him or anything, but maybe to take a little credit. If he liked what he saw, maybe I can point him out to some of my other figures?
Anyway, that’s all I had to say about that. I just thought it was an interesting little quirk. I’m not sure how it even came to be (perhaps Google’s genius somehow knew that picture was a duplicate of mine, and wanted to drop a hint to me?). Either way, it was a pleasant experience and I just wanted to share…
For the record, the search results for Google seem to have been reindexed and my little swarmy isn’t anywhere to be seen on the first few pages (he might’ve been bumped down, or removed entirely); you can see the search results here. Oh well, I guess that’s my 15 minutes of fame, eh?