Harvest of the Vast, will be contained in the Book of Baraqiel. “Books” are the structure in which we will index our projects. This Structure will allow us to go back and add new narratives that might work in conjunction with older narratives. With this we can set groupings or books of creations that tell a broader story.
The Book of Baraqiel: Havest of the Vast attempts to lay the foundation of how Christianity could work in the 40k universe. The laws of the 40K universe are wildly different to the laws of our own universe. The existence of a diety is not an unknown point; instead gods are the manifestations of mortals’ beliefs reflected in the warp.
All of the truly god-like figures draw their power in this way; the God-Emperor, the Chaos Gods, the Eldar Gods (broadly dead, now) are all manifestations of beliefs from the real world. Actual conscious belief and worship seems more influential in the strengthening and shaping of a god, but the Chaos gods are known to draw on broader emotions such as violence and cunning. There is no omnipotence, and there is no “one true God”. There is only physical beliefs and the warp. So the Christian God has to make his/her own way like the other 40k deities.
Folium One: Starting Out With Concepts And Inspirations
At the beginning of the project we weren’t quite sure where the narrative was going or what the concept behind the narrative even was. So when I’m having trouble coming up with ideas I always go imagery for inspiration. Here is a look at the first image I put together for the project, it has all the elements I needed to start dreaming up some ideas.
To start this project there were many questions that needed answering. For example, what is the narrative? What and who are the characters, what do these characters look like and what are their purpose?
To answer some of these question I have found that creating something called a Mood Board is extremely helpful. A Mood Board is literally an arrangement of images, materials, pieces of text, etc., intended to evoke or project a particular style or concept.
As you can see from the Cover Image of this post a mood is immediately set by this single image. Lets take a look at what a full mood board does for setting a concept for our project.
Harvest of the Vast Mood Board #1
As you can see from these images which I’ve collected from Pinterest and other sites a solid basis for ideas has been created. This is particularly helpful when working with a group of people or just one other person. Everyone can contribute to the mood board and draw inspiration from the same place.
The best part about a Mood Board is that is ever evolving. We will continue to add to this as we are ever seeking out inspirations.
Folium Two: Concepts and Inspirations – New Ideas
“In the Grim Darkness of the far Future what has become of Christianity, what has become of God’s People?” – Septus Folium
We all know that ideas evolve and change over time. While at this moment I’m working on an intro Video that will set the mood and stage for the “Harvest of the Vast” a piece of the narrative has came light.
After creating the first mood board and throwing ideas around with the other authors we came across an interesting concept. “In the Grim Darkness of the far Future what has become of Christianity, what has become of God’s People?”
With that question, the stage for the first chapter of the Book of Baraqiel: Harvest of the Vast” has been set and an updated mood board has been compiled.
As you can see the imagery in the second mood board tells a very bleak story of what “God’s People” might look like in a Grim Dark and dystopian setting.
The Artist: Zdzisław Beksiński
Zdzisław Beksiński (pronounced [ˈzd͡ʑiswaf bɛkˈɕiɲskʲi]; 24 February 1929 – 21 February 2005) was a Polish painter, photographer and sculptor, specializing in the field of dystopian surrealism. Beksiński did his paintings and drawings in what he called either a ‘Baroque’ or a ‘Gothic’ manner. His creations were made mainly in two periods. The first period of work is generally considered to contain expressionistic color, with a strong style of “utopian realism” and surrealarchitecture, like a doomsday scenario. The second period contained more abstract style, with the main features of formalism.
Beksiński was stabbed to death at his Warsaw apartment in February 2005 by a 19-year-old acquaintance from Wołomin, reportedly because he refused to lend the teenager money.
If you would like to learn more about Zdzisław Beksiński and see his body of work you can find more info here: https://www.wikiart.org/en/zdislav-beksinski
Folium Three: Interpretation and Breaking Ground
Now that we have the inspiration for our project its time to interpret the information and adapt it the 41st millennium, this is a Warhammer blog after all.
The first thing I like to do is come up with a loose narrative, just something to get the ball rolling. It doesn’t have to be in great detail or even written down, but something to give a narrower view of what our characters might look and act like. This and the mood board can help a lot with the vision of what you are trying to make. I will also say that just making models based on your concepts can lead to great narrative ideas. So if you get bogged down on the story behind your miniatures, like I do, just make shit and things will start to come together for you.
So the next steps will be to experiment based off your ideas, concepts, and narrative. The first thing I did was designed the process and developed the common factors that will be shared across all of the miniatures we will be creating; while documenting all of it.
Folium Four: The First Build!
Our first creation could be loosely considered as a Nephilim or a Fallen Angel, though the lore is still under development. We will elaborate on the narrative aspect of our characters in the “Gallery ” section of the blog as we go.
The focus here was to set a mood and deliver a strong piece right from the start. If you understand that the Book of Baraqiuel is the telling of the Christian people in 41st millennium then the function of our first conversion is to make the viewer wonder: “How did it come to this, what horrible and twisted fate has become of God’s People?” A question we will hope to successfully answer in the narrative and in other works.
So lets take a look at the build!! Links to PDF files are embedded into the images, clicking them will send you to a Onedrive cloud and allow you to download them for a better resolution.