Archive | December 2016

Merry Christmas

Well it is that time of year where people get together and spend time with family and friends.  I hope that you had a most excellent holiday.

Christmas is also the time of year the guy in red comes to visit.  By coincidence, I managed to paint a red guy while cooking a turkey.

Ice Troll by Reaper Miniatures

Ice Troll by Reaper Miniatures

Ice Troll by Reaper Miniatures

Ice Troll by Reaper Miniatures

Ice Troll by Reaper Miniatures

Ice Troll by Reaper Miniatures

Ice Troll by Reaper Miniatures

Ice Troll by Reaper Miniatures

Ice Troll and Jolie Female Scribe by Reaper Miniatures

Ice Troll and Jolie Female Scribe by Reaper Miniatures

This Reaper Miniature is a supposed to be an Ice Troll.  As they are kind of scarce around these parts (gets too cold for them I think), he didn’t really strike me as an Ice Troll.  Instead, the horns seemed to evoke more of a demonic or devilish image so I went with a red-skinned beast.

Sadly, my photography skills are again lacking.  But, to be fair I spent a half hour fiddling with my camera.  It had the battery out so long it erased all my settings.  So I fumbled around a bit until I could get a passable photo quality.  The depth of my red is not shown, as I spent most of my time trying to get that just right it is a bit demoralizing.  Take my word for it, in ambient light the red has natural shading so hold shadows very well.  The one thing I rushed was the rust.  I think it looks a bit harsh.  I need to go back to experimenting as I seemed to have forgotten my rust wash technique.

As close as we get to an action shot, I have Jolie.  She isn’t too sure what he is, I guess.  Either way it shows the scale of this rather impressive beast.

Hopefully this post was inspirational, if nothing else to get you to put down your phone and go spend time with family and friends.

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West Side Story 3

I promised in my last post, there was a long pause between posts.  Not only was the busy work activity very busy, I ended up working fairly long hours right up until my Christmas break.  Thankfully I wasn’t foolish enough to think I could get gifts painted prior to Christmas.  I did try sculpting a couple gifts, but one was a bit rushed and I forgot to take pictures of the ones that did turn out ok.

As the name implies, I do have an update on my Necromunda gang.  These are not newly painted figures, rather ones I finished since my last post but wasn’t able to take pictures of.

Necromunda ganger with autogun and pistol converted.

Necromunda ganger with autogun and pistol converted.

Necromunda ganger with autogun and pistol converted.

Necromunda ganger with autogun and pistol converted.

Up first we have my Jersey Shore guy.  I say this as the flesh wash went on too heavy.  The end result was close to a bad spray tan, both in colour and patchiness.  So I decided since he had badly dyed hair, it worked.  I did heavily convert the rifle he is holding.  It has a new plastic rod barrel, a boltgun magazine, and a lot of trimming.  I am happy with how it looks and I even did an EO-Tech sight.

Necromunda ganger with laspistol and knife.

Necromunda ganger with laspistol and knife.

Necromunda ganger with laspistol and knife.

Necromunda ganger with laspistol and knife.

In contrast to the first guy, the next ganger has too pale skin.  As I was hoping to get these guys assembly line painted and ready for the table this weekend, I wasn’t too worried about it then.  Now, well I may go back and give him a flesh wash.  But I am not 100% sold on that.  At the end of the day he is painted well enough and I find the primer very frustrating on these guys.

Necromunda gangers converted.  Even with similar equipment, slight posing differences can give unique feeling to each.

Necromunda gangers converted.  Slight posing differences matter when using the same kit.

If you didn’t notice it before, I will point it out now.  The limits of the Catachan kit means some models will start looking very similar.  So to show that a bit of attention to bits and positioning can give variety we can compare this guy to his twin.  Both have the same head and essentially the same equipment: a pistol with a melee weapon.  The legs are different, the posture is slightly changed, and the use of different left arms breaks the similarity.  The differently sculpted hair (including goatee) adds to the differences.

After I painted these guys I came up with a name for the gang, the Dogs of Ward 6.  Silly and pointless, but I thought it would be an easy enough piece of graffiti to work into my terrain if I want, and a few tattoos will now start appearing.  The flamer ganger (still a work in progress) will have a more obvious 6 motif on his metal shoulder pads.

But not everything was Necromunda.  I had an order arrive from Reaper (to get one of their Christmas themed minis) and I also picked up a couple of aliens I have wanted to do my own little alien crew with.  The first one painted very quickly.

Rach Soldier by Reaper Miniatures.

Rach Soldier by Reaper Miniatures.

Rach Soldier by Reaper Miniatures.

Rach Soldier by Reaper Miniatures.

Rach Soldier by Reaper Miniatures.

Rach Soldier by Reaper Miniatures.

Rach Soldier by Reaper Miniatures.

Rach Soldier by Reaper Miniatures.

I went with a bright and vibrant colour-scheme reminiscent of the aliens from 80s sci fi, video games and comics.  I went with my darker and subtle highlights to make it still seem fairly drab.  Overall I think it works.  The model is a Rach Trooper by Reaper.  An older figure, some of the details I soft and it shows its age, in particular the left hand.  But since the attention is easily drawn away from those areas I am still happy with it.  If you are looking for a unique looking alien, I recommend this guy.  Although the ears scream elf, the bone ridges on the forehead give a distinct alien vibe.  By going with a non-traditional skin colour this guy really screams alien.

Rach Soldier by Reaper Miniatures.  Nomad by Hassle Free Miniatures.

Rach Soldier by Reaper Miniatures. Nomad by Hassle Free Miniatures.

The scale is slightly taller than most modern “true scale” 28mm figs as displayed by Nomad, but overall since it is alien it will fit into nearly any collection you might have.

Rach Solider and Malvernis Soldier by Reaper Miniatures.

Rach Solider and Malvernis Soldier by Reaper Miniatures.

Rach Soldier and Incredible Woman (converted to Ms Marvel) by Reaper Miniatures.

Rach Soldier and Incredible Woman (converted to Ms Marvel) by Reaper Miniatures.

As I am doing a crew, I figured these would be the sort that would be like Guardians of the Galaxy, but maybe a bit more straight-edge.  As shown with Ms Marvel, and his partner in crime, the bright contrast in colour actually serves to unify them.  The only tough question I have is how to paint their plucky technician.  She will be even more garish…but I don’t know how I can achieve that.

A fairly short update today, but hopefully no less inspirational for you.  If nothing else I think I have shown you that garish contrast of colours still can look good together.