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The Emerald Court Under Heaven

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An Asian fantasy army inspired by the folklore and mythology of Korean culture

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Divine Inspiration (pt. 10)

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As the beating heart of the model

Korean Eunggo Drum 응고

I have the drum model needed for my centerpiece. The process of cooperation with other creative people has paid off and even a bit of recognition foŕ the joint insanity. I’d only make the drums slightly thinner in order to fit better but it is awesome to have something to share with another modeler in trying to give birth to this brain baby (to loosely quote Badger King Ben from the Arabian Knights project).

The women to play samgomu (삼고무) have their instruments and I can roughly imagine a footprint of 175x100mm at minimum required on the platform. I’d need to consult with the next sculptor to figure out what could be done with the rest of the pavillion to assemble the model. The dokkaebi might end up being more of a maquette at about 1:6-1:8 scale like anime figures given this work so far. She’d be a true giantess.

Divine Inspiration (pt. 9)

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The existence of a formal hanbok association has made me consider how deep a rabbit hole I’ve gone down as I design this centerpiece.

Going deeper, as really one should with this level of insanity, I consider the design motif to be used on the hanbok. Seeing the very formal attire of what could be worn I think that throwing on some freehand would be visually interesting but I’ve learned what that can do to my mood. I know from the djinni that very detailed work can be done with waterslide transfers which would save me the pain of having to paint all the detail. I believe that one less hurdle might well do some good so I’ll try and plan it that way.

Skirting the issue

Here I have more visual input for use on the chima (치마), skirt, as I have found there are traditional folk paintings of a naïve style called minhwa (민화).

There are many motifs which include the following that have more symbolism than I can delve into for the moment. I will jump onto what looks good for my purposes and run with it.

  • Hojakdo / 호작도 (Painting of Tiger, Magpie, and Pine Tree)
  • Yongsudo / 영수도 (Painting of Divine Animals)
  • Chochungdo / 초충도 (Painting of Flowers and Insects)
  • Hwajodo / 화조도 (Painting of Flowers and Birds)

Divine Inspiration (pt. 8)

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To throw a little bit extra on the idea I grabbed a few other images that seemed like they might fit on the final figure.

So things went well for a while....

Being a niche hobby and going about for even more niche items snags were bound to happen.

Requiring 3D file for the specific set of Korean drums is the present issue but I have found images some on which the ladies playing samgo mu. The fact that somebody had designed assets on ArtStation was a great boon but the downside is that the creator left no contact info for using the 3D files. As such, I have once again reached out to the previously mentioned Jovey for some custom work in this regard. Hooray for being able to peruse random corners of the digital globe for far away stuff.

On second thought to my earlier thought of making smaller dokkaebi all over the larger one, I believe it too much of a problem and leave this as a singular model element. The last time I had 3D work done it was complicated enough and I think it’d be better for the turnaround time from project initiation.

Norigae pendants (노리개) are worn with a women’s hanbok tied to the outer goreum (a coat string) or the waist of a skirt.

Divine Inspiration (pt. 7)

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Now from the top I’ve reached the bottom. That means the legs and feet are due for consideration. Some shoes and leggings are under scrutiny now that the rest has been hashed out for visual interest. The pose of the figure and stability requires that these be flat soles. I have no faith in the process of printing and having to deal with high heels/platforms.

 

Divine Inspiration (pt. 6)

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I have a quandary as to how to deal with the hanbok of the figure. The first part of the problem to solve is the collar/midriff and how far it would come down. I wish to keep an air of a being wild with only a hint of lewdness about the dokkaebi.

The opposite side of the equation comes into how high the skirt should come up. There can be tasteful compromise and I just need to gauge the maturity of what I wish to have made.

Divine Inspiration (pt.5)

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In figuring out the hair and how the hat will settle I’ve learned about ga chae (가채) wigs which were as fashionable as those worn in Europe by the well to do in the times of the long long ago.

I’m unfortunately becoming well versed in the dress of ladies from period K-dramas. I guess I can think of this as the balance to watching all the Japanese jidaigeki (“period” dramas) set in the Edo era.

Divine Inspiration (pt. 4)

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I have come full on to hammering out a character fashion design for the giant dokkaebi and explore the many layers of a lady. I might not have a presence in the world of haute couture but I will amaze the eyes of anyone looking at this. I’m also giving up on the mini figures with how complicated this idea has become.

There is now inspiration for the outfit of the large female dokkaebi in the selection of appropriate hanbok (한복), traditional Korean attire, with a jeonmu (전무), a style of paper hat women wore on outings, that will cement any question as to where the army comes from.

The hat is going to be solid visual element as part of the figure. The major issues here are dealing with the figure’s horns and how the hair fits under it.

Divine Inspiration (pt. 3)

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Going from the matsuri idea of an actual gate made me consider the overall size of the platform carried by the dokkaebi.

With some digging into imagery and Wikipedia I found hyanggyo (향교) , government-run provincial schools, and seowon (서원), private prepatory schools that also acted as Confucian shrines, which were chronologically appropriate and scale better for my mental build.

Understanding the weight of resin, and considering the general material fragility, I begrudgingly give Lloyd a nod on scale as I think more on this engineering problem.

Inspired by the torii gate of Japan, I dug a bit more and found the hongsalmun (홍살문) of Korean Confuciunism which are gates believed to be entrances into a sacred place. Adding one of these would give more support to the underside of the “mobile” pavillion while having the least footprint for the model.

Divine Inspiration (pt. 2)

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Engineering a dream with the mists of the mind is easier said than done sometimes.

Knowing that the project system has issues with lengthy posts means getting chunks of idea down for future reference that has proven to be a good plan in avoiding mishap.

Addressing the platform started with images of traditional Japanese festival (matsuri) floats. As large ornate wooden constructs hauled on wheels by men on foot they are perfect to imagine scale for the drumming women I planned to have on the platform. The smaller dokkaebi came to mind again with the outfits of the line bearers, ferriers, draft humans(?) but would need different hats.

So as to make it easy to paint as a  subassembly and see more things on the completed work the structure would need to be open for the drummers. Keeping with the Korean theme I dug into imagery for historic architecture of various temples. I also considered about how much of a pain it would be to have someone scratchbuild for 3D printing. It would be painfully pricy for the cost of work done by whoever I ended up hiring to digitally weld all this insanity together.

I lucked out to find the files for a traditional Korean pavillion at a single digit price which helped me worry less about bankruptcy.

I started onto how the pavillions were painted and think I have made “a big boo-boo”.

I have been called a mad lad before in past review of my work, and presently I don’t think that’s an inappropriate description for this portion of the project.

Divine Inspiration (pt. 1)

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It is the greatest capacity of the imagination which is the greatest blessing and the worst of curses while remaining the most awesome and wondrous of things.

As lightning from the sky, inspiration has struck to give the developing Koryo army new possibilities for a centerpiece to the army yet to be. As the Arabian Knights draws closer to its end, the land of eight million dreams gives birth to yet another thing in the world of mankind.

The giant from Grenadier has gone to being a proper giant dokkaebi in my mind. Returning to Craiyon for quick sketches, I threw out the text I thought would work. I wasn’t happy with the initial results, switched to using text prompt for Japanese oni and got better images. The concept of a platform seemed to prove difficult in translation for the ai results but I think I ironed out the majority of the issue.

Looking back to the goblins on the giant, I thought that it might be a good redirect as a story to make the giant dokkaebi mother to the smaller ones. There wasn’t anything from the folktales for or against it so I figured it follows The Rule of Cool. From there my mind wandered to creating female oni, with few useful results, but gathering a few images of female powerlifters which has yielded appropriate proportions and poses for 3D sculpting in future.

Much upon the mind

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Heaven's blessing upon our browsHeaven's blessing upon our brows

After the seeds of an idea were sown into a fertile mind the growth of a concept which may yield a great harvest occurred. I’ve found a designer on Myminifactory, Jovey, and now have great additions to my work to come. HATS!

Yes, it’s been covered before but these are relevant to my interest and build. The kitbash with these shall be as awesome as the Arabian Knights. I amplify this creator and hope that many more go to purchase their wares.

A gift from the Heavens

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The army of figures has arrived recently I have ordered the appropriate movement/horde trays for them in the excitement. The figures I chose from the Perry’s is as follows

  • Mounted Commanders
  • Garrison archers shooting, knocking arrows
  • Garrison infantry command standing
  • Armoured Cavalry with bows
  • Armoured Cavalry attacking with double handed flail / double handed crescent sword
  • Heavy infantry advancing/charging with swords and round shields
  • Heavy infantry advancing/charging with glaive (Hyup Do
  • Shin Ki Jeon (multi- rocket propelled arrow launcher) and crew

I like the idea of peasant guerrillas as levy but the uniform nature of using the garrison troops appeals as I’ve done the disparate troop type with the Arabian Knights already. This will definitely be fun as I continue to work on the huge dokkaebi

Some history of written joy

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Wandering the world over for more words Wandering the world over for more words

More casual glances to the world of books has paid off. Another book of folklore has been found and this time it is a little bit more special. The image is of a second edition copy with dust jacket, I’ve procured mine as a first edition (numbered 357 and signed) that I love with all the illustrations it holds within.

This is quite timely as when I checked my post box the order I made of Medieval Koreans from Perry Miniatures had also arrived. I’ve just put in an order for all the MDF bases I’ll need to keep coherence for playing SAGA.

Thinking of how I might try and put together the idea for a proper large scale monster for this army is rather daunting but I believe that a point in the right direction may have been found.

Courtesy of an image searchCourtesy of an image search

Jumping from my project From the Dusty Reaches of Yesteryear I trawled a giant in the 1991 Grenadier catalog on page 7 for their Fantasy Warriors line. This is about the right stature and similar composition for what I envision a dokkaebi carrying samgomu (삼고무) perfomers on a platform over his head. Thankfully there are people out there (like Evil Bob’s Painting) that have painted this model so I can refer to them. Now it’s just time to get images together for better reference before hitting up a 3D sculptor for their trade.

Hearts and minds, brave and true

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By the mandate of Heaven the Emerald Court stands ready to walk upon its enemies in advance or retreat. In doing so the protection of the men who perform the will of the king is paramount that the nights after days of fighting are enjoyed in rest. Images as fearsome as the soldiers to adorn the shields and pavise have been found.

Banners to mark the brave men of the Emerald Court will fly proudly. Nothing can stop this force as resilient as the mountains and as relentless as the sea.

Fantastic beasts to roam the realm

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The Green Court has a great many creatures both great and small. Those things beyond plain human forms that make the realm more wondrous and dangerous have played in the minds of Clay Cyanide and will be created in resin to stand among the ranks of grand Koryo troops. (I’m very glad a coworker has just purchased a 3D printer)

Published under heavenly decree

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Seeing that Indians got attention before as a force I now see the Joseon Dynasty gets a release from Zenit. I love the sculpts and think that its a painful toss up between them and the Perry figures. On this most auspicious of larks, not foretold by Heaven, I’ll reach out the the Perry’s regarding Saga sized forces and maybe an addition to their ranks of metal finery.

I must be on a role for selecting factions of interest and think that I will publish this backburner project as an addendum to the UHH lineup and all those who have half baked notions of doing things that seem pretty cool.

Protection from Heaven

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Protecting the protectors of the Emerald Court are fine arms and armament. Giving more detail to the force on the field is always a better idea. Perhaps I’ll get time to print out the shield designs one day. I may be creatively crazy but I’m realisitc (at least partially) to what I can freehand.

Protection from Heaven

I’ve also found some odds and ends that may be of use to the army build with a color option for archers, the banner of Joseon and a historical monowheel palanquin(?)

The heartbeat of monsters

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My second idea is to have an oversized leader with a horde of smaller dokkaebi around him performing pungmul (풍물) traditional Korean folk music. This would demand the wearing of the unique sangmo (상모) ribboned hats.

Hats! Its really what culture should be based on

Bearing the load of beauty

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The dokkaebi I’d like to get designed is on a bit of a toss up between two concepts and both ideas are based on music. The first would be carrying a platform with a trio of ladies performing the Korean multi-drum music known as samgomu (삼고무).

I'm a sucker for the little bunny hop

Eyes to see the invisible world

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For the realm beyond the sight of mere mortals the help of a mudang (무당), a female shaman, is required. In order to interpret the will of the gods, ancestors and powers of the supernatural world so that the kingdom perseveres hardship and flourishes in time of peace she serves the will of the throne.

Documented in artDocumented in art

Either by the inheritance of power through her mother or by the will of the spirits with a sin byeong (신병), a special spirit sickness that calls her, the mudang takes up the special vocation as a unique place in the cosmic order.

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