Over the last couple of years, ex-GW illustrator has shared many of his fantastic Warhammer and 40k illustrations over at his Facebook page. I'm a huge fan of Tony's artwork, and am lucky enough to own some of his nice Eldar pieces. One set of illustrations that caught my eye when Tony first posted them, was a series of 5 images of a character called Hyams. From conversation with Tony, the illustrations were commissioned by GW Books (the publishing arm of GW in the late 1980s and early 1990s) to accompany a novel about Hyams - a hive ganger who has a dream that he should travel to Holy Terra. We don't know who the author was, any more details of the storyline, or indeed why the book was never published. All we have are Tony's wonderful illustrations and tantalising titles:
|'Portrait of Hyams'|
|'Hyams arrives on Terra'|
|'Hyams in the Circus Imperious'|
|'Hyams in the Interplanetary Zoo'|
Inspired by Tony's Hyams illustrations, I set about trying to create my own miniature version of the character. Tony was able to give me a few more clues about Hyams.
On Hyams' right arm: "Bionic as I recall. I only had artist's briefs to work from rather than the full text bet seem to recall that he was from a violent hive-world so his arm could have been cobbled together from scavenged tech, probably heavily modified with inbuilt weapons."
On Hyams' clothing: "Camo on sleeve and trousers probably urban colours as he's from a hive world."
Armed with the above images and knowledge, I proceeded to create my miniature Hyams.
|Step 1: take a Bob Olley Imperial Guardsman|
|Step 2: cut off and straighten his legs, shave away the hair, cut the head off, saw him in half...|
|Step 3: "We can rebuild him"|
|Step 4: some time later...|
The above process took around 18 months, including a significant period around step 3 when I was really unhappy with the progress, and didn't know how to make Hyams' distinctive bionic arm. But I persevered, and finally, have completed my version of Hyams.
Hopefully the figure evokes the illustrations sufficiently. He's not a 100% accurate recreation, particularly some areas of the face (with his more prominent chin), but he is 'close enough'! I look forward to including Hyams in some of my civilian 40k scenes.
|Hyams attempts to navigate immigration upon arrival on Terra.|