Looks like its time for my (...semi-annual?) journal entry. I was in the creative doldrums for a while (and about to enter another). As I was working on painting some unfinished minis, I was looking at bottles and bottles of GW bits that I have accumulated over the years, which I occasionally dip into them to mix things up (old and new bitz) when working on new kits. But I have far more than I will ever need. I was thinking of how I could possible put them to use. I thought about throwing them away, but my natural hoarding instincts kicked in, and I also figured that the world doesn't need yet-another bitz peddler on E-bay. After tidying-up some arts and crafts projects my kids were involved in, I came across some excess necklace beads, and got the notion of using them for torsos for my loose miniature bitz. Thus the Bead Marines were born (or as I like to call them 1/4 GW Marines).
I had a big lump of green clay in my office an ex-coworker left behind many years ago, and being inspired by photos I have seen of the ancient Olmec heads of Mexico, I whimsically decided to make several clay head sculptures using minimalist principles. I placed them on presentation bases (of a sort) and they sat on my desk for over a decade. I gathered some junk computer heat sinks (cooling vanes), placed one of the heads on it and declared it "The Dictator", actually he reminds me of "Il Duce". I decided that they were post worthy after several visitors asked me to explain them. I don't know if it exactly qualifies as Art, or not, but it is minimalist. I thought they made great political statements. And they are about as sensitive and attentive as most politicians.
I have just finished-up two squads of my latest miniatures designated as Black Templars Space Marines. I guess the main inspiration for this little project was given by the Black Templars Bitmaps folder recently completed in late February. I figured they would be suitable to accompany the Marshals and sword brethern squad I painted quite some time ago. The new squad leaders have my recent standard of having magnetized heads and shoulders. I used the same polarization standard that I gave my grey knights terminators, a couple of years back. (If you want to learn a hard lesson on the use of neodynium magnets, do a Grey Knights Terminator Squad).