When I was considering a return to the hobby a couple of years ago there were a few artists whose miniatures inspired me, and chief among those was Julian Bayliss, and in particular his Chaos marauder warband – in fact one of my first purchases was a box of Chaos Marauder horsemen for their fantastic heads, although I squandered them on some quite goofy Goliaths. Recently, while working on Mordheim warbands, I got to looking at Julian’s images again and I was lucky enough to receive a couple of CDs full of images from Julian himself. He’s very kindly agreed to let me put some of them up here, although I haven’t put up too many just in case Julian decides to make his own blog one day (which he definitely should, especially since he is apparently considering an Inq28 gang, and has a Thor-themed army to show off).
I’ve cleaned up the photos slightly in Photoshop to try and make them look their best – one thing that I’ve found with my models as well is that, being quite dark and muddy, they don’t photograph as well as a more typical ‘Eavy Metal style. I think Julian’s are the same, although they do look pretty stunning. This is definitely the paint style I try to emulate.
The other thing I love about Julian’s models is that I can’t place the components used a lot of the time. I suspect this is due in equal parts to Julian being pretty good with greenstuff and to him sourcing unusual parts. Nothing puts me off more than a model where I can immediately place every part used, especially if the parts are over-familiar or of poor quality to begin with. A little greenstuff can go a long way to making totally unique miniatures, for example the female marauder (made from a daemonette) demonstrates how radically a few small changes can alter the entire feel of a model, and make it almost unrecognisable.