Fan-fic Favs: Part 1

One of my guilty pleasures is reading excessive quantities of fan-fiction, either Warhammer 40k or Harry Potter. I seriously enjoy watching people playing “what if” with established universes, characters and plots and coming with really imaginative pieces, some of which I think rival the originals. Due to the sheer quantity available I thought I’d put together some links to some of my favourites starting with WH40k.

These are a couple of fics which tell their stories within the WH40k universe without out any total strangeness. First ofย  all the wonderful Misfits which tells the story of three people as they are accepted as initiates for astartes training and how they cope with it.

The Misfits

This one is more a collection of short stories told from the point of view of the sergeant of a tactical squad. It’s got a very “Brothers of the Snake” feel to it.

Sons of Orpheus

Thanks to the Horus Heresy books there’s now lots of material to build on for a Crusade-era story like this one where Lister and his friends are taken on as recruits for an experimental squad.

The Great Crusade – Lunatic Wolf

A very nice WH 40K/ Bablyon 5 cross over with the main protagonist being an Inquisitor, his small retinue and a Rogue Trader ship.

The Circle Must Be Broken

And now in to the realm of sheer weirdness. I admit at one point to looking for stories with the most unlikely possible crosses possible and unearthed some bizarre little gems.

Seriously, Scoobie-doo replaced with a very annoyed dreadnought.

Scoobie the Dreadnought

And here’s the Teletubbies getting what they deserve ๐Ÿ˜€

Teletubbies – Imperial Purge

And to finish, possibly the strangest fan-fic I’ve come across, WH40k/Winnie the Pooh, o.O and it works!

Berserker Hell

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Pub Portraits

I got asked a few months ago to do some images for beer mats for a pub near where I used to work, the theme being “characterful customers”. All the resulting images are portraits of regular customer of the pub, some of whom I know. This has been a pretty interesting and challenging project for me as I’ve had to work digitally from just an initial pencil drawing, along the way I’ve had to figure out to solutions to problems like getting the texture of hair right, teeth, and the one that’s really had me pulling my hair out, glasses! So many glasses! They are so hard to make look convincing but I think I succeeded in the end.

Trying a Different Approach

I’ve been for the last few months having a sort of artist block/crisis, typically at the worst possible moment ๐Ÿ˜ฆ so I’ve decided to go back to basics. For me this means drawing, absolutely my first love, with fine-line pens, at the moment I’m using a 0.2mm and here are some of the results.

I’m not basing these on particular planets but more playing with the compositions and textures that I can achieve.