Image from Black Library.
There are lots of places we draw inspiration from when it comes to looking for ideas in our hobby. The real world is full of things we can use and so is the wealth of 40k background.
But outside of making up our own "fluff," we have to rely on what someone else gives us either in words or pictures. Words allow us to create an image in our minds where artwork lays it out in front of us.
I chose this image (and idea) this week after seeing this on the Black Library site. Most of us have seen the GW model and the artwork for the is guy in the Space Marine codex. This adds another layer to the background of the model for me. Granted, sometimes the different versions can be conflicting, but that doesn't always bother me. I attribute it to each artist's interpretation.
Being the kind of hobbyist that I am, I love when things are spelled out for me. Either written down or more preferably in pictures. I love looking at all the 40k artwork that I can find. It fills in the gaps for me.
Pictures allow me to recreate what I see. They show me what it looks like and I'm able to take it from there to the tabletop. I have trouble taking words and translating that into tabletop models, but give me a picture and I'm all set.
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